COVID-19 is hurting demand for PET, report says
Lockdowns and restrictions are dampening demand for PET in what should be a season of high demand, according to a new report from an analyst at ICIS.
Plastic bag ban in Prince Albert, Sask. put on hold due to pandemic
The ban was set to take effect on Aug. 1, but has been suspended until the state of emergency in Saskatchewan is over.
Lowe’s Canada reports a 58% drop in plastic bag use
The home improvement retailer introduced a charge on plastic bags at its corporate stores in Quebec in June 2018, and in the rest of Canada in August of the same year,
Packaging supplier Comar to expand in New Jersey
The company has announced what it calls “a major capacity expansion” of its Buena, N.J. plant operations by building a new offsite location in nearby Vineland, N.J.
Coca-Cola Amatil, Dynapack sign agreement to build advanced PET recycling plant in Indonesia
Amatil and Dynapack will work together through a proof of concept phase to consider a potential plant’s economic feasibility, size, scale and location, end-to-end requirements, and potential integration into each company’s value chains.
SK Global Chemical completes acquisition of Arkema’s functional polyolefins business
The deal, first announced in October 2019, is part of South Korea-based SK’s strategy to boost its packaging business.
Packaging supplier Good Natured Products enters medical and pharmaceutical industry
In a statement, Vancouver-based Good Natured said that it was able to enter this new market segment with the closing of its recent acquisition of Shepherd Thermoforming.
Alpla acquiring Spanish packaging supplier Bopla
The acquisition will strengthen Austria-based Alpla’s portfolio in the cosmetics, personal and household care market segments.
Coca-Cola partners to produce and distribute PPE to fight COVID-19 pandemic
The soft drink maker has teamed up with supply chain partners and a network of makers to produce and distribute hundreds of thousands of protective face shields to healthcare workers and first responders.
GN Thermoforming installs new machines with WhatsApp messaging platform
The Chester, N.S.-based machinery maker is using the web platform to help customers install new thermoforming machines in Eastern Europe and the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Plastics Industry Association announces winners of the 2020 Re|focus Leadership and People’s Choice Awards
Recycler PureCycle Technologies accepts the Leadership in Innovation Award and sustainable packaging supplier Accredo Packaging wins the People’s Choice Award.
Dunkin’ Donuts completes global transition from EPS to paper cups
The restaurant chain’s move from polystyrene foam cups to paper cups was first announced two years ago.
Tetra Laval Group donates $165,000 to COVID-19 relief aid in Canada
The Swiss-based multinational corporation is donating the money to United Way Centraide.
Engel and Austrian packaging companies team up to found “Packaging with a Future” platform
The platform is intended to improve public awareness in the meaningful use of packaging.
PTI manufactures, donates face shields to 15 Ohio healthcare facilities
The packaging supplier had multiple partners on the project, which created and donated 5,000 of the face shields.
California temporarily suspends plastic bag ban
California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order on April 23 that allows retailers in the state to provide customers with single-use plastic bags for free for 60 days.
Berlin Packaging names William J. Hayes as new president and CEO
Hayes is currently the president and CEO of construction and civil engineering company BrandSafway.
COVID-19 crisis boosts flexible packaging demand in U.S. and Europe, forecast says
Research firm Wood Mackenzie forecasts U.S. demand for consumer flexible packaging to increase by up to 10% this year, compared to 3% in 2019; and in Europe, demand growth could climb to above 5% this year.
Kautex Maschinenbau appoints Julia Keller as new CFO
A business studies graduate who specialized in finance and human resources, Keller takes over from Frank Röhrlein, who will be retiring.
Sidel transforms French manufacturing site to make hand sanitizer bottles
The global packaging supplier has repurposed its international centre of excellence for PET packaging development and blowing solutions in Octeville-sur-Mer into a production centre to make bottles for hydro-alcoholic gel.