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    • Husky helps develop world's first compostable water bottle

      Preform design and production equipment provided for BIOTA's corn-based bottles

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      For release 2005-01-10


      Bolton, Ontario — Husky, the world's leading supplier of bottle preform production equipment and services, has helped bring the first compostable water bottle made from NatureWorks® PLA corn-based resin to the market.

      Husky worked closely with BIOTA Brands of America Inc., Cargill Dow LLC and SIG Corpoplast to develop a fully compostable bottle for BIOTA's new line of premium Colorado spring water. The bottle is compatible with all municipal/industrial composting facilities, according to Cargill Dow LLC.

      "Husky worked hand-in-hand with these companies to develop what we feel is a breakthrough application," Mike Urquhart, Husky's Vice President, PET, said. "One of our core values is proactive environmental responsibility, which is why we're thrilled to be involved in such a project. This is a great example of how it's possible to combine commercial success with environmental sustainability."

      Husky supplied BIOTA with the preform production equipment - a 24-cavity HyPET 120 system that is currently producing preforms for 12 oz., ½ liter and 1 liter water bottles. Husky's HyPET machine offers faster cycles, reduced mold wear, better repeatability, lower acetaldehyde generation and better energy efficiency, leading to higher output-per-capital and high-quality preforms.

      Husky's Preform Development Center was also involved throughout the preform and bottle design phase, working closely with blowmolding equipment supplier SIG Corpoplast, which supplied BIOTA with a BLOMAX-10, 10-cavity stretch blowmolding system.

      "In developing the BIOTA bottle, we aligned ourselves with companies that could provide us with the production expertise we needed, and who shared the same sustainability vision," David M. Zutler, CEO of BIOTA Brands of America, Inc., said. "BIOTA is changing the face of the beverage industry with its compostable bottle. Consumers ultimately want a Planet-Friendly® option."

      NatureWorks is a trademark of Cargill Dow LLC

      About Husky — Husky Injection Molding Systems (www.husky.ca) is a leading global supplier of injection molding equipment and services to the plastics industry. The company has more than 40 service and sales offices, supporting customers in over 100 countries. Husky's manufacturing facilities are located in Canada, the United States, Luxembourg and China. 

      For more information, please contact:
      Media Relations
      Husky Injection Molding Systems
      E-mail: media@husky.ca

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