APPE, Nissei ASB partner to develop, supply hot-fill, pasteurizable wide mouth plastic jars for food market in Europe, Turkey

WREXHAM, United Kingdom , March 29, 2012 (press release) – APPE, the packaging division of LSB and Nissei ASB GmbH (Europe), have formed a strategic partnership for the development and supply of hot fill and pasteurisable wide mouth plastic jars for the food market in Europe and Turkey.

The partnership will seek to further develop the capability to produce plastic jars and bottles to meet the challenging needs of products including sauces, tomato based foods, jams, pickles and vegetables. The clear focus is to bring to the market high performing packaging solutions which also offer enhanced benefits of light weight, safety and improved environmental impacts compared to existing formats.

As a result, Nissei ASB will work exclusively with APPE in Europe and Turkey in the continuing development of the double blow wide neck system, with APPE taking delivery of the first two systems in Europe during 2012.

The companies say they are already seeing an extremely high level of interest in the system, and jars are now available for evaluation and sampling.

“We are confident that the long standing partnership between Nissei ASB and ourselves will enable this exciting technology to be developed to meet food customers’ requirements and provide consumers with safer and more sustainable packaging,” comments Mike Hanratty, Business Development Director of APPE/LSB.

“We can now offer an effective solution for many applications in the food market. Plastic was previously unable to provide a technical solution with the excellent clarity that helps to create the right on-shelf impact.”

“Nissei ASB is delighted to be working with the market leader in PET packaging on this new technology,” comments Karel Keersmaekers, Managing Director, Nissei ASB GMBH. “This is the natural progression to deepen our long established relationship and we look forward to continuing our successful co-operation.”

APPE is currently developing the technology and expects the first market introductions to launch later in 2012.

About APPE

APPE, formerly known as Artenius PET Packaging Europe, is a division of La Seda de Barcelona (LSB).

The company is a market-leader in the design and manufacture of PET preforms, bottles and containers for a wide variety of end markets including food, drinks, personal care and household products.

With manufacturing facilities in the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Belgium, Morocco, Turkey and Greece, APPE is able to offer customers both a localised and pan-European service.

APPE is also the European leader in the recycling of PET containers and the largest producer of high quality food grade rPET resin

About Nissei ASB

Nissei ASB GmbH. is the European subsidiary of Nissei ASB Machine Co., Ltd. based in Nagano, Japan.

The company has been a pioneer, and continues to be aglobal leader in the PET container manufacturing industry for the last 34 years, with 18 overseas subsidiaries on every continent and machine sales into more than 120 countries.

Nissei ASB has a long held reputation for innovation in developing specialised technologies for Injection Stretch Blow Moulding of PET and other plastic containers.

In the area of hot fillable PET container manufacture, Nissei ASB has a history of development dating back to the 1980’ssince when it has formed a consistent segment of the company’s business. The double blow wide mouth system for hot fillable jars was first demonstrated by Nissei ASB at the K’2010 exhibition in Dusseldorf.

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