Krones gives taster of new PET shrink wrap alternative

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Krones has revealed that it will be premiering “an entirely new packaging design” at Interpack that aims to offer an attractive alternative to shrink-pack for PET containers.

The beverage engineering firm said that shrink-pack is currently the secondary packaging of choice for PET containers with more than a 30 per cent share of the market.

But shrink pack has certain drawbacks - notably the energy consumption of the shrink tunnel and the use of fossil raw materials. For this reason, the R&D team at Krones has been working on creating a resource economical alternative to shrink wrapped packs.

At Interpack in May in Dusseldorf, Krones will be presenting the results of this work. A complete pack system including both the packaging and the associated machinery will be on display.

Krones sought to emphasize the significance of the innovation work in a press statement. The German company said: “The system on show at Interpack 2011 could prove to be the pack concept of the future.”

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