Ball Corporation to invest US$290m in a new US packaging plant as demand for cans soar

US –  Ball Corporation, one of the world’s leading providers of innovative, sustainable aluminum packaging for beverage, personal care and household products, has announced plans to build a new aluminium beverage packaging plant in Nevada, US.   According to Ball, the new site will be located in North Las Vegas and is expected to create almost 180 manufacturing jobs once operational.   Up to US$290 million is expected to be injected into the plant, equipping it with technologies for the manufacture and supply of an assortment of can sizes to a diverse range of beverage customers.  Ball’s new investment comes against…

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SIG filling lines to be equipped with digital recipe management, SEALPAC launches new FlatMap packaging

SWITZERLAND –  All new SIG filling line systems and downstream units will from now onwards be equipped with built-in bidirectional digital recipe management, the company has revealed.   The Swiss-based equipment supplier noted that the new development is part of its digital transformation drive for food and beverage manufacturers.  Digital recipe management enables automatic recipe synchronization across all relevant parts of the filling line including the downstream.   Its incorporation into production lines has a number of benefits to manufacturers including a faster change to the next lot or product,…

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Alpla invests in new PET recycling plant in Romania as Clearlake Capital Group to acquire Mold-Rite Plastics

ROMANIA –  Alpla Group, an Austrian-based global packaging, and recycling company, has invested in the construction of a recycling plant in Romania, as part of its sustainable packaging initiative.  The new plant and associated buildings and infrastructure is expected to cost approximately €7.5 million (US$8.79 million).  Alpla is undertaking the new project through a joint venture that includes Romanian manufacturer Ecohelp SRL and Swiss company United Polymer Trading AG.  The new facility will be based in Targu Mures, Romania, and will recycle plastic granulate from PET (rPET), which will then be used to produce…

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Global packaging solutions provider Sidel to establish presence in Kenya

KENYA – Sidel, a leading provider of equipment and services solutions for packaging beverage, food, home and personal care products has announced that it will set base in East Africa’s largest economy, Kenya in 2022. The company, one of the operating units of Tetra Laval, has indicated it will open a new office in the country’s capital-Nairobi, to support its customers’ growth with the highest standard of local engineering capability, tailored made solutions and local customer service. “Africa has always been an important market, one which the company will continue…

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SIG invests in a new tech center in Europe to accelerate development of new packaging solutions

GERMANY – Swiss-based packaging supplier SIG is investing €12 million (US$14.19m) in a pilot plant at its new Tech Center Europe, which will be located close to SIG’s packaging plants in Linnich, Germany.  According to SIG, the new pilot plant will help the Tech Center expedite new product and packaging development, to meet the ever-increasing demand for more sustainable packaging solutions.   The pilot plant will be particularly important in boosting the tech center’s capabilities to get the development and validation of new packaging solutions and innovative materials even faster…

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SIG commissions second plant for aseptic carton packaging in China

CHINA – Switzerland-based supplier of aseptic packaging solutions SIG has commissioned a new plant in China as part of efforts to expand its presence in Asia’s largest economy.   According to a statement from the company, the plant is located close to SIG’s existing production facility at the Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP) which allows for shared resources in both production and operations.   The new facility is also close to SIG’s Asia Pacific Tech Center, with innovation capabilities to introduce new concepts and solutions to SIG customers.  SIG said having its tech…

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Coca-Cola Beverages Africa expands ‘World Without Waste’ partnerships in Uganda

UGANDA – Coca-Cola Beverages Africa in Uganda, through its Plastic Recycling Industries initiative (PRI), has expanded its World Without Waste partnerships by inking two separate Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with Kampala-based recycling companies FengHuang Plastics Industries and Aquila Investments Limited. The parties have committed to work together to step up collection and recycling of plastic waste countrywide. At PRI, waste plastic is transformed into flake products which are mostly sold to foreign markets. These are then used to manufacture a range of products like polyester fibres (a base material for…

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Huhtamaki to expand presence in flexible packaging market with US$483m acquisition of Elif

TURKEY – Finnish food packaging specialist Huhtamaki is set to expand its position in the flexible packaging market with a US$483 million acquisition of Turkish-based producer Elif.   According to Huhtamaki, Elif specialises in sustainable flexible packaging and uses both post-industrial and post-consumer recycled polymers as raw materials.  Huhtamaki says that more than 90% of Elif’s current product portfolio is recyclable and that the range also includes compostable films.  The company supplies its packaging solutions to customers across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, serving markets including food, beverage, and dairy, as well…

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Berlin Packaging bolsters European market position with acquisition of Juvasa Group

SPAIN – US based supplier of packaging solutions Berlin Packaging has acquired the Juvasa Group, a supplier of glass, plastic and metal packaging for the food and beverage industry, to bolster its presence in Europe.   Founded in 1987 and based in Seville, Spain, Juvasa is a group of companies that supplies customers with packaging products including bottles and jars for olive oil, wine, beer, spirits, sauces, vegetable preserves and honey.  The company has locations across Spain, Portugal, and the Canary Islands, and is said to have “an extensive commercial presence and logistical capabilities”.  The transaction marks Berlin Packaging’s sixth acquisition…

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South African packaging manufacturer Mpact to expand production capacity, fueling further growth

SOUTH AFRICA – Mpact, one of the largest paper and plastics packaging business and recycler in Southern Africa, has reported a 16.3% rise in revenue to R5.9 billion (US$403m) in the six months ended June 2021. Its underlying earnings per share were up sharply to 121 cents from 9c in the same period last year and Headline earnings a share increased by 112.1c to 120.5c. Cash generated from operating activities during the six months was R592 million (US$S40.45m), after a working capital outflow of R11 million (750,000). The cash generated…

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