April's top stories: RPC-GCS €650m deal, Amcor buys Alusa for $435m

RPC has acquired France's closures and dispensing systems provider Global Closure Systems (GCS) for €650m, Australian firm Amcor acquires South American packager Alusa for $435m, and researchers develop interactive electronic screens for paper-based packaging. Packaging Gateway wraps up key headlines from April.


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UK firm RPC completes acquisition of Global Closure Systems

UK-based RPC acquired France's closures and dispensing systems provider Global Closure Systems (GCS) for €650m.

The acquisition was expected to enhance RPC's product offerings for rigid plastic packaging markets in the European market.

The move follows the European Commission's approval for the acquisition deal, which was announced last December.

Australian firm Amcor acquires South American packager Alusa for $435m

Australian firm Amcor entered an agreement to acquire South American flexible packaging manufacturer Alusa for $435m.

Under the terms of the deal, Amcor will acquire four plants in South America, including Alusa in Chile, Peruplast in Peru, Aluflex in Argentina and Flexa in Colombia.

Alusa generated around $375m in annual sales by supplying flexible packaging for food, personal care and pet food products.

US firm Owens Corning acquires InterWrap for $450m

US-based Owens Corning completed the acquisition of InterWrap, a manufacturer of lumber and metal packaging and roofing underlayment, in a deal worth $450m.

Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt business president Brian Chambers said: "This transaction strengthens our capabilities to support the conversion from organic to synthetic underlayments and accelerate our growth in the Roofing Components market.

"The acquisition also provides new growth opportunities for us given that InterWrap is a leader in lumber and metal packaging."

Coca-Cola unveils new graphic for packaging in Mexico

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Coca-Cola unveiled a series of new graphics for its packaging in Mexico.

The revamp was part of the company's new global marketing strategy, One Brand, which aimed to bring all its cola brands under one global creative campaign, known as Taste the Feeling.

The new packaging design featured a range of colours, such as black for Coke Zero, silver for Coca-Cola Light / Diet Coke, and green for Coca-Cola Life.

Crown to create new coffee packaging format in UK

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Crown's Aerosols & Speciality Packaging Europe business unit entered a strategic partnership with Nestlé Professional to create new packaging for Nescafe coffee in the UK.

The companies developed a new container in three sizes, including 500g, 750g and 1kg, and a three-piece tin with a rounded, rectangular shape, as well as Crown's PeelSeam peelable end.

The new package featured a thin, flexible aluminium foil lid, which is heat-sealed to a rigid steel ring.

Researchers develop interactive electronic screens for paper-based packaging

Researchers from the University of Sheffield in England developed interactive electronic screens in a bid to revolutionise the packaging industry.

Sheffield University Department of Physics and Astronomy professor David Lidzey said: "Labels on packaging could become much more innovative, and allow customers to interact with and explore new products.

"The use of displays or light emitting panels on packaging will also allow companies to communicate brand awareness in a more sophisticated manner."

Bio-on develops biodegradable material for food packaging

Researchers from Italian renewable chemicals developer Bio-on and the University of Tampere in Finland developed a new biodegradable material, as part of the Minerv PHA Extrusion Coating project.

The new technology fuses a biopolymer onto paper during an extrusion process, eliminating the use of film.

New biodegradable cartons were designed for foodstuffs, including milk and fruit juice.

rlc | packaging secures contract to supply packages for Cailler chocolate bars

Folding carton supplier rlc | packaging secured a contract to produce boxes for the Swiss chocolate brand Cailler.

Designed with UV printing inks, the box will feature various finishes, including hot-foil printing in embossed or glossy gold.

Designed by artist Marianne Dubuis, the new pack will feature motifs, such as grazing dairy cows and a view of Cailler's company headquarters.

Gerresheimer to launch new bottle for Enrique Iglesias fragrance

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German glass and plastic packaging products manufacturer Gerresheimer revealed plans to launch a new bottle for Enrique Iglesias' fragrance, 'Deeply Yours'.

The new bottle features a thick base and two wide aluminium rings resembling bracelets wrapped around its middle.

Using a new marbling technique for glass bottles, the company will design individual marble-effect patterns in selected colours for both transparent and colour-lacquered glass, creating unique results for every bottle.

Budweiser launches twist-off bottle caps for its product line in UK

Anheuser-Busch InBev's Budweiser introduced new packaging, including twist-off bottle caps, for its product line in the UK.

The new caps were expected to eliminate the need for bottle openers, providing an easier serving experience.

The packaging will feature back labels, crowns and secondary packaging for all bottles, as well as paper neck labels for 660ml bottles.