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TricorBraun sets up subsidiary in India

TricorBraun sets up subsidiary in India

INDIA – Rigid packaging converter TricorBraun has set up a subsidiary to support growing sales in India.

Comexi opens solventless lamination demo centre in China

Comexi opens solventless lamination demo centre in China

CHINA – Comexi Group has opened a demo centre specializing in solventless laminating, as part of efforts to improve its service and offer specific solutions for the Chinese...

Heidelberg shifts postpress packaging production out of Germany to China

Heidelberg shifts postpress packaging production out of Germany to China

CHINA – Heidelberg has realigned its postpress portfolio and shifted production from Germany to China.

Toyo Ink Group opens second factory, expands operations in India

Toyo Ink Group opens second factory, expands operations in India

INDIA – The Toyo Ink Group has opened its second production site in India, for offset ink manufacture.

Reliance Retail seeks to strengthen financial position and continue expansion

Reliance Retail seeks to strengthen financial position and continue expansion

INDIA – Reliance Retail plans to change its financing strategy so it can become self-reliant instead of depending on its parent company, Indian petrochemical giant Reliance Industries Ltd,...

Nissin Foods re-evaluates instant noodle production capabilities in Southeast Asia

Nissin Foods re-evaluates instant noodle production capabilities in Southeast Asia

SE ASIA – Japanese instant noodle giant Nissin Foods is looking at reorganizing its Southeast Asian manufacturing strategy in preparation for the implementation of the ASEAN Economic Community...

Auchan loses Indian retail partner to Dutch competitor

Auchan loses Indian retail partner to Dutch competitor

INDIA – France’s Groupe Auchan has ended its two-year partnership in India with Max Hypermarkets, which has in turn joined forces with SPAR International to open 20 stores...

Metro exits Vietnam, sells wholesale retail unit to Berli Jucker

Metro exits Vietnam, sells wholesale retail unit to Berli Jucker

VIETNAM – The Metro Group is selling its wholesale retail operations in Vietnam to Berli Jucker Public Company Limited (BJC) for EUR 655 million, as the German retailer...

Hindustan Unilever reorganizes business structure

Hindustan Unilever reorganizes business structure

INDIA – As part of its growth strategy, Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) has reorganized its Home and Personal Care business and made key changes in the management committee...

SATO appoints new head of business development to drive growth

SATO appoints new head of business development to drive growth

JAPAN – SATO Holdings Corporation has appointed Nobuo Miyagi as Head of the Business Development Office, taking overall responsibility for driving the company’s M&A strategy from planning, identification...

Tesco ousts CEO Philip Clarke with Unilever replacement

Tesco ousts CEO Philip Clarke with Unilever replacement

UK – Tesco plc is replacing CEO Philip Clarke with Dave Lewis, head of Unilever’s personal care business, effective 1 October 2014. 

Goss creates new Asia Pacific managing director position

Goss creates new Asia Pacific managing director position

ASIA – Presses and finishing systems provider Goss International has created the new position of managing director for Asia Pacific, and promoted Tim Mercy to it.

Mark Andy acquired by former CEO and current management team

Mark Andy acquired by former CEO and current management team

US – Labal and package printing equipment manufacturer Mark Andy Inc has been bought over by an investment group formed by P.J. Desai, Mark Andy's former CEO, and...

Heidelberg completes acquisition of Gallus

Heidelberg completes acquisition of Gallus

GERMANY – Heidelberg has announced the completion of its acquisition of Gallus and says this will help accelerate its push into the digital printing market.

US company acquires Indian dispenser and sprayer manufacturer for US$27m

US company acquires Indian dispenser and sprayer manufacturer for US$27m

INDIA – US industrial conglomerate TriMas Corporation has acquired Indian spraying and dispensing systems manufacturer Lion Holdings Pvt Ltd for US$27 million cash payment.

US company takes over SGK to strengthen presence in Asia and the Americas

US company takes over SGK to strengthen presence in Asia and the Americas

ASIA – US graphic imaging specialist Matthews International Corporation has acquired SGK, formerly known as Schawk Inc, allowing the former to expand its offerings to include brand development...

Sustainability Matters

Sustainable Applications

New flexible packaging films with up to 100% biomass share

26 August, 2014 | Hits:114

New flexible packaging films with up to 100% biomass share

GERMANY – BASF’s new high performance Ultramid polyamide is derived from renewable raw materials while retaining identical product formulation and quality for flexible packaging film applications.

