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Wales on road to sustainability

The Welsh government has announced that its country has reached a 52 per cent recycling rate which, it says, silences the naysayers that have been claiming that recycling above 40 per cent cannot happen because people are too lazy.

David Brimelow (left), managing director of Duo UK, explains to Chuka Umunna MP, what it's like to be a UK manufacturer in the current environment

Britain’s banking crisis highlighted during visit

British business is competing with one hand tied behind its back, according to the UK's shadow business secretary, Chuka Umunna MP, who visited Manchester-based packaging converter, Duo UK, this week as a part of a fact-finding mission.

Marginal growth for BPI

A strong performance from its European operations has led to a 14 per cent increase in operating profits for the first half of the year at British Polythene Industries (BPI).

Stephan Greif has managed the Ningbo site since 2005

€7 million expansion in China for Sumitomo (SHI) Demag

Germany's Sumitomo (SHI) Demag Plastics Machinery, and its Chinese subsidiary Demag Plastics Machinery (Ningbo) Co., are planning an expansion of their annual production capacity in China from 650 to 1,000 injection moulding machines.

High stakes in Kentucky alliance

A polypropylene catalyst alliance has been agreed between Clariant and Lummus Novolen Technology (Novolen), which will see a joint investment of CHF 65 million (US$70m) in a state-of-the-art polypropylene catalyst production line at Clariant's production hub in Louisville, Kentucky, USA.

BOPP to the top with Innovia investment

A £20 million ($31m) investment package has been announced by Innovia Films for the installation of additional biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) film capacity and a state-of-the-art gas turbine at its UK site.

US film converter goes ‘off the grid’

Construction of a second cogeneration system is underway at Toray Plastics (America)'s 70-acre North Kingstown, Rhode Island campus, which will enable the US company to operate 'off the grid' and prevent the kind of electrical power outages that can occur with conventional power plants.

Amcor chief executive, Ken MacKenzie, is excited about the opportunity to deliver further growth in shareholder value

Exciting time for Amcor, says MacKenzie

Global packaging giant Amcor, which is in the process of demerging its Australasia and Packaging Distribution (AAPD) business, reports that its net profits for the financial year ending in June were up 44 per cent at A$628 million (US$569m).

Chief executive Thomas Unger explains that daily consumer demand drives Constantia growth

Core markets fan flexible fire

An expanding presence in its core markets has helped generate record results for Constantia Flexibles in the first six months of the financial year.

Davis-Standard relocates New Jersey operations

In a continuing effort to drive manufacturing efficiencies, Davis-Standard has relocated its New Jersey manufacturing operations from Bridgewater, New Jersey, to Fulton, New York.

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