Smurfit Kappa opens new Bag-in-Box Experience Centre in France

Paper-based packaging solutions provider Smurfit Kappa opened the second Experience Centre for Bag-in-Box in Épernay, France.

Managed by technical experts, the new centre is equipped with the latest technology and interactive displays to exhibit films, taps and boxes.

Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box Épernay general manager Dominique Gessat said: “Customers coming to the Experience Centre can evaluate all the processes of production and see with their own eyes the quality standards that Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box has adopted over the years.

“Our production plants are certified worldwide, recognised for their modern equipment and strict procedures to ensure with food packaging regulations.”


Berry Global Group to acquire Clopay for $475m

US-based Berry Global Group signed a definitive agreement to acquire Clopay Plastic Products Company for $475m on a debt-free, cash-free basis.

Clopay supplies printed breathable films and develops elastic films and laminates for multiple industry segments, including hygiene, healthcare, construction and industrial protective apparel.

With a workforce of 1,500 employees, Clopay holds a significant footprint across the US, Germany, Brazil and China.


Frankfurt Airport launches new reusable bamboo cups for coffee

German-based Fraport introduced bamboo coffee mugs with an airport-themed design at Frankfurt Airport (FRA).

All restaurants located in the two airport terminals are currently offering these new environmentally friendly cups to the passengers, in addition to other disposable options.

The new bamboo cups will be used to serve tea or coffee to these passengers, reducing the usage of the disposable cups.


Toyo Ink acquires new land in Turkey to expand operations

Toyo Ink SC Holdings’ subsidiary Toyo Printing Inks is set to purchase nearly 62,000m² of land at the Manisa Province in western Turkey to expand its operations.

Toyo Ink SC Holdings is the parent company of the Toyo Ink Group of companies.

The new plot is situated in the Manisa Industrial Zone, where the office of Toyo Printing Inks is also located.


Clariant begins operations at new packaging site in India

Clariant commenced operations at its new Healthcare Packaging production site at Cuddalore in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, to cater to pharmaceutical packaging markets in India and Asia-Pacific.

Intended to enhance the firm’s production capacity for desiccant canisters, the new facility will produce Sorb-it, Tri-Sorb, 2-in-1 Can and Getter Can sorbent canisters.

The products manufactured at the site are said to meet the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), United States Pharmacopeia (USP) and European Union (EU) standards required for pharmaceutical use.


Stora Enso and Microsoft partner to supply Cloud-based intelligent packaging

Finnish company Stora Enso collaborated with US-based Microsoft to provide Cloud-based intelligent packaging solutions to global clients.

Stora Enso is a provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden constructions and paper.

The company’s intelligent packaging use Microsoft Azure, which is a Cloud platform designed for business digitalisation.


Tetra Pak releases new package to offer liquid dairy as frozen products

Tetra Pak introduced the new Tetra Fino Aseptic 100 Ultra MiM packaging that enables companies to market liquid dairy and juice drinks as ice creams and frozen products.

Eliminating the need for further investment into production equipment and chilled distribution system, customers can use their existing production processes to manufacture dairy and juice drinks, which can then distributed at room temperature in small carton pouches.

The pouches can subsequently be turned into frozen products.


EU-funded project develops new system for microplastics degradation

A new EU-funded project is set to test a system designed by Sweden’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology to break down microplastics from personal care products for implementation in homes and wastewater treatment plants.

As part of the Cleaning Litter by Developing and Applying Innovative Methods in European Seas (CLAIM) project, the researchers will harness the sun’s radiation to prevent oceans from microplastic contamination.

Though the exposure to sunlight can help naturally degrade plastics into harmless elements, the entire process is slow and time-consuming.


Easypack introduces new void fill packaging system

UK-based eco-friendly packaging solutions provider Easypack unveiled a new high-speed void fill packaging system equipped with new patented technology.

The Quantum XT solution can be used to pack any product inside a box with recycled biodegradable paper.

It can be utilised to pack transportable retail products or items with unusual shapes, offering additional safety from damage.


European Aluminium reports 73% recycling of beverage cans

European Aluminium reported an overall recycling rate of 73% for aluminium beverage cans in Europe, indicating a 1.6% increase compared with 2014.

According to the organisation, the recycling rate is in line with its aim to achieve aluminium recycling target of 75% by 2025 proposed by the European Union (EU).

The metal from the recycled packaging is said to be available in the European circular economy for the manufacture of new aluminium products.