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Packaging giant Tetra Pak International SA is rolling out what it said will be the industry’s first carton made entirely from plant-based, renewable packaging materials. 17 October 2014
Sidel, the global PET packaging solutions firm, has announced the roll-out of its new Line Improvement service, designed to improve existing PET bottling lines. 15 October 2014
Consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble Co is out with expanded sustainability goals, including a desire to double the company’s use of recycled resin in plastic packaging. 14 October 2014
Five companies and investment funds have bid up to €285m to acquire APPE, the packaging business of bankrupt Spanish PET group La Seda de Barcelona (LSB) in the initial stage of the sale process. Three of the unnamed bidders for APPE were selected by the LSB receiver Forest Partners Estrada y Asociados to go through to the second sell-off stage. 14 October 2014
Rigid packaging injection molder Technimark LLC has opened its third manufacturing plant in Mexico, investing $5m (€4m) in a new 8,640 square metre facility in Silao, 216 miles northwest of Mexico City. 10 October 2014
European trade association, the German IK Association of Plastic Packaging, has assessed the economic situation for the 4th quarter, stating that while only 4% of companies expected their turnovers to reduce for the first quarter of the year, 30% expect them to drop for the 4th quarter. 8 October 2014
Following EPN's previous coverage of rigid packaging at Interpack 2014, in this feature David Vink takes a focussed look at innovations in flexible packaging. The Interpack 2014 packaging industry fair in Düsseldorf in May attracted 175,000 visitors to 2,700 exhibitor stands and included a special central theme on preventing food wastage. 8 October 2014
Germany-based packaging company Klöckner Pentaplast (KP) and US-based R&D FreeThink Technologies, have announced a marketing alliance that creates a laboratory-based service for drug product packaging optimisation. 7 October 2014
A battle is brewing in the world of single-service coffee pods. A major Canadian roaster of the beverage beans is suing North America’s leading manufacturer and supplier of the pods and single-serve coffee machines. 3 October 2014
US-based research company, Freedonia, has released a report estimating that the demand for caps and closures is expected to increase by 4% per year to hit $11.1bn (€8.57bn) in 2018. 2 October 2014
Coca-Cola has now distributed more than 25 billion PlantBottles since their introduction five years ago. 2 October 2014
Single-use plastic bags are to be banned across California in the US from next July after the state’s governor signed a law prohibiting such carriers from being handed out at retail stores. 1 October 2014
Recent acquisitions and trading growth in a number of its markets meant first half revenues at RPC, the UK-based rigid plastics packaging firm, would be “significantly ahead” of the same period last year, according to the group. 1 October 2014
Italian plastics packaging blow moulder Serioplast is continuing to expand across Europe and beyond with its latest plant due to go on stream in Russia late this year. 30 September 2014
Polish manufacturer Lerg has signed a deal to take over local plastic packaging maker Marpol. 30 September 2014

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