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Plastics production on the rise

Global plastics production nearly broke the 300 million tonne barrier in 2013, a rise of 4 per cent on the previous year, according to a report by research organisation Worldwatch Institute.

Sipa extends ISBM portfolio with Automa buy

Italian firm Sipa has acquired all activities related to the production of injection-stretch-blow moulding (ISBM) equipment at Automa SpA, which is an established name in the PET packaging sector.

Amcor unveils ‘food packaging industry first’

A hot-fill PET container that accepts metal lug closures has been developed by Amcor Rigid Plastics, which calls it a 'first for the food packaging industry'.

Clondalkin SPD buy represents Essentra landmark

UK-headquartered Essentra has signed an agreement to acquire Clondalkin Group's Specialist Packaging Division (Clondalkin SPD) for approximately $455 million. The transaction is expected to complete in the first quarter of 2015 and represents Essentra's largest acquisition to date.

Novolex confirms intent to buy Packaging Dynamics

A $1.9 billion revenue company is to be established after Novolex announced that it is to buy Packaging Dynamics Corporation, which represents the former's third acquisition in the last two years.


European packaging manufacturer Faerch Plast has launched a new product that it describes as 'the world’s first ovenable CPET skin pack' for meat and poultry. The development allows consumers to cook products in an oven or microwave without removing the packaging.


California-based Plastic Package Inc has announced that it is building 20,000 square feet (1860 sq/m) facility in Laporte at a cost of US$1.37 million. The company produces food, confectionery, bakery and specialty packaging for the retail and wholesale markets.

Multi-million dollar US investment by RPC

The RPC Group is to nearly double the production area at its Pennsylvania, US plant after investing more than $10 million to strengthen its position in the US market.

Pork producer plays on PVC pitfalls

UK-based food manufacturer Tulip Ltd has underlined its commitment to tackling food waste by signing up to the Waste & Resources Action Programme's (WRAP) Courtauld Commitment 3 and has announced plans to stop the use of PVC in all of its packaging by early 2015.

Faerch Plast to double UK capacity

Plastics containers manufacturer Faerch Plast says that it will double UK production capacity when an additional extrusion line and associated thermoformers are installed at its Durham facility by early 2015.