TAPPI to offer 3 unique sessions as part of ICE USA 2013 Pre-Show Seminar Program
ICE USA has announced that TAPPI will bring together the leading experts in the field of flexible packaging and new technology developments to share their insights on the emerging areas of nanotechnology within packaging at the ICE USA 2013 Pre-Show Conference Program on Monday, April 8, in Orlando, Fla.
Liner-in-bottle liquid containment system
A next-generation liquid dispensing and delivery system - featuring a collapsible rigid liner inside a bottle - offers an alternative to the way sensitive chemicals and other products are delivered. Known as BrightPak, the system is the brainchild of ATMI, Inc., a supplier of packaging solutions for specialty liquid materials.
Controls trends to look for in 2013
As in 2011 and 2012, director of business development John Kowal of B&R brings us a look at trends in packaging machinery control and automation. This time around, he also recommends a few action items.
Portola Packaging expanding two plants, closing Batavia, Ill., factory
Closure manufacturer Portola Packaging Inc. is expanding production at its facilities in Kingsport, Tenn., and Tolleson, Ariz., and shuttering its Batavaia, Ill., plant. Portola is spending $12 million to install new high-speed compression and injection molding equipment, upgrade existing production lines, and make infrastructure replacements and upgrades at the Kingsport and Tolleson plants.
Using packaging to avoid food waste
According to the problem that half of all food produced worldwide is reportedly disposed of, INCPEN, an institute for packaging, states packaging plays a key role as an avoidance strategy. Without packaging, manufacturing, transport, distribution, supplies and purchases would be difficult for practically all consumable goods. The kind for packaging makes the difference.
Tapeswitch offers multi-gate interlock switch system
Tapeswitch Corp. offers a new multi-gate monitoring system, consisting of the HE Series noncontact safety interlock switches and multi-gate SCU-1 control unit for machine guarding, where monitoring for a guard is required and locking is not required.
Black packaging recycling made possible
European Plastics News
A consortium of companies has developed a process for recycling black plastic packaging, which previously would have been sent to landfill or for incineration. The group of companies, including Nextek, Sharpak, Faerch Plast and Linpac has worked in conjunction with WRAP, the U.K.-based recycling body, to develop a new colorant that can be detected by Near Infrared (NIR) technology.
Corrugated group Rigid to open third UK site in multi-million pound plan
Corrugated group Rigid Containers has revealed multi-million pound plans to open a third U.K. site this April. The facility, in Wellington, Somerset, will initially open as a distribution center but will, over the course of the year, be equipped with a range of converting machines.
Compliance-prompting pharma packs: More sustainable?
Regardless of packaging materials used, is compliance-prompting packaging inherently more sustainable, given its positive impacts on human health, the economy, and the environment?
Lightweight 64-oz PET bottle
The industry's lightest 64-oz hot-fill polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle establishes a new standard for the size category. The unique stock container for juices and teas from Amcor Rigid Plastics delivers major sustainability advantages by utilizing novel design, tooling, and process technologies to slash 9 grams, or 13.2 percent, from the typical 68-gram PET bottle.
Two-part PS container allows for 'amplified' yogurt experience
Top-selling U.S. yogurt brand Chobani of New Berlin, N.Y., has upped the Greek-style yogurt ante, introducing several new line extensions in unique flavor and packaging options. Among them are six varieties of Chobani Flip in a two-compartment polystyrene package that allows consumers to "just flip the lid and add bold, delicious mix-ins to authentic strained Greek yogurt," says the company.
Prestwich gets a fine long leg from Duo UK
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Manchester-based polythene packaging manufacturer Duo UK has been announced as the new kit sponsors for Prestwich Cricket Club. Duo's commercial director, Anthony Brimelow, explained: "It's our pleasure to lend our support to Prestwich Cricket Club. As a family business we do our best to support the local community and the club is a real hub used by a complete cross section of local people."
Despite tax, Maryland shoppers still using plastic bags
Maryland's largest county took in more revenue than expected in the first year of its shopping bag tax. While the numbers seem to indicate Montgomery County shoppers are not ready to give up their bags, county officials are holding off on any interpretation of the data for at least a few more months.
'Older and wiser' trumps 'youthfulness' as a 2013 trend
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, announced that its most recent consumer insights study has revealed that "Older and Wiser" trumps "Youthfulness" as a trend in 2013.
Color-Logic named Technology Partner by HP Scitex
Color-Logic, developer of color communication systems and software tool sets for a variety of special effect printing application, has been named a Silver Technology Partner by HP Scitex. Together, HP Scitex and Color-Logic reportedly enable large-format printers to produce striking images on metallic substrates.
5 companies under investigation as UK recycling slows in 2012
Five companies are under investigation for failing to meet their packaging waste obligations as it emerged that the U.K.'s total packaging recycling in 2012 fell compared to the previous year.
Top-level considerations for revitalizing package design
It's not always easy to decide when is the right time to update, or "revitalize," a package design. There are many factors to consider, but the motivation is often out of many brand owners' hands. The current competitive environment is driving frequent package design changes in a number of ways: Retailers are asking for new and better packaging, new entries are driving constant innovation, existing brands are piling on the SKUs, private-label products are changing the rules, regulations are requiring more information on packaging, and sustainability improvement requests are becoming ubiquitous.
AptarGroup closing two plants in Europe
European Plastics News
Dispensing systems manufacturer AptarGroup Inc. said it plans to curtail operations in Europe and pick up capital spending in developing countries. Aptar said in a teleconference call on Feb. 8 that it will close a facility in Italy and one in Switzerland. Officials did not identify the closures. On its website the U.S.-based firm said it runs manufacturing plants in San Giacomo, Pescare and San Giovanni in Italy, and Neuchatel in Switzerland. It runs 12 other facilities in Europe.
Hawaiian Host debuts convenient grab-and-go stand-up bags and holiday tins
Hawaii's original chocolate-covered macadamia candy manufacturer unveiled its new holiday tin items and stand-up bags of macadamias at the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade (NASFT), Winter Fancy Food Show recently held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.
MeadWestvaco expanding German pharmaceutical molding center
MeadWestvaco Corp. on Feb. 7 announced plans to invest $7.5 million in its pharmaceutical manufacturing center in Hemer, Germany. The center currently includes clean room injection molding and assembly. The project is driven by growth in preservative-free technology products, according to the Richmond-based global packaging company.
New breakfast milk drink brand opts for Tetra Pak cartons
Tetra Pak has provided the cartons for a new milk-based breakfast drink Fuel. The brand is designed target "breakfast skippers" and is merchandised in the cereal aisle. It's been created by food and drink development broker Fresh Marketing.
Innovia Films acquires Securency International from Reserve Bank of Australia
U.K.-based Innovia Films announced that it has signed an agreement with 50/50 joint venture partner since 1998, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) to buy its 50 percent share in Securency International Pty Ltd. This acquisition is being funded from Innovia's existing cash reserves and is expected to complete on Feb. 28.
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