PLACE Weekly Wrap-Up
Sept. 22, 2010

Public opinion mixed on retailers charging for bags, reveals survey
Packaging News UK
Nearly a quarter of consumers believe that grocery retailers charging for plastic bags is simply a money making ploy. YouGov SixthSense's ethical living report found that 24 percent of respondents subscribed to the view that it as was a scheme by supermarkets to make more money. But 32 percent of UK consumers agreed with the scheme, saying it would reduce the number of plastic bags being used.More

Why can't moms choose green products? Lack of info, says survey
Packaging Digest
What are 100 percent recycled paper products made from? Don't ask consumers -- they're confused! A new survey from Marcal Small Steps and Kiwi Magazine reveals that female heads of households between the ages of 25 and 54 lack knowledge about the environmental implications of the products they are purchasing. More

Second PP sack line at Uzbek company
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Uzbekistan fertilizers and chemicals group OJSC Navoiyazot has installed a second polypropylene sack production line at its complex in Navoi city. Output from the new unit is intended to help satisfy the group's internal packaging use. Navoiyazot has an annual consumption of around 20 million sacks.More

Packaging materials withstand high pressure thermal processing
Packaging Magazine
The commercialization of foods processed by high pressure thermal sterilization (HPTS) could soon be possible, with new research by CSIRO showing that some commercially available packaging materials are able to withstand the vigorous conditions of the technology.More

Amcor announces price increases for flexible packaging
Packaging News UK
Amcor is the latest packaging firm to highlight escalating input costs as it announces flexible packaging price increases from Sept. 15. Amcor Flexibles Europe and Americas said it was raising the price of "most of its flexible packaging" due to the "recent and dramatic rise in raw material costs", particularly for polyester-containing products.More

Including 50 percent rHDPE in milk bottles is feasible
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
As part of its drive to increase the percentage of recycled HDPE (rHDPE) in plastic milk bottles, Nampak Plastics commissioned a study by the University of Bradford to investigate the effects of adding increasing proportions of recycled material to its bottles.More

Ready-to-eat foods drive demand for packaging metal
Food and Beverage News
Worldwide consumer goods packaging market has witnessed a sturdy growth over the past few years, translating into healthy demand for packaging products including metal cans, and containers.More

Intertape adds warehouse
Plastics News
Flexible packaging producer Intertape Polymer Group Inc. of Montreal has opened a warehouse close to Monterrey, northern Mexico, as it aims to boost sales in the country. The building "will better meet our customers' needs by offering just-in-time delivery, thus reducing their inventories and increasing delivery times," Intertape President and CEO Greg Yull said in a news release.More

Swiss Winding appeals Gloucester Europe deal
European Plastics News
Switzerland-based Swiss Winding Invention filed an appeal in the Austrian courts Wednesday against a settlement offer made by US-based Gloucester Engineering Co (GEC) which would have seen the US firm secure the intellectual property assets of its bankrupt Austrian subsidiary Gloucester Engineering Europe (GEE).More

Flexo Print upgrades with HP Digital Press
Flexible Packaging Magazine
An HP Indigo WS6000 Digital Press installed at Flexo Print SA de CV, Guadalajara, Mexico, is helping the company serve high-profile national and international companies that continuously strive to ensure the quality, image and presence of their brands.More

Tobacco giants spend $9 million to fight plain packaging
Packaging Magazine
Tobacco companies are spending millions of dollars fighting a proposal for plain cigarette packaging, according to the ABC. Documents leaked to the national news giant suggested the Alliance of Australian Retailers -- backed by tobacco companies -- is planning a $4 million campaign to fight against the Government’s proposal to introduce plain cigarette packaging.More

Less packaging, more impact for GSK's Os-Cal brand
Greener Package
GlaxoSmithKline revamps its calcium supplement packaging, resulting in a smaller footprint and a bigger shelf presence. Proving once again that when it comes to sustainability, less can be more, a new package design for GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare's Os-Cal calcium supplement in four varieties manages to better market the brand's advantages while eliminating several significant components of excess packaging.More

Flexible packaging factory up in flames
Bakery and Snacks
There was a serious fire at Amcor Flexibles Europe & America's (AFEA) plant in Livingston, Scotland causing significant damage to the main facility as well as the secondary buildings. More

New sealing system to significantly cut packaging and costs
Food Production Daily
An innovative sealing technology for flexible packaging could save food processors thousands of tons of film annually, provide greater seal integrity, increase product shelf life and cut operating costs, said International Food Partners (IFP). More

Borealis unveils 'step change' LLDPE film
Confectionery News
Significant downgauging, improved strength and greater puncture resistance are benefits claimed by Borealis for its new linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) range of films. More

Multifilm slashes energy use
Plastics News
Multifilm Packaging Corp. is getting hot under the collar about energy costs. The manufacturer and converter of flexible food packaging films on Sept. 3 revealed its new geothermal heating and cooling system during an event at its Elgin, Ill., headquarters.More