Injection moulding specialist Patterson and Rothwell has developed a method for manufacturing “the thinnest wall PET on the market”, which will be used to create premium dessert pots for the food industry.
With a wall thickness of between 0.8mm and 1mm – up to 0.4mm thinner than the previous thinnest option – the recyclable pots will meet a need for elegant packaging in the premium dessert sector. They are available in a range of shapes and sizes for yogurts, mousses and other desserts, and are the result of a £500,000 investment into new specialist tooling and significant research and development.
The pots are injection moulded using a unique multi-cavity, “all electric” method that allows the manufacturer to create the walls so thin.
Patterson and Rothwell sales and marketing manager Dave Bowden said: “We developed the new PET packaging in response to the food industry wanting a move from general purpose polystyrene, which can crack easily, to more hard-wearing and widely recyclable dessert packaging.
“Major retailers have already expressed interest in the product and we’re anticipating that many more will follow suit. The pots are ideal for premium brands wanting an eco-friendly, yet aesthetically pleasing design.”
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