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UPM Raflatac’s sustainable Vanish PCR line of ultra-thin clear film labels now available in EMEIA region

UPM Raflatac is boldly taking a leap forward in its promise to label a smarter future. Its new sustainable Vanish PCR line of ultra-thin clear film labels are now available in the EMEIA region. Featuring 90% recycled content face and liners, these "no-label" look labels will allow brand owners to increase their sustainability without sacrificing performance!

More and more iconic global brands are setting ambitious sustainability targets for their packaging materials. Vanish PCR is the only

Smurfit Kappa continues to build on sustainability achievements with new set of goals

Smurfit Kappa Group, one of the world’s largest integrated manufacturers of paper-based packaging products with operations in Europe and the Americas, has taken the next step forward in its sustainability journey by rolling out an ambitious new set of goals.

According to the announcement, the company has had a long-term commitment to making real and measurable progress against its five strategic sustainability priorities of forest, climate change, water, waste and people.

While Smurfit

Xerox publishes its 2018 Global Corporate Social Responsibility report

Xerox has recently published its 2018 Global Corporate Social Responsibility Report detailing the impact of the company's sustainability efforts across operations in 160 countries.
Newly published CSR Report highlights Xerox innovation and smart investments that create products and services to help customers be more productive, profitable and sustainable.

Highlights from this year’s report include:

  • 100 percent of newly launched eligible Xerox products satisfied the Electronic Product

Sun Chemical releases Fall 2018 regulatory newsletter

Sun Chemical has released its Fall 2018 Regulatory Newsletter for customers and has made it, along with all other regulatory newsletters over the past five years, available online for download at the new www.sunchemical.com/regulatory webpage.

“Sun Chemical is a leader in regulatory and compliance issues and works closely with customers to help them comply with the strict standards required by brand owners and regulations,” said Gary Andrzejewski, Corporate Vice President, Environmental

Smurfit Kappa unveils new initiative to build on sustainable packaging future

The Ireland-based packaging leader, Smurfit Kappa, has unveiled its ‘Smurfit Kappa Better Planet Packaging’ in a bid to look to the future of sustainable packaging.
It is expected that the new initiative will expand on the company’s expertise in packaging, innovation and sustainability following its launch at its European Management Conference in Berlin last week.
The firm describes its ‘Smurfit Kappa Better Planet Packaging’ as being a “multi-faceted initiative comprising futuristic product

Mondi to unveil 100% recyclable pouch

After almost four years of development, Mondi and Werner & Mertz will introduce a new, patented innovation in 2019: a 100% recyclable pouch with detachable decorative panels.

The pouch replaces conventional flexible packaging for Frosch products. The pioneering design overcomes many shortcomings of the recycling process and is the result of a joint effort by Werner & Mertz, Mondi, EPEA Switzerland (Cradle to Cradle), Der Grüne Punkt – Duales System Deutschland and Institut

Avery Dennison and By-Health partner for liner recycling

Avery Dennison has recognized By-Health, a health supplements company in China, as the first brand owner to partner in the Avery Dennison Liner Recycling Program in the country.
Traditionally, label liner recycling programs require a complex process of collection and sorting, which can be a deterrent for companies who want to recycle.
Through Avery Dennison’s program, label liner is collected for recycling, saving on waste disposal costs and preventing environmental impact from landfill or

Arjowiggins Graphic provides its 100% recycled Cocoon Silk paper for “A Wilder Life” wildlife photography book

Wildlife photography book, “A Wilder Life”, which is printed on 100% recycled Cocoon paper, has been celebrated for both its contribution to conservation and sustainable production.
The photography book, which documents and pays tribute to Europe’s amazing biodiversity whilst raising awareness of much-needed conservation efforts, has been awarded ‘Panda Book of the Year Award 2018’ by WWF Sweden and ‘The Best in Green Film Production Worldwide Since 2012’ at this years’ Deauville Green

UPM Raflatac develops new Biofore Site concept and sets aim for 2030

The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals are the framework that governments, business and civil society use to drive the sustainability agenda. With those goals in mind, UPM Raflatac developed the Biofore Site concept and set responsibility targets for 2030 that aim to improve its environmental, social and economic performance. The aim is to build a site-specific roadmap that includes auditing, measuring and evaluating progress. The Biofore Site concept will facilitate growth of a

Sonoco sets new commitments for sustainable packaging and recycling

Sonoco has announced the expansion of its environmental and social stewardship initiatives to include commitments to achieve greater packaging sustainability and recycling in support the food industry’s efforts to reduce global food waste.
According to the announcement, these new time-based commitments, along with an update of the Company’s ongoing efforts to improve environmental, governance and social measure, are highlighted in its 2017-18 Corporate Responsibility Report, entitled Better

