PLACE Weekly Wrap-Up
May 11, 2011

Registration deadline extended for European PLACE
The Early Bird Registration Rate for the 13th European PLACE Conference has been extended! Register before May 13 to qualify for the best rate.

The European flexible packaging and converting industry will be converging at the Festspielhaus in Bregenz, Austria, May 30 to June 1, 2011 for this not-to-miss biennial event. View the conference brochure to see how to make the most of your time in Bregenz. Don't forget to register for the Hartchrom tour.

Beer PET bottles to reach 7.7 billion by 2015
Packaging Magazine
Global PET beer bottle consumption is forecast to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 5.3 percent to reach 7.7 billion bottles by 2015, according to a new study by market research group Pira International.More

Netstal develops can replacement multi-layer packaging
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Machinery maker Netstal has teamed up with Glaroform and Ilsemann Automation to create a new type of packaging for food products - a barrier foil placed between injected layers of plastics.More

Adherence packs assist patients and caregivers
Packaging World
A new study assessing the impact of a medication adherence management program on nursing home admissions found that Medicine-On-Time's medication management system helps ensure that medications are taken properly through the use of patient-specific customized packaging.More

BPF supports EU plans to pay fishermen to catch plastics
Packaging News UK
The British Plastics Federation has come out in favor of EU plans to pay fishermen to catch plastics floating in the sea. EU Fishing Commissioner Maria Damanaki last week proposed paying fishermen to catch plastic, rather than fish, to provide fishermen with income and reduce pressure on dwindling EU fish stocks.More

Spring herbs offered in new biodegradable planter
Greener Package
Biodegradable planters make short work of planting for consumers. Produced locally, the planters also reduced carbon footprint for user Metrolina Greenhouses. Made from 100 percent recycled paperboard produced in Sonoco's paper mills, ReadyGrow biodegradable planters are conveyable and sustainable in a commercial greenhouse environment and biodegrade in soil within 180 days of planting, according to the supplier.More

KU research team awarded $5.6 million to convert biomass into chemicals
Packaging Digest
Some of the most popular everyday products - such as plastics, packaging materials and personal care products - are derived almost entirely from petroleum-based chemicals. But that could soon change.More

Weidenhammer strikes blow for increased profitability
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Germany's Weidenhammer Packaging Group (WPG), a leading global supplier of composite cans, composite drums and plastic containers, has reported strong growth for 2010. Sales were €215 million last year, compared with €192 million in 2009. The group's cash flow for the same period increased by one percentage point to 14 percent.More

Zeller Plastik makes bi-injection closures standard
European Plastics News
Zeller Plastik Spain is make its Rubi and Perla bi-injection closures part of its standard range, bringing this capping option to the wider personal care market.More

PlantBottle GM discusses recent Dasani and Odwalla advancements
Packaging World
Scott Vitters speaks with Greener Package about the science behind the new 100 percent plant-based HDPE bottle for Odwalla, as well as the significance of the availability of Dasani PlantBottle nationally.More

Macfarlane sales edge up as cost-cutting continues
Packaging News UK
Macfarlane Group has reported a small increase in sales for its distribution business as it revealed plans to relocate one of its centers in a cost-cutting initiative. In an interim management statement, the group said that sales for the year so far were up 4 percent on last year. Sales in its manufacturing business have slipped 2 percent, the group said.More

Florida schools get lighter-weight milk-case solution
Greener Package
A new standard in recyclable and sustainable milk carton packaging and efficient transportation is now being offered to 17 Florida school districts through a partnership between M&B Products Inc. and International Paper.More

Illinois helps packaging company build new facility, create manufacturing jobs
Packaging Digest
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn announces a business investment deal to help Winpak Portion Packaging Inc. build a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Sauk Village, Ill., creating 40 jobs immediately and potentially more in the future.More

Euro Packaging bags itself a profitable future
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Birmingham, U.K.-based Euro Packaging has announced a strong performance in the company's first audited results under its new management team. The accounts, which cover the period October 2009 to December 2010, show a profit of £1.4 million. This represents an improvement in profitability of £16 million, the business previously reporting a loss of £15 million p.a. under previous ownership.More

Oregon House passes bottle bill expansion by wide margin
Packaging Digest
The Oregon House voted on May 4, 2011, to dramatically rework the state's 40-year-old bottle deposit system. Just as it had in committee, the bill received wide bi-partisan support, passing with 47 votes in favor and 12 against.More

Plastics takes center stage at Ambiente
European Plastics News
The German Pro-K plastics consumer goods association showed 18 "products of the year" at Ambiente 2011. Amongst the more eye-catching was Leifheit's Perfect Roll sushi roller, which was made using a greater range of plastics than any other exhibit - ABS, SAN and PP. According to the manufacturer, it is designed to help provide "sushi rolls for everyone."More

Weakness in plastic packaging hits Rexam Q1 figures
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Packaging major Rexam says its Q1 performance is generally in line with its plans although weaknesses have been identified in its plastics packaging division. According to the company, plastic packaging saw good volumes and pricing in health care, especially in prescription packaging. However, in personal care good growth in the high-barrier food container business was more than offset by weakness in the home, personal care and makeup markets due to "soft volumes" and materials cost inflation. More

NAPCOR not convinced that degradable additives do 'no harm'
Greener Package
The National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR) has reiterated its position on degradable additives, confirming its opposition to their use in all PET packaging. The PET trade organization had previously urged caution in the use of these additives, citing lack of data about potential effects on PET recycling.More

Australian food packaging declared safe: FSANZ survey
Packaging Magazine
Chemicals used in Australian food packaging do not pose a health risk to consumers, shows a new survey conducted by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ). The results of the survey crush previous fears that chemicals in packaging might migrate into foods, contaminating them.More