Lee's Summit, Mo. — The biggest buzz at the R&D/Leverage open house was about a bottle. Or, more specifically, the technology used to make the bottle.
At first glance, the bottle looks unusual, but not groundbreaking. It's tall, green, with a slender shape and a molded-in design.
The bottle made several appearances at the Sept. 21 event. But every time, including during demonstrations of the tool and production on a Nissei ASB blow molder in the unit tool development department, out came the “no photography” signs.
Anyone can see a photo of the bottle on the Lee's Summit-based toolmaker and packaging designer's LinkedIn page. But you can't see what makes it innovative: internal threads in the neck, plus some more magic that the company wants to keep secret.
The company walked a fine line between featuring the technology at the open house and keeping some details under wraps. CEO Mike Stiles explained that R&D developed the technology a few years ago, then shelved it. When he was named CEO in April, one of his first moves was to bring it back.