PLACE Weekly Wrap-Up
Jan. 25, 2012

Global plastic packaging market expected to hit $196.42 billion
Packaging Digest
The Plastic Packaging Market 2012-2022 is Visiongain's new materials report for readers globally. Although the overall packaging industry was severely impacted by the economic recession, the plastic packaging market is gradually gaining significance through the latest technologies and enhanced products in the vast global packaging industry. More

RPC hammers our glorious Thor deal
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Rapidly-growing fresh food brand Glorious has chosen the microwaveable Thor Pot from RPC Containers Blackburn for its new range of premium stews. Injection moulded in polypropylene, the 480ml pot includes a tamper evident, resealable lid. More

Bidder questions Valpak's proposed buy-out
Packaging News
Valpak's proposed buy-out has been criticized by a bidder who believes that the deal does not give the best outcome for its members. Wastecare managing director Peter Hunt complained that his bid, which he said was worth "many times more" than the £1.4 million directors have offered, was not properly considered. More

Bemis to close Newark, NJ, factory, eliminate 124 jobs
Packaging Digest
Bemis says it will close its factory in Newark and idle 124 workers, a reminder that employment cutbacks still haunt the Bay Area manufacturing sector. The company makes packaging products and other materials. Bemis wants to shift production from smaller plants such as the one in Newark to a reduced number of factories that each tend to be larger and employ hundreds of people. More

Linpac looks to design to offset materials price hikes
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Linpac Packaging says it will be developing lower cost products in order to help offset the recent rises in materials prices. According to the company, the cost of PET and PS rose by approximately €100 per tonne and Linpac Packaging expects the cost of all polymers will continue to increase through the first half of 2012. More

Diversapack to close Monroe, Ohio, plant
Plastics News
Diversapack of Monroe, LLC is expected to close its doors March 5, according to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act Notice released by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services on Jan. 4. The closing of the Monroe, Ohio manufacturing plant will result in a mass layoff of 173 employees and no union or collective bargaining agreement is in place. The closure is expected to be permanent.More

Robotics provider open to multiple control systems
Packaging World
Headquartered in The Netherlands, Codian Robotics recently opened a North American sales office in Jackson, Mich. A specialist in the delta robot market, the firm believes it can differentiate itself from the already established vendors of robotic packaging solutions because, as general manager Gregory Lee Brasic puts it, "We don't try to tell you what control systems you should use. Our goal is to be compatible with all major control system manufacturers' offerings. We leave the decision about which control system is most appropriate for your application up to the people who would know best ... you and your design team members. We will of course pair developers up with resources from their control system vendor of choice, but we are in the business of designing, building, and marketing the best delta style robots we can produce." More

Sheffield Hallam Uni launches new green pack group
Packaging News
Sheffield Hallam University has secured more than €3 million from the EU to launch Newgenpak, a new group which brings together experts in sustainable packaging from across Europe. More

PP food containers preserve oxygen barrier after retort
Packaging Digest
Food manufacturers seeking high-barrier packaging materials at a lower cost without performance trade-offs now have another cost-effective option to consider. New REVOH technology from Winpak Portion Packaging Inc. is engineered to enhance the post-retort oxygen barrier of thermoformed containers by reducing oxygen ingress 30 to 35 percent during the critical time when the packaging's EVOH oxygen barrier layer is most vulnerable to penetration - immediately after retort.More

Bubble wrap firm fined over 'avoidable' worker injury
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
A manufacturer of plastic bubble wrap for the packaging industry has been hit with fines totaling £9,700 after a worker lost three fingers in an industrial accident. Sansetsu, U.K., based in Milton Keynes, admitted breaching the Regulation of Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations during a hearing before Milton Keynes magistrates. More

Guthy-Renker selects airless system for skin crème
Packaging Digest
Guthy-Renker, a direct sales company, with distribution in 61 countries, discovers and develops consumer products in the beauty, skincare, entertainment, and wellness categories. Recently, the Santa Monica, Calif.-based firm selected a Mega Airless neutral and airless dispensing solution, this time for its Meaningful Beauty Cindy Crawford Crème Serum. More

APP signs sustainability initiative
Packaging News
Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) and seventy-six other enterprises have jointly signed a sustainability initiative put forward by the China Paper Association. This initiative was signed at the second Annual Forum on the Chinese Paper Industry's Green Development. More

L'Oreal shampoo line gets a whole new look
Greener Package
L'Oreal's Pureology brand professional products (shampoos, conditioners, masques, and treatments) have been literally flipped over on-shelf in sophisticated pearlescent toned, multi-tasking bottles designed to reflect their 100 percent vegan formulation and sustainable packaging. More

NAFTA flexible packaging to hit $22 billion
European Plastics News
The market for converted flexible packaging in the NAFTA region (the U.S., Canada and Mexico) will experience 3.5 percent growth per annum to reach $22 billion by 2015, according to a new report from PCI Films Consulting. In 2010, the NAFTA market was worth $18.3 billion. It grew 4 percent per annum between 2005 and 2008 but the global financial crash caused a drop of 6-7 percent in 2009.More

Focus on biopolymer films
Sustainable Nonwovens
HB Fuller will host a special workshop on Feb. 20 as part of the NatureWorks Ingeo 'Innovation Takes Root' conference in Orlando, Fla. Key members of the company's technical team will outline the role of adhesives and key essentials for laminating biopolymer films into flexible packaging. More