Amcor Rigid Plastics Wins AmeriStar Award
Amcor Rigid Plastics, Ann Arbor, MI/USA, has been named the winner of the beverage/non-alcoholic category in the AmeriStar Package Awards Competition, North America’s most prestigious packaging award competition sponsored by the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP).
Amcor captured the beverage/non-alcoholic award for the development of an ultra-lightweight, hot-fill polyethylene terephthalate (PET) container, designed exclusively for PepsiCo-Lipton’s tea drink brand in Central America. The 500 ml package weighs only 22 grams and utilizes a 33 mm finish that features a 50 % reduction in material over a traditional 38 mm finish. The sleek leaf body panels aid in the vacuum while providing visual movement and a comfortable gripping surface for the consumer. Additional benefits of this package are substantial ecological savings, lower operational costs, and a significantly reduced carbon footprint. Compared to a standard 500ml heat-set PET container weighing about 34 grams, the new bottle is just 22 grams, or approximately 30% lighter. The material reduction increases the bottle’s recyclability and reduces the energy needed for its production, dramatically decreasing the package’s environmental footprint. Greenhouse gas emissions are cut by 26%, energy use is reduced by 23%, and water consumption is decreased by 24%. The new container also results in a 26% reduction in the amount of waste that could potentially end up in a landfill.
Amcor’s Latin America design team, based in Miramar, FL, worked in partnership with PepsiCo-Lipton to develop the new container which gives regional consumers a lighter, more functional bottle.
Currently, aseptic filling applications allow for lightweight bottling, however those systems are capital intensive. Amcor’s new innovative approach to hot-fill packaging will change the beverage packaging industry, especially for emerging markets, according to Londono. Hot-fill manufacturers who desire to use lightweight containers won’t need to make a capital investment in aseptic filling lines in order to maintain competitive pricing. Achieving the lightweight properties which could withstand intense vacuum absorption was a big challenge. Amcor applied its vacuum absorbing base (VAB) technology to the base and ERGO technology to the body. The VAB base is a light weighted diaphragm-like structure that aids in the cooling process by helping to absorb vacuum. The new hot-fill bottle is designed to run on existing filling lines with minimal changeover.
Amcor Rigid Plastics
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