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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

SGT, which manufactures polyethylene terephthalate (PET) preforms, officially confirmed the construction of its new production site at the Saôneor business park to the north of Chalon-sur-Saône, during a signature ceremony attended by local elected representatives and dignitaries. Sébastien Martin, President of the Grand Chalon region, Jean-Jacques Boyer, Sub-Prefect of Chalon, Guillaume Thiébaut, Mayor of Virey-le-Grand and Alain Gaudray, Mayor of Fragnes-La Loyère.

Nestlé Waters has announced that it will strengthen its collaboration with the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) to certify 20 factories by 2020. Nestlé Waters has already certified four bottling facilities in Sheikhupura, Pakistan, and in California (Ontario, Sacramento and Livermore). It plans to certify additional sites in Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, Latin America, and the United States.

One year after moving into the premises in Regensburg’s TechBase and successful completion of its first projects, Krones AG’s Innovation Lab was officially inaugurated in October 2017. The TechBase is located directly next to the university and the East Bavarian University of Applied Science (OTH), and offers space for start-ups, research labs and technology clusters. Reciprocal networking of these entities and the universities’ neighbouring institutions provides advantages that also benefited Krones AG’s Innovation Lab of right from the start. Students are a vital part of the Innovation Lab. They work as interns or student trainees on practically relevant tasks or support these within the context of their dissertations.

The new updated edition of Birkner’s Beverage World 2017/2018 provides professional company and trade information with regard to companies of the international beverage industry. The catalogue contains 20,000 company profiles from 197 countries with more than 5,400 breweries, 5,500 producers of mineral water, juices and soft drinks, 2,400 distilleries, 1,300 hop, malt and raw material suppliers, 6,200 suppliers und 480 associations and institutions.

United Caps, an international manufacturer of high performance plastic caps and closures, announced that the company is taking over the plastic closures division of Closures4you. The takeover offer includes 28mm caps for re-usable glass bottles and for disposable PET bottles.

September 21, 2017 | New KHS sustainability report

In its 2015/2016 sustainability report, the system provider KHS GmbH documents its ongoing measures, achievements, and goals pertaining to strategy and social, ecological and economic issues. A main focus is on the topic “PET and sustainability - a contradiction or not?”. The complete report is available for online viewing.

The Bühler Group owns again 100% of the shares of Polymetrix after buying back all shares held by Cross Equity Partners in July 2017. The buy-back of the Polymetrix shares is the first step on the path to the new strategic ownership of Polymetrix AG. In a second step, the majority stake of the company will be sold to an engineering group active in the polymer industry.

Krones AG, Neutraubling, Germany, and Erema Engineering Recycling Maschinen und Anlagen GmbH, Ansfelden, Austria, have agreed to collaborate in the field of PET plastic recycling. The aim of this alliance is to incorporate the technical expertise of both companies into the planning and design of PET recycling lines and complete factories, so as to be able to offer clients from both the beverage and PET recycling industries an optimal line or an entire factory.

Movacolor, developer and manufacturer of high quality dosing systems for the plastics industry, is going to build a new building in its current location Sneek, The Netherlands. It is expected that the international company will move to the fully energy-neutral building in the third quarter of 2018. The 100% sustainable building will include solar panels, top cooling in the entire building, underfloor heating and heat pumps. Of course, charging stations for electric cars are provided.

With the founding of the Powerfil business unit, Erema, the manufacturer of plastics recycling systems, extends its portfolio and now also offers the proven melt filter as individual components for existing extrusion plants. Technical modifications were made to the filter systems prior to the foundation of the business unit.

Sesotec GmbH, a manufacturer of machines and systems for contaminant detection and material sorting for the food, plastics, and recycling industries, is growing in all segments, which correspondingly need more room. Early in July 2017 service acceptance at the company headquarters in German Schönberg therefore was relocated from Regener Straße 130 to Industriestraße 5. The new location lies close to the company headquarters and combines repairs department, spare parts storage, training rooms, technical support, and – now new – service acceptance.

Boxmore Packaging, with headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa, will become a fully owned subsidiary of the Austrian packaging specialist Alpla. Boxmore Packaging is specialised in PET preforms, PET bottles and closures, and currently employs around 1,000 members of staff at nine locations.

The Austrian company Next Generation Recyclingmaschinen GmbH (NGR) develops and manufactures plastics recycling equipment for industrial and consumer waste. As part of the reopening of the three year-old Customer Care Center in Taicang, NGR is expanding its sales activities in China and Southeast Asia.

