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Alessandro Paini is the new General Manager of Sacmi Beverage, the company Division that, since 2009, covers all areas concerning the design and manufacture of machines and complete plants for beverage packaging. A mechanical engineer - and previously a key figure in a leading international Group that designs in-PET liquid packaging solutions - Paini has extensive Product Management experience. His past duties are ranging from coordination of R&D and global product portfolio management to development and implementation of new sales strategies.

Hall A5 Stand 302 In order to meet the ever-increasing customer requirements in a wide range of markets, Gernep GmbH's rotary labelling machines offer tailored solutions: Soluta for flexible self-adhesive, Labetta for universal cold glue and Rollfed or Rollina for rational all-round labelling with hot glue. Alternatively, Gernep labelling machines are designed modularly so that almost every special solution can be realised in addition to the standardised models.

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When R&D/Leverage began building tooling for the injection blow mold (IBM) market, they found the opportunity to make dramatic improvements to the traditional design of injection blow tools. The company set out to identify and resolve problems related to traditional injection blow tooling.

On 6th July, Her Majesty The Queen visited Highland Spring Group to open its new factory building and state-of-the-art production line. Les Montgomery, Chief Executive at Highland Spring Group, commented: “Her Majesty The Queen’s visit commemorates the opening of our £30m factory extension project, the biggest investment in the history of Highland Spring Group and one that we are proud to celebrate with over half of our 500 staff members on site today.

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Constantia Flexibles has signed an agreement to sell its Labels division to Multi- Color Corporation (“Multi-Color”) for an enterprise value of approximately €1.15 billion ($1.3 billion). The transaction is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2017, subject to regulatory approvals.

Hall A3 Stand 111 Claranor will be at Drinktec to present its latest innovations dedicated to the beverage industry. On top of its latest solutions: the Claranor Puls’Full Cap, a cap sterilisation for the most sensitive filling line. The cap is decontaminated not only inside, but also outside, adapted for ESL 60 days and more. Further on Claranor Essential, a cap decontamination equipment compact and cost attractive for lower speed lines (<16.000 bph) will be shown.

Coca-Cola European Partners has unveiled its new GB sustainable packaging strategy – setting out an ambition for its GB business unit to work with local and national partners to recover all its packaging so that more is recycled and none ends up as litter.

Hall A4 Stand 323 Arburg will demonstrate at Drinktec its injection moulding technology which has been specially optimised for the packaging industry, particularly for fast sequence and high-cavity moulds. The exhibit, a packaging version of the hybrid Allrounder 570 H, has a clamping force of 1,800 kN and a size 800 injection unit. Twenty-four drink bottle caps will be produced in a cycle time of only 2.7 seconds on a high-performance mould from Z-moulds. The weight of the HDPE moulded parts is 1.25 grams. A vacuum conveyor and a direct colouring device ensure a correspondingly high throughput. Quality monitoring is carried out in-line using an optical system.

Boxmore Packaging, with headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa, will become a fully owned subsidiary of the Austrian packaging specialist Alpla. Boxmore Packaging is specialised in PET preforms, PET bottles and closures, and currently employs around 1,000 members of staff at nine locations.

Hall A5 Stand 332 Serac confirms its expertise in container treatment based on dry processes with an industrial sterilisation solution using ebeam technology, capable of ensuring a 5 log bacteriological reduction on Bacillus Pumilus without leaving any chemical residue in the container and eliminating the consumption of chemical agents to decontaminate a bottle, BluStream is a technological breakthrough in the aseptic filling of plastic bottles, says Serac.

Hall B4 Stand 315 Heuft will showcase technologies and modules for precise product tracking, fault detection and rejection, with the aim of setting new standards in terms of detection accuracy, operational reliability and price / performance ratio.

Hall A4 Stand 202 The handle applicator SIAL6000 performs the insertion of (PP) lateral, colourable handles on PET bottles (from 2 up to 5 litres). This system allows PET bottles to be used for certain products when an easy pouring process is required.

Freudenberg claims to be Europe’s largest user of recycled PET in construction applications. The technology group has been active in recycling since the 1990s. The company’s plants in Novedrate and Pisticci Scalo, Italy, as well as in Colmar, France, recycle millions of PET bottles every day. The purified recyclate is processed into nonwovens that are used in construction, for example as substrates for bituminous waterproof membranes.

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Professor Dr. Michael Koch

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Prof. Dr. Michael Koch sadly passed away on 15 June 2017 at the age of just 61. The PET pioneer had suffered a short but serious illness. His loss deprives his family with 3 daughters of its caring patriarch, the TU Ilmenau of a worthy professor, the PET world of one of its pioneers and me of a close friend of many years. ...

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