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Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL) announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Sorepla Industrie S.A., a plastics recycling facility in France. Founded in 1991, Sorepla Industrie is one of the largest recyclers in Europe. The facility consists of three production lines; recycled PET (rPET), recycled high density polyethylene (rHDPE) and food-grade pellets, with a combined capacity of 52,000 tonnes per annum.

PepsiCo, Inc. today announced that its Board of Directors has unanimously elected Ramon Laguarta, 54, to succeed Indra K. Nooyi, 62, as Chief Executive Officer. Nooyi will step down on October 3rd after 24 years with the company, the last 12 as CEO. She will remain Chairman until early 2019 to ensure a smooth and seamless transition. Laguarta was also elected to the company’s Board of Directors, effective October 3rd. Laguarta will become the sixth CEO in PepsiCo’s 53-year history.

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Sustainable technology company Anellotech recently achieved new milestones at its T-Cat-8 pilot plant in Texas, thereby progressing its 100% bio-based bottle collaboration with global consumer beverage company Suntory.

Qosmedix announced that a new group of PET bottles has been added to their comprehensive packaging category. This extensive new collection includes 15ml and 30ml bottles in clear, blue and amber. Corresponding glass dropper caps are available in black or white/metallic silver and flat screw caps are available in black or white. These components are ideal for storing and easily dispensing small quantities of liquid formulations like oils, aromatherapy products, personal care products and more. The interchangeable caps allow for versatility and provide users the convenience of choosing the best packaging solution for their product.

Setting a clear focus on the broad range of product innovations that have lately been developed, and a detailed overview of the ongoing worldwide expansion, Bericap will be presenting itself at FachPack trade fair in Nuremberg September 25-27,2018.

Neste, a leading producer of renewable diesel, is exploring ways to introduce liquefied waste plastic as a future raw material for fossil refining. The aim of the development project is to proceed to industrial scale trial during 2019. The company’s target is to process annually more than one million tons of waste plastic by 2030.

When FachPack, the European trade fair for packaging, processing and technology, opens its doors again for three days on 25 September 2018, 1,500 exhibitors will be waiting to present their products and innovations to industry professionals in the exhibition halls in Nuremberg. FachPack offers innovative packaging solutions for consumer and industrial goods from a wide range of sectors.

August 06, 2018 | PET-eating enzyme

Scientists from the University of Portsmouth and the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have engineered an enzyme which can digest some of the most commonly plastics, providing a potential solution to one of the world’s environmental problems. The discovery could result in a recycling solution for millions of tonnes of PET bottles. Professor John McGeehan at the University of Portsmouth and Dr Gregg Beckham at NREL solved the crystal structure of PETase—a recently discovered enzyme that digests PET— and used this 3D information to understand how it works. During this study, they inadvertently engineered an enzyme that is even better at degrading the plastic than the one that evolved in nature.

August 03, 2018 | BrauBeviale 2018

BrauBeviale will open the exhibition halls in Nuremberg from 13 to 15 November 2018. The exhibition team for the world's biggest capital goods fair for the beverage industry this year made use of the scheduled break from the event’s three-year cycle to fine-tune the concept, ask around in the market and track down the hot topics affecting the industry so that they can be addressed in the next three-year programme. A comprehensive supporting programme aims to provide impetus for addressing all the challenges that the beverage sector is currently facing.

Pretium Packaging, a leading North American manufacturer of plastic containers and closures, has acquired Cox Container, LLC, located in Troy, Alabama. Cox specialises in extrusion blow moulding of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) containers for food, beverage, dairy and industrial applications.

Plastics Recyclers Europe announced that 78 PET recycling facilities located all over Europe were evaluated. The results point to a PET recycling capacity in Europe of 2.1 million tonnes for 2017. Of the total installed capacity in Europe Germany (27%), France (15%), Italy (14%) and Spain (9%) account for 65% of the PET recycling market. Overall, 1.9 million tonnes of PET plastic waste were transformed into 1.4 million tonnes of recyclates which were used for the production of new articles. According to this data, 200.000 tonnes of PET installed capacity remains unexploited.

Following several acquisitions and steep organic growth in recent years, Kiefel GmbH, the Germany-based specialist for plastic film material processing machines, is announcing organisational changes in its packaging activities. Aim is, to ensure a strong customer focus in the rigid plastic packaging market and to take full advantage of upcoming market opportunities.

Sustainable technology company Anellotech states that it recently achieved new milestones at its TCat-8 pilot plant in Texas, USA, thereby progressing its 100% bio-based bottle collaboration with global consumer beverage company Suntory. Anellotech’s TCat-8 pilot plant is using Bio-TCat technology, a thermal catalytic process which converts non-food biomass feedstock material into BTX aromatics, a group of renewable chemicals identical to their petro-based counterparts. The first shipment of BTX has now been sent to joint development partners IFPEN and Axens for purification studies to make bio-paraxylene – the key aromatic chemical needed to make 100% renewable beverage bottles a reality. Bio-paraxylene from TCat-8 will be used to make renewable PET resin for prototype bottle manufacture and product testing.

Neo Group, producer of PET granules, located in Klaipeda Free Economic Zone (FEZ) in Lithuania, launches a new production line. The additional capacity of the new line is planned to reach 480.000t/a, intended to strengthen the company's position in foreign markets and to become the second-largest company of this kind across Europe. It is estimated that the market supply will grow by 155,000t of products annually.

FDT Africa 2018, the biannual event dedicated to food & drink technology to be held from 4 to 6 September in Johannesburg, will see Sacmi with a complete range of solutions for the closures and beverage industries. The Group has many years' experience in the country through its Sacmi South Africa branch, which provides sales support and assistance. Sacmi's focus will be on the latest technology for the industry, from compression technology to complete, integrated pellet-to-pallet PET processing solutions.

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