“The stretch blow moulding model as an integral component of our virtual package system has the potential for saving over $200M a year through faster development and start up times as well as optimized material weights. The digital workflows are also a key element to designing for the future sustainable packaging requirements.”Leading fast moving consumer goods company
What impact did it make?
A global impact in bottle manufacturing
Following the commercial success of the pioneering research, spinout company Blow Moulding Technologies (BMT), was formed in 2011. The company has established an international presence and supplies software, services and hardware to the packaging sector enabling global brands to minimise material and energy usage.
Since 2014, BMT has collaborated with large multi-national companies to develop innovative, lightweight bottle designs, and successfully introduce new bio-based materials into bottle packaging.
BMT’s patented flagship product THERMOscan has become a de-facto standard tool used in the stretch blow mould industry for product and process development.
The technology enables manufacturers to optimise their process setup, saving them time, energy and money and provides them with information that results in more efficient production of bespoke products.
The impact of BMT’s simulation services was highlighted in the joint presentation with PepsiCo at the Society of Plastic Engineers Annual Blow Moulding Conference held in Atlanta, Georgia, USA in Oct 2019.
“Through the use of our expertise which is has been developed based on knowledge developed from the stretch blow mould research group at Queen’s, we were able to design a new bottle that was 2g lighter and reduce the design lead time by 50%. Given that the bottle production is the order of billions and the cost of PET is ~ $2000/tonne we have saved PepsiCo millions of dollars on material cost alone for this one product. This is only one example of multiple projects that we conduct with PepsiCo and which we have replicated with companies from all over the world.” Managing Director of BMT
- The research has attracted significant funding from the soft drinks industry and awarding bodies.
- The technology enables manufacturers to optimise their process setup, saving them time, energy, and money
- The company has grown substantially, reaching an annual turnover of over £1,000,000 for the year 2020.
Impact related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Learn more about Queen’s University’s commitment to nurturing a culture of sustainability and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through research and education.
- SDG 12 - Responsible consumption and production
- SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure