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New Yorkers react to Bloomberg's plan to ban PS foam
Barely 24 hours have passed since Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed an all-out ban on plastic foam food containers in the city and already New Yorkers are asking: So what do we use instead? Bloomberg's announcement, made in his State of the City address, left consumers and food vendors big and small wondering what a city free of plastic foam might look like.
Management: So, should we patent that?
Your team has been working hard to solve an important production problem. Finally, a technical breakthrough means that the problem can be solved. The customer is going to be happy. At the wrap-up meeting, someone asks, "So, should we patent that?" What are your options? How will you decide?
Paccor sells its food service business to Nutripack
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Paccor Netherlands has sold its injection moulding food service business to Nutripack Benelux, an affiliate of the Proplast group. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Aenova partners with packaging supplier to address global pharmaceutical market changes
Restructured international pharmaceutical markets demand new manufacturing strategies. To ensure efficient packaging processes, Aenova and Romaco take a fresh approach. The development cooperation between the Aenova Group and Romaco demonstrates how the production of blister packs can be further improved.
Amcor profits soar as it acquires operations from AGI-Shorewood
Amcor has posted record profits for the last six months of 2012 and has hit the acquisition trail again, with a deal to buy AGI-Shorewood's Tobacco Packaging and Specialty Folding Carton Operations for $114.8 million.
eStorefront for medical device packaging launches
Printpack announces the launch of a new online eStore offering stock sizes of sterilizable header bags for medical device packaging. The new website allows customers to order Kwikbreathe and Kwiktear header bags. Kwikbreathe bags have plastic-to-plastic, fiber-free, easy-open peel seals and a patented window design that reportedly breathes two to three times faster than competitive products.
Bemis Company announces 30th consecutive annual dividend increase
Bemis Company, Inc. announced that its Board of Directors has approved a four percent increase in the quarterly cash dividend, increasing it to 26 cents per share compared to the previous quarterly dividend of 25 cents per share.
US government warns on 'compostable' plastic
The US Federal Trade Commission has issued a revised version of its "Green Guide" which warns against making deceptive environmental claims. The FTC has power to prosecute in such cases. The FTC says at 260.7(a) that "It is deceptive to misrepresent, directly or by implication, that a product or package is compostable."
Plastic bag bans receive mixed reviews in Brazil
It took less than a year for residents of São Paulo, the world's eighth most populous city, to squash a new state law eliminating free plastic grocery bags, loved locally as mini trash can liners. But a growing number of smaller cities around the country have embraced similar laws, and a handful of other Brazilian states introduced plastic bag bans in late 2012 that have held firm.
2012 sales of energy drinks and shots top $12.5 billion
In broad strokes, health and wellness-related beverage products are seeing increased consumer penetration, while classic beverages-especially colas-are seeing consumer attrition. Specifically, functional ready-to-drink (RTD) beverages, namely energy drinks, sports drinks, and tea, have increased consumer penetration over the past few years.
MOCON Model measures WVTR of high-barrier films
MOCON is launching a new system to measure the water vapor transmission rate (WVTR) of ultra-high barrier films. The new-generation AQUATRAN Model 2 WVTR measurement instrument targets commercial or developmental ultra-high barrier structures, including flexible films for organic light-emitting display (OLED), solar, and similar demanding applications.
Nampak gets the pints in
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Plastic milk bottle manufacturer Nampak Plastics claims to have made the world's lightest four-pint HDPE bottle. Weighing in at just 32g, the bottle - which is currently undergoing trials with a number of Nampak's customers - represents a 20 percent material saving on the standard four-pint version found in most supermarkets, said the company.
Seed mix entices in new windowed bag
A new package design for 20-lb bags of food-plot seed for deer allows for gravure-printed graphics across the entire bag, as well as a see-through window insert.
Global demand for caps to hit £30 billion by 2016
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
A new study says that global demand for caps and closures will grow 5.3 percent per annum to hit £30 billion by 2016. The Freedonia report says growth will be driven by raw material price increases and greater use of value-added closures such as tamper evident or child resistant types.
PRINT 13 to debut new and re-imagined show floor attractions
Attendees at PRINT 13 slated for Sept. 8-12, 2013 in Chicago's McCormick Place will find a host of new and exciting show floor attractions that demonstrate this year's "Innovate, Integrate, Communicate" theme. PRINT 13 is recognized as the year's comprehensive exhibition for digital, offset, flexo and hybrid technologies, products and services for the commercial, package printing and converting, display, in-plant, transactional, publishing, mailing, photo imaging and marketing industries.
The flexible Stand Up Pouch: an ideal package style for snacks
Snack products are one of the most popular products in today's supermarkets, and represent a strong selling item in the store. They can be strategically positioned in the store for quick point of purchase, like end of aisle or check out register to engage impulse buying habits by consumers. The type and design of the package is very important to attract the attention of the consumer.
Standard-Knapp's new 597 Tritium Multipacker is a continuous-motion multipacker capable of handling applications in the food, beverage and personal care industries. With single, double and three lane configurations, the Tritium swiftly arranges products into compact pack patterns and wraps the configurations in film, thereby eliminating the need for trays and pads.
BYK-Gardner smart-lab analyzes color in lab
BYK-Gardner announces a new software smart-lab for color analysis and effect analysis in the laboratory that analyzes all data measured with the BYK-mac: six-angle color, sparkle, and graininess. The measurements are taken in an online mode and are displayed instantly after measurement or can be retrieved from the linked database (sdf-format for efficient data analysis of large data sets).
Global demand for caps to hit $46 billion by 2016
European Plastics News
A new study says that global demand for caps and closures will grow 5.3 percent per annum to hit $46.4 billion by 2016. The Freedonia report says growth will be driven by raw material price increases and greater use of value-added closures such as tamper evident or child resistant types.
Nanotechnology: Observing the regulatory frontier
Nanotechnology and nanomaterials offer considerable promise in the medical device community. They also pose considerable challenges. How does the U.S. provide the funding to encourage nano-based research? How do we harmonize global research on this front? How do companies gain clarity on regulatory issues pertaining to nanotechnology? What are the scientific facts surrounding possible nano-related environmental, health, and safety risks?
Alpla to open US blow moulding plant
European Plastics News
Alpla will spend more than $20 million to open a U.S. blow moulding plant by July. The plant in Bowling Green, Ky., is expected to employ 72, according to a February 12 news release from the office of Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear. Alpla bought the 108,000 square-foot plant from the Bowling Green Economic Development Commission, which had built it to attract manufacturing work.
PAFA backs Minister's plan to tackle recyclate quality
Plans by Resource Management Minister Lord de Mauley to tackle the issue of variable quality of recyclate have been applauded by the Packaging and Films Association (PAFA). According to PAFA, the variable quality of recyclate has long acted as "a damper on the recycling sector in the U.K."
New materials recycling challenges addressed
Representatives from three plastics-related organizations present updates on the latest initiatives being developed to address emerging package recycling challenges at The Packaging Conference. When it comes to packaging materials, innovation and recycling are sometimes at odds.
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