Smooth Closures optimize case/pallet density.

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Stacked into logs, top stack and TaperStack(TM) closures protect shape during shipping and warehousing. TaperStack design also minimizes gram weight of closure while maintaining optimal structural integrity. Stacking of smooth closures into cases typically allows for an increase of 40%-60% per case/pallet. While TaperStack closures have stacking shelf inside skirt of closure that enables caps to nest together, top stack closures feature ledge on top of closure for stacking.

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Innovative Molding Expands Smooth Closure Line

April 21, 2009 - Innovative Molding Inc. expands its family of smooth closures. Available in "top stack" and patented TaperStack(TM) versions, these closures are stacked into logs, which protects the shape of the closures during shipping and warehousing and improves case utilization. The unique TaperStack design enables Innovative Molding to reduce the gram weight of the closure while maintaining the highest structural integrity.

Innovative Molding is the only company that stacks, rather than loose packs, smooth closures into cases. Compared to traditional loose packed closures, "top stack" and TaperStack caps allow 40 to 60 percent more closures per case and per pallet. This yields a 40 to 60 percent reduction in packaging materials as well as freight reductions, warehouse space savings and fewer trips to the warehouse during capping operations.

The TaperStack closures feature a stacking shelf inside the skirt of the closure that enables caps to nest together. The "top stack" closures feature a ledge on the top of the closure, which allows the closures to stack. Customers can choose between "top stack" and TaperStack versions based on closure size and their esthetic preference.

Widely used for cosmetics and hair care products when an attractive up-market appearance is desired, smooth closures are also suitable for other products including foods, beverages, pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals and chemicals. Innovative Molding's smooth closures are ideal for wet or dry products packed in glass or plastic. The closures are available with various liner innerseals.

To add shelf appeal and maximize branding potential, Innovative Molding can decorate the closures with custom embossing, debossing or printing. This customization is offered at a lower cost and with shorter lead times than industry standards.

Innovative Molding's smooth closures are available immediately in 33mm, 38mm, 45mm, 48mm, 53mm and 120mm deep skirt. The company expects to introduce 89-400, 110-400 and 120-400 short skirt smooth closures within the next few months.

About Innovative Molding Inc.
With over 25 years of experience in the packaging industry, Innovative Molding is a technology leader in the design, lining and manufacturing of plastic closures from 28mm to 120mm. From its operations in Sebastopol, California and Atkins, Arkansas, Innovative Molding serves its growing customer base throughout North America and Latin America. Innovative Molding holds numerous patents on closures, container finishes, molds and tooling. The company maintains an engineering department that designs and manufactures its own tooling, support equipment and custom manufacturing processes to maximize product quality and operating efficiencies.

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