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Health care will be major driver of plastic packaging
Packaging World
The global plastic packaging market — defined as bags, pouches, films, containers, and envelopes made from plastic — was valued at $259.65 billion in 2013 and is expected to reach $370.25 billion by 2020, growing at a CAGR of 5.2 percent over the forecast period between 2014 and 2020. In terms of volume, the plastic packaging market was worth 78,400.2 kilo tons in 2013. That’s according to a new study, “Plastic Packaging Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2014 – 2020,” from Transparency Market Research.
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4 design trends in ecommerce packaging
Packaging Digest
In the past, retailers have treated shipping cases as an afterthought. Over the past several years, that has started to change as packaging has been elevated past the plain poly bag or brown box. More brands are putting greater emphasis on their packaging, and that’s an important trend to note. What’s even more interesting is how much consumers care about the specialized packaging.
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Recycling reduces bacterial loading for corrugated shippers
Packaging World
Testing and analysis conducted by the University of California-Davis and toxicology experts Haley & Aldrich investigating the cleanliness of corrugated shipping containers confirmed that all corrugated containers tested met acceptable sanitation levels. "One hundred percent of the samples evaluated were below the sanitation levels of 1,000 colony forming units [CFU] per swab for the organisms tested," says Maryann Sanders, Senior Toxicologist, Microbiologist, and Regulatory Compliance Specialist at Haley & Aldrich.
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Are plastic bottles the next big target for bans?
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A number of U.S. cities and counties have passed legislationOpens in a new window banning plastic bags, and others have bans in the works. The reasoning is straightforward: According to the Environmental Protection AgencyOpens in a new window, Americans generated 32 million tons of plastic waste in 2012, with a recycle rate of just 12 percent. All that waste is bad for the environment — and it's expensive
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Compact dual-dispenser targets skin care 'nomads'
Packaging Digest
A new 30ml size of the patented VariBlend dual-dispensing technology lets beauty and health care companies tap into the global megatrend of “nomadism.” With this on-the-go package, busy consumers can easily take their favorite skin care products with them — for use at work, while traveling or during leisure activities.
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In addition to being a manufacturer of quality metal, composite, and plastic doctor blades, Allison Systems now offers OEM and custom design chamber end seals. MORE
 


In-mold labeling still a niche, but growing, application
Plastics Today
While we've been talking about in-mold labeling (IML) for nearly two decades now, the technology is still a niche application, with a 26 percent share of the label market in North America. With all of the advantages of IML, one of the biggest deterrents is the long, complex supply chain that often means greater up-front costs. "The supply structure is complex with myriad suppliers," noted Corey Reardon, President and CEO at Alexander Watson Associates, in his keynote presentation at the annual IMLCON/IMDCON conference that was held in Miami, Florida, on Feb. 18 and 19.
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Packaging giant RPC buying Dutch blow molder PET Power BV
Plastics News
Packaging giant RPC Group plc has continued its investment and growth in the PET sector through the acquisition of Etten-Leur, the Netherlands-based PET Power BV. The purchase brings together two of the principal players in the European packaging market. PET Power makes plastics packaging for the pharmaceutical, cosmetic and foodstuffs industries. The PET blow molding specialist was established in 1995, employs more than 200 and has sales offices in 19 countries.
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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.


3-D printing advantages solidify for packaging
Packaging Digest
At Pack Expo East, David Macfie of Cimquest provided an overview and update of 3-D printing technology, citing companies including The Dial Corp. and Silgan Plastics that were using it for packaging. “By noon today, everyone in this room will have been impacted by 3-D printing,” declared David Macfie of Cimquest, a Value Added Reseller (VAR) of 3-D printing systems operating throughout the northeast U.S. that also offers 3-D scanning services.
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New coconut 'So Delicious' beverages introduced in aseptic cartons
Brand Packaging
They are made exclusively from GM-free organic coconuts and are guaranteed dairy-free: The "So Delicious Dairy Free" creamy coconut beverages from U.S. food manufacturer So Delicious Dairy Free are made for everyone who, for health reasons or simply on principle, wants to avoid dairy products or is just looking for new ways to eat a varied and healthy diet. In addition to Cococcino Mocha and Cococcino Latte flavors, for the winter season Pumpkin Spice, Nog and Mint Chocolate varieties are also on sales shelves in the aseptic carton pack combifitMidi from SIG Combibloc.
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Be comfortable in your role as a packaging leader
Packaging Digest
Packaging leaders not only guide their own teams, they help direct the industry at large. One way of doing that is to be active, visible and vocal in the community. When Denise Lefebvre spoke at Packaging Digest’s Global Food & Beverage Packaging Summit in 2014, she was frank about the consumer and packaging trends PepsiCo is tracking and why, including emerging packaging challenges in e-commerce and modular machines for right-sized production.
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Loop-and-hook closure keeps bath salts fresh
Packaging World
Dr. Teal's, part of the PDC brands family, has integrated the VELCRO Brand's PRESS-LOK closure from Velcro Industries into the packaging of its range of Epsom salt bath soaking products — the first application of the VELCRO closure in the wellness and beauty category. Dr. Teal’s prides itself on providing the best quality and cut of Epsom salt by using premium Magnesium Sulfate U.S.P. grade with essential oils. Utilizing PRESS-LOK ensures freshness while allowing for easy alignment and secure fastening, ideal for the packaging containing Dr. Teal's fine-grain, therapeutic Epsom salts.
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Packaging more important than celebrity for teen shoppers
Packaging News
A special in-depth study by Easyfairs, organizers of Packaging Innovations, has found that teenage girls are big fans of limited edition packs. The study tracked the daily routine of teenage girls when shopping on and offline. Results showed that when it comes to packaging, teenage girls "love" limited edition packs and special deals; rarely use QR codes; switch between low-cost brands; view celebrity endorsement as irrelevant and are clueless on packaging symbols.
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US film recycling leaps 11 percent
Plastics News
Post-consumer plastic film packaging recycling jumped 11 percent year-over-year, according to new findings from the American Chemistry Council. The new statistics, based on 2013 numbers, were released Feb. 24 as part of the Plastics Recycling 2015 conference in Dallas. The jump of 116 million pounds, to an estimated 1.14 billion pounds, marks the highest annual collection total since the ACC started surveying collection in 2005.
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Phoenix Technologies launches new melt-form rPET pellet for bulk handling packaging applications
Plastics Today
Phoenix Technologies International, a producer of recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET), is announcing the availability of its latest resin grade. The announcement is expected to open the door for additional, larger commercializations of rPET bottles and containers for a wide variety of food, beverage and other applications.
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