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A new cheap way to run tests on medical and environmental samples has been developed using the plastic packaging staple – bubble wrap. 28 July 2014
Portugal’s Selenis has finalised the purchase of Artenius Italia, the last remaining PET production company of La Seda de Barcelona (LSB). 28 July 2014
Declining demand in a number of national markets and the continuing lack of significant inflationary pressures are the main factors behind slowing growth in Europe’s flexible packaging market. 23 July 2014
DS Smith has sold its EPS activities in Denmark and Sweden to Norwegian EPS specialist BEWi Group. The packaging giant made the disposal as part of its plan to focus on its core corrugated business. 22 July 2014
Germany-based research company, Ceresana, has released a study saying that it expects the global market for plastic containers to rise to 46.2 million tonnes in 2021. 22 July 2014
CK Polymers has been appointed to collect more than 30 tonnes of out-of-stock soup pots from TSC Foods in Scunthorpe. 21 July 2014
Finnish packaging manufacturer Huhtamaki has reported second-quarter operating profit in line with market expectations. The company posted April-June a profit of €54m (£42m) sales of €628m (£497m). But its films business could be up for sale. 21 July 2014
Closed Loop Recycling has appointed James Stapeley as its commercial manager following the retirement of predecessor Chris White. 16 July 2014
Nampak Plastics has been awarded a ‘Big Tick’ at the Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Awards for its Infini HDPE milk bottles.  15 July 2014
Tetra Pak is launching a campaign to promote the importance of responsible material sourcing in the consumer products goods industry. 11 July 2014
Finland-based plastics packaging group, Huhtamaki, has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire India's Positive Packaging for €247m (£196m).  10 July 2014
Spain’s institute of plastic technology, Aimplas, is coordinating the two-year ‘Biobottle’ project in partnership with eight European partners. The aim is to develop a new biodegradable material that is resistant to thermal treatment for the manufacture of dairy packaging. 8 July 2014
The 2014 glittering black-tie event takes place on Friday, 24 October at the London Hilton on Park Lane and will be hosted by comedian Al Murray, aka The Pub Landlord. 7 July 2014
A consortium of organisations from the UK’s packaging, retail and recycling industries, led by Marks & Spencer and Sainsbury’s, is to launch an in-market trial aimed at increasing the number of black CPET trays that are recycled. 4 July 2014
In what could be the eureka moment for beer in plastics, Sidel Group has launched what it calls the world’s first pasteuriseable lightweight PET beer bottle with a standard “champagne” base – not a petaloid-shaped base with feet. 4 July 2014

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