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Switching to starch-based packaging for Mars and Snickers

File photo of Mars & Snickers bars
EUROPE -
Mars is in the final stages of launching a bio-based packaging material for its Snickers and Mars chocolate lines to reduce the carbon footprint of existing packaging materials, according to Thijs Rodenburg, CEO of Rodenburg Biopolymers, a producer of starch-based products that has been working with the confectionary company through the development process.

BASF-Avantium joint venture to produce packaging materials for film and bottles

BASF-Avantium joint venture to produce packaging materials for film and bottles
GLOBAL -
BASF and Avantium have signed a letter of intent and entered into exclusive negotiations to establish a joint venture for the production and marketing of furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA), as well as the marketing of polyethylenefuranoate (PEF), based on this new chemical building block.

Mitsubishi expands BOPET film production capacity

Mitsubishi expands BOPET film production capacity
JAPAN/USA –
Mitsubishi Polyester Film (MPF) is investing US$100 million to increase its capacity for biaxially oriented polyester (BOPET) film at its plant in Greer, South Carolina, USA.

Mitsubishi expands BOPET film production capacity

Mitsubishi expands BOPET film production capacity
JAPAN/USA –
Mitsubishi Polyester Film (MPF) is investing US$100 million to increase its capacity for biaxially oriented polyester (BOPET) film at its plant in Greer, South Carolina, USA.

Cosmo Films expands film production capacity for export business

Cosmo Films Shendra plant
INDIA –
Cosmo Films has expanded the production capacity and capability for its export business, enabling its export oriented unit (EOU) to now produce the entire gamut of specialty films offered by the company for packaging, label and lamination applications.

Scientex takes over Mondi’s Malaysian operations for US$14m

Scientex stretch film production
MALAYSIA –
To expand its consumer packaging division, Scientex Berhad is acquiring international packaging and paper group Mondi’s local wholly-owned subsidiary Mondi Ipoh Sdn Bhd (MISB) for US$14.35 million (RM58 million).

Malaysian plastic packaging converter embarks on expansion project

SLP Resources embarks on expansion project
MALAYSIA –
Domestic plastics packaging manufacturer SLP Resources Bhd intends to embark on a production capacity expansion project beginning in September 2015, to meet strong export demand for thin-gauge plastic packaging film material.

Chinese Hengli Group invests in BOPET film production expansion

Brückner installation at Yingkou Kanghui Petrochemical
CHINA –
As part of the company’s diversification growth strategy, Hengli Group’s subsidiary Yingkou Kanghui Petrochemical Co Ltd made a significant investment that now allows the company to offer BOPET packaging films in a wide thickness range up to 188µm.

Thai film manufacturer plans for factory in Bangladesh

TFI plans for factory in Bangladesh
BANGLADESH –
Thai packaging films producer Thai Film Industries Public Company Limited (TFI) is exploring the possibility of setting up a US$40 million films plant in Bangladesh.

Kuraray expands into biobased barrier film market with Plantic acquisition

Kuraray acquires Plantic
JAPAN/AUSTRALIA –
Kuraray Co Ltd has acquired Australian biobased barrier film manufacturer Plantic Technologies Limited, as part of its strategy to expand into the biobased food packaging market sector.

Kuraray expands into biobased barrier film market with Plantic acquisition

Kuraray acquires Plantic
JAPAN/AUSTRALIA –
Kuraray Co Ltd has acquired Australian biobased barrier film manufacturer Plantic Technologies Limited, as part of its strategy to expand into the biobased food packaging market sector.

Cardia Bioplastics consolidates Stellar Films production capacities

Cardia Bioplastics products
ASIA  -
Following the announcement of the merger between Cardia Bioplastics Limited and Stellar Films Group, the former has released details of the organization of the new consolidated manufacturing capabilities.

New metallized film from India offers optimum barrier properties

Cosmo Fims
INDIA –
Major domestic BOPP film manufacturer Cosmo Films has introduced a new metallized film that offers high moisture and gas barrier properties.

Metallic sparkle for new perfume gift boxes

Ghost fragrance gift set
UK -
In its search for a packaging material that could help its new perfume gift boxes stand out, UK fashion house Ghost chose a high quality metallic film that offers customers a distinctive ‘glitter’ texture that sparkles in the light.

Indian films giant appoints new global sales and marketing head

Cosmo Films
INDIA –
Cosmo Films Limited has appointed Satish Subramanian as its global sales and marketing head to lead the company’s “global expansion drive”.

Wipak opens its first plant in Asia for food and healthcare composite films

Wipak China plant ribbon cutting
CHINA –
Finnish packaging films converter Wipak Group has opened a manufacturing facility in China that will focus on the production, printing and laminating of high-quality composite films for the food and healthcare markets.

Singapore develops plastic food film that performs better than metallised options

IMRE develops new plastic packaging film for food
SINGAPORE –
A*STAR’s Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE) has developed a new active packaging film aimed at extending food product shelf life while lowering costs by 20%.

Chinese packaging equipment manufacturer aims to break foreign technology monopoly

Guangdong Jinming Machinery
CHNA –
Chinese packaging equipment manufacturer Guangdong Jinming Machinery is partnership with Xi’an Jiaotong University to develop a “highly intelligent” blown film equipment controller system, to meet the current lack of precision, micromation, upsizing and automatic control technology in China.

Amcor Flexibles Packaging targets growth through simplified products

Amcor is heading for Innovation and Simplification products
AUSTRALIA –
Amcor’s new strategy for flexible packaging business growth involves the simplification of products.

Scientex invests US$91m to supply plastic films to Japan

Scientex invests US$91m to supply plastic films to Japan
MALAYSIA –
Scientex Bhd has announced a new investment of US$91.4 million (RM 300 million) over the next three years to supply the Japanese plastic films market by expanding its PE and BOPP film production capacity, as well as entering the cast PP film market with new production lines.