September's top stories: France ends BPA ban, Sonoco's dispensing package

France lifts ban on international trade of food contact materials with BPA content, Sonoco launch of new dispensing package, Asia Pulp & Paper's new sustainable initiative. Packaging-gateway.com wraps up the key headlines from September 2015.


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Sonoco Alloyd develops new protective package for easy dispensing

US-based Sonoco Alloyd developed a new dispensing package that combines thermoformed technology with a sliding lid.

The new DivvyPack dispensable packaging system also allows convenient storage of unused portions and careful, singular 'divvying' of product for multi-count packages. It features a flat lid, clear packaging and a customisable shape and size.

A single product can be easily dispensed from a multi-product package as the lid slides away without opening completely.

Asia Pulp & Paper joins CDP initiative to drive sustainable production across supply chain

Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) is now a part of the CDP's 'Road to Paris' initiative, which intends to endorse a global timeline for reducing the loss of natural forests in half by 2020, and completely eliminate the loss by 2030.

The joint initiative undertaken by CDP and We Mean Business aims to promote low-carbon economy in order to secure sustainable economic growth.

APP has joined the initiative, which comprises other members as well, to move ahead with a universal climate agreement before the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) which will be hosted in Paris in December.

France lifts ban on international trade of food contact materials with BPA content

Cans

France's highest constitutional authority, Constitutional Council, repealed parts of the law imposed in December 2012 banning use of bisphenol A (BPA) in food contact material.

Restrictions on manufacturing and export of food contact material with the chemical compound have been removed under the new ruling.

The ban on import and marketing of the products within the country is, however, still to be maintained.

Coca-Cola to optimise production by integrating bottlers in US

Coke cans

Coca-Cola formed a new National Product Supply System (NPSS) in an effort to streamline its production in the US.

The firm intends to bring together Coca-Cola Refreshments (CCR) and its independent producing bottlers, Coca-Cola Bottling Co Consolidated, Coca-Cola Bottling Company United and Swire Coca-Cola USA (Swire) under the NPSS.

The three bottlers, along with CCR and Coca-Cola North America, will form the National Product Supply Group (NPSG).

Crown to increase beverage can production at Osmaniye plant in Turkey

Beverage Can

US-based metal can manufacturer Crown Holdings announced plans to set-up a new production line at its Osmaniye plant in central-southern Turkey in an effort to increase its capacity for beverage can production.

The new line is expected to meet the rising demands for cans in Turkey and its neighbours, the existing market for the operational facility.

More than 2.6 billion units of cans were sold last year in Turkey alone, the firm said.

Mitsubishi plans expansion for polyester film production facility in Greer, US

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Mitsubishi Polyester Film, a US-based subsidiary of Mitsubishi Plastics, revealed a planned a $100m expansion of its production facility in Greer, South Carolina.

The expansion plan will set up a new polyester film production line at the facility, which is located at 2001 Hood Road in Greer.

This new line is expected to be equipped with a high level of technology to boost production-efficiency of the facility, which is claimed to be the largest polyester film plant in the US.

Avery Dennison aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 3%

US-based packaging materials provider Avery Dennison announced plans to reduce its absolute greenhouse gas emissions by at least 3% every year between now and 2025.

The latest goal was announced in Avery Dennison's new sustainability report which stated that the company cut its emissions indexed to net sales by 15% based on a 2005 baseline between 2010 and 2015.

The company identified various methods to use energy efficiently in order to achieve the reduction.

PPG Industries resumes operations at Fresno manufacturing facility

US-based glass manufacturer PPG Industries resumed normal operations at its facility in Fresno, California, removing restictions for its customers in western US and western Canada.

Mechanical production issues at the flat glass manufacturing facility prompted the firm to impose force majeure on its architectural, residential and speciality glass products for its customers on 10 September.

Force majeure allows supply contractors to deviate from its obligations during unprecedented circumstances.