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Colloids comes to China

Masterbatch maker Colloids Limited has set up a manufacturing plant in Changshu, China, which will have capacity to produce 6,000 tonnes of masterbatch a year, with room for expansion.

Fresh investment by Linpac

Food packaging producer Linpac Packaging has initiated a second phase of investment in its Freshware range of tubs, trays and containers, which will see an additional thermoformer installed to enable the company to offer a fast turnaround supply of new designs for the high churn convenience and prepared foods market.

Edale completes production expansion

UK-based printing press and converting equipment manufacturer, Edale, has completed a 20,000sqft expansion to its production plant in Hampshire, taking the total space to 50,000sqft.

Netstal expands in Mexico

Good growth prospects in Mexico have led Netstal to expand its sales and service activities in the country.

Thermoformer expands with new equipment

US-based packaging converter Lacerta has taken the number of thermoformers installed at its Mansfield, Massachussetts, plant over the past two years to five, with the addition of two Sencorp Ultra machines, as it aims to keep up with growing demand.

New firm enters Chinese barrier market

Newly-established Greenpak has entered the Chinese barrier market, and become the first producer of barrier film in the greater Shanghai area, after starting up a seven-layer Evolution blown film line manufactured by Reifenhäuser Kiefel Extrusion.

Barry-Wehmiller Design Group expands ops

Barry-Wehmiller Design Group is expanding its operations with a new office in Columbus, Ohio, USA, which will specialise in process design, process automation, regulatory compliance, control system integration, and other technology services for a variety of applications.

Dow Chemical to build R&D hub

A research and development facility is to be built by Dow Chemical in Lake Jackson, Texas, as part of the US-based company's focus on commercialising innovative solutions across high-growth end-use markets including food packaging and personal care.

Mauser subsidiary expands into recycling

National Container Group (NCG), a subsidiary of The Mauser Group that is involved in the recollection and reconditioning of rigid industrial packaging, has expanded its European activities into plastics recycling with the opening a recycling centre in Erkelenz, Germany.

Division is a good thing at GEC

As a result of continued growth, US-based Gloucester Engineering Corporation (GEC) has created two divisions: The Lifetime Support Division will be focused on GEC's Aftermarket products and customer service, while the OEM Division will concentrate on the company's line of traditional complete blown film, cast film, foam and sheet extrusion, bag making and extrusion coating systems and equipment.