"We scoured the world for the right technology." That's how Bill Dando, director of package development at Bass Brewers in Burton-on-Trent, England, describes the process that led to Bass' recent launch of one beer and one "alcopop" in identical high-barrier plastic bottles.
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Veterinary injectibles maker Phoenix Scientific develops a customized time-pressure filler, the first all-new machine from a supplier that was historically a rebuilder. Benefits include high accuracy, low cost and excellent service.
This is the story of the in-line capper that almost got away. When the Nutrilite Div. of Amway Corp. wanted to double the speed of its vitamin packaging line, management was leaning toward a rotary capper.
To comply with FDA's labeling rules, Amway's Nutrilite Div. relies on a labeler with 12 independent servo-driven stations that permit fast changeover, high speed and improved copy-to-panel registration for square bottles of vitamins.
"The perfume bottles which grace a dressing table and the beverage bottles which languish in the cupboard speak volumes about their owners," writes Mary Lewis of London-based design consultancy Lewis Moberly.
Packaging of restaurant food for carry-out looks to be a very hot market. The NPD Group (Port Washington, NY) reported that 1996 was the first year that more restaurant meals were taken out than eaten on premise.
At Hewlett-Packard's Boise, ID, disk and tape drive manufacturing plant, management sought an alternative to polyurethane foam packaging, which is taxed by European governments because it is so rarely recycled.