Antalis – one of Europe’s largest packaging merchants and paper/ communication support material distributors – has acquired South Germany-based Brangs & Heinrich Stuttgart, which distributes paper and board, cushioning materials and corrosion protection items Europe-wide.

High end confectionery manufacturer House of Dorchester has awarded a 12-month packaging and supply contract to Andover-based employment organisation for disabled people Enham Packaging and Assembly.

Krones, the world’s largest manufacturer of beverage bottling/canning lines and packaging machinery, recorded an 18.2% like-for-like rise in order bookings in the first half of this year, to e784.9m, with especially high growth in North America, Asia/Pacific and the former CIS nations.

Construction work has begun on a development to double the size of Brecon Pharmaceuticals’ Hay-on-Wye operation and create up to 100 new jobs on its opening next Summer. The company supplies commercial pharmaceutical packaging and clinical trials supplies. The Welsh Development Agency has helped fund the new production and warehouse facility.

Glass Technology Services, British Glass’s technical services consultancy, has secured £192,019, one of the largest ever grants awarded by the Carbon Trust, towards a project involving commercial trials aimed at reducing energy consumption and lowering CO2 emissions via reformulation of container glass composition.