Manufacturing: Page 2


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    Crown touts beverage can growth in Americas as equipment sales stall

    CEO Tim Donahue described a positive outlook for the Americas Beverage and Transit Packaging divisions while also describing weak demand for aerosols and canmaking equipment. Crown closed five production facilities in Q4.

    By Feb. 6, 2024
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    Sonoco to close facilities in Washington and Tennessee, affecting 117 workers

    The decisions will shutter an uncoated paperboard mill, part of Sonoco’s “ongoing strategy to optimize our mill network and lower operating costs,” as well as an ends and closures facility.

    By , Feb. 5, 2024
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    Packaging manufacturers’ sales results in 2023

    See how major packaging companies, including Ardagh, Ball, Crown, O-I Glass, Sonoco, Smurfit Kappa and others, closed out the year, with more earnings reports to come.

    By Packaging Dive Staff • Updated March 1, 2024
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    Ball looks to put Bud Light disruption behind it in 2024

    The company is also focused on optimizing its production capacity, as well as opportunities following the pending sale of its aerospace business, which will make it a pure-play aluminum packaging company.

    By Feb. 2, 2024
  • Stora Enso to lay off up to 1,000 employees under profit improvement program

    The company is launching the plan following “a historical low fourth quarter in 2023” and dim hopes for significant recovery in Q1. It recently completed a previous restructuring effort that resulted in 1,150 layoffs.

    By Feb. 1, 2024
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    Lingering destocking trends affect Silgan sales, but CEO projects 2024 recovery

    CEO Adam Greenlee also said during a Wednesday earnings call that consolidation of five manufacturing facilities will support a $50 million cost savings plan, 40% of which will be realized by the end of this year.

    By Feb. 1, 2024
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    Graphic Packaging, WestRock, Crown announced layoffs in January

    More than 700 jobs are expected to be impacted following multiple closure announcements this month, with North Carolina workers particularly affected.

    By Jan. 31, 2024
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    Q&A

    Paperboard Packaging Council’s new leader talks importance of listening, representation

    PPC promoted Emily Leonczyk to executive director and vice president. She plans for “feet-on-the-ground” engagement during a series of facility visits to better understand members’ changing needs.

    By Jan. 29, 2024
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    Can maker Crown to close plants in Illinois, Mississippi

    About 190 employees may be impacted by site closures expected in March.

    By Jan. 24, 2024
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    WestRock to build $140M box plant in Wisconsin

    Construction is expected to begin in Q2 and finish next year. Upon the Wisconsin plant’s opening, a nearby Illinois facility will close.

    By Jan. 23, 2024
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    The packaging industry outlook for 2024

    Packaging Dive takes a closer look at what’s in store for policymaking, producer responsibility, plastics and more.

    By Packaging Dive Staff • Jan. 23, 2024
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    Will fiber price hikes stick in 2024? Early signs are questionable.

    Fiber packaging companies including Greif, Sonoco and WestRock announced price increases, largely citing higher production costs. But multiple observers believe the hikes are ill-timed and could be reversed.

    By Jan. 23, 2024
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    Graphic Packaging discloses closures and layoffs in Michigan, Massachusetts

    The packaging company also said this month it will close a converting facility in Charlotte, North Carolina.

    By Updated Jan. 18, 2024
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    WestRock to close plants in Seattle and North Carolina, affecting more than 240 jobs

    Production volumes from the Seattle box plant and North Carolina healthcare packaging plant will shift to other WestRock facilities. Laid-off employees can apply for open positions at other locations.

    By Jan. 18, 2024
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    Graphic Packaging to close paperboard converting facility, affecting 112 jobs

    A Graphic Packaging International spokesperson provided details about the company’s decision to consolidate production at the Charlotte, North Carolina, plant into the company’s “broader network of plants.”

    By Jan. 17, 2024
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    5 packaging trends to watch in 2024

    Shifting consumer habits and manufacturing footprints, evolving end-of-life design and looming sustainability targets are some of the factors poised to impact the packaging industry this year.

    By , Jan. 8, 2024
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    Sonoco workers in Los Angeles add to Teamsters’ recent growth in packaging

    The union said this is the fourth group of print industry workers to join since October, adding to decisions by Graphic Packaging employees in Chicago and WestRock and Southland Box employees in California.

    By Jan. 4, 2024
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    2023 packaging trends by the numbers

    These are some of the stats that defined policymaking, e-commerce, sustainability, dealmaking and more for the packaging industry across varied substrates and markets.

    By , , Dec. 22, 2023
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    2023 saw thousands of packaging layoffs amid manufacturing shutdowns

    Packaging Dive tracked at least 9,000 packaging-related jobs affected by manufacturing closures and layoffs this year, according to state notices, company disclosures and local news reports.

    By Packaging Dive Staff • Dec. 21, 2023
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    BLS reports fatal worker injuries in plastics manufacturing, paper mills in 2022

    The American Forest & Paper Association, PMMI and the Plastics Industry Association commented on ongoing efforts to improve safety.

    By Updated Dec. 21, 2023
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    Digital inkjet printing’s transformation of the packaging industry

    The technology’s uptake is expected to accelerate. Current use cases include customization to connect with consumers, and future advancements focus on AI and scannable codes. Learn more in our three-part series.

    By Dec. 20, 2023
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    Destocking, a pandemic hangover, lingered in 2023

    Inventory imbalances persisted, affecting results at many of the packaging industry’s biggest companies quarter after quarter.

    By Dec. 20, 2023
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    Deep Dive

    Customization, AI and scannable codes seen as future opportunities for digital printing

    As the technology’s capabilities broaden, converters are “thinking in completely different ways” about packaging production and predicting it will capture some of analog printing's market share.

    By Dec. 20, 2023
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    How the EPA’s new PFAS reporting rule impacts manufacturers

    The final rule requires companies that have had PFAS in their supply chains at any time since Jan. 1, 2011, to submit information that helps the agency research, monitor and regulate the toxic substances.

    By Sara Samora • Dec. 18, 2023
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    On-demand rightsized packaging technology is changing the e-commerce game

    Amazon and Walmart are among the e-commerce giants that announced rightsizing initiatives this year, largely stating sustainability reasons.

    By Dec. 14, 2023