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India-based Bilcare Group's packaging company Bilcare Research, a producer of rigid films and foils, has announced it is to invest €15m at its manufacturing site in Staufen, Germany. 4 August 2015
The annual Worldstar packaging awards, organised by the World Packaging Organisation, took place in Milan, Italy in May. PNE took a look at some of the rigid packaging products that took gongs at the event. 4 August 2015
Sealed Air has been a licensee of B+ Equipment’s I-Pack automated packaging system for years. Now it owns the whole company, which is based in Aubagne, France. 4 August 2015
In this feature for Plastics News Europe James Snodgrass looks at PET jars for jam, sauces and other foodstuffs which are designed to lighten the weight of containers while retaining a traditional appearance. 31 July 2015
Vienna, Austria-based Starlinger reports that Spanish recycling company Reciclajes Plasticos (Reciplast) is making recycled low-density polyethylene resin on a Starlinger recoSTAR basic recycling line, equipped with a C-VAC degassing module. 30 July 2015
Russian legislators are continuing to wrestle with the intractable issue of whether or not to ban beer bottled in PET plastic containers. 29 July 2015
The Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) at Aberystwyth University, UK has announced that it is leading the consortium ADMIT BioSuccInnovate, an initiative funded by the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT), along with Reverdia and other European partners. 27 July 2015
Germany-based packaging group Greiner has developed a bottle-in-bottle concept for German drinks company U-Boot, allowing it to sell a traditional mixed drink in a ready-to-serve form. 27 July 2015
Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services reported 24 July that private equity firm Wellspring Capital Management LLC is buying Ampac Holdings and will merge Ampac with Wellspring’s Prolamina to create a flexible packaging group. 27 July 2015
Finland-based plastics packaging group Huhtamaki has announced that sales for the first half of 2015 were up 23% on the first half of 2014, growing from €1.09bn to €1.34bn. For the second quarter of 2015 the company reported sales of €714m up from €579m for the same period of 2014. The company’s Flexible Packaging business segment also saw sales rise from €303m for the first half of 2014 to €431m for the first half of 2015. 24 July 2015
Germany’s packaging machinery producer Multivac is planning to set up a new factory in Eastern Europe, with Bulgaria and Romania being the two locations considered for the investment, according to the Bulgarian Ministry of Economy. 22 July 2015
This an excellent time to be in the stand-up pouch business. And the next few years look pretty darn good as well. 22 July 2015
Bemis Co. has struck a deal to acquire the South American rigid plastic packaging division of Emplal Participações. 22 July 2015
Polish specialist films and packaging producer Plastica is planning to expand its manufacturing base at Kowalewo Pomorska in central Poland. 21 July 2015
Global demand for cups and lids is projected to increase annually by 5.2% annually to reach $30.2bn (€27.8bn) by 2019, according to a study by a US research firm. 20 July 2015

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