Alpla, a global provider of plastic packaging, has acquired a 100 per cent stake in the Italian company Propack Srl. The company, based in Ostellato (FE), is specialised in the production of HDPE and PET bottles for home-care. The agreement has been signed in mid June. The deal is expected to be concluded by the middle of July 2017. With this acquisition, the eighth plant in the country, Alpla has expanded its production capacities in the North-East of Italy.

The KHS Group has ratified its successful development of the previous year and again boosted its turnover, with sales totaling €1.18 billion last year. Its operating profit (EBT) rose thanks to contributions from internal improvement programs to this end. Especially successful projects in Asia and Central America and a heavy demand for PET and can filling systems helped to promote sales. In the current business year the Group wishes to score further with innovations at the leading international drinktec trade show.

Petainer has launched a stand-alone business in Brazil as part of its growth strategy for the Latin American region. Petainer is targeting the rapidly growing craft brewing sector in Brazil and large regional brewers with its one-way PET kegs. Brazil is the third largest beer market in the world behind China and the US and, despite the economic crisis, craft beer sales are growing by 40% a year.

PolyOne Corporation, a provider of specialised polymer materials, services and solutions, today announced two internal executive appointments. Mark Crist will serve as president of Color, Additives & Inks, and J. Scott Horn, Jr. will become president of PolyOne Distribution (POD), effective July 3, 2017. Mr. Crist replaces John Van Hulle, who is retiring from PolyOne.

Avery Dennison announced today the appointment of Noel Kasmi as Senior Director, sales for Label and Packaging Materials Europe. In this role he will be part of the leadership team of Label and Graphic Materials Europe.

In an effort to expand its business into the Latin American markets, R&D/Leverage, a full service packaging supplier that includes full mould manufacturing for PET tooling, IBM tooling, injection moulds as well as its offering in Structural Brand Development, has hired Michael Warkentien as the company’s Director of Latin American Business.

Bruce Margetts, the Managing Director of Bericap in the UK, was elected as president of the British Plastics Federation (BPF) in succession to David Hall at the BPF’s AGM held on 25 May. Margetts was born in 1966 and was educated at the University of Durham, where he took a BSc degree in Physics and Electronics and, later, an MBA.

Big 3 Precision, a designer and manufacturer of injection blow and injection stretch blow moulds headquartered in Centralia, IL, USA announces a strategic partnership with Fuseneo Inc. This structural design firm, located outside of Chicago, IL, with a team of designers and engineers offers a blend of creativity, insights and technical expertise,.

Integrated packaging solutions leader Pro Mach, Inc. announced it has acquired global high-speed labelling solutions provider P.E. Labellers SpA. The addition of Italy-based P.E. Labellers is intended to expand Pro Mach’s capabilities to provide high-speed decorative labelling and integrated solutions worldwide. All global subsidiaries and management teams of P.E. Labellers join the Pro Mach team. Bruno Negri, co-founder and Chairman of the Board of P.E. Labellers, along with Nicola Schinelli, Vice Chairman of P.E. Labellers, will continue to lead the P.E. Labellers team, spanning over 400 employees across the world.

Husky Injection Molding Systems, a leading industrial technology provider to the plastics processing community, announced changes that support its ongoing commitment to customer success and its goal of strategic growth. Husky has become well known for a regular cadence of innovation in both tooling and fully integrated injection moulding systems.

Greiner Packaging is establishing a joint venture with the Russian company Plastic System which serves the market under the Souzpromplast brand. Under the name Greiner Packaging System, the joint venture – located in Noginsk – will be driven by a focus on IML, direct printing and larger packaging containers primarily in the food and non-food sector in Russia. Greiner Packaging will be holding the majority of the shares of the new company.

Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Ltd. ( “SHI”) and its subsidiary Izumi Food Machinery Co., Ltd. have established a beverage machinery related joint venture company with Germany-based Krones AG to develop the Asia region. Through the establishment of this joint venture company, SHI Group aims to capitalise on the know-how and supply chain of Krones and accelerate the development of its beverage machinery business in the Asia region.

Amcor Rigid Plastics expands its relationship with long-time customer Campbell Soup Co. with the opening of an on-site bottle manufacturing operation in Paris, Texas, USA. Amcor’s new in-line operation is expected to produce approximately 50 million hot-fillable PET bottles each year.

