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German industrial packaging manufacturer Mauser Group is expanding its China operations by acquiring a 50% stake in a local manufacturer from an Indian firm. Mauser acquired the 50% stake in intermediate bulk container (IBC) systems maker Guangzhou Fanshun Elan Plastech from India’s Time Technoplast. 7 July 2015
A Norwegian company could be the first to use food packaging made with a slippery interior coating that makes viscous liquids flow faster, saving consumers time, and cutting waste caused by contents sticking to a container wall. 7 July 2015
Sealed Air Corporation, the US packaging giant behind Bubble Wrap, has come up with a new, ‘pop-less’ version of its world-famous product – prompting fans of the material to take to social media in their droves to complain. 6 July 2015
Plastipak has finalised the acquisition of Artenius PET Packaging Europe, or APPE. 3 July 2015
Finland’s Huhtamäki Oyj said July 2 that it bought Pure-Stat Technologies, a small US manufacturer of laminate used in its moulded fibre packaging, for €6m.
3 July 2015
Procter & Gamble is adding a bitter taste to the outside layer of its laundry packets, and making other changes, in another move to help mitigate potential child detergent poisoning. 2 July 2015
Dynamic Spanish flexible packaging producer SP Group (SPG) has invested in new film production lines at its main plant in Córdoba, Spain to boost capacity and its market share of rigid and semi-rigid coextruded materials. 1 July 2015
Specialty chemicals group Borealis and plastics distribution firm Nexeo Solutions have announced an extended link-up to target the rigid and flexible packaging and fibre market, as well as the automotive, healthcare and infrastructure industries. The new Borealis distribution strategy will target growth in key European regions such as Germany, France, Benelux, UK, and enable what it called “continuous improvement in service”. 1 July 2015
Look out, high-impact polystyrene. There’s a new rigid medical packaging plastic product on the market. 1 July 2015
Hungary-based plastic packaging maker Tu-Plast Tubusgyártó has completed a project which expanded its production facility in Debrecen, in the country’s north-eastern part. The investment is estimated to be worth some HUF 5bn (€16m), reports local news agency MTI. 30 June 2015
Rigid plastic packaging maker RPC Group has unveiled plans to expand the output capacity of its production facility in Grańćanica, in the northern part of Bosnia and Herzegovina. 30 June 2015
Swedish packaging maker Tetra Pak has expanded its production facility in Budaörs, a municipality in close proximity of the Hungarian capital Budapest. The investment in upgrading the factory’s output capacity is estimated to be worth some HUF 14bn (€44.9m), reports local news weekly Budapest Business Journal. 29 June 2015
The European Commission (EC) has fined a group of European packaging manufacturers and distributors a total of €115.9m for having participated in “at least one of five separate cartels” across the Continent. The manufacturers are Linpac in the UK; Huhtamäki of Finland; Nespack and Vitembal of France; Coopbox, Magic Pack and Sirap-Gema of Italy, and Silver Plastics of Germany.
25 June 2015
Russian flexible packaging producer Lava Polimer increased its annual sales volume of stretch film last year by 15.4% as it boosted output and extended its distribution network. 25 June 2015
RPC Group is looking at setting up a manufacturing facility in Brazil as part of its goal to continue building a “meaningful presence” beyond Europe. 25 June 2015

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