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P&G to merge or divest more than half of brands
Plastics and Rubber Weekly
Procter & Gamble plans to divest, discontinue or merge more than half of its brands globally as it restructures to focus on its top 70 to 80 brands, according to chairman and chief executive Alan Lafley. The move comes more than 14 months after Lafley returned as chief executive and at the end of a fiscal year he described as meeting P&G's financial commitments but falling well short of what it should have done.
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2014 TAPPI PLACE Conference highlights
TAPPI
Jim Cooper, Dow Chemical Company received the TAPPI PLACE Division Leadership and Service Award, and Dan Ward, NOVA Chemicals received the Division Technical Award and the Rohm and Haas Prize at the 2014 PLACE Conference in Ponte Vedra, Florida, May 12-14. Read more about the conference program and a complete event wrap-up.
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Oxo-biodegradable plastic offering an eco-friendly alternative
Business Standard
Oxo-biodegradable technology has been developed to offer a safe and cost-effective solution to plastic waste that escapes into the environment. Plastic products containing the pro-degradant additive, typically lightweight plastic bags and packaging, will perform in exactly the same way as conventional plastic.
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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 Technology Integrated Solutions and PW — report from interpack
Packaging World
New biopolymers, anti-counterfeiting breakthroughs, linerless labels, rotary aseptic filling, thermoformable paper — these were just a few of the innovations we found at interpack. Among the many technologies included is a high-heat-application bio resin introduced by Biotec.  The material is suitable for high-heat and short-cycle injection molding processing as well as for conversion by sheet and blown film extrusion. The material is mainly designed for packaging dry and/or fatty foods.
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Pet Food Pack features reclosable design
ThomasNet News
Offering alternative to traditional aluminum tray, square plastic Pet Food Pack comes in 115 ml or 100 g size for smaller meals. Reclosable pack minimizes odors, protects contents, and is suitable for autoclave. Product also features UV light barrier protection and oxygen barrier for extended shelf life. In addition, in-mold labeling allows for distinctive shelf presence in competitive markets.
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Plimsoll brand eyes festival goers with new packs from Elmwood
Packaging News
The collection will launch across a series of music festivals this summer. Elmwood has created a unique pack for the shoes – a cardboard tube with a pop-top. The tube features hand written-style text communicating the brand's ethos. Elmwood has also used a palette of "on-trend" shades for the logo and packaging including cherry red, denim blue, candy pink and navy.
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Sacmi helps to redesign Gatorade bottles for PepsiCo Italia
Plastics Today
Gatorade recently presented its new 500 ml Gatorade "Kenny" PET bottle, which the company said was designed to make it easier to use when practicing sports. Other highlights of the formsleeve+ technology include its simplicity of use, low maintenance costs and energy savings, ensured by smooth integration of the label making and labeling processes. Sacmi says that the use of a fully natural ambient-temperature liquid to seal the sleeve (this liquid never comes into contact with the bottle) ensures the healthiness of the entire process, eliminating any risk of product or workplace contamination.
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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
 


PSB Industries acquires plastic closures specialist
Plastics News
French packaging manufacturer PSB Industries has signed an agreement to acquire C+N Packaging Inc., which specializes in plastic closures for fragrance, cosmetics and other consumer packaging.
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Refreshed Schweppes packaging for on-trade by Coca–Cola Enterprises
Foodbev.com
Coca‑Cola Enterprises is continuing its investment in the Schweppes brand by introducing refreshed packaging for its mixers range in the licensed channel. Helping to reaffirm Schweppes' status as the number one mixer brand, the new packaging design features a modern look to provide greater standout at the bar, increasing its appeal to a younger 35+ demographic.
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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
 


US capital to instigate EPS food container prohibition
Plastics and Rubber Weekly
Expanded polystyrene will soon be in short supply in the U.S. capital Washington following Mayor Vincent Gray's signing into law a bill that will ban foam food and drink containers. The prohibition will take effect Jan. 1, 2016, two years sooner than the legislation Gray originally drafted. Food and beverage outlets, including restaurants, carry-outs and food trucks, will be required to offer only compostable or other recyclable containers or face a fine. EPS meat trays used by butchers and grocery stores are exempt.
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Peel Technology proves effective for flexible film applications
Flexible Packaging
Apurva Shah, North America market manager for food and specialty packaging at Dow Performance Packaging, offers his knowledge of the latest developments in raw materials, feedstock and resins.
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  The Optisafe Safety Knife

The Optisafe safety cutter is a high resin polycarbonate handle with an ambidextrous slider, featuring "Smart Knife technology" allowing the blade to retract upon losing contact with the material being cut.
 


