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Middle East and Africa hungry for growth

Flexible packaging demand in the Middle East and Africa will grow by around 5 per cent a year over the next five years, as confidence in the region's growing economy encourages inward investment and greater emphasis on mass food processing, reports PCI Films Consulting.

Light fantastic for plastics

Americans will use 32.85 billion more rigid plastics and flexible packs in 2017 than in 2012, making them the fastest growing segments in the US packaging industry, claims market analyst Canadean.

Closed Loop expands to industry needs

Closed Loop Recycling is significantly expanding its HDPE recycling capabilities in the UK in order to fully meet the demands of the dairy industry, which increasingly requires higher levels of rHDPE in its milk bottles.

Ineos closure would not reverse trend, says Moody’s

The closure of the Grangemouth petrochemical site in Scotland would not reverse the negative utilisation trend in Europe's ethylene sector, claimed Moody's in a statement released yesterday.

Sluggish outlook for Germany

There is no recovery in sight for the German plastics packaging industry, according to an economic trend survey for the fourth quarter by trade association IK Industrievereinigung Kunststoffverpackungen.

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.

Little change in UK bag use

The number of plastics carrier bags used by supermarket customers in the UK rose by 1.3 per cent last year, although the weight of bags issued fell by nearly 3 per cent.

European BOPET prices finally stabilise

Following two years of steady decline in the European price of 12-micron bi-oriented polyester (BOPET) film, it would appear that the trend has finally stabilised, claims PCI Films Consulting.

More long-term planning needed, says report

North American owned film producers should show more commitment to their customers and plan for the long-term, according to a report by PCI Films Consulting.

EU develops taste for less waste, says Europen

Higher recovery rates and particularly recycling rates are the main reasons for the rapid decline in the amount of used packaging sent for final disposal over the past 12 years, claims a report by the European Organisation for Packaging and the Environment (Europen).