With pressure piling on brands to transition to eco-friendly plastics, the design and production of products are in the crosshairs, writes Tom van Aken, CEO of Avantium.
MEGlobal is to construct a monoethylene glycol (MEG) production facility at Dow’s Oyster Creek site in Freeport, Texas.
Færch Plast has launched a ‘Modular Packaging’ range of lightweight, stackable containers for the airline industry.
Faerch Plast is building a network of overseas distributors to target Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East, US, Canada, South Africa and Israel as part of an aggressive expansion plan.
Rabobank has highlighted three ways The European Food & Agribusiness (F&A) can recuperate €60bn in losses from food waste by; harvesting and handling crops, packaging food; and monitoring fresh produce.
dispatches from European Bioplastics Conference
There is a ‘market pull’ from the packaging industry according to the producer of 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural (5-HMF) which can be used as an intermediate to make bio-based polymers.
Faerch Plast has been appointed as the sole supplier of crystalline polyethylene terephthalate (CPET) trays for a UK frozen ready meal retailer and manufacturer.
dispatches from K Show 2013
CMT Materials has launched a syntactic foam plug assist used in tooling for thermoformed packaging.
dispatches from K Show 2013
AkzoNobel has launched antifog additives for polyethylene and ethyl vinyl acetate (EVA) food packaging films to boost the appeal and shelf life of fresh products.
LINPAC Packaging has developed Vertiwrap, a hinged box made from recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) for on-the-go wraps and tortillas.
RPC Tedeco-Gizeh has developed an ultra-clear polypropylene (PP) material to replace amorphous polyethylene terephthalate (A-PET) in its plastic containers.
Bericap is offering closures for bottles of edible oil, dressings and sauces, aimed at a range of firms, including smaller companies that may have problems switching to lightweight bottle necks.
SIPA has developed a non-aseptically-filled squeezy plastic ketchup bottle, which it claims overcomes many traditional design challenges of hot fill applications and provides a cost-effective alternative to aseptic versions.
Amcor has helped a US-firm transform their marinade product line from glass to polyethylene terephthalate (PET) for lower freight costs while maintaining brand image.
Diamond-like-carbon (DLC)-coated polypropylene (PP) films with an organosilane interlayer improved gas barrier properties by 300 times compared to untreated material, according to researchers.
KCC Packaging has developed a biodegradable barrier tray for ready meals that offers retailers an alternative to carbon-hungry crystalline polyethylene terephthalate (CPET) and aluminium.
Rigid packaging’s green credentials are mixed, according to the latest report from US consulting and publishing firm Allied Development.
Amcor Flexibles has filed a patent for a multilayer film for lidding or flow pack applications.
ExxonMobil Chemical has sold its global film packaging business to Jindal Poly Films saying it didn't fit in with their future plans.
Faerch Plast has made a breakthrough by developing a range of aluminium-look Crystalline Polyethylene Terephthalate (CPET) containers for the UK premium ready to cook sector.
M&G to break ground on US PET plant
Mossi & Ghisolfi (M&G) Group has selected Texas as the location for its one million ton polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plant with construction expected before the end of 2013.
Processing Technologies International (PTi) has announced the sale of a sheet extrusion system to Aserpet which represents a “major stepping stone” in the company’s expansion strategy.
US-based Toray Plastics have appointed Chad Hedden as director of sales for the Lumirror polyester film division to focus on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) sales.
Amcor completes Ball Plastics takeover
Amcor said it has completed its US$280m acquisition of Ball Plastics Packaging Americas yesterday (2 Aug).
Resin said to boost clarity of PP based food packaging
A new grade of resin clarified with an additive can enhance the clarity and side wall stiffness of low-density polypropylene (PP) for food packaging and allows it to compete with other plastic material on sustainability and aesthetics, says Total Petrochemcials.
KP Chemical takeover of Artenius UK approved
The European Commission has given its approval for the acquisition of PET resin producer Artenius UK Ltd by KP Chemical, a subsidiary of South Korean conglomerate Lotte Group.
