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What is the future of global packaging? Find out at the 2014 TAPPI PLACE Conference
TAPPI
Dave Parrillo, Global R&D Director for The Dow Chemical Company will share his insights on the industry's future in his Keynote address at the 2014 TAPPI PLACE Conference. Parrillo is one of three Keynotes slated for the event, May 13-15, 2014 at the Sawgrass Marriott in Ponte Vedra, Fla., USA. Visit the event's website or view the conference brochure for more information. Register on or before April 7 for the best rates.
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Patented anti-microbial: A future silver lining in packaged food safety?
Packaging Digest
A patented disinfectant formulation that synergistically combines citric acid with the known bacteriostatic properties of ionic silver is potentially applicable for treating packaging. Silver has been widely recognized and accepted for decades as an antimicrobial agent used for treating surfaces.
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British American Tobacco threatens court action over plain packs
Packaging News
British American Tobacco (BAT) is considering legal action against the U.K. government over plain packaging regulation, according to The Telegraph.
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Quality doctor blades and end-seals


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
 


Compostables do damage recyclate properties, says US group
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
A U.S. trade group is refuting a report out of Europe that maintains that using up to 10 percent compostable plastic does not impact mechanical properties of recycled post-consumer plastics.
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Material Insights: Bad weather helps push up PE prices
Plastics News
A list of things that will never end includes the Winter of 2014 and volatility in resin pricing. Those topics merged in February as bad weather helped push through a 4-cent-per-pound price hike on all grades of polyethylene in North America.
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Packaging: The great brand differentiator
Brand Packaging
The need for packaging to play a more strategic role in the overall marketing mix is something we hear frequently from big and small brands alike. Marketing budgets are shrinking, and packaging has to sell the brand. There is a big difference, though, in writing that in a brief versus truly embracing the idea of using packaging as your main marketing weapon.
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Reusable caps offer solution to recycling
European Plastics News
Clever Caps bottle-caps, designed by Brazil-based packaging company Clever Pack, offer a new environmentally friendly way of reusing caps.
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  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
 


Is plastics the most sustainable material for packaging?
Plastics Today
Most of the time when there is talk about plastic packaging and sustainability, it centers on lightweighting, bioplastics, etc. However, a new study argues that your typical plastic packaging made from petrochemicals do just fine in enhancing a package's environmental performance.
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War on bagginess
PFFC
Bagginess is an area that many paper, film, and foil converters struggle with. Due to many factors — including the lack of good bagginess quantified measurements, need for feedback from roll unwinding measurements/observations (usually at customer processing), and complexity of process and material properties that create bagginess forms — bagginess continues to plague many web producers as an uncontrolled variation in product quality.
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  Merak - for precise and effortless cutting

The Merak is a GS-tested safety knife for cutting with fully automatic blade retraction. Designed with a squeeze-grip, shallow cutting depth & made from nearly indestructible engineering plastic.
 


Make sure alternative wine packaging complies with federal requirements
Packaging Digest
Innovative designs for packaging wine have taken off in recent years. Although the proverbial bag-in-box design has been around for more than 20 years, the use of PET as a replacement for glass bottles for wine has been around for less than a decade. And the newest innovation just came about last fall, with the introduction by Truett-Hurst Inc., Healdsburg, Calif., of a paper "bottle," which consists of a molded outer shell made from recycled paperboard and a plastic liner.
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Plastribution acquires flexible and rigid plastics supplier
Packaging News
Plastribution, U.K. distributor of plastics raw materials, has acquired Cheshire-based flexible and rigid plastics supplier, Armstrong Bradley, for an undisclosed sum.
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  Reduce TiO2 Costs with Vinyl Binders

Use PVAc or VAE binders to achieve brightness and opacity while reducing expensive TiO2. Learn how BrightCoat can help you meet your optical and strength goals. 
 


