Freedom Smokeless automates US packaging for popular e-cigs Packaging Digest Automation is helping U.S. companies compete on a global scale with cost-effective local manufacturing and packaging. In the fast-growing market of electronic cigarettes, contract manufacturer Freedom Smokeless has invested in highly automated filling, assembly and packaging systems — developed and "Made in the USA."
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Industry developments give packagers an edge PFFC Holography plays an important role in packaging as manufacturers face the challenge of capturing customer attention by giving products a highly distinctive decorative edge over competitors. Here are highlights of some of the latest award-winning industry developments that can give packaging producers an edge.
Want to know the plastics industry 2014 color(s) of choice? Plastics Today Last year, those in the fashion industry were either appalled or thrilled by the announcement that the 2014 Pantone Color of the Year was Radiant Orchid. For more than a decade, Pantone's Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design.
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New ConviTray turns heat up for ready-meal market Packaging News Norwegian food manufacturer Fjordland and Swiss packaging development company Comvince aim to bring improved quality to the €30 billion ready meal market with the new ConviTray concept. With long shelf-life and ovenable up to 240°C, the ConviTray looks set to expand premium product opportunities
Poultry processor switches to 100 percent recyclable trays Greener Package Saudi Arabian food company selects PET-based poultry trays that provide 100 percent recyclability. Saudi Arabian dairy foods giant, Almarai, has selected OCTAL's high-definition DPET/PE™ trays for packaging its poultry product line, Alyoum. Says OCTAL, its high-grade trays replace traditional polypropylene/polyethylene containers, providing Almarai a cost-effective 100 percent recyclable product.
Deal takes Graham Partners' blow molding group into Georgia Plastics News Graham Partners is taking another step in creating a nationwide network of regional blow molding companies, this time striking a deal to move into the Southeast. The Newtown Square, Pa.-based private equity firm, through its Convergence Packaging affiliate, is acquiring Precision Medical Inc. of Hoschton, Ga., near Atlanta.
Putting Innovations on Paper From the discovery of hollow sphere pigments to the development of high-strength binders, Dow has been putting innovations on paper and paperboard for more than 50 years. MORE
Gerresheimer reports sales up in 2013 European Plastics News Geman-based company Gerresheimer AG, has announced increased revenues for 2013 of 3.8 percent on 2012, totaling €1.27 billion. Gerresheimer which specializes in plastic and glass products targeting the global pharmaceutical and healthcare industries, corresponds this growth, at constant exchange rates, to 5.8 percent.
Super Bowl packaging ad prompts LiquiGlide reaction Packaging Digest Did Heinz spend $4 million to highlight how inefficient and frustrating its packaging can be? LiquiGlide believes it did and leveraged a "super" opportunity with a video response (screen capture shown above) — and updates Packaging Digest on the impending commercial roll-out of its unique, waste-reducing technology.
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Keywords can make, break reputation PFFC As consumers become much more savvy about ingredients, product manufacturers would be well-advised to "come clean" about their claims — including the use of certain label keywords. Attempts to deceive or split hairs about health and quality claims are increasingly being scrutinized by the blogosphere and beyond. Companies caught making untrue or lame claims on their labels will be called to task more than ever before.
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PAFA reassured by Wrap recycling clarification Plastics & Rubber Weekly The Packaging and Films Association (PAFA) hosted an event for senior industry figures in London to provide updates on the legislative trends in the U.K. and Europe that will impact plastic packaging, recycling and material supply.
Supply chain puts consolidation pressure on packaging sector Plastics News Plastic packaging companies, feeling squeezed from both their suppliers as well as their customers, are looking at mergers and acquisitions as a way to stay relevant. Plastic packaging deals dipped last year compared with the year before, but the number still was within the historic range of annual transactions since the turn of the century, according to Thomas Blaige, CEO of Blaige & Co., a Chicago-based investment banking firm focused on plastics, packaging and chemicals.
Business reviews now available on the TAPPI Buyer's Guide MultiView Nearly seven out of 10 people read online reviews before making a purchase, and in the business-to-business world, reviews are even more important in the decision-making process. To help in your purchasing decisions, we are pleased to announce that we've now incorporated business reviews into our TAPPI Buyer's Guide. Now you have the opportunity to share your experiences with a company's products or services with your fellow colleagues, or read what others have to say about a potential future vendor. Visit the TAPPI Buyer's Guide to search for qualified product and service providers and write a review.
Packaging company Gualapack plans expansion European Plastics News Italian flexible packaging company Gualapack is extending its international reach with plans to further grow its newly launched production plant in Latin America. The company, already manufacturing through plants and partnerships in Europe, China, Japan and the U.S., expects to expand output at its facility in Costa Rica and increase the workforce fourfold from 30 to 160 by 2017.
Packaging Patent: An improved, temperature-controlled shipper Packaging Digest This recently published patent describes a box system for keeping medicine, healthcare products and other payloads at a desired temperature for prolonged periods of time. The system generally includes three or more insulating materials between a refrigerant and the payload so that the payload is not cold-shocked by the refrigerant, but instead maintains a desired temperature range during shipment.
Graphene research gets funding boost Plastics Today The UK Technology Strategy Board and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are offering funding of up to $4.2 million in feasibility studies to accelerate commercial applications for the carbon material graphene.
Thermoformer Flexpak adds equipment, eyes growth in Mexico Plastics News Custom thermoformer and contract packaging firm Flexpak Corp. of Phoenix added two Keyence Corp. model 5120 laser markers in December and plans, during 2014, to seek certification under the ISO 13485 medical standard.
Weidenhammer reports purchase of AR units off European Plastics News Germany-based Weidenhammer Packaging Group has announced that its planned acquisition of A&R Carton Lund and Flextrus has been called-off. The planned acquisition was revealed in November 2013 with Weidenhammer, a supplier of composite cans, composite drums and plastic containers, agreeing in a joint letter of intent with Sweden-based AR Packaging Group that it would purchase A&R Carton Lund and Flextrus.
Sepro America expands its presence in the West Plastics Today Sepro America is feeling pretty comfortable in the western region of the U.S. Paul Rudzinski, regional sales manager for Sepro, told PlasticsToday at PLASTEC West that medical processors in California and automotive molders in Texas were actively buying robots in 2013. To meet the market demand, Sepro expanded its product line and added sales representatives. As a result, Sepro America tripled its sales in the western U.S., compared to 2012.
Berkosan launches new Turkish packaging factory European Plastics News Turkish plastic packaging manufacturer Berkosan has launched a new production facility in Bozüyük, in Turkey's north-western Bilecik region. The facility was set up in the Bozüyük organized industrial zone (BORSAB), the company said in a filing to the Istanbul stock exchange.
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