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Richards Packaging wins for combo pack

An unusual two-chamber bottle for Diamond Magic Chemical Ltd., Brampton, Ontario, Canada, won Best of Show in the annual packaging competition of the National Assn. of Container Distributors (Philadelphia, PA). Winning distributor is Richards Packaging (Brampton, Ontario, Canada).
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However Richards’ role in this application is more like an inventor; Richards developed the blow-molding technology to produce the two-chamber bottle of polyvinyl chloride.

Diamond Magic is a manufacturer of professional car care products mostly marketed to and through auto dealers. For some time it had packaged its New Leather Cleaner in a 750-mL PVC bottle and its New Leather Conditioner in a 250-mL PVC bottle each topped with a trigger sprayer. The new dual-chamber container holds 300-mL of cleaner in one side topped by a fingertip sprayer and 150-mL of conditioner in the other side. It is dispensed with a lotion pump. Both dispensers from Emsar (Stratford CT) fit each side’s 24-410 finish.

The new container is filled by an unidentified contract packager that is also responsible for applying the specially shaped pressure-sensitive labels. The container was introduced late in ’00 so market reaction isn’t yet known says Karrie-Lee Karreman Diamond’s sales and marketing manager.

The true challenge to making the container says Howard Sandys and Bob Down Richards’ account managers was to develop what it calls a proprietary blow-molding tooling package that permits making two separate but connected bottles in a single mold set.

The Bernard M. Seid Best of Show award will be presented May 19 during the NACD annual convention in Anchorage Alaska.

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