PLACE Weekly Wrap-Up
Mar. 21, 2012

Science applies gene technology to produce plastics from waste
Packaging Digest
New biotechnological and chemical methods will facilitate efficient production of chemicals, materials and fuels from renewable natural resources, such as agricultural or industrial waste materials, say researchers. The Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence (CoE) in White Biotechnology - Green Chemistry Research is focusing on the research and development of microbial cells, or cell factories, for producing new useful compounds from sugars in plant biomass. More

Small advance for Coca-Cola drinks bottle
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Coca-Cola is to launch its first new size of drinks bottle since 1993. The 375 ml PET container is design to be pocket sized, according to the company, and will be used across its Coca-Cola, Diet Coke and Coke Zero brands. More

Simple hair care for all reflected in redesign for PERT
Packaging World
A shampoo and conditioner in one product for use by all family members is an unusual find in the hair-care category, whose retail shelves are typically cluttered with countless brands and product variations, micro-segmented to appeal to a range of demographics, hair types, and need states. While PERT Plus, introduced in 1987 as the first 2-in-1 shampoo/conditioner on the market, can claim this unique distinction, until recently its on-shelf presence was less than stand-out. More

Industry chief welcomes £20 billion to save small firms
Packaging News
George Osborne's plan to offer struggling small and medium-sized firms £20 billion in cheaper loans to stop them going under is a move in the right direction, according to an industry expert. Under the plan, also known as "credit easing," the Treasury will use its high credibility on the international markets to fund banks' borrowing - as long as they pass on all the lower cost loans to smaller firms. More

Bonn voyage thanks to BASF's Basotect foam
European Plastics News
Bonn's trams are to get a makeover - an injection of BASF's Basotect foam, which will add both sound absorption and thermal insulation to the current rolling stock. "The prices of new vehicles have risen rapidly in recent years," said project manager Alexander Wingen from Bonn's municipal works. "But our old trams are still structurally sound. This is why we have decided to convert them and equip them with the very latest technology."More

Temperature-sensitive vaccines get woolen jackets
Packaging Digest
A U.K. government-funded initiative is backing research and development of an innovative sheep's wool packaging for pharmaceuticals to help combat the global problem of more than 50 percent wastage in vaccines, as reported by the World Health Organization. The Wool Packaging Company Ltd., based in Shropshire, has been awarded a six figure grant by the Technology Strategy Board to focus on a specialized pharmaceuticals version of its award winning Woolcool insulated packaging to protect temperature sensitive vaccines in transit. More

IML innovation boosts recyclability of PP packaging
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
A fully removable in-mould label for polypropylene pots and other containers could facilitate recycling of a hitherto awkward material. The widespread use of polypropylene (PP) makes it the third commonest polymer found in household waste in the U.K., writes Stephen Lloyd of Systems Labeling, after high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET). More

CannedWater4Kids and partners promote World Water Day
Packaging World
CannedWater4Kids is partnering with Novelis Inc., the world's largest producer of rolled aluminum and the global leader in beverage can recycling, and Ball Corporation, the largest global producer of recyclable beverage cans, to raise awareness about the lack of safe water access for many people around the world. More

Australian court awards former Amcor boss almost $1 million
Packaging News
The Supreme Court of Victoria in Australia has awarded almost $1 million in severance pay to a former Amcor executive whose covert recordings of executives discussing a price-fixing ring with rival packaging group Visy led to record fines being imposed against billionaire Richard Pratt. More

Bericap caps Spanish water brand
European Plastics News
Vilas del Turbón Springs, a Spanish bottler of mineral water, has chosen a Bericap HexaLite cap for its new 0.5 liter and 1 liter PET bottles. The Spanish company chose the HexaLite 29/11 closure because of its good anti-counterfeit properties as well as reliable application on high-speed lines, says Bericap. More

Pouch with spine is upstanding innovation for refills
Greener Package
Method launches a pouch with spine that makes product refills easier for the consumer. Making the product refill experience more palatable for consumers, the new Method Laundry & Dish Refill Pouch (with Spine), supplied by Innovative Packaging Solutions, Inc., has been awarded Gold by the Flexible Packaging Association for Technical Innovation in its 2012 Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards. More

CPGs place more focus on frugal consumers, study shows
Packaging Digest
From the unstable economy and stubborn unemployment rates to frugal consumers and high commodity prices, there has been endless discussion around the challenges facing CPG marketers during the last few years. All is not doom and gloom, though. The latest research from SymphonyIRI Group, "CPG 2011 Year in Review: The Search for Footing in an Evolving Marketplace," uncovers several exciting trends taking place in everything from new product development and technology to store layouts and consumer shopping patterns. More

Weidenhammer announces new UK plant as sales rise
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Germany-based Weidenhammer said its plastic packaging business saw sales growth during the past year as the company announced a new IML plant in Bradford and a second production facility at the company's site in Zwenkau. Weidenhammer Plastic Packaging (WPP), which accounted for 10 percent of group sales, saw sales rise in 2011 and acquired the plastic injection moulding business from L&D Mouldings. More

Podcast: Outlook on digital printing and packaging
Packaging World
Packaging World editor Pat Reynolds recently attended HP Pre-drupa 2012 in Tel Aviv, Israel. While there he caught up with Mike Ferrari, recently retired from Procter & Gamble after 32 years there in package development, and he asked for Mike's views on digital printing for packaging applications. More

Recycling site in US aids Nestlé bottles
European Plastics News
Nestlé Waters North America has committed to incorporating 50 percent recycled content in previously virgin-material bottles for its Arrowhead brand of spring water, using food-grade PET from CarbonLite Industries' new recycling plant in Riverside, Calif. Nestlé will buy one-third of the $58 million plant's output. Separately, bottler PepsiCo has agreed to purchase 40 percent. More

Dog bone packaging fetches Gold
Greener Package
FPA award-winning box-pouch format for dental chew bones provides optimized shape and reduces packaging material by 30 percent versus a paperboard carton. Technical Innovation, Printing Achievement, and Packaging Excellence Gold Awards have been earned in the 2012 FPA Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards by Plastic Packaging Technologies, LLC for development of flat-bottom, stand-up, window bags with oxygen and moisture barriers for Blue Bones Natural Dental Chew Bones, a product of Blue Buffalo Co., Wilton, Conn. More

Plasticos Castella invests more in Hungary
European Plastics News
A Spanish packaging producer, which acquired an injection moulding plant in Hungary from the US Nypro group just over a year ago, has expanded capacity at the plant. Since taking over the facility in Nagyigmánd, family-run Plasticos Castella of Tortosa, Spain upgraded production, investing around €5 million installing additional equipment including 11 new injection moulding machines. It has also installed process automation equipment. More