Project will assess plastic packaging volumes
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Wrap and Valpak have combined forces for two packaging studies — "Plastic Market Flow 2014," which will review the amount of plastic packaging placed in circulation, and "Metal Flow 2014," which will look at metal packaging.
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The elephant in the parking lot
Brand Packaging
Laura Zielinski writes, "I was recently listening to an address where the speaker was talking about using gimmicks to draw a crowd. If there ever was a gimmick, the example he gave was it: Every so often, before it wised up for good, his organization would rent an elephant, invite people to come see the beast, then speak to the attendees about a subject that had nothing to do with pachyderms."
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MillerCoors lightens up with plastic bottles
Crain's Chicago Business via Plastics News
MillerCoors LLC is putting its economy beers on a diet. The Chicago-based brewer last month began swapping in plastic for glass in some 32- and 40-ounce beers, a move that shaves 1 pound from each bottle of its 10 least-expensive brews. There's a financial incentive for MillerCoors, which, like other brewers, has experienced slowing sales of its biggest brands.
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Study by GVM: Little relevance of plastic carrier bags to waste
Flexible Packaging Magazine
Consumption of plastic bags in Germany is low in comparison with the rest of Europe. Moreover, bags are often used again and disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner. This has been confirmed in a study by GVM, the German Society for Packaging Market Research, on occasion of the congress of the Federal Environment Agency UBA.
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For Japanese consumers, it's all about the pretty packages
Plastics Today
Heather Caliendo writes, "Isn't it just fascinating how the various cultural tastes affect international food packaging design? When I travel to other countries, I love checking out the various packaging that is displayed — what types of material is used, how it is shaped, etc. I guess that's what happens when I write about an industry that is everywhere."
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Tools for making your sustainable packaging stick
Greener Package
To create a successful sustainable packaging, follow these tips to determining your objectives and executing your resulting strategy.
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Is plastics the most sustainable material for packaging?
Plastics Today
Most of the time when there is talk about plastic packaging and sustainability, it centers on lightweighting, bioplastics, etc. However, a new study argues that your typical plastic packaging made from petrochemicals do just fine in enhancing a package's environmental performance.

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Organic lip balm gets compostable packaging
Greener Package
New line of organic lip balms is launched in biodegradable, compostable paper tubes. Eco Lips, an organic lip care company based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has introduced three new flavors of its ONE WORLD line packaged in tubes made from biodegradable, compostable paper.

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2014 TAPPI PLACE Conference to feature nanotechnology session
TAPPI
Would you like to know more about nanotechnology and how it will affect your industry? Find out how at the 2014 TAPPI PLACE Conference, May 13-15, 2014 at the Sawgrass Marriott in Ponte Vedra, Fla.

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Moldable, biodegradable food packaging: Product of the Day
Packaging Digest
Ahlstrom NatureMold is a new patent-pending, biodegradable molding material for food packaging for a range of food applications. It combines environmental certification, product differentiation, and performance all in one package.
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Constar UK saved by turnaround investor
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
The U.K. arm of Constar has been purchased by Sherburn Acquisitions for £4.3 million after its U.S. parent collapsed into bankruptcy following the loss a contract with PepsiCo.
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Octal plant in Ohio to make PET sheet from waste
Plastics News
Octal Petrochemicals LLC FCZ is spending millions now and plans to spend millions more later as the PET sheet and resin maker plants its first manufacturing flag in the United States. The company's freshly minted decision to create a new facility in West Chester, Ohio, will cost $18 million and provide 50 jobs, Chief Operating Officer Joe Barenberg said.
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Europen releases report on packaging waste rates
European Plastics News
Europen, the Belgium-based European organization for packaging and the environment, has released an in-depth report, using official EU data, on the evolution of packaging waste rates between 1998-2011.
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Labeling outlook: Big changes ahead!
Flexible Packaging Magazine
Congratulations! The labeling industry is alive and thriving! However, some major changes to the industry could cause a bit of a shake up. New labeling requirements include not only the FDA requirements on drug safety labeling which came about in Q4 2013, but there have also been talks of a revamp of Food Nutrition Facts labels as well.
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NCG expands into recycling with German facility
European Plastics News
Packaging company Mauser's reconditioning subsidiary National Container Group (NCG) has expanded its European activities into plastic recycling, opening a facility in Germany.
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Despite progress in applications, IML is still a niche
Plastics Today
Walk into any grocery or retail store and you'll see the shelves lined with packaging that utilizes the in-mold labeling (IML) process. IML has become an important component of many companies' branding and sustainability strategies. Despite the progress in IML applications, technology and materials, it remains a niche in the overall label market globally.
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Japanese plastic packaging industry set for growth
Packaging News
Demand for high quality and aesthetically pleasing packaging will aid the growth of the Japanese plastics industry, according to a new report.
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