One-Step bottle forming and filling now possible with LiquiForm

04 August 2014 | News | By Bureau Report

A revolutionary new technology has been announced that is targeted to bring significant energy and cost savings, as well as other benefits, to liquid packaging producers worldwide.

LiquiForm is a breakthrough blow moulding and filling manufacturing technology which uses consumable, pressurized liquid instead of compressed air to form plastic containers. By combining the bottle forming and filling processes into one step, this game-changing technology eliminates numerous manufacturing steps, significantly reducing cost and waste.

Ann O’Hara, President of LiquiForm, said: “LiquiForm represents a significant opportunity for the consumer products industry by creating a step-change in efficiency and flexibility. By partnering with respected equipment manufacturers as well as international converters and leading Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) companies, we are set up to have the technology achieve its full potential. And looking forward, we seek to make the technology widely available through a licensing and royalty system which encourages partners and licensees to invest in future innovation and development.”

LiquiForm technology benefits include:

• Energy reduction - no need for compressed air as the bottles are formed when they are filled with the beverage or product
• Improved sustainability - lower energy use means less greenhouse gas emissions
• Less cost to produce - no redundant equipment associated with traditional blow and fill operations
• Operational efficiency - reduced labour, waste and downtime
• Reduced footprint - forming and filling are combined in one operation, reducing the amount of floor space required

How It Works?
The preform is placed in the mould and then the actual liquid or whatever product is to be bottled is forced at high pressure into the preform, moulding it into the bottle shape. This results in a filled bottle, ready for capping and labelling.

The LiquiForm technology has been validated with a significant range of packaging substrates, products and conditions using the same LiquiForm machine for cold, ambient and hot-fill containers.

LiquiForm Group is now actively seeking additional commercial partners. The LiquiForm technology will be widely available through a licensing and royalty system, which encourages partners and licensees to invest in future innovation and development.

LiquiForm is the result of a joint venture originally established by Amcor, a multinational packaging leader, and Sidel, a global provider of PET solutions for liquid packaging. The LiquiForm Group has signed agreements with Yoshino Kogyosho, Japan’s largest plastic bottle manufacturer, to further develop the technology, and with Nestle Waters, one of the world’s leading bottle water companies, to acquire their intellectual property in this innovative technology.

|It is expected that more equipment manufacturers and FMCG companies will be able to purchase developer kits to accelerate their own product development at some stage in the near future. Full scale commercialisation of the LiquiForm technology is currently expected to occur by 2018.

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