Wheaton Industries has begun offering technology to make components with a plastic exterior and glass interior.
“This breakthrough will allow us to provide products that have the best of both worlds: the lightweight, break-resistant properties of plastic with the barrier qualities and inert inner surface of pure glass,” explains Wheaton President and CEO Wayne Brinster.
The Millville, N.J., company envisions a wide range of applications for the technology in specialty packaging for pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, clinical science and research products. Wheaton says it has 125 years of experience in providing specialty glass and plastic containers and closures.
A pure glass interior could eliminate compounds in a container that might contaminate the contents. The interior also would feature less vapor transmission and higher resistance to solvents. Meanwhile, the plastic exterior protects the glass from cracking and breakage.
Wheaton said tooling for producing the hybrid containers is being built and the company expects to start delivering the containers before the end of 2015.
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