January’s top stories: Changes in UK’s aerosol regulations, Inversiones Mundial’s sale of stake

2 February 2014 (Last Updated February 2nd, 2014 18:30)

BAMA updates on new changes in aerosol regulations in the UK, Inversiones Mundial selling stake in JV firms to Sun Chemical, Axon's launch of new steam heat shrink tunnel, Carlsberg's up-cycling initiative to design and manufacture improved recycled packaging materials. Packaging-gateway.com wraps up the key headlines from January 2014.

January’s top stories: Changes in UK’s aerosol regulations, Inversiones Mundial’s sale of stake

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BAMA updates UK retailers on new aerosol regulations


The British Aerosol Manufacturers’ Association (BAMA) updated its Retail Liaison Group (RLG) about new changes in aerosol regulations and labelling in the UK.

BAMA’s RLG includes technical representatives from many of the nation’s major retailers comprising grocery, pharmacy and DIY retail chains.

The group updates retailers with information on aerosol regulatory changes, and also discusses any concerns with them.

Inversiones Mundial sells stake in JV firms to Sun Chemical

Inversiones Mundial sold the remaining stake in its joint venture (JV) firms Tintas and Sinclair, which supply printing inks and related graphic arts products to the packaging sector, to Sun Chemical.

The Colombian Tintas/Sinclair group, which recorded annual sales of more than $100m, supplies products to customers in the Andean region of Latin America covering Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela.

Sun Chemical and Inversiones Mundial had been equal partners in the JV firms that were formed in 1999.

Axon designs new steam heat shrink tunnel

Axon Tunnel

Pro Mach business unit Axon introduced its new steam heat shrink tunnel ThermoPoint 2.0.

The new tunnel is designed for full-body shrink labels and tamper-evident bands of highly contoured containers to deliver precise and repeatable control of the shrink process.

The ThermoPoint features a new cantilevered and height-adjustable frame, which facilitates flexibility and easier maintenance.

Companies collaborate to improve recycled packaging materials


Brewery group Carlsberg launched an up-cycling initiative with its global suppliers to design and manufacture improved recycled packaging materials in a bid to mitigate waste.

The Carlsberg Circular Community includes Rexam, Arkema, O-I, RKW, MeadWestvaco and Petainer.

The companies will work on the concept using the cradle-to-cradle design framework designed by Professor Michael Braungart and EPEA Internationale Umweltforschung. An analysis will reveal chemicals or additives used in packaging products that would reduce the value and quality of the materials.

Swedish grocer chooses compostable paperboard for berry packaging

Berry packaging

Swedish grocery retail shop operator Coop selected paperboard material Invercote Bio, produced by Iggesund Paperboard, for its own-brand frozen berries for ecological reasons.

Although it is more costly than traditional PE coatings, the virgin-fibre-based board material is covered with bioplastic, making it compostable.

Sweden-based printing services provider Trosa Tryckeri created the berry package in partnership with berry supplier Olle Svenssons Partiaffär.

Berry Plastics to buy controlling stake in Qingdao

US-based packaging and engineered materials provider Berry Plastics secured approval in China to acquire a controlling stake in Qingdao P&B.

Qingdao, which has annual revenues of $34m, offers packaging products that are manufactured through thermoform, injection, and automated assembly processes for food and personal care markets across China and globally.

Berry Plastics will acquire a 75% controlling stake in Qingdao. Minority ownership will be retained by Peter Song, the original founder of Qingdao and the current general manager of the business. The registration that is currently pending with the local company registry is expected to be completed by February.

Food packaging found to influence taste preferences for infants

Food packaging

A new study found that packaging aesthetics play a stronger role than branding in influencing the taste preferences of infants in the US.

University of Calgary professor Charlene Elliott asked 65 children to choose between food pairs that were presented in McDonald’s, Starbucks, non-branded white and non-branded colourful wrapping.

The children were asked to choose between McDonald’s versus plain (white) wrapping, McDonald’s versus coloured (non-branded) wrapping, and McDonald’s versus Starbucks wrapping.

Colorado marijuana dispensaries asked to check child-proof packaging

US-based child-resistant packaging distributor Kush Bottles reminded marijuana dispensary owners in Colorado to ensure that they are in line with federal child-proof packaging guidelines.

The reminder follows the release of a news bulletin by the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division of the Colorado Department of Revenue. The bulletin provides a stern warning to dispensaries that all retail marijuana stores and medical marijuana centres must be in compliance with packaging rules without exception, particularly concentrating on child-resistant packaging.

Many dispensary owners find that bottles which are supposedly child resistant have not passed state-approved testing as established by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). The bottles do not comply with the requirements of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). They are also not made with FDA-approved materials.