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30 July 2014

Packaging giant Reynolds Group Holdings has put its closures business under review. Closure Systems International is a major producer in plastic and aluminium closures with more than 30 manufacturing sites in more than 20 countries around the world. 30 July 2014

29 July 2014

Portugal’s Selenis has finalised the purchase of Artenius Italia, the last remaining PET production company of La Seda de Barcelona (LSB). 29 July 2014

Industrial adhesive tape, cables and wiring specialist Coroplast Fritz Müller, has invested €35m to expand and improve its manufacturing operation in Wuppertal, Germany. 29 July 2014

At the Plastics Recycling Expo, organised by Crain Communications in Telford, UK, in June, Paolo Glerean, sales director at Aliplast and board member of Plastics Recyclers Europe, spoke about how packaging design affects recyclability.  29 July 2014

Thermoformed medical packager Nelipak is expanding its North American holdings and access to the US health care market with the purchase of Phoenix-based custom packager Flexpak. 29 July 2014

Diversified rigid packaging components producer Rieke Packaging Systems now has a bigger footprint in Asia. 29 July 2014

Dow Chemical has reported its second quarter figures, its seventh consecutive quarter of growth, according to the company. The materials giant reported sales of $14.9bn (€11.08bn), up 2% on the same period last year with increases across all operating segments. 29 July 2014

28 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

Group DF, the industrial business of Ukrainian tycoon Dmitry Firtash, may be forced to sell off Eastern Europe’s biggest producer of titanium oxide, Crimea Titan following the Russian invasion of the Crimea. 28 July 2014

The biodegradable plastics market in Europe is forecast to witness 12% compound growth during 2014-19, according to TechSci Research’s ‘Europe Biodegradable Plastics Market Forecast & Opportunities, 2019’ report. 28 July 2014

An Austrian mold maker is looking for a manufacturing location in North America. 28 July 2014

Keith Crain, chairman of Crain Communications Inc. — parent of European Plastics News— was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame 24 July along with three other automotive luminaries. 28 July 2014

Witte Pumps & Technology, the German maker of gear pumps for extrusion, has moved into a new headquarters factory in the Hamburg area, and the company is also beefing up its US operation. The new plant in Tornesch, Germany has 3,500 square meters of production space. 28 July 2014

25 July 2014

The European Commission has proposed an energy savings target for 2030 of 30%. The Commission states that the proposed target goes beyond the 25% energy savings target that is needed to achieve a 40% reduction of CO2 emissions by 2030. 25 July 2014

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