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2014 TAPPI PLACE Conference Call for Abstracts extended to Sept. 6
TAPPI
There's still time to be part of the program at the 2014 TAPPI PLACE Conference, May 12-14, 2014 at the Sawgrass Marriott Hotel in Ponte Vedra, Fla. The 2014 PLACE Technical Program Team is actively seeking technical presentations, panels, tutorials, roundtables and case studies from the packaging and academic community to be presented at the conference. View the Call for Abstracts.

Interested in being a session chair or know someone who would be a great presenter? Extended abstracts will be accepted anytime before Sept. 6, 2013. Space is limited so submit now! Final papers will be due on or before March 17, 2014.

The 2014 PLACE Conference is the premier North American event for the flexible packaging industry and will have something for the whole supply chain including suppliers, converters, extruders, retailers, and brand owners. This event not only offers top notch technical presentations but also allows ample opportunity for networking with your peers. Visit the event's website for additional conference information.
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Medical device packaging to exceed $25.7 billion by 2017
Plastics & Rubber Weekly via Plastics News
World demand for medical device packaging is projected to increase 5.9 percent annually to $25.7 billion in 2017, according to a new market study. Western Europe, the United States and Japan will continue to account for almost 60 percent of the total market, according a new report by Cleveland-based Freedonia Group Inc.
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Study shows efficient crop use for bioplastics
Packaging Digest
The nova-Institute has recently published a paper on agricultural feedstock use in industrial applications shedding light on the controversial public debate surrounding the industrial use of food crops or so-called first generation feedstock. The core finding asserts that efficiency and sustainability assessed on a case-by-case basis should be the sole criteria in judging the choice of feedstock used.
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Mamata celebrates installation of 100th machine in US
PFFC
Mamata, global supplier of bagmaking and pouchmaking machines, recently celebrated the installation of its100th machine installation in the U.S. The 48-in. split draw roll universal bag machine was installed this past April at Diamond Flexibles, Northbrook, Ill.
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Rapak to move UK production to Bulgaria
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
The Rugby site of Rapak Europe is under threat of closure, the company has confirmed. The bag-in-box specialist — a division of DS Smith Plastics — is currently in talks with its U.K. workforce.
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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
 


Study points to packaging as a solution to food waste in supply chain
Packaging World
A study done in Australia uncovers where and why food waste occurs within the supply chain and suggests packaging technologies that may help reduce this waste.
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Delivering the stand out display
Packaging News
It comes in numerous different shapes and sizes. It employs a kaleidoscope of different colors and a vast gamut of typefaces. And it's omnipresent in virtually every store, on every high street in the country. Despite its ubiquity and the encroachment of digital technology into its traditional heartland, printed point of sale still packs a punch.
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Bericap India to hike capacity in 2014
Plastics News
Caps and closure maker Bericap GmbH & Co. KG is making new investments in machines and molds in India in 2014. "The products that are being imported from other locations are going to be manufactured at the India plant at Talegoan near Pune," said Pradeep Damle, general manager of Bericap India Pvt. Ltd., at the recent Injection Molding and Blow Molding Conference in Mumbai.
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A look at the economics of polystyrene foam foodservice bans
Plastics Today
Chuck Gallagher, operations manager for Commodore Plastics, has a term for supporters of bans on polystyrene foam foodservice packaging. "I guess they're just 'foam haters,'" he told PlasticsToday. "They hate all packaging. If there were a way to get a product to the grocery store in a safe fashion without packaging — that would be ideal for them. But foam is only about 5 percent material, so what they are looking for?"
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PET bottle recycling soars in Europe
Packaging Digest
PET is the largest plastic material recycled in Europe, with the equivalent of more than 60 billion bottles recycled in 2012. PETCORE EUROPE Chairman Roberto Bertaggia says: "Despite the poor economic situation in the European region, the consumption of PET bottles is still showing clear trends of penetration into new market segments through innovative packaging and the recognized capability of PET to be recycled. From a sustainability perspective, our industry is thrilled to have achieved an overall collection rate in 2012 of more than 52 percent of all post-consumer PET bottles available in the region."
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Luminer Converting Group adds Epson digital press
PFFC
Epson America Inc. announced that label printer and converter, Luminer Converting Group, has purchased and seamlessly installed the Epson SurePress L-4033AW. Luminer purchased the SurePress based on quality, price point, color gamut, and Epson's service, and is using the inkjet digital label press to print high quality labels for diverse markets, including health and beauty, chemical and pharmaceutical.
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Alpla to build 6th facility in India
European Plastics News
Alpla India plans to add a sixth plant in India, to make PET preforms, caps and closures. Currently Alpla has five plants in India — three in Baddi, and one each in Sitarganj and Hyderabad. The company had two plants in Hyderabad, but consolidated them into one facility a few months ago.
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End bans, fees on recyclable paper and plastic bags, says industry association
Packaging World
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries has released a policy on bans and fees for recyclable paper and plastic bags approved during its July Board Meeting. The policy is in response to increased efforts across the country to ban or apply fees to such bags for grocery shopping and other purposes without taking the impacts to the recycling industry into account.
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Industry pays tributes to former Simpac MD Neil Young
Packaging News
Leading figures from the packaging industry have paid tribute to Simpac's former managing director Neil Young, who recently died. Young started his career working as an accountant before he turned into a successful businessman who traveled the globe to build his company (Simpac) into a significant U.K. player in the sourcing and supply of bags — from paper potato sacks to the humble supermarket carrier.
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Taiwan machinery firms see growing demand in Africa
Plastics News
Some companies in Taiwan's plastics machinery industry, which are often among the first to go into the newest "emerging" markets, are reporting significant increases in shipments to Africa. Packaging seems to be a big driver. The continent, for example, now makes up 16 percent of sales for PET stretch blow molding machine maker Chumpower Machinery Corp., up from less than 5 percent five years ago.
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Disruptive innovation continues to change packaging
Packaging World
Few packaging advances are disruptive innovations, i.e., something that helps create a new market and eventually goes on to displace an earlier technology.

