Klear Can Technology
Crystal Clear Transparency
Milacron Holdings Corp. has just reached a significant milestone with its Klear Can technology. The company confirmed the sale of the first Klear Can production system to a large brand owner focusing on tropical fruits.
After successful qualitative testing with consumers in Asia conducted by Nielsen Market Research, the customer plans for the Klear Can to be in-market, on retail shelves and available for consumer purchase no later than Q1 2017.
Milacron Co-injection developed the Klear Can, which is an alternative to metal cans for fruits, vegetables, soups, meats, and other products. The Klear Can’s unique crystal clear transparency allows brands to demonstrate the true quality of their products to consumers – starting at the critical moment in store where most consumers make their purchase decisions. Furthermore, the Klear Can is fully recyclable. After consumer use only a small amount of metal remains on the can’s upper rim, the residual ring on the flange will separate during the grinding phase.
The Milacron Klear Can is similar to many PP plastic containers with double seam EZO can ends found in stores today. Although it behaves like a can, it is recyclable. The base is plastic and the rim is a very low percentage of the package; so low, it is microwavable. The product is over 98% plastic after the can is opened. Based on barrier layer percentage, the Klear Can provides more than 2-years shelf life, and is also cost competitive to metal cans. The Klear Can uses the same filling, seaming and retorting machinery as metal cans, so minimal downstream investment is required. In addition, the Klear Can allows manufacturers the flexibility to mold cans at the filling site (i.e., via ‘through-the-wall’ supply operations), which offers operational efficiencies.
The Milacron Klear Can is a patented co-injection molded, polypropylene EVOH plastic can, which can be cooked and seamed meeting all industry standards. The Klear Can is BPA-free for safe food contact. It is designed to withstand standard retort pressures and temperatures (up to 130°C), and to work with existing standard metal can manufacturing processes. Rigorous testing has verified that the Klear Can seal integrity is approved and proven safe and reliable. In addition, while Klear Can is lightweight, it is stackable and dent-resistant through all aspects of the manufacturing and transportation process.
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