PET water bottle recycling rate jumps almost 20 percent
The recycling rate of single-serve PET water bottles jumped 19.7 percent in just one year, the International Bottled Water Association reported this afternoon. Citing new data from the National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR), the association reported that 38.6 percent of plastic water bottles were recycled in the United States in 2011 - an almost 20 percent jump from the 2010 rate of 32.25 percent and more than double the plastic water bottle recycling rate of seven years ago.
Food and beverage industry in flux
After decades of steady and predictable market conditions, iconic food and beverage leaders are struggling to adapt to a new, innovation-dependent era of growth, according to a new report from Hartman Strategy, an innovation and strategy consultancy serving major food and beverage companies.
Give PRN exemption to recyclate users, says Dow
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Chris Dow, chief executive of Closed Loop Recycling, believes that more needs to be done to encourage brands, retailers and manufacturers to use recycled material. "According to a new survey by the British Plastics Federation (BPF), plastics processors have indicated that unreliability of recyclate supply and client specifications are deterring the greater use of recycled polymers," said Dow.
New TV series to focus on sustainable packaging, but is there a catch?
While some of Hollywood's best and brightest were out hobnobbing with other industry folks at the 2013 Academy Awards, it appears that actor Martin Sheen was focused on packaging. Sheen, perhaps best known for his performance as President Josiah Bartlet in "The West Wing," will feature sustainable packaging in an upcoming series to air on PBS, according to a news release.
Pet food market grows along with love of pets
The pet-food market is currently being driven by many of the same factors as the human food market, including intense competition, growth in specialty niche areas such as premium and functional foods, and the demands of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). That's according to a new report, "Pet Food Market Assessment 2013," released by PMMI.
Swedish Trioplast restructures; announces job cuts
European Plastics News
Trioplast, a Swedish plastic packaging and film producer, is closing one of its two production plants in the country, resulting in 90 redundancies. "Growth will be achieved through more offensive investment," CEO Martin Peterson said in a statement. "It is regrettable that employees will lose their jobs but with just one plant, there will be greater focus, allowing us to make better use of resources."
'Recycle and Reward' schemes to be piloted in Scotland
Ikea, Dundee University, Network Rail and Whitmuir Organics are among nine companies and organizations trialing "Recycle and Reward" schemes launched by the Scottish government's Environment Secretary.
US demand for rigid bulk packaging to reach $7 billion in 2017
Demand for rigid bulk packaging is forecast to advance 3.9 percent per year to $7.0 billion in 2017, accelerating from the performance of the 2007-2012 period. The improved outlook is based on a recovery in the overall economy, particularly in the motor vehicle and construction markets - which were the hardest-hit segments during the 2007-2009 recession.
Davis-Standard upgrades coating and pelletizing lab
Davis-Standard reports its laboratory in Fulton, N.Y., has expanded. The lab, dedicated to developing global coating and pelletizing technology, is designed to provide five unique configurations, said to make it ideal for testing a variety of converting process solutions and formulations.
Cans up but syringes down for Rexam in 2012
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Packaging giant Rexam has reported sales of £4.3 billion for the year ended December 2012, up 2 percent on 2011. Profit before tax was £418 million, up 1 percent on the previous year. Although the firm's beverage cans business performed well Rexam's health care packaging unit, which makes bronchial inhalers and injection syringes, had a difficult year largely due to one of its customer's products coming off patent, according to the company.
Nampak creates 'world's lightest' four-pint HDPE bottle
Plastic milk bottles giant Nampak Plastics has claimed to have created the world's lightest ever four-pint high density polyethylene (HDPE) bottle. Weighing in at just 32g, the bottle - which is currently undergoing trials with a number of Nampak's customers - represents a 20 percent material saving on the standard four-pint version found in most supermarkets today (which weighs 40g), the firm said.
Packaging helps UrgentRx expand retail distribution
Breakthrough Products, Inc., developer of UrgentRx fast-acting over-the-counter flavored powder medications, has expanded its distribution with major retailers in key markets across the U.S., securing a nationwide retail presence for the company's portfolio of "fast powder" medications.
