Total packaging supplier R&D/Leverage (Sutton-in-Ashfield, UK) has taken home the 2016 Horners Bottlemakers Award for its ICE bottle.
Originally designed for the cosmetics market, the glass-like bottle is produced using injection stretch blowmolding. The result is a stackable bottle with a sleek, high-end, almost architectural look.
The ICE bottle was praised by the judges for the way it demonstrates what is possible with plastics at the premium end of the market and for its unique, eye-catching design.
Made from a copolyester supplied by Eastman (Kingsport, TN), the square shoulders of the bottle also allow for a simple engraving process that can be easily read. It has generated interest from many parts of the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) industry.
The Horners Bottlemakers Award was established in 2002 and commends innovative plastic bottles, containers or jars that either have significant commercial potential or are already a commercial success. The award is jointly run by the Worshipful Company of Horners and the British Plastics Federation (London).
The winner received the award at the Horners banquet on October 6, which was presented by the Lord Mayor of London Jeffrey Mountevans.
R&D/Leverage Europe is recognized as a leading supplier of single stage tooling, and supplies bottles and jars in PET. Services include product evaluation, tooling design, tooling manufacture, and technical service assistance.