PDC Europe InnoBev

PDC Europe has been rewarded at the annual InnoBev Sustainability Awards 2013, which took place in Warsaw.

As the pioneer of the stretch sleeve applicator technology, PDC Europe continues innovating. "Ever since we founded PDC in 1984 and patented our stretch sleeve labelling systems, our priority has been to anticipate the future, and more specifically to reduce our customers’ costs. Today’s economic environment encourages us to continue pursuing this direction," explains Derek Vandevoorde, PDC Europe’s President.

In our modern society, cost saving, coupled with sensitivity to environmental issues, is a huge dilemma for many manufacturers.

PDC Europe had the challenge to answer both of these questions by offering the best alternative possible to its customers. The PE sleeve has evolved and now competes head-on with the traditional solutions on the market: adhesive labels, full-wrap shrink labels and thermo-shrink sleeves.

It is capable of sleeving highly curved bottles (up to 50%) as well as supporting cutting-edge printing techniques for an outstanding result: on the surface for a white sleeve, on the inside for a transparent one.

An eco-friendly solution: easy to recycle

The stretch sleeve’s number one advantage is its material. It adheres naturally to the container it wraps around. No need for gluing, which means it complies with the current recycling specifications.

It can be incinerated without letting off harmful gases. Moreover, it generates energy savings and saves line space, as its application process requires no shrink tunnel.

A significant cost saver: up to 50% less material

Not only is the application process simpler and more cost effective, but it reduces raw material consumption by up to 50% because of its high stretchability: the sleeve itself is smaller than the other labelling options.

Located north of Paris, the worldwide stretch sleeve leader appeals to the manufacturers that share the same vision.

American company Producers Dairy recently chose PDC Europe’s sleeve technology to equip their production lines. The Fresno, California-based company operates in the extremely arid climate conditions typical of the San Joaquin Valley, and must be efficient and cautious in terms of its energy spending. PDC’s high elasticity stretch sleeves met their high expectancies.