August witnessed Ardagh Group expand, as it set up a $93.5m metal packaging factory in Virginia, US. PepsiCo Beverages Italy selected Rexam’s Fusion aluminium bottle for its limited edition Beyoncé packaging, while SunOpta completed installation of filling lines at three consumer product facilities in Pennsylvania, California and Minnesota.
The month of July witnessed some significant developments in packaging, as industry leaders embarked on innovative initiatives. While KapStone acquired Longview Fibre Paper Packaging and Health Canada launched a harmonised system of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) to containers for workplace chemicals, Coca-Cola and WWF announced sustainable packaging targets.
June saw developments on various fronts in packaging, with an emphasis on sustainable packaging materials. Mondi came up with SmartID Bags with unique codes and the Canadian Government launched a new labelling initiative, while Dell explored the use of wheat straw for converting agro waste into sustainable packaging material.
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Corrosion-control technologies provider Cortec has announced the new version of its VpCI 126 Blue patented, high-technology films and bags, to provide effective corrosion-protection for all of the metal products.