Carrier bag controversy

The UK’s London Assembly has called for a national levy on all free throw-away shopping bags to reduce their usage and subsequent environmental impact.

New packaging standard

The Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials now includes non-food packaging, announced the British Retail Consortium (BRC) at the standard's launch on 17 December 2007

RFID patenting pool

Packaging companies may soon find it easier to obtain the rights to radio frequency identification technology (RFID) with the launch of a multiple licensing agreement for RFID patents. The agreement is being set up by the RFID Consortium to speed up widespread use of the technology.

RFID ready?

Domino Integrated Solutions Group, Dallas, USA and Hide-Pick, Montreal, Canada have developed a system that incorporates a radio frequency identification (RFID) inlay within the packaging structure during production, replacing paper labels to drive down the cost of RFID in the packaging supply chain.

Ultrasonics for flexible ceramics

Smaller, thinner and more complex shapes can now be manufactured at Morgan Advanced Ceramics' facility at Rugby, UK, thanks to low-pressure ultrasonic technology. The company envisages that the medical device and semiconductor industries are most likely to benefit.