PLACE Weekly Wrap-Up
May 13, 2009

Coated Barrier Films Extend Shelf Life on Food Packaging
from Converting Magazine
National value-added distributor of thin-gauge plastic films Interfilm Holdings Inc., today announced it has signed a distributor agreement with NanoPack Inc. of Wayne, Pa. NanoPack has developed proprietary barrier coatings that substantially improve existing methods of creating clear barrier films used in packaging consumer products such as foods. More

Inkjet Printing Meets Foil at Alcan Packaging
from Converting Magazine
As part of its Linoprint innovation project, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) has joined forces with Alcan Packaging Singen GmbH. Alcan Packaging is a leading and experienced specialist in printed and unprinted flexible packaging materials and supplies global corporations in the pharmaceutical and food industries. More

Biopolymer Packs Protect Organic Herbs and Spices
from Packaging World Magazine
Austrian producer Sonnentor has selected NatureFlex™ NK high-barrier, compostable, cellulose-based material from Innovia Films to wrap its range of herbs and spices. Sonnentor was founded more than 20 years ago in the Waldviertel region by Johannes Gutmann. More

H.B. Fuller Adds to Flexible Packaging Adhesive Portfolio
from Packaging World Magazine
With the acquisition of German-based Nordic Adhesives Technology, H.B. Fuller now has a full menu of advanced flex-pack adhesives: solventless, waterbased, solvent and hot melt heat seal coatings. More

Multi-Plastics Introduces Flexible Packaging Pouch Materials
from Labels and Labeling
Multi-Plastics has added paper and film-faced pouch materials to its mono-web flexible packaging product line. As narrow web flexographic converters continue to diversify and expand into flexible packaging, the company has aligned itself with a manufacturer of laminated structures. More

Norner, Hosokawa Alpine Develop World Leading Innovative Flexible Packaging
from Plastemart
Norner Innovation AS (Norway) has entered into an agreement with Hosokawa Alpine AG (Germany) to install a MDO line (Mono Directional Orientation) for development of plastic films for flexible packaging and industrial applications at its Strathelle-based development center in Norway. More

Growth Opportunities Exist for Wide Range of Packaging Materials
from Packaging Digest
This year, for the first time, plastic is the main form of packaging for beverages with a third of the market share worldwide, just ahead of glass and well ahead of cans. Almost all types of packaging are represented at drinktec 2009, which is taking place in Munich from 14 to 19 September 2009, and is the fair where manufacturers display their capability and packaging innovations. More

Premier Tech Expands in U.S., Bags Utah Packaging Equipment Maker
from The Canadian Press via Google
Premier Tech Ltd. is expanding in the United States with the acquisition of a 60-employee business in Salt Lake City, Utah, making bag filling systems. The privately held Quebec company did not disclose the terms of the acquisition Monday, but said the addition of the equipment division of Graphic Packaging International Inc. will strengthen its position in industrial flexible packaging. More