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Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL), a global chemical producer, has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire M&G Polimeros Brazil S.A. in Ipojuca Brazil. The plant is the largest PET facility in Brazil, with capacity of 550,000t/a. This plant is strategically located and benefits from virtual integration with a manufacturer of Purified Terephthalic Acid (PTA), a key feedstock to PET. The transaction is expected to be completed in second quarter 2018, subject to regulatory approvals.

Company continues to invest in services in the Americas, adding PET preform solutions Tech-Long Americas, one of the world’s largest suppliers of PET stretch blow moulding machines and beverage packaging lines announces its partnership with Unique Injection Molding Systems, Ltd. The addition of injection moulding to Tech-Long’s product line portfolio offers customers a complete turnkey solution – from the making of PET preforms, through to complete liquid filling packaging lines.

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Anuga FoodTec, Heuft, Hall 5.2 - Stand C040-B041 Heuft will be showing solutions for a wide range of applications for detecting foreign objects, faults and other safety and quality defects during the filling and packaging process as well as a top new product for a reliable radiometric inspection.

Anuga FoodTec, Krones, Hall 8.1 – Stand A020-B039 The Krones stand A020-B039 in Hall 08.1 will focus on gentle and reliable production of milk, tea and juice. Besides field-proven solutions, visitors to Krones’ stand will also find innovations, such as a new shell-and-tube heat exchanger for producing milk, milk-based mixed drinks, tea or juice. Heat exchange takes place on the product-against-product principle: the still-cold product flows through the inner tube and is heated up by the already-warmed product in the outer tube. In this version, the energy recovery rate can be increased in comparison to the product-against-water model.

Anuga FoodTec, GEA, Hall 10.2 - Stand A-090-C-119 The technology group GEA will focus on "Innovations & Liquids" and will be showcasing a host of new technology and services in the area of processing and packaging technology. The exhibits include the GEA Hilge HYGIA H – a high-pressure pump for use in dairies.

Anuga FoodTec, KHS, Hall 8.1 - Stand A60/A68 The KHS Group will have compact and flexible systems specially designed for the beverage, food and dairy industries on display. The new KHS chunk dosing unit for functional milk beverages permits gentle filling of chunks measuring up to 10 x 10 x 10mm. The systems supplier from Dortmund will also be highlighting its further new innovations for sensitive beverages.

A pioneer since 1979 and now a leading bottled water provider in the Gulf area, Emirates Natural Drinking Water has selected Sacmi to complete a recent investment decision aimed at expanding production further. Sacmi is supplying a complete filling line to replace the existing plant. The goal is to raise output capacity from the current 15,000 cases of water a day to 23,000. The new Sacmi line has been designed to produce small-medium formats (500ml or smaller) at output rates of 34,000 bottles/hour (500ml format).

Petainer has unveiled its new petainerKeg Hybrid as part of its global keg family of products. The one-way Hybrid keg offers universal filling, excellent handling, safety and sustainability benefits, says the company. Petainer’s team of scientists and technical experts have worked closely with partners such as KHS and customers to ensure the keg design meets the exacting needs of users across the drinks industry – from beer, wine and cider, to cold brew coffee and kombucha.

The Sidel Group has relocated its Iberian base to Barcelona to offer an even better service to its approximately 200 customers in Spain and Portugal. The Sidel Group has been working with key players in the food, beverage, home and personal care markets in this area for more than 25 years. Offering global experience together with genuine local sales and support, this move is part of the Group’s strategy to position itself in dedicated offices in close proximity to its customers.

The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) announced official programming for the 2018 Re|focus Sustainability & Recycling Summit, co-located with the expanded Re|focus Zone at NPE2018: The Plastics Show. Oliver Campbell, director of worldwide procurement & packaging at Dell, will kick off the summit with the keynote presentation, “Using Dell Innovation and Supply Chain to Tackle Ocean Plastic,” explaining how Dell developed and launched a program to create a commercially scalable supply of plastics recovered from the ocean that can be used in product packaging.

Multi-Color Corporation announces a strategic partnership with Talkin’ Things, a smart packaging system. This system enables brands to communicate with consumers, protect against counterfeiting, track products throughout the supply chain, and much more

Plastics Recycling Show Europe 2018 (PRSE) returns to the RAI in Amsterdam on April 24th - 25th, 2018. PRSE is one of the leading events in Europe for plastics recycling and the Exhibition and Conference are both free to attend.

Speciality chemical company Croda International Plc announced that one of its latest innovations, Incroslip SL, has been granted approval for use as an additive in the manufacture of polyolefin plastic materials and articles that come into contact with food according to Commission Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 as amended. This latest update now allows the product to be used in polyolefin food applications such as packaging films, moulding and caps.

With a record number of 250 exhibitors from 25 countries plast & printpack alger 2018 presents a 2-day-conference & workshops on “Plastics: The essential material for sustainable development” with 30 speakers from 9 countries. Organised by fairtrade and Messe Düsseldorf, the event is scheduled to take place on March 11-13, 2018 at the brand new Centre International de Conférences d’Alger Abdelatif Rahal CIC.

Nestlé Pure Life Purified Water is announcing the introduction of a 700ml bottle made from 100% food grade rPET. The new package is available starting this month on retail store shelves in North America. The new bottles feature a modern, premium design, along with the new branding launched last year under the banner of “Pure Life Begins Now” that aims to elevate the importance of quality water in people’s lives.

Christian Traumann, Managing Director and Group CFO of Multivac Sepp Haggenmüller SE & Co. KG, is the president of interpack 2020. In the constituent meeting of the advisory board for the coming interpack he was elected president of this event. Since 2015 Traumann has been the chairman of the Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association within VDMA and already served as a president of interpack in 2011.

February 23, 2018 | Happy easter and ...

Surprise one another with a stunningly filled egg! RPC added a completely new shape to the standard ‘Funny Shapes’ range: the Egg Shell Jar 300ml. Perfect for Easter, filled with all kinds of goodies; the Egg Shell Jar gets the party started for Easter Breakfast. The 300ml is standard, but the size of the Egg Shell Jar can be easily adjusted. PET Power will provide it with matching closures, available in all the colours of the rainbow.

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I use PET bottles just like any other consumer; I drink from them then throw them away. I never give a moment's thought as to how essential the bottle can be for some people when drinking water is not available at the required quality or in the required quantity.

Water shortages are always far away from us; they are issues for the drier areas of the world, not our "civilised" regions. Or so we like to think. Do we still remember the city of Flint in Michigan, USA? Legionella and other contaminants were found in the city’s rundown pipework. Drinking water provision has been interrupted there for two years now and has been replaced by water in PET. ...

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