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Jan. 13, 2010
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Crushing Label Challenges
from Packaging Digest
Packaging labels play a key role in the supply chain. A well-designed label communicates important product information, helps manufacturers and shippers comply with government and industry regulations and standards, and (if bar codes are involved) acts as the cornerstone for automated tracking and shipping applications. More

BPI to Close Cumbrian PE Packaging Films Plant
from Plastics & Rubber Weekly
British Polythene Industries is set to close its small PE films plant in Brampton, Cumbria, due to a downturn in business for its products. The closure of the Brampton facility, which manufactures film for packaging applications, will lead to the probable loss of up to 39 jobs, said BPI. More

Sigma Buys Miss. Film Extruder McNeely Plastic Products
from Plastics News
Sigma Plastics Group has acquired a majority stake in McNeely Plastic Products Inc., a maker of blown film, laminations and bags in Clinton, Miss. Sigma, the big film and sheet extrusion company based in Lyndhurst, N.J., announced the deal on Jan. 6. Terms were not disclosed. More

Sonoco Hikes Paperboard, Converted-product Prices
from Converting Magazine
Sonoco will increase prices for all uncoated recycled paperboard grades in the U.S. and Canada by $50 per ton effective with shipments on Feb. 1. In addition, the company will increase prices on all paperboard industrial converted products in the U.S. and Canada by 4.5 percent effective with shipments on Feb. 15. More

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Contract Packager Sates Retailers' Thirst for Water Multipacks
from Packaging World
Isbre Holding Corp., Montvale, N.J., successfully began an organized launch of Isbre bottled water in April 2006, opening sales outlets in metropolitan New York City and Philadelphia for individual bottles of its imported Norwegian water. But moving deeper into the American bottled water market was going to require 1- and 0.5-liter multipacks to meet the demands of club stores and larger retailers. More

Stealth Branding Continues
from Brand Packaging
Kleenex launched its Ultra Soft tissue brand in Europe and the U.K. with packaging that swaps the prominent Kleenex logo with the phrase "Feel me" rendered in the brand's signature script. The design highlights the Ultra Soft claim as Kleenex's "softest tissue ever" and will revert to the Kleenex logo after a six month trial. More

Packaging Likely to Remain Stable in '10
from Plastics News
For plastics in packaging, 2010 looks to be a lot like 2009. Compared with building materials or automotive applications, 2009 was pretty good to plastics packaging converters and processors. Sure, there were notable exceptions: PET bottle giant Constar International Inc. and big film extruder Pliant Corp. went belly-up; but overall, demand for packaging stayed pretty stable, said several experts recently interviewed by Plastics News, based in Akron, Ohio. More

Mondi Makes Scunthorpe Site Beacon for Flexo Printing
from Packaging News – UK
Mondi Packaging Wheatley is to become the group's flexo printing 'powerhouse' following an expansion of the site and the creation of 30 new jobs. The Scunthorpe site has been expanded by 2,500m˛ and a new 2,600m˛ warehouse has been taken into operation, leading to the creation of the new positions. Mondi Packaging Wheatley is the group's specialist in NeoSteam and multilayer laminates. More

The Anilox Roll-Heart of the Flexo Process, Second Edition

Joe Trungale's second edition, The Anilox roll – Heart of the Flexo Process, has been newly enhanced and contains an accurate historical review of the flexo printing process, anilox roll construction, information on the various methods of doctoring the ink such as rubber roll, doctor blade and the chambered doctor blade systems. While much has been written over the years about the use and care of anilox rolls, Trungale offers guidelines on cleaning anilox rolls and reviews the various cleaning methods currently being used in the industry.

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