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Clariant launched the Senseaction line of colour masterbatches intended for use in the production of caps and closures used on bottled water packaging. Senseaction masterbatches, which are available in a wide range of colours, are specially formulated, processed, tested, and certified to be free of detectable negative organoleptic (taste and odor) effects.

Economic and demographic trends are key determinants of packaging market growth within any particular country. As an economy and real personal disposable incomes grow, then so too does consumer demand for packaged products. In its new report, The Future of Rigid Plastic Packaging to 2022, Smithers Pira’s critical analysis of the key drivers shaping this segment show that the global rigid plastic packaging consumption is projected at 52.9 million tonnes in 2017 and is forecast to grow during 2017–2022 at an annual rate of 3.7% to 63.4 million tonnes. Meanwhile materials used to produce rigid plastic packaging are valued at $166.3 billion in 2017 and are forecast to grow during 2017–2022 at an annual rate of 4.2% to $204.5 billion.

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Carbios, a green chemistry company specialising in enzymatic bioprocesses applied to plastic and textile polymers, and TechnipFMC, a leading company in the fields of energy, chemistry and bio-sourced industries, announce the launch of a project for the industrial development of Carbios PET enzymatic recycling process. This will allow to produce virgin PET from plastic waste. This contract covers assistance to Carbios for the scale up of its process to ensure industrial competitiveness.

Whether powder, pellets, regrind, granulate, flakes or fibers – the new Spectroflex V of Motan is a volumetric dosing unit for continuous processes, designed for many different applications. Should material colour, flow properties or grain size change, than motan´s exchange system offers a simple way to swap materials without the need of tools in under a minute.

At the 5th Duxes Dairy China Summit next week, PolyOne will be presenting an update for its high-performance light blocking technology for liquid dairy packaging. Lactra SX light blocking additive, which is marketed by PolyOne’s ColorMatrix business, protects liquid dairy products packaged in mono-layer PET bottles from degrading due to light radiation.

Clariant offers enhanced formulations of CESA-extend masterbatches that restore important material properties to recycled condensation polymers including PET, PLA, and PC. This means even high percentages of regrind can be incorporated with virgin resin without significantly reducing physical properties required in food-contact and other high-performance packaging applications, says the specialty chemicals company.

Danone and Nestlé Waters have joined forces with Origin Materials, a startup based in Sacramento, California, to form the NaturALL Bottle Alliance. Together, the three partners aim to develop and launch at commercial scale a PET plastic bottle made from bio-based material, i.e. 100% sustainable and renewable resources. The project uses biomass feedstocks, such as previously used cardboard and sawdust, so it does not divert resources or land from food production for human or animal consumption.

Cold Jet, producer of dry ice cleaning and production system solutions, moved into its new technology center in Weinsheim, Germany. The new 640m² building is constructed on a space of 3,000m². The building is designed for future expansion by the possibility of adding more modules. The new office houses sales, service, training, marketing and administration for the regions of Germany, Austria and Switzerland, allowing for more synergy.

On February 7, the EU published a commission decision terminating an expiry review of the anti-dumping measures applicable to imports of certain PET originating in the People's Republic of China. According to the European Commission, a further investigation on the 13-year-long trade remedy measures has not brought to light any considerations showing that such termination would be against the Union interest. Therefore the Commission considered that the present review proceeding should be terminated.

PolyOne announced that all constituents of its light blocking additive for dairy products, ColorMatrix Lactra SX, have been rated as compliant with newly introduced Chinese Food Approval standards (GB) as tested by China Packaging Research & Test Center.

The DC-A dryer control, first launched in late 2016 on smaller Conair Carousel Plus dryers and MDCW mobile drying/conveying systems, is now available on mid-sized dryers and has been further enhanced with remote access via Virtual Network Computing (VNC).

Kreyenborg Plant Technology GmbH, based in Senden, Germany will be putting particular focus this year on a range of topics regarding drying and crystallising, as well as comprehensive solutions for bulk-material handling processes. The Infrared Rotary Dryers IRD is used for crystallising and drying virgin or regrind materials for a number of plastics, including PET. Through the use of the continuously functioning IRD, the need for energy-intensive processing using dry air is said to be completely eliminated.

During the main conference of the European Plastics Converters (EuPC) Annual Meeting on June 3, 2016, the seven winners of the Best Polymer Producers Awards for Europe 2016 were announced. The Polymers for Europe Alliance congratulates the winners of this European-wide customer satisfaction survey which reflects their contribution to the plastics value chain.

Based on the proven design of Conair’s popular access series loaders, EZLoad loaders offer the same angled canister design and hinged filter lid that tilts back and locks to enable easy access for cleaning or filter maintenance. The new EZLoad control was specifically developed to serve loading applications where advanced load-control features are not necessary. No programming is required.

Smithers Pira publishes new report, The Future of PET Packaging to 2021, which provides market volume and value data by end-use markets and by geographic region/country for the PET packaging market.

Klöckner Pentaplast will introduce a PET-based technology for yogurt packaging at Propak Africa 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa. “clikPET” is said to embody full polystyrene functionality, complemented by good gas and water vapour barrier properties, transport shock-resistance and the ability to bend and click.