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1. (WO1999012715) CONTAINER WITH INTEGRAL HANDLE, PREFORM AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE

Pub. No.:    WO/1999/012715    International Application No.:    PCT/AU1998/000738
Publication Date: Mar 18, 1999 International Filing Date: Sep 9, 1998
IPC: B29C 45/16
B29C 49/00
B29C 49/06
B29C 49/10
B29C 49/22
B29C 49/36
B29C 49/64
B65D 23/10
Applicants: BEALETEC PTY LTD
BEALE, Glenn, Robert
Inventors: BEALE, Glenn, Robert
Title: CONTAINER WITH INTEGRAL HANDLE, PREFORM AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE
Abstract:
A method of forming a container (10) from bi-axially orientable plastics material and having an integral handle formed from a stem (15); said method comprising: (a) forming a preform (26, 36) having a neck portion and an expandable portion (12) below the neck portion (11), said neck portion including a locating ring (14) above the expandable portion and a solid stem (15) of orientable thermoplastics material projecting from or near the neck portion or immediately below it and moulded integrally therewith, and (b) performing a blow moulding operation on said preform to expand the expandable portion to form the body of the container. Also disclosed is a container (10) manufactured from a two stage injection stretch blow moulding process, said container including a graspable handle affixed at at least a first point to said container so as to form an enclosed area between the handle and the container and through which the fingers of a human hand may be passed.