September 21, 2017 05:57 PM Eastern Daylight Time
ANN ARBOR, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Amcor, a global leader in responsible packaging solutions, will showcase innovative packaging products that help companies differentiate in a highly competitive marketplace at the upcoming Pack Expo 2017 exhibition in Las Vegas, Nev.
Amcor’s breadth of products addresses the increasingly challenging needs of brand owners, co-packers, and packaging manufacturers who seek a competitive edge. On Sept. 25-27, packaging solutions on display at the Amcor booth (#S-6256) will span across flexibles, rigid plastics, and folding cartons.
Amcor products enhance the lifestyle of consumers each day by providing unique design and functionality, lightweighting, high quality, product safety, and sustainability advancements. At Pack Expo, visitors can explore some of the latest developments in technology innovation, consumer-centered design, and sustainability.
Technology Opens New Packaging Opportunities
Amcor will feature LiquiFormTM, a game-changing process technology for rigid plastics that combines container forming and filling processes into a single step. The technology uses liquid product instead of compressed air to form a rigid plastic container, a process which affords more sustainable and efficient operations as compared to traditional blow and fill technology.
In beverage packaging, Amcor will display PowerStrapTM lightweighting technology for hot-fill containers. The unique strap design base offers enhanced side compression properties for improved line handling as well as feet that provide vertical load-bearing properties for stacking. PowerStrap delivers design flexibility, product differentiation, operational efficiencies, and sustainability benefits.
Another rigid plastic technology advancement displayed at Pack Expo is Amcor’s unique 24-ounce hot-fill PET jar with a metal lug closure – a first for the food packaging industry. The breakthrough APEXTM patented technology is targeted for food applications such as pasta sauce, salsa, applesauce, and preserves. APEX PET containers offer a superior solution to glass that is safer, lighter, and easier to handle, while maintaining the trusted brand look and feel that consumers enjoy.
In plastic caps and closures, Bericap is among a few global manufacturers offering a one-piece closure innovation for the beverage, food, and non-food markets. Bericap North America’s full-service packaging solutions and broad and diversified portfolio of closures deliver lightweighting and performance, sustainability, and cost benefits.
In folding cartons, Amcor will feature its cutting-edge printing technology, Sunshine. The patent-pending process consists of an in-line application of a bright silver coating over an ultraviolet (UV) or electron-beam (EB) primer. The process delivers a highly reflective metallic effect, unlimited design possibilities, and faster speed to market for a range of folding carton applications.
Innovative Design Drives Product Development
Among the products on display that address design differentiation is PushPop packaging, an innovative, patented stand-up pack with a novel easy-opening system that preserves barrier integrity. With PushPop, consumers simply push in the special perforation on the top and pop the pack wide open. Shelf stackable and printable on the entire surface, PushPop guarantees optimal in-store display and improves consumer convenience for snacking, sharing, and on-the-go consumption.
Amcor will highlight the latest advancements in consumer-centered pharmaceutical designs including the S.M.R.T. Bottle, in collaboration with Netherlands-based Confrérie Clinique, a leader in smart packaging solutions. The innovative pill dispensing system electronically dispenses pills and offers digital tracking and monitoring for effective drug compliance.
In wine and spirits, Amcor’s redesigned 750ml PET stock containers continue to expand penetration in the wine market, offering a 42 percent weight savings over traditional glass containers. Consumers have embraced PET because of its convenience along with the great look and feel. The PET bottle’s portability provides an entry into venues that do not allow glass because of the potential for breakage.
Sustainable Solutions Reduce Carbon Footprint
An example of more sustainable packaging that Amcor will share at Pack Expo is its AmLite line of metal-free films for high-barrier packaging. AmLite provides up to 40 percent carbon footprint reduction and up to 21 percent packaging weight reduction compared to standard Alu-based materials. AmLite utilizes Amcor’s extensive experience in high-barrier coatings to create a lightweight, transparent material that offers excellent product protection.
Amcor Limited (ASX: AMC; www.amcor.com) is a global leader in responsible packaging. Amcor develops and makes innovative flexible and rigid packaging that is functional, appealing and efficient for the company's customers and their consumers, and more sustainable for the environment. Ninety-five percent of Amcor's sales are into the food, beverage, health care, and tobacco industries. The company employs more than 35,000 people worldwide, operating in 40-plus countries across 200 sites.