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European Union (EU) countries could have to reduce the use of plastic carrier bags by at least 80% by 2019 under draft rules backed by the European Parliament yesterday (16 April). 17 April 2014
Janez Potocnik, Europe’s commissioner for the environment, told the European Parliament yesterday [15 April] that plastic carrier bags are a “highly visible environmental problem” and that their over-consumption and littering need to be addressed. 16 April 2014
Research commissioned by the British Plastics Federation's (BPF) packaging group shows that when it comes to the nation’s favourite tomato ketchup, 77% of consumers would rather squeeze it out of a plastic container than shake it out of a glass bottle. 16 April 2014
The European Commission’s plans to cut consumption of lightweight plastic bags are at odds with the principals of free trade, according to an alliance of trade bodies including PlasticsEurope, the American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union and the Toy Industries of Europe. 15 April 2014
Tetra Pak has reported a 3.5% year-on-year increase in sales, to €11.1bn (£9.1bn). During 2013 the company’s packaging operation recorded sales of €9.6bn (£7.9bn), with packaging material volumes up 3%. 8 April 2014
US-based Freedonia, a research company, has reported in its new Active & Intelligent Packaging study that the demand for smart packaging is set to rise in the US by 8% annually, reaching $3.5bn (£2bn) by 2017. 8 April 2014
Liquid packaging specialist, Sidel, is targeting Africa’s drinks market – a territory that the company believes is ripe for growth. 8 April 2014
Sabic has developed a stretch film combining polypropylene and LLDPE designed to help the beverage industry reduce transportation losses. 3 April 2014
Nampak Plastics received the Sir Peter Parker Award for sustainable business leadership at the Sustainable City Awards. The firm’s Infini bottle was also highly commended in the Responsible Waste Management category.   2 April 2014
The online success of companies such as Next and the expansion of Jaguar Land Rover has prompted a Derbyshire plastic factory to invest in a £3.5m extension programme that includes a 2,700-tonne injection moulding machine. 31 March 2014
Refillable PET container maker, Petainer, has completed a £39m refinancing deal with QInvest, Qatar’s leading investment house, Česká Spořitelna, a prominent Czech bank. 31 March 2014
Wrap and compliance consultancy Valpak are to start work on a project this month that will review existing estimates of market flows and recycling levels for plastics packaging in the UK. 28 March 2014
Linpac Packaging’s patented Rfresh Elite tray uses a new sealant on the tray flange to create a secure seal with the lidding film. 28 March 2014
Tetra Pak has debuted what it claims is the world’s first bio-based opening for gable top cartons. 28 March 2014

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