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The Russian government opposes the introduction of excessive restrictions to limit the size of plastic beer bottles, said Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich, as reported by local news site MRCplast.com. 27 May 2015
German market research institute for packaging the GVM has found in a study that packaging made of plastics is practical, safe and more efficient, states German trade bodies IK, PlasticsEurope Deutschland and the BKV. The GVM’s study conducted for the BKV compared how packaging was made in Germany in 1991 and in 2013, finding that in 1991 3.715 million tonnes was used compared to 2.76 million tonnes of plastic in 2013. 26 May 2015
Polish chemicals company ZCh Organika is planning to expand its production facility in Łódź, in Poland’s central region of Łódzkie, as part of an investment estimated to be worth between PLN 20m (€5m) and PLN 30m (€7.5m), reports local daily Dziennik Łódzki. 26 May 2015
Dow’s Pack Studios network is helping customers develop innovative packaging, such as PacXpert flexible formats designed to substitute rigid containers. In this feature for Plastics News Europe David Vink reports from Horgen, Switzerland. 22 May 2015
A newly formed plastics film producer in Poland plans to install an 8.7 metre wide multi-layer bioriented polypropylene (BOPP) line at its new plant in Krakow Technology Park special economic zone.   22 May 2015
Switzerland-based packaging machinery company Bobst has announced that it signed an agreement on 13 May that sees it acquire 65% of Nuova Gidue, an Italian manufacturer of narrow and mid-web printing presses, with the option to purchase the remaining shares. 21 May 2015
German coffee group Melitta plans to close its Cofresco flexible packaging operation in Minden, Germany and switch the household film, foil and bag and sack conversion capacity to Poland. As part of a far reaching group reorganisation and consolidation programme, Melitta said it will concentrate its garbage bag business on its Cofresco division and shift the Minden work to a Polish sister plant at Brodnica by autumn 2017.  
20 May 2015
Italy-based Bandera, a plastics extrusion company, has officially opened its new Italian R&D centre in conjunction with Plast 2015 on 8 May. 18 May 2015
Romania-based plastic packaging maker Greiner Packaing s.r.l. has unveiled plans to expand its sales by about 5% this year to some €38m as a result of the increased demand for its products, reports local business daily Ziarul Financiar. 13 May 2015
Spanish packaging maker SP Group has obtained a permission to set up a new production facility in the Pomorska special economic zone (PSSE), in the country's northern part. The investment is estimated to be worth at least PLN 28m (€7m), the zone said in a statement.  12 May 2015
Germany-based Mauser Group, an industrial packaging producer, has announced that it has acquired the plastic drum and IBC business of Greif in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  7 May 2015
Greiner, the Austria-based plastic packaging and foams producer, has announced that sales in its 2014 fiscal year were 2% higher at €1.32bn. "Strategic alignment with our core competencies and expansion into new markets are our engine for growth," said CEO Axel Kühner. Most of Greiner’s divisions grew according to plan, with the exception of Greiner Tool.Tec, which faced difficult market conditions. 1 May 2015
In this feature James Snodgrass talks to Martin Leeming, MD of Trakrap, a company making a unique secondary packaging system. 28 April 2015
In this Q&A feature Len Sauers, Vice President of Global Sustainability for Proctor & Gamble, speaks to Plastics News Europe about Procter & Gamble’s sustainability goals. 28 April 2015
Australian packaging company Pact Group Holdings has manufactured 180,446 square feet of lightweight polyethylene panels for noise barriers on a highway upgrade into Sydney. 27 April 2015


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