PLACE Weekly Wrap-Up
Oct. 20, 2010

Canadian municipality votes to expand bottled water ban
Packaging Digest
Halifax Regional Council has approved a staff report that recommends phasing out the purchase of bottled water at HRM facilities, along with increasing access to public drinking water and providing canteens and filling stations for operational and emergency staff. More

PET packaging loses out to cans in Germany
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
The German discount retail chain Penny Markt has replaced PET bottles with aluminum can packaging for ten of its beverages, indicating that PET is falling out of favor in the country's beverage packaging market.More

European juice packager pioneers first extrusion-blown PLA bottle
Packaging World
Italian dressing and juice provider Polenghi LAS has developed Europe's first extrusion blow-molded bio-based bottle for its organic lemon juice, using a new blend formulation of Ingeo™ polylactic acid from NatureWorks LLC.More

Replenish introduces reusable-bottle household cleaning product
Packaging Digest
Sustainable products company Replenish is unveiling its flagship product: a patented, Reusable Concentrate Mixing and Delivery System designed to change the way household cleaners are packaged and consumed. Now available for purchase on with free shipping, Replenish is an eco-friendly, multi-surface, ultra-concentrated household cleaner that is easy to use, saves money, and is safer for the environment, says the company.More

EBRD loan would help Ukranian packaging plant
European Plastics News
The European Bank for Reconstruction & Development (EBRD) is considering providing a €29.8 million loan to Ukrplastic, a leading producer of flexible plastic packaging in Ukraine. The money would finance its energy efficiency investments, help it launch new products and restructure its balance sheet. It would help the Kiev-based company to notably establish a solvent recovery system, a new lamination line and commission a CHP (combined heat and power) plant. More

Sirane cooks up film packaging investment
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
UK packaging specialist Sirane has invested in the design and construction of bag-making production lines in order to help develop products using its Sira-Cook film packaging technology.More

Arla achieves 15 percent recycled content for milk bottles
Packaging News UK
Arla has set its sights on 20 percent recycled content for milk bottles after revealing that all its fresh milk and Cravendale bottles now contain 15 percent recycled plastic. Dairy Arla said that the increased use of recycled plastic in its polybottles was the equivalent of a 3,200-ton annual carbon reduction.More

Ampac poised for growth
Flexible Packaging Magazine
Ampac, a global leader in the retail, food, security and medical packaging markets, announces the establishment of a long-term credit facility recently closed with J.P. Morgan Chase and Bank of America. Over a decade ago, Ampac recognized a future that depended upon global expansion and reach, resulting in the addition of manufacturing centers of excellence on three continents - North America, Europe and Asia with plants in six countries (including U.S., U.K., Germany, China and Southeast Asia) serving these markets.More

P&G elucidates new sustainability vision
Greener Package
P&G vice president of global sustainability Len Sauers speaks with Greener Package in an exclusive interview on the company's sweeping new sustainability strategy.More

Pfizer invests £26 million in biotechnology packaging facility in Havant, UK
Packaging News UK
Major medicine supplier Pfizer has opened a £26.3 million biotechnology packaging facility at its plant in Havant, near Portsmouth. The company is also planning further investment into the plant - opened last week by science minister David Willetts - including new packaging lines and additional cold storage facilities planned for 2011.More

DuPont Packaging Graphics announces North American production of Cyrel round
Flexible Packaging Magazine
DuPont Packaging Graphics announced the start-up of the first dedicated DuPont Cyrel round manufacturing facility at its Towanda, Pa., facility. Cyrel round sleeve production will begin in the fourth quarter of this year, and will be fully commercial early in 2011.More

Stonyfield Farm makes switch to PLA for yogurt multipacks
Greener Package
In a first for dairy, Stonyfield uses PLA to produce f/f/s yogurt cups, resulting in 48 percent less GHGs than the PS packaging it replaces; offsets support non-GM corn production.More

GW Plastics closes with 2.5 sen premium on debut
The Malaysia Star
Shares in GW Plastics Holdings Bhd closed at 78.5 sen on its debut on the Main Market, 2.5 sen higher from its initial public offering (IPO) price of 76 sen per share. A total of 17.47 million shares changed hands. The shares opened at 77.5 sen, registering a premium of 1.5 sen per share. The group is Malaysia's largest flexible plastic packaging manufacturer.More

Flexible snap-open pouch claimed to eliminate food waste
Confectionary News
A new flexible single portion sachet made from high barrier laminates is said to adhere to consumer demand for easy opening packaging and eliminate residual food from the packaging. Italian developer Filling and Packaging said the sachet - ezsnap - is now being released globally following trials with Italian and Austrian manufacturers. More

Cardia Bioplastics gets food contact certification
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Cardia Bioplastics has received European and US food contact certification for injection moulded products made from its Biohybrid materials. This follows the food contact approval received for its multilayer flexible film products in 2009.More