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In non-baseball terms, RBI stands for the Renewable Bioproducts Institute located at Georgia Tech. 

Archroma Opens Global Competence Center for Surface & Coating Technology (3/24/2017)

Archroma, Reinach, Switzerland, a global manufacturer of color and specialty chemicals, has officially inaugurated its new Global Center of Excellence for Surface & Coating Technology. The Center, which opened this week, underlines Archroma’s ambition to bring new, innovative solutions to the packaging and specialty paper markets.

Excelagraphix 4800 Makes Corrugated Box Prints with No Artwork, Quantity Limits (3/24/2017)

Xanté, Mobile, Ala., USA, reports that its Excelagraphix 4800 is a digital inkjet corrugated printer that makes it easy and affordable to print high quality graphics on custom corrugated boxes with no artwork or quantity limitations.

Green Packaging Taking Reins from Plastic (3/23/2017)

The world is turning green. From environmentally-friendly energy sources, cosmetics, food products, and electronics, consumers are increasingly choosing to purchase products that are not negatively impactful on the environment and are manufactured and sourced in an ethical way. These environmental concerns extend even to the packaging that products come in, a factor that is leading to the significant growth of the global green packaging market. This market, according to Infiniti Research, U.K., is expected to grow at a CAGR of almost 8% by 2020.

AkzoNobel Imagine Chemistry Challenge Generates 200-Plus Ideas (3/23/2017)

AkzoNobel, the Netherlands, reports that an enthusiastic response to its Imagine Chemistry initiative has resulted in more than 200 innovative ideas being submitted by chemistry startups, scientists, research groups, and students around the world.

Pyroll Converting Boosts Production Throughput with Greycon opt-Studio (3/22/2017)

Pyroll Converting, Finland, recently contracted Greycon, U.K., to implement its central planning solution, opt-Studio, across four Pyroll converting locations in Europe. The implementation started at the beginning of February 2017 with a pilot mill in the Netherlands and is due to go live by the end of May 2017. Greycon will install opt-Studio at three more mills by the end of 2017.

DS Smith Officially Opens First PackRight Center in Switzerland (3/21/2017)

DS Smith has formally opened the first PackRight Center in Switzerland, located at the Oftringen site. Overall, this is already the 27th PackRight Center in the company’s European network.

ASEAN Folding Carton Market to Reach $4.9 Billion by 2024 (3/20/2017)

According to the latest market report published by Transparency Market Research, Albany, N.Y., USA, titled Folding Cartons Market': ASEAN Industry Analysis and Forecast 2016-2024, the revenue generated from sales of folding cartons has been estimated at $2.8 billion in 2016. Researchers estimate the market to expand at a CAGR of 7.10% during the period of 2016 to 2024, and reach a value of $4.9 billion by the end of the forecast period.

Mexico Industrial Bulk Packaging Market to Reach $357 Million by 2024 (3/17/2017)

According to the latest market report published by Transparency Market Research titled Industrial Bulk Packaging Market': Mexico Industry Analysis and Forecast 2016-2024, globally the revenue generated from sales of industrial packaging has been estimated to be valued at more than $232.0 million by the end of 2016 and is projected to increase at a CAGR of 5.5% during the forecast period (2016-2024).

Sonoco Alcore Starts up New A.Celli Rewinder at Turin Mill (3/17/2017)

Start-up of the A.Celli Paper rewinder model AC842, in a 2,700-mm format and a production speed of 1,200 m/min, sold last year to Sonoco Alcore for installation at its Ciriè Paper Mill in the Provincia of Turin (Italy), was concluded as scheduled on  Jan. 16. 2017, following the signing of the acceptance certificate. Sonoco Alcor is part of the international group Sonoco Products Co. of  Hartsville, S.C., USA, one of the largest diversified global providers of a variety of consumer packaging, industrial products, protective packaging and displays and packaging supply chain services.

VTT Develops Stand-up Pouches from Renewable Raw Materials, Nanocellulose (3/16/2017)

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed lightweight 100% bio-based stand-up pouches with high technical performance. High performance in both oxygen, grease, and mineral oil barrier properties has been reached by using different biobased coatings on paper substrate. The pouches exploit VTT’s patent pending high consistency enzymatic fibrillation of cellulose (HefCel) technology. 

Oak Paper Products Appoints New Board of Directors (3/16/2017)

Oak Paper Products Co. Los Angeles, Calif., USA, this week announced that Sara Finley, Shawn Weidmann, and Joel Montminy have been appointed as directors of the Oak Paper Products Co. Board of Directors, effective March 1, 2017.

Voith Launches merQbiz Digital Trading Platform for Paper Industry (3/15/2017)

Voith, Germany, is accelerating its digital transformation, taking yet another step in its digital agenda. The technology group has joined forces with the Boston Consulting Group Digital Ventures, Boston, Mass., USA, a subsidiary of the Boston Consulting Group, to establish a digital marketplace for the paper industry. The joint venture has been named merQbiz after Mercury, the Roman god of trade, and is headquartered in Manhattan Beach, Calif., USA.

ABB Ability Smart Sensor Ready to Provide Health Checks for Motors (3/15/2017)

ABB Ability™ Smart Sensor for motors uses compact sensors to pick up multiple data from low voltage motors and provides information about motor health and performance via a smartphone or a dedicated web portal. ABB's remote condition monitoring solution is the pioneering innovation for uptime optimization, predictive maintenance regimens, and efficiency improvements for LV motors.

Landsman Named to Veritiv Board of Directors (3/14/2017)

Veritiv Corp., Atlanta, Ga., UA, a leader in business-to-business distribution solutions, this week announced the appointment of Liza Landsman to the company's board of directors. Landsman will also be a member of the board's nominating and governance committee.

Sonoco Completes Acquisition of Peninsula Packaging (3/13/2017)

Sonoco, Hartsville, S.C., USA, one of the largest diversified global packaging companies, this week announced it has completed the acquisition of Peninsula Packaging Co., a leading manufacturer of thermoformed packaging for fresh fruit and vegetables found in the fast-growing perimeter of retail supermarkets.

Hayssen Appoints Irod Business Development Director (3/13/2017)

New leader will grow flexible packager’s presence in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Russia.

Eaglewood Tech Opens Anilox Cleaning Demo Center (3/13/2017)

Eaglewood Technologies, Minneapolis, Minn., USA, has expanded its headquarters to include a demonstration center for Laserlox™ and Sanilox™ Anilox Roll Cleaning Systems. These systems provide the most sustainable solution for automated anilox cleaning in all segments of flexographic printing and provide proven, tested results.

Stora Enso Presents Latest Trends for Fresh Produce Packaging (3/10/2017)

Escalating food waste in the world is something that is among the top concerns when millennials are asked which social challenges are most important to solve. The report notes that as much as 45% of all fruit and vegetables produced in the world goes to waste. The fresh produce category has the highest level of waste in the grocery retail.

Solenis Launches Biofilm Detection & Control for Industrial Cooling Water Systems (3/09/2017)

Solenis’ ClearPoint Biofilm Detection & Control solution safeguards against biofilm threat to help reduce water usage and energy consumption while prolonging asset life and improving facility production.