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Declining demand in a number of national markets, principally France and Italy, and the continuing lack of significant inflationary pressures, are the main factors behind growth in Europe’s flexible packaging market slowing to 1.3% in both value and volume terms in 2013, down from 2.1% and 1.8% respectively in 2012. 23 July 2014
Carlsberg Breweries in Denmark has started an ambitious project with its suppliers to optimise its drinks packaging for the purpose of “upcycling”. The programme is organised through the Carlsberg Circular Community and involves metal, glass, paperboard and plastics packaging companies. 22 July 2014
Finland-based plastics packaging group, Huhtamaki, has announced that it is evaluating its options regarding its films business, due to its growing strategic focus on food packaging. Huhtamaki says that a potential outcome of the evaluation is divestment of its films business segment. 21 July 2014
Germany-based research company, Ceresana, has released a study saying that it expects the global market for plastic containers to rise to 46.2 million tonnes in 2021. 21 July 2014
Gepack, a maker of PET bottles in Portugal, is setting up new a manufacturing facility in Arizona. And it could be just the start for the company in the US.
21 July 2014
Australian packaging company Pact Group’s high density polyethylene milk bottle design is on its way to amassing a trophy cabinet full of awards.
16 July 2014
Tetra Pak is launching a new campaign to promote the importance of responsible material sourcing in the consumer products goods industry. Dubbed “Moving To The Front,” the campaign seeks to place a focus on the use of renewable resources — packaging materials that can be regrown or replenished naturally — to protect world’s finite resources. 11 July 2014
Packaging businesses, formerly operated by bankrupt Spanish PET group La Seda de Barcelona (LSB) are to be sold off en bloc, the Catalan commercial court overseeing the LSB liquidation process has ruled. The joint asset sale will comprise production units of the APPE PET packaging division, along with shares of those subsidiary companies not subject to LSB's bankruptcy hearings. 10 July 2014
Belgian polyamide producer Domo Chemicals has boosted its integrated product portfolio with the purchase of Italian specialty films maker CFP Flexible Packaging for an undisclosed sum. 9 July 2014
Finland-based plastics packaging group, Huhtamaki, has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Positive Packaging for €247m. Positive Packaging is a privately owned flexible packaging company with nine manufacturing facilities in India and the United Arab Emirates. 9 July 2014
ViskoTeepak, which already had a stake in Vista International Packaging, now has acquired the entire company. The Kenosha, Wisconsin, US-based food packaging supplier to the meat and poultry markets is being acquired by ViskoTeepak in a move to increase US market share for the Mariehamn, Finland-based company.
8 July 2014
Polish plastics producer Suwary has launched a production facility in Ksawerów, in central Poland. The new plant will make plastic packaging, reports local news site plastech.pl. The investment is worth more than PLN 25.5m (€6.2m).  4 July 2014
Italian polymer compounder Sirmax has announced plans to invest 12.5m zloty (€3m) and add 10 new workers at the production facility in Kutno, in central Poland, which currently has a workforce of about 60. 4 July 2014
Packaging group Coveris is growing the flexible packaging capacity significantly at its Neuwied site in Germany in the areas of lamination and pouches. 2 July 2014
Plastic packaging maker Essel Propack is planning to expand the output capacity of its production facility in Mińôdzyrzecz, in Poland’s south-western Lubuskie region.  2 July 2014

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