Votech opens its newly expanded facility in Netherlands, expanding capacity

NETHERLANDS – Bagging automation solutions provider Votech has opened its newly expanded facility in Netherlands, boosting its manufacturing capacity. The move comes after the acquisition of Votech by global automation equipment company Duravant in 2021, which decided to integrate Votech with Fischbein International, bringing together more than 100 years of packaging expertise. The company says collaboration has created a portfolio…

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McDonald’s pledges to publish report on industrial impacts of reusable packaging

USA – McDonald’s Corporation has pledged to evaluate and report on the opportunities and risks posed by switching to reusable packaging, including its impacts related to single-use plastic and other single-use packaging and the environment. In response to the announcement, the non-profit foundation As You Sow withdrew its shareholder proposal with the company. In a shareholder resolution filed last year,…

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Chilanga Cement partners Nestlé ESAR to launch plastic neutrality initiative in Zambia

ZAMBIA – Chilanga Cement in partnership with Nestlé East, and Southern African Region (ESAR) has launched a plastic neutrality project that seeks to reduce plastic pollution in Zambia and the surrounding region. The companies say the project launch is in line with this year’s Global Recycling Day theme, which is creative innovation. The project’s target is to collect 160 tonnes…

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Parason, ABB teams up to scale production of sustainable packaging solutions in India

INDIA – Leading manufacturer and supplier of pulp and paper machinery, Parason has collaborated with ABB to automate and up-scale production of sustainable and compostable packaging solutions in India. The partnership has been forged to help Parason’s customers reduce their reliance on single-use plastics and Styrofoam packaging. ABB robots, integrated with Parason’s machinery, will help to facilitate the effective manufacturing…

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Georgia-Pacific backs Auburn University with US$100k to install new digester for pulp production research

USA – American pulp and paper company has donated US$100,000 to Auburn University to help fund a new state-of-the-art digester for pulp production research. Georgia pacific says the fund is intended to enable engineering students to test and improve a newly patented papermaking innovation. The Alabama Center for Paper and Bioresource Engineering (AC-PABE) reached out to Georgia Pacific as its…

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GreenBroz launches high-capacity pre-roll machine for filling cannabis cones

USA – Nevada-based agricultural technology firm GreenBroz has introduced Holy Roller, a high-capacity pre-roll machine for filling cannabis cones. The Holy Roller is the result of ‘extensive’ research and development (R&D) by GreenBroz’ engineering team, which has more than 30 years of experience in automated packaging and cannabis. It can produce more than 3,000 cones an hour and is claimed…

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WestRock breaks ground on new corrugated box facility in Washington

USA – American corrugated packaging company WestRock has broken ground on a new 410,000ft² corrugated box plant in Longview, Washington. Located on 23.5 acres, the plant is being built by Clayco, a full-service, turnkey real estate, architecture, engineering, design-build and construction firm. The facility, situated outside of the Vancouver, Washington metropolitan area, represents the first collaboration between Clayco and WestRock.…

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Aptar Closures acquires controlling stake in Gulf Closures expanding its business

BAHRAIN –  Aptar Closures, dispensing closures and active material science solutions company, has acquired a majority stake in Gulf Closures, a closure manufacturer for beverage products in Bahrain. The acquisition will combine the global business capabilities of Aptar Closures with Gulf Closures’ manufacturing expertise, regional network, and experienced team. The deal will help Aptar better serve its existing customers in…

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