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2014 - Plastipak Packaging Proudly Hosts Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s Launch of Comprehensive Statewide Recycling Initiative

DUNDEE, MI, April 14, 2014

Plastipak Packaging, a global Michigan-based manufacturer of plastic containers and plastic resin for the food, beverage, and consumer products industries, today hosted Michigan Governor Rick Snyder at its Clean Tech plastic recycling site in Dundee, Michigan. After a brief tour of the state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, Governor Snyder announced his plan to significantly increase comprehensive recycling in the state. With recycling capacity now installed throughout its global regions, Plastipak expects to recycle about 6 billion plastic bottles this year and about 10 billion plastic bottles within 3 years if recycling rates improve further in the communities in which it operates.

Plastipak opened the Clean Tech site in 1989, and is a pioneer in the plastic recycling industry. Plastic is the optimal material choice for many consumer packaging applications, and is already among the most recycled materials in the U.S. Using post-consumer recycled (PCR) materials in Plastipak’s products makes plastic an even better choice for consumer packaging, and improving its recycling rate further is a win-win-win for consumers, the community and the environment.

As a long-time leader in the sector, Plastipak has made recycling one of its core organizational capabilities, and a cornerstone of its global business model. It understands that sound governmental policy is key to aligning economic and environmental goals, and that Michigan needs vision and leadership to build on its heritage of recycling in a way that is convenient, innovative, cost-effective, and cost-transparent.

As a result of this deep and enduring commitment to recycling, Plastipak has been a long-term partner in helping develop Michigan’s environmental policy, including the work group that met under the leadership of DEQ Director Wyant to develop the action plan announced by the Governor today. Plastipak is a member of the Michigan Recycling Partnership, and is proud to be an honoree in the Detroit Free Press 2014 Michigan Green Leader awards. The nearly 200 Michigan families that earn their income from jobs at Clean Tech wholeheartedly support the Governor’s vision for Michigan to get serious about recovering wasted commodities and better caring for our Pure Michigan.

Plastipak believes that recycling is a win-win-win for its customers, the community and the environment:

  • Plastipak’s customers benefit by having access to ultraclean PCR plastic resin, increasingly important as retail consumers demand more recycled content in the packaging for the products they choose on store shelves.
  • The community benefits from additional investment and employment opportunities -- if investments are made to enhance local curbside and other recycling programs, studies show that increasing Michigan’s recycling rate merely to the regional average would create up to 13,000 new jobs and up to $300 million in payroll for Michigan residents. Exceeding the average would yield even better results.
  • The environment benefits by allowing us to recycle plastic that might otherwise end up in landfills, enabling us to significantly reduce overall energy use and carbon footprint.

2014 - Plastipak Wins Bankruptcy Auction of Constar’s US Assets

PLYMOUTH, MI, February 10, 2014

Plastipak Packaging, Inc., a leading global manufacturer of rigid plastic packaging, is pleased to announce that its bid at bankruptcy 363 auction was determined to be the highest and best value for certain U.S. assets of Constar International, the Philadelphia-based manufacturer of food and non-food packaging.

"We are extremely pleased with this acquisition of certain assets and intellectual property." stated Plastipak’s Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) Frank Pollock. "We extensively analyzed the sites, machinery, and intellectual property, and evaluated the organizational strengths of Constar’s operations, and as a result we are confident that this transaction will enable us to better serve our existing and future customers.” He added that Constar’s talent and technology will allow Plastipak to bring to its valued customers a complete portfolio of solutions to meet their current requirements and tomorrow’s challenges.

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approval, and is expected to close in the first quarter. Upon closing, Constar sites will be operated under Plastipak ownership.

“We continue to improve our organizational capabilities to earn the confidence and loyalty of our customers in all the categories we serve. This includes investments in packaging that address changing consumer demands and lifestyles. We’re excited, and welcome the Constar associates to our organization. We appreciate their efforts and the contributions of Constar’s leadership team during this important transition” said Plastipak CEO William C. Young.

Plastipak Packaging, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Plastipak Holdings, Inc., is a world leader in the design and manufacture of high-quality, rigid plastic containers for the food, beverage, and consumer products industries. Plastipak operates more than twenty-seven plants in the United States, South America and Europe, with a total of over 4000 employees. Its customers include some of the world's most respected and recognized consumer brands. Plastipak is also a leading innovator in the packaging industry, holding more than 300 patents for its state-of-the-art package designs and manufacturing processes. In addition, Plastipak licenses various packaging technologies around the world. Plastipak was founded in 1967, and is headquartered in Plymouth, Michigan. Additional information about Plastipak can be found at its website

Questions regarding commercial opportunities associated with this acquisition should be directed to Mr. Frank Pollock, Plastipak’s Chief Commercial Officer or 734-354- 7104.

