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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Business reviews now available on the TAPPI Buyer's Guide MultiView 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
The 13th TAPPI European PLACE Conference (Polymers, lamination, Adhesives, Coating & Extrusions) was held May 30- June 1, 2011 in Bregenz, Austria. his event focused on the extrusion coating and laminating industry featuring the latest technology and developments in: • Raw materials • Processing • Inspection and applications These proceedings contain papers presented throughout the conference. Fully searchable CD-ROM.
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