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    OPP bottles and aseptic PET

    Krones AG, Neutraubling / Germany, has now revealed that UHT milk with a shelf life of 90 days has been available in PET containers for the first time anywhere in the world from the dairy company Centrale del Latte di Brescia SpA since the end of June 2004. VR was able to publish initial photos of the UHT and fresh milk bottles on page 14 of Verpackungs-Rundschau 7/2004. The aseptic filling technology supplied by Krones consists of an aseptic PET line with insulation technology for up to 12.000 bottles/hour. A Contiform S blow moulding machine produces the 0.5-litre and 1-litre PET containers in Italy. Shortly before K 2004 (in Düsseldorf from 20. - 27.10.2004), the global market leader for beverage filling and packaging technology has also announced a new development in OPP technology: Dr Christian Detrois, head of the PET technology centre in Neutraubling, intends to demonstrates that OPP bottles can be produced at the same speed on conventional PET two-station stretch blow moulding machines manufactured by the company.

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    Krones pushes packaging technology

    Packaging and bottling systems provider Krones has developed a new high-speed packing tray capable of running at up to 100 cycles per minute and a new PET-Asept Filling System for cold aseptic filling of high- and low-acid products in plastic containers.

    Both products are to be unveiled at this years Pack Expo International 2004 in Chicago USA, which runs 7 to 11 November 2004. The new high-speed packing tray, called the Variopac 100 high-speed packing system, is a fully automated all in one packaging system that can pack a variety of containers into trays and onto pads before film-shrinking the package. The machine can handle a broad range of container sizes and materials, which offers processors rapid changeover capability.

    In addition, the redesigned film cutting and over-wrapping module, provides a continuous motion tray-blank separation unit, and a shorter pitch between products. This allows the Variopac to run at up to 100 cycles per minute.

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    Krones Q1 performance hit by rising raw material costs

    Packaging firm Krones has reported increased sales for the first half of 2004, but the return on sales has been hit by the steep increases in raw material prices.

    Packaging firm Krones reported some improvements for the first half of 2004, with order bookings rising by 18.2 per cent to ?784.9 million, up from ?663.9 m in the same period last year.
    The results from the company, which is the worlds largest producer of beverage bottling/canning lines and packaging machinery, suggests that the healthy trend in the global business cycle is now showing up among export-driven German companies.

    Krones exports account for around 80 per cent of its turnover. Particularly high growth was reported in the regions of North America, Asia/Pacific and in the former CIS nations.

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    Krones to unveil latest innovations

    Integrated bottling and packaging systems manufacturer Krones is launching a number of new products including a PET-Asept system featuring Isolator technology and a new VO-DM-PET volumetric filling system for water.

    The German-based company is set to unveil these latest packaging equipment products at BevExpo, which runs from the 29 September to 1 October 2004 in Florida, USA.
    Krones PET-Asept filling system for cold aseptic filling of high- and low-acid products in plastic containers features Isolator technology, an air-tight sealed tunnel system that surrounds only the bottle path. It was developed to ensure microbiological safety while providing simplified handling for the users.

    The company claims that a sterile atmosphere is maintained in the Isolator via HEPA filters. An Isolator is used instead of a conventional cleanroom, which minimizes the size and cost of the system.

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    Krones launches lifecycle programme for bottlers

    Krones has unveiled what it claims is a complete package of after-sale customer care for bottlers and plant managers. The service covers everything from installation and commissioning through to training, parts, preventive maintenance and line optimisation.

    Under the lifecycle service programme, stock spare parts can be shipped within 24 hours, and handling parts can be shipped within six weeks. Emergency parts are also available. Krones claims that over 90 per cent of its replacement and handling parts are manufactured on site.

    Comprehensive component rebuild, repair, and exchange services are also available under the programme. Krones intends to extend its lifecycle service initiative to provide adhesives and other consumable products, specifically engineered to work with Krones equipment.

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    Global orders help Krones achieve good first quarter

    Krones, the market leader for beverage filling and packaging machinery, has reported increased order bookings, sales revenues and profits for the first quarter of 2004 despite gloomy prognoses for the German economy. This bodes well for the sector as a whole.

    The group has achieved economic stability through diversifying its operations and expanding globally. Three large orders - one from the American brewing group Anheuser Busch, one from Danone for bottling Evian water, and one from Beer Thai in Thailand (one of the biggest orders in Krones history) exemplify a perceptible uptrend. As corporate investment levels began gradually to recover, Krones experienced buoyant demand for its machines, lines and services during the first three months of the ongoing business year. Order bookings rose by eight per cent on a like-for-like basis to reach ?406 million (preceding year: ?376 m).

    Sales revenues in the Krones Group during 2004s first quarter, at ?388 million, were 6 per cent up on he preceding years figure (?367 m). Against the background of a significantly worse price situation than in the previous year, profits after taxes were three per cent up at ?16.3 million.

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    Can lid labelling as hygienic protection Foiling with a Krones Taxomatic

    For the first time in Brazils brewery sector, a Krones Taxomatic labeller is operating with extended technology for applying foil to can lids as hygienic protection. For this innovation, Krones AG, Neutraubling, Germany, was chosen ahead of numerous other applicants as the winner of the second TecnoBebida Award in 2002. This prize for innovative technologies is awarded every two years at the TecnoBebida trade fair.

    The hygienic protection used is a fully recyclable aluminium foil. Besides protecting the can closure against soiling, the can foiling option also scores in terms of upmarket visual enhancement. The printable foil offers additional advertising area, and thus a multitude of options for flexible support of advertising campaigns, e.g. by drawing attention to ongoing sales promotion drives or other events.

    In a tunnel at the Taxomatics infeed, UV lamps first destroy up to 99.8 % of all micro-organisms located in the lid area. The cans are then passed through a worm to the infeed starwheel. Using a food-quality cold glue and a special centring bell, a sheet of foil is then placed on the lid and in a separate carousel gently pressed on and precisely moulded to the cans shape.

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    Krones Implements First Bottle-to-bottle Recycling Facility...

    In Germany, the circle has been closed for PET non-returnable and rejected returnable bottles. With commissioning of a new recycling facility run by Cleanaway Plastic Recycling GmbH in Rostock, officially inaugurated at the end of February 2002, 15,000 tons of PET beverage bottles a year can be processed into food-grade recyclate and thus re-used to make new PET containers. As the main contractor, Krones AG, Neutraubling, installed the entire equipment involved, featuring the patented URRC process. Krones here utilised its expertise in cleaning technology and engineering, plus feedback and insights gained from operating the PET recycling plant in Frauenfeld, Switzerland.