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Open a window to the most recent innovations in the use of nanotechnology in packaging
TAPPI
Join the leading experts in the field of flexible packaging and new technology developments as they share their insights on the emerging areas of nanotechnology within packaging April 8 at the TAPPI PLACE Flexible Packaging Symposium: New Technologies, an ICE USA pre-conference seminar at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.
 
This three-session event is a first ever collaboration between two of TAPPI’s premier technical divisions – PLACE (Polymers, Laminations, Coatings and Extrusions) and the Nanotechnology Division.

Sessions include: Innovations in Nanocomposites, Innovations in Barrier, and Brand Launch, Shelf Appeal & Authentication.

Featuring presenters from Verso Paper, Enercon Industries, Cloeren, NOVA Chemicals, IMERYS, and more!

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Food waste and packaging: Fighting negative perceptions while continuing to innovate
Plastics Today
Sell-by. Best-before. Use-by. Those ever-prevalent labels on perishable packaged foods are often used as a barometer to determine when to throw out the food product. As it turns out, these labels are only advisory and just define the last date recommended for the use of the product while at peak quality.
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Improved self-heating packaging for baby formula
Packaging Digest
There are three hot topics in the packaging world. The first one is the dispensing cap, which we find mainly on top of a water bottle for inserting a certain dose of vitamins. It is a packaging format which over the last years attracted an increasing number of beverage companies, but now moves to other applications.
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  Independent Adhesives and Materials R&D
Adherent Laboratories is an independent adhesives and materials R&D, consulting, and testing laboratory. Over 30 years of experience in Hot Melt, Water Base, Epoxy, and Urethane adhesive technology as chemists and managers with some of the world's largest and most respected companies in the adhesive industry. We collectively hold numerous adhesives patents, are widely recognized as leaders within the industry, and offer complete knowledge of adhesive technology
 


Berkeley Machinery introduces flexo press
PFFC
Berkeley Machinery announces the new Apollo 530Z ten-color flexo press for label and package printing. Infeed unit to control length and accurate feeding of variable materials reportedly allows for a range of materials from 20-350 microns.
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Caps and closures industry urged to innovate
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
At the Plastics Caps and Closures conference, organized by European Plastics News in Brussels, Belgium, speakers focused mainly on innovation. The message that came out of the conference was that the industry can still push for growth despite Europe's economic woes.
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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
 


Plastic film recycling rises to 1 billion pounds annually
Packaging World
The recycling of plastic film climbed 4 percent to reach 1 billion pounds annually in 2011 for the first time, according to the recently released "2011 National Postconsumer Plastic Bag & Film Recycling Report." The category of "plastic film" includes plastic bags, product wraps, and commercial shrink film.
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Anti-counterfeit measures from RAL
European Plastics News
RAL, the Germany-based maker of "fan deck" color guides has announced a new anti-counterfeiting strategy. From this month, every fan deck product released by RAL will come with a four-step, four-stage, forgery-proof security hologram.
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  SteadyWeb™5 Tension Controller

Machine operators learn to control the web tension on production lines in less time with the new SteadyWeb™5 Tension Controller. A streamlined menu system, scroll knob and intuitive graphic user interface make setup a breeze on the large 4.3-inch color graphic display. MORE
 


Coke's PET recycling plant hits 100 percent capacity
Packaging News
Continuum Recycling, the recycled PET joint venture between Coca-Cola Enterprises and Eco Plastics, has sorted its 250 millionth bottle and reached full production capacity. The landmark comes nine months after the £15 million facility was opened by former waste minister Lord Taylor of Holbeach.
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Universal Lubricants' Eco Ultra FlexPak receives dual FPA Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards
Flexible Packaging
Universal Lubricants a leader in sustainable energy solutions, announced that its Eco Ultra Synthetic Blend Motor Oil FlexPak, developed in cooperation with Star Packaging Corp., received gold and silver awards at the Flexible Packaging Association's (FPA) annual Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards Ceremony on Feb. 26, 2013.
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  Mica's HME Technology - Easy Seal / Controlled Peel

This family of water-based heat seal coatings offers low sealing temperatures, adhesion to most paper, plastic, and foil surfaces. Lidding, pouches, and over-wraps are some of the target applications.
 


