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Vertical integration continues to drive blow-moulded container market

The global blow-moulded container market is set to surpass $185 billion in 2018 with demand likely to reach nearly 33 million tonnes, reports Fact.MR. The...

Excess demand for ethane feedstock causes price spike

A wave of new petrochemical steam crackers coming online, along with a surge in production of associated and non-associated natural gas from US shale...

Novamont boosts bioplastics capacity

Italy’s Novamont has increased production at its Mater-Biopolymer plant south of Rome by 25 per cent in order to manufacture more Origo-Bi biopolyesters and...

Battle brews in high stakes coffee capsule market

Almost a quarter of all single-serve coffee capsules worldwide are now produced by companies outside of the major supplier base as ‘compatible’ capsules have...

Secos to relocate plastics film production to Malaysia

A week after it said it was reviewing its Stellar Films Australia subsidiary, bioplastics manufacturer Secos Group has confirmed that it plans to relocate...

Alpla grounds waste with compostable coffee capsule

A biodegradable coffee capsule that consumers can dispose of in their home compost has been developed by Austrian converter Alpla in cooperation with materials...

Domestic olefins boost for Turkmenistan

A $3.4 billion plant for the production of polyethylene and polypropylene has been opened in Turkmenistan, which significantly increases the country’s domestic olefins production...

Sidel completes creative deal for PET Engineering

Sidel has acquired Italian PET design house and converter PET Engineering to expand its portfolio of packaging solutions. Founded in 1999 and based in San...

Austrian converter targets mass market with AR technology

Flexible packaging converter Constantia Flexibles has signed a strategic partnership with Wikitude to develop Augmented Reality (AR) technology for consumer packaging. The Austrian company is...

Vertically integrated recycling plant opens in California

A new company dedicated to the closed-loop recycling of post-consumer plastics officially opened its doors in California, USA, last week at what is claimed...

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