UK packaging companies pledge support to Women In Packaging

A number of leading UK packaging and retail companies and industry associations have pledged their support to the recently launched Women In Packaging Initiative.

Led by Joanna Stephenson and Debbie Waldron Hoines, the new initiative was launched at the recent Packaging Innovations show to great acclaim. Debbie, pictured, says, “Over fifty people attended the launch which was kindly hosted by the Parkside Group and we have over 250 names on our database now for further communication. The response has really been overwhelming.”

Aiming to connect, educate and recognise the contribution female employees make to the UK packaging industry, a number of leading companies have already signed up to support future activities and events. Including Sun Branding Solutions, Parkside Group, LINPAC Group and The Foodservice Packaging Association, the initiative has put a spotlight on the topic and a number of events are planned for the rest of 2015 utilising the support of the companies.

Jo Stephenson says, “We also did a LearnShop presentation at the Packaging Innovations exhibition and from that a number of managing directors approached us to learn more and offer their support. We will be initially hosting networking events in the North, Midlands and South to enable employees, both male and female, to get together in a social environment with a keynote speaker.

"In the not too distant future we then hope to move forward on our plans to deliver an online mentoring system and awards programme.”

Sappi Europe launches new dimension in folding box board

Sappi Speciality Papers has launched atelier, a new concept in folding box board that broadens their offering in terms of both width and depth of coated virgin fibre carton boards.

atelier, a hybrid FBB product that exceeds current market standards, is available in weights from 220gsm to 350gsm and is being produced at the company’s Maastricht mill. atelier is a multi-ply board produced on a single-wire board machine, a feature that no other paper manufacturer has ever achieved. It delivers the ultimate in brightness, purity and gloss with a silk touch and feel and unrivalled bulk, truly a new dimension in folding box board.

Thomas Kratochwill, Director Sales & Marketing Specialities, says, “This introduction is part of Sappi’s ongoing strategy to increase its production of speciality products in response to growing market demand."

Schütz opens new factory in France

The second Schütz site has been officially opened in France. The new factory is the latest component in Schütz’s strategy of consistently increasing delivery security and flexibility for the company’s customers worldwide. Since May, customers throughout southern France have been supplied with IBCs from the new site. Now, the new Schütz France factory has been officially inaugurated with an event attended by 150 guests.

Built in only a few months, the state-of-the-art factory in Saint-Étienne, the capital of the Département Loire, has now been officially commissioned in fitting style: Roland Strassburger, Schütz CEO, and Andrea Adolf, General Manager Schütz France, welcomed guests from industry, business and politics, customers from the segments food, pharmaceuticals and chemicals, journalists from regional media and international trade media to attend the official inauguration event which concluded with the ceremonial cutting of a ribbon.

The political representatives, including Fabienne Buccio, Prefect of the Département Loire; Gaël Perdriau, Mayor of Saint-Étienne and President of Saint-Étienne Métropole; Jean-Louis Gagnaire, Member of the Parliament for the Département Loire, Vice-president of the Conseil Régional Rhône-Alpes and Economic Development Director; Maurice Vincent, Senator of the Département Loire; Klaus Ranner, General Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany, and Bernard Bonne, President of the Conseil Général de la Loire, were highly satisfied with Schütz’s choice of location. In their speeches they praised the positive impact of the new factory for the entire region, including the creation of new jobs.

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Kite Packaging acquires Burnhead Packaging Supplies

Kite has acquired Burnhead Packaging Supplies – a £4 million sales packaging distributor based in Sittingbourne.

The business will continue to operate with its eleven-strong team, who will now become Kite employee partners, under the name “Burnhead Packaging Supplies, a division of Kite Packaging”. Kite has also acquired the Sittingbourne freehold property.

Burnhead has historically been strong in the stretch film market, and will now benefit from Kite’s preferred relationships with key suppliers, and have access to its vast standard stock product range from Kite’s National Distribution Centre. The availability of a comprehensive packaging product range at highly competitive prices, together with a focus on high service levels to customers, will enable Burnhead, under the Kite banner, to grow aggressively and extend its position as the leading packaging distributor for Kent and surrounding areas. The addition of Burnhead will also strengthen Kite’s multi-branch capability for its major key accounts.

The activities of Burnhead will be overseen by Kite Managing Partner Paul Mustard, who is also responsible for Kite’s other branches in the South East, which includes a large operation in Harlow, whose majority customer base are positioned north of the Thames, and a smaller operation in Maidstone.

A spokesman for Kite Packaging says, “We are really pleased to announce the acquisition of Burnhead, our largest acquisition to date. As the UK’s largest employee-owned packaging distributor, the Sittingbourne site will become central to our partnership in Kent and nearby areas. We are looking forward to welcoming new local business customers on-board, and aim to grow turnover significantly, affirming Burnhead’s position as the leading packaging supplier in the region.”

Tetra Pak launches first package made from renewable materials

Tetra Pak has launched the industry’s first carton made entirely from plant-based, renewable packaging materials.

The new Tetra Rex carton will be the first in the market to have bio-based low-density polyethylene films and bio-based high-density polyethylene caps, both derived from sugar cane, in addition to Forest Stewardship Council-certified paperboard.

Charles Brand, VP Marketing & Product Management at Tetra Pak, says, “Environment excellence is one of Tetra Pak’s strategic priorities and a driver of our product development activities. Together with suppliers, customers and other stakeholders, we are leading the industry towards 100% renewable packaging. We believe that increasing the renewable content of our packages is not only good for the environment, but also offers our customers a competitive advantage in the overall environmental profile of their products.”

Developed in partnership with Braskem, one of the world’s leading biopolymers producers, the new Tetra Rex package will be commercially available in early 2015. Tetra Pak customers using the standard 1 litre Tetra Rex with TwistCap OSO 34 can easily transfer to the new version without the need for any additional investment or modification to their existing filling machines.

International Paper to present Cartonboard Alaska Plus at Packaging Innovations 2015

International Paper, a leading global packaging and paper company, will be presenting its cartonboard products Alaska Plus and Arktika at this year’s Packaging Innovations exhibition. This year’s ‘Packaging Innovations’ will be held at London’s Olympia on September 16-17, with International Paper on stand F32.

Alaska Plus is a drastically lighter weight GC2 product that combines excellent product performance in packaging production and packing process with a notably lower weight. It is designed for pharmaceutical, healthcare and beauty packaging, as well as chocolate and dry-food applications. Using the latest technology in cartonboard manufacturing, International Paper has been able to lower the basis weight of its GC2 board by 5%–7%, while keeping all other technical parameters stable. High stiffness and bulk ensure strength of the packaging in transport, on the shelf and in use.

International Paper’s Commercial Director for Coated Paperboard and Recycled Specialties, Michael Krüger stated, “Since its launch last year, packaging converters and brand-owners across Europe have shown great interest in Alaska Plus and the environmental advantages, as well as the economic benefits the product offers.”

As an endorsement of its capabilities, Alaska Plus was a recent recipient of ‘The European Medal’, a Poland-wide initiative organized by the Business Centre Club and supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, under the Honorary Patronage of the European Economic and Social Committee based in Brussels since 2000. Alaska Plus was recognized specifically for enabling a notable reduction in packaging weight. Other environmental benefits include fewer resources being used, lower transport weights and an overall reduction in waste.

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