Big developments in business: In one of the biggest business stories of the year, Amcor and Bemis announced in August a US$6.8 billion all-stock transaction to combine two of the world’s leading global packaging suppliers. Uniting the two complementary companies creates, what they are calling, “the global leader in consumer packaging,” with the footprint, scale and capabilities to drive significant value for shareholders, offer customers and employees the most compelling value proposition and deliver the most sustainable innovations for the environment. In another landmark move, China and the EU signed a joint Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Circular Economy Cooperation at the 20th EU-China summit held in July. The world’s two biggest economies stand to gain from aligning on policies that support the transition to a circular economy, which can unlock new sources of economic growth and innovation while benefiting people and the environment.
Packaging Innovations 2020 in Birmingham, UK, was all about carbon footprint. Nobody will deny that the scourge of packaging pollution remains an urgent global issue, but increased attention to climate change has led the packaging industry to also reevaluate its role in bringing greenhouse gases back down to manageable levels. During the show’s ‘Big Carbon...View More
Snacks and candy packaging stole the show at ISM and ProSweets 2020, hosted in Cologne, Germany, February 2-5. Packaging suppliers exhibited the latest in machinery, materials and decorative techniques needed to bring confectionery safely, hygienically and attractively to retail shelves. A labyrinth of large-scale, fully and semi-automatic machinery gave visitors a closer look...View More
All roads lead to a circular packaging economy: In a year once again dominated by the drive for increased sustainability, suppliers and brand owners got more serious in their attempts to unearth truly “circular” packaging systems and concepts. The rising tide of public anti-plastic sentiment manifested itself in more stringent environmental regulations, notably the...View More
FachPack 2019 in Nuremberg, Germany, attracted around 44,000 visitors and 1,591 exhibitors in a year where the show declared its first-ever official key theme: Sustainability. The 12 exhibition halls demonstrated that the search for increased sustainability is a multi-faceted challenge and one that cannot be overcome with a single solution or a particular material. The rush to...View More
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