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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
Klöckner Pentaplast has invested £4.8m in capacity at its facility in Newport, Wales. The site is primarily used for food and consumer packaging applications. 15 August 2014
Tesco’s decision to ask its customers to choose the charities and environmental organisations that will benefit from an estimated £1.8m set to be raised from carrier bag charges in Wales and north of the border has been welcomed by Zero Waste Scotland. 12 August 2014
Polythene manufacturer BPI Group – parent company of bpi.recycled – has cut its packaging waste by one third in the past six years, the company has revealed. 12 August 2014


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