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A 4-sided pouch that has been blow-moulded into a bottle as a light-weight packaging alternative

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A 4-sided pouch that has been blow-moulded into a bottle as a light-weight packaging alternative
By preparing a 4-sided pouch then blow-moulding this into a bottle, a very light-weight packaging solution is achieved
In Development – Smart Bottle™ II is not currently available. It is currently under development by Exopack and was showcased at in November at PackEXPO 2010.

Benefits
Packaging Reduction

Product Categories
Drinks, Food, Home Improvement, Household & Personal Care

Relevant Materials
Laminates, Plastic – Flexible

Relevant Packaging Formats
Bottles and jars, Flexible & Films

Supply Chain Phase
Design, Production

Details

A 4-side seal pouch that is then blowmoulded into a bottle offers a very light-weight packaging alternative to a rigid bottle. The 4 sides of the pouch offer superb graphic display capabilities, negating the need for a sepatae label.
 
Smart Bottle II is currently being developed by Exopack.

Potential Benefits

This packaging format offers light-weighting opportunities.
 
Smart Bottle Inc claims that Smart Bottle™ II weighs 50% less than PET or HDPE rigid containers in direct comparisons. There are also likely to be cost saving opportunities in terms of material spend, shipping and storage costs, etc.

Intellectual Property

Patents have been granted in the US and patents are pending  for the UK and Europe.
All intellectual property rights are owned by Smart Bottle Inc. 

Consultant View

This development showcases the exciting possibilities that can be achieved by merging different packaging technologies together in order to achieve significant lightweight potential.
Once developed, this packaging format could be used for a wide variety of food and non-food products such as cleaning products, garden and DIY products.
 
Other related technologies on this database -
"A 4-sided pouch that is a light-weight alternative to large containers." - from Smart Bottle
"A light-weight flexible pack for liquid foods" - known as the Ecolean Air Package 
 

Contacts and Further Information

Company details: 

Exopack LLC
Corporate Head Office
3070 Southport Road
Spartanburg, SC 29302
Tel +1 864 596 7140
email flex.pack@exopack.com 
www.smartbottleinc.com
 
Technology contact details:
Ken Wilkes
Smart Bottle Inc
825 Merrimon Avenue, Suite 320
Asheville, NC 28804
 Tel +1 (0) 828 275 1022
Email ken@riverm.com

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