PLACE Weekly Wrap-Up
Jun. 5, 2013

Registration now open for the 2013 TAPPI Extrusion Coating Course
Make your plans now to network with your peers as well as a distinguished group of industry veterans to explore best practices and equipment technology that applies to extrusion coating applications at the 2013 TAPPI Extrusion Coating Course. The course, Aug. 20-22, 2013 at the Westin Memphis Beale Street in Memphis, Tenn., will help you gain a better understanding of materials and the extrusion processes to enable you to improve your existing extrusion coating operation. Emphasis will be placed on enhancing your troubleshooting skills. View the Course Schedule.

This course is ideal for Extrusion engineers, supervisors and operators; technical directors and superintendents; Technical assistants and R&D personnel.  More

Packaging of protein foods to reach $9.7 billion in 2017
Packaging Digest
Demand for meat, poultry, and seafood packaging is forecast to increase 3.2 percent annually to $9.7 billion in 2017. Gains will be driven by increased meat, poultry, and seafood production along with accelerated food service revenue increases. More

California Senate rejects plastic bag ban
Plastics News
California legislators again failed to approve a state-wide ban on single-use plastic bags. The 18-17 vote in favor of the bill in the state Senate failed to reach the 21-vote threshold for passage.More

Middle east label converter adds Gallus ECS 340
Kimoha Entrepreneurs celebrates its 25th anniversary with a new eight-color UV-flexo press with cold foil unit. The installation of a Gallus ECS 340, often known as the "granite press," at Kimoha Entrepreneurs Ltd. in the Jebel Ali Free Zone, south of Dubai, brings to 23 the number of Gallus narrow web label presses installed in the Middle East, where the Swiss manufacturer is represented by Heidelberg ME. More

Continuum recycles half a billion PET bottles
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Continuum Recycling, the recycled-PET joint venture between Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) and Eco Plastics, celebrated its first anniversary by reaching the milestone of half a billion bottles processed since opening in May 2012.More

French juice drink packed in aseptic pouch
Packaging World
Orangina-Schweppes France launches its classic Oasis fruit beverage for kids and teenagers in an aseptic pouch that offers an air-filled handle and attached straw. More

Troubled La Seda to shut down Greek PET operation
European Plastics News
European PET packaging group La Seda de Barcelona has begun the formal process of closing down its Greek PET and packaging preforms subsidiary Artenius Hellas.More

Amcor unveils new thermoformable cellulose-based pack
Packaging News
Amcor Flexibles has announced the launch of a new thermoformable cellulose-based pack called Packpyrus. Amcor Packpyrus is also a recyclable pack. It has an oxygen barrier and is suitable for pre-sliced products like meat or cheese, the firm said.More

Rise of the 'hybrid consumer' to polarise the food sector
Packaging Digest
The rise of the "hybrid consumer" is an emerging trend with significant implications for food companies, food retailers and food service companies. According to a new report from Rabobank, consumers are becoming less interested in mid-market products and are instead trading down when it comes to everyday value-for-money items, such as basic groceries. More

DFE has new sizes for tension roll, narrow web transducers
Dover Flexo Electronics (DFE) now offers three diameter choices (2.25, 3.0, and 3.5 in.) on tension roll and narrow web transducers to work in a broader range of converting and printing applications. More

Packaging central to latest Courtauld pledge
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Signatories to the third phase of the Courtauld Commitment aim to dramatically cut food waste, in part through improved packaging design. The 45 companies that have backed the strategy, which include all major grocery retailers, believe that their combined action could cut food waste by 1.1 million tonnes. More

Reaching Millennials through packaging
Packaging World
Eighty million consumers make up the Millennial generation, making it a highly influential and desirable demographic for CPGs. But what makes this elusive group tick? More

EuPR pushes for new plastics recycling label
European Plastics News
Industry association European Recyclers Europe (EuPR) outlined its plans for a standard plastics recycling label at EuPC's annual meeting, which took place in Bruges, Belgium.More

As brands feel the squeeze on shelf space, digital printing rises to the challenge
Flexible Packaging
Over the past five years, increased retail competition and the online shopping experience have conditioned consumers to expect and even demand a staggering degree of choice, selection and variety in their purchasing options.More

Closed Loop: Time is running out to implement recycling measures
Packaging News
Closed Loop Recycling has warned that time is running out for the implementation of the measures needed by the waste and recycling industry to deliver on the government's recycling targets.More

PSA encouraging plastic packaging recycling featured at the Brooklyn Film Festival
Plastics Today
A two-minute animated public service announcement (PSA) covering the growing issue of plastic pollution in the oceans is currently being screened at the Brooklyn Film Festival.More

Charter NEX adding two coextrusion film lines
Plastics News
Charter NEX Films Inc. is expanding the capacity of its Milton plant, adding two Windmöeller & Höelscher 3-layer coextrusion blown film lines.More

June promising packaging patents
Packaging Digest
A preview look at three patents appearing in the June issue of Packaging Digest: An intelligent temperature-indicator label, a reclosable beverage can end with a sliding closure and a bottle with an internal scraper for dispensing convenience.More

Mitsubishi to double capacity of high-barrier PET bottles
Plastics News
Mitsubishi Plastics Inc. is investing 1 billion yen ($9.95 million) to double production of its high-barrier PET bottles, setting up a new production site in Hiratsuka, Japan.More

Plastic converter joins The Coca-Cola Co. and Danone in PEF bottle development
Packaging Digest
Avantium, a renewable chemicals company, and ALPLA Werke Alwin Lehner GmbH, one of the world's leading plastic converters, have announced their Joint Development Agreement for the development of PEF bottles. After The Coca-Cola Co. and Danone, ALPLA is the third company to collaborate with Avantium on PEF, a bioplastic based on Avantium's proprietary YXY technology. The goal of these collaborations is to bring 100 percent biobased PEF bottles to the market by 2016. More

Coffee makers wrestle with recyclability of single-serve pods
Plastics News
As America's culture of convenience continues to flourish, single-cup coffee makers have become increasingly popular among coffee drinkers. But beneath those expedient one-cup coffee pods lies a growing environmental problem.More

Pharmacogenomics may change the way medicine is practiced — and packaged
Packaging World
Packagers take note: Now in its infancy, pharmacogenomics is expected to influence medical treatment and clinical trials, and bring about "disruptive" change.More

Company announces global launch of sugar cane-based cap
Brand Packaging
Tetra Pak, a leader in food processing and packaging solutions, announced the global launch of LightCap 30; a high density polyethylene (HDPE) cap made from sugar cane.More

Italy angered as UK blocks ban on plastic bags
Packaging News
The Italian government has criticized Britain for preventing Brussels from introducing a law banning supermarket plastic bags, according to media reports.More

Polymer Packaging Inc. receives coveted SQF Level 2 excellent rating
Flexible Packaging
Polymer Packaging Inc. has positioned itself as a leader in the flexible packaging world by recently obtaining the coveted Safe Quality Food (SQF) Level 2 certification from AIB — American Institute of Baking. The SQF Level 2 certification program addresses a buyer's food safety and quality requirements and provides the solution for businesses supplying local and global food markets.More

Coregistics makes king-sized deal for food packager
Plastics News
Coregistics, an Atlanta-based packaging company, just made a sweet deal. The company said that it acquired Wheeling, Ill.-based Cano Packaging Corp., which specializes in confection and food industry packaging. The purchase expands Coregistics' footprint to five locations across the United States. Last April the company — owned by holding company IAM Acquisition LLC — completed the acquisition of New Jersey-based Market Resource Packaging LLC.More