Husky/Solvay develop high barrier polyester for multi-layer technology


Canadian machinery maker Husky Injection Molding Systems, in partnership with Solvay Specialty Polymers, is launching Verian High Barrier Polyester (HBP), a recyclable line of high-performance polymers that will enable a new generation of sustainable packaging solutions for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles and films. The new polymer expands Solvay’s portfolio of speciality polymers for barrier packaging. The material is in the final stages of development, with production targeted to begin in the second half of 2018.

At the Drinktec 2017 trade show, Husky displayed a HyPET HPP5 fully integrated preform manufacturing system to demonstrate its ability to process Solvay’s Verian HBP for a 17 g carbonated soft drink application using a 72-cavity mould and running at an 8.7 second cycle time.

By combining the benefits of its high-performing HyPET HPP5 platform with an advanced melt delivery system and sophisticated controls, Husky’s Multi-Layer Technology delivers all-new capability that enables a precise distribution of Verian HBP within a Multi-Layer preform.

Launched in 2015, Multi-Layer Technology has been embraced by customers around the globe for a wide variety of beverage, food and personal care applications.

“As the vast majority of PET for plastic bottles is processed on Husky equipment we have a responsibility to ensure the technologies we develop, and any influence we have in the design of the package, support sustainable practices,” said Galt, Husky’s President/CEO. “We aim to minimise the impact PET packaging has on the environment and work together with partners to increase compatibility with existing recycling streams. We are also thinking about the next generation streams, which take the circular economy into mind. Expanding the application range for injection mould plastics in a sustainable manner is both good for business and our environment.”

At Drinktec, Husky also introduced the Factor 100 bottle, which has been developed in partnership with a leading international supplier of packaging systems, KHS. The 5 g bottle is ultra-lightweight and can hold 500 mm in volume, providing a more than 30% environmental footprint reduction by using less material and energy during manufacturing, while still delivering on performance.

As part of its extensive portfolio of off-the-shelf closure designs, Husky debuted three of the lightest closures available on the market today. Supporting the company’s commitment to continuous improvement, Husky developed these new closures to meet growing single-serve and lightweight packaging trends. These closures contain special design features that maximize Tamper Evident Band performance and have been validated through extensive testing.

Husky also introduced a mixed-reality Microsoft HoloLens experience where participants are able to virtually interact with a life-size model of Husky’s HyCAP4 integrated system for beverage closure manufacturing. The HoloLens experience is a crowd favourite, drawing significant attention from show visitors and allowing participants to not only see the HyCAP 4 running, but also walk inside the machine.


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