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Doctor blade manufacturer opens new plant in India

Doctor blade manufacturer opens new plant in India

INDIA – Indian doctor blade manufacturer Mona Equipments has officially opened its new factory in Noida, the company’s fourth in the state.

Major Chinese Coca-Cola, PepsiCo bottle supplier to miss full bond payment

Major Chinese Coca-Cola, PepsiCo bottle supplier to miss full bond payment

CHINA – Zhuhai Zhongfu Enterprise Co, a major domestic bottler maker for The Coca-Cola Company and PepsiCo Inc in China, says it will not be able to fully...

Philippines offers labelling and packaging assistance to small businesses

Philippines offers labelling and packaging assistance to small businesses

PHILIPPINES – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is offering labelling and packaging assistance to micro-enterprises in Negros Occidental to help them grow their businesses.

PTTGC to build US$200m LLDPE plant in Thailand

PTTGC to build US$200m LLDPE plant in Thailand

THAILAND – PTTGC is expected to finalise plans for another two manufacturing facilities worth a combined US$1.2 billion by the third quarter of this year.

AB InBev opens its first brewery in Vietnam for local and export markets

AB InBev opens its first brewery in Vietnam for local and export markets

VIETNAM – Anheuser Busch InBev has opened its first brewery in Vietnam, in the southern province of Binh Duong.

Vietnamese dairy giant looks to set up production in Europe

Vietnamese dairy giant looks to set up production in Europe

VIETNAM/EUROPE – Vietnam’s largest dairy company Vinamilk is currently negotiating the acquisition of a milk processing plant in Europe.

FrieslandCampina and China Huishan Dairy launch Chinese joint venture

FrieslandCampina and China Huishan Dairy launch Chinese joint venture

CHINA - Royal FrieslandCampina NV and China Huishan Dairy Holdings Company Limited have established their joint venture after receiving anti-trust clearance and after completion of the other conditions.

Dutch feed producer constructs seventh plant in Vietnam

Dutch feed producer constructs seventh plant in Vietnam

VIETNAM – Dutch feed producer De Heus recently opened its sixth factory in Binh Dinh province, Vietnam, and has already started building its seventh plant.

Faerch Plast to build agent network in Australia and New Zealand

Faerch Plast to build agent network in Australia and New Zealand

AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND – Danish packaging manufacturer of ready meals Faerch Plast has announced international expansion plans in line with a long-term growth strategy.

Vetaphone appoints new agents in Australia and the Philippines

Vetaphone appoints new agents in Australia and the Philippines

PHILIPPINES/AUSTRALIA – Danish corona and plasma systems manufacturer Vetaphone has taken steps to boost its support for customers in the Asia Pacific wide-web market by entering into cooperative...

BASF appoints new head for Asia Pacific

BASF appoints new head for Asia Pacific

HONG KONG - Sanjeev Gandhi, member of the Board of Executive Directors, BASF SE, has taken over the responsibility for BASF’s operations in the Asia Pacific region effective...

UPM Raflatac strengthens South Asia team

UPM Raflatac strengthens South Asia team

INDIA – UPM Raflatac has appointed Praveen Gupta as General Manager and Business Development Director in South Asia.

Indorama expands PET capacity in Thailand with Bangkok Polyester acquisition

Indorama expands PET capacity in Thailand with Bangkok Polyester acquisition

THAILAND – Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL) has concluded its acquisition of Bangkok Polyester Public Company Limited (BPC), completing the synergistic move across the PTA and PET...

San Miguel expands Australian wine packaging business with local acquisition

San Miguel expands Australian wine packaging business with local acquisition

AUSTRALIA – San Miguel Corporation (SMC) has expanded its packaging business in Australasia with the acquisition of an Australia wine packaging converter, Vinocor Worldwide Direct Pty Ltd.

RSSV acquires majority stake in Chinese cardboard packaging converter

RSSV acquires majority stake in Chinese cardboard packaging converter

CHINA – Chinese cardboard processing and packaging company Kashi Jinju Color Printing Packaging Co Ltd is selling an 80% ownership stake to domestic strategic investment and development company...

Kuraray expands into biobased barrier film market with Plantic acquisition

Kuraray expands into biobased barrier film market with Plantic acquisition

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...

Sustainability Matters

Environmental Legislation

EU issues Directive to reduce plastic shopping bag use

21 May, 2015 | Hits:86

EU issues Directive to reduce plastic shopping bag use

EUROPE – The EU Parliament has voted to implement new legislation that will require EU countries to reduce the use of plastic carrier bags.

