Film development focus at Constantia centre

Austrian converter Constantia Flexibles has opened a Competence Centre for the research and development of polymer films and film laminates for flexible packaging at its second largest production plant in Weiden, Germany. The focus of the centre is on developing new film formulations with the company's raw material suppliers in order to meet stringent food contact legislation.“Today’s opening is a...

Pure-Pak carton turns 100

The iconic paperboard gable top carton, which continues to be utilised by beverage and liquid food producers in more than 100 countries, is celebrating its centenary.On 19 October 1915, the US patent office granted the first patent for a paper milk bottle, which would ultimately became known as the gable top Pure-Pak carton manufactured by Norway's Elopak. Patent holder...

Industry seeks to reap where BioHub project sowed

A nine-year research project looking into the development of plant-based performance plastics has reached its conclusion, with a number of new chemicals being produced using renewable agricultural materials - such as cereals - which are sustainable substitutes for fossil-based chemicals.The BioHub programme was undertaken by international French biorefining group, Roquette, and subsidied by BPI France, the French agency for...

US PET container recycling rate holds firm

The PET container recycling rate held at 31 per cent in the US in 2014, according to the 'Report on Postconsumer PET Container Recycling Activity in 2014' conducted by the National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR) and the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers (APR).Consistent with the 2013 rate, the figure reflects increases in US PET bottle collection volumes...

Top security targeted by partnership

Converter Innovia Group has secured a technology partnership with Swedish high-tech business Rolling Optics, which will see the latter's 3D micro-optical designs and effects applied to Innovia Films' Rayoface BOPP films to provide anti-counterfeiting protection for premium goods industries.The partnership will focus on maximising global opportunities utilising Rolling Optics’ technology combined with Innovia’s worldwide production, sales and distribution channels.Mark...

European Bioplastics slams greenwashing

The European association representing the bioplastics value chain has asked all producers of additives claiming to make conventional plastics biodegradable to fully comply with the standard EN 13432, or to cease misleading references. European Bioplastics (EUBP) has found an increasing malpractice by producers of fragmentation additives for conventional plastics referring to the European standard for industrial composting, EN 13432, when...

ORKLA TO ADOPT LIQUIGLIDE TECHNOLOGY

July 2nd:US-based LiquiGlide Inc has licenced its LiquiGlide technology to Norwegian foods and beverages company Orkla ASA, for use with mayonnaise products in the Nordics, Germany, Benelux and the Baltics.Described as a slippery coating, LiquiGlide is a permanently wet, liquid-impregnated surface which is designed to be hyper-slippery, allowing the product sitting directly on a layer of liquid. It uses...

CMA considers dairy proposal

The UK governments Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has announced that it is considering the undertakings offered by Müller relating to the German company's proposed acquisition of UK dairy manufacturer Dairy Crest.The CMA previously declared that it would refer the acquisition for an in-depth investigation unless acceptable undertakings were offered to address concerns about the loss of competition in...

More US investment for Anheuser-Busch InBev

The world’s largest brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev says it will be investing more than US$1.5 billion in its US brewing, agriculture, packaging and distributing operations by 2018.It is planning to spend an estimated $850 million on brewery and packaging expansion projects, $220 million on product innovation initiatives and $720 million in sustaining and increasing efficiency of its existing operations.“Our beers...