Plastics News correspondent Roger Renstrom and Plastics News reporter Jinida Doba gathered these items at the Westpack trade show, held June 19-21 in Anaheim, Calif.
Kerr Group operates companion machines
Plastic packaging provider Kerr Group Inc. of Lancaster, Pa., has begun operating companion Italian-made compression molding and lining machines at its Bowling Green, Ky., plant.
The initial application is a plastic closure for a water bottle, said Richard Hofmann, Kerr's president and chief executive officer.
Kerr is using the compression equipment for multiple development tests of 43-millimeter-diameter closures for hot-fill beverages such as sports drinks and juices. Eventually, Kerr will extend the line to 33mm and 38mm hot-fill-beverage closures.
The first set of compression machines from the packaging division of Sacmi Group in Imola, Italy, became operational in May. Two other sets are scheduled to come on line in the autumn, and others are planned for the future.
Hofmann projected a 15 percent increase in sales this year over sales in 2000, spurred in part by several Kerr development projects reaching the liquor, food, household and pharmaceutical markets.
GN offering preview of deep-draw process
GN Plastics Co. Ltd. offered attendees a preview of its expansion into deep-draw thermoforming.
The company, which is known for products like egg trays, clamshell bakery containers and compact-disc cases, recently acquired technology to make cups, tubs and plug-assist parts.
``It will satisfy the needs of our existing customers, and there will also be new people because we've never dealt with cup and tub people,'' said Glen Durnford, technical sales representative with GN of Chester, Nova Scotia. ``To delve into that market is pretty new - that was a dream come true for us.''
The firm added trim-in-place technology, which is not widely used by North American thermoformers, said Glen Durnford, technical sales representative at GN of Chester, Nova Scotia.
``It's quite compact,'' Durnford said. ``We're able to do polypropylene cups on a machine that would fit in this booth.'' He said the company's GN1406 machine is capable of producing some products at a maximum speed of 45 strokes per minute.