Americas: Husky concludes first ever World Tour

Husky Injection Molding Systems has wrapped up its first ever Husky World Tour 2013, a series of customer events the company has hosted over the course of 2013 in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific. The tour was a first-of-its-kind for Husky and included more than 15 events in nine countries that saw more than 600 companies attend. “The...

Europe: Benson Group, Butterkist announce design competition winner

Packaging industry innovator Benson Group has announced the results of its latest Design Competition for students, which was staged in conjunction with the UK’s popcorn brand Butterkist. The winning design was submitted by Kyle Dawney, a product design engineering student from Brunel University. He has won one week of work experience in the Benson Group Design Studio, a cash prize of...

Europe: RPC’s beer cup to offer branding possibilities

RPC Bouxwiller has created an eye-catching embossed beer cup for the C10 group in France. It says the 25cl cup, a first in the beer market in France, offers distinctive promotional and branding opportunities. The logo and website address of C10 are embossed on the body of the cup, which can equally be customized to promote an event, a brand of...

Europe: Bioplastics market grows above average between 2012 and 2017, says association

The bioplastics market is predicted to grow from around 1.4 million tons (annual production capacity) in 2012 to approximately 6.2 million tons in 2017, according to an annual market forecast by European Bioplastics in cooperation with the Institute for Bioplastics and Biocomposites of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hannover in Germany. Even if considering these growth rates, the...

Americas: CROWN says cans help specialty drinks brands expand reach in Brazil

Brazilian Packaging Association ABRE in December 2013 said the average number of beverage cans used in 2012 per consumer in Brazil rose to 103, a 12% increase from 91 cans used the year before. While many of these cans are for beer or soft drink applications, it says an increasing number of brands that produce specialty drinks, such as juices,...

Americas: Pro Mach to acquire capping equipment company Andre Zalkin

Pro Mach, Inc. has agreed to acquire 100% of the shares of Ets. Andre´ Zalkin & Cie, a global capping machinery manufacturer based in France. The completion of the transaction is expected in early 2014, pending antitrust approval. The current Zalkin management team and employees will continue to operate from their facilities in Montreuil L’Argille´ and Rueil-Malmaison, France. Zalkin, founded in 1932,...

Europe: RPC Containers’ festive packaging for confectionery company

RPC Containers’ Blackburn facility has been packaging products of Mondelez International confectionery for the Christmas season. The facility has developed five gift packs for the Maynards and Bassetts ranges, which are designed to give maximum on-shelf impact in the lucrative and highly-competitive seasonal confectionery market. The custom molded polyethylene terephthalate candy jars, which will be available in the UK only, come...

Europe: SIPA unveils refurbishing and conversion services for molds, launches X-Mould technology

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) preform technology specialist SIPA has added refurbishing and conversion services to its total PET preform mound offering. The new services will enable companies to optimize production, either by refurbishing molds — replacing some components by new ones in order to improve preform quality — or, via mound conversion, replacing parts in order to produce a completely new...

Europe: Tetra Pak wins WorldStar Award

Tetra Pak has won a 2014 WorldStar Award for the Tetra Brik Aseptic 1000 Edge carton package. An innovation based on the familiar shape of the Tetra Brik Aseptic package, the product was commended by World Star’s panel of 25 industry experts for delivering superior ease of handling, pouring, opening and reclosing for consumers. In addition, the environmental credentials, graphic design...

Americas: Brian Clarke bottle design elevates premium craft spirits category

A bottle developed by Owens-Illinois, Inc. for cachaça spirit maker Yaguara has debuted in Brazil. It was created for the new ultra-premium spirit through a design partnership between renowned UK artist Brian Clarke, the O-I Covet team and Yaguara. The new bottle creates a differentiated shelf presence to support Yaguara's high-end positioning for its cachaça brand in the global market. Cachaça is...