Dow adding PE capacity in North America
Plastics News
Dow Chemical Co. is joining the growling list of resin makers that are adding polyethylene capacity in North America. Officials with Midland, Mich.-based Dow said in a March 18 news release that the firm would build several new production units on the U.S. Gulf Coast. Products made at these units include Elite-brand enhanced PE, specialty low density PE and high-melt index elastomers. Dow previously had announced plans to add metallocene EPDM capacity in the Gulf Coast and to build a new plant making ethylene feedstock at its massive complex in Freeport, Texas.
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Fighting food waste with frozen food packaging
Plastics Today
The world suffers from a food waste problem. In a world of seven billion people, set to grow to nine billion by 2050, about one-third of all food produced, worth around $1 trillion, gets lost or wasted in food production and consumption systems, according to data released by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
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  White Paper: Criteria for Obtaining Specified Humidity and Temperature Conditions
Providing a specified humidity and temperature for testing or process control can be difficult, and reaching the TAPPI prescribed testing atmosphere of 23°C +1°/50% RH ±2% can be close to impossible.

This paper outlines the three parameters that must be considered to fully comprehend the true conditions for the test environment:
• Control Constancy
• Sensor Accuracy
• Uniformity
 


Foster Farms adds humane certification to packaging
Packaging Digest
Family-owned Foster Farms announced that its fresh chicken products have earned humane certification from American Humane Association. The American Humane Certified (AHC) program, developed in 2000, is the nation's first independent, third-party humane certification program for farm animals. Foster Farms fresh chicken products now carry the American Humane Certified seal for easy recognition by consumers.
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T.W. Parkers installs Gallus flexo presses
PFFC
Gallus Ferd. Ruesch AG reports that T.W. Parkers, a self-adhesive label and packaging converter and a leading supplier of "post-mold" labeling, has installed two Gallus EM 430 S lines at its plant in Bootle on Merseyside, U.K., to boost efficiency and broaden the scope of its production capability.
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  Selective

Since 1926, Selective has been providing businesses like yours with the insurance solutions you need. We know, Response is everything®, and we'll prove it to you when you work with us. Selective offers a wide range of insurance solutions for you.
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Arburg looks to packaging and Far East for growth
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Arburg predicts turnover for 2012 will be €488 million — up 4 percent on 2011 — with future growth coming from Asia and South America and the Far East. Europe demand, however, is down "but not to the extent you might expect. In Spain we are keeping sales on [the level of] previous years. France is fine, the U.K. is fine," said Helmut Heinson managing director of sales.
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Global consumers willing to fork out more for fresh, sustainable packaging
Packaging World
When it comes to food and beverage packaging, consumers are most likely to pay more for value-added features that relate to freshness and sustainability. This is the latest finding from a global study conducted by Ipsos InnoQuest.
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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
 


Huhtamaki mulls closure of South African plant
European Plastics News
Finnish packaging manufacturer Huhtamaki says it is considering closing a South African plant, which makes plastic sheet and film, as part of plans to improve cost effectiveness. A spokesperson said that the plant in Epping, South Africa, is not performing to the group average. The firm has started "employee cooperation procedures" and closure is a possibility, she told European Plastics News.
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Sharpak to produce whistling microwave ready-meal packs
Packaging News
Plastics group Sharpak has revealed an agreement with Swedish firm MicVac to manufacture its microwaveable ready-meal trays that whistle when the food inside is ready to eat. MicVac's concept of in-pack microwave cooking and pasteurization is said to offer up to 40 days of shelf life for ready meals.
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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. 
 


Bag ban expansion proposed in Palo Alto, Calif.
Plastics News
In spite of a 2008 ordinance that eliminated single-use plastic bags from Palo Alto, Calif., grocery store checkout lanes, city officials say they are still seeing too many bags in local waterways. "What we're seeing is about 60 percent of the litter in the watershed are different types of plastics, especially bags," said Julie Weiss, a Palo Alto City environmental specialist.
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Top 10 loss control tips for 2013: Job hazard analysis
By Dennis Truitt
Now that you have identified the potential risks posed to your firm, it is time to dig a little deeper. Begin the process by using a standardized checklist to make sure that everyone is using the same system and is on the same page. Your goal to get the program off the ground should be creating comfort with the process of analysis. Once that standard is created, the comfort level is high and all users have mastered the tool, you can begin to modify the specifics to meet your firm's goals.
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Ukraine joins Europe's bag battle
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
European pressure on plastic bags continues to grow with news that the Ukranian parliament is considering a law to restrict their production and use. The move could also include plastic packaging.

