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Asiaphile is a monthly review of news and issues affecting the plastics packaging industry in Asia and covers raw materials, machinery manufacturers, converters, and brand owners

National Sword’s double edge

The implementation of China’s National Sword was a shock to the global recyclate export market. However, as much as China panics the European and...

China takes National Sword to waste imports

Once again the Chinese government is teaching western recycling companies the value of delivering quality product to its customers. On 7 February, 2017 China’s General...

Thailand emerges as flexible powerhouse

The numbers vary but the global flexible-packaging market stands at between US$203-210 billion and, according to a variety of sources, has been growing at...

Trashing the Islands of the Gods

With a population of less than 4.2 million and an annual tourist influx in excess of 10m, Bali has just been awarded the world’s...

The East Wind TPPs its hat to trump Trump

On 22 January 2017 with uncanny precision, unrecorded in the annals of the British railway system, a train pulled into a Dagenham, East London...

Chexit

There appears to be a strange form of ‘Chexit’ happening as major multinational brands such as McDonald's and Coca-Cola realign their businesses in China...
PLastics is the preferred material for beverage packaging

Indonesia indulges in plastics

Indonesia’s domestic growth is beginning to look like an attractive rival to China as the next ‘big market’ for packaging growth. With a compound annual...

Tetra Pak hit with significant fine

Tetra Pak, the multinational integrated packaging system provider, has been fined ¥667.7 million (about US$97m) by China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC)...

War on waste – Indonesia

Indonesia’s mounting waste problems are becoming so acute that a state of emergency in all major cities is being considered by the Ministry of...

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