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Clariant opens Chinese desiccant plant for export packagers and food packaging

Clariant opens Chinese desiccant plant for export packagers and food packaging

CHINA – Specialty chemicals giant Clariant has opened a new desiccant manufacturing plant at its site in Zhengjiang, China.

AkzoNobel builds new Specialty Chemicals plant in China

AkzoNobel builds new Specialty Chemicals plant in China

CHINA – AzkoNobel’s Specialty Chemicals division has broken ground on a new alkoxylation facility in Ningbo, China, bringing the company’s total investment in the strategic multi-site to more...

Rengo opens new corrugated box plant in Vietnam

Rengo opens new corrugated box plant in Vietnam

VIETNAM – Rengo Co Ltd has opened a new corrugated box plant in Dong Nai province, Vietnam.

Premier Paper Packaging expands packaging and printing facilities in India

Premier Paper Packaging expands packaging and printing facilities in India

INDIA – Package printing company Premier Paper Packaging (PP) is expanding its production with plans to construct a corrugated plant.

Fonterra aims for Chinese infant formula market growth with strategic acquisition

Fonterra aims for Chinese infant formula market growth with strategic acquisition

CHINA – Fonterra has acquired a 18.8% stake in major Chinese infant formula manufacturer Beingmate Baby & Child Food Company Ltd.

Nestle opens factory for decaffeinated coffee beans in Vietnam

Nestle opens factory for decaffeinated coffee beans in Vietnam

VIETNAM – Nestle has opened a production plant for decaffeinated coffee beans in the Dong Nai province of South-East Vietnam, its first in Asia.

Coca-Cola expands Indonesian production capacity with new production lines

Coca-Cola expands Indonesian production capacity with new production lines

INDONESIA – Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) has opened two new production lines at its Cikekodan plant in Bekasi, West Java, marking the first of several major investments being made...

Fuji Oil opens R&D Center in Singapore to meet Asian market needs

Fuji Oil opens R&D Center in Singapore to meet Asian market needs

SINGAPORE – Fuji Oil Co Ltd has opened its Asia R&D Center in Singapore, the Japanese food brand owner’s first research facility outside of Japan.

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.

ThermoFlexX appoints Asia regional manager

ThermoFlexX appoints Asia regional manager

MALAYSIA – ThermoFlexX is strengthening its sales network with the appointment of Tony Teh as regional manager for Asia.

Brazilian flexo press manufacturer appoints agent for India and Sri Lanka

Brazilian flexo press manufacturer appoints agent for India and Sri Lanka

INDIA – Brazilian flexo press manufacturer Etirama has appointed M-Tech Print Solutions Pvt Ltd as its exclusive distributor for the Indian and Sri Lankan narrow web flexo label...

Carlsberg to have new president and CEO

Carlsberg to have new president and CEO

DENMARK - Carlsberg president and CEO Jorden Buhl Rasmussen is to retire from the company on 15 June 2015 and will be replaced by Cees ‘t Hart, currently...

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...

Huhtamaki completes acquisition of Butterworth Paper Cups

Huhtamaki completes acquisition of Butterworth Paper Cups

MALAYSIA – Huhtamaki has completed its EUR 8 million acquisition of Malaysian paper cup and foodservice packaging manufacturer Butterworth Paper Cups Sdn Bhd.

Rank completes sale of SIG Combibloc to Onex for €3.5bn

Rank completes sale of SIG Combibloc to Onex for €3.5bn

NEW ZEALAND/SWITZERLAND – Rank Group has completed the sale of food and beverage carton packaging and filling machine manufacturer SIG Combibloc to Canadian private equity firm Onex.

Cardia Bioplastics consolidates Stellar Films production capacities

Cardia Bioplastics consolidates Stellar Films production capacities

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...

Sustainability Matters

Environmental Legislation

Australia considers polystyrene packaging ban

27 March, 2015 | Hits:324

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.

Environmental Legislation

Analysis: Circular Economy in Europe withdrawn

26 March, 2015 | Hits:334

Analysis: Circular Economy in Europe withdrawn

EUROPE – The Circular Package legislation, which targeted packaging waste management and recyclability and reuse, has been withdrawn by the European Commission (EC) from its 2015 Work Programme, for amendment and resubmission later this year.

