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News in brief: April 2008

April 3, 2008 Comments Off

Nampak has opened a new learning centre for workers at its Leeds factory. It is part of a joint venture with union Unite

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Octopus Packaging, the compostable packaging supplier, is mourning the loss of founder and director Stuart McLellan, who died in late February. He had worked in the industry for 30 years. Technical director Derek Uttridge said he had pioneered compostable packaging over the past decade.

Gwalia Packaging, the South Wales closure and bottle manufacturer, is to expand and redevelop its manufacturing facility in Pontypridd as part of a £1.5m capital investment following its acquisition of Riverside Plastics in 2007.

Glowcroft, the Suffolk-based contract packer, is back in business after a fire damaged most of its plant and machinery beyond repair. Fourteen fire crews were called to Glowcroft’s factory in Needham Market on 21 February.

Greif, the US-based packaging group that specialises in steel, fibre and plastic drums, has reported 13% sales growth in the quarter to 31 January 2008, driven by industrial packaging and higher containerboard prices.

Sharp Interpack has appointed Soluciones Agrícolas as its packaging distributor in Spain. The company also has a new warehouse in Huelva, an area known for soft fruit growing.

Premier Foods, maker of Branston pickle and Hovis bread, said major increases in packaging costs contributed to  a pre-tax loss of £73.5m for 2007, announced last month.

The European Commission’s 19-point plan to address the challenges faced by forest-based industries could lead to the pulp and paper industries receiving free carbon emission allowances in the future, according to a growth strategy published last month.

UFP, a computer accessories firm, has been fined £18,000 at Bradford Magistrates Court for nine packaging waste offences dating back to 2004. Meanwhile, Chicco UK, the importer of children’s toys and nursery products, has been fined £20,000 after it pleaded guilty at Mansfield Magistrates Court to 28 packaging waste offences.

The government has launched a consultation into how local authorities in England could work together to deliver better integrated and cost-effective waste services and save around £150m nationally. More from www.defra.gov.uk

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