After a year of development ADS and Evian/Danone have launched a new type of PET bottle technology - La Carafe - which can be moulded to provide unique shapes.
Produced in Auvergne, France, by Sources du Mont-Dore (Evian group), the bottle is manufactured using PET blow moulding machinery which provides the very precise performing necessary to achieve the varying angles of the new bottle shape. The preforming, tested and then modified by ADS and EVIAN, is currently produced by the company SGT.
The design of the PET bottle presented several technical difficulties because the varied shape presented a host of different angle ratios.
The bottle shape demands great preciseness for the blowing procedure. Contrary to traditional bottle designs, which rest on their base with the neck pointing upwards, La Carafe rests against one of the walls of the bottle, the neck appearing off-set. A "blown" handle is integrated in order to facilitate the gripping of the bottle and the pouring of water.
The bottle is due to be launched onto the French market in the coming months.