PLACE Weekly Wrap-Up
Jul. 3, 2013

New barrier plastic packaging materials advancing rapidly
By Don Rosato
It is important for food packaging to provide good protection against factors crucial to product quality to ensure product shelf life. Depending on product sensitivity, it is vital to provide food packaging protection with proper barrier components. Barrier films often consist of multilayers or coated films designed to be impervious to gas and moisture migration, as single-layer films are in general quite permeable to most gases. Various approaches can be taken to improve barrier properties in the plastics packaging sector.More

Maxson vacuum system for sheeter removes slitter dust
PFFC
Maxson Automatic Machinery Co. offers a vacuum system for its sheeter that removes dust at the slitters, ensuring the cleanliness of sheeted stock and minimizing "hickies" at the printing press. Suction is applied at the point of slitting removing any debris from the slit edge. More

Maple Leaf Farms introduces innovative vacuum skin packaging
Packaging Digest
Maple Leaf Farms, North America's leading producer of quality duck products for retail and foodservice markets announced that it is transitioning to vacuum skin packaging for all retail raw duck breast and duck leg products. The new packaging, the culmination of a three-year research and development effort, offers a myriad of benefits to consumers and retailers. More

Huhtamaki to close foodservice plant in Norway
European Plastics News
Plastics packaging group Huhtamaki is planning to close a plant in Norway as part of measures to improve the competitiveness of its Foodservice Europe-Asia-Oceania business segment.More

Flexible case packer becomes intelligent
Packaging World
Change is inevitable. Human errors seem inevitable, too. But with skillfully applied technology, this case packer OEM developed a system to cope with such things.More

Delivering brand promises
Brand Packaging
There's a lot of "good" packaging out there: packaging that might move some products but doesn't build category-owning brands. In other words, it's adequate, but it isn’t great. Great packaging doesn't merely sell a product; it sells the brand, because it connects with the consumer. More

Jayplas fire scaled down
Packaging News
A blaze at Jayplas' plastic recycling plant in Smethwick, Birmingham, U.K., has been scaled down, as firefighters continue to tackle the flames. The huge fire involving 100,000 tonnes of plastic recycling material is thought to have been sparked by a Chinese lantern.More

Bemis Co. buys Chinese specialty film company
Plastics News
Bemis Co. Inc. is expanding its Asia-Pacific holding with the purchase of Foshan New Changsheng Plastics Films Co., a specialty film manufacturer in Foshan, China. Neenah, Wis.-based Bemis announced the deal on July 1.More

Reimagining shoebox packaging with ... plastics
Plastics Today
Heather Caliendo writes, "NBA players love their sneakers. This is probably why almost every star has a signature line of basketball shoes. With the NBA Draft and the mind-boggling Pierce-Garnett trade to the Nets (what is going on in Boston?) still dominating headlines, I decided to take a look at a creative shoe packaging design."More

Graham Engineering acquires Welex
Packaging Digest
Graham Engineering Corp., York, Pa., announced July 1 that it has acquired the assets and assumed certain liabilities of Welex Inc, a major provider of high-performance sheet extrusion solutions. This follows the Graham Group's acquisition of majority interest in American Kuhne in October 2012, furthering Graham's investment in plastic processing technologies. More

Sealed Air offers a more transparent option
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Research and development work with food processors and an additive company has helped packaging manufacturer Sealed Air produce a range of lightweight lidded trays and pots with high clarity for chilled foods.More

Spanish dairy debuts first aseptic 'carton bottle'
Packaging World
Innovation-driven dairy CAPSA is the first to launch a new combination carton bottle package for its new line of value-added, functional aseptic milk products.More

No solution yet for Pansac International's insolvency
European Plastics News
Italian polyethylene film producer Pansac International is continuing to operate under insolvency administration after the failure of a sale process earlier this year.More

Amping up fresh produce labeling flexibility
Packaging World
Thermoformed container supplier brings variable label printing in-house and harvests benefits of digital ink jet print versatility.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

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. More

Closed Loop links with Heathrow Airport to conduct waste audit
Packaging News
Closed Loop has announced that it has worked in partnership with Heathrow Airport to undertake a large-scale audit of waste at the world’s largest international airport, as part of its ongoing sustainability review.More

The ins and outs of holistic design
Brand Packaging
Peter Clarke writes, "As I'm sure many of you also do in the package design industry, Marcus Hewitt, my chief creative officer, and I spend a part of our day discussing what great design is and how it is best achieved on behalf of our clients."More

UK recycler celebrates anniversary with 500 million green bottles
Greener Package
In one year, Continuum Recycling — a joint venture of Coca-Cola Enterprises and ECO Plastics — has processed half a billion bottles, doubling U.K.'s bottle-grade rPET supply. Continuum Recycling, the pioneering recycled-PET joint venture between Coca-Cola Enterprises and ECO Plastics, celebrated its one-year anniversary by reaching the milestone of half a billion bottles processed since opening in May 2012.More

Amcor buys Chinese flexible packaging operations
Plastics News
Global packaging manufacturer Amcor Ltd. will buy Jiangsu Shenda Group Co. Ltd.'s flexible packaging business for 350 million yuan (US$57 million). The agreement is subject to regulatory approval and other conditions, and is expected to be finalized "in the coming months," an Amcor statement said.More

Morning cup of Joe, driving demand for cups and lids?
Plastics Today
A new market study from The Freedonia Group anticipates world demand for cups and lids is projected to rise 5 percent per year to nearly $26 billion in 2017. Specifically, increases are fueled by growth in the quick service restaurant industry, which will remain the primary user of disposable cups and lids.More

Nestlé Maggi brand debuts Just for 2 in pouches
Packaging Digest
Integrated brand design agency bluemarlin has created mouth-watering packaging for Nestlé's innovative new MAGGI Just for 2 range: delicious recipe bases specifically formulated for two-people. The Just for 2 product range goes on sale across Australia this month.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

Revamping carton forming/closing operations
Packaging World
New system slashes downtime and packaging material scrap, while facilitating fast access to parts and services.More

Sonoco announces price hike for paperboard tubes and cores
Packaging News
Sonoco has announced that it will raise the price for all paperboard tubes and cores by five percent. The paper-based tubes and core specialist said that the price rise will be effective with shipments in the U.S. and Canada beginning July 15.More

What's new in packaging-specific environmental evaluation tools
Greener Package
Find out what tools are available to help you to determine the life-cycle impacts of your packaging formats as well as measure and report these metrics.More

Half of Australia's territories, states now ban thin HDPE bags
Plastics News
Half of Australia's states and territories have now banned single-use, lightweight plastic bags. The island state of Tasmania passed legislation banning bags May 29. South Australia was the country's first state to ban HDPE bags, in May 2009; the Northern Territory followed in September 2011; and the Australian Capital Territory in November 2011.More