ANAHEIM, CALIF. — Alpha Plastics Inc. has entered the PET bottle market, spending $2 million to buy two Aoki machines.
The St. Louis firm has an option to buy two more Aoki machines next year.
As a result of the equipment, the firm featured a new line of 10 straight-sided bottles for vitamins or pills at Westpack in Anaheim.
The firm also makes bottles from polypropylene, clarified PP, high density polyethylene, high-gloss HDPE and low density PE.
Dan Creston, Alpha vice president and general manager, said PET bottles are now more affordable thanks to resin price reductions in the past year.
``Historically, PET pricing was a significant barrier to many pharmaceutical and vitamin/supplement manufacturers,'' he said in a news release. ``But now PET packaging is more competitive with HDPE, styrene and other resins. With the cost so competitive, we expect many conversions to PET from styrene, PVC and glass because of PET's overall superior performance.''
Alpha operates PET stretch blow molding and PE and PP injection blow molding machines. It also serves cosmetic, chemical and consumer product markets, had 1996 sales of about $12 million. It employs 70.