Orlando, Fla. — For decades, Bill Duelge says, designers and packaging makers have been trying to figure out how to create a cost-effective, one-piece, blow-molded PET bottle with a handle for mass production.
And now Duelge's company, Practically Impossible Labs of Houston has teamed up with Pretium Packaging LLC to crack the code to bring such a bottle to market.
Pretium CEO Paul Kayser has been with the company for a couple of years and that's just about how long his firm has been working on the latest project.
Dubbed the SureHandle, Pretium currently can blow mold 64-ounce PET bottles with handles from preforms, thanks to technology licensed from Duelge.
Pretium has just announced plans to also create a two-liter version of the bottle, which is attracting lots of interest from consumer product companies.
"Ever since the two-liter Coke bottles had the black plastic caps on the bottom, they've been trying to figure out a way to make these bottles easier to pour, easier to handle, more ergonomic for children, for old people. They've never been able to do it," Duelge said in an interview at the Packaging Conference in Orlando.
"We saw a real market need for convenience and for portability reasons to try to find a way to enhance our preform and bottle portfolio of the business," Kaiser said.
The key, Kayser said, was marrying Pretium's processing know-how with Duelge's technology.
"I think the patent on the handle ran out somewhere between the Stone Age and the Bronze Age, so we're not offering that. What we're offering is the methodology by which we can create this integrated handle," Kayser said.