Unilever – Commits to 100% recyclable plastic packaging by 2025

Unilever
To help transform global plastic packaging material flows, Unilever has committed that all of its plastic packaging is designed to be reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025. They also vowed to invest in proving, and then sharing with the industry, technical solution that address the problem of plastic waste
UK • In mid-January Unilever publically committed to ensuring that all of its plastic packaging will be fully reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025 as it called on the entire plastics and packaging industry to accelerate progress towards a circular economy that keeps plastic out of the worlds oceans, fragile ecosystems and landfills.

ICE Europe – 2017’s focus: efficient converting techniques

ICE Europe
During ICE Europe 2015 a record 7,040 visitors from 71 countries attended the show, nearly 10% higher than previously
GERMANY • From the 21st to the 23rd of March 2017, ICE Europe will be held at the Munich Trade Fair Centre. This year the show will focus on the efficient and sustainable conversion of premium quality flexible materials, as well as on the diversification of converting techniques in the context of automation and digitisation.
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Stora Enso – Invests in microfibrillated cellulose paperboard packaging

Stora Enso
“In the future, MFC has the potential to be used in a variety of entirely new products, including many outside of Stora Enso’s current portfolio,” says Stora Enso’s CEO Karl-Henrik Sundström.
FINLAND • Stora Enso is investing a total of EUR 9.1 million into its consumer board mills in Imatra and Ingerois, Finland, and Fors, Sweden, to continue the commercialisation of microfibrillated cellulose (MFC) and to accelerate product development. 
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Smithers Pira – Demand drives sack and kraft paper market to $80 billion by 2021

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According to a new report by the Smithers Pira group, steady demand in consumer markets will propel the sack and kraft paper industry to grow by around 3% per annum between 2016 and 2021--pushing the global market value to $80 billion by 2021.
UK • According to a new report by the Smithers Pira Group, steady demand in consumer markets will propel the sack and kraft paper industry to grow by around 3% per annum between 2016 and 2021–pushing the global market value to USD 80 billion by 2021, up from  USD 66 billion in 2016.

Uflex – Indian company’s new Aseptic Liquid Packaging Brand ASEPTO unveiled

Uflex
The Wall of Pride! Mr. Ashwani Sharm, President & CEO, New Business Initiatives, Uflex Limited unveiling ASEPTO – Uflex’s Aseptic Liquid Packaging Brand, the Aseptic Pack, and a typical aseptic liquid packaging cross-section.
INDIA • In January, Uflex, a multinational flexible packaging materials and solutions company, unveiled its Aseptic Liquid Packaging Brand, “Asepto”. To support the rollout, Uflex’s new Aseptic Liquid Packaging manufacturing plant will also become commercially operational by April 2017.
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KBA-Industrial Solutions – Dr. Martin Kraus becomes sole managing director

KBA
Effective on 1 January 2017, Dr Martin Kraus has assumed the duties of sole managing director of KBA Industrial Solutions.
GERMANY • After three years as head of production for Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) and almost two years as managing director of KBA-Industrial Solutions, Michael Kummert stepped down from his post on 31st December 2016. Effective beginning on the 1st January 2017, his executive duties have passed to Dr. Martin Kraus, who has now…

Dürr – Company acquires KBA-CleanAir, strengthens position in exhaust air purification technology

Dürr
Exhaust air purification systems from KBA-CleanAir are used in the printing industry, dye and paint manufacturing, surface treatment, and the chemicals industry.
GERMANY • In mid-December, Dürr Group announced the acquisition of the KBA-CleanAir section of KBA-MetalPrint GmbH. Through this purchase, Dürr is strengthening its market position in exhaust air purification technology and expanding the technology portfolio of its Clean Technology Systems environmental technology division.