New cost-effective, environmental handle, July 13, 2010 by Jeff Gelski

HOLLAND, OHIO — A new process that uses injection stretch blow molding (ISBM) may create a type of container handle that offers benefits in the areas of cost reduction, environmental profiles and product differentiation, said Vincent Le Guen, managing director for PTI-Europe, based in Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland.

PTI-Europe, a subsidiary of Plastic Technologies, Inc., Holland, Ohio, is in a partnership with Sidel, Le Havre, France, to market the Deep Grip technology globally. Procter & Gamble assisted in developing the technology.

Target markets include milk, edible oil, baby bottles, detergents, household cleaners, non-carbonated beverages and motor oil. The technology enables grip depth of more than 1 inch on either side. Container size capability goes up to 6 liters or 1.5 gallons. Maximum bottle diameter is 8.6 inches.

The ISBM enables higher output per cavity, mechanical benefits and a smaller equipment footprint, according to PTI-Europe. The Deep Grip technology uses a two-step process in making bottles. Conventional stretch blow molding is followed by a proprietary second operation within the same machine that forms the handle. The two-step process eliminates downstream recycling issues because both the container and the handle are made from the same material.

“Deep Grip technology is an ideal option for brand owners looking to drive weight and cost out of their containers, improve their environmental profile and create ways to facilitate product differentiation,” Mr. Le Guen said.

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