A manufacturing renaissance in North America
On Jan. 13, 2013, "60 Minutes" aired a segment titled "March of the Machines" which asked - and answered - the question "Are robots hurting job growth?" MIT professors Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson say yes. Although manufacturing has picked up a bit in the U.S. since the Great Recession, what hasn't returned to its former glory is the number of jobs - partly because of technology and increased automation.
Ivex PE foam supply unaffected by fire
Ivex Protective Packaging, reports uninterrupted supply of its polyethylene foam sheet product line despite a fire and explosion that took place at one of its Sidney, Ohio, manufacturing facilities Jan. 25, 2013.
Paccor beefs up UK food packaging operation
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
German-based rigid plastic packaging manufacturer Paccor has strengthened its food packaging division in the U.K. by hiring David Blake. Blake is now sales manager for food packaging in the U.K. and Ireland.
Molded-pulp bottle is perfect for protein powder line
In March 2011, green cleaning products company Seventh Generation was the first to debut a new package format for its liquid laundry detergent that was strikingly unique in appearance and provided a number of sustainability advantages versus traditional household care products packaging.
Rewinding design to move a brand fast forward
Whether holding a bouffant or beehive, Aqua Net has played a leading role in women's hairdos since the fabulous fifties. The antidote to a bad hair day, Aqua Net was the go-to brand throughout the 60s, 70s and 80s. The sound of the familiar "hsssssss" gave women confidence that each strand of hair would stay in place through bee-bop or at a sock hop. It has heritage - and according to a Yankelovich study, 58 percent of Americans agree "you can depend upon brands that have been around for a long time to produce good, quality products."
Chesapeake rolls out sleeves for Paolos pasta
Chesapeake Newcastle has produced a series of mouldable cartonboard sleeves for Swedish pasta brand Paolos. The sleeves, according to Chesapeake, are the first printed packs to be launched onto the market using Impressions, a process for converting the mouldable cartonboard material called FibreForm. The material is made by specialist cartonboard manufacturer BillerudKorsnäs.
Staples deploys on-demand, custom case making
Staples rolls out on-demand case-making system that produces a custom case size for every order. At its Oak Creek, Wis., facility, two machines convert 151 box sizes at 300/hr. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples, Inc. is the world's largest supplier of office products, including office supplies, technology, furniture, copy and print services, and cleaning and breakroom supplies.
Rinco Ultrasonics' new FPA series ultrasonic pouch sealing systems enable users to increase seal strength, improve aesthetics, and broaden the processing window versus competitive ultrasonic sealing and heat sealing processes. They are applicable for sealing flexible packaging for dry and liquid foods, personal care items and electronics.
Food manufacturers cling to flexible packaging
Processors can't get enough flexible packaging, for everything from fruit chips to ready-to-drink (RTD) cocktails. Flexible packaging's light weight and convenience are core drivers, but innovative structures and graphic treatments for pouches, bags and shrink labels are also fueling demand. The shift to flexible packaging is occurring among national brand owners and private labelers, and it's happening domestically as well as overseas.
Glossop Cartons orders cutting and creasing machine
Glossop Cartons has confirmed the world's first production order for a Highcon Euclid digital cutting and creasing machine that will enable it to offer customers faster speeds to market, greater flexibility, and cost savings on shorter runs.
Rich Teese dress takes the fashion biscuit
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Burlesque performer Dita Von Teese has stepped onto the catwalk dressed in nothing more than plastic biscuit packaging. The 40-year-old was appearing at the Alter Wartesaal restaurant in Cologne – a regular haunt for the city's fashionistas.
Waste reduction is central to Unilever's sustainability strategy
In November 2010, Unilever launched a new strategic business direction in the form of The Sustainable Living Plan, a company-wide initiative to double the size of the business by 2020 while reducing emissions by half in that same time frame. Unilever is one of the world's leading suppliers of food, home, and personal care products, with global sales of more than $67 billion in 2012.
