R&D / Leverage Ltd.

Leverage House, Hamilton Road, NG17 5LD Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire
United Kingdom

Telephone +44 1623 556287
Fax +44 1623 552240
atolley@rdleverage.com

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  • Hall 11 / C23
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interpack 2017 hall map (Hall 11): stand C23

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  • 02  Packaging materials, packaging means, auxiliary packaging means and packaging production
  • 02.01  Packaging materials
  • 02.01.03  Packaging materials / Plastic (pellets, films)
  • 02.01.03.04  Packaging materials / Polyethylene (PE)
  • 02.01.03.04.02  Packaging materials / Polyethylene terepthalate (PET)

Packaging materials / Polyethylene terepthalate (PET)

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Feb 3, 2017

R&D/Leverage Open House USA

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Feb 3, 2017

R&D/Leverage Europe Wins Horners Award!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Robert Schiavone

R&D/Leverage

816-872-4839 

rschiavone@rdleverage.com                                                                                                                                                         

www.rdleverage.com

 

R&D/Leverage Europe Wins Horners Award!

 

October 26th , 2016 - Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom: R&D/Leverage Europe, acknowledged as a world-leading solution provider to the single stage blow-molding industry, continually demonstrates its commitment to new technology development by pushing the boundaries of what’s possible with PET, PP, and Eastman’s trademarked co-polyester Triton.

            After the company’s success with the Twist bottle, R&D/Leverage was challenged to show the world what can be done with PET. That resulted in the creation of the ICE bottle using a specially adapted PET resin from Eastman. “PET has some first rate attributes including its glass-like clear quality, it’s shatterproof and recyclable,” notes Alan Tolley, Managing Director for R&D/Leverage Europe. “But, it also has some down sides in that it’s a material that doesn’t like square shoulders, tight radius or deep base recesses. We developed the ICE bottles to have all the design factors that PET doesn’t like to get a commercially viable bottle to show what can be achieved with PET.”

            R&D/Leverage’s outstanding success with the ICE bottle resulted in the company deciding that it needed to be shared with the world. The ICE bottle was entered into the 2016 Horners Bottlemakers Award competition, run jointly by the Worshipful Company of Horners and the British Plastics Federation.  The award is given annually for entries demonstrating innovation in plastics design and manufacture or in processing plastics.

A panel of judges gave this year’s prestigious award for Design and Innovation in Plastics and the Horners Bottlemaking Award to R&D/Leverage Europe. As is the custom, the award was presented during an evening event by the Rt. Honorable the Lord Mayor of London. The award, first held in 1947, is thought to be the oldest award for plastics in the world and is the cornerstone of the Horners many activities supporting design and education in the plastics industry.

“These well-deserved awards are a reward for the excellence of all the team members who participated in the development of the ICE bottle,” says Tolley. “These Awards are much appreciated both by the recipients and the Horners. We pushed the boundaries of what we do and are constantly pushing the boundaries to stay on the leading edge of what we do.”

 

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ABOUT R&D/LEVERAGE –

 

R&D/Leverage Europe is recognized as one of the world’s leading suppliers of single stage tooling, and supplies bottles and jars in PET. Services include product evaluation, tooling design, tooling manufacture, and technical service assistance. The company also has on-site injection stretch blow molding machines (ISBM), from which the company offers pilot tooling, material trials, colour trials, and production tool qualification.

R&D/Leverage USA, headquartered in Missouri, services the food and beverage, home and personal care, and healthcare industries. It is the only company to offer both structural brand development and mold manufacturing capabilities. Structural brand development capabilities are upfront research such as retail audits that include trend and color study, ethnographic research, consumer focus groups, concept development, validation, and implementation. Mold manufacturing capabilities include full mold manufacturing for PET tooling, IBM tooling, injection molds, as well as unit tool development, testing, validation, and training.

 

 

For more information, visit our NEW website at www.rdleverage.com or email info@rdleverage.com.

 

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Feb 3, 2017

R&D/Leverage and Floreon bring PLA to the Injection Stretch Blow World!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Robert Schiavone

R&D/Leverage

816-872-4839 

rschiavone@rdleverage.com                                                                                                                                                         

www.rdleverage.com

 

R&D/Leverage and Floreon bring PLA to the Injection Stretch Blow World!

