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The 8 drivers of today's packaging trends
Packaging World
When looking at opportunities for new products and packaging, brand owners tend to speak of "trends." But what's behind those trends? What causes them to become part of the consumer's lifestyle? What motivates those trends? According to Jocelyne Ehret, Director of Packaging Consulting Services for PTIS in Europe, part of HAVI Global Solutions, propelling those trends are "packaging drivers."
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Ready, (re)aim, fire: Targeting new audiences through package design
Packaging World
Not long ago, it seemed that supermarkets were designed to speak to one audience, and one audience alone: Mothers. Nearly every product in every aisle was designed for Mom and her family. But today, it's not all about mom. Consumers are changing and so are brands. There are new generations, new behaviors, new attitudes and ultimately new target audiences to consider.
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Packaging provides a segment-specific billboard for organic and natural foods
Food Processing
With natural and organic brands continuing to inundate the marketplace, processors are turning to market segmentation to claim their niches. Packaging is providing essential support, with designs that call out to targeted segments.
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  Fully Automated Permeation Testing

MOCON’s newest instrument released March 24th, the OX-TRAN® Model 2/22 H offers fully automated permeation measuring, dramatically faster testing, improved results with a lower cost of ownership. 30 new features, including a touch screen interface make it the world's most advanced and easiest to use oxygen permeation measurement system.
 


Packaging firm set to expand
Confectionery Production
Bosch Packaging Technology is aiming to expand its position in the packaging technology market globally by 2020, particularly in Africa and Asia. The company also intends to spur further growth by venturing into new fields of business.
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Tighter supply lifts polymer prices
European Plastics News
European standard thermoplastic producers targeted higher prices in May in a bid to improve their unsatisfactory profit margins. While the price trend was upward across the board, producers did not achieve the sizeable increases they had wanted during the first half of the month. Converters were reluctant to pay prices significantly higher than the rise in feedstock costs.
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Packaging printed micro optically
Packaging World
Lenticular printing on steroids. That's what some are calling the p-s label applied to Freia brand Boble, a chocolate bar from Mondelez International that's popular in Scandinavia. The comment is certainly justified. While lenticular printing provides a certain amount of three dimensionality, it pales in comparison to the dramatic illusion of depth that is found on the Boble pack.
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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
 


Signature flexible packaging operates new KBA Flexotecnica 10-color press with stunning results
What They Think
KBA North America announced that a new Flexotecnica EvoXD 10-color press has gone into production at Signature Flexible Packaging, Inc., a leading Southern California manufacturer of flexible packaging since 1954. The new high-performance press was delivered January 2014 to Signature's facility outside of Los Angeles and became operational in early February.
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Craft beer maker implements automated bottle packaging
Packaging World
The Fort Collins Brewery produces a full line of hand-crafted beers, including several full-time, year-round brews plus unique specialty and seasonal beers. To sustain growth, the company has continually and conscientiously re-evaluated and upgraded processing and packaging operations at its 30,000-square-feet facility to ensure the highest product quality, consistency and production efficiencies.
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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
 


Reports say SVP looking to sell Klöckner Pentaplast
European Plastics News
Plastic film maker Klöckner Pentaplast Group would not confirm recent reports that the company is for sale after an earlier attempt to sell the business was unsuccessful. News agencies Reuters and Bloomberg reported May 28 that unnamed sources told them that Klöckner majority owner Strategic Value Partners' advisers Goldman Sachs and Jefferies Group will start sending out information on the film company in June and that tentative bids are expected in July.
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Will consumers turn to food in flexible packaging during the World Cup?
Plastics Today
There's not a lot of good news to be found for Brazil in the days leading up to the FIFA World Cup. For example, Brazilian authorities found expired food at two hotels that will host the English and Italian soccer teams to the various protests out of outrage that the World Cup has done little to have a positive impact on public infrastructure.
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  The Maxisafe Safety Knife

The Maxisafe safety cutter is a high resin polycarbonate handle with a three sided slider featuring "Smart Knife technology" that allows the blade to retract upon losing contact with the material being cut.
 