Aimplas inaugurated on March 23 its new R&D building where new bioplastics, nanomaterials and materials with advanced properties will be developed. Following the inauguration, a demonstration of the technological capabilities of the centre took place. Aimplas has already 9,500m2 dedicated to R&D.

Pretium, producer of PET and HDPE rigid plastic blow-moulded containers and closures for the Food and Specialty Beverage, Household and Industrial, Health and Beauty, and Sports Nutrition and Dietary Supplements market sectors, welcomes the leadership, employees and expertise of Patrick Products Inc – one of the leading packaging and container producers for the janitorial, automotive, and household chemical market sectors.

Americk Packaging has invested into a new dedicated facility offering a group resource located at its Wigan UK plant. The Innovation Centre covers all divisions of Americk Packaging which has recently been acquired by Saica Group.

The Thai Beverage Public Company Limited (“Thai Beverage”) is one of the largest beverage companies in Thailand and the ASEAN region. Thai Beverage has decided to set up its own PET-preform production and, as a result, its subsidiary BevTech Co., Ltd. invested PET-Line machine technology from Netstal. The contract signing ceremony took place in Bangkok.

Constantia Flexibles Group is optimising its film-based flexible packaging, manufacturing footprint in Europe by closing down its plant in Bucharest in Romania. The closure is expected to be finalised by July 2017 and will affect about 90 employees.

PET packaging company Petainer is focusing on the fast-growing micro and craft brewer markets in Spain and Portugal as part of its global expansion plans. The business has made a significant investment to ensure that it can support these key markets effectively and efficiently, and has appointed Dani Vall in Spain and Pedro Crispim in Portugal as the official distributors of petainerKeg.

PET packaging company Retal is setting up a plant for the North American beverage and food packaging market. Operating in the greater Pittsburgh, PA area, Retal PA LLC is eager to bring its expertise to the U.S. market. The plant will act as the regional headquarters and centre of excellence for R&D, with complete services from concept and design to delivery and support.

Mocon, Inc., a leading international provider of instruments and services for testing, measuring and analysing invisible gases, is announcing a name change for its Ringsted, Denmark-based subsidiary from Dansensor A/S to Mocon Europe A/S.

Husky Injection Molding Systems has announced it has been awarded with the Ringier Technology Innovation Award for its recently-introduced HyperSync system. HyperSync is the industry’s first fully integrated system for the manufacture of specialty closures, built to work together to provide synchronisation of mould and machine processes, performance and speed. The Technology Innovation Award, presented to Husky on March 9th during an award ceremony in Shanghai, honours the HyperSync system for increasing productivity, improving product performance and effectiveness, and creating unique market opportunities.

The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) announced that its Machinery Safety Standards Committee has published the new voluntary standard establishing requirements for the manufacture and use of injection moulding machines. The new standard aligns well with the European and draft ISO standards on this subject, making it easier for American manufacturers to compete with their counterparts abroad.

Plastic beverage bottles will find a new life in a new $62 million plant being built in Dallas, USA, as CarbonLite gets ready to add a second facility to process 100 million pounds of post-consumer PET plastic bottles with the use of 100% green power. Construction is underway in a brand new 230,000-square-foot facility located in the City of Dallas. Start-up is planned for the end of the second quarter 2017, according to Leon Farahnik, chairman and CEO of CarbonLite.

Petainer has announced that it has appointed Crusader as its UK distributor for petainerKeg. Brett Lamont, Sales Director Distribution at Petainer said: “The appointment of Crusader as our UK distributor is another important step in building our global network of distribution partners for our products. We have chosen Crusader because they understand the brewery market very well and recognise that there is a huge opportunity for one-way PET kegs.”

With the recent expiry of their business relationship with Ferromatik Milacron Benelux BV, Milacron has announced a comprehensive direct sales and service infrastructure for the Benelux market to be in place since January 1, 2017.

With immediate effect the KHS Group’s production sites are now certified according to the new, revised ISO 9001:2015 standard. The current 2015 standard replaces the ISO 9001:2008 norm previously in widespread use. The KHS factory in Ahmedabad in India has been awarded the certificate for the first time.

International Beverages Private Limited, a division of The Coca Cola Company, inaugurated a new plant in Bangladesh as part of a planned $74 million investment in the country on January 18. Coca-Cola previously announced investments in Bangladesh of $74 million through 2020. Additional investments have supported infrastructure improvements, route-to-market enhancements and marketing programs.

