PLACE Weekly Wrap-Up
Dec. 9, 2009

Paper or Plastic?
from PFFC Online
Paper-based release liner holds the lion's share of the market by substrate, but film-based liner is making gains. Annually, AWA Conferences & Events holds its label release liner seminar prior to the Labelexpo shows in Brussels and Chicago. This year's seminar in Brussels drew a high delegate base from virtually every aspect of the value chain a reflection, perhaps, of the label industry's focus on release liners and sustainability. More

Shipping Tea with Care
from Packaging Digest
It's tea time for biodegradable air-filled cushions. They help Rishi Tea gently protect organic teas in sophisticated packages and better represent its sustainable efforts. More

Thermo Fisher Scientific Lays Out Control for Blown Film
from Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Thermo Fisher Scientific has launched a multilayer blown film lay-flat measurement and control system, aimed at food and medical flexible packaging manufacturers. The system combines the Web gauging capabilities of the Thermo Scientific 21Plus control platform with the Thermo Scientific FSIR full-spectrum infrared sensor. More

Eastman Launches Shrink Film Copolyesters in Europe
from European Plastics News
U.S.-based Eastman Chemical Company is hoping to extend its reach in Europe with the launch of its Embrace family of copolyesters for shrink film applications in the region. The Embrace portfolio includes the HY product family, which provides a shrinkage of up to 80 percent, and the LV series, which offers a 30 percent reduced shrink force and is targeted at thin gauge bottles that may be susceptible to distortion during labeling. More

Graham Opens St. Louis Blow Molding Operation
from Plastics News
Graham Packaging Co. LP has commenced manufacturing at its new onsite plant at Henkel Consumer Goods Inc. in St. Louis. York-based Graham is blow molding high density polyethylene bottles for Henkel's Purex-brand laundry detergent. More

El Jimador Introduces Tequila Cocktails in Cans
from Packaging Digest
el Jimador Tequila is introducing what it says is the first authentic tequila cocktail in a can. Beginning in December with California then rolling out to the remainder of the U.S. by late spring, the number one selling ready-to-drink tequila cocktail in Mexico, el Jimador "NEW MIX," will be available where spirits are sold in a single serving or four-pack of cans. More

Rofin's Laser Helps Keep Produce Fresher for Longer
from Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Daventry-based Rofin-Baasel U.K. has developed its StarPerfo Advanced laser perforation system to enhance the reliability of modified atmosphere packaging (MAP), which increases the shelf life of fresh and refrigerated food products. For perishable food in particular, shelf-life has a great influence on its value. More

Flexible Packaging Firm Keeps it in the Family
from Packaging News UK
When William Roberts set up as a paper merchant in central Leeds in 1852, he probably never imagined that more than 150 years later Roberts Mart would still be going strong in the city and run by a sixth generation of his family. Roberts Mart now produces printed flexible packaging, but the family is still very much at the heart of the business; a situation that gives it the freedom to run things as it sees fit and helps the decision-making process. More

Slow Recovery Likely for Blow Molding Units
from Plastics News
Even in a recession, people do have to eat and drink. But that doesn't mean U.S. plastics processors have had to buy new blow molding machines in 2009. "People are still being very cautious on buying equipment," said Al Hodge, vice president of sales at R&B Plastics Machinery LLC in Saline, Mich. Executives at blow molding press makers said a few developments are driving investment. More