Environmental Legislation

Cleaning up China’s water margin

12 March, 2015 | Hits:591

Cleaning up China’s water margin

CHINA - In 2013 China overtook America as the biggest market for bottled water by volume, having virtually doubled in size in the past three years from 19 billion to 37 billion litres, as cheaper ‘normal’ bottled water is now more popular than expensive mineral waters. 

Environmental Legislation

European Commission withdraws Circular Economy Package

04 March, 2015 | Hits:556

European Commission withdraws Circular Economy Package

EUROPE – The European Commission (EC) has withdrawn the Circular Package from its 2015 Work Programme, and says the legislation will be amended and resubmitted later this year.

Environmental News

Tetra Pak obtains worldwide FSC Chain of Custody certification

04 March, 2015 | Hits:787

Tetra Pak obtains worldwide FSC Chain of Custody certification

GLOBAL - Having received Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)’s Chain of Custody (CoC) certification for all of its converting plants and market companies, Tetra Pak says it can now supply FSC labelled packages from anywhere in the world.

Environmental Legislation

China’s Jilin Province bans the bag as its capital city Changchun goes green!

02 March, 2015 | Hits:517

China’s Jilin Province bans the bag as its capital city Changchun goes green!

CHINA - When it comes to bureaucracy anywhere in the world, it is often thought that the right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing – the bigger the bureaucracy, the bigger the hands, and the bigger the gulf between them and the more unfathomable the decision making process. So it stands to reason, that as the biggest bureaucracy in the world, China’s civil servants have limitless scope to dumbfound the general public.

Packaging Design

Graphic & Structural Design

100 years of Coke’s contour in aluminium bottles

21 April, 2015 | Hits:10

100 years of Coke’s contour in aluminium bottles

GLOBAL – To celebrate the 100th year anniversary of the iconic Coca-Cola contour bottle, the beverage giant will launch a very special limited edition 25cl aluminium bottle.

Graphic & Structural Design

Retailer opts for carton packs as alternative to food metal cans

15 April, 2015 | Hits:200

Retailer opts for carton packs as alternative to food metal cans

GERMANY – German retailer Aldi Süd has introduced organic vegetables in the carton pack combisafe from SIG Combibloc on German supermarket shelves, offering a packaging alternative to the classic food metal can with comparable product protection and the same kind of shelf-life for the food it contains, as well as environmental benefits.

Graphic & Structural Design

Indian government redesigns its condom packaging to entice users

09 April, 2015 | Hits:427

Indian government redesigns its condom packaging to entice users

INDIA – The Indian government is redesigning the packaging of its state-supplied condoms in a bid to attract the public to use them instead of the fancier-looking packaged versions sold commercially.

Graphic & Structural Design

Redesigned sports beverage bottle elevates brand and enhances competitiveness

06 April, 2015 | Hits:441

Redesigned sports beverage bottle elevates brand and enhances competitiveness

US – Effectively competing with existing rehydration sports drink offerings is a new ambient-filled 500ml PET bottle package that elevates its brand.

Packaging Technology

Installations

Fajar Paper automates paper packaging production systems

21 April, 2015 | Hits:6

Fajar Paper automates paper packaging production systems

INDONESIA – PT Fajar Surya Wisesa Tbk is investing in automation technology for one of its paper machines, as part of its plan to have a site-wide fully integrated automation system.

Package Printing

HP and KBA partner to develop corrugated inkjet press

08 April, 2015 | Hits:242

HP and KBA partner to develop corrugated inkjet press

GERMANY/USA – HP and KBA are jointly developing a new inkjet press for pre-printing of corrugated top liner that will enable corrugators to combine many individual jobs together on a roll or across rolls for short, mid or long runs; unlike traditional analog pre-print, every box can be different.

Installations

Hyper Region purchases its first flexopress for self-adhesive labels

07 April, 2015 | Hits:343

Hyper Region purchases its first flexopress for self-adhesive labels

MALAYSIA – Domestic label printer Hyper Region Label Sdn Bhd has invested in new flexo printing technology for self-adhesive labels.

Installations

Rengo completes containerboard machine construction at Fukushima

27 March, 2015 | Hits:431

Rengo completes containerboard machine construction at Fukushima

JAPAN – Rengo Co Ltd has completed construction work to renew a containerboard (linerboard) machine at the site of its consolidated subsidiary Marusan Paper Mfg Co Ltd in Fukushima Prefecture.