Two Sides Sustainability Group Welcomes Smurfit Kappa

Two Sides has welcomed Smurfit Kappa as a new member. With increasing consumer concern and media scrutiny on packaging and, in particular, single-use plastics, the world is looking for more sustainable solutions.
A recent nationally representative survey of UK adults, conducted by Two Sides and international research agency Toluna, found paper and cardboard to be the most preferred packaging material for environmental-friendliness, recyclability and practicality. However, this research also

Stora Enso opens it’s biocomposite plant

Stora Enso has opened Europe’s largest wood fibre-based biocomposite plant. The opening ceremony took place at the company’s Hylte Mill outside of Halmstad in south-west Sweden, and was attended by more than 150 guests.
Stora Enso’s investment of EUR 12 million in a biocomposite plant is part of the company’s ongoing process of becoming a renewable materials company. It shows that Stora Enso is a leader in the bioeconomy, with the ability to provide innovative, more sustainable alternatives to

Sun Chemical releases 2017 Sustainability Report

Sun Chemical has released its 2017 Corporate Sustainability Report, which details the work the company is doing to increase its use of bio-derived raw materials in its products and shows positive progress on its eco-efficiency goals.
Highlights from the report focus on Sun Chemical’s commitment to the development of eco-friendly solutions, including how: solvent-based liquid inks use resins responsibly sourced from certified forests, water-based liquid inks use bio-derived resins that do not

Stora Enso unveils its replacement for plastic

Stora Enso launches Biocomposites as a renewable replacement for plastics. DuraSense enables the use of renewable fibres, such as wood, to substitute for a large portion of fossil-based plastic. The production of biocomposites began in 2018 at Stora Enso’s Hylte Mill in Sweden, following the EUR 12 million investment announced in 2017. At full production, the mill’s annual production capacity is 15,000 tonnes, which is the largest capacity in Europe dedicated to wood fibre composites.
“Reducing

Nippon Paper completes biomass power generation

Nippon Paper Industries Co recently held a completion ceremony for the biomass mixed combustion power generation facility at Ishinomaki Hibarino Power Plant, operated by Nippon Paper Ishinomaki Energy Center Ltd., which had been engaged in unit trial operations since September 2017.
The power generation facility has commenced business operations as of March 1. Characteristically, the facility permits mixed combustion using wood biomass. The company seeks to contribute to the preservation of

Iggesund’s mills receives the highest sustainability rating from EcoVadis

Iggesund’s mills receives the highest sustainability rating from EcoVadis. EcoVadis provides the leading system for assessing and marking the suppliers of global companies and has evaluated more than 25,000 suppliers. Companies using EcoVadis include Coca Cola, Johnson & Johnson, Nestlé, L’Oréal and Heineken. “This is not the first confirmation that Iggesund Paperboard and its parent company, the Holmen Group, have a very strong sustainability programme,” comments Johan Granås

Fujifilm Uvijet UV inks get green seal with UL Greenguard

Fourteen inks in Fujifilm’s wide-format Uvijet UV ink range have achieved UL Greenguard product emissions certification. Achieving the certification means the low-emission, low-odour inks have been through a rigorous testing process to ensure they meet standards for low chemical emissions for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into indoor air. According to certification administrator UL Environment VOCs buildings and furniture are a major source of indoor pollution.
The 14 inks that have achieved

Sun Chemical has released 2016 Sustainability Report

Sun Chemical has released its 2016 Corporate Sustainability Report, which focuses on how its research and development efforts have led to new products and services that help customers improve their eco-efficiency goals.
Sun Chemical highlighted four recently developed products that can offer customers  eco-efficiency benefits. Two examples, SunBar oxygen barrier coatings and SunFuse (PolarSeal) re-closable cold-seal adhesives, help reduce food waste. SunLam Deseamable Technology improves the

Flint has launched new UV LED sheetfed process ink - XCURA EVO

Last month Flint Group  announces the global launch of its latest version UV LED process inks, XCURA EVO created out of the new resin technology system for ‘increased stability and performance consistency’.  
“‘EVO’ is short for evolutionary,” explains Trevor Amps, global product management director for Energy Curing inks. “This signals a step change from our world renowned XCURA formulations which, for the past four years, have served our customers very well as an industry leader. XCURA EVO is

Kiian’s ink receives eco certification

Digistar HI-PRO – one of Kiian Digital’s sublimation transfer inks – has achieved ECO PASSPORT certification. This enables it to be used in the production of sustainable textiles and those required to achieve STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX.  
The certifications also increase the chances for printers to become partners for the leading brands who are asking – as integral part of their supply agreement – the compliance credentials of products used in their processes minimizing health and environmental

