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Upcycling to Create a More Sustainable World Jettainer and B2L Breathing New Life Into Old ULDs


Upcycling to Create a More Sustainable World Jettainer and B2L Breathing New Life Into Old ULDs

Jettainer is giving a second life to retired air cargo containers. The robust materials used in unit  load devices (ULDs) are being turned into fashionable shoulder bags and key chains that are now  available for purchase. The international leader in ULD management has forged a partnership with  the upcycling specialist B2L and will enhance the product variety in the future.

The bags and keychains are made out of old ULDs that are no longer suitable for aviation, so they have  to be taken out of service. These items are manufactured, for instance, from original air cargo container  tarpaulins and belts, making them incredibly robust and easy to wash.  

B2L and Jettainer have previously worked as project partners and are ramping up their cooperation with  this new three-year contract. 

Jettainer is helping to make aviation more resource-friendly and environmentally sound with its global  management services for innovative, lightweight ULDs. 

About Jettainer GmbH 

With approximately 100,000 Unit Load Devices (ULDs) in 500 locations worldwide, the global leader Jettainer  operates the world`s most efficient ULD fleet.  

Through its unique combination of dedicated teams and leading IT landscape, using big data and artificial  intelligence, the industry expert guarantees steering and positioning as well as maintenance and repair with 100%  availability of containers and pallets. A strong partner and independent repair network, close to the customer’s  processes, completes Jettainer’s global setup with local presence. 

Meaningful innovation and digitization for highest efficiency at lowest cost are key for the transparency driver. Its  continuously enhanced service and product portfolio is complemented with ULD leasing services, cool management  and temperature chain solutions. 

Jettainer GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lufthansa Cargo AG.

About B2L 

Since 2010, B2L focuses on the development of sustainable upcycling products from original aviation  materials. 

With the brand name Bag to Life the company is well known for bags and accessories of robust and  water-repellent high-tech materials, such as life vests, aircraft harnesses, parachute silk and cargo  tarpaulin. The collection has now expanded to include a furniture collection produced from original  elements from the aircraft. The product range includes handmade unique items with high quality and  functionality, special design and with a focus on sustainability. 

The innovative upcycling cycle has already saved over 145,000 kg of original life jackets, saving over  450,000 kg of CO2. For this, Bag to Life 2021 was nominated for the German Sustainability Award.

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McKinley Packaging Chooses Texas: Lancaster Plant Expansion Underway

McKinley Packaging, a sustainably operated paper and packaging company, announced the addition of its seventh packaging plant. The 500,000 square-foot rail-served building in Lancaster, Texas will create 100 jobs in total when running at full capacity across three shifts, Monday through Friday.

“We started looking at properties back in July 2020 and decided, as a company, that Lancaster is a market we want to grow in,” explains Anthony Garcia, Vice President of Operations at McKinley Packaging.

The Lancaster expansion marks another significant milestone for the Bio Pappel subsidiary. Known as the largest manufacturer of paper and corrugated materials in Latin America, Bio Pappel launched expansion efforts in the United States seven years ago. Since then, McKinley Packaging has represented the company’s strategic growth success with its now seven plants, two paper mills, and five recycling centers across the U.S. markets.

Efforts to locate the ideal market for McKinley’s seventh packaging plant were spearheaded by Global Site Location Industries (GSLI), a Dallas-based site selection consultant and economic development marketing agency.

“GSLI’s process provided us with the opportunity to truly evaluate multiple markets that had the potential to support our company strategies, helping us identify the right location first,” Garcia adds. “In addition, GSLI was very valuable in helping us review incentive packages and navigating the negotiation process. The team providing insight on how different incentives compared across different communities as we determined location.”

Driven by its emphasis on sustainable operations and recycled materials, McKinley Packaging continues to aim for zero-discharge water operations upon reaching capacity. This is one example of how McKinley Packaging continues the “green” legacy of the company’s history.

