CMG Plastics, an injection and stretch blow molder for plastic packaging, is expanding its in-mold labeling (IML) capabilities and adding a fourth IML line to its Somerville, New Jersey facility
The company, also known as Custom Molders Group LLC, has nine other IML lines at its Brantford, Ontario facility.
CMG manufactures custom and storable rigid packaging products. The range includes containers, cups, bottles and closures.
Ilsemann Automation’s new high-speed line, which CMG said cost around $ 500,000, will help CMG keep pace with the global growth it expects in the IML space, especially among large beverage, food and consumer goods manufacturers.
“Consumer brand managers have shifted dramatically from the” requirement “to the” requirement “for unique and environmentally sustainable packaging solutions,” said Jens Dürr, director of business development, in a recently published press release.
IML makes recycling easier by eliminating the need to separate packaging from traditional heat shrink tubing or adhesive labels, which are often not recyclable, noted CMG.
The process also allows for quick label changes and speeds up packaging production, the company said.
“As an integrated part of the production process, we can use IML to produce finished packaging faster, especially compared to packaging that requires secondary labeling or offline decoration processes,” added Dürr.
The company specifically cited “unprecedented growth” fueled by consumer demand for dairy-free products like soy and almond milk.
He also named Digimarc Corp’s barcode / SmartLabel technology. as IML growth driver. In addition to the potential to optimize inventory and supply chain logistics, SmartLabel can enable shoppers to receive product information or self-checkout by scanning labels with their smartphones.
CMG employs 100 people between its two plants.