Amcor developed the LiquiForm concept in 2006 and subsequently set up a joint venture that owns the patented LiquiForm technology and related intellectual property. The joint venture has signed agreements with bottling machinery manufacturer Sidel, Yoshino Kogyosho Co, Japan’s largest plastic bottle manufacturer, and Nestlé Waters. Amcor and Sidel each own a 50% interest in the joint venture.
For consumer product manufacturers, this breakthrough is expected to reduce capital costs and improve operating efficiency and product quality. LiquiForm delivers a reduction in operating costs of up to 25%, reduced manufacturing risk and greater flexibility in container design.
The joint venture will issue licences allowing machine manufacturers to produce and sell equipment using the LiquiForm technology. Global demand for new blow-moulding and filling machines for which LiquiForm would be suitable is estimated to be approximately 800 machines a year.
The joint venture will target a significant portion of that annual demand for conversion to the LiquiForm technology, and the first full-scale operation is expected to be commercialised in two to three years.
Amcor managing director and CEO Ken MacKenzie said: “I have been in the packaging industry for over 20 years and in my opinion, LiquiForm has the potential to be one of the most important breakthrough technologies in liquid packaging.
“This technology will transform the rigid plastic container manufacturing industry, providing significant benefits to all players throughout the value chain.
“LiquiForm is an outstanding example of how Amcor is translating its deep understanding of the needs of customers and consumers into new and improved ways of operating. Innovation is a core value for Amcor, and this breakthrough further establishes the company as an innovation leader in the packaging industry.”
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