Anti-plastics regulations are leading to less sustainable packaging alternatives, report says
Industry is responding to the regulatory backlash against plastics by switching to other materials without considering their environmental impact relative to plastics, the new report from ICIS said, or whether sufficient local waste collection systems are in place.
Silgan acquires Cobra Plastics to expand in closures market
Cobra, which operates two manufacturing facilities in Ohio, injection molds plastic closures, with a particular focus on the aerosol overcap market.
Toronto’s CCL Industries buys Spanish apparel label maker Eti-Textil
Eti-Textil will become part of CCL’s Apparel Labeling Systems business.
U.S. plastic bag manufacturers want 95 per cent of plastic retail bags to be reused or recycled by 2025
The American Recyclable Plastic Bag Alliance, which made the pledge, also wants all bags to have 25 per cent recycled content by 2025.
Tekni-Plex Medical names new head of sales, business development, Americas
Tekni-Plex has named Bob Donohue to fill the position in this new division.
Packaging supplier Comar buys medical device molder iMark
The acquisition, for an undisclosed amount, will expand Comar’s footprint in the medical and pharmaceutical segments.
Silgan to acquire Albea’s dispensing business
The $900-million acquisition, which will expand Silgan’s rigid packaging business, is expected to close in the first half of 2020.
Starbucks plans to move away from single-use packaging
In a public letter from its CEO, the coffee chain said it wants to shift away from single-use packaging to reusable cups and utensils.
China moves to phase out single-use plastics
A new directive from the National Development and Reform Commission and the Environment Ministry outlines how Beijing hopes to cut plastic waste by 30 per cent in five years, banning single use plastic bags and straws.
Nestlé pledges to spend billions on recycled packaging
The food and beverage giant, which packages most of its food and bottles with plastic, wants to cut its use of virgin plastics by one-third by 2025.
Berry Plastics to expand its capacity for sustainable, breathable films in North America
The Indiana-based rigid and flexible packaging supplier will invest US$20 million to expand its hygiene, healthcare, and specialty films platform.
Pretium Packaging sold to private equity firm Clearlake Capital
Headquartered in Chesterfield, Missouri, Pretium blow molds rigid plastic bottles and containers for a wide range of sectors.
Joe Biden calls for plastic bag ban in U.S.
Biden’s statement, made at a campaign stop in Iowa on Jan. 3, drew a quick rebuke from the Plastics Industry Association.
TricorBraun acquires rigid packaging supplier Packaging Solutions
PSI team members, including owners Doug Greenberg and John Greenberg, will remain with the Minneapolis-based company, but it will now operate as TricorBraun.
CCL Industries buying Polish BOPP film company Flexpol for $22 million
The deal gives Toronto-based CCL the capability to deliver label films in Europe using the same technology it has in place at Innovia Mexico for the Americas.
Sonoco completes purchase of thermoformer TEQ
The global packaging supplier’s $187-million purchase of Thermoform Engineered Quality LLC and Plastique Holdings Ltd. was first announced in November 2019.
French MPs vote to ban all single-use plastic by 2040
The French National Assembly has voted to ban all disposable plastics by 2040, but critics argue the measures could be enforced much sooner.
Tekni-Plex forming new medical business unit
Called “Tekni-Plex Medical”, the new operating unit will offer products and services formerly supplied separately by Tekni-Plex’s Colorite, Natvar, and Dunn businesses.
A look at some resonating new resins
When it comes to food packaging, plastic is almost always a better material to choose than the alternatives. And speaking of better, here are some of the newest plastic resins and additives designed for both rigid and flexible applications.
Part packaging, robot-style
So you’ve finally decided to automate your end-of-the-line part packaging process? Great. Now here’s how to do it.
Packaging supplier Pregis invests $5 million in Michigan facility
The company has bought its fourth Windmoeller & Hoelscher blown film line for the plant, and is leasing an additional 35,000 square feet in the same location for expanded warehousing capability.
TC Transcontinental selling its paper and woven PP operations to Hood Packaging
Burlington, Ont.-base Hood will acquire TC’s operations in the U.S. states of California, Iowa, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Georgia.
Flexible packager TC Transcontinental to shutter P.E.I. facility
Citing low production volumes, the Montreal-based company says it will close the P.E.I. plant by January 2020 and lay off about 15 workers.
Sonoco grows healthcare packaging footprint with thermoformer acquisition
The global packaging supplier is purchasing Thermoform Engineered Quality LLC and Plastique Holdings Ltd. for $187 million.
Berlin Packaging announces departure of CEO Andrew Berlin
John Zimmerman will serve as interim CEO of the Chicago-based company until a permanent replacement is found.
Constantia Flexibles opens 100% sustainable flexible packaging plant in India
Located in Ahmedabad, the plant is said to be the world’s first facility designed to produce more sustainable and recyclable flexible packaging only.
Canada’s Jet Label & Packaging bought by U.S. label maker ProMach
Founded in 1998 and headquartered in Edmonton, Alta., Jet Label manufactures labels and printed tape for a range of industries.
Clariant completes sale of its healthcare packaging business
The company will be rebranded as Airnov Healthcare Packaging.
Schaefer Systems to sell Woodbridge foam packaging in North America
The agreement allows Charlotte, N.C.-based Schaefer to provide design, manufacturing, and distribution support to large industrial manufacturing customers with emphases within the automotive industry.
The Beer Store to eliminate single-use plastic bags from all stores
The Ontario retail chain will be eliminating single-use plastic bags at all locations in January 2020.
ExxonMobile, W&H demonstrate new collation shrink film
The companies used the K 2019 show to demonstrate a 40-micron, five-layer polyolefin dedicated collation shrink film, which included 30 per cent recycled polyethylene.
New zero waste solution for coffee capsules
The GEA capsules are suitable for Nespresso, Lavazza Blue, and Keurig systems, and are made with Ingeo, a renewably sourced biomaterial from NatureWorks.