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Packager moves: Stanelco buys Biotec; Berry buys Kerr

UK-based Stanelco said yesterday it has acquired Biotec, a company based in Germany that makes starch-based polymer packaging for the food and pharmaceutical industries.

US caps and closures market in growth phase

The US caps and closures market is forecast to grow to $676m (€551m) in 2011 from revenues of $598m (€488m) in 2004 with consumer preference forcing the industry to switch...

EBRD loan targets Russian glass bottling

Turkey's Anadolu Cam group will get a €26.5m loan to build a new bottling plant in central Russia, yet the firm's biggest challenge will be to address declines in glass...

Finland's packaging mills resume production

Finland's packaging mills are back in production today (1 June) after a two-week strike, while the rest of the country's pulp and paper sector remains in an extended lockout, reports...

New wood packaging requirements to hit exporters

With new international rules on the transfer of goods in wooden packaging coming into effect from September 2005, exporters around the world are gearing up to meet the requirements, reports...

European researchers discover 'perfect glass'

European researchers claim they have moved closer to creating a clearer, more durable glass, a breakthrough that could help companies present their food products in a high-quality package, report Simon...

Glass packaging takes a step forward

European researchers claim they have moved closer to creating the perfect glass. The move could prove a boost for premium cosmetic products and fragrances, where high-quality presentation and durability is...

Scientists identify phthalates as a gender bender

Normal exposure to phthalates, a chemical group used in plastics packaging to make products flexible and pliable, may harm the genital development of unborn baby boys, according to a study...

MEPs back pro-industry amendments to health claims law

The European Parliament voted yesterday to radically modify the proposed regulation on nutrition and health claims so that food companies do not need to gain prior authorization for claims, nor...

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).

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