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The market research institute Ceresana has analysed the European market for rigid plastic containers. In many applications, plastics replace other materials such as glass or metal: Ceresana forecasts the European sales of plastic containers to reach a volume of more than 12.4 million tonnes in 2024.

At this year's edition of the "dynamic days" held October 23-24, 2017 in Weissenbach, Lower Austria, Starlinger inaugurated the new headquarters of its division recycling technology. The building is located in close proximity to the existing Starlinger factory.

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November 20, 2017 | New square PET bottle

Square, robust lines are being increasingly chosen to stand out more on the shop shelves. The different shape immediately catches the eye between all the round bottles. PET Power has expanded the Square family with a nice 400ml model. This volume is particularly special because of the height – width ratio.

Husky Injection Molding Systems, a leading industrial technology provider to the plastics processing community, has made significant investments to its PET Tooling business to increase customer value and better respond to market needs. With the creation of a dedicated tooling team, focused investment on technology and increased global delivery capabilities, Husky is demonstrating its commitment to providing solutions that maximise efficiency throughout the entire lifespan of its customers’ equipment.

Beijing Sanlian Hope Shin-Gosen Technical Service Co. has acquired 80% of the Polymetrix shares from the Bühler Group. The Bühler Group will remain a minority shareholder with 20% of the shares of Polymetrix. Closing is expected for the beginning of 2018.

Maag, a worldwide-leading manufacturer of gear pumps, pelletising systems, filtration systems and pulverisers for use in the plastics, chemical, pharmaceutical and food industries, announced the opening of two new facilities in the Jiading District of Shanghai and in the city of Guangzhou that will serve the Chinese market.

The 2018 edition of the Global Blow Moulding Congress will take place on June, 18-20, 2017 in Cologne, Germany. Conference Chairman Noru Tsalic explains: “This is the only international conference focusing on technical and commercial developments in plastic bottles and containers: design, manufacturing, filling and end-of-life stewardship."

November 13, 2017 | R&D/Leverage Open House

The R&D/Leverage open house event included presentations on trends and developments in packaging design and mould manufacturing. Almost 50 attendees from global converters to brand owners attended the three day event, ran from September 20-22. The theme was "Breaking Down the Silos in Plastic Packaging" where R&D demonstrated that working with design, engineering, and manufacturing early in the planning process, fosters innovation and cost efficiency.

On 1 November 2017, Otto Hofstetter AG, the manufacturer of moulds for PET preforms and the packaging industry, opened a branch office in Luxembourg. With this new office, the family-owned company from Uznach, Switzerland, is expanding its international presence and increasing its proximity to its customers in the EU.

Alpha Packaging Inc. announced that it has acquired a plant in Etten-Leur, the Netherlands, from Graham Packaging Company. The transaction – for which terms were not disclosed – was completed on November 2nd. Alpha, with headquater in St. Louis, Missouri USA, is a blow moulder of bottles and jars for the growing consumer markets, including the nutrition, pharmaceutical, personal care and niche food and beverage categories.

The first ever drink technology India in New Delhi got off to a flying start: the regional spin-off of the trade fair for the Indian beverage, dairy and liquid-food industry, together with the partner events of Messe Düsseldorf, occupied 11,000 square meters of floor space at the Pragati Maidan exhibition center in New Delhi during its debut event. Dr Reinhard Pfeiffer, Deputy CEO of Messe München, was impressed with the event: “We’re thrilled that the premiere here in New Delhi was so popular with our exhibitors and visitors. The results highlight the enormous potential of the Indian beverage industry. By alternating between different regions of India and introducing the new annual format we have created the perfect conditions to be able to serve the entire Indian beverage, dairy and liquid-food industry.”

November 07, 2017 | Gebo Cermex and Kuka agreement

Gebo Cermex, part of the Sidel Group, has recently signed a supply agreement with Kuka AG. The contract was finalised in Munich at Drinktec 2017. Putting pen to paper for the agreement, were signatories Mr. Marc Aury, President and Managing Director of Gebo Cermex and Mr. Joachim Melis, VP Division Consumer Industries & Handling of Kuka, representing the German manufacturer.

Expert speakers confirmed for the Petcore Europe Conference 2018: Petcore Europe is pleased to announce its annual conference in Brussels from 7 - 8 February 2018. Building up on the success of the last years, Petcore decided to expand the 2018 conference edition to two days. The first half day is exclusively dedicated to PET business & strategy, followed by a networking event in the evening. The second day focuses on Trends in collection, recycling & sustainability and features presentations from research, industry and EU decision makers.

Constantia Flexibles has successfully completed the sale of its Labels division to Multi-Color Corporation for an enterprise value of approximately €1.15 billion ($1.3 billion). All required regulatory authorities have cleared the transaction. Constantia Flexibles has received approximately €830 million in cash and will continue to participate in the future success story of Multi-Color through a 16.6% shareholding.

The new European project on chemical recycling DEMETO is officially launched. DEMETO aims at enabling chemical de-polymerisation of PET at industrial scale based on its microwave-based process intensification, focusing as a start on coloured bottles waste.

Maag, a Dover company and worldwide manufacturer of gear pumps, pelletising and filtration systems, and pulverisers for demanding applications in the plastics, chemical, pharmaceutical and food industries, is pleased to announce that it will be attending the upcoming PlastIndia 2018, which will be held from February 7-12, 2018, in the city of Gandhinagar in the western Indian state of Gujarat.

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