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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

Packaging in response to disaster

On the morning of 29 July 2018, a 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck the island of Lombok, near Bali, Indonesia at a shallow depth of 14km....

Tightening the knot

As China ceases to be a destination for scrap plastics following Operation National Sword, South East Asian countries have been the main targets for...

A 20-year saga

In reality, there is nothing new about India’s latest attempts to ban plastics. Despite the recent media headlines from Maharashtra (see Asiaphile, August 2018),...

Move along there, nothing to see here

On 23 March 2018, India’s second most-populous state, Maharashtra, banned the manufacture, use, sale, distribution and storage of plastics materials such as single-use bags,...

PRAISE be! A solution to Asia’s EPR conundrum

With Indonesia being shamed internationally as the world’s second largest polluter of the oceans, its government has pledged to reduce plastics waste by 70...

Fuelling retail growth in South East Asia

According to recent industry predictions, the flexible laminated polymer packaging market in Asia grew annually by 3.3 per cent (CAGR) between 2010 and 2015,...

Plastics: A taxing issue for Indonesia

Indonesia’s Fisheries and Maritime Affairs Minister Susi Pudjiastuti has her own way of implementing fishery and environmental protection – she sinks ships. The 50-something,...

Researchers challenge Indonesian polluter status

Since first published in the February 2015 issue of the US journal Science, claims that Indonesia is the world’s second-largest ocean polluter after China,...

Singles Day – the world’s largest e-tail event

Remember the dark days of 2008? We learned a new language, peppered with terms like sub-prime, bail-outs and quantitative easing, as the Western World...

Japan’s quiet South East Asian expansion

In November 2011, the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake & Tsunami destroyed much of the country’s infrastructure and killed more than 400,000 people. Major Japanese...

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