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Aveda launches package recycling program
Greener Packaging
Aveda's new Full Circle recycling program allows customers to return packaging not accepted by municipal programs to be recycled, reused, or burned for energy recovery.

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New paper/foil/polymer can debuts
Packaging World
Developed by Austrian dairy company Ennstal Milch, the Cartocan is described by foodproductiondaily.com as a seven-layer construction consisting of, from the outside in, PE/adhesive resin/foil/PE/carton board/metalized film/PE.

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Life after a ban
Plastics Today
In 2007, San Francisco said goodbye to polystyrene foam foodservice packaging and never looked back. That year, an ordinance went into effect that prohibited the use of EPS foam in foodservice establishments. The city specified that the alternative material must be compostable or recyclable. However, when the city issued the ordinance, it said that any restaurant could apply for waiver if the ban created any type of economic hardship. Out of the 4500 food establishments that were affected by the ban, only two asked for the waiver.
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Seeing into the future
Packaging Digest
The secret about making predictions is that most people don't remember what you said or don't look back at what you wrote. So you are rarely confronted by critics pointing out how wrong you were.
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Heidelberg adds to Saphira plate line
PFFC
Heidelberg reports additions to its Saphira line: the Thermoplate HCR and the Thermoplate P2. The Thermoplate HCR is said to be an outstanding thermal positive plate designed for harsh press conditions. It can be exposed to UV light for up to two hours without affecting the plate coating, and it can be used with a variety of dampening and wash-up solutions. Low energy requirements enable maximum plate output per hour, while uniformly excellent resolution permits the benefits of FM and hybrid screening to be realized in full, company says.
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Polychim offers better aesthetics for packaging
European Plastics News
Polychim, based in France, has launched a new PP grade for thermoformed packaging which focuses on high quality aesthetics. The homopolymer PP grade HA31XTF uses Milliken's nucleating agent Hyperform HPN-600ei. The U.S. additives company says this overcomes "the performance trade-offs associated with conventional nucleated PP homopolymers in thermoforming applications."
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Packaging is part of robotics' banner year
Packaging World
Last year was a banner year for the robotics industry, "the strongest year ever," according to statistics released in February by the Robotics Industries Association. "A total of 22,598 robots valued at $1.48 billion were sold to companies in North America in 2012, beating the previous record of 19,337 robots sold in 2011," placing the U.S. second only to Japan in robot use, says RIA.
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Tyler Packaging unveils new recyclable polywoven bags
Packaging News
Flexible packaging supplier Tyler Packaging has announced the launch of new BOPP/PP woven sacks, which are suitable for any bulk packaging. The sacks are available in folded sewn bottom and block bottom formats and are offered in various sizes.
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Scrap recycling industry employs half a million in US
Greener Package
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has released an Economic Impact Study revealing that the industry accounts for nearly half a million jobs in the U.S. and generates more than $87 billion annually in economic activity. The study was performed by the independent consulting firm of John Dunham and Associates to determine the size and scope of the scrap industry in the U.S., and document its significant contribution to the economy in terms of employment, tax generation, and overall economic benefit.
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The Anilox Roll-Heart of the Flexo Process, Second Edition

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