Environmental News

NatureWorks still stuck in discussions with junta over Thai PLA plant project

26 August, 2014 | Hits:107

NatureWorks still stuck in discussions with junta over Thai PLA plant project

THAILAND – NatureWorks’s plans for a PLA (polylactic acid) plant in Thailand are still on hold, as the US bioplastics company continues discussing the possibility of receiving investment incentives with the new junta government.

Environmental News

Indonesia a key player in new global program to strengthen eco-information tools for consumers

31 July, 2014 | Hits:406

Indonesia a key player in new global program to strengthen eco-information tools for consumers

GLOBAL – A new programme that aims to harness the power of consumers, through better-informed buying decisions, to shift to a more resource-efficient world, has been launched globally.

Environmental News

New biorefinery in Malaysia for olefins and specialty chemicals

18 July, 2014 | Hits:568

New biorefinery in Malaysia for olefins and specialty chemicals

MALAYSIA – Elevance Renewable Sciences Inc, a US specialty chemicals company that creates novel specialty chemicals from natural oils, will build a biorefinery for olefins and specialty chemicals through a partnership with Malaysian plantation company Genting Plantations Berhad through Genting Integrated Biorefinery Sdn Bhd (GIB).

Environmental News

Plastic waste in marine ecosystems cost US$13bn in damages

09 July, 2014 | Hits:526

Plastic waste in marine ecosystems cost US$13bn in damages

GLOBAL – Plastic waste inflicts US$13 billion worth of damage to marine ecosystems each year, according to a new report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Sustainable Applications

New bottled water packaging design achieves 30% sales increase

30 June, 2014 | Hits:970

New bottled water packaging design achieves 30% sales increase

MEXICO – Local pharmacy store chain Farmacias Guadalajara has seen a 30% increase in sales of bottled water with its new PET plastic bottle design, which also reduced the amount of PET in the bottle by 30%, bringing significant cost savings as well as the environmental benefits associated with less raw material usage.

Packaging Design

Material & Innovation

New dairy product pack for easy snacking

02 September, 2014 | Hits:13

New dairy product pack for easy snacking

UK - An innovative and brand new packaging solution for dairy producers features a convenient spoon and is in tune with consumer demand for more easy meals on-the-go.

Graphic & Structural Design

New whiskey bottle design illustrates product’s sophisticated flavors

28 August, 2014 | Hits:112

New whiskey bottle design illustrates product’s sophisticated flavors

SCOTLAND – A new glass bottle design for Whyte & Mackay’s whisky liqueur, Glayva, captures consumers’ attention on retail shelves.

Material & Innovation

Plastic tray offers alternative to conventional aluminium pet food packaging

25 August, 2014 | Hits:198

Plastic tray offers alternative to conventional aluminium pet food packaging

UK - A newly introduced square plastic pack is providing an alternative form of packaging to the conventional aluminium tray for pet food.

Material & Innovation

Innovative sun-powered inks for packaging labels

22 August, 2014 | Hits:208

Innovative sun-powered inks for packaging labels

US – A new photochromic ink that lights up when sunlight hits it has been launched, offering brands a refreshing and interactive tool for marketing.

Packaging Technology

Installations

Malaysian plastic converter invests in new plastic cup production line

23 July, 2014 | Hits:466

Malaysian plastic converter invests in new plastic cup production line

MALAYSIA – SCGM Bhd is investing US$3.15 million (RM 10 million) in a new plastic cup manufacturing line to increase its production capacity by about 1.3 million units a day.

Installations

Sun Paper expands Chinese paper packaging materials production

10 July, 2014 | Hits:599

Sun Paper expands Chinese paper packaging materials production

CHINA – Shandong Sun Paper Industry Joint Stock Co Ltd has commissioned Germamy’s Voith with the delivery of three paper machines for production of packaging and graphic paper.

Package Printing

HP launches new Indigo digital press

07 July, 2014 | Hits:424

HP launches new Indigo digital press

US – HP has launched a new Indigo digital printing press that it says will afford printers the freedom and flexibility to offer customers nearly any packaging application, including flexible packaging, labels and shrink sleeves on film or paper.

Installations

South Korean companies increase corrugated packaging production capacities

07 July, 2014 | Hits:549

South Korean companies increase corrugated packaging production capacities

S KOREA – South Korean packaging manufacturers are investing in production capacity expansion for corrugated board and packaging boxes.