Sonoco-Alcore S.a.r.l. announced it will raise prices for paper-based tubes and cores by up to 8.5 percent, depending on product category, effective from shipments beginning on 15th April 2017. "The increase follows a continuous rise over the past six months in coreboard prices across Europe driven predominantly by higher OCC costs peaking now in a 60 Euro per ton or a 15 percent increase in coreboard," said Karsten Kemmerling, Director of Sales and Marketing - Tubes and Cores, Europe. "We are doing all we can to maintain tight cost control, but with coreboard a dominant part of our cost, we are unable to offset such movement."
The LiquiForm Group has announced that Krones AG, a leading global manufacturer of filling and packaging equipment, has entered into a technology licensing agreement to further develop and commercialize LiquiForm’s breakthrough forming and filling manufacturing technology.
“With the LiquiFormTM technology, Krones has an opportunity to build on existing bottling technology, intellectual property and know-how to develop unique industrial solutions for improving the total cost of ownership for our customers even further,” said Dr. Christian Compera, head of bottling technology at Krones AG.
LiquiForm technology combines container forming and filling processes into a single step. The technology uses liquid product instead of compressed air to form a rigid plastic container, a process which offers an opportunity for more sustainable and efficient operations as compared to traditional blow and fill technology.
“We are pleased to have Krones as a licensee, given its history of technology and innovation leadership in processing, filling and packaging,” said Ashish Saxena, vice president and general manager of The LiquiForm Group. “Adding to the existing efforts of Sidel, Amcor and Yoshino, Krones will aid the technology commercialization and enable LiquiForm to reach its full potential.”