IoPP Update
Oct. 20, 2014

PACK EXPO: The best place to source new technologies, get ideas and make connections
PACK EXPO International not only connects you with over 2,000 suppliers and 50,000 peers, but also with the knowledge and insight to streamline your operations and advance your business. Come to Chicago to encounter innovations you didn't know existed and see what is possible in processing and packaging. IoPP is a valued Platinum level partner with the PACK EXPO Partner Program and will be at booth N-4523.

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Medical Device Packaging Technical Committee to organize nurses panel at HealthPack 2015
IoPP's Medical Device Packaging Technical Committee will take over the organization and running of the nurses panel for HealthPack 2015. The nurses panel continues to be a signature event at the HealthPack event, which is dedicated to issues and new technologies in the area of medical device packaging. The nurses panel at HealthPack consists of local operating room nurses reviewing and commenting on submitted medical device packages and then answer conference attendees' questions about their likes and dislikes about the packages they have encountered in their work. Current members of IoPP receive a $100 discount on HealthPack registration. Membership verification and discount code required for discount. For IoPP HealthPack discount code, email

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Power up at Pack Expo! For IoPP Elite Members only!
Pack Expo, taking place Nov. 2-5 at McCormick Place in Chicago, can be exhilarating and grueling for any packaging professional attending North America's largest packaging trade show. Pack Expo attendees also know how tough it is to find a secluded spot to recharge their batteries — physically and electronically! IoPP will be hosting the IoPP Elite Member VIP Lounge at Pack Expo, a private and exclusive area where you can relax, charge your electronics, enjoy a beverage and catch up on some work. The IoPP Elite VIP Lounge will be located in Room S-106A at McCormick Place. But the VIP Lounge is available to IoPP Elite members ONLY, so if you aren't already an Elite member, now is your opportunity to renew/upgrade your membership to the highest level and find respite at Pack Expo this fall!

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Oct. 21 IoPP webinar: Tips to influence your packaging line's performance
The next presentation in IoPP's Premium Webinar Series will be "21 Tips, Tricks and Techniques to Boost Your Packaging Line." John Henry, CPP, will discuss how seemingly insignificant package design decisions made upstream can impact package performance on the production line, and how many times and how long the line needs to stop and start. For high-volume products, the effects can mean millions of dollars out of the budget each year, so you won't want to miss these money-saving suggestions! This members-only presentation is scheduled for 10 a.m. CDT on Oct. 21. The presentation and access to the presentation on-demand are free to Elite and Premium members. Regular members and IoPP Affiliates, upgrade/renew your membership now to receive all webinars at no additional cost. Or, you may register for the live broadcast only; the fee is $99.

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Registration open for 2015 Fundamentals course in-person classes
IoPP has scheduled 2015 Fundamentals of Packaging Technology in-person classes, and registration is open. Semesters 1-2 will be June 15-19 and Semesters 3-4 will be July 27-31 in suburban Chicago. These are the only scheduled 2015 in-person classroom dates. The course, taught by IoPP's certified instructors, covers all the major areas of packaging, with emphasis on materials, design, printing, distribution and much more! You can register for single semesters of 2 1/2 days each, in any order, or for all four semesters (10 days) in a discounted bundled package. With a registration for the complete course, you get a copy of "Fundamentals of Packaging Technology, 5th Edition" at no extra charge! Click here for an outline of each semester. Click here to register and for class information. Click here for fee information. Join IoPP or upgrade/renew your membership.More

What will the plant of the future look like?
Packaging Digest
Increasing complexity will drive plant upgrades. Here are five key areas to invest in now so you'll be prepared later. At a time when business leaders are screaming for simplicity, with a recent Forbes headline calling for Chief Simplicity Officers, one of the most significant byproducts of progress in the food and beverage industry is complexity.More

Private label foods and beverages helping make healthier eating affordable
Packaging World
Manufacturers and retailers have tried to address consumer concerns about wellness and nutrition with more affordable healthy food options, and several retailers have built private-label brands around a position of affordable healthy eating. The findings were published in Private Label Foods & Beverages in the U.S., 8th Edition.More

Not just pretty packaging: Aspiring designers back style with substance
Food Production Daily
Aspiring packaging designers are becoming increasingly savvy at backing style with substance, says cartonboard packaging company BillerudKorsnäs, as it celebrates the 10th anniversary of its Packaging Impact Design Award.More

When it comes to food packaging, what we don't know could hurt us
It's almost impossible to imagine life without flexible, transparent and water-resistant food packaging, without plastic sandwich bags, cling film or shelves filled with plastic jars, tubs and tubes, and durable bags and boxes. While storing food in containers dates back thousands of years, and food has been sold in bottles since the 1700s and cans since the 1800s, what might be considered the modern age of food packaging began in the 1890s when crackers were first sold in sealed waxed paper bags inside a paperboard box.More

Tetra Pak launches industry's 1st entirely plant-based pack
Packaging Europe
Tetra Pak has announced the launch of the industry's first carton made entirely from plant-based, renewable packaging materials. The new Tetra Rex carton will be the first in the market to have bio-based low-density polyethylene films and bio-based high-density polyethylene caps, both derived from sugar cane, in addition to Forest Stewardship Council certified paperboard. More

How 3-D printing empowers packaging operations
Packaging Digest
3D printers have been used for years to make packaging prototypes. But the new frontier for 3-D printing is a bit more industrious, as packaging engineers figure out how to use it to help their manufacturing operations. This is one of the hottest areas in 3-D printing, according to Mike Littrell, president of CIDEAS, a 3-D printing and finishing firm. More

Getting emotional: Packaging must be more than informative and attractive
Food Production Daily
Food packaging is heralding an "age of emotion" with brands tapping into the trend of personalization, attendees at Empack 2014 in Stockholm heard recently. More

Americans continue to recycle more plastic bottles
Packaging World
Plastic bottle recycling grew 120 million pounds in 2013, edging up 4.3 percent, to top 2.9 billion pounds for the year, according to figures released jointly by the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers and the American Chemistry Council. The recycling rate for plastic bottles climbed from 0.4 to 30.9 percent for the year. More