Mondi to sell its packaging converting operations in Russia

Mondi to sell its packaging converting operations in Russia

Multinational packaging and paper company Mondi has agreed to sell its packaging converting operations in Russia to conversion manufacturer Gotek, said Packaging-gateway.

Gotek will buy three of Mondi‘s packaging converting operations in Russia for Rb1.6bn (USD24.2m) in cash. The deal includes a corrugated packaging facility and two consumer flexibles plants, which supplies a range of packaging solutions to customers on the Russian market.

Mondi expects a loss of between EUR70m (USD74.5m) and EUR80m (USD85.1m) at current exchange rates due to the sale. The deal is expected to close in the first half of next year.

Its completion is subject to approval from Russia’s Government SubCommission for the Control of Foreign Investments and other customary antitrust approvals. Mondi said that the sale ‘is being undertaken in an evolving political and regulatory environment’ and that there can be ‘no certainty’ as to when it will be completed.

The agreement comes after Mondi decided to sell its assets in Russia as the ongoing conflict in Ukraine continues to impact their operations. The company said its sale of the packaging converting operations is not affiliated with the proposed sale of Mondi Syktyvkar, which is still pending Russian government approval.

Based in Moscow, Gotek has around 2,200 employees across its business. Mondi has become the latest packaging company to sell its operations in Russia amid the Ukraine conflict.

In September this year, Huhtamaki divested its Russian business to Espetina, a holding company owned by Alexander Govor and Iury Kushnerov.

Later that month, US-based aluminium packaging provider Ball Corporation sold its beverage packaging business in Russia to ARNEST Group.

Earlier this year, Finnish pulp and paper manufacturer Stora Enso divested its corrugated packaging plants in the country.

Mondi has around 100 production sites across more than 30 countries, employing roughly 26,000 people worldwide. The company registered total revenues of EUR7bn last year.

Henkel expands production facility in North Carolina

Henkel expands production facility in North Carolina

German chemical and consumer goods supplier Henkel has completed an expansion of its facility in Salisbury, North Carolina, US, said Packaging-gateway.

The company added an area of 10,000ft2 to the site to produce ultra-violet (UV)-curable acrylic pressure-sensitive adhesives (PSA). Henkel announced the investment in July 2019 and construction began in August 2020.

The company’s Salisbury facility specialises in producing adhesives under the brand LOCTITE for various markets, including packaging, consumer goods and electronics. The site currently has more than 217,000ft? of production space, including its new UV acrylics operations, and employs 230 people.

The expansion will increase Henkel’s production of sustainable PSA solutions for tape, label, medical and graphics films to meet increasing demand. Henkel plans to create 20 jobs at the facility next year.

Henkel global UV Hot Melt Pressure Sensitive Adhesives project manager Bruno Motta said: “The new production area at the Salisbury facility is a major investment for Henkel and represents the first large-scale UV hotmelt production plant outside of Europe, creating a tremendous resource for our customers in North America.

“Being closer to our customers brings supply chain efficiencies and offers additional collaboration opportunities to develop customised, innovative solutions for their high performance and high-value applications.” UV-curable hot melt adhesives serve as coating solutions for various traditional pressure-sensitive applications.

Henkel’s cationic-cured UV PSAs use a novel curing mechanism that reduces energy consumption and through-cure of extremely high coat weights compared with traditional curing systems.

Last month, Henkel entered a strategic partnership with packaging certification body cyclos-HTP Institute (Chi) to simplify accessibility to sustainable packaging and consumer goods solutions for all stakeholders. The partners will work to provide access to in-house testing and certification, joint material science research and development, and consultation on sustainable packaging design.

We remind, Henkel Korea has completed work on its Songdo Plant, a production facility for electronics solutions in Korea. The project is expected to become the firm’s production hub in the Asia-Pacific region for high-impact electronics solutions.

Showa Denko low-carbon ammonia produced from used plastics reduces CO2 emission by more than 80%

Showa Denko KK (SDK) has confirmed that its process to produce "low-carbon ammonia" from used plastics at its Kawasaki Plant (Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture) emits more than 80% less GHGs (including CO2) than other conventional processes to produce ammonia from fossil fuels, said the company.

SDK has confirmed this GHG reduction effect with a method of calculation whose conformity with ISO has been certified by Japan Life Cycle Assessment Facilitation Centre (LCAF), which is an independent observer.

Thus, SDK has confirmed its low-carbon ammonia's excellent environmental performance with a method certified by a third party as the only case in Japan.

We remind, Showa Denko has decided to license its technology to produce vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) to Asian Paints Limited, a leading paint and decor company in India. In addition, SDK will provide Asian Paints with catalysts to be used for the company’s VAM production.

Amcor, Licella partner to deliver recycled content from one of Australia’s first advanced recycling facilities

Switzerland-headed Amcor plc announced its Amcor Australia & New Zealand (ANZ) business has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Australian-based technology pioneers, Licella Holdings Ltd (Licella), to invest in one of Australia’s first plastic advanced recycling facilities, said the company.

As one of the first advanced recycling facilities to be built in Australia, the agreement supports Amcor and Licella’s commitment to creating a local circular economy for soft plastics in Australia and helps advance Amcor’s target to achieve 30% recycled content across its portfolio by 2030.

Located in Melbourne, stage one of the proposed facility is expected to process 20,000 tons per annum of waste plastic utilizing Licella’s pioneering Cat-HTR™ technology, relying on collections activities to divert soft plastic waste from landfill or incineration. This stage of the project has already received approval from the Victorian Environmental Protection Agency.

Amcor ANZ and Licella previously collaborated on Licella’s Feasibility Study, which validated a local supply chain for food-grade recycled soft plastic and demonstrates the critical economic and environmental benefits of the proposed facility.

Both parties will be undertaking further discussions on final terms and arrangements, which will be subject to respective internal approvals.

We remind, Amcor, a global leader in responsible packaging solutions, on 15 Dec 2022 announced the opening of its new state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Huizhou, China. With an investment of almost USD100 mln, the 590,000-sq-ft plant is the largest flexible packaging plant by production capacity in China, further strengthening Amcor's ability to meet growing customer demand throughout Asia Pacific.

Petro Rabigh says 3 MoUs on factories in Rabigh PlusTech Park expire in December 2023

Petro Rabigh says 3 MoUs on factories in Rabigh PlusTech Park expire in December 2023

Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical Co. (Petro Rabigh) said that the three memoranda of understanding (MoUs) signed with investors to establish manufacturing factories in the Rabigh PlusTech Park are set to expire on Dec. 31, 2023, according to a statement to Tadawul, said Argaam.

The signing of the MoUs will not have a financial impact, the statement said. There are no related parties.

The company signed, on Dec. 13, MoUs with investors to establish manufacturing factories in the Rabigh PlusTech Park. An MoU was concluded with Pure Life Industries Middle East Co. to produce 80,000 water filters and flat ceramic membranes yearly. The second was signed with Saudi Top Co. to produce 50,000 tons per annum (tpa) of recycled polymer compounds.

The third MoU was inked with Green Community Co. to produce 100,000 tpa of recycled plastic resin for food applications.

As per MRC, Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical Co. (Petro Rabigh) has signed three memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with investors to set up manufacturing plants in the Rabigh PlusTech Park. The first MoU was inked with Pure Life Industries Middle East Co. to manufacture 80,000 water filters and flat ceramic membranes a year, the company said in a statement published on the Saudi stock exchange. The second MoU was signed with Saudi Top Co. to produce 50,000 tonnes of recycled polymer compounds per annum.