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Plastic Packaging – Europe: EU plans to reduce marine pollution from plastics may raise costs for packaging firms

The European Commission recently unveiled plans aimed at reducing marine pollution from plastics in the European Union (EU). The measures envisage banning certain single-use plastics, reductions in the use of plastic food containers and drinks cups at the national level and requirements for producers to help cover the costs of waste management and clean-up. We believe the proposals, if adopted in their current form by the European Parliament and EU member states, could result in some incremental cost for European plastic packaging manufacturers and further increase pressure on the industry to design for sustainability and use more recycled materials. However, we consider the proposed ban on certain single-use plastic packaging products as immaterial for rated European plastic packaging companies because they do not tend to produce these products.

Global market study on Carbon Black

Carbon Black is utilized as a filler in tires and numerous other products made of rubber. In plastics, printing inks, paints, and coatings, carbon black is used as a black pigment. Ceresana examined the global carbon black market already for the third time. “We expect a positive development of demand until 2025”, says Oliver Kutsch, CEO of the market research company: “Then, total consumption is likely to amount to over 15 million tonnes of carbon black.”

Western European HCP Market, Q118: Although Shipments Were Down, the Overall Market Beat Expectations, Says IDC

According to research by International Data Corporation (IDC), the Western European printer and multifunction peripheral (MFP) market decreased by 1.6% in unit terms in Q118 compared with the same period a year ago. This is a smaller decline than was originally forecast and for some OEMs the quarter was a rather productive start to the year with many reporting year on year increases. The market decline was less than 100K and most of this contraction was from monochrome lasers rather than consumer inkjets.

“Worldwide Market For Print 2.0: Global Opportunities In Publishing Printing And Marketing & Commercial Printing” Study Available For Purchase

The Association for Print Technologies (APTech℠) and the Printing and Paper Technology Association within VDMA, the Mechanical Engineering Industry Association of Germany (Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau) announce the joint comprehensive study “Worldwide Market for Print 2.0: Global Opportunities in Publishing Printing and Marketing & Commercial Printing” (WWMP) is now available for purchase.

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