Americas: Amcor to purchase US assets of Constar

Amcor has entered into an asset purchase agreement with Constar International Holdings LLC (Constar) to acquire certain of its US business assets. The US business currently operates six plants with annualized sales of approximately $190 million and has an attractive fit with Amcor Rigid Plastics. The transaction is expected to be consummated through a court-supervised process under Section 363 of the...

Europe: Ardagh Group publishes 2013 Sustainability Report

Sustainability is a journey rather than a destination, and it is one that Ardagh Group has been following for some time, according to Ardagh’s 2013 Sustainability Report, which covers ongoing initiatives from all parts of the company’s worldwide glass and metal packaging operations. Ardagh Group, which has a turnover of €4.2 billion ($5.74 billion) and employs more than 18,000 people,...

Europe: Scott Group launches ‘sustainable pallet solution’

As a result of a strategic restructuring of the business to best suit the current and future market requirements, Europe's manufacturer and supplier of new and reconditioned pallets, Scott Group, has announced the launch of its complete 'sustainable pallet solution' under the Scott Pallets brand. Following the success of the group's pallet and transit packaging recovery service, which was established...

Asia Pacific: Pakistan’s milk brand gets Ecolean’s lightweight packaging touch

Pakistan’s Engro Foods has relaunched its flagship milk brand Olper’s in Ecolean’s lightweight packaging. The shape and large printing surface of Ecolean’s 250ml aseptic package is set to make Olper’s brand stand out on store shelves in a category dominated by traditional carton packaging. In early 2013, Engro Foods rebranded Olper’s to further differentiate it from other brands in conventional packaging. Ecolean’s...

Europe: KP’s net sales increase by 2% in 2012/13

The Klöckner Pentaplast Group (kp) has continued on its growth track in the financial year 2012/2013 ending September 30, 2013. Net sales increased by 2% from €1,167 million ($1,597.22 million) to €1,191 million. Klöckner Pentaplast’s strong performance in FY 2013 is primarily attributable to its strategy for profitable growth. Since 2011, the company has launched a number of initiatives to develop kp...

Americas: Adept Technology names Harpak-ULMA as preferred partner

Adept Technology, Inc has announced a partnership agreement with Harpak-ULMA Packaging, LLC as its primary and secondary food packaging partner. Selected for their advanced technical capabilities and knowledge base, Adept's preferred food packaging partners define, configure, and deliver fully integrated solutions using Adept robots, software, and grippers to increase speed and efficiency on food processing lines. "Automated primary food packaging necessitates...

World: Smurfit Kappa wins two Global 2013 PPI Awards

​Recognized for its commitment to sustainabilty, Smurfit Kappa was awarded the Bio Strategy of the Year and Mill Manager of the Year awards at the PPI Awards ceremony which took place on December 11, 2013, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. “These awards demonstrate the commitment of Smurfit Kappa to deliver sustainable paper based packaging solutions to our customers while showing...

Americas: Natural Drinks use HPP solution in juice production

Brazil-based company All Natural Freshness (ANF) has worked with Natural Drinks to develop a total high pressure processing (HPP) buffering and material handling solution that would maximize throughput on the HPP operation, keep pace with the juice manufacturing operation, and assure the highest quality product possible. The solution offers customer specific levels of automation versus manual operation and, the key...

Europe: Stora Enso acquires Fortum’s power plant, invests in renewable energy at Enocell Mill site

Stora Enso biomaterials division’s Enocell Pulp Mill’s power plant will be transferred from Fortum Power and Heat Oy to Stora Enso at approximately €16 million ($21.9 million) in accordance with an existing finance lease agreement. Stora Enso has approximately €16 million short term finance lease liability specific to this transaction in the September 2013 balance sheet. The division will also invest...

Americas: Owens-Illinois, eCullet JV opens recycled glass processing center in Portland

Joint venture (JV) company Glass to Glass by Owens-Illinois (O-I) and eCullet has opened a recycled glass processing facility in Portland. The facility will use advanced technology and equipment to make more recycled glass available to be made into new, sustainable glass bottles and jars. It will supply recycled glass to the O-I Portland plant located a few miles away. "Using recycled...