PLACE Weekly Wrap-Up
Sept. 23, 2009

Corporate Leaders Lag on Sustainability, Says Study
from Packaging Digest
An overwhelming majority of corporate executives believe that sustainability-related issues are having or will soon have a material impact on their business. Yet relatively few companies are taking decisive action to address such issues, according to a new study by MIT Sloan Management Review (MIT SMR) and The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). More

Track-and-trace Passes Real-world Test
from Converting Magazine
HP's Kathy Tobin discusses the track-and-trace project in China, a possible increase in coding regulations in the U.S., and unexploited opportunities for converters in hybrid package printing. More

PowerID Qualifies Datamax-O'Neil RFID Printers for Use with BAP Labels
from PFFC Magazine
PowerID Ltd., a supplier of battery-assisted, passive (BAP) RFID technology, has announced that it has fully qualified one of Datamax-O'Neil's RFID printers to print and encode its BAP labels. Datamax-O'Neil's H-Class RFID printers are now qualified for use with two types of EPCglobal Class 1, Generation 2-compliant BAP labels–the PowerG and PowerT. More

U.S. Justice Dept. Wants More Info on Bemis Buy of Alcan
from Converting Magazine
U.S. food flexible-packaging printer and converter Bemis Co. said that the U.S. Department of Justice had requested additional information about its planned purchase of Rio Tinto's U.S. packaging arm, according to a report by Reuters. More

Proposed Carrier Bag Charge 'Penalizes Poorest Shoppers', Says BRC
from Packaging News
A 15p levy on plastic carrier bags proposed by the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) would be a "draconian" measure that would penalize low-income shoppers, the body that represents retailers has claimed. More

Sonoco to Consolidate Ops to Cut Costs
from Converting Magazine
Sonoco announced actions to simplify the company's business structure and provide the necessary scale in its Consumer and Industrial packaging and services businesses to drive profitable growth and obtain sustainable operating efficiencies, according to Harris E. DeLoach Jr., chairman, president and CEO. More

Flexibles Shine in the Rising Sun
from Packaging News
Japan is the second-biggest packaging market on the planet and given the country's reputation for innovation, it's probably no surprise it also has one of the highest rates of new product launches in the world. Some 14,000 new products hit the country's supermarket shelves in the last year, according to Mintel's Global New Products Database, behind only the U.S., France and the U.K. More

Slow Down Needed on Biodegradable Plastics
from Packaging - Australia
In an international context marked by a decrease in fossil resources and an increase in oil price, the development of materials made from renewable resources becomes the main challenge of sustainable development. More