• Focus: Bottling, glass, caps and closures

    Focus: Bottling, glass, caps and closures

    By Stephanie Cornwall As people try to make more sustainable choices to protect the oceans, glass packaging, famously 100% recyclable and non-toxic, is today one of the top choices for shoppers. Friends of Glass revealed in a recent Europe-wide survey found that 73% of Europeans and UK shoppers rate glass as the most ocean-friendly beverage

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  • International Focus

    International Focus

    By Stephanie Cornwall Despite heavy US tariffs, Asia’s aluminium industry is thriving, according to the organisers of Aluminium China 2018. The event provided China’s aluminium industry with its first global platform since its announcement to expand business into other world markets, bringing together around 500 exhibitors and 24,000 visitors from more than 30 countries and

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  • Neil says …

    Neil says …

    By Neil Farmer I have recently returned from trips to Spain and Austria. My focus, as always, was on markets, materials, innovations and technologies. Inevitably the future of plastics packaging was on the agenda. The packaging market growth in Western Europe will be influenced by the anti-plastic packaging outcry, which has grown to a crescendo

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  • Designer’s Den

    Designer’s Den

    By Howard Wright As consumers, we’ve become pretty good at recycling our packaging waste over the past couple of decades. It’s become second nature to sort cardboard, glass and plastics into separate waste streams in our homes and put our various colour-coded bins out for collection on the appointed days. Yet the amount of packaging

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  • Starpack Student and School awards

    Starpack Student and School awards

    By Stephanie Cornwall I had the pleasure of attending judging day for the 2018 Starpack student and school awards recently, and as in previous years, was completely bowled over by the ideas, planning, explanations and real enthusiasm displayed by what could be the future generations of packaging professionals. The winners of this year’s Starpack School

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  • Packaging Notions

    Packaging Notions

    By Chris Waterhouse One of the current mega-trends in labelling is greater content and, whichever sector you’re involved in, digital colour management is ever more established. More reliable over recent years, the benefits of digital colour management has vastly improved definition of colour at design stage: Harmonised colour across substrates, link to central standards, keeping

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  • Designer’s Den

    Designer’s Den

    By Jo Saker Spend any time with new parents and it’s quickly apparent that some are more relaxed than others in their approach to nurturing their little ones through the joys and bumps of the first few years. However, they all want to give their new baby the best start for a healthy, happy life

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  • Neil says …

    Neil says …

    By Neil Farmer I originally worked in South Africa more than 30 years ago and returned there last year and reported on an economy I felt had great potential despite its challenges. I also said there were grounds for optimism. After another recent visit, I can say those comments have been vindicated. Over the last

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  • International Focus

    International Focus

    By Stephanie Cornwall International focus will have a strong focus on bio-alternatives for the packaging industry over the next couple of months, with a number of events being staged that will celebrate and share information about advancements in the industry. Winners of the Plastics Recycling Awards Europe will be announced on the second day of

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