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  • Huhtamaki launches new compostable double wall cup


    Huhtamaki has launched its new compostable Bioware Impresso double walled hot cup. Adding to Huhtamaki’s existing Bioware compostable range, this new cup in a mixed sleeve of white and green designs utilizes the Impresso bubble emboss which provides enhanced insulation and a tactile touch for the holder.

    aThe cup utilizes sustainable 100% PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) certified paperboard with a plant-based coating on the inside. As with all of Huhtamaki’s Impresso double wall cups, the innovative design means that the cup uses up to 25% less material than most other double and triple wall cups on the market. 

    This reduces the weight of packaging without compromising on performance. These new cups are manufactured in the UK and are available for customers across Europe.

    “We are experts in both cup design and manufacture, and our latest innovation, ‘feel good’, adds a compostable double wall cup to the Bioware range with our unique Impresso outer wrap that feels good to hold and provides enhanced insulation. The compostable Impresso has EN13432 certification which means that it is compostable at approved composting facilities”, says Becci Eplett, Marketing Manager, Huhtamaki Foodservice UK.

    “The hot drinks market is extremely competitive and customers are looking for environmentally sound choices. For those with access to industrial composting Huhtamaki’s ‘feel good’ Impresso cup is the ideal solution. Our new ‘feel good’ Impresso cup offers the perfect solution for an operator to deliver an excellent drinking experience as well as a product that is made from PEFC paperboard, with a plant-based lining that is certified compostable”, Eplett continues.

    Huhtamaki is a global specialist in packaging for food and drink. The Group has its head office in Espoo, Finland.

  • Patrick Zimmermann joins management team FKuR Kunststoff


    Patrick Zimmermann has been appointed to the management team of FKuR Kunststoff GmbH, effective June 2019, the company has announced. Zimmermann will be responsible for sales, marketing and market development.

    aPrior to joining FKuR in 1999, Zimmermann studied mechanical engineering at the Aachen University of Applied Sciences and industrial engineering at the Fernhochschule in Hamburg.
    His contribution to FKuR’s development into a global market player has been considerable. He has grown and expanded the marketing and sales of the company’s compostable and biodegradable thermoplastics and built up FKuR’s distribution portfolio, which today includes Green PE and Bio-PET. As part of FKuR's global marketing strategy, he was also responsible for setting up the US subsidiary. In August 2015, Zimmermann was named managing director of FKuR Polymers GmbH, a manufacturer of customized polyolefin and TPE compounds.

    In addition, the company has announced two further appointments, both effective July 1, 2019. Niklas Voß, previously Technical Sales Manager, is now the Associate Sales Director of FKuR with his team responsible for the region Germany, Austria and Switzerland [DACH], as well as BeNeLux.x
    Denise Martha now leads the marketing team and is responsible for all marketing activities, trade fairs and the worldwide communication of the bioplastics specialist FKuR. 

    xThe FKuR group is a medium-sized, privately held group of companies focusing on the development, production and marketing of high-quality special compounds and the distribution of plastics specialties. The group currently includes FKuR Kunststoff GmbH, one of the leading suppliers of bioplastics compounds for flexible packaging solutions and engineering applications, and FKuR Polymers GmbH, specializing in the development and production of TPE and PP / PE compounds.

  • Rustark commences construction new bioplastics plant at SEZ Lipetsk


    Russia-based Rustark, located in the Special Economic Zone Lipetsk, has started construction of its new production plant, it said in a press release.

    bThe occasion was marked with an official time capsule laying ceremony attended by Russian Deputy Minister of Agriculture Oksana Lut, Lipetsk Region Acting Governor Igor Artamonov, and representatives of the Rustark company.

    Rustark will produce starch products and biopolymers at the new plant, using wheat as feedstock.
    The new facilities will be built in four stages over a period of 10-15 years, the company said. The first unit will have the capacity to process 500 tonnes of wheat per day and is expected to commence production in 2022. 

    The project represents an investment of over RUR 14 bln (EUR 200 million).
    Special economic zones have been possible since 2005, when a federal law was enacted that allowed their creation. Companies settling in Lipetsk SEZ benefit from various advantages, from a state-run engineering infrastructure to tax holidays. 

    Currently over 60 companies - from Italy, Germany, Belgium, Japan, the Netherlands, the USA, Russia, Switzerland, China, Israel, Ukraine, Poland and South Korea – have settled in the special economic zone.

    Out of this number, 15 companies are operational, 4 plants are under construction, and the remaining projects are in their run-up phase.

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