PLACE Weekly Wrap-Up
Nov. 10, 2010

Green packaging: Growing quick, unaffected by bad economy
Packaging Digest
Consumers, regulators and marketers are driving swift growth in "green" packaging worldwide, reports enorm. The sustainability blog cites multiple studies to support its conclusions. In a recent report, Pike Research claims that the global market for sustainable packaging is growing fast, much faster than the overall packaging industry. The report indicates that the market may double in size from $88 million in 2009 to $170 billion in 2014.More

TAPPI offers scholarships for pulp, paper, and packaging students
Powder Bulk Solids
A number of scholarships are available from TAPPI for students pursuing education and careers in the pulp, paper, and packaging fields. The organization offers more than a dozen scholarships annually. The deadline for applying for TAPPI division scholarships is Feb. 15, 2011. The deadline for the William L. Cullison Memorial Scholarship is May 1, 2011. Each scholarship has its own criteria.More

China issues rules for importing whole scrap PET bottles
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
The Chinese government has issued long-awaited rules detailing how companies can import whole PET scrap bottles. The rules, issued in October and discussed by government officials and companies at a Nov. 4 conference in Ningbo, Zhejiang province, have been closely watched globally, as China is the world's largest importer of scrap plastics.More

Legal update on BPA, Reportable Food Registry, GRAS and more
Packaging World
During Pack Expo, attorney Eric Greenberg provided an update on the legal status of Bisphenol A (BPA). Greenberg mentioned that there is mix of regulatory positions on BPA around the globe, with many government agencies saying the current level of exposure is not a health concern, while other countries such as Canada and Denmark banning BPA in some instances.More

Brands without borders
Brand Packaging
In an increasingly connected and competitive world, it's easy to see the logic and appeal of global packaging. There are potential economies of scale in manufacturing, along with obvious marketing efficiencies associated with featuring "one look" from New York to New Delhi. But while the idea of global design can be simple and elegant in theory, it can be quite difficult in practice.More

Coty chooses renewable packaging for Adidas Moves Pulse Cologne
Packaging Digest
Global beauty company Coty has selected renewable rigid films to package its popular fragrance line for men, Adidas Moves Pulse Cologne. Coty uses Pentaform TerraPET film from Klöckner Pentaplast, which delivers the same cosmetic clarity and performance properties as standard APET films while it helps the company meet its sustainable packaging goals.More

Borealis launches HMS PP for packaging and auto sectors
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Borealis is promoting the performance and material-saving capabilities of low density foams produced using its high melt strength polypropylene (HMS PP) Daploy product technology. According to the company, Daploy HMS PP offers the highest melt strength in combination with highest melt extensibility. More

Xennia unveils new inkjet printing system
Packaging World
Brand owners have been a common site walking the halls at PACK EXPO in search of technological advancements that get shorter runs of custom products to shelf faster and more efficiently. One stop in their search undoubtedly has been in the lower East Hall, where Xennia is displaying its Xennia Sapphire inkjet printing system.More

Mondi flexibles invests for continuous moisture-sensitive film production
Packaging News
Mondi's Belcoat multi-layer extrusion plant has unveiled an upgrade that allows it to continuously produce moisture-sensitive polymer products. The facility, in the Belgian town of Stocletlaan, has installed a new modular air-dryer that has, in addition, increased its capacity for customized extrusion coating of non-woven materials.More

Sonoco forms plastics unit
Plastics News
Sonoco Products Co. has centralized its plastics businesses, uniting at least five businesses under the Sonoco Plastics brand. The move, announced Nov. 1 at the Pack Expo trade show in Chicago, puts the Hartsville, S.C., firm's acquisitions since the 1990s under a single corporate umbrella. Those acquisitions included Crellin Holding Inc., German firm Burk, Clear Pack Co., Matrix Packaging Inc., and the most recent, Associated Packaging Technologies Inc.More

PACK EXPO: Unilever display shrinks footprint using Sonoco's design software
Greener Package
A redesigned floorstand wing unit for Vaseline Sheer Infusion body lotion reduces paperboard use by 50 percent without any loss in branding appeal in stores. Decision-makers from many consumer packaged goods companies walked the show floor at PACK EXPO looking for ideas on how to reduce their products' environmental footprint.More

Bemis to buy back 10 million of its shares
Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal-Sentinel
Bemis Co. said it plans to buy back 10 million of its shares, replacing a previous repurchase program for 3.1 million shares. Last month, the Neenah-based flexible packaging company reported third-quarter earnings of $61.4 million, or 55 cents a share, up 72 percent from $35.8 million, or 35 cents a share, a year earlier. The company missed analysts' estimates of 60 cents a share.More

Aplix launches easy-to-reclose flexible package reclosure
Packaging World
Aplix has launched a new reclose system for flexible packaging that they market as one "the whole family can use", because of its ease of use. The easy to open and close system uses hook-to-hook system similar to Velcro that is very easy to use and obtain a secure seal.More

Acquisitions putting Amcor on track for savings
Plastics News
Three acquisitions over the past 12 months put packaging giant Amcor Ltd. on track to achieve cost synergies of $97 million to $117 million in the first six months of this year, said Chairman Chris Roberts. In an address at the Melbourne, Austrailia-based company's annual general meeting, Roberts said the savings will be generated by integrating its acquisitions: Ball Plastics Packaging, the former Alcan Packaging assets and B-Pack Due SpA, a cast polypropylene film maker in Campiglia Marittima, Italy.More

Dow Chemical unveils new line of peel polymers for smarter packaging
Today's packaging market is filled with innovation. Consumers continue to benefit from packages that are easier to open, provide more reliable seals and keep food fresher for longer periods of time than in the past. More