Pactiv buyout of PWP secures Coke deal
Pactiv Corporation confirmed it has taken over APET manufacturer PWP in a deal worth US$200m that secures it a contract with Coca-Cola.
Erema rPET gets FDA approval for RTE frozen foods
Erema has said its recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) system has received approval in the United States for use in packaging of frozen ready-to-eat (RTE) foods.
The US recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) industry could go into decline unless vital investment is made in collection and reclamation capacity, leading trade bodies have warned.
Polymer demand falls for food packaging
Demand for polymer in food packaging fell in Europe in 2008, according to the latest report from UK-based Applied Market Information (AMI), with trade groups citing pricing as a core issue.
PWP unveils plans for second rPET plant on soaring demand
A projected surge in demand for recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) materials in food and beverage packing has triggered a US company to announce plans for a second recycling plan, just a month after its first opened.
New sealable polyester packaging
A new range of sealable, polyester food packaging products designed to replace clear, rigid polyvinyl chloride (PVC) packaging has been launched by Spartech Corporation.
2008 round up: This year’s most read articles about packaging
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US food companies set to get more recycled packaging
FDA validation of a waterless recycling process means that US food companies can avail of recycled polyethylene terephthalate (RPET) flake for use in a range of food product packaging types, claims a US recycling company.
Eastman records strong growth in volatile period
Eastman Chemical, a supplier of packaging materials for the food and beverage sector, has reported a jump in third quarter profits on the back of higher selling prices and consistent performance from its coatings and polymers.
News briefs: Diamant additive, dicing equipment enhancement and software acquisition
Diamant evaluates its bottling additive this month, while MPE announces an upgrade of its dicing machinery and APS Technologies announces acquisitions of other food and drink software suppliers.
FDA extends oxygen scavenging pack uses
A manufacturer of high barrier oxygen scavenging materials says it
plans to extend the products applications in food and beverage
packaging after receiving approval from the US Food and Drug
Process recycles PET into food-contact plastic, claims company
A US-based company yesterday claimed to have developed a process to
turn recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) into
plastic that can be used to package foods.
Water vending machine uses RFID to track bottles
Healthy, environmentally friendly and delivered in a minimum time
period - a new water vending machine uses radio frequency
identification (RFID) to hit all the market trends.
Closure puts blend in consumers' hands
A new closure on the market allows processers to provide consumers
a means to create their own blended drinks on demand.
Lightweight PET bottle targets water market
A new lighter weight polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle for
water targets beverage companies that want to cut down on
Amcor launches monolayer plastic packaging for milk
Amcor recently announced the launch of its single layer plastic
bottles, meeting demands for quality products that are also good
for the environment.
Glossy polyethylene offers alternative to PET
Moulded packaging made from a combination of new high density
polyethylene (HDPE) and a colour masterbatch boosts glossiness by
200 per cent compared to competing products, the manufacturer
PET resin improves clarity, cuts energy costs says manufacturer
A new polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin is designed to offer
better bottle clarity alongwith reduced production costs, its
Rexam opens PET bottle sale
International packaging group Rexam will look to sell its PET
bottle facilities in Central and Eastern Europe as part of its
plans to focus on more globally recognised products like plastic
Valves designed for PET moulding operations
A new series of pneumatic valves solves many of the problems unique
to polyethylene terephthalate (PET) stretch-blow molding
operations, according to the manufacturer.
Amcor uses oxygen-scavenging PET for wine
Amcor has taken out a license to bottle wine using Constar
International's oxygen-scavenging polyethylene terephthalate (PET).
PET recycling rates increase across EU
European post-consumer polyethylene terephthalate (PET) collection
recycling rates reached 796,000 tonnes in 2005, a 15.1 per cent
increase over the previous year, according to a trade association.
Rectangular bottle targeted at hot fill beverages
A rectangular polyethylene terephthalate (PET) container for hot
fill beverages offers increased strength and packs at a greater
density, claims its manufacturer.
Machine automates PET bottle packaging
A stand-up bottling machine allows beverage companies to automate
the handling and unloading of polyethylene terephthalate (PET)