Dubai Chamber establishes business groups to improve sustainability

UAE – The Dubai Chamber of Commerce has launched the Bottled Water Business Group and the Circular Packaging Association as part of its efforts to strengthen the private sector’s role in economic growth. The Bottled Water Business Group will focus on promoting and developing the sector’s practices in line with international sustainability standards. By working with partners in the business…

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CheckSammy secures US$15M equity investment to scale operations

US – British Columbia-based material and recycling hauler, CheckSammy has secured a US$15 million strategic investment to bolster its tech stack and better divert materials for customers of all sizes. The equity investment has been provided by Zero Infinity Partners and a term debt facility provided by a pair of Toronto-based companies in FirePower Capital and PaceZero Capital Partners. CheckSammy…

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Clearmark unveils new labeling system for net and weave packaging

UK – UK’s leading supplier of digital coding solutions, Clearmark has unveiled a new Overprinting Watchstrap Labeler (OWL) system to apply watchstrap labels to net and weave packaging applications., The Zodiac OWL aims to overcome the challenge of watchstrap labels snapping under stress when they are applied to textured surfaces, reports Packaging Europe. To prevent the snap from occurring, the…

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Henkel, cyclos-HTP collaborates to boost access to sustainable packaging

GERMANY – German multinational chemical and consumer goods company, Henkel has partnered with cyclos-HTP to boost access to sustainable packaging and consumer goods products. The partnership will give customers a more comprehensive and aligned service offering through the combined knowledge of the two companies. This includes access to in-house testing and certification, joint material science R&D as well as consultation…

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FSA publishes insights into coronavirus on packaging and foods

UK – The Food Standards Agency (FSA), a non-ministerial department of the UK Government, has published research on the survival of coronavirus (Covid-19) on food packaging and foods. The research, conducted by the University of Southampton, was commissioned by the FSA following the publication of its risk assessment in 2020 which concluded it was very unlikely that humans could catch…

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Honeywell partners Environ to advance plastics circularity in Egypt

EGYPT – American multinational conglomerate corporation, Honeywell has signed an MOU with Egypt’s Environ Adapt for Recycling Industries to advance plastics recycling in the country. The two organizations will explore the development of the first chemical recycling facility in Egypt that would be equipped with Honeywell’s advanced technology, capable of converting waste plastic into valuable recycled polymer feedstock (RFP). The…

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Novvia Group bolsters portfolio with acquisition of Innovative Container

US – Kelso -backed Novvia Group has completed the acquisition of plastic, metal, glass, and corrugated containers distributor Innovative Container. Founded in 2009, Innovative Container has been serving the Southern California market with a line of rigid packaging solutions such as pails, drums, bottles, jugs, jars, and cans. Operating out of a 20,000-square-foot distribution facility in La Mirada, Innovative provides…

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EC’s PPWD reuse targets could destroy fossil-free sector, warns European Bioplastics

EUROPE – European Bioplastics (EUBP) has warned against the European Commission’s planned revisions of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (PPWD), saying the “ignorance” of the stipulations has “sent a shockwave” through the industry. The association warns the EC’s focus on reusable packaging targets could effectively shut down the bioplastics sector altogether in Europe. Leaked last month, the PPWD revisions…

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Mereo and Hyperion wrap up acquisition of packaging manufacturer Algus

US – US-based investment firms Mereo Capital Partners and Hyperion Capital Partners have acquired Algus Packaging, a packaging company based in Illinois. Algus supplies thermoformed blister and clamshell packaging solutions to a portfolio of blue-chip customers across various end markets. These include the medical, health and beauty, electronics and food markets. The company also manufactures automated and semi-automated blister seal…

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