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Coronavirus Affecting EMEA Petrochemicals Markets

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the restrictions on movement that have followed continue to raise new challenges for the European petrochemical industry and the wider EMEA region. Supply-chain concerns in Europe continue to rise...

Stora Enso Appoints David Ekberg as Head of Packaging Solutions Division

Stora Enso has appointed David Ekberg as EVP, Head of Packaging Solutions division and member of the Group Leadership Team as of 1 April 2020. David Ekberg has held the role of acting Head...

Huhtamaki has Completed the Acquisition of Full Ownership of its Brazilian Joint Venture Company Laminor

Huhtamaki has completed the acquisition of full ownership of its joint venture company Laminor S.A. in Brazil. Laminor is specialized in high-quality tube laminates, particularly for oral care applications, and was set up in...

Polymer Film & Bag Receives Interstate Milk Shippers (IMS) Film Certification

Polymer Film & Bag, a member of the Polymer Packaging family of companies, is pleased to announce that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition has granted the...

Klöckner Pentaplast Completes Major Pharma Capacity Expansion in Brazil

Germany-based rigid and flexible plastic packaging supplier Klöckner Pentaplast (KP) has completed what it calls a “significant expansion” for pharmaceutical packaging films at its Cotia facility in Brazil. Along with a larger and more...

Dow Commits $3 Million to Aid COVID-19 Relief Efforts and Adjusts Manufacturing Processes to Produce Hand Sanitizer

Dow announced a commitment of $3 million to help fund COVID-19 relief efforts with donations going towards global relief organizations, as well as non-profits in communities where Dow operates. In addition, the Company announced...

Xeikon Announces New Appointments

Three new senior staff were announced by Xeikon America, Inc. in support of the company’s growing digital printing business in North America. “We see tremendous potential in the North American market, and with these...

CCL Industries Announces Closing of Polish Acquisition

CCL Industries Inc., a world leader in specialty label, security and packaging solutions for global corporations, government institutions, small businesses and consumers, announced today the closing of the acquisition of Flexpol Sp. Z.o.o. (“Flexpol”)...

FPA Letter to the White House on Essential Manufacturing in Light of COVID-19 Crisis

It is of fundamental importance that the industry’s manufacturing facilities stay open and functioning in order to supply the necessary packaging consumer product companies and retailers need to supply goods the public needs through...

FPA Letter to the National Governors Association on Essential Manufacturing in Light of COVID-19 Crisis

Dear Governors’ Hogan and Cuomo: I am writing on behalf of the Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) who is the voice of U.S. manufacturers of flexible packaging and their suppliers. Flexible packaging represents over $31...

COVID-19 Forces Maine to Suspend Plastic Bag Ban

It’s part of a growing movement to rollback or suspend such bans. Prohibitions on plastic bags can impact the promo products industry. In an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19, Maine lawmakers voted...

FPA Addresses Essential Manufacturing in Light of COVID-19 Crisis

The Flexible Packaging Association issued letters to the White House, all Governors, and Capitol Hill leadership with regard to the need for essential packaging manufacturing during this time of uncertainty, particularly food insecurity and...

FPA Letter to Capitol Hill Leadership on Essential Manufacturing in Light of COVID-19 Crisis

FPA requests certain clarity with respect to Federal guidelines and mandates. As you continue to work on Emergency Legislation and stimulus packages in response to the COVID-19 crisis, FPA requests uniformity in distinguishing bans...

U.S. Department of Homeland Security CISA Guidance on Essential Critical Infrastructure - Packaging Manufacturing is Included

As the Nation comes together to slow the spread of COVID-19, on March 16th, the President issued updated Coronavirus Guidance for America. This guidance states that: “If you work in a critical infrastructure industry,...

EU Coronavirus Lockdowns Disrupting Plastics Converter Logistics, Output: Sources

The coronavirus-related lockdowns imposed across Europe are beginning to disrupt chemical logistical systems, impacting plastics converters' planning and operational capabilities, resin buyers said. Although it is normally the monthly contractual resin price development that...

Pak Solutions Completes $7M Expansion

Flexible packaging converter Pak Solutions LLC of Lancaster, N.H., recently completed a $7 million expansion. The packaging company invested in new converting and printing equipment, including a new Koenig & Bauer EVO XD eight-color...

Sun Chemical Issues Updated Supply Chain Statement

As the Coronavirus (also referred to as COVID-19) spreads, Sun Chemical continues to monitor the changing economic landscape and the impact to its global supply chain. In response, Sun Chemical has issued the following...

Daibochi Sells Off Stake in Property Development Associate

Manufacturer and converter of flexible packaging Daibochi Bhd is disposing of its entire 36.32% stake in property development and investment company Skyline Resources (M) Sdn Bhd for RM10 million, to focus on its core...

Greg Cook Promoted to Executive Vice President - CFO

Motion Industries, Inc., a leading distributor of maintenance, repair, and operation replacement parts and a wholly owned subsidiary of Genuine Parts Company (GPC), has promoted Greg Cook to Executive Vice President - Chief Financial...

Coronavirus Continues to Spread: drupa Postponed to April 2021

The drupa trade fair scheduled for 16-26 June 2020 will be postponed to 20-30 April 2021. In doing so, Messe Düsseldorf is following the recommendation of the crisis management team of the German Federal...

MacDermid Graphics Solutions Announces the Promotions of Patrick Mullaney and Tom Caplinger

MacDermid Graphics Solutions announces the promotions of Patrick Mullaney to VP, Global Strategic Accounts, and Tom Caplinger to VP, Americas. With 32 years at MacDermid, Pat has been instrumental in building MacDermid Graphics Solutions...

FPA Announces 2020 Flexible Packaging Achievement Award Winners

The Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) announced the winners of its 64th Annual Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards Competition. The winning entries were recognized during the FPA Welcome Dinner & Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards Ceremony held...

Polymer Packaging Family of Companies Promotes Two to Division President Roles

Chris Thomazin, president of the Polymer Family of Companies, has announced two top management changes. Jessie Larabel has been named Division President of Polymer Protective Packaging, LLC (PPP), and Eric Howard has been named...

New European Paper Packaging Alliance Announced

A group of leading manufacturers of paper and fibre-based food and foodservice packaging has launched the European Paper Packaging Alliance (EPPA). The alliance aims to find concrete solutions to increase recycling and to reduce...

Plastics Market Outlook: Conflicting Calls to Action

Despite a public and legislative outcry against plastics, the market outlook is strong for plastic film, flexible plastic and rigid plastic applications. Led by increasing use in construction, automotive and electronics, “the global plastics...

Ampacet Acquires Israeli Supplier of Equipment for Plastics Production

Global masterbatch leader Ampacet today announced the acquisition of LIAD Weighing and Control Systems, based in Israel. LIAD pioneered the single component gravimetric feeder for injection molding machines and is today the leading developer...

US Recycling Bill Seeks Moratorium on New Crackers, Plastic Plants

A US recycling bill introduced to the nation's legislature includes a temporary moratorium on building new plants that would produce olefins and plastics. The bill, called "The Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act" was...

Comar to Expand West Coast Footprint

Comar, a specialty packaging, device, and component supplier serving the Medical, Pharmaceutical, Consumer Healthcare, Personal and Home Care, Food and Beverage, and other niche market segments is building a custom facility in Rancho Cucamonga,...

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