R&D/Leverage Europe Applies ISBM Expertise to PET Round Bottle Project

The company assisted Robinson Packaging from product design and tool manufacture to tooling approval onsite for a successful 500-millileter PET round bottle solution, despite COVID-19 setbacks.


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R&D/Leverage Europe (U.K.) recently supplied a full injection stretch blow molding (ISBM) solution to produce a 500-millileter PET round bottle for European plastic and rigid box packaging design and manufacture Robinson Packaging’s (Chesterfield, U.K.) ‘My Fabulosa’ range.

The central challenge to the delivery, the company says, was to provide a complete product solution that would best nullify common technical problems with round containers—poor material distribution and lensing susceptibility. R&D/Leverage assisted with this project from product design, tool manufacture and tooling approval onsite.

“Robinson has grown their U.K. PET bottle business significantly in the last three years, so we were privileged to be contacted to assist with this new business,” states Shaun Powney, account manager R&D/Leverage Europe. “Throughout this project both companies were hit with many obstacles, mostly related to the COVID-19 pandemic, which provided us with its challenges, as I am sure most companies around the globe have encountered this past year. But with our facilities being on the doorstep, communication/support ensured this project ran smoothly and quickly.”

Steve Bell, Robinson’s new business development manager adds: “We greatly value the support and technical knowledge that R&D/Leverage bring to any new project. Their geographical location to our U.K. factories allows us to work more closely with them at each stage of the development, and their door is always open. The timing plan for the My Fabulosa project was particularly tight, due to our customers rapidly growing demand and market conditions fueled by the global pandemic. The level of professionalism, service and reliability provided by R&D/Leverage played a major part in helping us to bring this project in on time and ahead of schedule, with the tool producing acceptable parts from the very first trial.”