Europe: Sappi Fine Paper Europe receives award for functional MOB packaging solution

Sappi Fine Paper Europe has received a RISI award under the ‘Advances and Innovation in Speciality Papers’ for its flexible packaging papers with a functional mineral oil barrier (MOB). The annual PPI Awards were launched in 2009 by RISI, an information provider to the global forest products industry. Brand owners are increasingly seeking new packaging solutions that address concerns about migration...

Americas: Crown’s report shows company continues to do more with less

Crown Holdings, Inc. has releases its second Sustainability Report structured using the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) G3 Guidelines at Application Level C. The report focuses on developments in the company’s sustainability efforts from an economic, environmental and social perspective since its inaugural publication was issued in November 2011. Reflecting fiscal years 2011 and 2012, the report includes third-party industry figures as...

Asia Pacific: Weener Plastics Packaging Group acquires 100% of India’s Weener Empire Plastics Ltd

After being a minority shareholder for eight years, the Weener group, a German based globally active corporation, has acquired the remaining shares of the Mumbai (India) headquartered Weener Empire Plastics Ltd for an undisclosed amount. The deal includes seven factories across India, which enables Weener to support customers on a global scale and to speed up growth in the emerging...

World: Eurasia Packaging Fair to launch Packaging Printing Technologies section

Turkey’s packaging machinery and product exhibition, Eurasia Packaging Fair, has announced that it is launching a Packaging Printing Technologies section in 2014 from September 18 to 21, 2014. “With the Tüyap’s two new halls being finished in time for the 2014 edition, we can extend the sold out show. The Print for Packaging sector fits in perfectly with the rest...

Europe: Zetes launches packaging execution system ZetesAtlas

Just as you cannot ride a bicycle without wheels, a packaging execution system (PES) is to the packaging identification process what a manufacturing execution system (MES) is to manufacturing – it centrally steers all actions related to the process. While most manufacturing companies are realizing the benefits of an MES, 90% of them do not yet recognize the advantages a...

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...