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January: IoPP Spotlight focus on contract packaging
Throughout January, IoPP presents educational content on contract packaging through its recently launched "IoPP Spotlight" education initiative. If you're an IoPP member, you can opt in to receive this insightful educational content throughout the month. Simply update your member profile to receive the content you want. If you're not a member, join IoPP now as an individual member so you don't miss out on this and many other valuable member benefits — including frequent webinars — throughout the year. IoPP Spotlight months will provide tips and trends, insights and updates from various subject matter experts working in partnership with IoPP. And throughout January, much more about contract packaging. IoPP Spotlight in January is sponsored by MOCON and supported by the Contract Packaging Association and Contract Packaging magazine, the official publication for the Contract Packaging Association.

Click here for IoPP's January Spotlight.
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Coding systems debut at contract packager
Packaging World
Express Packaging has become one of the first companies to install the latest continuous ink jet and thermal-transfer overprinting systems onto its production lines. Launched at Interpack earlier this year, the A520i CIJ and V230i TTO printers from Domino have allowed the Newcomerstown, Ohio, contract packager to achieve in a short time frame higher-quality coding and marking within its harsh production environment.
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Aseptic packaging stirs up the beverage business
Packaging Digest
A major contract/private label packager installs new high-acid aseptic packaging lines to produce the "package of the future" — and expects to revolutionize the beverage aisle. LiDestri Food & Beverage wants to change the face of the beverage aisle from the ho-hum round bottle to what it sees as the stand-out package of the future: aseptic cartons.
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IoPP announces Board of Directors for 2015
The 2015 Board of Directors was elected by a vote of the general membership and confirmed by a unanimous vote of the Board. The term started in January 2015.

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2015 IoPP Salary Survey ready for your input
More money in 2015? Last year, 65 percent of those who participated in the 2014 IoPP Salary Survey said that they expected to earn more in 2014 than they did in 2013. Does this hold true for 2015? Let us know if you expect to make more money — or less — in 2015 than you did in 2014 by participating in this year's Salary Survey. The survey, which is developed in cooperation with Gros Executive Recruiters and with the media support of Packaging World magazine, also asks you how today's economy impacts your career and how you feel your job has evolved (or not) during the past year. The survey closes Feb. 27, so please provide your input now.

Click here to take the IoPP Salary Survey.

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IoPP AmeriStar Package Awards competition is now accepting entries
The AmeriStar recognizes the world's best packaging in multiple categories. We know how hard you and your team have worked to develop your company's outstanding packages. And for this you deserve widespread global recognition. Entry deadline is March 13, and judging will begin March 19. Winners will be honored June 9 at the annual AmeriStar/UBM Canon Visionary Awards Reception at EastPack in New York City.

Click here for entry details.

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HealthPack 2015 registration is open: IoPP member discount
HealthPack, the leading industry conference and exhibition focusing on medical device packaging, has opened registration for the 2015 event, which will be March 3-5 in Norfolk, Virginia. IoPP members receive a $100 discount on their registration.

Click here for more information about HealthPack 2015.

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Make better packaging decisions — gain a working knowledge of machinery
Your package development team tweaks the shoulder slope on a bottle. Or, the team "finalizes" a package design and gets it to operations, only to make additional subsequent changes. These and other packaging scenarios all have implications for how well your package functions on the production line. IoPP's Packaging Machinery: Basics seminar provides introductory working knowledge to navigate these challenges successfully. It's coming up March 16-18 at Frain Industries, which for nearly 10 years has provided IoPP with its conference center and access to its expansive shop floor for hands-on learning for this seminar.

View the course outline and register today!

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Fundamentals 2015 classes registration open; content to reflect 5th Edition
Fundamentals of Packaging Technology 2015 classes are right around the corner, and they're being updated to reflect IoPP's revised textbook, "Fundamentals of Packaging Technology, 5th Edition." The course covers all the major areas of packaging, reflects the contributions of numerous subject matter experts and can prepare you for certification — IoPP's CPP mark is becoming a preference at some consumer product companies. Semesters 1-2 will be June 15-19 and Semesters 3-4 are scheduled for July 27-31, taught by IoPP's staff of certified instructors. Take the complete course or semesters individually, in any order.

For more information, click here.

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ISTA's 2015 TransPack Forum taking place in Orlando
The ISTA TransPack Forum, taking place April 7-10 at Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resorts in Orlando, Florida, includes presentations from world-leading experts on the latest in packaged-product performance testing methodologies, load stability analysis, pallet design and valuable case studies along with opportunities to network and gain direct access to key people in the industry. IoPP members are eligible for a discounted rate! To receive the reduced Forum registration rate, choose "IoPP Member" at the end of the registration process. The member rate will be applied by ISTA before your payment is processed.

Click here for more information and registration.

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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Co-packing for food safety (Contract Packaging Magazine)
The 10 most challenging types of packaging to recover and recycle (Packaging Digest)
Squeasy Pouch form-fill-seal combines exotic and conventional operations (Packaging Digest)
Achieving global standardization of package structures (IoPP)

Don't be left behind. Click here to see what else you missed.


Date Event More info
Jan. 29
IoPP Minnesota Chapter Board Meeting, Minneapolis, Minnesota Contact: Frank Claude, email Click here for more information.
Jan. 29
IoPP WNY Chapter Event: Flower City Tissue Tour, Rochester, New York Contact: Diana Solt, email Click here for more information.
Feb. 11-13
IoPP Chemical Packaging Committee Meeting, Sarasota, Florida Click here for more information.
Feb. 17
IoPP WNY Chapter Meeting, Rochester, New York Contact: Diana Solt, email


Accessibility of medical packaging: Learning from people with impairments
Healthcare Packaging
Why is accessible packaging important? According to U.K. consumer champion Which, a quarter of people regularly need help to open packaging and the same proportion have to rely or others more than they would like to. Manufacturers of medical products face a dilemma when designing packaging, as the requirements for safety can compromise the accessibility of the packaging.
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Medical plastic material and process innovations to watch
By Don Rosato
Plastic products designed for applications in medical technology have to meet a number of special criteria. Typically, excellent mechanical properties are required, even in components with small dimensions and wall thicknesses. In many instances, the medical devices must be germ-free and the materials they are made of must correspondingly be capable of being sterilized. Depending upon the sterilization procedures employed, the plastics used must be able to withstand hot steam or hot air, disinfectants, gamma radiation or ethylene oxide exposure.
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UK plans plain cigarette packaging starting in May 2016
Cigarettes and hand-rolling tobacco will have to be sold in standardized packs in England starting in May next year, the U.K. government announced, bringing the country into line with practice in Australia. Parliament will be asked to pass the relevant legislation before May's general election, Public Health Minister Jane Ellison said in a statement.
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New York restaurants scramble for alternatives after foam packaging ban
The Guardian
New York this month became the biggest U.S. city to ban polystyrene foam. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the ban, which will take effect July 1, after the city's sanitation department determined that polystyrene foam is nonrecyclable, a hazard to marine wildlife and a contaminant to the city's organics program. The ban will affect food and drinks providers across the city, many of whom use polystyrene foam packaging to serve their customers.
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Survey uncovers key trends in temperature-controlled packaging
Packaging World
Companies involved in the healthcare/pharmaceutical industry seek economically viable reusable passive packaging and increasingly rely on goods and services from logistics providers as drug manufacturers focus on their core competencies. Those were two key findings of "Assessing The Future Of The Cold Chain Industry," a 26-question survey.
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