PLACE Weekly Wrap-Up
Dec. 16, 2009

Flex Pack Benefits Fuel Segment Growth
from Packaging Digest
While the U.S. packaging market lies in the doldrums due to the recession and a mature market, flexible packaging is one segment that keeps growing. The reasons are simple: Consumers demand the convenience, quality, functionality and value that flexible packaging can provide. In addition, flexible packaging substrates help cut costs and can offer sustainability advantages by reducing the amount of materials required to cut package weight and lower transportation costs. Flexible packaging also is finding increasing favor for food and beverages, whose consumption continues to grow. More

Plastic Bags Recycled into Nanotubes
from NewScientist
Waste plastic from "throwaway" carrier bags can be readily converted into carbon nanotubes. The chemist who developed the technique has even used the nanotubes to make lithium-ion batteries. This is called "upcycling" converting a waste product into something more valuable. Finding ways to upcycle waste could encourage more recycling: for instance, bacteria can convert plastic drinks bottles into a more expensive plastic. More

Shake-up at Amcor in Readiness for Alcan Takeover
from Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Packaging giant Amcor has announced a raft of management changes in anticipation of its $2bn takeover of Alcan. Under the new structure, Peter Brues, currently president of the Flexibles Food and Flexibles Healthcare business, will lead the Amcor Flexibles Europe and Americas division. This group combines the flexibles divisions with Alcan Packaging Global Pharmaceutical and Food Europe businesses. More

Digital Converting Systems
from Converting Magazine
It's not your father's desktop printer anymore. Here are the latest offerings in digital presses, diecutters, coaters and all-in-one in-line systems, too. More

Paper and Packaging Sector Struggles to Develop Talent, Says Survey
from Packaging Digest
A recent survey from executive search and leadership advisory firm Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. shows that talent tops the list of concerns for executives in the North American paper and packaging sector, with only 4 percent believing strongly that their talent management is prepared for current challenges facing the industry. More

Films 101: Back to Basics
from PFFC Online
Despite the proliferation of films in everyday life from sandwich bags to soda labels many converters know only the bare minimum about working with film materials. Companies specializing in film production are familiar with the environmental and economical trends impacting today's industry. More

Global Trends in Stretch and Shrink Film
from Plastemart
The stretch and shrink film industry is among the fastest growing and most dynamic flexible packaging segments in Europe, and has been studied by Andrew Reynolds, Research Director at Applied Market Information. Consumption of stretch and shrink film is now in excess of 2.1 mln tpa in Europe. More

Nigeria: Shongai Plans Investment in Innovative Packaging
from All Africa
Shongai Packaging Industry Limited has announced plans to expand its production activities through further investment in the production of innovative packaging products. According to the chairman of the company, Alhaji Mohammed Kassim, the decision to increase its investment was borne out of an audit of its business operations, which led to the identification of a number of areas where more funding is needed so as to better integrate and consolidate its operations. More

LyondellBasell Tips the Balance with New Resin
from European Plastics News
LyondellBasell has launched a PE resin with wide application in blown film applications. According to the company, the Lupolen GX 4081 grade features a "superior" balance of mechanical properties and a "unique" combination of stiffness and toughness offering significant down-gauging potential up to double digits for numerous flexible packaging applications. More