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Diversified rigid packaging components producer Rieke Packaging Systems now has a bigger footprint in Asia. 29 July 2014
A new cheap way to run tests on medical and environmental samples has been developed using the plastic packaging staple – bubble wrap. George Whitesides at Harvard University, US, and his team conceived the idea when visiting labs in developing countries where they could not afford even basic equipment. 28 July 2014
Turkish petrochemical group Petkim has announced the opening of a new plastic packaging plant in Alia─ča, in Turkey’s western Izmir province. The investment was completed in five months, the group said in a statement. 28 July 2014
European trade association, the German IK Association of Plastic Packaging, has reported that the German market for plastics packaging and films grew in 2013. 25 July 2014
Bemis is feeling good about itself these days as the flexible packaging and pressure sensitive materials firm is posting record earnings per share. 25 July 2014
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

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