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New PET Technology Offers Extended Shelf Life for Yogurts

Published on April 3, 2017 by in PET News

Natural and healthy products in a convenient and appetizing appeal are some of the key aspects consumers are looking for when purchasing food products. Packaging has a key role in ensuring that it protects food contents and keep it safe for consumers. As such PET packaging company Klöckner Pentaplast has recently expanded its Pentafood film line to include ClikPET. A newly-designed PET-based technology for yoghurt packaging, ClikPET can be used on FFS lines, seals, labels and trays.

ClikPET’s unique selling point is its ability to extend the shelf life of yoghurt products by up to ten days. This offers more flexibility to retailers. Plus, the material used in ClikPET reduces cup breakage significantly. As it uses PET technology, ClikPET products are safe and sustainable. It also reduces complexity, risk and price volatility in the supply chain.

Yogurt market is highly competitive and customer orientation is key to succeed. With full polystyrene functionality, complemented by excellent gas and water vapour barrier properties and the ability to bend and click, ClikPET’s technology is ideal for yogurt packaging.

More about PET packaging discussed at CMT’s 5th SCAPET scheduled on 6-7 June, 2017 in Medellín, Colombia.

Contact Ms. Hafizah at hafizah@cmtsp.com.sg or call (65) 6346 9218 for more details about the conference.

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PET Packaging Specialist for Pharma – Gerresheimer Expands Capacity in Spain

Published on April 3, 2017 by in PET News

Gerresheimer, a provider of specialty products made of plastics and glass for the pharmaceuticals and life science industries, has expanded its pharmaceutical bottle production base at its Zaragoza plant in Spain.

A new 600m2 ISO class 8 clean room equipped with nine high performance injection and injection stretch moulding machines is added to the Spain plant. Further, the clean room has space for another six machines allowing Gerresheimer to expand the facility at a later stage to 15 moulding machine capacity.

The new expansion will enable production of high quality PET pharma bottles. In addition, the plant is also now capable of fitting different types of closure, from simple caps to tamper evident or child-safe closures on the bottles.

Among its range of bottles, the new unit is expected to manufacture PET bottles suitable for medicines and nutritional food supplements.

The Zaragoza facility was acquired by Gerresheimer in 2008. Apart from its Zaragoza plant, Gerresheimer also has a plant in Masalavés, Spain. Besides, it owns over 40 production plants in Europe, North and South America and Asia.

Some of its other products include – Insulin pens, inhalers, pre-fillable syringes, other vials, ampoules and bottles for liquid and solid pharmaceuticals. It also serves the moulds cosmetics industry packaging.

More about PET packaging for the European market will be discussed at CMT’s 18th GEPET on 27-28 April, 2017 in Barcelona.

Email Ms. Hafizah at hafizah@cmtsp.com.sg or call +65 6346 9218 for details of the event.

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NGR, KUHNE Develop New System to Produce High Quality Recycled PET Sheets

Published on March 22, 2017 by in PET News

The plastics industry is committed to reduce waste, minimize plastics’ impact on the environment and maintain the target of zero plastics to landfill by 2025. To ensure that plastic waste does not languish in the environment, two PET tech majors – Next Generation Recyclingmaschinen (NGR) and KUHNE are coming together to build systems for producing PET sheets from PET waste. They are aiming to achieve the same quality of PET sheets that are made from virgin raw materials.

NGR and KUHNE aim to raise the quality level of for direct production of high-quality, food-grade PET sheets that are produced using skeleton scrap, sheet production scrap or PET bottle flakes.

A shredder-feeder-extruder combination will produce plastic melt while the P:REACT unit will improve the quality of PET and lastly KUHNE’s sheet system will ensure that PET sheets produced have the tightest tolerances.

The integrated system is likely to be beneficial for both PET sheet producers and thermoformed part manufacturers.

The shredder-feeder-extruder combination has the capability to convert any form of feedstock into high-quality melt. This allows PET scrap such as punch scrap, sheet production scrap, bottle flakes or even fibers to be used too. The second system – P:REACT decontaminates the PET melt to ensure it is 100% food-contact compliant – in accordance with FDA regulations and the IV value is set to the desired level.

The system’s ability to produce high-quality PET sheets from low-cost raw materials and also eliminate one melt step in the process is the technology’s USP.

More about new PET technologies at CMT’s 18th GEPET on 27-28 April, 2017 in Barcelona.

Email Ms. Hafizah at hafizah@cmtsp.com.sg or call +65 6346 9218 for details of the event.

 

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Coca-Cola Expands into Latin American region with New Takeover

Published on March 6, 2017 by in PET News

Beverages giant Coca-Cola along with its largest Latin American Bottler – Coca-Cola Femsa SAB has decided to purchase Unilever’s AdeS soy-based beverage business for about $575 million.

The new acquisition will significantly increase Coca-Cola’s footprint in South America – especially its non-soda drinks business.

AdeS has a large market share in the region that had a $284 million in sales in 2015. AdeS sells non-soda sells beverages that are a mix of fruit juice and soy across Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia, Chile and Colombia.

Once the takeover is completed, AdeS will be formally added to the non-carbonated beverage platforms that Coca-Cola Femsa and Coca-Cola share in its franchise territories, the Atlanta- and Mexico City-based companies.

Unilever is shedding assets in its embattled food business that has witnessed slowed growth in recent years due to a lack of innovation and declining demand. Earlier it sold off its brands such as Slim-Fast and Ragu. Unilever gains about two-thirds of the its food revenue from mature markets such as the U.S.

More about beverages and bottling market trends in South/Central America, Andean and Caribbean at CMT’s 5th SCAPET scheduled on 7-8 June, 2017 in Medellín, Colombia.

Contact Ms. Hafizah at hafizah@cmtsp.com.sg or call (65) 6346 9218 for more details about the conference.

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Medco Plast to Build New Plastic Plant in Egypt

Published on February 15, 2017 by in PET News

Medco Plast – a manufacturer of plastic bottles and packaging products – is building a new plastic factory in 6th of October City in Giza Governorate of Egypt.

The project worth EGP 115 million, is expected to yield production capacity of 25,000 tons a year. Medco plans to export half of this production to African countries and begin production in mid-2017.

Medco has a current annual production capacity of 50,000 tons of plastic – mainly used in carbonated water bottles and packaging products. The firm acquires 70% share in local plastic market and exports 40% output to Arab and north-African companies.

Medco aims to generate sales worth EGP 850 million in 2017 and increase it to EGP 1.2 billion in 2019.

African plastics market will be further assessed at 18th MEAPET on 21-22 February, 2017 in Dubai.

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