UK & Ireland

  • The IPIA and BAPC embark on a very great adventure

    By Converter on June 8, 2020
    The Independent Print Industries Association (IPIA) and the British Association for Print & Communication (BAPC) have combined forces as part of their shared mission to raise the tide for print in the long-term. The move will see the two embark on a new journey and bring together the strengths of both organisations to create an enhanced trade association. Sidney Bobb, […]
  • Adopting new ways of working to suit the new normal

    By Converter on June 8, 2020
    Amid the COVID-19 lockdown, Rick Hindley, executive director at Alupro, discusses how the industry body has adapted its operations to continue delivering its valuable work as the voice of the aluminium packaging recycling industry. Over the past decade, UK aluminium packaging recycling rates have continued to steadily increase. In 2019, a record-breaking 56% of aluminium packaging was collected for recycling […]
  • The Label Makers produce bold styling for Arlu Rum

    By Converter on April 17, 2020
    With the burgeoning rum market set to surpass sales of £1billion in the UK and demand showing no sign of slowing down, design agencies and label manufacturers are being kept busy fulfilling briefs for vivid and engaging, stand-out labels for drinks brands. Bradford-based The Label Makers for example, has seen a rapid increase in work for the rum category, the […]
  • Statement from Jochen Behr, DS Smith on concerns over lack of fibre for recycling

    By Converter on April 9, 2020
    DS Smith is not currently experiencing any significant disruption to its recycling and paper-making operations following the outbreak of the coronavirus. We have robust plans in place to deal with an escalation of this issue and will continue to keep our people and customers informed of any developments  We operate the largest mill for recycled papers in the UK in […]
  • DS Smith and Cardiff Metropolitan University target household recycling challenges

    By Converter on April 8, 2020
    DS Smith, the leading provider of sustainable packaging solutions, is collaborating exclusively with students at the award-winning product design course at Cardiff Met University to tackle the crucial recycling issues affecting households and supply chains across the UK. As ecommerce grows across Europe by nearly 7% each year, the UK holds third place worldwide for most parcels delivered each year […]
  • Iggesund’s UK mill accident-free in 2019

    By Converter on March 31, 2020
    Iggesund Paperboard’s paperboard mill in Workington, UK, did not have a single accident that led to absence during the whole of 2019. Quite an achievement, especially considering that more than 320 people work there, in a heavy process industry. David Inglesfield, Health and Safety Manager at Workington, asserts that the mill’s success year after year is by no means down […]
  • Dealing with an unexpected peak in demand

    By Converter on March 24, 2020
    We hear a lot about planning for expected peaks in demand but in the present environment it has never been more relevant. Antalis Packaging wants to reassure the market that it has solutions that are ready for these difficult challenges and that can keep products moving in the most efficient and cost effective way possible. Some of the challenges you […]
  • Is it the end for non-recyclable plastic packaging?

    By Converter on March 3, 2020
    How BOBST and its partners are pioneering new high barrier mono-materials laminates as environmentally friendly alternatives to traditional plastic Nothing perhaps defines our consumer-driven society of recent decades better than plastic. Its growth in production since the 1950s – largely driven by packaging – has been extraordinary. We now produce a staggering 300 million tons of it each year. But […]
  • Sales of paper for shopping bags increases 400% in three years

    By Converter on March 2, 2020
    Surprising new figures from packaging giant DS Smith have shown increased sales in paper for use in paper bags as retailers adapt to new attitudes towards single-use plastic. Last year alone, DS Smith’s Kemsley Paper Mill – the largest paper recycling mill in the UK – supplied enough paper to make around 400 million bags used by major retailers and […]
  • Investments at Kingsmoor Packaging increase workflow efficiencies

    By Converter on March 2, 2020
    Somerset-based thermoformed packaging firm, Kingsmoor Packaging, has started the year sporting fully refurbished design, pattern and tooling facilities. The move, which is part of an ongoing investment programme by the company to improve workflow and provide increased capacity, also includes the purchase and installation of new machinery. The privately owned family business, which has been designing and manufacturing award-winning bespoke […]