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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Nelipak adopts Eastman Renew materials for medical device packaging

US – Rigid and flexible packaging solutions maker Nelipak has as announced it is using Eastman’s Eastar™ Renew 6763 to produce rigid thermoformed sterile barrier packaging. Nelipak claims to be the first healthcare packaging maker to use Eastar Renew 6763 to produce sterile barrier packaging for Class II & III medical device applications. According to Eastman, Eastar™ Renew 6763, powered…

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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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SABIC aims to process 1M metric tonnes through circular plastic initiative by 2030

UAE – Saudi chemical company SABIC has announced a target of making 1 million metric tonnes annually of its recycled-content TruCircle plastic by 2030. The firm stated its ambition to process 1 million metric tons of recycled-content resins annually at the January 2023 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. At the event, Abdulrahman Al-Fageeh, CEO of the firm,…

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Boxed Water is Better acquires CarbonNeutral product certification

US – Michigan-based provider of sustainably packaged water, Boxed Water Is Better® has received CarbonNeutral® product certification from Climate Impact Partners, specialists in carbon market solutions for climate action. Boxed Water offers renewable packaged water alternatives to plastic bottles and aluminum cans. After conducting an independent assessment of the greenhouse gas emissions from its 500ml cartons, Boxed Water revealed that…

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The Philippines’ new law requires businesses to recover 20% of plastic packaging waste

PHILIPPINES – The Philippines has added a law to its Extended Producers Responsibility (EPR) Act of 2022 by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), which requires businesses to recover their plastic packaging waste. Under the law, companies have the “responsibility for the proper and effective recovery, treatment, recycling or disposal of their products after they have been sold…

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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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