Pretium Packaging is to add reheat stretch polyethylene terephthalate (PET) blow moulding equipment and infrastructure to one of its manufacturing sites.

The new equipment line will join ten existing extruded blow moulding units at a facility in Troy, Alabama, US.

Adding the equipment and infrastructure at its Alabama plant represents a $2m dollar investment from the company.

The equipment can manufacture both cold- and hot-fill PET containers that can accommodate food or drink offerings between 6oz and 2l, in finishes from 24mm to 45mm.

With demand for such containers and bottles increasing, the move will allow the company to produce a more befitting supply of the products for the condiment, sauce and dressing markets, as well as for additional sectors within the beverage industry.

The investment will also support the company’s strategic plan, positioning it to offer flexible solutions for its customers.

Pretium Packaging operations director Randy Neibarger said: “Pretium has made this investment to expand our reheat stretch blow moulding production footprint.

“Demand from small- to medium-sized companies for condiment containers, as well as hot-fill bottles, continues to increase.

“However, many suppliers are not willing to provide smaller stock quantities that many of these processors/bottlers require. Our objective is to serve that niché.

“We also have the capability of producing stock containers for brand owners that prefer to go that route.”

In addition, the new installation will allow the company to introduce reheat stretch blow moulding bottle manufacturing to the South East of the US. It also operates similar lines in four other American regions.

In April, Pretium Packaging acquired Olcott Plastics, strengthening its injection moulding and personal care and beauty offerings.