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Husky Injection Molding Systems demonstrates two complete integrated closure systems. The recently introduced HyCAP 4 system for beverage closure manufacturing comes with more machine, mould and auxiliary integration to offer increased productivity, energy efficiency and a simplified operator experience. The HyCAP 4 is running a 1.25 gram 29/25 closure for a mineral water application at a 2.4 second cycle time. For the first time, the company also demonstrates its new system solution for the manufacture of specialty closures, HyperSync.

SMI presents its rotary blow moulder series EBS (Electronic Blowing System) Ergon at K show. The series includes seven models, from 4 to 16 cavities, suitable for the production of PET containers up to 3 litres. The company states that the maximum output is of 2,300 bph per cavity for the 0.5 litre format (still water). Furthermore there are three HC models, from 3 to 6 cavities, for the production of containers up to 10 litres, with a maximum output of 1,200 bph per cavity for the 5 litre format.

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Cooperation between NGR and Kuhne is raising the level of quality for direct production of food-grade PET sheets made of skeleton scrap, sheet production scrap or PET bottle flakes. The integrated system consists of a shredder-feeder-extruder combination for producing plastic melt, the P:React unit for improving the quality of PET and the sheet system from Kuhne for producing PET sheets with tightest tolerances. Both PET sheet producers and thermoformed part manufacturers will benefit from the result.

In-Mould labels company Verstraete will, in the coming months, start preparing the construction work for the new production site in Clarksville, Tennessee (US), together with its parent company Constantia Flexibles. The new site is intended to allow Belgium-based Verstraete IML to get closer to its customers in the largest growth market for IML labels outside Europe. The site will begin production in the second half of 2017 and will have multiple printing press and finishing lines. Some 55 jobs will be created.

The Swiss Säntis Ag is transferring its PET packaging business unit at the end of 2016 to Bonapack AG also located in Switzerland. Bonapack will also be managing the business in the PET blow moulding unit in cooperation with Biplast AG, particularly in the Development, Production and Service divisions.

For most PET converters, the overall market is growing whereas average bottle quantities per contract are getting smaller. This means a variety of different orders have to be produced within the same time frame, for example to include different neck types. To meet such demanding circumstances, increased flexibility is the only way forward.

For the first time at the Düsseldorf fair the compact line with the 24-cavity CCM compression press synchronised with the cap anti-tamper band slitter will be presented. The Colorarcap cap digital printing solution has now reached a higher level of development that allows coloured caps to be decorated too, thus exploring what some consider being the final frontier of digital decoration: unlimited colour development, ultra-high definition, yet also flexibility to ensure the right response whatever the customer’s production/promotional needs.

Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) is India’s largest private sector company, with a consolidated turnover of US$ 44.7 billion, cash profit of US$ 6.1 billion and net profit of US$ 4.2 billion for the year ended March 31, 2016.

The patent-pending R-Pro dense-phase vacuum-conveying system developed by Conair to minimise pellet fracturing, “angel hair” and equipment wear caused by conventional dilute-phase conveying, will make its first appearance at a European tradeshow when K 2016 begins. Other innovations on display will include a new FLX-128 Plus conveying control, which now can be set up to operate the R-PRO system, a new Mobile Drying/Conveying (MDC) system with standard colour touchscreen control interface, and several examples of equipment from Conair’s auxiliaries.

Kreyenborg Plant Technology GmbH, based in Senden, Germany will be putting particular focus this year on a range of topics regarding drying and crystallising, as well as comprehensive solutions for bulk-material handling processes. The Infrared Rotary Dryers IRD is used for crystallising and drying virgin or regrind materials for a number of plastics, including PET. Through the use of the continuously functioning IRD, the need for energy-intensive processing using dry air is said to be completely eliminated.

Constantia Flexibles Clarksville Tennessee won “Best Overall Green Business” last Thursday evening at the Clarksville-Montgomery County Green Certification programs Annual Awards Banquet. Over 100 businesses are certified in the program which was rolled out in 2011. This honor is huge, as the site just recently completed the Green Certification process.

Gerd Liebig (55) will be new CEO at Sumitomo (SHI) Demag. Starting January 1st, 2017 he will succeed Dr Tetsuya Okamura (60) who will take over a new responsible position at Sumitomo Heavy Industries Ltd. Gerd Liebig has been working in responsible positions in Sales and Marketing the injection moulding industry for more than 25 years. From April 2015 on he has been the Chief Sales Officer at Sumitomo (SHI) Demag Plastics Machinery GmbH.

With the 21st edition of Birkner’s Beverage World 2016/2017, the publishing house continues its successful book series with regard to companies of the international beverage industry. In this new edition you may professionally research for company developments in the international beverage market in more than 20.000 updated company profiles from 197 countries.

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The K fair is just around the corner. It is of interest to everyone involved in the world of plastics, and thus also to PET, which leads us smoothly to the world of beverages. Whilst many areas of the plastic industry are growing, the supplier landscape for PET bottle fillers is stagnating at a high level. There are numerous reasons for this. On the one hand, in countries such as China there is serious overcapacity, causing sales of machines and plants to collapse. Europe has been stagnant for years, with any investment going towards replacing machinery. South America seems to swing constantly from feast to famine. Investments in North America are going primarily to large water bottlers, who dominate the mass market. India struggles to realise its full potential, whilst in developing African countries, investment hotspots are few and far between. ...

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