Mining and natural resource group Anglo American is to merge its Mondi Packaging corrugated business with Bauernfeind’s corrugated paper and packaging business in a EUR94M deal which, assuming regulatory approval, will see Anglo American own 100% of the enlarged Mondi Packaging operations. Bauernfeind operates five paper mills producing 580 000 tonnes of mainly waste-based corrugated case materials annually. Its 10-plant converting business has a corrugating capacity of 1.2bn m2.

FINAT, the worldwide self-adhesive labelling association, is inviting entries from members for its 2004 International Labelling Competition, which rewards achievements in terms both of end use/marketing impact and print/converting quality. The 2004 winners will receive prizes at the June 2004 FINAT Congress in Copenhagen. For entry forms contact FINAT at +31 (0)70 312 39 10 or visit

Weighing and packing line machinery specialist Ishida has opened a Paris office. From this month all sales, projects, spares, service and training for France will be handled by Ishida France, whose new 400m2 premises near Charles de Gaulle airport incorporates offices, warehousing and demonstration and trials facilities, T: +44 (0)121 607 7700,

Berryman Glass has received planning permission to build a £7M glass recycling plant for Rockware’s Wheatley, Doncaster site. Once operational, it will enable Rockware to double the volume of waste glass that can be used in its factories.