PLACE Weekly Wrap-Up
Feb. 1, 2012

TAPPI announces Board of Directors election results
TAPPI
Congratulations to TAPPI's new Directors: Michael Exner, (RockTenn), Steven J. Shifman (Michelman, Inc.) and E. Clayton Teague (National Nanotechnology Coordination Office – Retired) Elected to begin their three year terms in March 2012, they will join Norman F. Marsolan and Thomas J. Garland who continue to serve as TAPPI Chair, and TAPPI Vice Chair, respectively.More

TAPPI to offer Stage-Gate® Innovation Seminars
TAPPI
We are very pleased to announce that TAPPI and Stage-Gate International have reached agreement that will allow TAPPI members to attend Stage-Gate International's new product development and innovation public seminars at reduced fees. Stage-Gate International is the world's leading full-service provider of solutions which enable organizations to improve their Product Innovation System. More

Increasing takeout orders boosts packaging consumption
Packaging Digest
Takeout options are an increasingly important source of revenue for restaurant operators, with 60 percent of consumers recently surveyed by Technomic saying they purchase takeout at least three times per month. More

Bemis dominates NAFTA'S $18.3 billion converted flexible packaging industry
Flexible Packaging
NAFTA's flexible packaging converting industry is dominated by Bemis Inc. with a 20 percent share, according to PCI Films Consulting Ltd's latest review of the market. This position was consolidated with the purchase of Alcan Packaging Food Americas in 2010. Bemis is now twice as large as the next biggest player, Sealed Air Corporation, and triple the size of the number three supplier, Printpack. More

France flaunts packaging waste rules says EC
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
The European Commission is concerned that France has incorrectly implemented the definition of packaging and packaging waste in its national law, as required by EU waste legislation. On the recommendation of Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik, the Commission is to ask France it to amend its national legislation accordingly. If France fails to reply within two months, the Commission may refer the case to the European Court of Justice. More

Coca-Cola sets new 2015 pack targets
Packaging News
Coca-Cola has set new environmental targets to source 25 percent of its PET plastic from recycled or renewable material by 2015. The new target was set by the drinks giant in its recently published 2011 sustainability report, entitled 2010/2011 Sustainability Report. More

Bemis closing 2 more film plants
European Plastics News
Bemis will close two additional North American plants this year, bringing the total number of shuttered facilities to five. The U.S.-based company will close smaller, flexible packaging plants in California and Toronto, said Melanie Miller, vice president and treasurer, in a phone interview. More

NSF to administer BPI certification program
Greener Package
Agreement expected to bolster credibility and capability of Compostable Logo program and enable BPI to expand its educational and marketing activities. To handle a five-fold increase in compostable product certifications, the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) has announced that its Compostable Logo effort will now be administered by NSF International, a global certification organization. NSF will verify manufacturers’ claims of compostability in large-scale composting facilities. More

Bubble Wrap offers packaging protection, stress relief
Packaging Digest
The first-ever Bubble Wrap Brand "Pop" Poll stress survey found that 77 percent of Americans are more stressed or as stressed today than they were one year ago. Close to one-third of the nation (32 percent) believes that there is a better shot for the national debt to be erased than a life without stress. More

Plastic pots cause problems for bottle reprocessors, says Wrap
Packaging News
The collection of non-bottle rigid plastic packaging, such as plastic pots and tubs, by councils is causing feedstock problems for plastic bottle reprocessors, according to new guide by Wrap. More

Officials investigate plastics tipped on Sunderland coast
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Environment Agency officers are appealing for information following the discovery of a large quantity of waste plastic carrier bags on the Sunderland coastline. The dumped bags, which had been cut into strips, were from a range of supermarkets and stores. More

Sterile packaging maker to convert pouches in certified cleanroom
Packaging World
Rollprint Packaging Products expected to be the first sterile packaging manufacturer to convert pouches in a certified cleanroom environment in the U.S., with the construction of a 6,000-sq-ft cleanroom expected to be fully operational in the second quarter of 2012.More

Dow to sponsor Swiss packaging institute
European Plastics News
Dow Performance Packaging is one of the sponsors of the IPI International Packaging Institute in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. The decision to get involved is a result of the company's move to increase its relations with "the packaging value chain."More

High failure rate on China packaging inspections
Packaging Digest
AsiaInspection, a provider of quality control services for businesses importing from Asia, announced the AsiaInspection 2011 Q4 Barometer, a quarterly synopsis of Asia-based manufacturing and the quality control services industry. More

Safety record no accident, says Linpac Packaging
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Linpac Packaging has set itself a new record for health and safety, racking up more than 8,700 accident-free days in its manufacturing, sales and distribution sites across Europe, South America and China. More

Tri-Star launches new packs for rustic sandwiches
Packaging News
Tri-Star has teamed up with Anson Food Packaging to launch a new range of packs for rustic sandwiches. The new range, called Artisan, comprises of two pack designs - the Bloomer U and the Bloomer 2.More

Top 10 equipment acquisition trends
Packaging World
Equipment acquisition trends have an impact on a significant portion of the U.S. economy. Growth, uncertainty, and numerous end-user benefits underlie many of the trends that businesses acquiring equipment this year can expect. With that in mind, here are the top ten trends in equipment acquisition according to the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association. More

Sweet-pepper glaze in 32-oz PET bottle ideal for club-store use
Greener Package
Move to decanter-style, lightweight PET bottle by Heritage Family Specialty Foods for its sweet-pepper glaze provides entry into club-store market segment. Heritage Family Specialty Foods Inc., a Grand Prairie, Texas-based supplier of specialty food products for retail and foodservice markets, has introduced its Brack Ranch Sweet Pepper Glaze in a new 32-oz decanter-size PET bottle from Amcor Rigid Plastics. More