PET pack with a cardboard carrying handle

At interpack (4-10 May in Düsseldorf) KHS is presenting for the first time its new bottle clip, adding to the list of resource-saving alternatives for its Nature MultiPack. The combination of proven adhesive dots and a new carton transport handle enables stable packaging of PET beverage bottles.

Project manager Manfred van Triel stated:

With our new bottle clip variant we now offer a supplement to our future-proof packaging system portfolio. The development is the result of a detailed customer survey. Our new alternative reflects the beverage industry’s need for environmentally-friendly secondary packaging systems. The market finds it very important that fewer materials and especially less plastic are used here. Customers are showing a lot of interest. They’re especially keen on the minimalist amount of material consumed. We’re thus certain that our new packaging alternative will become established on the market.

With its bottle clip system KHS satisfies both demands: thanks to the use of its proven dots of adhesive, absolutely no outer packaging is required. At the same time, the new cardboard carrying handle ensures convenient, plastic-free transportation.

Variants of two to eight PET bottles per pack holding 250 to 2,000 milliliters each are planned. Perfect product presentation is ensured by the exact alignment of the bottles in the pack. This allows our customers to profit from an attractive billboard effect at the point of sale. This can be further emphasized by extensive printing on the bottle clip cardboard.

The new packs are processed on the modular KHS Innopack Kisters NMP packaging machine. Here, the existing module used to apply the original plastic carrying handle is replaced by a newly developed unit that feeds in the alternative cardboard clip and slots it onto the PET containers. Former process steps such as distribution among different lanes, buffering and pack turning are no longer required. This makes the machine up to four meters shorter, a huge benefit for operators with limited production space.