Questions regarding the financial background of this acquisition should be directed to Mr. Michael Plotzke, Plastipak’s Chief Financial Officer or 734-354-7102.

2013 – Plastipak Brazil is named one of the 150 best companies in People Management Practices

PLYMOUTH, MI, October 10, 2013, 2013/Gestão RH

Gestão RH named Plastipak Brazil one of the 150 best companies in People Management Practices. The survey, conducted among 1,000 companies in Brazil, identifies best practices in people management programs aimed at leadership, diversity, personal development, life quality and communication.

With 21 years of people management experience, Gestão RH seeks innovative ways to bring quality information and trend anticipation to human resource professionals and organizations through research, products, and editorial classroom training. Gestão RH’s purpose is to add value to company leaders, directors, managers, and HR professionals.

2012 - Plastipak Introduces EcoPreform, Setting a New Standard in Environmentally Friendly PET Packaging


Plastipak introduces the ultimate eco-friendly 'EcoPreform'. Building on its unrivalled recycling expertise as well as its Bio-based PET capability, Plastipak sets a new standard in environmentally friendly PET packaging with preforms & bottles consisting of 75% Recycled PET & 25% Bio-based PET. The Recycled PET as well as the Bio-based PET are produced by Plastipak.






2011 - Plastipak Packaging Breaks Ground on Major Plastic Recycling Plant Expansion


Plastipak Packaging, a leading manufacturer of rigid plastic containers for the food, beverage, and consumer products industries, today broke ground on a major expansion to its Clean Tech plastic recycling facility in Dundee, MI. The expansion makes room for the installation of additional advanced plastic recycling processing technology, and further increases the availability of ultra-clean recycled PCR PET plastic resin for Plastipak's consumer product industry customers. With recycling capacity now in place in all of the global regions in which it operates, Plastipak expects to recycle about 5 billion plastic bottles this year. The expansion also supports Plastipak's strategic goal of recycling 10 billion plastic bottles annually within five years. Plastipak founded Clean Tech in 1988. The site's current expansion benefited from tax abatements approved by the Dundee Village Council and is expected to be complete later this year. It is truly a win-win-win for Plastipak, the community, and the environment.

• Plastipak benefits from additional production capacity for ultra-clean PCR PET plastic resin. This form of resin is now increasingly in demand by Plastipak's customers because retail consumers prefer to see more recycled content in the product packaging on their local store shelves.

The community benefits from additional investment and employment opportunities:

• The expansion will add as many as 100 direct jobs at the facility over the next five years based on community collection programs, plus construction jobs during the start-up phase.

• Potentially thousands of additional Michigan jobs will be created due to the expansion of the end market for recycled plastic. If investments are made to enhance local curbside and other recycling programs, studies show that increasing Michigan's recycling rate to the regional average would create as many as 13,000 new jobs and as much as $300 million in payroll for Michigan residents.

• The environment benefits as plastic that might otherwise end up in landfills will be reused. This recycling process further enables Plastipak to reduce the company's overall energy use and carbon footprint significantly.

Guests who helped Plastipak and Clean Tech mark this important milestone represented both local and state government and included State Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, Dundee Village Manager Bob Hamilton, Finance Director Robin Moon, and Engineer Mick Vargas. Representatives of Plastipak's affiliate Absopure Water Company, a strategic partner and customer of Clean Tech's bottle collection and recycled plastic production, also attended the ceremony.


2011 - Plastipak Presents ThermoShape™ at NOVA-PACK 2011 Conference

PLYMOUTH, MI, July 5, 2011, 2011/PRWEB

First Public ThermoShape™ Presentation
Plastipak recently presented its patented, revolutionary ThermoShape™ technology for the first time publicly at NOVA-PACK's 27th International Conference on PET Containers for Food & Beverages. Having commissioned the first two ThermoShape™ filling lines in the United Arab Emirates and France, Plastipak Packaging presented and discussed its new breakthrough packaging solution for the first time at a public forum at the NOVA-PACK 2011 Conference.