New high oxygen and water barrier multilayer film patented
Packaging Digest
Winpak Films, Inc., was awarded a patent for a seven-layer film that provides excellent oxygen- and water-barrier properties for food packaging applications. The film is claimed as durable and with good optical properties. It is proposed as a replacement for oxygen-barrier films that rely on the use of ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer or nylon MXD6, which lose their barrier properties when exposed to water.
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Recycled PET container offers versatility in food merchandising
Packaging Digest
The Crystal Seal reFresh is a recycled post-consumer PET thermoformed food container that features a tamper-evident design with revealing package clarity. The product line from Placon comes in eight different sizes and shapes which make it suitable for several configurations and combinations of food offerings, such as fresh cut fruit and veggies, sandwiches, cookies to individual servings of pie.
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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. 
 


RPC Group appoints 2 non-executive directors
Packaging News
Wong, a Chinese/U.S. national, is a business professor of MBA at various universities including the Mannheim Business School, Germany and the University of California, Berkeley. He has lectured internationally in Executive MBA and other executive training programs. He was appointed as chief expert adviser for economic development, strategies and management by the Beijing City Government.
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Nespresso launches compostable collection bag for coffee capsule recycling
Greener Package
Nespresso has introduced a collection and recycling system for used aluminum capsules as part of the Nespresso Ecolaboration program, launched in 2009, which currently offers more than 1,300 recycling collection points in Austria, adding up to a recycling capacity of 84 percent.
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Pouch shakes up powdered-beverage category
Food Processing & Packaging
Perimeter Brand Packaging has come up with a single-serve beverage pouch with an inner mesh to facilitate mixing of powdered drinks. The BlenderPak pouch is designed for single-use, just-add-water beverages. An inner rigid fitment serves two purposes: It's easier for consumers to grip the pouch and it breaks up clumps of powdered drink mix during the shaking process.
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Shrink-sleeve label is a hit with kids
Packaging World
A naturally flavored, zero-calorie water drink containing no colors, flavors or harmful sweeteners, AquaBall comes in a 12-ounce PET bottle whose globe shape and colorful cartoon graphics are guaranteed to be a hit with kids. The Disney-licensed graphics on the full-body shrink sleeve label come to life the way they do thanks to a very special printing technology and a PETG shrink film uniquely suited for this application.
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2 new thermal transfer printers provide cost savings
Food & Beverage Packaging
Norwood Marking Systems announces the global launch of two new thermal transfer printers designed for the unique challenges of emerging markets and entry-level variable print applications. The new systems combine quality print with up to 40 percent cost savings and true real-time, variable Unicode performance in over 125 languages.
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Cereal topper 'shakes' up yogurt aisle
Packaging Digest
Breakfast just got tastier with the recent introduction of the YoCrunch Cereal Bowl – collaboration between powerhouse brands YoCrunch and Kellogg's. The YoCrunch Cereal Bowl unites cereal favorites from Kellog's such as Frosted Flakes, Froot Loops and Special K in an innovative dome-shaped top with YoCrunch's tasty yogurt making it easy for consumers to combine the two breakfast items and shake to get that perfect blended mixture.
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Dow takes next step with new investment in KSA
Flexible Packaging
Dow Chemical Co. has awarded Fluor Corp. the engineering, procurement and construction contract for its Reverse Osmosis manufacturing facility in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Located in Jubail Industrial City II at the Sadara Chemical Co. complex, the facility will locally manufacture high-tech RO elements that purify water for drinking and industrial uses.
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Tighter supply lifts polymer prices
European Plastics News
European standard thermoplastic producers targeted higher prices in May in a bid to improve their unsatisfactory profit margins. While the price trend was upward across the board, producers did not achieve the sizeable increases they had wanted during the first half of the month. Converters were reluctant to pay prices significantly higher than the rise in feedstock costs.

