Americas: AIOE, Ecodesk to improve supply chain transparency for sustainability goals

The Alliance for Innovation & Operational Excellence (AIOE) has formed a partnership with Ecodesk, a cloud based platform for enhancing global supply chain sustainability. This partnership will give AIOE members a better way to communicate their sustainability efforts to their customers with enhanced oversight over their supply chains, said AIOE MD Stephen C. Schlegel. “With this partnership, we will see some...

Americas: PMMI Research finds Mexican packaging machinery market remains strong

After a slow recovery period, Mexico’s packaging machinery marketplace is coming back strong, according to PMMI’s 2013 Mexico Packaging Machinery Market Study, published in April. The study reviews current market data and interviews with companies to analyze packaging machinery demand and supply trends in Mexico. “Current conditions in Mexico are favorable for capital investment projects,” said Enrique Guzman, director, PMMI Latin...

Americas: DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers raise prices on specialty ethylene copolymer resins

DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers announced a price increase in the range of $0.10/lb. ($0.22/kg) to $0.15/lb. ($0.33/kg) in North America on all grades of DuPont Surlyn, Elvaloy, Appeel, Fusabond, Bexloy, Entira, Conpol and Nucrel. The company says this increase is effective as of December 1, 2013, or as contracts allow.

Asia Pacific: Flexible packaging will be a key growth area in 2014, states survey

Frost & Sullivan has released its three big predictions for the global chemical, materials and food industry. Based on a '2013 Search for Growth' survey which involved 1,835 executives in more than 40 countries globally, Frost & Sullivan's insight highlights new areas of growth. Materials market for energy-efficient buildings, construction chemicals and flexible packaging will be the key growth areas in...

Americas: Scholle Corporation, IPN form a company

Performance packaging companies Scholle Corporation and IPN have agreed to combine their businesses to form a new diverse performance packaging company, employing over 2,000 people globally. This move will reportedly provide performance-based packaging solutions from its multiple manufacturing locations in North America, Europe, Australia, Latin America, China, and India to the world’s largest brands who, in turn, serve millions of...

Europe: Swedish Rheumatism Association approves five more Tetra Pak packages for ease of use

Tetra Pak said five more of its packages have been certified by the Swedish Rheumatism Association (SRA) for their ease of use, bringing a total of 10 Tetra Pak packages to have received SRA’s approval since 2007. Adopting internationally-recognized testing protocols, the association certifies products that are easy to open, close and use, recognizing the specific needs of people with...

Europe: Linx introduces thermal inkjet case coder with upgraded software

The Linx TJ725 thermal inkjet case coder is now better than ever thanks to software upgrade which adds a host of new capabilities, says Linx. It means users can print more than before with the same printer – the upgrade will be standard on all new models and can be added free of charge to existing machines. The Linx TJ725 has: -...

Europe: Bioplastics have the potential for being truly sustainable, says EU

Bioplastics made from bio-feedstock, and reintegrated into the biosphere as a nutrient, or recycled together with conventional plastic, have a potential for being a truly sustainable material, said EU Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik at the 8th European Bioplastics Conference. At the event from December 10 and 11, 2013, in Berlin, Germany, he said bioplastics could reduce fossil fuel consumption and...

Europe: Domino reports 8% increase in sales in 2013, China boosts Asian business

Domino has released 2013 results from the preliminary statement for the year ended 31 October 2013. In 2013, Domino’s revenue split by location of customer was 25% in the Americas, 41% in Europe and 34% in Asia/Rest of World. The company has an installed base of more than 200,000 printers operating worldwide, supplying printers of labels, mail and other web-based materials...

Europe: FFP Packaging right the first time for Whitworths

FFP Packaging Solutions have supplied flexible packaging for Whitworths’ latest product launch. Whitworths’ Breakfast range consists of 30 new products included 13 film designs that FFP produced using its award-winning Platinum Print flexographic workflow, an approach that guarantees color accuracy and ‘right first time’ on-press performance. Whitworths and FFP are long term packaging partners, with a shared history that encompasses more...