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Amcor Rigid Plastics has announced the appointment of Ashish Saxena as vice president and general manager of LiquiForm Group LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Amcor. Saxena will be based at Amcor’s Saline, Michigan, USA facility and will report directly to Amcor Rigid Plastics President Michael Schmitt.

According to a WARN notice filed with the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Graham Packaging is going to close its plant in Belvidere, New Jersey, USA. The effective date is September 26, 2016. The closing of the plastic container manufacturers’ facility will affect 71 employees.

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Clariant announced availability of new blow-moulding tools that can help customers evaluate how Clariant colour and additive masterbatches perform in real-world applications. The tooling is available for use on full-size production blow-moulding machines located in the Company's West Chicago, IL, technical centre.

Spectra Packaging have recently invested in new injection stretch blow moulding machinery at their Suffolk plant, UK, to counter increased customer demand. This follows recent expansion initiatives across all facets of the business, which have seen new blow moulding machines as well as additional tooling equipment and extra investment in the firm's busy decoration department.

Torus Measurement Systems have announced the launch of the B304 Top Load & Volume Gauge. The system showcases a single operation Top Load & Volume Test to the plastic bottle market. Once the bottle is loaded by the operator all functions can be carried out in sequence without the need for operator interference to move the bottle between tests.

The KHS Group looks back on an exceptionally successful month. In July 2016 the Group, headquartered in Dortmund, Germany, was able to record several big orders. Much of this success was attributable to the sale of two FreshSafe PET TriBlock lines to a major soft drinks producer in India. In combination with the lines the interior glass coating system is also being used on this important growth market.

China has a huge market for packagings, and the market is in fast growth, demanding more polyester products. In 2016-2017, the threaten of overheated BGPET capacity expansion is again looming ahead, with upstream sectors enjoying better fundamental than downstream players. Though the market went tight in first half of the year, given new capacities on stream, will polyester producers again to struggle for margin, after all the efforts in past two years to integrate and increase margin? Will RMB depreciation do the industry good or bad?...

Universal Robina Corporation (URC) is a Philippine multinational with an established market especially in South East Asia in the Food & Beverage industry. URC Philippines requested a solution to produce new water bottles for mass consumption, having specific needs. The line speed should have a capacity of 50,000bph with a labelling machine speed of 55,000bph. The bottle shapes of 350ml and 500ml should be processed in ExtraLight on a blow moulding machine.

Kinder Cola, the Dutch beverage line aimed at children, has tapped Constantia Flexibles to produce their new shrink sleeve labels. Made without caffeine and with significantly less sugar than traditional cola, Kinder Cola is the premier youth cola beverage in the region.

Lightweight Containers is opening a new production plant in Grossbreitenbach, Germany. The fully automated production line has a capacity of 400 KeyKeg Slimlines per hour and will be operational in the third quarter of this year. The line can produce all the members of the KeyKeg Slimline family of kegs. PET-Verpackungen Deutschland is the production partner and will manage the day-to-day production.

Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL), a leading producer of intermediate petrochemicals, and Compañía Española de Petróleos S.A.U. (“Cepsa”), an energy group, announced the expansion of their strategic partnership with the signing of an exclusive supply agreement for metaxylene, a key feedstock for the production of Isopthalic Acid (“IPA”), a high value-added chemical additive used in the manufacture of PET, coatings and other resins.

Renovations encourage design creativity and collaboration for OEMs- Expertise in total packaging solutions including strategic structural brand development through production mould engineering and manufacturing puts R&D/Leverage as a full service provider for consumer products OEMs. To enhance the Company’s services in upfront research, design and brand development for fortune 100 and 500 customers, R&D/Leverage announces the renovation and upgrading of its new design innovation studio.

Husky Injection Molding Systems, announced that a state-of-the-art, automated manufacturing line is now in operation at its Luxembourg facility. This is the third straight year that Husky has made a significant investment in new manufacturing equipment to support its growing base of hot runner and controller customers. In January 2016, Husky began producing hot runner manifolds on one of the advanced automated manufacturing lines.

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