Recycling targets stand firm for 2009

Packaging Professional magazine
The UK’s packaging recycling targets for 2009 will not change, says the Government. The announcement follows its review of the volatile global recycling market caused by the economic crisis and China’s decision to ban imports of mixed plastics waste.

Industry finance woes

Packaging Professional magazine
As two more UK packaging firms fall into administration, business analysts predict the number of UK insolvencies will reach 55% by the end of 2009. Plimsoll Publishing, based in Stockton-on-Tees, UK, advises the most vulnerable companies on what steps they can take to avoid going under.

Information overload? Combining pack labels with design development

Packaging Professional magazine
As the EU debates regulations to create larger and more detailed pack labelling, Meagan Ellis talks to designers about the competition for pack space and maintaining aesthetic appeal.

Food contact materials - safety consulation

Packaging Professional magazine
A public consultation on the migration of active or smart materials from packaging into food has been launched by The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). The deadline for submitting comments on draft guidelines is 22 April.

IOM3 in merger talks with Institute of Wood Science

IOM3 has opened discussions with the Institute of Wood Science (IWSc) concerning a future amalgamation.