Environmental News

Apple expands sustainable projects to protect forestry sources of its product packaging in China

15 May, 2015 | Hits:122

Apple expands sustainable projects to protect forestry sources of its product packaging in China

CHINA – Apple has expanded its renewable energy and environmental protection initiatives in China, including a new multi-year project with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to significantly increase responsibly managed forests across China and protect as much as 1 million acres of responsibly managed working forests which provide fiber for pulp, paper and wood products.

Environmental News

L'Oréal reduces CO2 emissions of its production by 50%

13 May, 2015 | Hits:89

L'Oréal reduces CO2 emissions of its production by 50%

FRANCE - A year following the launch of its sustainability programme, L’Oréal has reduced CO2 emissions from its production by 50%.

Environmental News

New Unilever packaging procurement policy with sustainability at its core

06 May, 2015 | Hits:212

New Unilever packaging procurement policy with sustainability at its core

GLOBAL – Unilever is bringing forward its commitment to source all paper and board packaging sustainably by the end of 2015 with a new supplier policy.

Environmental News

Singapore supermarket chain saved more than 9 million plastic bags in 2014

23 April, 2015 | Hits:417

Singapore supermarket chain saved more than 9 million plastic bags in 2014

SINGAPORE – Major domestic supermarket retailer NTUC FairPrice says it has saved more than 46.5 million plastic grocery bags since it launched its bring-your-own-bag initiative eight years ago.

Environmental Legislation

Australia considers polystyrene packaging ban

27 March, 2015 | Hits:587

Australia considers polystyrene packaging ban

AUSTRALIA – The ACT (Australian Capital Territory) internal self-government is currently investigating the feasibility of a ban on polystyrene foam packaging such as single-use cups and food containers in the Australian southeastern territory, where the capital city of Canberra is located.

Packaging Design

Graphic & Structural Design

Interpreting the angular shape of an electric guitar in glass fragrance bottle

28 May, 2015 | Hits:49

Interpreting the angular shape of an electric guitar in glass fragrance bottle

GERMANY – Designed to resemble an electric guitar, the new glass bottle manufactured for Puig’s “Rock! by Shakira“ fragrance is a unique bottle design that stands out.

Material & Innovation

Pantone adds Minion yellow colour to palette

26 May, 2015 | Hits:110

Pantone adds Minion yellow colour to palette

US – Pantone has created the first-ever character-branded colour inspired by the Minions from the Despicable Me global animation film franchise.

Material & Innovation

New technology advances packaged food and beverage protection in China

15 May, 2015 | Hits:172

New technology advances packaged food and beverage protection in China

CHINA - PolyOne has received approval for the use of its ultraviolet light barrier technology in PET packaging for food and beverage in China.

Graphic & Structural Design

Veteran-owned distillery uses new Forte bottle for military-inspired spirits

12 May, 2015 | Hits:135

Veteran-owned distillery uses new Forte bottle for military-inspired spirits

US - As they searched for the right package for their spirits, American artisan distiller Hotel Tango found the new Forte bottle offered by Owens-Illinois (O-I) to be a perfect match for their unique identity and for their small but growing business needs.

Packaging Technology

Installations

Chinese Hengli Group invests in BOPET film production expansion

26 May, 2015 | Hits:60

Chinese Hengli Group invests in BOPET film production expansion

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.

Package Converting

KraussMaffei expands injection molding machinery options for Chinese market

21 May, 2015 | Hits:89

KraussMaffei expands injection molding machinery options for Chinese market

CHINA – KraussMaffei Group has expanded its China-manufactured MX injection molding machine series by two clamp sizes to meet increased customer demand.

Installations

Major Chinese flexo plate trade shop enters label printing business

18 May, 2015 | Hits:66

Major Chinese flexo plate trade shop enters label printing business

CHINA - Chinese flexo plate trade shop Sinwa has entered the label printing business with its investment in a letterpress plate-making system.

Tag & Label

Producing clearly identifiable pharma serialization labelling for South Korean legislation compliance

13 May, 2015 | Hits:130

Producing clearly identifiable pharma serialization labelling for South Korean legislation compliance

SOUTH KOREA – A top-ten pharmaceutical company has been able to successfully implement product serialization for secondary packaging to comply with regulatory requirements in South Korea.