Flint publishes report on sustainability

Flint Group has announced publication of its 2017 Sustainability Report - providing a comprehensive view of the organisation’s sustainability performance to date. “We are delighted to introduce our 2017 Sustainability Report, which explores in depth the progress we have made in 2015 and 2016 on our sustainability journey,” says Russell Taylor, Senior Vice-President Global Human Resources with leadership responsibility for Flint Group’s sustainability programme. “Within the report you will find

PMMI launches report on global trends

PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies has revealed the latest trends in global packaging in its 2017 Global Packaging Trends report, produced by Euromonitor.
Consumer focus on wellness, environmental impact and macroeconomic factors such as the growth of the middle class creating more disposable income are shaping the global packaging market, said Charles D. Yuska, president and CEO, PMMI.  Yuska cited global consumer demand for healthier foods as the impetus towards

Industry experts welcome food waste report but point to omissions

The cross party Environment Food and Rural Affairs Committee (EFRA) has issued its report into food waste in England. The report said the government should establish a national food waste reduction target to drive efforts to reduce the food waste costing the average person in the UK £200 per year.
EFRA also said that supermarkets should publicly report data on the amount of food they bin and relax rules that prevent the sale of ‘wonky vegetables’ to combat food waste.
Committee chair Neil Parish

UPM’s initiative gets sustainability award

UPM’s Zero Solid Waste to Landfill initiative received the Gold Award in the Midwest Region Sustainability competition challenged by the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Chicago.
UPM’s Zero Solid Waste to Landfill initiative, launched in 2016, is one of the ways in which UPM contributes to the United Nations sustainable development goals for the year 2030.
The initiative focuses on five production side streams to recycle, starting in UPM’s home country, Finland. The waste fractions are ash

Fashion fabrics present boom opportunity: Smithers Pira

Leveraging inkjet technology into the textile industry is presenting an increasingly compelling opportunity for mainstream print equipment and consumable suppliers, according to the latest research from Smithers Pira.
As this happens it is creating new value-adding business opportunities for fabric printers and material suppliers, as the capabilities of the latest generation of digital textile presses dovetails with evolving priorities for end users, like fashion designers.
Exclusive data from

Intec launches updated ColorFlare to save turnaround times

Intec has launched its updated ColorFlare CF1000LX foiler and laminator, an upgrade on the CF1000, with an additional arm and roller station to save on turnaround times.
The new machine can foil, laminate (matt, gloss and soft-touch) and produce holographic special effects. It is intended for short runs of products such as greetings cards, wedding stationery, business cards and packaging. It also has an easily installable premium finish flaring assembly, which Intec said has a mirror finish

Metsä introduces one piece paper cup Lidloc

Metsä Board introduced a new paperboard cup design concept called ‘Lidloc’ at the Packaging Innovations Exhibition held in UK.  
According to Metsä Board, the Lidloc patented design is based upon an extension to a standard cup structure that folds and locks into an integrated lid. This innovative design completely removes the need for a separate plastic lid and will re-invent how paperboard cups are produced, consumed and recycled. The lid also contains an integrated ‘sip’ mechanism for hot

Caraustar to up uncoated price

Caraustar Industries announced a price increase of $75 per ton on all uncoated recycled paperboard (URB) grades effective starting with shipments on April 3. Also, there is a price increase of 10% on its paper tube and core, header and protective packaging product lines. This announcement comes on the heels of a $60 hike for URB that Caraustar put into effect with shipments on Feb. 10.
In a press release, the company said, “The increase is in response to the additional increased raw materials

MagnaColours’ sustainability standard for textile industry

Ink manufacturer MagnaColours has launched a new eco-friendly standard for water-based inks used in textile printing that is expected to become the global standard within 12 months.
MagnaColours, a specialist in water-based ink manufacturing, has developed the GNA mark for use by all compliant manufacturers, printers and retailers in order to push for more sustainable production methods.
The mark is also designed to reassure consumers who buy printed textiles and apparel that no harmful products

Suzano infuses funds to diversify products and improve efficiency

Suzano Pulp and Paper said that it will invest around R$720 million by year-end in a set of projects intended to diversify its operations in Brazil through higher-value products, boost structural competitiveness, cut costs and enhance environmental initiatives.
In a press release Suzano said, “These projects are included in our investment plan for 2017, which is estimated at R$1.83 billion and also includes R$1.11 billion in maintenance initiatives, including in the forestry and industrial