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Holland Colours has introduced a new generation of their light barrier technology for UHT milk packaging, Holcomer III. It is said to include enhanced light-barrier and laser-marking benefits such as 100% UV blocking and up to 99.9% visible-light blocking in a monolayer PET bottle but with lower production and laser-marking costs.

Closing 2015 positively in terms of Turnover, profit and market share, and the continued improvement in the first 6 months of 2016, have enabled the management of Negri Bossi to accelerate its implementation of the “2020 vision” as laid out upon acquisition in 2014.

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DevTech PET, Inc., a manufacturer of custom preforms and containers, will lease a manufacturing facility in Hanover Township, Northampton County, PA, USA and create 32 new, high wage jobs, according to an information by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

Plastics Caps & Closures conference 2016 will be held from November 9-10 in Barcelona, Spain. This year’s conference will look at the latest innovations in caps, dispensers, dosing closures as the market demands more and more functionality. But it will also explore how innovation in manufacturing and materials can deliver the cost and sustainability goals of the brand owners.

The management board of the Albis Plastic Group has announced that Carsten W. Wörner, Chief Sales Officer will, by mutual agreement, leave the company on 30 September 2016. Wörner took on the position of CSO on April 1, 2012 and since then has lead worldwide sales and the technical applications department. He was also responsible for the structural adjustment of sales as part of the progressive internationalisation strategy.

The non-profit environmental association Ecoce is promoting the collection and recycling of post-consumer PET and other materials in Mexico. The association has now published new figures on recycling in Mexico: according to their own figures, Mexico has recorded the highest collection quota in America for PET for the past four years.

Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL), a global chemical producer, announced the completion of joint venture (JV) of IVL’s PET Company, Micro Polypet Private Limited (MicroPet), in India with Dhunseri Petrochem Ltd. (Dhunseri). Simultaneously, IVL has acquired a 50% stake in Dhunseri’s PET Company in India, Dhunseri Petglobal Ltd. By combining the two companies as equal partners, the resulting total capacity of 700,000t/a will make the new JV the second largest in India.

Egeria, the Dutch based private equity firm has signed an agreement to acquire 100% of the shares of Clondalkin Flexible Packaging Group (“Clondalkin”) from an affiliate of Warburg Pincus. Completion of the transaction is expected to occur in Q4 2016.

Nazca Capital –a Spanish private equity firm focused in the mid-market segment– has reached an agreement with the family Baños (owners and founders of the company) for the acquisition of a stake around 75% in Caiba, a leading Spanish company specialised in the manufacture of PET preforms and containers for the food, household products and personal hygiene sectors.

Demand for pressure-sensitive materials continues to grow in Europe. To meet future demand, Avery Dennison is strengthening its European manufacturing footprint with a $65 million investment to expand its Rodange, Luxembourg production facility. The investment is one of Avery Dennison’s largest operational initiatives globally in recent years.

Coca-Cola created a new packaging design for their Diet Coke bottles in Canada. The vibrant patterns are available for a limited time for 500ml PET as well as 355ml and 237m. glass bottles of Diet Coke. The “One of a Kind” campaigns offers millions of designs to choose from as no two bottles look exactly the same.

In the packaging sector, film manufacturers are demanding lines which are becoming ever wider, ever faster and ever more efficient, with high production capacity and low energy consumption. On the other hand the trend in this sector is also increasingly towards special films with added value. Here, Brückner Maschinenbau will be presenting relevant developments. The key words here include, for example, multi-layer technology and simultaneous stretching of films.

A two compartment package—with the bottom container snapping into the base of the larger top bottle—is being used to launch a disruptive new portable, shelf-stable cocktail line. Called the Clasper bottle, the innovative package development was driven by brand owner Yumix’s desire to give adult consumers a great tasting cocktail, which they could mix themselves anywhere, anytime.

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Summer is drawing to a close, and I hope that you have enjoyed a successful season. This is now the moment for tidying up loose ends, to start thinking about new projects and of course, to catch up on our reading. With the summer fast becoming a distant memory, we embark upon our autumn tasks, the high point of which will be Brau Beviale in Nuremberg in November. In between is the Brew and Beverage exhibition in Shanghai, which has developed in recent years into an important meeting point for the beverage industry well beyond Chinese borders.

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