European paper and board production dips, global output increases
European paper and board production may have decreased by around 1.7 percent in 2012 compared to the previous year, according to preliminary statistics from the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI).
Merger of 2 leading global packaging companies celebrated
ASG North America hosted the West Coast launch party in Los Angeles on January 31. Customers from Disney, Sony, Universal, Fox, Blizzard, THQ, Paramount and more were in attendance.
Choice launches campaign against over-the-top packaging
Consumer group Choice has launched Pack Attack, a campaign aimed at encouraging manufacturers to produce consumer-friendly packaging. The campaign follows a survey published in Readers Digest in December last year, involving 500 people in Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia which found that 64 percent of people who had injured themselves on packaging had suffered deep cuts, broken or chipped teeth, bruises or broken nails.
Del Monte 'Occasions' packed in combifitMidi from SIG Combibloc
Del Monte has brought out a new product range, Del Monte Occasions, in combifitMidi 1,000 ml carton packs with screw cap combiSwift from SIG Combibloc. The new line-up of fruit-based juice drinks comes in the exceptional varieties Pineapple Mojito, Spicy Tomato and Orchard Zest, and offers a stylish drink that works just as well without alcohol.
Avon in Mexico starts up shrink-sleeve packaging system
Axon, powered by Pro Mach, has supplied Avon Cosmetics, S de R.L. de C.V., Celaya, Mexico, with an innovative shrink sleeve labeling solution for lipstick, mascara, and eyeliner.
Sabic to feed European demand for bimodal HDPE
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Sabic is preparing a plant in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, to produce bimodal HDPE for blow moulded bottle applications. Commercial production is due to start in the second quarter of this year.
Arburg develops injection molding machines tailored for packaging
German injection molding machine manufacturer Arburg is targeting the packaging industry with new electric and hybrid Allrounder Alldrive and Hidrive machines. Bearing a "P" for packaging, Arburg says the two high-performance machine series offer high-productivity optimization for increased performance and reduced energy consumption.
PP container showcases goat's cheese
RPC Tedeco-Gizeh produces the PP containers. Bettinehoeve began as a traditional goat’s cheese farm but has developed over the years into a modern producer with many variants. The customer was looking to fill approximately 90 grams, with transparency equal to APET, but preferred PP for its processability - and only RPC could meet the brief.
Institute of Packaging Professionals gains benefactor
Shurtape, a tape manufacturer which desires to be committed to the packaging industry by making relentlessly reliable tapes for those with the highest, most exacting standards, announces that the company has become a new benefactor to the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP).
Plastic pack firms face staff challenges says BPF survey
Companies in the plastic packaging sector are finding it tough to hire technical managers according to a survey from the British Plastics Federation (BPF). The wide-ranging survey, covering the whole U.K. plastics sector, also looked into areas such as profitability, exports and skills needs. A total of 100 companies participated and it asked how they saw 2013 shaping up.
tesa tape, inc. introduces next-generation plate mounting tapes
Company officials of tesa tape, inc., an affiliate of tesa SE, a global leader in the manufacture and supply of pressure-sensitive adhesive tapes, are pleased to release the company’s newest innovations for the flexographic printing industry. These new product releases are next-generation product enhancements to the company's existing line of products known as the tesa Softprint Secure Plate Mounting Tape Family.
Sustainability opportunities 'beyond the package'
New AMERIPEN brochure emphasizes the importance of looking at the entire product and packaging system when considering sustainability. The American Institute for Packaging and the Environment (AMERIPEN) is offering a new online brochure, "Enhancing the Sustainability of Products and Packaging," that urges the packaging industry to think more broadly about the role that packaging plays in the total system that it supports, in developing strategies and programs to reduce waste.
Ball to close Elgin, Ill., aerosol packaging manufacturing plant
Ball Corporation has announced that it will cease production at the company's Elgin, Ill., food and aerosol packaging manufacturing plant in December 2013. The plant's customers will be supplied by other Ball facilities. "Closing Elgin reduces capacity and, coupled with other changes within our manufacturing system, will enable us to maximize value in our existing business by supplying customers from a consolidated asset base and redistributing some manufacturing operations within our system," said Michael W. Feldser, chief operating officer of Ball's global metal food and household products packaging business.
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