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Pack Expo 2018: 5 breakthrough plastic packaging innovations

By Rick Lingle, Plastics Today

Pack Expo Intl. 2018 held October 14-17 presented a wide-angle view of packaging boasting 2,500 exhibitors across 1.25 million net square feet of Chicago’s McCormick Place and drew nearly 45,000 attendees.

It was an extravaganza of all things packaging including an impressively high level of plastics packaging innovation and product introductions. We’ve distilled an impressive and diverse number of notable developments in retail, ecommerce, beverage, food packaging and other markets down to this listing of five exemplary new products and will be reporting on others just as remarkable in the days ahead.

The list starts with the industry’s first look at the ecommerce-optimized Dromo PET packaging system from PTI (Holland, OH) that launched at the show.

Dromo, which in Greek means road (insider information: the company’s agency person, who’s a long-timer in packaging editorial and marketing, is Greek), is a PET bottle designed specifically for liquid or semi-viscous products sold through e-commerce channels and is suitable for personal care, household chemicals and a wide range of other products.

“Consumers have never been more vocal about reducing plastic packaging consumption,” explains Thierry Fabozzi, PTI president. “Along with this has come the significant shift in buying habits, moving away from retail stores toward ecommerce. Different times, call for different packaging solutions and that’s what this innovation represents.”

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