PLACE Weekly Wrap-Up
April 27, 2011

Congressman highlights the importance of R&D funding for sustainable packaging innovation
Packaging Digest
U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko doesn't have to leave his congressional district to show Washington why funding for research and development is so important to the manufacturing sector. On the day before Earth Day, Tonko visited Ecovative Design in Green Island, a celebrated manufacturing start-up that was founded in 2007 by two students from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.More

The burning question of WtE incineration
Greener Package
Waste-to-energy (WtE) incineration is a hot topic in the sustainability debate, inflaming passions on both sides and too often producing more heat than light.More

Triple crown as BPI converts expertise into success
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
BPI Consumer VMB is celebrating its success following the receipt of three high profile awards. The UK printer/converter won the Gold Award in the Technical Achievement category, the Silver Award in the Wide Web Line & Screen category and a Highly Commended citation during the EFIA Annual Print Awards ceremony at The Royal Armouries, Leeds last month.More

Visy attacks carbon tax
Packaging Magazine
Packaging giant, Visy, has attacked the Federal Government's carbon tax, saying it would penalize the company's recycling scheme. According to The Australian, around 86 percent of Visy's greenhouse emissions are from its recycling activities.More

St Regis Paper appeals £162,100 fine over false eco data
Packaging News
DS Smith's St Regis Paper division has vowed to appeal a £162,100 fine handed down this week in relation to falsifying environmental data. Exeter Crown Court handed St Regis the fine on April 19 that related to the quality of effluent charged from its Higher Kings Mill into a Devon river.More

Atlas sells compact slitter from ICE USA booth
Flexible Packaging Magazine
Atlas Converting Equipment Ltd. in the U.K. is pleased to confirm that it sold the Titan ER610 compact slitter from the booth at the ICE USA exhibition in Orlando, Fla., to Plasticos Especializados de Monterrey S.A. de C.V. (Plemsa) of Mexico. The 1650 mm (65-inch) wide slitter was demonstrated during the show.More

White House Easter Egg Roll features SFI packaging for third consecutive year
Packaging Digest
The White House has again selected egg packaging made from Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) chain of custody certified paperboard for the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. This is the third consecutive year that the White House has chosen SFI products.More

Closed Loop says Coca-Cola's troubles are common
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
An executive with a British food-grade PET and high density polyethylene recycler says he doesn't understand why Coca-Cola didn't discuss – until after the problems were brought to light by Plastics News – how it is working to resolve the problems that led to the decision to shut down production of food-grade recycled PET at its joint venture plant in Spartanburg.More

PET for honey re-launch
Packaging World
Rowse Honey has used the theme of a honeycomb as the design basis for its new packaging. The custom molded bottles therefore needed to incorporate a hexagonal pattern, as well as providing space for improved labeling with a hand-written feel. As a result, the lightweight PET squeezy bottles created by RPC Llantrisant now feature a hexagonal recess instead of the previous torpedo shape. More

EC font size plan may increase packaging waste, says expert
Packaging News
Packaging reduction measures may be reversed because of European Commission proposals to make the minimum font size text on food label packs larger, according to an industry expert. The European Parliament made amendments to the draft Provision of Food Information to Consumer legislation. It proposed that food labels on packaging should include clear mandatory nutritional information.More

Welch Foods to bring package manufacturing in-house
Packaging Digest
Welch Foods Inc. and Graham Packaging are building a 19,000-square-foot container-manufacturing facility at the Welch's plant, 139 Lake St. Construction began in December, and the new building is scheduled to become operational in mid-June. Welch officials said the new facility is part of the company's plan to increase efficiency by moving 8 million cases of grape products from its Lawton, Mich., facility to its North East plant.More

Ampac to relocate pouching facility and purchase newest Totani Pouching Machine
Flexible Packaging Magazine
Ampac, a global leader in the food, pet food, retail, security and medical packaging markets, announces the relocation of its Elk Grove Village, Ill., pouching facility in 2011. Ampac will be relocating its area pouching facility, currently located in Elk Grove Village, to a larger location approximately 10 miles west to Hanover Park, Ill. This new facility will allow for a more efficient layout of the plant, as well as provide additional space for growth of Ampac's pouching business.More

Pro-Pac acquires Melbourne, Australia bag company
Packaging Magazine
Pro-Pac Packaging has acquired Melbourne-based bag distributor, SPD International. The company will be immediately relocated and integrated into Pro-Pac's new packaging distribution and manufacturing site in Dandenong, Victoria, Australia.More

Winery celebrates Earth Day, marks 4.4 million trees planted
Greener Package
In less than three years, Trinity Oaks Wines of St. Helena, Calif., reports that it has turned its tree-planting program, One Bottle, One Tree®, into thousands of new forest acres. This Earth Day, Trinity Oaks says its' donation will exceed 4.4 million trees planted, enough to cover New York City's Central Park 11 times.More

Resin prices prompt Sonoco to ease profit forecast
Packaging News
U.S. plastic packaging manufacturer Sonoco has reduced the upper end of its profit forecast for the year as higher resin prices threaten to eat into margins. Sonoco had predicted that annual profits could be as high as $2.62 a share but in its first quarter results, published on April 21, the company reduced its top end target figure to $2.60.More

Polyprint achieves global food packaging certification
Packaging Europe
Norfolk, U.K.-based flexible films printer Polyprint has signalled its intention to expand into the food packaging sector by achieving British Retail Consortium (BRC) certification (Packaging and packaging materials) – widely held to be the Global standard within the food industry – at the first time of applying.More