Portola Packaging (San Jose, CA) has introduced the 38-mm STN 3 snap-on, twist-off cap. Injection-molded of LDPE, the STN 3 includes caps with a horizontal or vertical tab and is also available with a foil freshness seal.
Packaging machinery spending by U.S. manufacturers this year will likely rise by up to 3% more than it did in 1997. Strong investment is expected from personal care and household/industrial chemical markets.
Eastapak Aqua polymers from Eastman Chemical (Kingsport, TN) are designed specifically for manufacturing bottled water containers. The PET resins are said to offer superb clarity while meeting strict standards for not changing the taste of the water in the bottle.