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Joel Morales, Director — Polyolefins, IHS Chemical to Keynote at TAPPI PLACE Conference
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The North American Petrochemical Industry is making its comeback, and Joel Morales, Director – Polyolefins, IHS Chemical, will share his insight on the effects it will have on converters in his Keynote address at the 2014 TAPPI PLACE Conference. Morales 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.
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Modeling optimizes blow-molded PET bottles
Packaging Digest
Engineers at Queen’s University model the injection stretch blow molding process for PET bottles to improve bottle production and performance — and to cut costs. If something can be modeled, it can be studied, optimized and tested as needed via simulation without trial-and-error methodologies. This speeds development time and cuts costs.
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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
 


Bio bag claims 'absolutely untrue,' says EuPC
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
EuPC has slammed a European Parliament-backed report on how to cut the use of lightweight plastic carrier bags. Although EuPC supports the basic principles of the European Commission’s proposal to reduce the consumption of lightweight plastic carrier bags it does not agree with the Auken report and has called into question the accuracy of its content.
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Which one has a smaller footprint? Plastics or alternative materials?
Greener Package
Alternative packaging materials may be sexy, but how do they compare with petroleum-based plastics when it comes to energy use and greenhouse gas emissions?
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Rexam to sell closures division to Berry Plastics
Packaging News
Global can maker Rexam has agreed a $135 million cash deal with Berry Plastics for its remaining Containers & Closures division. Berry Plastics is a manufacturer of injection-molded plastic packaging, thermoformed products, and flexible films.
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Shrink-sleeve labels create a huge expense for PET recyclers
Plastics News
Dealing with shrink-sleeve labels, new research shows, is an expensive proposition for plastic bottle recyclers. Members of the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers are on the front line of this issue as they are increasingly being challenged to process an ever-growing number of plastic bottles utilizing the full-sleeve labels known to provide additional visual pizzazz on the shelf.
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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
 


Brazilian retailer picks bioplastic over paper bags
Plastics Today
While the plastic or paper debate rages on at grocery stores and retailers across the world, several retailers in Brazil are saying no to both, but yes to bioplastic. Australian-based Cardia Bioplastics Limited has received the first order of 1.25 million Biohybrid bags to Brazilian retailer Drogaria Araujo.
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Paccor increases PET sheet capacity in Poland
European Plastics News
Paccor International, part of the global Coveris packaging group, has expanded PET sheet capacity with the introduction of a new high output Battenfeld-Cincinnati extrusion line in Poland.
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  The Megasafe Safety Knife

The Megasafe is heavy duty aluminum cutter featuring "Smart Knife technology" that allows the blade to retract when it loses contact with the material being cut.
 


Oxygen-scavenging containers made from nanoparticle blends
Packaging Digest
Graham Packaging’s patent published in early February relates to making a polymer composition having dispersed nanoparticles of the platinum group metal that act as an oxygen-scavenging catalyst. The technology is aimed at preserving the shelf life for oxygen-sensitive packaged foods.
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Coca-Cola officially unveils £30 million Wakefield, UK, warehouse facility
Packaging News
Coca-Cola Enterprises has officially opened its £30 million automated storage and retrieval system warehouse at its Wakefield, U.K., factory.
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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. 
 


