US-based Milacron Holdings has sold the first Klear Can production system, which has been developed with the company’s patented co-injection technology, to an undisclosed customer.
The customer, who is involved in the tropical fruits sector, is planning to make the Klear Can available to consumers by early 2017.
The new ethylene vinyl alcohol (EVOH) plastic can provides more than two years of shelf life, and can be cooked and seamed.
Consumer research group Nielsen Market Research has already conducted qualitative testing of Milacron Klear Can with consumers in Asia.
Milacron president and chief operating officer Ron Krisanda said: “After years of development and strong, positive consumer results, we’re excited to launch the Milacron Klear Can in key global markets.
“The Klear Can is fully recyclable. After consumer use only a small amount of metal remains on the can’s upper rim, the residual ring on the flange will separate during the grinding phase.”
Designed for food packaging sector, the new Klear Can replaces metal cans for products, such as fruits, vegetables, soups and meats.
The transparent can features a plastic base and can be used in microwave ovens.
It can also survive standard retort pressures and temperatures, and works with existing metal can production processes.
Milacron has also developed fully recyclable, single-use coffee pods using its co-injection systems with embedded Kortec technology.
Image: Milacron Holdings has sold the first Klear Can clear plastic can to an undisclosed customer. Photo: courtesy of Milacron.