August’s top stories: Smurfit Kappa acquires Soyuz, Research suggests packaging affects human senses

4 September 2017 (Last Updated September 13th, 2017 09:15)

Smurfit Kappa acquires Russian corrugated packaging company Soyuz, New research suggests packaging affects human senses and choices and Henkel joins NPEC to promote sustainable packaging. Packaging-gateway.com wraps up key headlines from August 2017.

August’s top stories: Smurfit Kappa acquires Soyuz, Research suggests packaging affects human senses

Smurfit Kappa acquires Russian corrugated packaging company

Paper-based packaging firm Smurfit Kappa acquired Russian corrugated packaging company Soyuz in order to strengthen its operations in Russia.

Based in Moscow, Soyuz focuses on manufacturing corrugated packaging for multiple industry sectors for customers across Europe.

It employs nearly 300 people and owns three facilities situated in Saint Petersburg, Russia.


New research suggests packaging affects human senses and choices

New research commissioned by Packaging Innovations London found that a product's packaging affects consumers' senses and purchasing decisions.

As part of the experiment, six everyday items such as biscuits, chocolates, perfume, wine, a t-shirt and wine glasses were selected to assess the impact of packaging on the perceived price and quality of a product.

The study included a sample of 100 consumers who were given identical items, half of which were tested alongside low-end packaging and half of which were tested against luxurious packs.


Henkel joins NPEC to promote sustainable packaging development

Henkel joined the New Plastics Economy (NPEC) alongside various other companies to encourage innovation in design, production and recycling of packaging materials.

Led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, NPEC is a three-year initiative that intends to develop momentum towards a plastics system based on the ‘circular economy’ principle.

Under the circular economy principle, all materials that have been used will be procured and processed so that they can be reintegrated into another production process repetitively.


Green Alliance’s new analysis focuses on reducing marine plastic pollution in the UK

A new study by think tank Green Alliance found that five simple actions can be used to reduce plastic marine litter from the UK by up to two thirds.

Conventional methods use buoys to remove litter from the open oceans, but these only clean up floating waste, meaning that most of the plastic sinks or is ingested by aquatic creatures.

The normal method reduces plastic pollution in the sea by only 2%, according to the study.


Pretium Packaging introduces new stock PET containers with integrated handle

North American manufacturer Pretium Packaging developed a new stock polyethylene terephthalate (PET) container with an integrated handle.

Named SureHandle, the new 64oz, 38mm-400mm finish PET containers have been developed using preform technology from Practically Impossible Labs in Houston, Texas, US.

The containers are expected to provide handling convenience and significant shelf differentiation to brand owners.


Altana acquires NuLabel Technologies’ technology portfolio

Specialty chemicals group Altana acquired US-based NuLabel Technologies’ technology portfolio, as well as its research and development platform, for an undisclosed amount.

The acquisition comprises technologies for additive manufacturing of sustainable decoration solutions and re-sealable packaging.

NuLabel Technologies president Benjamin Lux said: “We are very pleased to have found a new owner in Altana who is in a position to integrate our innovation pipeline into its core business and to bring it to market readiness.”


P&G to introduce new liquid laundry pack tub with Child-Guard closure

Procter & Gamble (P&G) was set to launch new liquid laundry pack tubs with Child-Guard closures for its Tide PODS and Gain Flings products.

Developed after three years of research, the Child-Guard tub follows a series of product developments, consumer education initiatives and packaging upgrades to eliminate accidents related to P&G’s liquid laundry packs.

Designed to provide a stronger layer of protection, the new closure will require the user to squeeze both sides of the lid and twist at the same time to open.


Toyobo to form JV firms to manufacture packaging film in Indonesia

Japanese firm Toyobo entered an agreement to set up two joint venture (JV) firms with PT Trias Sentosa (Trias), an Indonesia-based flexible packaging film maker.

Under the terms of the agreement, JV firms will manufacture and sell Toyobo’s Ecosyar, a transparent vapour-deposited film, and polyester films for packaging in the country.

One of the JVs, PT Toyobo Trias Ecosyar (TTE) will produce Ecosyar while the other JV, PT Trias Toyobo Astria (TTA) will produce polyester films for packaging.


Cascades to construct containerboard packaging plant in New Jersey, US

Cascades was set to invest $80m to construct a new containerboard packaging plant in Piscataway, New Jersey, US.

The new 400,000ft² plant will focus on manufacturing corrugated packaging products and create 120 new jobs.

It is expected to commence operations from the second quarter of next year.


US Senator calls for FDA investigation into fast food packaging

US senator Charles Schumer called on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to conduct an investigation into the effects of chemical usage in fast food packaging.

The senator called for the investigation citing a Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics report and a seven-year Centers for Disease Control (CDC) based study, which examined the health effects of chemicals present in packaging for sandwiches, drinks or fries.