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Alpha Packaging introduces new HDPE bottles for pharma and nutritional supplement industries

North American manufacturer of bottles and jars Alpha Packaging has launched a new line of stock blow molded high density polyethylene (HDPE) bottles for the pharmaceutical and nutritional supplement industries.

According to the company, the new seven injection blow molded packers are part of its HDPE Pharma Line, which will comprise more than a dozen injection blow molded and extrusion blow molded bottles.

The new line is also said to be suitable for the company’s core customer base of nutritional supplement manufacturers and fillers located on the East Coast near its manufacturing site in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, US.

Alpha will invest in new IBM and EBM machines and new molds for more than a dozen sizes of bottles, ranging from 50cc to 950cc.

The company will manufacture sizes up to 300cc on new equipment using the injection blow molding process and larger sizes will be extrusion blow molded on equipment with new blow molds. Production lines will also feature vision systems and leak detectors.

Alpha, which is investing more than $3.5m in new machines, molds and downstream equipment for phase I of the new HDPE cell, plans to double or triple the investment in 2014.

Alpha Packaging sales and new business development vice president Brian McCarthy said the company aims to offer nutritional supplement brands, contract fillers and generic and branded pharmaceutical companies a complete line of HDPE bottles with its new line of HDPE Pharma Line Packers.

"We will have at least 14 sizes of Pharma Line bottles by the end of 2013 at our East Coast facility, as well as other popular HDPE rounds, oblongs and squares," McCarthy added.

Alpha will also offer stock of the Pharma Line bottles in 180cc and 300cc sizes in August.

The company’s manufacturing processes integrate raw materials that are Food and Drug Administration-approved with new equipment and strict quality control processes.

Most bottle sizes for the new HDPE packer line will be available in either carton packs or bulk bags, which allow customers to get a better pack-out for optimum utilization of trucks.