January 24, 2017 | SMI: 30 years of operation

The producer of bottling plants and packaging machines SMI is celebrating its 30th anniversary. The group’s origins date back to the mid-‘70s, when Luigi Nava set up a machine shop in San Pellegrino Terme, Italy. In the beginning the activity of the craftsman’s small enterprise was dedicated to machine finishings for third parties. Some years later this activity was enlarged to include the maintenance and repair of machinery and equipment employed in the bottling and packaging lines of the beverage industry.

Agthia Group, a food and beverage group in the UAE, has signed a purchase agreement for 100% of the shares in the water business of Delta Marketing Company, based in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia producing “Al Ain” brand water. The transaction is expected to be completed by Quarter 1, 2017, following regulatory approvals and other closing conditions.

Unilever committed to ensuring that all of its plastic packaging is fully reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025 as it called on the entire fast-moving consumer goods industry to accelerate progress towards the circular economy.

Clondalkin Flexible Packaging Group has announced that it has officially transferred ownership to the Dutch based private equity firm, Egeria. This follows the announcement in September that Egeria had signed an agreement to acquire 100% of the shares of Clondalkin Flexible Packaging Group from an affiliate of Warburg Pincus.

TricorBraun Design & Engineering Group has chosen Weener Plastics Inc. U.S. as the winner of the 2016 Development Partner of the Year Award. The partner was selected based upon defined criteria and most importantly because of their proven ability to provide superior support and engagement for the successful outcome of one or more highly complex custom package design projects.

The Technical University in Berlin is supplementing its laboratory facilities with the latest kegging technology from KHS. The new Innokeg AF1C1 for the semi-automatic processing of kegs (smaller barrels for the hospitality trade and industry), which was presented for the first time at this year’s BrauBeviale trade show, will give the university plenty of scope for application.

SPI - The Plastics Industry Trade Association announced its new name, Plastics Industry Association, PLASTICS for short, and unveiled a new website, demonstrating that as the plastics industry grows and evolves, so does the association. PLASTICS, the association's new identity, builds upon nearly 80 years of a strong history of fostering collaboration among the entire plastics supply chain.

Maag, a worldwide-leading manufacturer of gear pumps, pelletizing systems, filtration systems and pulverisers for use in the plastics, chemical, pharmaceutical and food industries, was hosting an Open House on Nov. 24 at its new rotor-sharpening workshop and service center in the city of Vadodara (Gujarat), India, which is located 400km north of Mumbai.

Gebo Cermex, known for innovative packaging line solutions, has received the official mark “Vitrine Industrie du Futur", awarded by the Alliance Industrie Du Futur (AIF) in recognition of its efforts to introduce, develop and implement Industry 4.0 initiatives at its plant in Saint Laurent sur Sèvre, France. On receiving the award, the company has highlighted the importance of investing in Industry 4.0 possibilities to build long term competitive advantage.

The Germany-based investment company Aurelius Equity Opportunities SE & Co. KGaA is selling its Evolve Polymers subsidiary based in Hemswell, UK, to Plastipak Packaging, Inc. Evolve Polymers is a recycler of PET bottles.

Indian Bangalore-based rigid packaging firm, Manjushree Technopack Ltd, announced the acquisition of Varahi Limited. The strategic move which is a first for India’s largest PET and preform manufacturer is intended to widen its lead as the largest supplier of rigid plastic packaging products in India.

The Coca-Cola Company, together with its three main bottling groups in China - Coca-Cola Bottling Investments Group China ("BIG"), COFCO Coca-Cola Beverages Limited (a subsidiary of COFCO Corporation, "COFCO") and Swire Beverages Holdings Limited ("Swire") - commemorated the completion of a definitive agreement to refranchise all existing Company-owned bottling operations in China. The transaction will result in a divide of the Coca-Cola's bottling system in China between the two franchise partners - COFCO and Swire.

Petainer has launched a range of new rental agreements for filling and blowing lines to help customers take full advantage of the petainerKeg system. In a first for the one-way keg market, the agreements have been designed to give breweries, wineries, cider producers and other beverage manufacturers access to new equipment which will enable them to grow and enter new markets.

With immediate effect KHS is to cooperate with the LiquiForm Group by contributing its own patents to the development of innovative moulding and filling manufacturing technology, a technique which combines two previously separate processes. The two companies have now signed a license agreement to this effect.

October 28, 2016 | Sukano: Global expansion

Sukano, a leader in the development and production of additive and colour masterbatches for polyester and specialty resins, announces that it is expanding globally, with investments in all production sites worldwide. These investments are being made in response to increased demand of the company’s products and services. At the same time, the company is using this expansion as a platform to launch its new corporate identity.

