PLACE Weekly Wrap-Up
Oct. 13, 2010

Deadline to submit abstracts for the European PLACE Conference is Oct. 15
Professionals from industry, universities and research institutes are cordially invited to present at the 13th TAPPI European PLACE Conference, which will be held May 30 to June 1, 2011 at the Festspiel- und Kongresshaus in Bregenz, Austria.

Premium juice bottling reimagined
Packaging Digest
Going from glass packaging to plastic may offer some logistic and consumer convenience benefits, but it also can be a daunting move for brands that rely on glass for a premium image. This is the challenge that Bossa Nova Superfruits Co. LLC, Los Angeles, faced two years ago, and it has helped kick start a string of packaging and operations updates that continues to this day.More

Printpack buys medical flexibles plant from Amcor
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
It's been a big month for Australia's Amcor. The company has sold its medical flexible packaging plant in North Carolina to Atlanta-based Printpack, according to Mesirow Financial Holdings, the Chicago-based adviser to the deal. Terms were not disclosed.More

PET firms reject French wine bottle findings
European Plastics News
There are few industries as steeped in tradition as wine production, where change does not happen fast. But even in this most conservative sector some companies are looking at alternative and more sustainable packaging options. Top of the list is replacing the traditional glass bottle with lighter alternatives that reduce energy use and carbon emissions.More

Resin makers holding out hope
Plastics News
Those brave souls who track North American resin markets are hopeful that the comeback of 2010 will continue in 2011. But the 2010 comeback hasn't always felt like a comeback. Higher auto sales lifted domestic sales of nylon, polycarbonate and polypropylene, and packaging uses once again kept polyethylene afloat, but the construction market continued to struggle.More

Thermally stable PP jar offers advantages over glass
Greener Package
The September launch of Marks & Spencer's new British Groceries range, with new branding for more than 70 products, includes a coextrusion blown plastic jar solution that marks an 80 percent packaging reduction compared to similar glass packaging.More

Film casting adds performance strength to Sabic production
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Sabic has expanded of its polypropylene resin portfolio with the addition of two random copolymer PP grades for cast film and biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) film applications. The grades -- Sabic PP 622L and Sabic PP 621P -- are engineered to meet growing customer demand for advanced film technologies, such as multi-layer constructions, and for improved aesthetics and versatility, said the company.More

Excessive packaging case against Sainsbury's dropped
Packaging News UK
Lincolnshire Trading Standards has dropped its court action for excessive packaging against supermarket giant Sainsbury's, claiming the move is no longer in the public interest. Last month, the council claimed the retailer breached the 2003 Packaging (Essential Requirements) Regulations with a beef roasting joint from Sainsbury's Taste the Difference range.More

Polymer Packaging adds 22 more years experience to roster
Flexible Packaging Magazine
Polymer Packaging Inc., a leading supplier of Inno-Lok pre-zippered roll stock, stand up pouching and flexible packaging products, announced that Jeanette Long has been named business development manager, Toll Converting. In this newly created position, Long will have responsibility for developing business opportunities for Polymer Packaging's Inno-Lok prezippered film products and premade pouch applications.More

European juice packager pioneers first extrusion-blown PLA bottle
Greener Package
Polenghi of Italy employs a low carbon-footprint bioplastic bottle for its new Bio organic lemon juice brand. Italian dressing and juice provider Polenghi LAS has developed Europe's first extrusion blow-molded bio-based bottle for its organic lemon juice, using a new blend formulation of Ingeo™ polylactic acid from NatureWorks LLC. More

Packaging: Rising demand heralds better times for most
The Economic Times
Stocks of India's flexible packaging companies have gained substantially over the past few months outpacing the broader market by a wide margin. A sudden spurt in global demand has boosted the BOPET film prices, which appears long-lasting. The industry players are expecting a couple of years of supernormal profits ahead of them before the supply finally catches up with the growing demand.More

H.B. Fuller hosts flexible packaging symposium
Flexible Packaging Magazine
H.B. Fuller Co. brought 50 flexible packaging converters together on September 22 to see live demonstrations of its new Nordmeccanica Super Combi 3000 Laminator and participate in an end-user panel discussion with representatives from prominent global packaged goods manufacturers. The symposium, Focus Forward, was hosted by H.B. Fuller at its headquarters in St. Paul, Minn., and provided a unique opportunity for converters to learn how the laminator can help them develop new flexible packaging innovations.More

Bonset building shrink film plant in Uruguay
Plastics News
Bonset Latin America SA, a subsidiary of Bonset America Corp, is building a new film plant near Montevideo, Uruguay. According to an Oct. 11 news release from Bonset of Browns Summit, N.C., the Uruguayan facility will be geared toward production of high-quality heat shrinkable films.More

Big deli meat pouch packs
Packaging World
In the early 1990s, Land O'Frost, Inc., Lansing, Ill., and Searcy, Ark., was a pioneer in the implementation of flexible, resealable packaging for deli meats. The company continues that tradition with the addition of DoubleZip™ press-to-close packaging from Zip-Pak for larger portions of its Premium, Deli Shaved, Canadian Bacon, Bistro Favorites, and Sub Sandwich Kit products.More

Packaging Solutions planning Midwest film plant
Plastics News
Packaging Solutions Holdings Inc. of New York will build a new plant in the Midwest -- although the location has not been decided. According to an Oct. 1 news release, the plant will manufacture packaging and pouch materials for cheese, pet food, produce, snack foods and medical devices.More