“Mckinley Packaging has been great to assist in the finalization of their site and incentives,” adds Eric Kleinsorge, GSLI’s CEO and Chairman. “Lancaster wasn’t a “first-thought” choice, but after conducting our Road Show Tour and analysis they were definitely the right choice. Shane Shepard and his Lancaster Team were excellent and responsive when working with the city. This made a big impact for McKinley. We look forward to working with them on future expansions and are excited about the breaking ground of this new facility!”


About McKinley Packaging

McKinley Packaging is a world-class integrated paper and packaging company that is GREEN.

We operate two state-of-the-art businesses in the United States: Our first division is McKinley Paper, which has two paper-producing facilities in New Mexico and Washington. Our second division is McKinley Packaging, with facilities in California, Georgia, Indiana, and Baja California, Mexico.  McKinley Company is part of Bio Pappel which is the largest manufacturer of paper and paper products in Mexico and Latin America.

About Global Site Location Industries, GSLI

Global Site Location Industries, LLC (formerly known as the World Economic Development Alliance) is a site location firm founded in 1994. GSLI has helped over 1,200 companies identify economic development professionals that could assist them with their site location decisions. We have over 75 site location expert offices nationwide. We use Project Qualification Team to conduct our initial interviews with companies to identify the viability of a project. The balance of our staff is customer service, project managers, production, web designers, and finance.

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China’s Recent Ban on Solid Waste Imports to Shift Global Recovered Paper Market

IndexBox has just published a new report: ‘World – Recovered Paper – Market Analysis, Forecast, Size, Trends and Insights’. Here is a summary of the report’s key findings.

Paper waste exporters worldwide now have to shift their supply chains: China, a global key processor of imported waste, banned solid waste imports in 2021. Countries with insufficient domestic paper processing capacity will now be forced to develop these facilities, against the current global trend towards the circular economy. 

Key Trends and Insights

Paper recycling worldwide is increasing robustly. According to the European Paper Recycling Council, paper recycling in the EU reached 72% in 2019. The U.S. attained a record recycling performance indicator of 68.2% in 2018; this figure then started to drop to 65.7% in 2020, following a decline in the volume of American waste paper being processed abroad. Despite the rise in paper recycling facilities in the U.S., the country has not yet overcome its shortage of reprocessing plants.

In 2020, global imports of waste and scrap of paper and paperboard declined by 15% against the previous year (IndexBox estimates). This decline was largely a result of China’s systematic curb of paper waste imports, an initiative aimed at improving the country’s environmental situation.

Since 1 January 2021, a full ban has been in force in China regarding solid waste imports, which were to be sent for recycling inside the country. This ban also includes all paper waste. Indonesia has also announced similar plans to curb waste imports. The EU and the U.S. now face the emerged issue of rearranging supply chains in paper recycling.

With approx. $1.7B of imported paper waste, China accounted for approx. 29% of the recycling of global waste and scrap paper and paperboard before 2021. Now, this market share is to be captured by other actors. India, Vietnam and Malaysia, among others, have started to increase the volume of imported paper waste, thereby partially sustaining the global recycling balance.

The recycling of paper and cardboard is set to increase worldwide, in line with the global shift to a circular economy. A decline in the global export and import of waste paper products is therefore equally forecast, against increasingly stringent environmental standards in particular countries. The key exporters of paper waste, such as the U.S., the UK, and Japan will now be forced to develop their own paper and cardboard recycling capacity.

Recovered Paper Imports by Country

In 2020, global recovered paper imports decreased by -10.5% to 38M tonnes, falling for the fourth year in a row. In value terms, they contracted by -15% to approx. $6B.

In value terms, China ($27.7B) led the market, alone. The second position in the ranking was occupied by the U.S. ($5.4B). It was followed by Japan.

In 2020, China (9M tonnes), distantly followed by Germany (4.3M tonnes), Indonesia (2.8M tonnes), the Netherlands (2.7M tonnes) and India (2M tonnes) were the main importers of recovered paper, together committing 54% of total imports. Mexico (1.6M tonnes), Taiwan (Chinese) (1.4M tonnes), Austria (1.3M tonnes), Thailand (1.2M tonnes), Turkey (1.2M tonnes), South Korea (1.2M tonnes), Canada (0.8M tonnes) and France (0.8M tonnes) occupied a minor share of total imports.

