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The German manufacturers of plastic packaging generally welcome the support of the Ellen MacArthur initiative by 40 well-known companies, including the consumer goods and plastics industry, at the World Economic Forum in Davos. The initiative is campaigning for a global circular economy for plastics to significantly reduce waste on land and in the sea.


After a successful year in 2016, the manufacturers of plastic packaging are expecting positive economic growth to continue this year.


IK and ELIPSO, the trade organisations representing the plastic & flexible packaging industry in Germany and France, who launched the 3rd PackTheFuture Sustainable Plastic Packaging Award, are pleased to announce: The World Packaging Organisation (WPO) recognises PackTheFuture Award as an eligible qualifying awards programme to enter the WorldStar Awards.


Following the success of the first two competitions, ELIPSO and IK, the trade organisations representing the plastic & flexible packaging industry in France and Germany, announce the launch of the 3rd PackTheFuture Sustainable Plastic Packaging Award.


The high number of force majeure notifications in Germany and Europe during the last year has led to significant pressure on the producers of plastics packaging. Raw material shortages correlated with price increases. Within the framework of public statements on that development the German Plastics Packaging Association (IK Industrievereinigung Kunststoffverpackungen) underlined the need for a good cooperation between raw material producers and processors.


The German Plastics Packaging Association (Industrievereinigung Kunststoffverpackungen) recently participated in an extensive survey on the image of plastics in Germany which has revealed pleasing results for the material airpop/EPS (also known as polystyrene).

The German plastic packaging industry is looking ahead with confidence to the coming year, as shown by the results of the IK economic forecast for the first quarter of 2016.

- Preserving resources: 93.6% of all PET bottles are recycled
- Results for recycling of compulsory-deposit one-way PET bottles are even better: 97.2%
-  Around 80% of PET recycling takes place in Germany


The airpop ® Group of the  Industrievereinigung Kunststoffverpackungen is appearing in a special exhibition at this year’s FachPack in Nuremberg, one of the most important European trade fairs for packaging solutions.


After a successful start last year, the second edition of „PackTheFuture 2015” – The Sustainable Plastic Packaging Award is taking place. The PackTheFuture Award is based on an initiative of ELIPSO – The French Plastic and Flexible Packaging Association and IK Industrievereinigung Kunststoffverpackungen e.V. – The German Plastics Packaging Association.

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