Germany’s KHS Group is Named Licensee of LiquiForm Technology

New Licensee Joins Collaborative Effort to Further Develop and Commercialize Breakthrough Forming and Filling Technology

ANN ARBOR, Mich.--()--The LiquiForm Group has announced that KHS Group based in Dortmund, Germany, a leading global manufacturer of filling and packaging equipment, has entered into a technology licensing agreement to further develop and commercialize LiquiForm’s breakthrough forming and filling manufacturing technology. KHS has previously worked in this area and will contribute its expertise and intellectual property to speed up the development and commercialization of the LiquiForm technology.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with KHS Group as a licensee, given its history of technology and innovation leadership in filling and packaging”

“The LiquiForm process is a game-changing technology that will revolutionize the entire process chain,” said Frank Haesendonckx, head of Sales and Technology for KHS Corpoplast. “We expect to take the LiquiForm process to a new level through joint collaboration and by building on our own intellectual property and know-how.” KHS Group has been involved in similar research and development for several years and has already registered its own industrial property rights in this field. KHS will cooperate with the LiquiForm Group by contributing some of its own patents to the development.

LiquiForm technology combines container forming and filling processes into a single step. The technology uses liquid product instead of compressed air to form a rigid plastic container, a process which offers an opportunity for more sustainable and efficient operations as compared to traditional blow and fill technology.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with KHS Group as a licensee, given its history of technology and innovation leadership in filling and packaging,” said Ashish Saxena, vice president and general manager of The LiquiForm Group. “KHS already brings its own unique expertise which will aid in the ramp up to commercialization and enable LiquiForm to reach its full potential.”

About KHS Group
The KHS Group is one of the leading manufacturers of filling and packaging systems for the beverage, food, and non-food industries. The KHS Group includes the following companies, among others: KHS GmbH, KHS Corpoplast GmbH, KHS Plasmax GmbH, and NMP Systems GmbH.

KHS GmbH manufactures modern filling and packaging systems at its headquarters in Dortmund, Germany, and in Kleve, Bad Kreuznach and Worms. The KHS Group's PET expertise is pooled at KHS Corpoplast and KHS Plasmax in Hamburg, Germany, where light PET packaging and innovative coating systems are developed and produced.

The Group has an international production and service network. In 2015, KHS was awarded the Top 100 seal of approval for exceptional innovative power and outstanding innovative success among German SMEs. In 2015, the KHS Group and its 4,871 employees achieved a turnover of around €1.17 billion within the Salzgitter consolidation. The companies in the KHS Group are 100% subsidiaries of the MDAX-listed Salzgitter AG corporation. Visit www.khs.com.

About The LiquiForm Group
A wholly-owned subsidiary of Amcor, the LiquiForm Group licenses the LiquiForm™ technology, which is jointly owned by DISCMA, an Amcor and Sidel joint venture that also owns historic Nestle and Yoshino IP. In addition to KHS Group, current licensees of the LiquiForm process include Sidel, Krones AG, and Amcor Rigid Plastics. The LiquiForm Group supports the development of this next-generation packaging solution across products, applications and markets, including beverage, food, and household and personal care. For more information, visit www.liquiformgroup.com.

Contacts

COMPANY CONTACTS
The LiquiForm Group and Amcor Rigid Plastics
Michael Hodges, +1-734-302-2503
Director, Communications
michael.hodges@amcor.com
or
KHS GmbH
Corporate Communications, +49-231-569-0
presse@khs.com
www.khs.com
or
MEDIA CONTACTS
J. Grande Communications Inc.
Joe Grande, 413-684-2463
(LiquiForm Group, Amcor)
joe@jgrandecommunications.com
or
Sputnik GmbH
Christian Wopen, +49 251 6255 6121
(KHS)
Press and PR
wopen@sputnik-agentur.de
www.sputnik-agentur.de

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