15/11/2018 – News / Packaging / Innovation / Lightweight Containers / The Netherlands / Brau Beviale
Lightweight Containers reveals new innovations for KeyKeg and UniKeg Brau Beviale 2018
At this year’s Brau Beviale 2018, Lightweight Containers will reveal some of its latest innovations – including additional fittings for KeyKeg and UniKeg, and a clever tool for the home market – alongside global expansion of the firm’s production facilities.
The UniKeg range of products is already available with Sankey-D and Sankey-S fittings. As innovation is continuous, Lightweight Containers is adding a non-alcoholic fitting to the KeyKeg and UniKeg as well as other fittings for the UniKeg.
Expanding presence worldwide
With market demand for lightweight kegs continuing to grow, Annemieke Hartman – CCO of Lightweight Containers – says that to support the demand of its customers and to grow its global presence, the firm needs to expand. To be effectively able to do so, the company has just opened a state-of-the-art production facility in Seaham in the UK. Furthermore, the firm is in the process of developing new facilities near Madrid in Spain (set for completion next year), and will also develop further facilities at a location yet to be determined in Italy in 2019/2020. Besides that, a number of other locations are under consideration in the short term, Ms Hartman advised.
Keg innovations for the home market
To make drinks in a keg available for everybody, Lightweight Containers searched for an option to make home use possible. For the keg to be relevant in the home market, the firm needed to reduce the barrier to enter, which practically meant it needed to eliminate complex, expensive dispense systems. “After a long wait, we are delighted to let you know that we have done it,” said a company spokesperson. The company will be demonstrating its innovative tool, which is ready for delivery now, at its stand (4A – 311) at Brau Beviale 2018.
‘Cradle to cradle’ kegs
Lightweight Containers’ brands KeyKeg and UniKeg are the only kegs that, from the start, are designed with circularity in mind. KeyKeg started to re-use plastics to create their griprings and base cups, both of which are made from 100-per-cent post-consumer recyclate. Today, KeyKegs are collected with the aim of creating new KeyKegs.
Indeed, the firm was already able to make KeyKegs that consist of 81-per-cent used materials before the question of plastic reuse became a major topic – and today, just 19 per cent of the used KeyKegs material will be recycled for other applications rather than new KeyKegs. The company said that “continuous innovation and the design of our products will enable us to deliver Cradle to Cradle kegs, making a real difference for the environment.”
Visit Lightweight Containers on Stand 4A – 311 at Brau Beviale 2018, or for more information, go to: www.lightweight-containers.com.