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UK molder Invicta using post-consumer plastics
Plastics News
Injection molder Invicta Plastics Ltd. is making rigid, food-safe products from 100 percent recycled plastic bottles, lids and milk cartons. The Leicester-based firm said the products were the fruit of four years' of research and "millions of pounds" of investment.

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Recycled plastic bags used to rebuild boardwalks damaged by Hurricane Sandy
Plastics Today
A plastic bag ban took effect in Austin, Texas, on March 1, which was welcomed with a lawsuit by the Texas Retailers Association saying that the ban violates state law.

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Czech-based Unipetrol RPA teams up with Milliken on a new low melt-flow rate HPP grade for packaging
Plastics Today
Unipetrol RPA, a Czech refinery, petrochemical and agrochemical raw materials producer, has launched a low melt-flow rate polypropylene homopolymer (hPP) grade based on Milliken's Hyperform HPN-600ei nucleating agent. The new development, Mosten FT005, is said to significantly up the aesthetics and processing performance of thermoformed rigid packaging, such as beverage cups and yogurt packaging, according to Unipetrol.
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Kit puts 72 hours worth of food, supplies in one package
Packaging Digest
Full Moon Survival is one of the largest online suppliers of Emergency Survival kits, Emergency Supplies and Food, in addition to emergency food storage/water storage/water filtration, supplies, when dealing with natural disasters. They are now proud to announce the launch of their all new 72 hour food supply kit. This is a kit essential for emergency management.
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Third Martin Splicer installed at Label Technology
PFFC
Label Technology has installed a Martin Automatic butt splicer on a new MPS EXL660 flexible packaging press. The MBSF splicer matches the high productivity specifications of the 10-unit, 26-inch digital servo drive press, unwinding and splicing pressure-sensitive stocks, paper, and unsupported films, including 48g PET, at speeds to 750 fpm.
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M&S backs benefits of plastic food packaging
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Marks & Spencer is promoting the role plastic packaging plays in helping reduce food waste. The retail giant is supporting the "Fresher For Longer" campaign, which is also backed by Wrap, The Packaging Federation and Incpen.
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Unilever shakes up the aerosol world
Packaging World
It's a 75-mL "compressed" spray deodorant aluminum container for Sure, Dove, and Vaseline Intensive Care brands sold in the U.K. and Ireland. Launch date was Feb. 4. The new container is half the size of the industry standard 150-mL aerosol cans thanks to new technology developed by Unilever that allows double the concentration of active formula to be dispensed with less propellant and at half the spray rate.
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Belmont goes digital with corrugated print-on-demand offer
Packaging News
Belmont Packaging has broken new ground in the U.K. corrugated market after becoming the U.K.'s first print-on-demand digital sheet plant. Heavy investment in digital technology over the last year has allowed Belmont to print digitally directly onto corrugated boxes, allowing the Wigan firm to produce ultra-short run transit and shelf-ready packaging.
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Sonoco adding molded foam plant in Mexico
Plastics News
Sonoco Products Co. is building a $10.5 million plant in Celaya to produce molded foam products for its Sonoco Protective Solutions division. The plant, which will have more than 200 employees when fully operational, should be completed by late 2013.
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Is plastic packaging the 'silent hero' to the global food waste problem?
Plastics Today
It's estimated that one in seven people go to bed hungry each night. But as many companies and individuals work to fight hunger, there's also another issue at hand: food waste. According to a new report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, up to 50 percent, or two billion tonnes of food, produced around the world each year ends up as waste.
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The Mechanics of Rollers

The Mechanics of Rollers combines the science of web handling with the application of rollers. This unique book covers design, application, and maintenance for rollers of all sizes, shapes, and webs. The Mechanics of Rollers is a comprehensive yet easy-to-use reference containing hundreds of figures, tables, and design equations, plus bibliography, glossary, and index. A must-have text for anyone involved in buying, selling, or specifying rollers, this book will also be a valuable reference for machine designers, process engineers, and maintenance personnel in the paper, film, foil, nonwovens, textiles, and converting industries. 1996. 306 pages, soft cover.


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