The Covid-19 round-up

The news and data you need to know about the coronavirus outbreak's impact on the packaging industry

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Libbey files voluntary petitions for bankruptcy

Glass tableware manufacturers Libbey and its subsidiaries based in the US have filed voluntary petitions for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. The company’s international subsidiaries in Canada, China, Mexico, the Netherlands and Portugal continue to operate normally.

PTP to make face shield splash guard

North American clear folding box manufacturer Printex Transparent Packaging (PTP) has repurposed its capabilities to produce face shield splash guards and delivered more than ten million shields to front line workers in the last three months.


Research conducted by global packaging company Amcor has found that 83% of customers check on-pack instructions for packaging disposal. It revealed that customers expect more responsible packaging options from brands amid coronavirus pandemic.


Protective packaging products manufacturer Pregis has donated more than 5,000 Penguin Pack insulated box liners to Chicago’s Lakeview Pantry.


Global consumer packaged goods company BIC is using its facility in Connecticut, the US to produce 2,000 face shields per day using plastic packaging materials and scrap plastic.

2 million

Renewable fibre-based packaging products supplier International Paper has pledged to donate two million corrugated boxes for Covid-19 relief efforts. The boxes will be used in food distribution.

Iceland packaging tests delayed due to virus

In an interview with news site The Grocer, Iceland MD Richard Walker talked about the impact of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic on the store and Iceland’s current efforts in reducing plastic waste.

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