Currier Plastics expands its collegiate co-op program

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 23rd, 2014

Currier Plastics knows the value of working with academic institutions to promote careers in the plastics industry. The custom molder, located in central New York state, specializes in plastic packaging for beauty and cosmetics, amenities and household consumables, as well as electronic connectors and medical measuring devices.

Walmart ups commitment to buy more ‘Made in USA’ with first-ever open call for suppliers

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 8th, 2014

If you want 'Made in the USA,' you have to ask for it. And if you're the giant retailer Walmart, when you ask, people respond. On July 8, Walmart held its first-ever open call event for Made in the USA products, opening its doors to more than 500 manufacturers at its Bentonville, AR, headquarters to pitch their products to Walmart's senior leaders and merchants.

New technology helps reduce the amount of PET in Mrs. Dash packaging

By Heather Caliendo
Published: July 2nd, 2014

The Mrs. Dash bottles have undergone quite a makeover, but you might not notice it right away.

A new packaging technology reduced the weight of a Mrs. Dash bottle by more than 25 percent. This in turn saves the brand B&G Foods, the owner of Mrs. Dash, an excess of 200,000 pounds of PET resin, along with a double-digit profit percentage.

Sidel targeting beer glass market with new PET bottle

By Heather Caliendo
Published: June 30th, 2014

It may look like glass, but packaging provider Sidel claims it's all PET. Sidel has launched what it calls the world's first-ever pasteurizable lightweight PET bottle for beer with a non-petaloid base. The bottle also supports a crown cap, which together with the non-petaloid base, gives the bottle the appearance of glass, but with all the advantages of PET. This includes the lightweight and increased mechanical properties of PET. The new bottle weighs about 28 grams, which is up to 86 percent less than an average equivalent glass bottle, according to Sidel data.

Velocity Equipment launches all-electric quick-change reciprocating blow mold machine

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 25th, 2014

Packaging machinery supplier Velocity Equipment Solutions has announced the completion of two new technologies for the extrusion blowmolding of HDPE containers. The creation of the new technologies completes a three-year R&D effort carried out in close cooperation with Velocity's client Nampak Plastics Europe Limited, a producer of dairy bottles in the United Kingdom. 

Sidel launches carbonated drinks option for its PET bottle base

By Heather Caliendo
Published: June 10th, 2014

Sidel has developed a carbonated soft drinks (CSD) version of its StarLite PET bottle base. Sidel's StarLite is a uniquely shaped base that the company claims increases the overall resistance and stability of PET bottles. It can also reportedly reduce the amount of PET material needed to produce the finished bottle.

Sipa’s ‘green’ oven upgrades provide energy savings on blowmolding systems

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 5th, 2014

Sipa provided an update on the early adopters of its latest oven technology for its stretch blowmolding systems. The new "green" ovens were originally launched on Sipa's SFR EVO3 rotary systems, which came onto the market in 2013. Since then, the technology was expanded to other SFL linear blowmolding systems. Now, customers with existing standard equipment can also get the oven upgrades.

Yes, Ben, there really is a great future in plastics

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 4th, 2014

Most of us who've been in the plastics industry for at least the last two decades have probably heard this comment many times: "Did you see The Graduate?"

Yes, we've either seen that iconic movie that helped to put the plastics industry on the map, or we've heard about it. Dustin Hoffman plays the young man Ben, who's just graduated from college, and can't seem to decide on what to do with his life. At a party, Mr. McGuire pulls Ben aside and tells him that his future lies in just one word: Plastics.

New report looks at what is shaping the European market for blow molded bottles

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 29th, 2014

Blow molded plastic bottles consist of nearly 4.5 million tonnes in Europe, according to AMI Consulting. Beverages accounted for two-thirds of the market demand in units. The growth trends differ depending on both the drinks category and the geography, but the overriding trend within the beverages market in Europe is toward 'healthier options'. The demand for blow molded beverage bottles in Europe is fueled by continued substitution of glass bottles, cartons and cans. Moreover, consumers tend to make more impulse purchases while on the go, which drives additional demand.

Solid growth for plastics machinery shipments in Q1

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 27th, 2014

Despite the harsh winter weather and the resulting lackluster growth in the U.S. economy, business levels for manufacturers and suppliers of primary plastics machinery (injection molding, extrusion, blowmolding, and thermoforming equipment) recorded another quarter of solid growth in Q1 of 2014. According to statistics compiled and reported by the Committee on Equipment Statistics of the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI), shipments of primary plastics equipment for reporting companies totaled an estimated $300.5 million in Q1.

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