UK firm targets Americas with PET paint can
London-based Plastic Can Co is seeking licensees in North and South America for its patented, two-stage PET paint can.
By Bill Bregar, Plastics News
Posted 16 March 2010
The company’s PET paint can is made by two-stage reheat blow moulding, unlike most others that are injection molded from polypropylene, which it claims cannot hold solvent-containing paints. PP containers, like traditional metal paint cans, are manufactured in one step and incur costs when the bulky containers are shipped to the paint filler.
PCC’s PET can handles both solvent- and water-based paint, with a crystal clear container. Injection moulded preforms can be made centrally and then shipped and stored at the paint filling plant, where they are blow moulded into finished cans.
The preforms are delivered with a ready-fitted handle, which clips onto the rim of the preform and remains in place during the reheat-blow process and paint filling.
PCC said the cans can be moulded from post-consumer PET.
The company has developed a ring-pull lid so the lid can be removed by hand, without requiring a tool. The ring pull can be clipped back onto the lid for repeatable use.
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