Ball Corp. is now making standard, 750-milliliter PET wine bottles for the North American market using barrier technology from Plasmax GmbH of Hamburg, Germany.
Earlier this year, Salzgitter AG bought Plasmax and the Corpoplast PET bottle-related machinery business from SIG Holdings AG.
The Plasmax coating process involves applying an ultrathin, crystal-clear, impermeable and nonreactive layer of silica to the inner surface of the bottle. It prevents oxygen permeation and the loss of carbon dioxide.
According to Plasmax, Ball has been coating 187-ml wine bottles since 2006 for the U.S. market using a Plasmax 12D machine. Ball recently received an order from Artisan Wine Co. to produce 750-ml PET containers for semillon/ chardonnay and cabernet/shiraz wines, in the company's Painted Turtle brand.
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