Director of Technology
Plastipak's director of technology integration, Jean-Guy Delage, conducted the presentation, which included both a 3D animation of the ThermoShape™ process and an on-site video clip of an industrial operation.

ThermoShape™ Advantages
ThermoShape™ technology includes the following significant advantages over alternative packaging options for the global non-refrigerated, high acid-sensitive food and beverage market segments:

Hot fill is a risk-free, inexpensive conventional filling technology which, unlike "wet" aseptic solutions, does not require chemical decontamination or sterile water rinsing of decontaminated containers and closures.

PROCESSORS CAN USE EXISTING hot fill process lines to fill PET containers that are 30% lighter, or even lighter still, than with conventional hot fill bottling lines.

VACUUM PANELS and other vacuum-resistant features necessary for conventional PET hot fill processes are eliminated, giving bottlers greater freedom to design attractive packages.

An Attractive Alternative
For processors currently considering or using aseptic and other packaging solutions, hot filling with ThermoShape™ offers a new viable and economically attractive alternative. Compared with aseptic cold filling methods, it requires less capital investment, a less rigorous level of technical training, and avoids chemical decontamination. It further eliminates stringent filling conditions and the possibility of product re-contamination during filling and capping.

Global Attention
For these and other reasons, ThermoShape™ technology attracts the attention of food and beverage processors worldwide.


2011 - DuPont Award Recognizes Plastipak's ThermoShape™ Achievement

PLYMOUTH, MI, June 14, 2011, 2011/Plastics News

DuPont's 23rd Awards for Packaging Innovation honored Plastipak for a cost-cutting, more efficient technology for hot fill processing, ThermoShape™. This technology supports a new lightweight PET container for hot fill beverages. ThermoShape™ makes it possible to use 20% less material without the need for vacuum panels, and with no impact on the performance of the bottle.

"The nominees and winners this year show how sustainability considerations are driving innovation," Shanna Moore, global director of sustainability at DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers, said in a news release. "We see how sustainability takes many shapes, ranging from use of organic or renewable materials to the relentless drive to reduce waste and weight."

Plastipak shares the excitement DuPont expressed by recognizing a broad field of admirable advances in sustainable packaging solutions. Winning entries included innovations such as packaging trays made with renewable bamboo and bulrush fiber-based material. This new package, the judges felt, pushed the boundaries of pulp trays, reducing both cost and material weight. It is also easier to open and offers more room for marketing-related graphics.

Another packager won praise for its mushroom seeds-to-packaging product, which is grown from mycelium and regionally sourced agricultural byproducts such as cotton burrs and oat hulls. The package is made of ultra-rapidly renewable resources and is completely compostable. The jury found it to be a cost-effective, sustainable replacement for expanded polystyrene or other materials used in protective packaging.

According to DuPont, the trends among the 2011 award recipients bear out the results of a recent DuPont online survey of packaging professionals. Survey respondents picked sustainability as the top challenge facing the packaging industry, closely followed by cost concerns.

"Nearly all of the winning innovations related to reducing waste in the system," jury panel head John Bernardo, a principal at Sustainable Innovations, said. "The jury could see a much deeper consideration of sustainability concerns, starting with responsible sourcing and thoughtful package design, all the way to end-of-life factors."


2011 - Plastipak Files Quarterly Report for Holders of Senior Notes


Equivalent Report Filed
Plastipak Holdings, Inc. filed its Form 10-Q Equivalent Report for its fiscal quarter ending April 30, 2011 by the close of business on Tuesday, June 14, 2011.

Report on Senior Notes
The company filed the report electronically with Wells Fargo National Bank as Trustee for holders of its 8 1/2% Senior Notes due 2015, and the holders of its 10.625% Senior Notes due 2019. Since Plastipak is not required by the Indenture for the Senior Notes to file annual, quarterly or periodic reports with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the company does not plan to file these reports with the SEC.

Copy of Report Available
Holders, authorized prospective holders, and securities analysts may obtain a copy of the Company's Form 10-Q Equivalent Report by contacting Investor Relations at (734) 455-3600 or by emailing

Investor Teleconference Call
Plastipak conducted an investor teleconference call for holders, authorized prospective holders and securities analysts on June 16, 2011. Details for the call were made available to holders, authorized prospective holders, and securities analysts who contacted Investor Relations.

Details Available
Qualified bondholders and lenders may obtain copies of the Form 10-Q Equivalent Report and details of the investor teleconference call by logging on to the secure bondholder section of Plastipak's website at

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