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Esterform picks up plant from Alcan

Seeing opportunity in Alcan's restructuring plans, UK's Esterform Packaging has acquired Petplas Packaging from the Canadian company.

Ulma Packaging targets UK's medium-sized market

Ulma Packaging, based in Spain, is attempting to hit the UK's medium-sized food processing market by releasing a number of new packing units in the country, including a modular thermo-forming...

Microwavable package developed for fish products

A microwavable material, made of aluminum and polyester laminated to a paperboard base, will give food processors another option for their ready-to-eat fish products.

Wrap machine features modular units

The Shanklin Omni shrink wrapping machine is built to be taken apart for cleaning and for adding other accessories, a key demand in the current food processing market.

Biodegradable pack certified in three continents

Grenidea Technologies has received US certification for its food packaging, allowing multinational companies to use its biodegradable product in North America and Europe.

Laser system provides covert brand protection

Microtrace has teamed up with a laser technology company to offer customers, including food processors, a covert system for brand protection and for tracking products.

Zip-Pak buys into Europe

In a bid to expand into the European market, Zip-Pak has purchased London-based Supreme Plastics' reclosables division.

Tetra Laval's Simonazzi acquisition approved

Further consolidation in the packaging industry will occur after the European Commission approved Tetra Laval's planned acquisition of SIG Simonazzi.

E-paper: future of RFID, intelligent packaging?

A prototype of electronic-paper could be the future for radio frequency identification (RFID) tags and for intelligent packaging, according to the company developing the technology.

Machines handle changing code dates, prices

In a bid to gain a foothold in the growing flexible packaging market Markem has introduced two machines that transfer date coding using a thermal process.

Form shrink process reduces contamination, Multivac says

A new kind of shrink process reduces the chance of food contamination and gives a closer fit of the product to the package, according to Multivac.

New sensory testing to cut product recalls

A UK food research centre has endorsed a new sensory testing procedure to help paper packaging firms meet EU standards on packaging components passing into the foods they wrap, writes...

Rigid container boasts tamper-proof seal

A new rigid plastics packaging container features a reclosable watertight seal that prevents tampering with food and drink products, according to the manufacturer.

Packing machine to use radio frequency seal

UK-based Stanelco has teamed up with a tray lidding machine manufacturer as part of the company's bid to crack the food packaging market with its radio frequency technology.

Packaging ink producer merges with US firm

In merging Xsys Print Solutions in Germany with US-based Flint to create the world's second-largest printing ink maker, CVC Capital Partners says it will provide its global customers, includingglobal food...

Maximising on liquids bottling efficiency

Australian company Rheology Solutions says it has found a way of enhancing the bottling of 'stringy' and difficult to handle liquids, leading to a cleaner more efficient and cost-effective packaging...

Company sees polyolefin film as alternative to PVC

A US packing company has turned to polyolefin films as an alternative to polyvinyl chloride (PVC) shink film used for food products.

Collapsible crate targets cut meat market

SmartCrate is a collapsible, reusable container designed specifically for shipping bone-in-loin pork and beef meat.

Superfos takes packaging to Eastern Europe

Danish packaging company Superfos says it is expanding its packaging production in Poland as part of a focused growth strategy that targets all consumer packaging including food and drink products,...

Flexible packing firm pushes into food sector

With demand rising for flexible packaging, UK-based Roberts Mart is gearing up to increase the supply available on the market for food processors.

Colour as the next step in tamper proofing food?

The use of colour on food packaging may soon tell retailers if a product has been tampered with or damaged.

Alcan flogs plastic bottle business

Customers of Alcan's plastic bottle business have been put on notice that the company plans to sell the unit as part of an ongoing restructuring of its food packaging operations.

Machine tamper seals clamshell and tray packs

Axon has extended its tamper proof system to the fresh produce market, saying its seal will help keep prying hands out of packaged fruits and vegetables.

DS Smith warns of higher energy, polymer costs

Lower sales and higher costs are cutting into profits at DS Smith's paper and plastic packaging businesses, but acquisitions in its corrugated packaging division helped lift overall results.

Flexible bulk packaging demand to decelerate

US demand for flexible bulk packaging will decelerate to 3.4 per cent per year, according to a forecast by Freedonia, a market researcher.

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