PLACE Weekly Wrap-Up
Jun. 26, 2013

Flexible packaging: Precision Color Graphics breaks course
PFFC
With a strong commitment to the environment, a growing flexible packaging division, and a staunch pledge to use only domestic suppliers, Precision Color Graphics (PCG) prides itself on not being a "conventional" prepress house. In its 25,000-sq-ft facility in Franklin, Wis., PCG has built its prepress and plating service — once dedicated to lithographic and screen printing — into a company that offers customers value-added products and services in flexography and the flexible packaging market.More

The PLACE Division wants YOUR CONTENT
TAPPI
Plans are underway for the 2014 TAPPI PLACE Conference, May 12-14, 2014 at the Sawgrass Marriott Hotel in Ponte Vedra, Fla. The 2014 PLACE Technical Program Team is actively seeking technical presentations, panels, tutorials, roundtables and case studies from the packaging and academic community to be presented at the conference. View the Call for Abstracts. Interested in being a session chair or know someone who would be a great presenter? Extended abstracts will be accepted anytime before August 1, 2013. Space is limited so submit now! Final papers will be due on or before March 17, 2014.

The 2014 PLACE Conference is the premier North American event for the flexible packaging industry and will have something for the whole supply chain including suppliers, converters, extruders, retailers, and brand owners.

Join us for this comprehensive event with more targeted content, topic variety, and program ideas than ever before. This event will use traditional content delivery methods such as power point presentations, panel discussions and keynote addresses.More

Private Label Sourcing Survey: Strategies to differentiate and defend
Packaging Digest
Retail has entered a period of rapid change. Omnichannel forces are reshaping consumer behavior and the competitive landscape, the pace of international expansion continues to grow and supply markets face more volatility and regulation.More

Barratt Homes helps build recycling scheme
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Recycler Powerday and Barratt Homes helped pupils celebrate Recycle Week with an initiative that saw milk bottles exchanged for garden furniture made from recycled plastic.More

Museum selects paper-based protective packaging to build Recycle Reef
Packaging World
An ocean reef made from paper-based packaging? Not what one would typically expect. But that's exactly what visitors will see this summer at the Perot Museum in Dallas. More

Why ban PE films, when you can recycle?
Plastics Today
Last year, when Los Angeles announced plans to ban single-use plastic bags, it became the largest city in the U.S. to do so. One in four Californians now live in a city that has enacted curbs against single-use bags, according to Heal the Bay, an environmental group. Seventy-six state municipalities are covered by ordinances banning plastic single-use bags and most also deter paper single-use bags, the group stated.More

Suwary builds new packaging plant in Poland
European Plastics News
Polish plastics manufacturer Suwary has started building a new plastic packaging plant in Ksawerów, Poland. The investment is worth over €5.9 million, the company said in a statement.More

MMI invests in 3 new injection presses
Plastics News
Custom injection molder MMI Engineered Solutions Inc. of Saline, Mich., is acquiring three new injection molding machines in a $2 million technology investment. By October, MMI plans to begin operating a Bi-Power VH2000-22500, two-platen, hydro-mechanical machine from Negri Bossi.More

Tresu to market new flexo coating system
Packaging News
Tresu Group, a flexo technology specialist, has acquired the rights from Stora Enso to manufacture and market a new flexo coating system for integration into sheet-fed folding carton converting lines that feature the digital printing process.More

Westlake Plastics sells majority ownership to actimed
PFFC
Westlake Plastics Co., a manufacturer of extruded and compression-molded high-performance thermoplastic products for a wide variety of applications in the medical, industrial, semiconductor, military, and aerospace markets, has announced a change of majority ownership. Effective May 1, Actimed of France invested $6.5 million in WPC and is now the majority stakeholder in the company.More

Bio-based hot-melt adhesives
Packaging Digest
Henkel, a leading adhesive companies, and DaniMer Scientific, LLC, a recognized leader in bio-based material technology, have formed an alliance to develop hotmelt adhesives that use bio-based raw materials. The initial target for these bio-based hotmelt adhesives will be the consumer packaging market including applications of end of line and labeling. More

