Packaging

First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones (right) is invited by Radnor Hills owner William Watkin to formally open the £6m line

Radnor Hills unveils £6m PET reduction line

By Noli Dinkovski

Welsh soft drinks producer Radnor Hills has ploughed £6m into a new production line that enables it to reduce polyethylene terephthalate (PET) content in bottles.

Sealpac claims a service contact can reduce downtime by up to 80%

PACKAGING MACHINERY

How a focus on downtime can reduce costs

By Paul Gander

It may no longer be fashionable to look at downtime in isolation, but many packaging equipment suppliers believe this metric still offers some easy wins for manufacturers keen to reduce unnecessary costs.

Working with Endoline has improved production efficiency for Marshfield

News in brief

Ice cream firm slashes packing time

By Rod Addy

Marshfield Farm has slashed packing times for its ice cream by 80% thanks to work with Endoline Machinery.

ABB Robotics’ YuMi dual-arm collaborative robot is being joined next month by a single-arm version

SHOW REVIEW

PPMA Show 2018: between the bigger exhibits

By Paul Gander

Not all of the news from last week’s PPMA Show at Birmingham NEC was about major announcements and unmissably-large pieces of equipment.

Could reverse vending be the final piece in the circular economy puzzle?

Opinion

How reverse vending could benefit a brand

By Paul Gander

It seems unlikely that perceptions of packaging, in particular plastics, will ever return to what they were just a year ago – nor should they. But companies are reporting less ‘demonisation’ and point-blank rejection of plastics among consumers. Instead,...

EU proposals to restrict plastic packaging could lead to outbreaks of food borne viruses, claimed an expert

Food safety expert criticises EU packaging proposal

By James Ridler

Proposals by the EU to restrict packaging and other items for serving food would lead to the spread of a number of foodborne virus and bacteria, such as salmonella and campylobacter, an expert in food science has claimed.

Cranswick has improved its green credentials since signing up to the UK Plastics Pact

Cranswick highlights recycling successes

By Aidan Fortune

As part of its Recycling Week celebrations, UK meat processor Cranswick is to use the plastic collected to create new recyclable packaging for its produce.

Reverse vending of plastic packaging could be used by smaller brands, claims equipment supplier

Brands gain from reverse vending

By Paul Gander

There is nothing to stop smaller brands following the example of Coca-Cola and Merlin Entertainments and creating reverse vending partnerships of their own for plastic bottles and/or cans, says the company that supplied the equipment.

Nestlé demonstrated the advances in digital print with its Kit Kat Senses box

News in brief

Speedy move for complex Nestlé carton

By Paul Gander

A complex 3D pack design for Nestlé, which took roughly a third of the time typically taken from concept to consumer, has underlined digital print’s ability to deliver speedy solutions and streamline customers’ decision-making.

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