Sidel has been awarded certification for the efficiency of its Sidel Matrix blower by a leading technical service organisation, TÜV SÜD. The new certification is an international stamp of approval for the energy consumption efficiency of Sidel equipment. It is claimed to provide objective validation of the blower’s performance by an independent organisation and demonstrates that the Sidel Matrix blower complies with very high standards, is safe and sustainable - and has minimal impact on the environment.

In-Mould labels company Verstraete will, in the coming months, start preparing the construction work for the new production site in Clarksville, Tennessee (US), together with its parent company Constantia Flexibles. The new site is intended to allow Belgium-based Verstraete IML to get closer to its customers in the largest growth market for IML labels outside Europe. The site will begin production in the second half of 2017 and will have multiple printing press and finishing lines. Some 55 jobs will be created.

The Swiss Säntis Ag is transferring its PET packaging business unit at the end of 2016 to Bonapack AG also located in Switzerland. Bonapack will also be managing the business in the PET blow moulding unit in cooperation with Biplast AG, particularly in the Development, Production and Service divisions.

Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) is India’s largest private sector company, with a consolidated turnover of US$ 44.7 billion, cash profit of US$ 6.1 billion and net profit of US$ 4.2 billion for the year ended March 31, 2016.

Constantia Flexibles Clarksville Tennessee won “Best Overall Green Business” last Thursday evening at the Clarksville-Montgomery County Green Certification programs Annual Awards Banquet. Over 100 businesses are certified in the program which was rolled out in 2011. This honor is huge, as the site just recently completed the Green Certification process.

Husky Injection Molding Systems announced the availability of the Ultra Helix 350 valve gate, expanding the existing product line of the award-winning valve gate technology released in 2015. This new series of nozzles is provides customers even more options for creating a wider range of applications, producing better quality parts with the longest gate life of any valve gate currently available, according to the company.

According to New Zealand news media, Coca-Cola Amatil New Zealand has unveiled its new state-of-the-art Keri juice manufacturing plant in Auckland. The 10.000m2 facility has a capacity to produce 800.000 bottles/day (36.000bph), which doubles the capacity of previous plants.

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.

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.

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.

Amcor Rigid Plastics has entered into an agreement to acquire the assets of Sonoco’s Global Plastic blow moulding business in North America. Sonoco manufactures custom rigid plastic bottles, jars, overcaps and closures for the food, beverage, pharmaceutical, health and beauty and personal care markets in seven plants located in the U.S. and Canada.

The manufacturer of filling and packaging technology Krones has signed and completed the purchase of 80 % of the business of Trans-Market Sales & Equipment Inc. Trans-Market is based in Tampa, Florida and is a proven leader in providing process engineering and automation solutions for the liquid food industry. The company has revenues of approximately $30 million and has a workforce of more than 50 employees.

Terekas Sweden AB launched mini PET stretch blowing machine series FlexBlow. In combination with sales conveyor promotion method, Terekas Sweden AB has tripled their flexible PET blower sales this year compared to last year. The company has signed 17 contracts across the world, last year 6 flexible series machines has been sold.

Plastipak Packaging Inc. said it will add two manufacturing lines to its Birmingham area facility,a $10.4 million expansion that will create at least five new jobs. The new lines will be added to its location at the Jefferson County Metropolitan Park in McCalla, Alabama, USA where it manufactures plastic bottles for the beverage industry.

According to a WARN notice filed with the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Graham Packaging is going to close its plant in Belvidere, New Jersey, USA. The effective date is September 26, 2016. The closing of the plastic container manufacturers’ facility will affect 71 employees.

Torus Measurement Systems have announced the launch of the B304 Top Load & Volume Gauge. The system showcases a single operation Top Load & Volume Test to the plastic bottle market. Once the bottle is loaded by the operator all functions can be carried out in sequence without the need for operator interference to move the bottle between tests.

The KHS Group looks back on an exceptionally successful month. In July 2016 the Group, headquartered in Dortmund, Germany, was able to record several big orders. Much of this success was attributable to the sale of two FreshSafe PET TriBlock lines to a major soft drinks producer in India. In combination with the lines the interior glass coating system is also being used on this important growth market.

Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL), a leading producer of intermediate petrochemicals, and Compañía Española de Petróleos S.A.U. (“Cepsa”), an energy group, announced the expansion of their strategic partnership with the signing of an exclusive supply agreement for metaxylene, a key feedstock for the production of Isopthalic Acid (“IPA”), a high value-added chemical additive used in the manufacture of PET, coatings and other resins.