 

 2017 - Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom - Developing a new material – particularly an environmentally friendly bioplastic for rigid container applications – was no easy feat for Floreon, an early stage technical company located in the UK that produces a high-performance specially formulated bioplastic compound which is added to standard bioplastic (PLA). Floreon’s goal was to create an innovative material with a sustainable origin and a range of end-of-life options.  In fact it took the company four years of research and development work and a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with the University of Sheffield, to come up with this unique, environmentally, fully compostable and high-performing bioplastic, explained Dr. Andrew Gill, Technical Director for Floreon, headquartered in the UK.

 The company has produced about a half million pounds of the material to date, and has been actively putting in place global patents for the formulation with patents pending in the US and Japan. “We’re trying to get this bioplastic into the market for rigid packaging applications and further down the line for durable applications as well,” states Gill.  “We started with 15-liter water bottles primarily because these bottles couldn’t be recycled because of their size. We didn’t know what customers were doing with them. We’ve been trying to commercialize the technology in various applications, rigid packaging, trigger sprayers, water bottles, etc.

Key to the success of the development of this new additive to mix with the PLA bioplastic for rigid containers was the partnership with R&D/Leverage Europe to help with material testing to determine optimum processing and which applications would be suitable for the new material. 

Gill explains that Floreon has worked on the development of the bioplastic material for its own purposes since 2011 in an effort to make large bottles for water coolers. “The material had the performance but we couldn’t make a large bottle with it,” says Gill. “The problem originally was the thickness of the preform. The first 15-liter bottle failed because the preform was so thick and heavy that it required a lot of heat which essentially caused the material to crystallize using a two-stage process.” Floreon approached R&D/Leverage about this project, and R&D/Leverage took up the challenge. “We were interested in pursuing this enquiry to promote our commitment to Green issues, and because our expertise in PET and Single Stage Injection Stretch Blow molding applications, which we felt would be optimum for the Floreon material,” says Alan Tolley, Managing Director. “Our first reaction was one of trepidation as we went into the unknown. With this in mind however, we chose a smaller cosmetic jar that in our opinion would be the easiest product with which to get good results.”

R&D/Leverage set the project in its Product Solution Laboratory using one of the company’s six injection stretch blow-molding machines. Technical service engineers and engineers from Floreon used their expertise to process the material with excellent results. R&D/Leverage then upped the ante in the second trial, choosing a much more difficult bottle with challenging characteristics – the R&D/Leverage proprietary Twist bottle.

“On this trial we ran the Floreon material using several different weights and preform wall thicknesses that we have for our Twist bottle,” explains Tolley.

Steve Gough, Technical Manager for R&D/Leverage, comments: “We found that the Floreon resin provided a large process window with great results in terms of optimized material distribution and sharp corner ratio. The capability transferred through with consistent good products produced from 3mm to 8mm thick preforms.”

 Working together as a team, Floreon and R&D/Leverage once again realized success.

“R&D/Leverage was an ideal partner to help us take our research and development, and turn it into reality,” states Floreon’s Gill. “They were able to dry the material to our specs, then select the appropriate machine and tooling. The initial test was performed with a simple application – cosmetic jars – and that trial was really successful.”

 R&D/Leverage’s UK facility specializes in Single Stage PET blow molded bottles. The company is considered the world’s leading solution provider to that market, and can bring its expertise to PLA along with PET, PP and Eastman’s Triton materials.  R&D/Leverage has the ability to offer product evaluation, tool design and manufacture, tool qualification as well as proving product viability in the company’s Product Solution Laboratory.

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ABOUT R&D/LEVERAGE –

 

R&D/Leverage Europe is recognized as one of the world’s leading suppliers of single stage tooling, and supplies bottles and jars in PET. Services include product evaluation, tooling design, tooling manufacture, and technical service assistance. The company also has on-site injection stretch blow molding machines (ISBM), from which the company offers pilot tooling, material trials, colour trials, and production tool qualification.

R&D/Leverage USA, headquartered in Missouri, services the food and beverage, home and personal care, and healthcare industries. It is the only company to offer both structural brand development and mold manufacturing capabilities. Structural brand development capabilities are upfront research such as retail audits that include trend and color study, ethnographic research, consumer focus groups, concept development, validation, and implementation. Mold manufacturing capabilities include full mold manufacturing for PET tooling, IBM tooling, injection molds, as well as unit tool development, testing, validation, and training.

 

 

For more information, visit our NEW website at www.rdleverage.com or email info@rdleverage.com.

 

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  • Cosmetics
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  • Pharmaceuticals
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