New product delivers microbial defense against a range of bacteria in plastic packaging
Plastics Today
Aragonite Enterprises has launched a new performance enhancer for the plastics industry. Incorporating a patented ion process technology from CMS Technology, the company is now supplying microbial controlling performance mineral and masterbatches produced with its renewable and sustainable performance mineral.
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RPC rolls Manuplastics business into M&H
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
RPC is amalgamating its Manuplastics operation with the newly-acquired M&H Plastics, which it purchased at the end of 2013. According to RPC, the new structure "strengthens the customer offering enabling M&H Group to provide both bespoke and a truly comprehensive product portfolio of light- medium- and heavyweight jars to brands across the world."
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Sensor trends affecting packaging automation
Packaging World
Non-rigid packaging handling, quality control and trace-and-trace applications are being improved by advances in sensor technology. Here’s how.
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Orbis closing Kissimmee, Fla., molding plant
Plastics News
Reusable plastic packaging maker Orbis Corp. is closing its Kissimmee, Fla., injection molding facility, a move that will impact about 3 percent of the company’s overall workforce. Some employees, however, will be offered work at other Orbis sites while others will be given severance and offered outplacement services.
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Resilux reports 6 percent rise in turnover for 2013
European Plastics News
Belgium-based PET preform and bottle manufacturer, Resilux, has announced its full year results for 2013, showing a rise in turnover of 6 percent on 2012. Resilux reported a turnover for 2012 of €279 million but says in 2013 it rose to €296 million.
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Blog: 5 sustainable packaging trends to look out for in 2014
Packaging Digest
Issues of global environmental instability and climate change are becoming nearly impossible to ignore these days, and consumers have taken notice. With demand for sustainably-conscious products and product packaging constantly increasing, it’s no wonder that firms have taken charge at creating sustainable, environmentally-friendly, “green” products to satiate the ever-growing consumer desire to be able to conveniently decrease their environmental impact. With the new year underway, here are five of the most exciting and innovative trends in sustainable consumer packaging to look out for in the next twelve months.
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Which one has a smaller footprint? Plastics or alternative materials?
Greener Package
Alternative packaging materials may be sexy, but how do they compare with petroleum-based plastics when it comes to energy use and greenhouse gas emissions?

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I can't get inside! Easy-to-open confectionery wrappers
ConfectionaryNews.com
Hard to open wrappers have been cited as the largest consumer packaging frustration. How can confectioners make life a little easier without overpaying for elaborate opening features?

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Lignin-derived compound to replace potentially harmful Bisphenol-A in plastics
Plastics Today
A waste product from the papermaking industry could yield a safer and greener alternative to the petroleum-based chemical bisphenol-A (BPA), which is used in many products, including plastics. The new BPA alternative is made from a renewable source: lignin, the compound that gives wood its strength.

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Gwalia launches opening aid for both child resistant bottles
Packaging News
Welsh closure and container manufacturer Gwalia Packaging Group has launched Top Twister, an opening aid for containers with either child resistant or standard closures
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Austria's Schur acquires Slovak innovator Moneta-S
European Plastics News
Austrian packaging company Schur Flexibles has secured a valuable foothold in eastern Europe through its acquisition of the innovative Slovakian flexible packaging producer and converter Moneta-S for an undisclosed sum.
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Ceresana releases study on the entire ethylene value chain in the US
Plastics Today
The U.S. single-handedly processed 25 million tons of ethylene in the past year. As such, market research firm Ceresana has analyzed the entire ethylene value chain in a specific region, namely the U.S.
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Recycler Maine Plastics shuts down
Plastics News
Maine Plastics Inc. — one of North America’s largest plastics recyclers — has closed its doors. “Due to the actions taken by our bank, Maine Plastics can no longer purchase or take delivery of your recyclables,” CEO David Kaplan said in an automatic reply to his company e-mail address.
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E-tailers called out for sloppy packaging
Packaging World
Severe winter weather cut third-quarter profits at courier delivery services firm FedEx Corp., but packaging took a kick in the pants as well. That kick was delivered by FedEx Corp. Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer Fred Smith, who was quoted in a March 19 online Wall Street Journal story, "FedEx Takes Sloppy E-Tailers to Task."
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From plantation to mill: Asian paper company's 'unprecedented' sustainability commitment
Greener Package
A visit to Asia Pulp & Paper’s Chinese operations puts in context the company’s comprehensive sustainability commitments from plantation to pulp to paper.
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Plastic packaging recycling continues to grow in Canada
Plastics Today
For the third year in a row, the amount of post-consumer plastic packaging being recycled across Canada has increased. An additional 10 percent of plastic packaging was recycled in 2012 compared to 2011 as reported by Moore Recycling Associates Inc.
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