In 2020, the average recovered paper import price amounted to $156 per tonne, which is down by -5% against the previous year. Prices varied noticeably by the country of destination; the country with the highest price was India ($201 per tonne), while the Netherlands ($106 per tonne) was amongst the lowest.

Source: IndexBox AI Platform

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The European Plastic Packaging Market Overcomes the Pandemic and Prepares to Face the New Green Regulation

IndexBox has just published a new report: ‘EU – Plastic Packaging – Market Analysis, Forecast, Size, Trends and Insights’. Here is a summary of the report’s key findings.

According to the latest statistics from Eurostat, the dynamics of plastic packaging production in 2020 practically mirrored that of 2019. Despite the decrease in the output of plastic packaging in April-June 2020 by about 8% compared to March and its subsequent recovery, these fluctuations fit into the ‘normal’ seasonal trend, typical for both 2019 and 2020. The average annual production in 2020 was also approximately equal to the volume of 2019. Consequently, the plastic packaging market remains resilient to the crisis caused by the pandemic.

The EU plastic packaging market totals $31B (IndexBox estimates). The largest plastic packaging markets in the European Union include Germany ($4.8B), France ($4.7B) and the UK ($4.2B), together accounting for 44% of the total market. These countries were followed by Spain, Italy, Poland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Greece and Romania, which together accounted for a further 46%

Limitations in the HoReCa segment have led to changes in sales channels since individual retail packaging has become more in demand than bulk packaging. During the pandemic, attention to hygiene and safety has increased, which has contributed to the continued popularity of plastic individual packaging because it is easy to wash and disinfect.

During the period of isolation, most shops, cafes and restaurants began to expand take-out and home delivery services. The surge in contactless shopping has led to an increase in the consumption of plastic packagings like plastic bags and containers. As consumers are more likely to cook and snack at home, plastic packaging manufacturers could also extend their product ranges with containers of various types and dimensions, including family and single-person boxes convenient for different scenarios of eating, in an effort to hold the market.

According to the New European Green Deal, by 2030, absolutely all plastic packaging consumed in the EU must be recyclable or recyclable. Tighter waste controls could push the plastic packaging market to transform supply chains. Manufacturers will be forced to switch to making plastic packaging suitable for multiple reuse and subsequent recycling, while the production of non-recyclable types of packaging should decrease in the future.

Another problem is a large amount of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere during the process of recycling plastic packaging. The European Green Deal aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, therefore, European plastic packaging manufacturers will be forced to use carbon capture technologies in their plants, or look for other ways to reduce carbon footprint, which could lead to higher costs of plastic packaging.

Taking into account the development of plastic recycling, any radical abandonment of plastic packaging is currently not expected. Plastic containers feature a relatively low cost due to low prices for hydrocarbons, light weight, and suitability for disinfection and washing. The exit from the pandemic may take a long time due to the threat of the second and subsequent waves, therefore, the need for food delivery and for home and retail packaging is expected to continue.

Source: IndexBox AI Platform

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Dubai Customs Tackles Counterfeit Goods Issue with Sustainable Approach

Dubai Customs took piracy prevention and sustainable practices to a new level earlier this month when they recycled 1,906 counterfeit items including sports shoes, mobile headphones, and computers, according to a release from July 9th. This success represents one of many from Dubai Customs in addressing and putting a stop to the process of counterfeit goods in the region.

“The IPR Department works closely with different partners to curb counterfeiting in line with TRIPS agreement,” said Yousef Ozair Mubarak, Director of IPR Department. “The damage caused by counterfeit goods to the economy, environment, and even perhaps our overall quality of life should be something of a given for most people.”

“Perhaps Intellectual Property rights-holders are those most likely to feel the true pinch of this rogue industry, but when one considers the big picture it becomes clear that everyone is liable to be affected by counterfeiting and piracy,” he added.