Husky Injection Molding Systems, announced that a state-of-the-art, automated manufacturing line is now in operation at its Luxembourg facility. This is the third straight year that Husky has made a significant investment in new manufacturing equipment to support its growing base of hot runner and controller customers. In January 2016, Husky began producing hot runner manifolds on one of the advanced automated manufacturing lines.

SC Johnson recognised Alpla with the Top Supplier Award 2016 in the category “Overall Supplier Excellence”. Each year, the international company headquartered in Wisconsin (USA) bestows these awards on its best suppliers. SC Johnson considers Alpla one of its top suppliers in the world.

Greiner Packaging is continuing to broaden its international market position by expanding in India. This move will make Greiner Packaging India Pvt. Ltd., a joint venture with the New Delhi-based Century Ultrapack, one of the leading providers of plastic packaging in the Indian dairy industry.

Axium Group has just completed the acquisition of KKT Kaller Kunststoff Technik GmbH property of Heinz Glass & Plastic group. The Axium Group is specialised in manufacturing of global solutions in plastic packaging for cosmetic, food and pharmaceutical markets.

The Coca-Cola Company announced several agreements that continue the Company's progress in reshaping its North American bottling system. Coca-Cola announced new letters of intent involving two bottlers. The National Product Supply Group (NPSG) - which was formed to administer key activities for member bottlers, including production of cold-fill beverages - also announced that it is expanding.

Pretium Packaging, manufacturer of PET and HDPE blow-moulded containers and closures for the Food and Specialty Beverage, Household and Industrial, Health and Beauty market sectors, welcomes the leadership, employees and expertise of Custom Blow Molding (“CBM”) – one of the leading packaging and container producers for the Sports Nutrition and Nutraceuticals market sectors.

Amcor Rigid Plastics announced plans to close the company’s preform manufacturing facility located in Dayton, Ohio, USA. The plant, which manufactures plastic preforms for the beverage industry and other applications, will begin a gradual ramp-down and is scheduled to cease production by December 31, 2016.

PET rigid packaging technology specialist Sipa is glad to announce that a legal action against it and a previous development partner in PET preform production technology has ended in Sipa favor. The court action had been taken by Husky Injection Molding Systems against Athena Automation and Sipa over the alleged misuse of confidential information owned by Husky.

Husky Injection Molding Systems announced an update to its Altanium hot runner controller warranty programme. Effective immediately, all new Altanium H-series controllers are covered by a five-year warranty that includes the interface, H-series control cards and mainframe.

The Shareholders of Polymetrix plan to sell their shares in Polymetrix and combine the Company with a strategic buyer who can contribute significant synergies and support Polymetrix’s development into the next growth phase, expanding its technology and service portfolio and securing sustainable business advantages.

Matola Gare, Mozambique is now home to a new $130 million world-class bottling plant -- the latest milestone in a 10-year, $17 billion investment plan by the Coca-Cola system in Africa. At an official event to open the new facility, Coca-Cola Chairman and CEO Muhtar Kent noted that Coke has been investing in Africa for almost 90 years and is present in every African country with more than 70,000 employees across 145 bottling facilities.

Otto Hofstetter AG has been operating with great success since 1955, and today is one of the leading providers of injection moulding tools for the production of PET preforms and packaging. In order to consolidate this position in the market and to remain successful as a family-owned enterprise, Otto Hofstetter AG is committed to continued development.

The reorganisation of the Bekum Group in Germany and Austria was successfully completed in spring 2016 as planned. The Production division, which includes machine assembly, shipping, procurement, work preparation and warehousing, has moved to Traismauer (Austria), about 60km from Vienna. For this purpose, more than 5 million Euros were invested in the expansion of the Traismauer site and approximately 40 new employees were hired.

In 2015 the systems supplier KHS Group increased its turnover by 8.9% compared to 2014. In total the company achieved an overall turnover of €1.17 billion, with the main drivers of growth being not only the European market but also those in Asia and the Americas, plus the further expansion of its service business.

After many months of ongoing discussions, Husky Injection Molding Systems and MHT Mold & Hotrunner Technology announced that they have come to a joint agreement to settle all pending disputes regarding issues concerning trade secrets. After many years of litigation, Husky and MHT have decided to amicably resolve any differences relating to this dispute.

