Canadian Packaging

Small but strong

New droplet-shaped lightweight bottle from Krones.


April 4, 2018
by Canadian Packaging staff

In many tropical countries, particularly in Asia, small water beakers made of PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) plastic are in widespread use. Sealed with a removable film/foil, they supply the on-the-go market for a quick thirst-quencher betweentimes. Airlines, too, like using these non-returnable beakers.

Krones has now developed an attractive and practical alternative: a flexible, reclosable small lightweight bottle.

The droplet-shaped PET bottle holds 200 milliliters, and with a weight of just 4.4 grams, it is extremely light.

The bottles can be produced using a standard blowmolding machine that is also suitable for lightweight formats. Moreover, the container offers an option for pressurizing it with nitrogen after filling, thus stabilizing it for storage and transportation.

In terms of dress, too, the PET bottle offers abundant design versatility: different labeling processes enable different designs to be achieved. This means the beverage producers can market the bottle in different price segments and retailing structures.

Not only is the droplet shape an eye-catcher, its geometry additionally stabilizes the lightweight bottle. The container features a 26/22 neck finish typical for water bottles, and can be closed with a normal screw-cap.

High Demand
At the drinktec 2017, Krones showcased more than 2,000 of these small PET containers on a large illuminated wall. During the fair, and afterwards as well, there were numerous conversations and inquiries concerning this development project showing there is keen interest in replacing the widely used water beakers by a more attractive and easy-to-handle variant.

The small, droplet-shaped PET bottle has been developed by Krones’ Packaging Development and Consulting Department, a unit that creates innovative packaging designs and assists clients in translating an idea for a container/pack concept into technically feasible, marketable reality.

Krones’ experts offer customized solutions, such as on the basis of finite-element analysis, or material-specific consultancy for complex packaging projects.

Advantages

  • Weighs only 4.4 grams;
  • Stable thanks to nitrogen pressurization;
  • Iconic design for mini- bottles;
  • Reclosable screw-cap;
  • An abundance of different labeling options;
  • Can be produced using standard blowmolding machines.

Krones designs and implements complete lines for beverages and food, which cover each individual production process step—starting from product and container production, filling and packaging all the way up to material flow and container recycling. For information on Krones, visit www.krones.com/en/.


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