Thanks to collaborative efforts between Color Code recycling company, CEO of Brand Owners’ Protection Group Malik Hanouf, and representatives from Air Cargo Centers Management, IPR Dispute Section, and External Relations Section, the items were successfully removed from further processing and used to support sustainable practices for the IPR Department at Dubai Customs.

“We take care of all information that helps us thwart all types of smuggling to protect our society from the hazards of illegitimate goods,” stated Shuaib Al Suwaidi, Director of Customs Intelligence Department. “Counterfeit goods are not welcome in Dubai and we work together with different partners to ensure they don’t enter the emirate.”

Photos provided by Dubai Customs

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The U.S. Plastic Bottle Market to Struggle With the Pandemic and Rising Environmental Concerns

IndexBox has just published a new report: ‘U.S. – Carboys, Bottles And Similar Articles Of Plastics – Market Analysis, Forecast, Size, Trends and Insights’. Here is a summary of the report’s key findings.

In 2019, the U.S. plastic bottle market increased by 0.1% to $11.5B, rising for the third consecutive year after two years of decline. Over the period under review, consumption recorded a relatively flat trend pattern.

Since plastic bottles are used in many sectors of consumer goods, the market is affected, on the one hand, by an increase in the population and its income, and on the other hand, the general dynamics of the economy and industrial production also constitute key fundamental factors.

In general, the food and beverage industry maintains modest but robust growth, driven by rising population and their incomes, which will remain the key positive fundamental factor behind the plastic bottle market growth. A moderate increase in production growth is forecast in the soft drinks segment, thereby shaping the possible growth of plastic bottle consumption. Moreover, the non-alcoholic beverages segment remains least competitive with alternative packaging materials. As a rule, soft drinks do not require long-term storage, therefore the possible advantages presented by glass packaging alternatives remain irrelevant for this market. Moreover, the relatively low cost of plastic bottles and their minimal weight make them a suitable option for beverage manufacturers.

However, since this market is well-established and saturated, there are no prerequisites for a sharp increase in the consumption of soft drinks. Moreover, an increasing number of consumers are paying attention to their health, which contributes to a slowdown in the consumption of sugar-based drinks. In terms of plastic bottle consumption, this may be relatively offset by the rising consumption of other types of drinks like mineral water.

A similar situation is also relevant for personal care products – in general, household incomes in the U.S. are relatively high, and the consumer goods markets are saturated, making a sharp increase in consumer demand unlikely. Recently, however, growth in consumer goods consumption has been hampered by a slowdown due to trade tensions with China, which could lead to a reduction in cheap imports and an increase in the prices for consumer goods.

Market Forecast to 2030

In early 2020, the global economy entered a period of the crisis caused by the COVID-19 epidemic, due to which most countries in the world put on halt production and transport activity. So far, the uncertainty regarding quarantine measures and the depth of the global economic decline is too great to make reliable forecasts. IMF states that even a short-lived outbreak would lead to at least a 3% contraction of the global GDP. The U.S. is expected to face an even deeper short-term recession, with the contraction of GDP of approx. -5.9% in 2020, as the hit of the pandemic was harder than expected, and unemployment soared due to the shutdown and social isolation.

In the medium term, should the pandemic outbreak end in the second half of 2020, the economy is to start recovering in 2021 and then return to the market trend of the gradual growth, driven by the fundamentals existed before 2020 and boosted by support measures imposed by the government. Driven by rising demand for plastic bottles in the U.S., the market is expected to start an upward consumption trend over the next decade. The performance of the market is forecast to increase slightly, with an anticipated CAGR of +0.4% for the period from 2019 to 2030, which is projected to bring the market volume to 3.2M tonnes by the end of 2030.

Plastic bottles as a product appear to be not very sensitive to the quarantine closure of the HoReCa sector since drinks are rarely sold in plastic bottles in restaurants and cafes. A much greater risk comes from a possible change in consumer habits – due to the risk of infection, consumers tend to visit shops much less frequently which also leads for a decrease in the number of impulsive purchases; together those factors may lead to reduced consumption of soft drinks and beauty products. In addition, amid increased attention to health, consumers can drink less sugar-based drinks in favor of products positioned as more “healthy”.

