Australian packaging company Amcor has used its LiquiForm technology to develop a new polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle for Nature’s Promise hand soap brand.
Working in collaboration with US-based consumer products co-packer Greenblendz, the 12oz PET bottle has been developed by an Amcor-built machine powered by the LiquiForm process.
LiquiForm uses the packaged product rather than compressed air to form and fill containers at the same time.
Using the technology, the hand soap can form its own rigid PET container.
Greenblendz founder and COO Steve Berry said: “We’re excited to be a partner in the commercial validation of such a highly sustainable manufacturing process.
“LiquiForm technology delivers enormous efficiencies throughout the supply chain and improves the industry’s carbon footprint.”
Through the LiquiForm technology, Amcor seeks to reduce supply chain costs, improve packaging consistency, as well as curb the carbon footprint associated with filling and packaging.
The integration of forming and filling into a single step allows elimination of costs related to the equipment and energy of the traditional blow moulding process, as well as the handling, transport, and warehousing of empty containers.
Amcor Rigid plastics diversified products vice-president and general manager Ann O’Hara said: “The development and launch of the first commercial manufacturing machine and the introduction of the first commercial product represents two major milestones for the LiquiForm technology.”
The bottle will serve as a drop-in replacement for the existing Nature’s Promise container.