Castel acquires Alver glass factory to bolster sustainability drive of reducing plastic usage

ALGERIA – French beverage company, Castel, has strengthened its diversification strategy by developing green and local production with the acquisition of a 100% of the share capital of the Alver glass factory, a subsidiary of the Condor group based in Oran. In a statement, Castel said: “Present in Algeria for nearly 20 years and a major player in beverages in…

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Constantia Flexibles partners Premji Invest and S.B. Packagings to expand its operations in India

INDIA – Austria’s flexible packaging company, Constantia Flexibles has signed a joint venture (JV) agreement with Premji Invest and SB Packagings to scale its Indian business and operations. In a news release, Constantia said the JV is pursuing organic as well as inorganic growth in higher-added-value market segments in India, continuing what it called a “strong growth trajectory” in the…

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B2B Industrial Packaging wraps up acquisition of US-based packaging firm Next Press

US – Industrial packaging provider B2B Industrial Packaging has completed the acquisition of custom packaging supplier Next Press. Based in Mahwah, New Jersey, Next Press focuses on offering customized corrugated products and functional packaging to address clients’ packaging issues. The company provides samples of custom packaging and handles small production runs through its in-house design team and printing capabilities. According…

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Ardagh Glass Packaging receives ENERGY STAR plant certification for Madera facility

US – Ardagh Glass Packaging – North America (AGP – NA) has been awarded an ENERGY STAR plant certification for its glassmaking facility in Madera. Calif., from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The certification has been awarded by the US Environmental Protection Agency for superior energy performance. Energy Star certified buildings and plants are verified to perform in the…

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Brits happy to recycle glass bottles through exiting household collections, poll reveals

UK – New polling undertaken by Savanta and published by British Glass shows that the British public wants to continue to recycle through their existing household glass collections. According to the report, most of the adults polled prefer recycling their glass bottles through existing household collections, rather than through a deposit return scheme (DRS). The UK Government is due to…

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Graphic Packaging shifts Bristol operations to a larger site to scale operations

UK – US-based consumer packaging firm Graphic Packaging International (GPI) is moving its beverage packaging manufacturing operations in Bristol, UK, to a new, state-of-the-art facility nearby. The company states the move is part of its long-term commitment to generating more beverage packaging to meet rising consumer demand. Covering 23,690 square feet, the new facility will be twice the size of…

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Australian steelmakers urge the government to ban export of unprocessed ferrous scrap

AUSTRALIA – The Australian Steel Institute (ASI) has urged the nation’s government to ban unprocessed ferrous scrap export, saying processing the scrap locally will help steelmakers reach decarbonization goals. In a presentation to the Federal Standing Committee on Climate Change, Energy, Environment and Water last month (November 2022), ASI sustainability national manager Michael Dawson said the domestic steel industry has…

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Advantek wraps up acquisition of Malaysian firm LKTT Plastic Technology

MALAYSIA – US-based provider of precision component packaging systems, Advantek has completed the acquisition of Malaysian firm LKTT Plastic Technology. LKTT manufactures embossed carrier tape that is used in transporting capacitors, light-emitting diodes (LEDs), metal shields and semiconductors. The firm also provides carrier tape requirements such as plastic reel, cover tape, and tape and reel operations. Aiming to be the…

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APEAL appoints Luc Brantjes as president, Remo Heusi named Vice President Global Service at NETSTAL

EUROPE – The Association of European Producers of Steel for Packaging (APEAL), has appointed Luc Brantjes, as the association’s new President. Luc Brantjes has been elected unanimously by the Board and General Assembly of APEAL and succeeds Viliam Gašpar of U.S. Steel Košice. His role as the 13th President of APEAL is effective from 1st January 2023 and is in…

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