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EC vows to streamline packaging regulations

The European Commission has launched a bid to streamline labelling laws in order to simplify life for both consumers and manufacturers.

Study strengthens green claims of PLA NaturalWorks

New research suggests that biodegradable polylactide (PLA) bottles can be easily segregated from PET bottles in the waste stream, a point that strengthens the environmental claims of the material.

New PET resins approved

PET industry association Petcore has given its full endorsement to Plasmax, a SiOx-coated barrier from SIG Corpoplast, and ActiTUF, an in-resin barrier technology from M&G, for coloured bottle applications. ...

Cascades to exploit Russian recycling demand

International packaging firm Cascades is to open a new sales office in western Russia, giving it a chance to capitalise on the growing popularity of paper, board and recycling within...

Cargill to buy out plastics business

Cargill says it has agreed to acquire The Dow Chemical Company's interest in Cargill Dow LLC, the 50/50 joint venture formed in 1997 to commercialise polylactic acid biopolymers.

Huhtamaki develops kids snack packaging

Finnish packaging giant Huhtamaki is providing Andros with a range of packaging solutions for its latest children's fruit-based snack line, that includes a new bottling technology.

Hanging PET filler takes up less floor space

Serac has launched a new PET filling machine in Europe, the first to be suspended from the ceiling. This, claims the company, means that it will occupy less than half...

TNA to showcase new technologies at Interpack

TNA, a leading provider of packaging and distribution systems, is readying to demonstrate its latest integrated packaging lines at the forthcoming Interpack show.

Winpak expands tray production capabilities

Canadian packaging provider Winpak has acquired the Map Fresh barrier tray division of Clear Lam Packaging - a strategic purchase that aims to boost Winpak's existing proprietary technology capabilities for...

Equistar launches two new packaging resins

Two new resins designed for a variety of food and beverage packaging applications have been launched by Equistar Chemicals, part of Lyondell Chemical based in the US.

Alcoa begins US production of new wine closure

In the US, Alcoa Closure Systems International has begun the commerciallaunch of VinTegra, its new closure system for wine bottles as an alternative tocorks and synthetic stoppers.

Danisco launches vegetable oil-based plasticiser

Danisco has received authorisation to use and sell its new vegetable oil-based plasticiser, Grindsted Soft-N-Safe, in the EU.

Hitchen installs Ishida packer to improve efficiency

UK manufacturer Hitchen Foods has installed an Ishida FPS Pick-and-Place packer at its Wigan factory in order to improve production efficiency.

Product launches planned for Interpack 2005

Interpack 2005 will enable the packaging industry to gauge just how far the development of automated, high speed flow wrapping, robotic cartoning and shrink wrapping equipment has progressed.

Sherwood develops laser-responsive packaging ink

Sherwood Technology has developed a laser-responsive coating or 'virtual label' for packaging materials such as cartons, cases and overwraps that removes the need for the application of variable-data print-and-apply labels...

Crown investment shows commitment to regional growth

Crown Bevcan Europe & Middle East has started construction of its new beverage can plant in North Africa, further underlining the division's commitment to the emerging markets of North Africa...

PET popularity growing in Russia

Rumours of the death of PET bottles in Russia have been greatly exaggerated, as plastic continues to be the packaging medium of choice for both brewers and soft drink producers,...

Future of starch-based packaging looking good

A technique for changing the water repellency of plastic films usingcoatings of steam-jet-cooked starch has been developed by AgriculturalResearch Service (ARS) scientists.

Alcan invests in growing Russian packaging market

Aluminium packaging giant Alcan is investing $55 million to build and equip two new Russian plants - a clear indication that foreign firms are beginning to take notice of the...

Proseal targets ready meal sector with speedy tray sealer

Heat-sealing solutions supplier Proseal has developed a new method to speed up and simplify tool changes across its range of tray sealers, a move designed to save manufacturers time and...

TNA launches triple jaw bagging system

Equipment manufacturer TNA has launched a triple jaw version of its groundbreaking Rotary Jaw bagging system. TNA claims that the system can achieve speeds in excess of 220 bags per...

Arpac unveils stretch wrapping innovations

Stretch wrapping machinery manufacturer Arpac is launching its new ergonomically designed Infrapak Sidewinder 2005 stretch wrapper at the Promat 2005 Show, which runs from 10 to 13 January in Chicago.

APV launches new bulk butter packing line

APV has launched a new range of bulk butter packing lines that it claims is ideal for small, medium and large-scale carton filling applications in the dairy and food industries.

Global packaging machinery demand forecast to rise

World demand for packaging machinery is projected to rise over 4 per cent a year through 2008 to over $31 billion, according to a recently published report by Freedonia.

Carrefour sees future in alternative forms of packaging

Leading French retail chain Carrefour France has launched a range of alternative packaging formats to the tin can for processed vegetables, signifying another move away from traditional methods of packaging....

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