A new building signifies expansion at KHS GmbH's packaging machine plant in Kleve, Germany, where the company recently held a topping-out ceremony and had its new assembly shop blessed. The manufacturer of filling and packaging systems is very excited about the additional 2,500m2 in capacity it will gain, as recently space has been tight.

GP Resources, LLC (GPR), is launching its real-time thickness measurement system for the plastic bottle and container manufacturing market. The GPR Wall Thickness System (WTS), based on a new non-contact optical technology that enables measurement of bottles’ walls independently on both sides, is installed on an existing conveyor downstream of a blow moulding machine for 100% product inspection.

Krauss-Maffei Corporation, the US subsidiary of the KraussMaffei Group with headquarters in Florence, Kentucky, celebrated its 50th anniversary on May 18 and 19 with more than 400 customers. The company has grown continuously since it was founded in 1966 and has established itself as a leading provider of machinery for plastics and rubber processing in the North American market. It currently represents the three brands: KraussMaffei, KraussMaffei Berstorff and Netstal. Following a successful financial year in 2015, Krauss-Maffei Corporation expects further growth in 2016.

-Sales totalling 1.354 billion euro and greater than expected performance in all the main business areas -Continuing growth on international markets thanks to carefully targeted action in several countries -Highly positive feedback from recent strategic takeovers.

On May 10, the Minister of Environmental Affairs Ms. Edna Molewa officially unveiled Mpact Polymers in Wadeville, Germiston, South Africa. The new bottle-to-bottle facility will produce recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET).

At its headquarters in Dortmund, the KHS Group has provided approximately one thousand square meters of new space for the expanding Direct Print innovation team. The Direct Print space includes a dedicated area for sample printing, as well as space for industrial validation platforms for confirmation and extended testing of new features such as bottle orientation, print inspection, ink management, specialized design materials and verification of controls and new components. The engineering team has the ability to fully test each new parameter industrially before taking them to the field.

R&B Plastics Machinery LLC, a leading manufacturer of blow moulding machinery, single-screw plastic extruders, and extruder process screws, and a machinery rebuilder, has announced the launch of the MAX 1800 series injection blow moulding (IBM) machine line which is designed to provide trouble-free operation and easy maintenance. The launch marks R&B’s entry into the injection blow machine market. The company is already a leading supplier of extrusion blow molding (EBM) machines including wheel and shuttle systems.

China National Chemical Corporation (ChemChina) has successfully completed the acquisition of the KraussMaffei Group from Onex Corporation. All relevant regulatory approvals have been achieved. In the future, the KraussMaffei Group will be ChemChina’s principal business entity in the operating and managing of related machinery enterprises.

Milacron Holdings Corp. recently completed another round of expansions to their injection, blow and extrusion moulding machine manufacturing facility in Ahmedabad as well as their hot runner manufacturing facility in Coimbatore, India.

Constantia Flexibles Group GmbH, manufacturer of flexible packaging products and labels, is publishing its Annual Report 2015 under the motto “A Global Growth Story”. The report is immediately available on the company’s website and the print version can be requested from the company late May.

Petainer UK Holdings announced that it has signed a binding agreement with KKR Credit for a €100 million debt and equity investment. The funding from KKR Credit will be used to refinance the Company’s capital structure and also finance the implementation of the Company’s growth strategy.

PET recycling company Sorepla, Neufchâteau, France had to appear in Epinal Commercial Court on April 19 to judge whether the company could continue its activities. According to French media, the case was postponed to May 10.

Erema has followed on from its 20% increase in turnover in 2014/15 and, thanks to 5% growth with 122 million euros in the 2015/16 financial year, has achieved the highest turnover in the history of the company. Despite circumstances being economically and politically challenging due to the low oil prices, Erema has remained committed to increasing the quality of recyclates and recorded increasing demand especially in the post-consumer sector.

Chemical producer Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL) has announced the acquisition of 100% of the Purified Isopthalic Acid, Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET and Purified Terephthalic Acid (PTA) assets of Cepsa Química S.A., a subsidiary of Compañía Española de Petróleos S.A.U. (“CEPSA") in Guadarranque-San Roque, Cadiz, Spain. The company will be renamed Indorama Ventures Química S.L.U.

Krones has purchased 60 % of the shares in System Logistics S.p.A. The company is based in Fiorano, in Northern Italy, and is a leading, international supplier of solutions for intralogistics, material flow technology and warehousing. A majority of the customers come from the food and beverage industries. In 2015, the company achieved a turnover of around 100 million euros, with a workforce of more than 250 employees.