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Bioplastics in packaging come into its own
Plastics Today
"At Interpack this year, one of the statements heard again and again was 'we are already working with bioplastics,'"said Hasso von Pogrell, managing director of European Bioplastics. "It shows that bioplastics play an important role for present and future packaging solutions."

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Stop defects before they start
PFFC
One of the best ways to not have defects in fluid coating isn’t a trick with a pump or a tip with a coating head. Reducing defects works best by practicing preventative medicine. Defect prevention comes from a handful of considerations at the beginning of a product develop cycle.

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Sidel introduces lightweight, high performance PET bottle base
Packaging News
It can also reduce the amount of PET material needed to produce the finished bottle, allowing for reduced wall thickness for an optimum strength-to-weight ratio. According to Sidel, the result is a bottle that uses less raw materials and therefore weighs less, requiring less energy to produce, yet delivering better pallet stability and improved bottle integrity throughout the entire supply chain.
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Emerging innovations and trends in the flexible packaging industry
Flexible Packaging
The flexible packaging industry is growing, and with more growth comes new, innovative products. Flexible packaging has collected a handful of interesting products to present to the industry in this year's annual Mid-Year Insights & Innovations cover story.
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Finding recycling solutions for commercial packaging waste
Packaging Digest
Packaging professionals or not, we're all consumers, and we all have a responsibility to the environment to be conscious of the packaging waste we generate. It's a simple chain of events: We buy a product, use it and throw away its now-useless plastic container or wrapper. TerraCycle is just one of the companies trying to address the post-consumer packaging problem, but there are more sources of packaging waste that occur before a product ever even hits the shelf.
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Beverage industry seeks savings through short-neck closures
Plastics Today
Bottled water consumption is growing rapidly in Asia and simultaneously, there are pressures from brand owners on sustainability and packaging cost. One avenue available to assist in these dual aims is to adopt one-piece short-neck closures. Targeting this opportunity, Borouge recently developed two high stress crack resistance HDPE grades for caps and closures. "These grades may make their mark in particular in Southeast Asia and China, where summer temperature are high," notes Wim Roels, CEO of Borouge. "They would enable the use of short-neck closures in carbonated beverage packaging."
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ASG acquires consumer packaging business MWV
The Wall Street Journal
ASG, a leading global specialty-packaging manufacturer, announced on June 2 that it acquired the Bydgoszcz, Poland-based beauty and personal care folding carton business of MeadWestvaco Corp. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Bydgoszcz is an important supplier of packaging to major global and regional consumer goods companies, including cosmetics and beauty brands.
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An alternative to heat sealing
Packaging Europe
While 90-95 percent of all sealing is still done with heat, an alternative technology has emerged: Ultrasonic sealing. Ultrasonic vibrations melt the packaging material from the inside out (versus from the outside in as in heat sealing) and bond the material on a molecular level. A variety of applications is possible: Cross and longitudinal seams for bags, blisters, coated cartons as well as sealing the film on coffee capsules and containers.
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Winding Machines: Mechanics and Measurements

Winding Machines, Mechanics and Measurements is the definitive book on the science of winding written by noted experts Dr. David Roisum and Dr. JK Good. This three-part book (with supplemental CD-ROM) describes the various classes and arrangements of winding machinery commonly found in the web industries including discussion of controls and defects; describes how roll stresses and roll defects can be predicted by mathematical models and what factors are important; and discusses almost every method for measuring and evaluating wound roll quality. The book describes how and why many wound roll defects occur. In more than a few cases, it even describes when defects occur based on winding models that have matured to the point of trustworthy application. In these cases we have science at its best, a predictive tool. A CD with an easy-to-run winding model is included with every book. However, one need not be a scientist to appreciate and use this text. Much of it is written in everyday language describing the machines we work with, the defects we see and the many measures of roll quality. It is a book that most plants with a winding department would want to have.

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