Competek’s packaging optimization service

Prototyping lightweight & recycled PET solutions

Competek Solutions
Competek Solutions' experts have a complete in-house infrastructure for prototyping and testing new lightweighting and rPET solutions Photo Competek

Established in June 2021 by PET Engineering and COMEP, Competek boasts a packaging team of 10 people whose knowledge and expertise, gained over twenty years, has enabled the company to provide customised solutions for its clients. The mission is to make a positive contribution towards developments in the packaging industry by providing solutions which are beneficial for our planet. Sustainable packaging solutions are more than an environmental pay-off for a team that is committed to working for its customers to help them make the best investments.

Complete packaging solutions

The secret to a high-performance bottle starts from selecting the right preform and having a functional design. With its packaging optimization service, Competek’s expert team supports customers who support them every step of the way in order to develop the bottle and, if required, helping them to choose the right preform supported by a production area of 850 square meters, an injection machine, three blowers and a certified laboratory using state-of-the-art machinery. A winning formula with the infrastructure to provide a complete packaging solutions service.

On preforms, in addition to the standard tests associated with dimension checks, the expert team can carry out further tests such as DSC and IV tests both on the preforms available on the market and on those developed and injected using the in-house Husky machine. An analysis of the bottle is then carried out with a series of tests as required by the standard procedures such as those prescribed by ISSBT and CETIE or by following the control procedures specified by the client.

In the case of a new commission, the team provides a unique prototyping service – having created a pilot mould, the bottles can be blown in its production facility. This is where the innovation lies, thanks to the in-house laboratory and the expertise acquired over many years of engaging in the prototyping and production process. This involves finalizing the design, launching the mould, and blowing the bottles, which can now be achieved in just ten hours. A service which the experts can provide thanks to a specific workshop developed and intended for the most demanding teams with tight timings.

Providing lightweight and rPET solutions

When it comes to the sustainability of a bottle, one immediately think of the words ‘Lightweight’ and ‘Recycled PET’ – two aspects that can generally meet the various needs of brand owners. Competek’s packaging optimization services can adapt to these type of changes. In the case of lightweighting, the team will analyze the existing bottle, any areas for improvement and test the new output by certifying its performance by approving the container so that the client can begin production with confidence.

In the case of recycled PET, on the other hand, the company provides a way to assess the behaviour of various grades of the recycled materials used to produce the bottle. The comparative tests carried out lead to the recommendations of what is required so that mechanical performance matches the customer’s requirements.

And if the new packaging is approved, Competek will provide the moulds and line conversion irrespective of the type of machinery the client has, because the company is committed to providing a one-stop-shop for all needs.


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