Study reveals what women want from health and wellness
Anthem Worldwide, the brand development practice of Schawk Inc., whose integrated global network provides innovative solutions to articulate, unify and manage brand impact to create compelling and consistent brand experiences, announces the results of its latest study in the white paper, "What Women Really Want From Health And Wellness."
New Linpac division targets chilled retail convenience sector
Linpac Packaging is looking to target the growing chilled retail convenience sector for the first time after it launched a new range of packaging products for the market.
Nypro says sale to Jabil will facilitate growth
Jabil Circuit Inc. will buy Nypro Inc. for $665 million - a major strategic acquisition that gives the $17 billion contract manufacturer a new market of packaging and beefs up its molding for medical disposable goods and consumer electronics.
Closure failure behind Novartis OTC recall
Novartis Consumer Health has announced that it is voluntarily recalling certain lots of Triaminic Syrups and Theraflu Warming Relief Syrups that were manufactured in the United States before December 2011. Novartis Consumer Health has decided to issue a voluntary recall to consumers, retail customers and wholesalers in the U.S. because the child-resistant feature of the bottle cap may not function properly, enabling the cap to be removed with the tamper-evident seal still in place.
MEGTEC Systems acquires TurboSonic Technologies
MEGTEC Systems, a global design, engineering, manufacturing and services company providing air pollution control resource recovery, and sustainable energy-related industrial equipment and services to a wide range of market sectors, announces the acquisition of TurboSonic Technologies, effective immediately.
Compliance-prompting pharma packs: More sustainable?
Last summer Walmart announced that it would begin using compliance-prompting packaging for consumer medications at 3,600 of its in-store pharmacies nationwide. In December, it launched a second compliance pack in 4,600 of its stores across the U.S. The adoption of these paperboard-based calendarized blister packs for its pharmaceutical products, in addition to its use of the traditional amber-vial container with cap, was said to have been made as part of Walmart's commitment help its customers "live better."
Finding the connection between brands and consumers
Imagine going into a clothing store tomorrow. You're on the hunt for a new pair of jeans. A salesperson comes over as you enter, hands you a shirt and points you to the register for purchasing. Confused and caught off guard, you obediently step into the line before your wits arrive. A glance at the shirt in your hands quickly shows it's not your size, a color you hate, and you have more than a slight suspicion it's intended for the opposite gender. And, wait, didn't you come in to buy pants, anyway?
HaloPolymer passes European food packaging laws
European Plastics News
Russian fluoropolymer producer HaloPolymer says its F-4 and F4-D products are now compliant with European Directive No. 10/2011, meaning they can be used for food packaging.
Putting packs in the food waste limelight
Two major launches last month brought the topic of food waste into the spotlight; but recognition of the role of packaging in reducing food waste was scant at best. Josh Brooks considers the issue and the responses to it.
Explosion strikes headquarters of Mexico's Pemex
The president of Mexico's largest plastic bag-making organization said Friday he expects supplies of low density polyethylene from state oil company Petróleos Mexicanos to be unaffected by a massive explosion that killed several dozen people and injured 100 others at the company's headquarters in Mexico City.
PET recycling industry is threatened by persistent structural market failures across Europe
On the one hand, the current collection infrastructures have reached their limit and the collection of PET bottles is stagnating around 50 percent whereas the balance of the uncollected PET is still landfilled or incinerated. "Europe is not maximizing the sustainable use of a valuable resource such as post-consumer PET" said Casper van den Dungen (Chairman of the EuPR PET Working Group).
Bodtker Group acquires blow and injection molder Reliance Products
Bodtker Group of Calgary has added container blow molding and injection molding by acquiring a supplier, Reliance Products LP, for undisclosed terms. Reliance in Winnipeg, Manitoba, already molds containers for industrial and consumer markets, mainly from high density polyethylene. For some applications it creates an internal barrier layer by inline fluorination, according to Bodtker leader of human resources and marketing Alanna Deis.
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