Primary machine builders are touting advances for processors needing to add capacity for medical products, meet sustainability goals, keep sensitive beverages fresh and more.
The innovations would have been on exhibit next month at NPE2021, but the triennial trade show was canceled earlier this year amid a surge in COVID-19 infections.
The Plastics News Showcase section is our opportunity to share some innovations in processing plastics that were developed during the last unprecedented year.
The medical, health, cleaning, home goods and building products markets remain hot while calls to increase recycled content and support a circular economy are growing.
Machine builders are responding. For example, PlastiBlow srl is developing new ways to use post-consumer material with extrusion blow molding machines that produce bottles for detergents, cleaners and sanitizers.
KHS GmbH improved its modular linear aseptic filler line for all those "sensitive" beverages like juices and smoothies crowding store shelves.
The pandemic put other machine builders among the rapid responders as they and their customers in the medical market scrambled to produce personal protective equipment, testing kits and vaccine components. Those needs continue, according to Friedrich Kanz, president of Arburg Inc. The injection molding machine builder's 2020 sales were dominated by new capacity demand, particularly from the medical market and most of it was COVID-related.