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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
Flexible packaging manufacturer Scientex, based in Malaysia, is planning investment of Malaysian Ringgit 300m (€72m) over three years to expand its PE and BOPP film production capacity, as well as enter the cast PP film market with new production lines. Scientex’s plans are supported by investments in new extrusion lines supplied by JSW, Reifenhäuser Group and Windmöeller & Hölscher. 30 September 2014
Clariant has signed a purchase agreement with VitaPac, a Chinese company which produces desiccant packets for the healthcare packaging market. 29 September 2014
Essentra, the UK stock market listed plastics packaging firm, has announced the planned acquisition of Abric Berhad, a Kuala Lumpur-based manufacturer of security sealing products. 29 September 2014
A set of new guidelines covering design-for-recycling for PET trays has been published by Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE), the Brussels-based trade body. PRE hopes to build a value chain for PET trays similar to that operating in the PET bottle sector. 25 September 2014
RPC, the rigid plastic packaging group, has spent $10m (€8m) expanding the site of one of its factories in the US. 23 September 2014
German packaging maker Schütz is aiming to set up a new production facility in ┼╗ory-Osiny, in Poland’s south-western Silesia region. The factory will make plastic packaging, reported local daily Dziennik Zachodni.
19 September 2014
Dutch brewer Heineken is to replace all its wooden pallets in Mexico with a high impact-resistant plastic pallet, co-designed and produced by Mexican company Plásticos Técnicos Mexicanos SA de CV (PTM), which has plants in Monterrey, northern Mexico, and Querétaro, in the center of the country. 17 September 2014
Turkish packaging producer Sekuro Plastik has sold its production facility in Kocaeli, in the country’s north-western part, to an undisclosed party. The deal is worth TRY 2.8m (€1m), the firm said in a filing to the Istanbul Stock Exchange. 12 September 2014
Innovia Films has announced that German brand, Jäger und Sammler, has selected its compostable flexible material, NatureFlex, as the packaging for its range of energy bars. NatureFlex starts off as a natural product, wood pulp, and breaks down within a matter of weeks. 8 September 2014
A proposed sale of Closure Systems International is looking more likely. London’s Financial Times newspaper reported 5 September that Auckland, New Zealand-based Rank Group. has hired JPMorgan to sell CSI, a major producer in plastic and aluminum closures with more than 30 manufacturing sites in more than 20 countries around the world. 8 September 2014

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