The company PET Engineering presents a preview of the new logo which will gradually replace its current one over the course of 2016. The international company PET Engineering known for the design and industrialisation of PET packaging in the food, detergents and cosmetics sectors, founded 30 years ago by Moreno Barel's is evolving its image.

MEGlobal, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Equate Petrochemical Company, plans to construct a new world-scale monoethylene glycol (MEG) manufacturing facility at Dow’s Oyster Creek site in Freeport, Texas, USA. The new MEG facility will be owned by MEGlobal and is the Company’s first manufacturing unit in the United States. The new MEGlobal plant will create 1,400 construction jobs at the project’s peak, and the Company will employ approximately 50 new workers when it goes on stream in mid-2019.

Sumitomo (SHI) Demag has presented record results for 2015, with sales at EUR 234 million, up 11% on the previous year, and a significant increase in strategic market shares. These growth figures are said to be the result of the strategic changes initiated in April 2015, i.e. the focus on core competencies, the pooling of the two German production sites into one production centre and the capacity expansion at Demag Plastics Machinery in Ningbo/China.

BASF and Avantium announced that they have signed a letter of intent and entered into exclusive negotiations to establish a joint venture (JV) for the production and marketing of furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA), as well as marketing of polyethylenefuranoate (PEF), based on this new chemical building block. FDCA is produced from renewable resources.

Kiefel GmbH of Freilassing, Germany – part of the Brückner Group based in Siegsdorf, Germany – intends to acquire a 100% share in Mould & Matic Solutions GmbH, which currently belongs to the Austrian Haidlmair Group. Both parties signed a purchase agreement, which is still subject to the approval of the cartel authorities.

The Austrian Alpla Group and the Egyptian Taba Group have signed a partnership agreement in the form of a joint venture. Alpla will take on a majority shareholding in the company which will begin operating under the name of Alpla Taba. The contracting parties have agreed not to disclose the details of the agreement.

Petainer Innopac Packaging, a joint venture between Petainer UK Holdings LTD and Innopac Containers Pvt Ltd, opened its new manufacturing facility close to the Mumbai region in India.

In March 2015, Krones unveiled to its clients in South America its new Training and Customer Center at the company’s LCS Center in Sao Paulo/Brazil. This year, this facility is celebrating one year in operation."In the new premises, we are able to simulate process sequences, and hold training events plus product presentations matched to our clients’ own machines and lines", says Jens Hoyer, who heads the LCS Center in Brazil.

Nordson Corporation will supply sixteen of its process-patented BKG brand CrystallCut pelletising systems for a mega-scale PET resin plant scheduled for startup this year by Jiangyin Chengold Packaging Materials Co., Ltd. in Jiangsu Province, China.

The Coca-Cola Company announced that it plans to grant additional territories to Swire Coca-Cola, USA, including the cities of Seattle, Spokane, WA, Portland, OR, and a wide area of the Pacific Northwest.

The agreement entered by Athena Automation Ltd., Ontario, Canada, and Sipa S.p.A., Italy, in December 2012 has expired. Athena will support Sipa in shipping and servicing the remaining "Athena for Sipa" machine inventory.

Anellotech recently announced the next phase of its strategic partnership with Suntory Holdings Limited, one of the world's leading consumer beverage companies. Suntory’s diverse beverage brands include e.g. Orangina, Schweppes, Ribena and Lucozade plus major alcohol brands like Yamazaki, Jim Beam and Courvoisier.

Following exclusive discussions between PAI Partners and RPC for the sale of Global Closure Systems, after the consultation process with GCS’s Works Councils was completed the transaction has been signed on December 18, 2015.

Cold Jet announced it has completed the acquisition of Ice Tech. In 2015, both companies launched new and improved dry ice blasting product lines and strengthened their global reach by welcoming new partners and distributors. The acquisition shall combine the strengths of both companies to enhance and streamline future projects in dry ice cleaning and production technology.

The ChemChina - China National Chemical Corporation has agreed to acquire KraussMaffei Group, manufacturer of machinery and systems for producing and processing plastics and rubber, from Onex Corporation for a cash enterprise value of €925million. The transaction is subject to closing conditions including customary regulatory approvals. ChemChina together with Guoxin International Investment Corporation and Agic Capital will make this acquisition.

The competition, which recognises and rewards international packaging design innovation is organised by the World Packaging Organisation (WPO) and is recognised as one of the important packaging awards competition, with WorldStars presented to packs that have already won acknowledgement in national or regional competitions.