Say cheese? New whey-based thermoformable barrier coating under development
Plastics Today
As far as growth is concerned, the packaging industry has nothing to worry about. Sustainability, however, is another story. And while the need for greener packaging represents a significant market opportunity, solutions that deliver the requisite performance at a competitive price are still thin on the ground. A dominant technology in the packaging market is thermoforming, yet although, for example, bio-based trays have been around for a number of years, in general, they fail to meet the barrier properties required for sensitive food products.
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Wonka wins with resealable wrap
Packaging Digest
Resealable packaging turned out to be the golden ticket for the Wonka Chocolate Bar, winning film converter Printpack a 2014 AmeriStar Award from the Institute of Packaging Professionals. The Reseal-It feature creates a wrapper that guarantees a hermetic seal (ensuring freshness and tamper evidence) yet peels open easily the entire circumference of the wrap.
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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. 
 


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Winning the brand wars through visual assets
Brand Packaging
When consumers are in retail environments, 1 of 3 scenarios will happen. The packaging is so blasé or formulaic that it is ignored. Structure, graphics and color are interesting, but the packaging visuals do not attract sufficient attention to prompt further examination of its verbal brand communication. Or, the visual assets on the package elicit full attention from consumers, to the exclusion of everything else on the shelf — prompting interaction and then purchase.
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World's fastest cap production system achieved by Sumitomo Demag using Total HDPE resin
Plastics Today
Multi-cavitation molds for running high-volume cap and closure production can be very fast systems. Now, Sumitomo Demag together with its partners, Total and Plastisud, has set a new world record in the production of HDPE caps with tamper-evident band without post-molding operations, according to information from Total. Total's refining and chemicals division produces and commercializes a wide range of products from petroleum products to commodity polymers including base chemicals and intermediates.
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Humanize package design
Packaging World
There's an amazing opportunity for innovation when it comes to packaging design today. But it takes risk and a willingness to push outside category norms and status quo. It's not enough to simply have a brand presence. Brands must be humanized by their packaging design. Brand owners should strive for a look that is relevant to millennials, a look with personality that shines through and says "This is the brand of the future."
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Demand for plastic packaging soars amid global economic recovery
The Star Online
Plastic packaging manufacturers have on the whole seen stronger performance as evident in their latest financial results, as demand for plastic packaging ballooned in export markets amid the global economic recovery since the second half of last year. Scientex Bhd, one of the top three stretch film players globally, achieved a net profit of $31.25 million for the nine-month period up to end-April.
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MAP meat line is fast and flexible
Packaging World
Germany's Edeka Sudwestfleisch Rheinstetten is considered one of the most modern meat processing operations in all of Europe. In order to guarantee reliable deliveries to the Edeka supermarkets in the southwest of Germany, a state-of-the-art high-output ground meat packaging line was installed thanks to the involvement of some highly committed partners. "Handling and packaging such large volumes of minced meat meant that only a high-output line for grinding, portioning, and tray sealing would do," says Edwin Mantel, Production Manager at Edeka.
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Why you should consider using a rubber-based, hot-melt adhesive
Flexible Packaging
It's now more important than ever to have a wide understanding of the labels and labeling processes. For a long time, acrylic emulsion adhesives dominated the landscape of applications for pressure-sensitive labels, and packaging decision makers may not even question anymore whether acrylic adhesives are right for the job. But due to improvements in rubber-based adhesives (sometimes referred to as "hot melt" or "100 percent solids" adhesives), asking too few questions could mean overlooking some very compelling options for labeling applications these days.

