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Between December 15 and 17, 2016 drink technology India (dti) the most important event for the beverage and liquid food industry in India is taking place in Mumbai. As well as sector solutions tailored to the Indian market, visitors can look forward to an extensive supporting programme.

Petcore Europe invites to its ODR Workshop on Opaque and Difficult to Recycle PET Containers taking place on February 2, 2017 in Brussels, one day after the Petcore Europe Conference 2017. This Workshop is reserved for industry practitioners.

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Gebo Cermex, known for innovative packaging line solutions, has received the official mark “Vitrine Industrie du Futur", awarded by the Alliance Industrie Du Futur (AIF) in recognition of its efforts to introduce, develop and implement Industry 4.0 initiatives at its plant in Saint Laurent sur Sèvre, France. On receiving the award, the company has highlighted the importance of investing in Industry 4.0 possibilities to build long term competitive advantage.

Avery Dennison Corporation announced that it named Jeroen Diderich to the role of vice president and general manager for Materials Group Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), effective January 1, 2017. Jeroen will replace Angelo Depietri, who will be retiring at the end of the year.

Bericap has developed a new 2-piece sports closure, allowing a 2-colour look with a transparent PP shell and a coloured HDPE pourer section. The new sports closure is designed with a tear strip, offering tamper evidence functionality for the over-cap, but it will also be available as bridge-only - just break the bridges by moving the over-cap upward with the thumb.

During November, packaging company Retal successfully participated in the European exhibitions BrauBeviale in Nuremberg, Germany and All4Pack in Paris, France. Retal presented full portfolio of preforms, closures, containers and PET films. Of particular interest for many visitors at the Retal stand were the new closures 1881 Xlight SF as well as containers for the dairy industry.

In the works for several years, Agr International, Inc. has announced the commercialisation of its CrystalView product for optimising the material properties of PET bottles. The introduction of the CrystalView product expands the capabilities and the potential of Agr’s Process Pilot product group well beyond the measurement and management of material distribution. With this product, bottle manufacturers have the means to run the coldest possible process in order to optimise bottles material properties (orientation) while maintaining target material distribution.

November 30, 2016 | Organic Water+ range in PET

A custom-moulded bottle from RPC Promens Consumer Llantrisant is claimed to ensure that a new range of healthy, probiotic drinks stands out on-shelf. London-based Plenish is using the 330ml PET bottle from RPC to pack all three flavours – Lime Cucumber, Pineapple Ginger and Blueberry Pear – of its organic Water+ range.

On 9th November the annual World Beverage Innovation Awards took place at BrauBeviale in Germany as part of the 14th Beverage Awards. PET Engineering received during the ceremony its second World Beverage Innovation Award in the category “Best Bottle in PET” for Lux, the new PET premium bottle for still and sparkling water.

The Germany-based investment company Aurelius Equity Opportunities SE & Co. KGaA is selling its Evolve Polymers subsidiary based in Hemswell, UK, to Plastipak Packaging, Inc. Evolve Polymers is a recycler of PET bottles.

The 2016 edition of the trade show All4Pack Paris, global marketplace for Packaging, Processing, Printing & Handling, has just closed. The show with its 1,500 exhibitors has been attended by 87,815 professionals from 100 countries mainly from the EMEA zone.

Indian Bangalore-based rigid packaging firm, Manjushree Technopack Ltd, announced the acquisition of Varahi Limited. The strategic move which is a first for India’s largest PET and preform manufacturer is intended to widen its lead as the largest supplier of rigid plastic packaging products in India.

The Coca-Cola Company, together with its three main bottling groups in China - Coca-Cola Bottling Investments Group China ("BIG"), COFCO Coca-Cola Beverages Limited (a subsidiary of COFCO Corporation, "COFCO") and Swire Beverages Holdings Limited ("Swire") - commemorated the completion of a definitive agreement to refranchise all existing Company-owned bottling operations in China. The transaction will result in a divide of the Coca-Cola's bottling system in China between the two franchise partners - COFCO and Swire.

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The PET bottle competes with the glass bottle and drinks can. The bigger the container the higher the proportion of PET. In the domain of 2 litre containers, for example, PET totally rules the roost. With smaller containers, glass and cans are also used depending on local market conditions.

Every so often, there were also attempts to introduce PET for smaller packaging sizes. In the water sector, this proved wholly successful, but for soft drinks, success was much more limited. ...

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