Materials

Form-fill-seal (FFS) films are increasing in popularity, with polyethylene (PE) likely to account for more than 40 per cent of the market share to 2029.

One of the world’s leading plastic closure manufacturers has teamed up with NFC supplier Thinfilm to embed chips into its caps worldwide.

Speciality films producer Innovia Films has launched the Propafilm Strata SL, a new recyclable glossy film that is food contact compliant and chlorine free.

An award-winning innovation by RMIT Industrial Design graduate Maddison Ryder sees scrap lettuce leaves repurposed to make a biodegradable rigid material suitable for packaging and tableware applications.

Australian polyethylene manufacturer Qenos is expanding its specialty polymer distribution group eXsource into New Zealand, which includes a new product range of local and international specialty polymers.

Jet Technologies has launched a new plastic film for food and beverage labels and laminates, which degrades quickly after disposal.

Amcor has launched its new Genesis laminate, which is made entirely of polyethylene (PE) and is fully recyclable in-store.

The rigid plastic packaging market is forecast to top $166 billion worldwide by 2022, thanks to a number of factors including urbanisation, rising plastic production, increased applications, and smart packaging technology.

Graphic Packaging International has scored a contract to manufacture half a million environmentally-friendly KFC food buckets for the 2018 cricket Big Bash League in Australia. The buckets are exclusively made at GPI's plant in Winsford, UK.

Flexible packaging and lidding films supplier KM Packaging has launched a new resealable lidding solution, which it says will improve consumer convenience and reduce product waste.

Global label stock manufacturer UPM Raflatac has revamped its line of home care label materials, which it says is designed to consistently meet brands’ needs.

BOPP film manufacturer Innovia has launched its new Rayoart high clarity and brilliant white graphic arts films, which are thinner than its other film products by a third.

Jet Technologies is launching its new Entice range of soft touch films for consumer product labels, that it says have the power to add additional value and a sense of luxury.

High energy, freight and fixed costs will see Secos close its traditional plastic film production plant in Melbourne, and switch operations to the company’s production facilities in Malaysia.

Increased demand for boxes of all kinds is causing prices to rise. Tim Woods of Industry Edge considers market conditions driving the hike in the latest issue of PKN magazine.