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SeaWorld uses Coca-Cola's PlantBottle technology for new packaging
Plastics Today
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment recently debuted what it calls the "first refillable plastic cup made from plant-based materials." Now available in all SeaWorld and Busch Gardens parks across the U.S., the reusable, 100 percent recyclable plastic cup is manufactured using proprietary PlantBottle packaging technology from the company's beverage partner, Coca-Cola. SeaWorld's switch to PlantBottle plastic in its refillable cups is expected to remove 35 metric tons of CO2 emissions annually - the equivalent of saving more than 80 barrels of oil a year.

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There is still time to register for the 2014 TAPPI Extrusion Coating Symposium
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Focused flexible packaging can drive repeat business
Packaging Today
Focused flexible packaging can drive repeat business. Many procurement managers have quickly realized the importance of focusing on packaging solutions that better protect against damage, especially for those looking to transport consumables like food and drink. The manner in which a customer receives goods is, after all, an important part of their overall experience, so getting it right can pay dividends in terms of driving repeat business.
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Origin Wine unveils 'stack' packaging
Packaging News
The Stormhoek Stack is a 750 ml bottle separated into four ready-to-drink glasses of wine that are snapped apart upon opening. The packaging is 100 percent recyclable, lightweight and shatterproof, making it ideal for outdoor consumption occasions and perfect for sharing. Each stemless glass is heat sealed with peal-back foil lids and the entire stack is held together with a shrink sleeve label that has a tear-strip "zip" for easy opening.
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Why you should consider using a rubber-based, hot-melt adhesive
Flexible Packaging
It's now more important than ever to have a wide understanding of the labels and labeling processes. For a long time, acrylic emulsion adhesives dominated the landscape of applications for pressure-sensitive labels, and packaging decision makers may not even question anymore whether acrylic adhesives are right for the job. But due to improvements in rubber-based adhesives (sometimes referred to as "hot melt" or "100 percent solids" adhesives), asking too few questions could mean overlooking some very compelling options for labeling applications these days.
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Drink up, then eat the glass — the trend for edible food packaging and tableware
The Guardian
The U.S. start-up founded by Chelsea Briganti and Leigh Ann Tucker, who trained as product designers, has launched a "biodegredible" – biodegradable and edible – cup. Frustrated by the amount of disposable packaging discarded at events, the pair spent some time experimenting in a lab with several materials. They were looking for one that would allow them to create a cup that looks like a glass and also tastes good.
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Frontline Packaging provides new lines for Clipper teas
Packaging News
The tea company is expecting to increase its efficiency and flexibility with four new bespoke Frontline Packaging systems from in conjunction with CDi Worldwide. The systems include tray erecting, tray loading, shrink wrapping and labeling. These versatile machines have the capability to handle all product sizes produced by Clipper, packaging them in formats including unsupported shrink-wrap, tray and shrink-wrap and tray with no shrink-wrap.
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Award-winning pouch excels for Ecolab
Packaging World
Packaging plays a central role in Ecolab's sustainability efforts, recognized recently when the Institute of Packaging Professionals announced that the Ecolab Oasis Pro 2L Pouch was a 2014 AmeriStar award winner in the Industrial/Commercial category. Ecolab sought solutions from multiple vendors before partnering again with Ampac. "When we brought them in for this application, they suggested that we use their coex structure," Jeff Schultz, Ecolab's Senior Packaging Engineer, RD&E, recalls. At its Cincinnati plant, Ampac coextrudes a proprietary nine-layer, 6-mil film that includes metallocene and nylon in the structure. The coextruded structure remains pliable and strong when subjected to extreme hot and cold environments.
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7 companies investing in sustainable packaging
Triple Pundit
As waste continues to pile up in our landfills, a growing number of companies are taking a second look at product packaging and devising creative ways to cut back. From mushrooms and potatoes to the quest for a recyclable toothpaste tube, Triple Pundit tips their hats to seven companies that are leading the charge in sustainable packaging design.
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