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The country’s IK Association of Plastic Packaging, which claims to represent a majority share of the German plastics packaging market, said that while only 4% of firms expected turnover to reduce for the first quarter of the year, 30% expect them to drop for the last three months of 2014 8 October 2014
A report from US-based research company Freedonia estimates that demand for caps and closures is expected to increase by 4% per year to hit $11.1bn (£6.85bn) in 2018. 3 October 2014
The bolt-on acquisition, stock market-listed Orora’s first since the spin-off, was completed on 1 July, Orora chief executive Nigel Garrard and finance director Stuart Hutton said when presenting Orora’s financial results for the year ended 30 June
3 September 2014
In its second attempt of the week, the California Assembly approved a bill that would ban single-use plastic bags statewide, the first such ban in the United States. 29 August 2014
A couple of US-based packaging companies are settling their patent fight over film-foam underlayment. 29 August 2014
A carrier bag levy in Northern Ireland has resulted in a 71.8% reduction in bag numbers in its first year of operation. The 5p levy was introduced in April 2013 and statistics for the year to 31 March 2014 indicate that 84.5 million single use carrier bags were dispensed by retailers across Northern Ireland compared with around 300 million bags in the year prior to the levy. 28 August 2014
Packaging distributor Macfarlane Group has announced half-year results in which sales increased by 3% to £70.1m from £68.1m in the first half of 2013. 28 August 2014
Plastic and aluminum cap producer Herti has announced plans to expand the output and product range of its production facility in Pliska, in north-western Bulgaria. 27 August 2014
Sonoco Products’s acquisition of Weidenhammer Packaging Group of Germany includes plastic packaging technology that the company is targeting for growth in the United States. 26 August 2014
Burnley’s flexographic print specialist, Learoyd Packaging, has been sold to US-based Coveris the world’s sixth largest packaging company. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. 22 August 2014
Faerch Plast, one of Europe’s leading producers of plastic containers for the food industry, is set to double production capacity in the UK by early 2015 following the planned installation of an additional extrusion line and associated thermoformers at its Durham-based manufacturing facility. 20 August 2014
International polymer distribution company Resin Trade has selected polythene bag manufacturer Duo UK to be the first UK-based manufacturer to produce mailing bags using Green PE, a thermoplastic resin made entirely from sugarcane ethanol. 19 August 2014
According to the Philippines’ National Center for Biotechnology Information, eating noodles may lead to cardiometabolic syndrome. 19 August 2014
The St Helens site of food packaging manufacturer, Linpac Packaging, has been announced as a finalist in this year’s Best Factory Awards. 19 August 2014
A new square plastic pet food pack from RPC Superfos is providing an excellent alternative to the traditional aluminium tray. 18 August 2014

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