Sappi contracts Valmet to supply its paper machine rebuild at its Somerset facility

US – Sappi North America has chosen Finnish company Valmet to supply an extensive rebuild for its Somerset PM2 paper manufacturing facility in Skowhegan, Maine, USA. Valmet received the contract to rebuild the PM2 after Sappi‘s North American business approved a US$418 million capital project to improve the paper machine in November last year. For the rebuilding, Valmet will deploy…

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Energy Capital Partners snaps up recycling firm Biffa for US$2.6B

UK – American energy investment firm Energy Capital Partners (ECP) has completed the acquisition of British recycling company Biffa for US$2.59 billion (£2.1bn). Based in High Wycombe, Biffa claims to be a leader in sustainable waste management in the UK and focuses on improving the circular economy. With over 100 years of expertise, the company supports the entire waste management…

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Massman Companies expands portfolio with acquisition of Ultra Packaging

US – American packaging machinery provider Massman Companies has acquired Ultra Packaging (UPI), a private company that designs automated cartoning machines. Based in Chicago, Illinois, UPI offers high-speed, continuous-motion machines in multiple configurations, ranging from manual to full robotic loading. The company’s equipment is used in the food, personal care, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries among others. Massman Companies president and…

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Shemesh Automation unveils complete robotics-enhanced packaging line for cosmetics

UK – Automated packaging solutions provider, Shemesh Automation has unveiled its TKS-C60 complete robotics-enhanced bottling line for cosmetics products. The company says that TKS-C60 is designed to handle the entire packaging process—feeding, filling, capping, labeling, case packing and palletizing cosmetics products of all shapes and sizes. The TKS-C60 ensures a seamless, uninterrupted bottling line for a range of products from…

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Hoffmann Neopac invests US$4.5M to build tin packaging line at its manufacturing facility in Netherlands

NETHERLANDS – Infant food, nutritional, and well-being packaging specialist Hoffmann Neopac has invested US$4.5 million to build a tin production line for baby milk powder products at its manufacturing facility in the Netherlands. The company says that the new line, which has been installed and operating in a segregated room for food-grade compliance, is already servicing a major customer in…

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Romaco unveils new blister packaging line to drive sustainability and efficiency

GERMANY – Romaco Noack has expanded its Unity family with the Unity 600 blister packaging line, aiming to optimize efficiency and lower emissions in the production of packs for the pharmaceutical and nutraceutical sectors. The company says that the new packaging line has a maximum output of 600 blisters and 350 cartons per minute. The machine’s double-lane high-speed line is…

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Dutch papermaker Crown Van Gelder declared bankrupt after running out of cash

NETHERLANDS – Crown Van Gelder B.V. has been declared bankrupt by the District Court of Noord-Holland with its financial difficulties partially attributed to the high costs of energy and raw materials. The company is a producer of paper for such applications as ice cream packaging, luxury shoppers, and High Speed Inkjet printers. It possesses two paper machines at its mill…

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