Plymouth’s Plastipak Packaging plans to make a significant investment in its lightweight neck finish technology, allowing the commercialization of a family of preforms in Europe and the U.S. that uses the finish validated for carbonated beverages. Financial details were not disclosed.
The preform family will use Plastipak’s new 26/22mm finish, which is 1.38 grams lighter than the current industry standard 1881 finish, with up to an additional 0.5 grams saved with the new closure.
“Plastipak is excited to work with the industry to deliver the most optimized package to date,” says Tim Eppinga, global vice president of the food and beverage category.
In related news, the company introduced Recycling Counts in September, an online global community that educates, encourages, promotes, and supports community recycling.
Plastipak turns used plastics into resin for new bottles, preventing millions of pounds of material from ending up in landfills each year. It has four global recycling centers that recycle HDPE and PET plastics, repurposing billions of bottles annually.
Plastipak Packaging is a wholly owned subsidiary of Plastipak Holdings. It operates more than 40 production sites in the U.S., South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia and employs more than 6,000 people. It holds more than 500 U.S. patents for package designs and manufacturing processes. It was founded in 1967.