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O-I restructures European operations

As part of its global restructuring, Owens-Illinois (O-I) will close its plant in Dusseldorf, Germany, and reduce capacity at its food container facility in Reims, France, the packaging giant announced...

New colourant launched for bottle caps

Milliken's ClearTint polymeric colourants for polypropylene (PP) aims to put some life into bottle caps.

S&P forecasts higher costs for packaging

Higher raw-material costs in the US and to a lesser extent in Europe has put pressure on the operating profits of most plastic packing companies and has led to price...

Ardagh vs Quinn: Battle for UK Glass Market

There's an all out battle for supremacy in the UK glass container market, with upstart Quinn Glass attempting to muscle its way over Ardagh Glass, the number one producer in...

O-I launches new barrier seal

Owens-Illinois Closure Inc. (O-I) has launched a barrier seal that it claims will help extend the shelf life for products such as fruit juices, smoothies, dairyand soy products, and meal...

Rexam sells UK glass operation to Ardagh

Facing increasing competition in the UK glass container market Rexam has exited the glass business in that country aspart of its growth strategy in Europe, reports Ahmed ElAmin.

Amcor launches flexible beverage pack

Amcor Flexibles has launched Amcor AquaFlexCan, a new typeof flexible beverage pack for non-carbonated water, reports Ahmed ElAmin.

Plastic food container market forecast to grow 5%

The plastic container market for beverages in the US will grow 4.8% annually to 71 billion units in 2008 while the market for plastic food bottles will grow 4.9% annually...

KHS machine processes shrink packed food

KHS Kisters of Germany has launched a machine to make, process and pack shrink packed goods for the beverage, food and non-food industries.

Industry product announcements

US-based Klöckner Pentaplast will unwrap its new line of Pentafood anti-fog vinyl films at the upcoming Expo Pack in Mexico City.

Bioplastics sector calls for government support

A lack of government support could undermine the remarkable growth in the bioplastics sector before companies gain a foothold in the marketplace, an industry expert has warned.

Sales growth continues for US packing machinery companies

Packing machinery sales in the US are forecast to increase by seven per cent this year to an estimated $5.91 billion (€4.7 billion), with the upturn in the economy and...

Stanelco markets new tray heat sealing technology

A former UK manufacturing company has found another use for its radio frequency technology - sealing plastic tray packages of perishable food for supermarkets, retailers and grocers.

Alcan expands eastwards with Polish packaging plant

Alcan has acquired the assets of Parkside's flexible food packaging plant in Zlotow, Poland in order to increase its presence in a growing and competitive economy.

Brazilian recycling plant a world first, claims Alcoa

A new recycling plant in Brazil is the first in the world that can separate the aluminium and plastic components used in packaging cartons, according to Alcoa, a joint partner...

Sidel helps Milliken develop PP bottling technology

Milliken Chemical has installed a Sidel, Series 2, SBO4 machine at its R&D centre in support of its research into injection stretch blow moulded clarified polypropylene (ISBM cPP).

Japanese to penetrate US packaging machinery sector

Japanese packaging machinery firm Shibuya Kogyo is close to finalising its acquisition of Hoppmann, a move that will expand the firm's presence within the lucrative US market.

Nanotech discovery promises safer food packaging

A UK research institute believes it has identified safe and effective antimicrobial nanoparticles for food packaging, a discovery that could revolutionise how food is packaged in the future.

New additives to cut resin processing costs

A range of additives that allow extruders to improve melt strength, increase throughput and reduce costs when processing polyester resins has received FDA sanction for food-contact packaging applications.

Milliken boasts benefits of PP beverage packaging

Recent technical developments in resin formulation and the design of pre-forms has allowed the beverage industry to use clarified PP in the same way as PET.

Looming energy cost hikes threaten packaging profits

Analysts have suggested that it is just a matter of time before energy prices increase further, bringing more bad news to plastic packaging manufacturers who are finding it increasingly difficult...

Tetra Pak targets convenience with new carton closure

Tetra Pak has launched a range of direct injection moulded closures for gable-top cartons that it believes taps into current consumer concerns for safety, convenience and style.

New vacuum packs enable long-life cheese

Cheese capable of surviving in vacuum packs for long enough to feed cosmonauts in space has been developed by the Russian Ostankino Dairy and may offer opportunities to improve shelf-life...

Increasing meat demand drives packaging growth

Demand for meat, poultry and seafood packaging is projected to increase four per cent annually to $6.9 billion in 2009, according to a new report.

Private equity firm snaps up Selig Sealing Products

US private equity investment firm Behrman Capital, has acquired Selig Sealing Products, its second speciality packaging acquisition in six months.

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