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US belt manufacturer hires UK sales manager to expand bakery and snacks sector

Cambridge Engineered Solutions, a US metal conveyor belt manufacturer, has hired its first sales manager to support the company’s business growth in the UK and Ireland.

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Smurfit Kappa opens €28m Bag-in-Box plant in Spain

Smurfit Kappa has opened a €28m Bag-in-Box plant in Ibi, Spain, due to growing demand in the region.

The perfect chip? Pulsed Electric Field tech optimizes processing, claims developer

Perforating potato cells can soften the raw material, reducing fry times, lowering fat uptake and creating a more uniform end chip product, says the CEO of a firm specialized in...

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Middle Eastern delight as Gulfood Manufacturing draws to a close

Debuting as the biggest food and beverage processing event in the Middle East, Africa, and South East Asia (MEASA) region, Gulfood Manufacturing welcomed more than 1,100 suppliers from 52 countries...

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Nestlé: ‘In a market like Nigeria you have to take leaps of faith and enjoy the adventure’

‘Nestlé is the least biggest risk taker because it is a Swiss organization. It is very controlled and calculated in what it does, but it had the faith to enter...

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Bosch Packaging officially opens two offices in Africa next year

Bosch Packaging will officially open two offices in Africa next year, in Nairobi, Kenya and Lagos in Nigeria to produce packaging for commodities including rice, sugar, pasta and biscuits.

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Tate & Lyle is scaling up its presence in MENA targeting the Arab nation’s sweet tooth

Tate & Lyle is taking advantage of the Arab nation’s penchant for sweet treats by scaling up its presence in MENA with its Splenda Sucralose.

Around the world in packaging acquisitions

Packaging giants DS Smith, Essentra, Novolex and Plastipak Packaging have all made recent acquisitions: take a whirl through our gallery to find out more...  

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Mecatherm wins Al Rashed bakery partnership

Mecatherm has installed two production lines for Al Rashed bakery, which supplies products to McDonald's, Burger King and Hardees, as well as having its own retail brand, Yaumi.

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Gulfood Manufacturing 2014 opens in Dubai

The inaugural Gulfood Manufacturing 2014 trade event takes place in Dubai this week, featuring more than 1,100 suppliers from 52 countries. 

Alfa Laval intends to close Groningen factory as part of $41m savings package

Alfa Laval intends to close a facility in Groningen, as it restructures its European air heat exchanger business to ‘secure long-term competitiveness.’  

Exclusive interview with former BPF director-general

‘Attacks on plastic products are not supported by scientific fact’

The former director general of The British Plastics Federation (BPF) has spoken out about the future of the association and the industry following his retirement.

Liqui-Box relocates China factory to be closer to its customers

Liqui-Box has closed down its factory in Shenzhen, north of Hong Kong (under its former DuPont ownership) and relocated to a plant in Taizhou, on the eastern coast of China's...

Jumps from B to A rating in Carbon Disclosure Project

Coca-Cola HBC to rebrand its cold drink equipment in 2015

HFC-free coolers, investing €3m in energy saving programmes, such as installing LED lighting across plants in nine countries and expanding the Russian sugar beet industry, to avoid sugar imports, are...

Germany takes the lead for film extrusion in AMI Directory

AMI Plastics (Applied Market Information) has published the 10th edition of its Directory of Polyethylene Film Extruders in Europe, including 100 additional production sites, which it claims is a sign...

Amcor Flexibles to open Philippines factory

Amcor Flexibles Asia Pacific has announced plans to build a multi-million dollar packaging plant in the Philippines.

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‘Unprecedented market demand’ for processing and packaging in the Middle East

Rising populations, increased disposable income, and government initiatives to safeguard the food supply is making the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) area attractive for investment, according to Gulfood...

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Linx Printing Technologies: ‘The economic recovery is not as strong, or as widespread, as many people would like’

The economic recovery is not as strong, or as widespread, as many people would like and producers are looking to drive their products into industries or countries which may have...

Firm will introduce automated palletising at the end of the year

Procap opens €9m production and storage facility in Belgium

Procap plastic caps and closures has opened a €9m production and storage facility in Hoboken, Belgium and expects a €3m growth in turnover over the next three years.

Technovaa plans $68m packaging plant in Kizad

UAE packaging firm Technovaa has broken ground on a US$68m factory in Abu Dhabi’s Kizad free zone, boosting the firm’s regional exports.

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EPAL overcomes “Düsseldorfer” problems with half pallet

The European Pallet Association (EPAL) has introduced a 800 x 600 mm half pallet with three skid boards which it claims is more robust and longer lasting than the current...

South Africa furnace opening part of much bigger picture: Nampak

Packaging company Nampak has opened an additional glass furnace at its manufacturing plant in Roodekop, South Africa, while eyeing up growth across the rest of the continent as well.

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BASF & Smart Planet Technologies unite in EarthCoating discussions

BASF and Smart Planet Technologies are negotiating a possible strategic partnership for the mineralized coating technology, EarthCoating, for paper packaging applications.

Amcor launches five platforms to grow its flexibles packaging business

Amcor wants to simplify its packaging supply chain for customers and streamline its flexibles business by introducing five platforms; N-Gage; AmFlow; AmPET; AmLock and VisualCan.

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ILIP to expand in Spain

ILIP, thermoformed plastic packaging for fresh produce has increased its presence in Spain with a sales strategy focusing on the Iberian Peninsula's fresh produce market.