Amcor Rigid Plastics Wins WorldStar 2015 Packaging Award
Amcor Rigid Plastics, manufacturer of rigid plastic packaging for food, beverage, spirits, personal/home care and healthcare industries, has been honored by the WorldStar 2015 Packaging Awards Competition, the global packaging industry’s prestigious award competition sponsored by the World Packaging Organisation (WPO). Amcor captured a beverage award for the development of the industry’s lightest heat-set polyethylene terephthalate (PET) container, designed exclusively for a leading beverage supplier.
The innovative 500ml bottle sets a new benchmark for heat-set PET containers, enabling manufacturers to achieve aseptic filling packaging weights without the prohibitive investment, while offering a more eco-friendly option. Amcor’s Latin America design team, based in Miramar, Florida, worked in partnership with the beverage maker to develop the new container which gives regional consumers a lighter, more functional sports bottle. The new product has been initially launched in Central America with future plans calling for distribution throughout the entire Latin America region.
The new 500ml container is claimed to be the most eco-friendly PET bottle in the market. 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.
Achieving the lightweight properties which could withstand intense vacuum absorption was a big challenge. Amcor applied its 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 2015 competition of the WorldStar Packaging Awards Competition received 264 entries from 37 countries around the world. To be eligible for the WPO WorldStar Awards, the entry must be a winner in a national or multi-national competition that is recognized by WPO. Amcor was the winner of the beverage/non-alcoholic category in the 2014 AmeriStar Package Awards Competition, North America’s packaging award competition sponsored by the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP). All WorldStar winners will be recognized during a ceremony at the IPACKIMA 2015 exhibition in Milan, Italy, to be held May 19-23.
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