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Packaging preserves food throughout the supply chain of distribution, storage, sale, and use and carries information about nutrition and storage on its labels. Without it, goods can become exposed and contaminated. It can also refer to the process of design, evaluation, and production of packages.

Metro showcases RFID labelling technology

The Metro Group is currently demonstrating a number of future technologies at the EuroShop exhibition fair in Dusseldorf, Germany. Amongst the highlights will be a demonstration of Avery Dennison's RFID...

Aetna upgrades pallet stretch wrapping capabilities

Aetna UK is offering a range of upgrades to existing customers of the Robopac automatic pallet stretch wrappers.

Australia looks towards sustainable packaging

The Australian Institute of Packaging has held a forum addressing government moves to introduce stricter accountability for recycling and the impact it will have on the industry. Speakers pointed out...

Alcan to acquire food packaging plant in Poland

Aluminium packaging giant Alcan is set to acquire a Polish food packaging plant as part of the group's strategy to develop its geographic footprint in growing and competitive economies.

Future bright for high-tech label sector, says expert

The proliferation of RFID technology and the potential of new products such as electronic self-adjusting sell-by labels should create a lasting boom in the high-tech label market, argues Peter Harrop...

Fonterra develops waste-reducing recyclable labels

Fonterra has developed a label that can be recycled along with the plastic wrap that goes around pallets of goods in order to reduce the amount of waste that is...

Krones pushes packaging machinery innovation further

Krones, the world's biggest manufacturer of beverage bottling lines and packaging machinery, is set to launch a series of new packaging products at Interpack 2005.

Rexam repackages drink in resealable aluminium

Jolt, an energy drink originally marketed in 1985, is being re-launched in an innovative new aluminium beverage package from Rexam Beverage Can North America.

Alto launches bottle capping system Down Under

Alto Plastics has been working with Kapiti Fine Foods (KFF) to launch a new premium double-seal capping system to keep bottled milk even fresher and leak free.

World's largest plastic returnable packaging manufacturer formed

The Dutch company Schoeller Wavin Systems and the Swedish firm Arca Systems are forming a new group that will become the world's largest manufacturer of plastic returnable packaging for material...

Label Technology invests to beat high material costs

Pressure-sensitive labels and flexible packaging manufacturer Label Technology has installed two of Advanced Vision Technology (AVT)'s PrintVision/Jupiter automatic inspection systems to improve quality for their narrow web applications.

RPC to unveil latest plastics innovations at Interpack

RPC plans to showcase its latest innovations in rigid plastics packaging, including an alternative to the tin can for food applications, at Interpack 2005.

Nova plans Arcel resin expansion as demand soars

Nova Chemicals is to expand its Arcel mouldable foam resin manufacturing capacity to 100 million pounds per year by the end of 2006 to meet soaring demand.

New gravure press range promises high productivity

Windmöller & Hölscher has launched a new gravure press range designed to meet current demands for excellent print quality combined with high productivity.

Basell develops new film resin for food packaging

Basell has developed a new polypropylene random copolymer, Clyrell RC 1314 resin, designed to address growing demand for high-performance transparent blown film.

Pliant invests to expand food packaging capabilities

Pliant is set to invest $15 million to expand production capacity at three of the company's food manufacturing facilities in North America.

PET continues to bite into rivals market share

Non-refillable PET is strengthening its grip on the global beverage packaging market, according to industry analyst Canadean.

Radio frequency packaging trials provide glimpse of green future

A trial initiative in the UK suggests that the use of radio waves to rapidly seal materials, enabling conventional plastics to be economically replaced with recyclable and biodegradable alternatives, has...

Orkla moves to placate Alcoa in Elkem bid

Norwegian group Orkla has revised its takeover bid for aluminium group Elkem in order to make it more attractive to shareholders, including US metal packaging giant Alcoa.

Markem delivers updated printhead technology

Print firm Markem has developed small character ink jet coders that it claims can integrate easily into any packaging line.

Tetra Recart concept wins Swedish recognition

Three members of the team that developed the new packaging material used in the Tetra Recart system have won the Swedish forest industry's Marcus Wallenberg Prize for 2005.

Packaging industry people on the move

Alcan has appointed a new executive vice president, while Finnish packaging manufacturer Huhtamaki has reinforced its group head office with a couple of executive appointments.

Cargill renames biodegradable packaging division

The company that makes the proprietary, corn-based plastic resins marketed under the NatureWorks PLA will be known as NatureWorks LLC from this month onwards.

World's first microwavable aseptic package developed

Tetra Pak has launched what it claims is the world's first microwavable aseptic package, a potentially lucrative breakthrough in the ever-growing ready meals market.

Invest in recycling infrastructure, says Corus

Metal packaging manufacturer Corus says that EU recycling targets are achievable, but believes more investment in the UK's collection infrastructure is needed. Anthony Fletcher reports.