Nampak's new milk bottle plant creates jobs
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Nampak Plastics has opened additional capacity plant at its Dove Valley Industrial Park in Foston, South Derbyshire, U.K. The facility, which will create jobs and improve efficiency, was opened by Mark Allen, chief executive of Dairy Crest and Eric Collins, managing director of Nampak Plastics.More

Rexam puts £430 million healthcare business up for sale
Packaging News
Rexam has outlined plans to sell its healthcare packaging business as it issued a profit warning. The London-based business said that the plan to sell its healthcare business — which recorded sales of £427 million in 2012 — as part of its longer-term strategy to focus on its core business manufacturing beverage cans.More

Carton converters to install game-changing digital presses
Packaging World
AGI-Shorewood Group and Multi-Packaging Solutions are pushing the limits of folding carton converting. Later this year, each firm will install an HP Indigo 30000 Digital Press. The sheet-fed HP Indigo 30000 Digital Press has the ability to print on any paperboard (coated, uncoated, metallized) or synthetic boards up to 29 inches by 21 inches in size and 24 points (600 microns) in thickness. More

Changes to the resin identification system — big deal or not?
Plastics Today
The ASTM International Subcommittee on Recycled Plastics recently approved what it called major "enhancements" to the plastic resin identification code system.More

AB InBev debuts formal packaging reduction
Packaging News
Beer giant AB InBev has announced seven new global environmental targets, which includes setting a formal reduction for packaging for the first time.More

Say so long to recycling code arrows
Plastics News
An ASTM International plastics committee has announced a big change to the Resin Identification Code: The iconic chasing-arrows symbol will be replaced by a solid, equilateral triangle.More

Dell promises waste-free packaging by 2020
Plastics News
Dell Inc. recently announced its goal of having a completely waste-free packaging stream by 2020. Currently more than half of Dell's packaging uses sustainable materials and can be recycled, according to a company news release.More

W&H gravure press comes in many variations
PFFC
Windmoeller & Hoelscher reports the HELIOSTAR S rotogravure press line includes the HELIOSTAR SL for the use of shafted cylinders, the HELIOSTAR SH for direct loading of hollow cylinders by means of chucks, and the HELIOSTAR SE for quick cylinder changeovers using automated cylinder change carts. More

Parents encourage kids' healthy eating through interactive snacking
Packaging Digest
From the moment that classroom doors swing open in June, floods of school children instantly flee to the nearest park, pool or video game. But it's not just tots and teens scrambling to adjust to summer schedules — parents feel the heat as well. More

Spam, Spam, Spam ... wonderful plastic Spam
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Hormel Foods, the company behind Spam, is giving the processed meat a U.K. packaging makeover to mark its 75th birthday. From August, Spam will be available in a resalable plastic tub.More

Arla's new easy-to-close cheese pack
Packaging World
A new reclosable system for flexible packaging has been selected by Arla Food to launch its new Anchor Cheddar cheese range. More

La Seda seeks shelter in voluntary insolvency
European Plastics News
Troubled Spanish PET packaging group La Seda de Barcelona (LSB), struggling since last autumn to achieve a debt restructuring agreement with its creditors, has finally thrown in the towel.More

Screen launches super-fast digital label printer
Packaging News
Print technology supplier Screen has unveiled what it claims to be the market's fastest digital label press. The Truepress Jet L350UV, which was previewed at last year's Drupa print show in Germany, can print up to 16 square meters of label stock every minute on a 350 mm-wide web.More

Pipette provider rewards reuse by planting trees
Greener Package
Rainin Instrument encourages customers to reuse the boxes it provides for mail-in pipette service; each time a kit is received by Rainin, American Forests will plant a tree.More

Avery Dennison rolls out new Select Solutions™ portfolios
Packaging Europe
Avery Dennison has introduced its first Select Solutions™ portfolio of specialized pressure-sensitive materials. These new portfolios feature low minimum order quantities, day-of price quotations and four-day shipping, and will allow converters to address specific, unique-application label needs. More

Bulk container company moves headquarters
Plastics News
Container and Pooling Solutions Inc. has moved its headquarters to a larger facility in the same industrial park as its previous office in Livonia, Mich.More