A more noticeable decrease can occur in the segment of chemical and construction containers, containers for fuel and lubricants. As the demand for trips fell sharply, the need for vehicle maintenance also contracted, which in turn reduces the demand for plastic containers for related products. In the construction sector, there may also be a moment of uncertainty due to reduced income for potential home buyers – this, in turn, may also lead to a decrease in the consumption of plastic bottles for construction-related products.

On the other hand, the pandemic leads to an increase in the consumption of detergents and disinfectants, which are packaged in plastic bottles in large quantities. This contributes to an increase in the demand for plastic containers for these products, although here plastic bottles may face competition from soft plastic containers, especially for bulk packaging.

Additional risk comes from the fact that plastic container consumption has recently started to slow down due to environmental concerns. The problem of plastic pollution is an acute problem worldwide, and many countries are trying to limit the consumption of plastic. Thus, in the EU, a ban was introduced on the use of disposable plastic utensils, and restrictions were imposed on the growth of consumption of non-recycled plastic bottles. In the U.S., there were also attempts to ban plastic products, but they have an effect only in individual states. Thus, California, New York, and hundreds of municipalities in the U.S. ban or fine the use of plastic. Some other states, however, refused to restrict the use of plastic packaging thereby letting it be the consumer choice.

Despite the fact that restrictive measures apply primarily to plastic bags and disposable tableware, these concerns could potentially benefit the alternative packaging market. Moreover, rising demand for “natural” and “healthy” drinks also promotes alternative glass bottle consumption, as it benefits from its ‘environment-friendly’ image among consumers. In response, plastic bottle manufacturers are increasing the use of recycled plastics and expanding the use of biodegradable plastics. In the medium term, it is expected that the struggle for and against the use of plastic will generally balance each other out, and a sharp reduction in the use of plastic bottles is unlikely.

Given the above-mentioned factors, the performance of the market is forecast to decrease slightly in 2020 and then to start a slow upward trend. Overall, the market is expected to rise with an anticipated CAGR of +0.2% for the period from 2019 to 2030, which is projected to bring the market volume to 3.1M tonnes by the end of 2030.

Imports into the U.S.

In 2019, approx. 224K tonnes of carboys, bottles and similar articles of plastics were imported into the U.S.; shrinking by -5.3% compared with 2018. The total import volume increased at an average annual rate of +1.0% from 2007 to 2019; the trend pattern remained consistent, with somewhat noticeable fluctuations in certain years. In value terms, plastic bottle imports dropped modestly to $1.2B (IndexBox estimates) in 2019.

Imports by Country

Canada (64K tonnes), China (53K tonnes), and Mexico (53K tonnes) were the main suppliers of plastic bottle imports to the U.S., together comprising 76% of total imports. These countries were followed by Turkey and Taiwan which together accounted for a further 7.8%.

From 2007 to 2019, the biggest increases were in Turkey, while purchases for the other leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, the largest plastic bottle suppliers to the U.S. were China ($385M), Canada ($285M), and Mexico ($196M), with a combined 71% share of total imports. Taiwan and Turkey lagged somewhat behind, together comprising a further 4.2%.

Import Prices by Country

The average plastic bottle import price stood at $5,415 per tonne in 2019, growing by 2.7% against the previous year. Over the period from 2007 to 2019, it increased at an average annual rate of +3.1%. The pace of growth appeared the most rapid in 2008 when the average import price increased by 16% y-o-y. Over the period under review, the average import price attained the maximum in 2019 and is likely to see steady growth in the near future.

Prices varied noticeably by the country of origin; the country with the highest price was China ($7,236 per tonne), while the price for Turkey ($1,819 per tonne) was amongst the lowest.

From 2007 to 2019, the most notable rate of growth in terms of prices was attained by China, while the prices for the other major suppliers experienced more modest paces of growth.

Source: IndexBox AI Platform