• Packaging Notions

    Packaging Notions

    Bruce Lee said “To change with change is the changeless state.” In other words, change is inevitable, so in order to even remain in the same position and not be left behind, you must be prepared to change with the change, to ‘be water’. This is one of the main principles in business sustainability. With

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  • Paper, print & Colour

    Paper, print & Colour

    By Stephanie Cornwall The paper and print industry continues to see new innovations, contributing to faster turnarounds, enhanced quality labelling and advances in areas like 3D, and there has been some encouraging industry growth, as well as a focus on environmental impacts in this sector. On the environmental side comes a glowing announcment from PrintReleaf,

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  • Question Time

    Question Time

    We ask: What should the next steps be following the public’s response to the Government’s ‘call for evidence’ on plastics? Jacob Hayler Executive Director ESA We are delighted that the public is behind greater recycling of plastic and as an industry we are committed to working collaboratively with Treasury to make this a reality. A plastic

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  • Designer’s Den

    Designer’s Den

    By Jo Saker Innovation. A big fat word. But it’s clearly an important one too, with innovation now being considered integral to the success of a brand. Standing still is no longer an option. Brand owners must be prepared to shift with the changing technological and consumer landscape or suffer the consequences. Namely, losing the

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  • Neil says …

    Neil says …

    By Neil Farmer Earlier this summer I was invited to give a presentation to the winners of the Schools and Student Starpack Awards at the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining in London. I was asked to speak about my own career spanning 40 years in the international packaging industry and the great opportunities for

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  • 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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