TAPPI's PLACE Weekly Wrap-Up
July 6, 2011

TAPPI Consulting Council member presents webinar on US FDA Requirements for Food Contact Packaging Material Compliance
The training emphasizes the immediate food contact layer of a package, but compliance requirements for other materials present will also be discussed. More

Partnership produces new source of 100 percent renewable PET
Packaging Digest
Gevo Inc., a leading renewable chemicals and advanced biofuels company, says it has successfully produced fully renewable and recyclable polyethylene terephthalate (PET) with its potential customer, Toray Industries Inc. (Toray) one of the world's leading producers of fibers, plastics and chemicals. Around 50 million tons of PET are produced annually for conversion into films and bottles for packaging; fibers for non-wovens and textiles; and, resins for automotive applications. More

Chemicals in food packaging may harm unborn babies, according to a new US study
Packaging Magazine
Fears surrounding the use of Bisphenol A (BPA) have been reignited following the publication of a new study that has identified risks to unborn babies. BPA has attracted much attention over the last few years, amid fear that it might be harmful to the health of babies when the chemical is present in baby bottles.More

Global pharmaceutical packaging demand predicted to reach $62 billion by 2015
Packaging World
Report says the U.S. will remain the largest consumer of pharmaceutical packaging as its advanced drug-producing sector introduces sophisticated therapies with specialized packaging needs. Western Europe, the U.S., and Japan will account for more than 70 percent of pharmaceutical packaging demand that will drive a 5.5 percent annual expansion to $62 billion in 2015. That's the forecast from World Pharmaceutical Packaging, a new study from The Freedonia Group, IncMore

Oystar and Sacmi to cooperate on packaging
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Machinery makers Oystar and Sacmi are teaming up to combine their packaging expertise for beverage applications. "Through this partnership with Sacmi we will be able to further enhance both our presence and performance in the beverage industry," Oystar CEO Tom Graf said in a statement. "At the same time we will be opening up new market opportunities to Sacmi through process integration when it comes to our successful aseptic filling machines." More

Bericap expands DIN closure range
European Plastics News
Caps and closure maker Bericap has expanded its DIN range of closures to help a U.K.-based manufacturer of chainsaws. Bericap said it had to develop a cap which allows for perfect pouring of lubricant, as a chainsaw has to be refueled several times a day during working hours. The company therefore developed the three-piece DIN closure - the SVB 45/28 MAB - with an extra long spout and two separate flow managers.More

Global packaging standard to enhance food safety
Packaging Digest
The British Standards Institution, BSI, has launched a new standard to streamline food safety systems between food manufacturers and the packaging they use for their products. PAS 223 - Prerequisite programmes and design requirements for food safety in the manufacture and provision of food packaging - provides a common international methodology for developing a prerequisite program for food and drink packaging safety. PAS 223 aims to bring consistency across global packaging industry practices. It could also potentially reduce tendering costs for packaging manufacturers who adhere to it and as help align packaging activities more closely with their clients' requirements.More

Palm oil labeling bill could cost food industry jobs, warns AFGC
Packaging Magazine
A new bill that will require palm oil to be labelled in all Australian foods is one step closer to becoming law after it passed the Senate. The bill, introduced by Independent Senator Nick Xenophon and the Greens party, secured the support of the Australian Opposition party.More

Pro Pack Europe teams up with Chadwicks to launch new lids
Packaging News UK
Pro Pack Europe, maker of the new health product Mistercup, has selected Chadwicks to produce lids for its customer Cannon Hygiene. Chadwicks has designed and produced UV flexo printed 77.5 mm omnipet foil lids for the hygiene and cleaning firm's branded product.More

Star Packaging and Master Packaging merge
Flexible Packaging
Master Packaging, located in Tampa, Fla. has successfully completed a merger with Star Packaging, based in Atlanta. The combined entity will now be known as Star Packaging Corporation and will be headquartered in Atlanta with operating facilities in both Georgia and Florida. The newly combined Company is owned by Azalea Capital, a private investment firm headquartered in Greenville, S.C.More

Robinson offloads paperboard to focus on plastics
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Sonoco UK has completed £2.6 million deal to acquire of the assets of Robinson Paperboard Packaging. The move will leave Robinson to focus on its plastic packaging business. "This transaction represents a unique opportunity to enhance future prospects for the business and employees of Robinson Paperboard Packaging whilst allowing the company to focus on developing its plastics businesses in UK and Poland," said Adam Formela, Robinson's CEO.More

SC Johnson takes concentrates to the max with new Windex Mini
Packaging Digest
With the launch of Windex Mini, a concentrated refill pouch that uses 90 percent less plastic packaging than a traditional 26-fl-oz trigger bottle, global environmental leader SC Johnson is taking another bold step to help consumers make greener choices.More

Ampac snaps Swiss packaging converter Elag
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Film maker Ampac has acquired Swiss packaging converter Elag Verpackungen. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Based in Kirchberg, Switzerland, and founded in 1956, Elag specialises in high-quality printed bags and pouches. Eighty percent of its products are exported, according to the company website.More

Wine industry panicked over links to plain packaging tobacco
Packaging Magazine
Winemakers have expressed a wish to distance themselves from the tobacco industry, after an anti-plain packaging campaign made associations between tobacco and alcohol. An advertising campaign, which has been developed by British American Tobacco and rolled out in the national newspapers, shows a beer bottle minus the brand label.More

Russian toothpaste carton reflects natural ingredients
Greener Package
Although few packaging details are available, this toothpaste carton's graphics offer environmental punch. Sustainability seems to be taking hold in areas one might not equate with environmental concern. More