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PTT Chemical invests $150 million in NatureWorks

NatureWorks LLC, a leader in bioplastics manufacturing, has announced that Thailand’s largest chemical producer, PTT Chemical Public Company Limited (PTT Chemical) is investing $150 million in NatureWorks.
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Sources of supply

By no means comprehensive, here is a brief list of some companies who are either in the business of providing sustainable packaging materials or can speak to the subject:Innovia, www.innoviafilms.comEarthcycle Packaging, www.earthcycle.comNatureWorks, www.natureworks.com Plantic, www.plantic.com.auFabri-Kal, www.fabrikal.comMeadWestvaco, www.meadwestvaco.comTetraPak, www.tetrapak.com0-I, www.o-i.comHuhtamaki, www.huhtamaki.comPlastic Suppliers, www.plasticsuppliers.comSee the main story that goes with this sidebar: Sustainability brings environmental, social, and economic opportunities
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People

Jerry Bennish was appointed vice president, strategy-Americas; and Tom Cochran vice president, sales & marketing for U.S healthcare and personal care businesses for Amcor Flexibles.
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People

Roman M. Eckols was named president and CEO of B&H Labeling Systems.
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People

Bosch Rexroth’s, business unit, Linear Motion and Assembly Technologies, named Ken Gazda director of sales.
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Sustainable packaging coalition forms

In November, a group of two dozen packaging professionals from companies such as Coca-Cola, Estée Lauder/Aveda, Masterfoods, Nike, PepsiCo, Starbucks, and Unilever agreed to form the Sustainable Packaging Coalition.
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Companies

Resina West (Murrieta, CA) acquired the assets of The New Resina Corp. (Brooklyn, NY).
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Companies

Interfilm Holdings (Piedmont, SC) will begin slitting and distributing Cellophane™ films for certain narrow-web customers of UCB Films (Smyrna, GA) located primarily in North America.
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Achievements

–Cargill Dow LLC (Minnetonka, MN) is the 2002 recipient of the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge, Alternative Reaction Conditions Award, and was honored in a ceremony held at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC.
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People

–Kisters Kayat (Edgewater, FL) hired Michael Brancato as vp, sales and marketing.
Clariant Masterbatches (Charlotte, NC)
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Industry watch: Companies

—BluePrint Automation B.V. (Woerden, the Netherlands), with U.S. operations headquartered in Colonial Heights, VA, held an open house at its Woerden facility as a way to introduce its latest innovations in end-of-line packaging automation.
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Achievements

—Packaging Corp. of America (Lake Forest, IL) has established an e-storefront in the Paperloop.com (San Francisco, CA) marketplace. —Cargill Dow LLC’s (Minneapolis, MN) NatureWorks™ PLA was awarded the Dept.
Captive Plastics (Piscataway, NJ) has added a Controlled Environment Production Area to its Phillipsburg, NJ, facility.
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Achievements

Cargill Dow LLC’s (Minneapolis, MN) NatureWorks technology has earned the company two science and technology awards by Popular Mechanics and Industry Week.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Blue Ridge Paper Products Inc. (Asheville, NC) has signed a letter of intent to purchase Westvaco Corp.’s (New York, NY) liquid packaging business.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Cargill Dow Polymers LLC (Midland, MI) has completed the first of several scheduled mfg. upgrades to its Minneapolis, MN-based semi-commercial production facility for polylactic acid polymers.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Dow Chemical Co. (Midland, MI) and Cargill, Inc. (Minneapolis, MN) has formed Cargill Dow Polymers LLC (Minneapolis, MN) to develop and market biodegradable polylactic acid polymers.