Amcor’s AmLite high barrier, recyclable packaging has doubled the shelf-life of Popcorn Shed’s premium popcorn. This has had a significant impact on the brand’s export and ecommerce opportunities, with global export now accounting for 25% of the brand’s turnover. Popcorn Shed is an independent London-based premium popcorn maker that prides itself on great tasting products, high-quality ingredients, beautiful packaging and excellent customer service. The company, which began with cousins Sam Feller and Laura Jackson making popcorn in their garden shed, has enjoyed rapid growth since launching in 2016.
The new Finnish luxury fragrance brand Nakuna Helsinki aims to conquer the international market with its Finnish inspired and premium quality perfumes. The company worked closely with Metsä Board, the leading European producer of fresh fibre paperboards and part of Metsä Group, to create perfume packaging that reflects its brand concept and brand values. Nakuna Helsinki was founded in 2019 by Anu Igoni and Jaakko Veijola, creative directors in design and marketing. The new perfume series is the result of a unique collaboration with Givaudan, the world's leading flavour and fragrances company. Five unique scents have been created to reflect unique northern Finnish experiences, such as a chilling dip in the open water, mid-summer magic or the thrill of rally driving.
Huhtamaki has completed the acquisition of full ownership of its joint venture company Laminor S.A. in Brazil. Laminor is specialized in high-quality tube laminates, particularly for oral care applications, and was set up in 2002 as a 50/50 joint venture together with Bemis Company, which is now part of Amcor. The acquisition enables Huhtamaki to expand its tube laminate business, an important part of the Group’s flexible packaging offering. Laminor has approximately 130 employees and its net sales in 2018 were approximately EUR 25 million. The additional shares were acquired at a price of approximately EUR 30 million.
Stora Enso has appointed David Ekberg as EVP, Head of Packaging Solutions division and member of the Group Leadership Team as of 1 April 2020. David Ekberg has held the role of acting Head of Packaging Solutions since 6 December 2019. Previously he was SVP, Head of Business Unit Corrugated Nordics in the division. Before joining Stora Enso in 2017, he held several leadership positions at Climeon and Ericsson.
Berry Global Group, Inc. has advanced its investment in an additional specialty meltblown asset to produce high-efficiency filtration media serving the EMEIA markets. Current projections are for commercial production to start in the June quarter of 2020. This investment is targeted to meet increased demand and customer growth and will be focused on premium applications, such as FFP2 (N95) and FFP3 (N99) for industrial face mask and cabin air filtration markets. The new line will be equipped with Berry’s proprietary charging technology to deliver optimal filtration efficiency and pressure drop at lower basis weights. Berry has a unique offering, providing products across technologies and markets. In this instance, the Company is using its resources to provide the highest level of supply across Europe and more.
We inform that Peter Oswald (57) takes over as new CEO and Chairman of the Management Board of Mayr-Melnhof Karton AG from Wilhelm Hörmanseder (66) for a period of five years already with the start of his mandate to the Management Board as of April 1, 2020. Mr. Hörmanseder steps down from all his functions in the Group as of March 31, 2020. The Supervisory Board thanks Mr. Hörmanseder on behalf of the entire company for his exceptional commitment and his extraordinary achievements over three decades. With his long-term industry and management experience Peter Oswald is for us the ideal person to serve as new CEO.
Bright View Technologies, a manufacturer of highly-advanced, optical management products based in Durham, North Carolina, has retooled its factory and is now producing disposable face shields to protect healthcare professionals during the coronavirus crisis. Bright View Technologies received its first order from the State of North Carolina and is responding to numerous other customer inquiries. With a “stay at home” order now in place in North Carolina and limited staffing, Bright View is tailoring the production of this Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to enable independent contractors to assemble the face shields at their homes.
International Paper has entered into an agreement to sell its Brazilian corrugated packaging business to Klabin S.A. for R$330 million, with R$280 million to be paid at closing and R$50 million one year thereafter, subject to certain adjustments. This business includes three containerboard mills and four box plants. This agreement follows International Paper's previously announced strategic review of the Brazil packaging business. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2020, subject to certain closing conditions and regulatory approvals. The company will continue to run its Papers and Forestry businesses in Brazil.
Strong protection for in-the-box packaging - Paper is strong because it is produced by the pressed fibers of cellulose pulp derived from wood. As well as being strong, it is versatile, durable and sustainable. All of these qualities make paper an ideal medium for protecting goods in transit, but there are even more benefits to using paper. Can paper protect heavy or even fragile goods? There are a variety of protective products such as Air and Foam that are purpose-built to protect heavy or fragile products. However, paper can offer some cushioning properties, as well. Under compression, paper does a sufficient job of maintaining its structural integrity. With that said, Pregis’ Easypack® range of paper systems have the potential to leverage material strength and flexibility to supplement the protection of heavy industrial goods, or delicate items such as glass or ceramics.
Bags made of BillerudKorsnäs’ paper Xpression E-com can reduce fossil emissions by 50 percent compared to virgin plastic, and lead to a net removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. That is the result from a new independent study that compares the environmental impact of different types of online retail packaging. E-commerce is growing rapidly and thousands of plastic mailing bags and corrugated boxes are being shipped every second. As a world-leading provider of sustainable packaging material, BillerudKorsnäs has developed Xpression E-com, a durable and resilient paper for online retail mailing bags. The environmental benefit of using Xpression E-com instead of plastic or recycled cardboard material has now been confirmed in a study performed by RISE, Research Institutes of Sweden. The full study can be found on www.billerudkorsnas.com/LCA.