In numbers

Canadian drinks packaging group Wildpack Beverage reported three-month sales of US$7.07m to the end of September.

In November, Ardagh Group agreed to buy South African glass packaging supplier Consol Holdings for an equity value of ZAR10.1bn (US$635m).

Also in November, home furniture retailer IKEA committed to eliminating the use of plastic from all of its consumer packaging solutions by 2028.


Lumber specialist UFP Global Holdings acquired majority control - 70% - of India-based industrial packaging producer Ficus Pax for around $13.5m.

Mondi invested EUR20m (US$22.5m) in its Frantschach mill in Austria in November, in a move to make its pulp production more sustainable.

In brief

Eastman to develop sustainable packaging for Amorepacific

South Korean personal care group Amorepacific selected US-based speciality material provider Eastman to design sustainable packaging solutions for its products. Eastman will use its molecular recycling technologies to develop packaging for Amorepacific to meet its sustainability goals.

Mondi opens packaging testing laboratory in Czech Republic

Mondi was also lively in Czech this month, commencing operations at a laboratory in the south-western city of České Budějovice. The packaging multinational’s new facility will offer a range of transport performance tests, including ISTA 6 certification testing for packaging.

Flint Group launches chlorine-free heat-sealable coatings range in Europe

In November, Flint Group unveiled NexisCode, the company’s brand of sealable coatings designed to apply across paper, film and aluminium applications. The solvent-based coatings work with soft or hard aluminium, polyolefin and PET films as well as repulpable paper packaging.

Coveris completes modernisation project at UK label facility

A two-year, GBP3m (US$4m) project by Coveris at one of its UK sites drew to a close last month. The undertaking, at the Austrian company’s label facility in Northumberland, brought in new technologies and additional recycling infrastructure.

In pictures

SIG adds three paper straw options to its sustainable portfolio

SIG debuted three options in its paper drinking straw portfolio to help beverage manufacturers use less single-use plastic.

Image: SIG’s telescopic paper straw. Credit: Credit: © SIG Combibloc Group.

EPL develops recyclable tubes for Vicco Labs cosmetic products

EPL teamed up with brand partner Vicco Labs in November, unveiling recyclable packaging for the latter’s line of turmeric-based personal care products.

Image: EPL’s recyclable Platina tubes. Credit: EPL / PRNewswire.

Co-op introduces plastic-free Christmas wrapping paper range

UK multiple retailer Co-op prepared for the festive season by removing all plastic from its Christmas gift wrap and introducing a plastic-free wrapping paper range.

Image: Co-op removes plastic film from around its rolls of Christmas wrap. Credit: © Co-operative Group.

Stora Enso launches sub-10% PET packaging for ready meals

Stora Enso unveiled Trayforma PET34, which includes under 10% PET plastic content and can withstand temperatures of up to 220°C.

Image: Stora Enso’s Trayforma tray. Credit: Stora Enso.