Smurfit Kappa cleared to acquire Bulgarian packaging maker. Smurfit Kappa has obtained the regulatory approval of Bulgaria’s competition watchdog Commission of Protection of Competition (CPC) to take over local company Vitavel, manufacturer of corrugated board, paper bags, and various packaging products, among others. The value of the planned takeover was not disclosed. The Bulgarian firm operates a production facility in Lukovit, in the country’s southern part. The factory is ISO 9001 certified, according to data from Vitavel. The company initiated manufacturing activities in 1970, and in 1995, Vitavel was privatised through a management buyout.

Jool Invest AB has become a co-investor in Zanders Paper.The Swedish investment company has interests mainly within the paper, wood products and finance industries. This includes Lessebo Paper, Ess-Enn Timber and Tibro Sågverk. It is identified as having a ‘clear industrial mindset’ and will be an active partner bringing further experience and capital creating a strong foundation for the planned growth of Zanders Paper. Zanders Paper was created last year by the previous Zanders company emerging from insolvency proceedings under the management of a team led by Norwegian pulp and paper businessman Terje Haglund. Zanders Paper will continue with all core products Chromolux, Zanlabel, Zanbarrier, Zanpack, Zanjet, Silver Digital and RX Nature. In addition, it is planned to introduce further grades in the coming  months.

Smith & McLaurin, a manufacturer of self-adhesive label, ticket and tag materials, has chosen IPP International Paper & Plastic to be its exclusive sales agent for Belgium. IPP has already represented Smith & McLaurin in the Netherlands since September last year.Smith & McLaurin has been a Scottish manufacturer of materials for the labelling industry for 170 years. With its ‘Adapt’ product programme, it is able to produce modified commodities for label printers and converters. Smith & McLaurin delivers materials for a wide range of end users, such as supermarkets, pharmacy chains, logistic companies and food manufacturers. It also has extensive ranges for new developing markets including a digital range for both inkjet and HP technologies. IPP is a trading company in base materials for the packaging and labelling industry with a wide product portfolio.

Avery Dennison has opened its first intelligent label innovation space in the Asia Pacific and Sub Saharan Africa region. The new Avery Dennison I.Lab, located in Pune, India, is an interactive facility that provides customers and partners with hands-on experiences, live demonstrations and technical support, to help converters and partners explore the opportunities surrounding intelligent label solutions and RFID adoption. "We are thrilled to be the third global ​I.Lab in India. Through I.Lab, we are well-positioned to advance the creation, delivery and adoption of intelligent label solutions for businesses in various industries," said Pankaj Bhardwaj, senior director and GM, Avery Dennison, South Asia, Avery Dennison.