Mandatory deposit on containers in Germany
The Bundesrat (upper house of German parliament) recently voted in favor of extending the mandatory deposit on containers to cover all non-returnable plastic bottles and beverage cans. This is good news for the protection of the environment. For besides yielding a higher quota of returns, a high recycling rate has a positive impact on the ecobalance of beverage packaging. Implementing this would present a lot of juice producers with a number of challenges, however. Their problem is that owing to the composition of their materials most plastic bottles filled with sensitive products such as juice cannot be collected by type and recycled to make new bottles. Barrier technologies already established on the market provide an answer here; these protect the liquid food from gas exchange with the help of a wafer-thin layer of chemically pure glass. Dortmund manufacturer of filling and packaging systems KHS is a pioneer in this field. Since 2002 the corporate group has provided a glass coating technology that enables full bottle-to-bottle recycling under the name of FreshSafe PET®.
KHS and ALPLA Group returnable PET bottle
“Reduce, reuse, recycle”: for the KHS Group these three pillars of sustainability are a composite part of its corporate philosophy. The manufacturer of filling and packaging technology consistently focuses on resource-saving, recycling-friendly systems and solutions. Together with Austrian packaging expert ALPLA KHS has now developed a returnable PET container that at 55 grams is extremely light. The 1.0-liter bottle’s high recyclate content of 35% also has a very positive effect on its overall ecobalance.
Innoket Neo Flex
More and more customers are asking for modular systems and solutions. The KHS Group is thus systematically restructuring its engineering portfolio – also as regards labeling technology. Its prime move here is the addition of the modular Innoket Neo Flex machine to its tried-and-tested Innoket Neo series. With its quick-change modules this extremely flexible system masters all standard labeling techniques. Furthermore, thanks to the low maintenance effort and very long service life users benefit from low operating costs.
Ecofriendly can packaging system
The KHS Group has added a further environmentally-friendly system to its portfolio. With its tried-and-tested Innopack Kisters tray packers the systems supplier now enables cans of food and beverage to be wrapped in paper. The new technology provides an alternative to shrink film or wrap-around cartons. Regarding stability the results are the same yet compared to cardboard costs are lower as less energy and fewer materials are used. With a few minor adjustments existing machines can also be converted to the new setup.
Project on the plasma coating
The German Raw Materials Efficiency Prize is awarded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) for outstanding products, processes and research results, through which, thanks to new, intelligent processes, particularly efficient use can be made of raw materials. Under this aspect, a jury headed by the German Mineral Resources Agency (DERA) has nominated for the award the project PECVD gas barrier coating of reusable PET bottles, in which the working group for plasma and surface technology at IKV is carrying out joint research with project partner, KHS Corpoplast GmbH. The project is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) as part of the collaborative research centre SFB-TR87 as a so-called transfer project.
In the future the digital twin will become a key component of industrial production. KHS already uses models to virtually map the machine and conveyor system commissioning process.
Closed plastics loop
The debate on plastic is presenting the beverage and food industries with a number of big challenges. The KHS Group is clear that the increased use of recycled PET provides a significant partial solution to this problem. The Dortmund systems supplier is thus focusing on sustainable products and services which help to close the recycling loop.
KHS ensures long-term line operation
Supplier component discontinuation offensive: with this proactive service the KHS Group prevents costly machine downtimes at beverage plants and safeguards the long service lives of its filling and packaging machinery. With the availability of significant components becoming ever shorter, KHS’ discontinuation management scheme makes sure plant equipment stays up and running. This topic is gaining in importance in our digital age, where electronic components have shorter product life cycles. KHS not only brings its systems into line with the state of the art; operators also benefit from increased machine efficiency thanks to the use of new technologies.
The FreshSafe PET® success story
With its Plasmax coating technology and the FreshSafe PET® packaging system which has evolved from it, KHS offers the food and beverage industries a sustainable, environmentally-friendly system with the best possible product protection. Today’s coating system for PET bottles dates back to the 1990s when it was used in the pharmaceutical industry. How has this extraordinary story of success come about?
KHS revolutionizes packaging processes
First-class natural mineral water and an exclusive bottle design are the trademarks of the Badoit spring. From the bottled water to the packaging the premium brand makes the highest demands of the quality of its products. KHS has supported the company, part of Danone, since 1986. With its new Innopack Kisters SP A-H shrink packer Badoit is again benefiting from the expertise of the Dortmund machine and systems manufacturer. The packaging machine produces shrink film processing quality as yet unrivaled on the market with practically crease-free and consistently stable results.
InnoPET Blomax Series V stretch blow molder
A strong partner for Asahi Soft Drinks.: KHS equips the Japanese bottler with up-to-the-minute technology for its Rokko water brand. The company is particularly convinced by the high quality and sustainability of the InnoPET Blomax Series V stretch blow molder.
Where’s secondary packaging going?
The war on packaging waste is fought on many fronts in the beverage industry – from the manufacturers of packaging materials to the bottler. KHS is helping to develop new standards in this field, from which beverage producers and consumers alike are set to profit.
Aseptic filling at Ya YA Foods in Canada. Contract filler Ya YA Foods in Toronto processes a vast range of products and packaging for the world’s big beverage brands. In the sensitive beverage trend segment company owner Yahya Abbas relies entirely on aseptic expertise from KHS.
Reginald Lee invests in sustainable high-technology from KHS
Coca-Cola bottler Reginald Lee and KHS have been working together successfully in Argentina for ten years now. Long enough for a solid sense of trust to have been built up and for each company to know the exact strengths and needs of the other.