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AptarGroup, Inc. announced that it has signed the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment and has joined forces with other businesses and governments committed to changing how to produce, use and reuse plastic.

Philipp Lehner is the new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the international packaging specialist ALPLA as of 1 January 2019. He takes over the role from Georg Früh, who will now focus on Family Office responsibilities.

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On December 2018 a cooperation agreement has been signed between Mr. Jordi Sala i Lladó, CEO of Bianna Recycling and Mr. Mauro Drappo, CEO of Amut Group. It is a long term business partnership, worthwhile for both, established to blend values and performances of two well consolidated companies: Bianna Recycling intends to expand its influence on the Italian market while Amut becomes its exclusive representative in Italy.

Borealis and Systemiq, together with their partners from the Government of Norway, Nova Chemicals, Borouge and Veolia, are pleased to welcome Nestlé as new strategic partner of Project Stop (Stop Ocean Plastics), a frontline initiative to prevent ocean plastic leakage in South-East Asia. Nestlé is the first food company to join the initiative.

Vöslauer already managed to set new standards in Austria back in October, with the launch of its 0.5l still PET bottle made of 100% rPET. The innovative packaging, inspired by the desire for greater sustainability, proved to be a hit and resulted in plenty of positive feedback for the Austrian market leader. With the start of the new year, the majority of the product range will now undergo a conversion to this sustainable material in the German market.

DAK Americas LLC(DAK), an Alpek Polyester business, announces that it has signed an Asset Purchase Agreement with Perpetual Recycling Solutions, LLC (Perpetual) to acquire the Perpetual PET recycling facility in Richmond, IN, USA. The Perpetual PET recycling operations have an approximate annual capacity of 100 million lbs/a (~45,000 t/a) of high quality rPET flake.

The yogurt market in Latin America continues to grow as companies develop products to appeal to health-conscious consumers. That appeal includes premium-looking packaging that is durable and increasingly sustainable. For Danone that includes developing attractive packaging for its new all-natural spoonable yogurt which is sold in Argentina. The transparent 200ml polyethylene terephthalate (PET) jar with a wide-mouth opening and an aluminum-PET-aluminium closure with a 65mm over cap in clear polypropylene (PP) was developed in collaboration with global packaging company Amcor.

Torus Measurement Systems have recently released the latest gauge in their line of measurement systems for plastic containers. Torus have now integrated those latest measurement modules into one single system – The TQ-LAB. This development is claimed to offer customers multiple quality control tests which can be selected by module to suit each customer requirement. Offering non-contact and destructive tests on both empty and filled containers or preforms, this flexible and portable machine is intended to deliver reliable data to the network with no operator influence. This development offers users multi-module gauging all controlled by one interface, thus simplifying the quality control process.

drink technology India (dti), an important event for India's beverage and liquid food industry, has been postponed at the request of the exhibitors. The trade fair will now take place from April 10 to 12, 2019. The Bangalore International Expo Centre will remain the exhibition venue. The second event date of dti in 2019, in New Delhi, remains unchanged.

Alpla and Fromm have been successfully working together in PET recycling. Another extrusion line at the Texplast site in Wolfen will increase the capacity for food-safe PET regranulate by 15,000 tonnes each year – material that Alpla will return to the recyclable material cycle in Europe, and in Germany in particular.

January 08, 2019 | Beviale Moscow 2019

The fourth edition of Beviale Moscow is to be held at the city’s Crocus Expo International Exhibition Center from 19 to 21 February 2019. The trade fair adopts a comprehensive approach, reflecting all aspects of the process chain. In special shows as well as the accompanying conference programme, it will also focus on packaging solutions, wine production in Russia as well as the Soft Drinks and Craft Drinks segments.

Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL), a global chemical producer, announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Invista Resins & Fibers GmbH, which owns a PET manufacturing facility located in Gersthofen, Germany. The Gersthofen site has a combined capacity of 282,000t/a, and employs approximately 140 employees. The transaction is expected to be completed in the 1st quarter 2019, subject to regulatory approvals.

December 24, 2018 | Merry Christmas!

The PETplanet Insider team would like to thank you for the good cooperation during the past year and for your ongoing confidence. We wish you a joyful holiday season and a new year filled with peace, happiness and prosperity.

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