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US packaging machinery shipments jump 19 percent in 2011
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Shipments of U.S. packaging machinery grew 19 percent in 2011, reaching $7.7 billion, according to PMMI's 2012 Shipments Study. PMMI's annual research also shows total consumption in the United States climbing by 23 percent to $8.8 billion. "Positive growth is always good news," says Jorge Izquierdo, vice president, market development, PMMI. "And within that 19 percent jump in U.S. packaging machinery shipments, we saw 20 percent growth domestically and 16 percent in exports." More

Microwave pasteurization hits Japan
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Fujicco Co., Ltd., a leading food producer in Japan, has launched a line of refrigerated ready meals with extended shelf life thanks to microwave pasteurization technology. The Fujicco launch is a result of close cooperation between Sweden's MicVac, the developer of the microwave pasteurization technology, and DNP, one of Japan's largest packaging materials suppliers. More

When brands get plastic surgery
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Rick Barrack writes, "The other night, I was reading a marketing article in bed about the new Twitter logo when I looked over to see my wife reading a 'before and after' plastic surgery article in US Weekly. Ironically, our articles had something in common ... because what Twitter did - dropping its Twitter type and going to a single bird symbol - was tighten things up in the hopes of tweaking its image overall." More

SteadyWeb™5 Tension Controller

Machine operators learn to control the web tension on production lines in less time with the new SteadyWeb™5 Tension Controller. A streamlined menu system, scroll knob and intuitive graphic user interface make setup a breeze on the large 4.3-inch color graphic display. MORE

Plastics packaging maker clings near new highs
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Headquartered in South Hackensack, N.J., AEP Industries (AEPI) was founded in 1970. The $332.3 million company is a leading manufacturer of plastic packaging films. AEP manufactures and markets an extensive and diverse line of polyethylene and polyvinyl chloride flexible packaging products in the U.S. and Canada. More

IK questions suppliers' use of force majeure
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German plastics packaging trade body IK Industrievereinigung Kunststoffverpackungen is calling for co-operation that would lead to polymer producers adhering to a stricter legal use of force majeure clauses in their supply contracts. More

Quality doctor blades delivered quickly

Allison Systems is a manufacturer of quality doctor blades with the capability to produce a variety of edge configurations on metal, composite, and plastic materials. MORE

Tetra Pak completes €42 million investment in Singapore site
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Tetra Pak has announced that it has completed a €42 million site expansion in Singapore. The firm has also announced that it has inaugurated its Coconut Knowledge Centre in the country and invested in state-of-the-art equipment and new facilities. More

Borealis and Nexeo Solutions join forces to distribute Bormed™ materials in North America
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Borealis, a leading provider of chemical and innovative plastics solutions, and Nexeo Solutions, a global leader in plastics distribution, has announced that they have signed a distribution agreement to offer Bormed™ products, dedicated to healthcare applications in North America. More

Brand owners setting aggressive goals for packaging sustainability
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Major brand owners are taking sustainability very seriously, using reductions in packaging and aggressive recycling initiatives to illustrate their goals and their message. More

Report claims forest certification monopoly driving up prices
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Forest certification is becoming an important tool in balancing resource sustainability and economic viability, but there is growing confusion in the marketplace over certification standards and eco labels. According to a new report by the American Consumer Institute (ACI) Center for Citizen Research, that confusion could be driving up prices by as much as 15 to 20 percent for consumers who are willing to pay more for sustainable wood and paper products but may not actually be getting something that is better for the environment. More


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Dove Advanced Care gets new look
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Casa Rex has developed a new packaging design for the Dove Advanced Care deodorant range in the Latin American market. The project consisted of the redesign of the variants in aerosol, roll-on and stick formats for Dermo Aclarant and Hair Minimizing varieties. More

OEE: A controversial figure
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This performance metric takes center stage as a growing number of users turn to it both to boost the efficiency of their equipment and to compare the performance of machines and production lines. But is this increasingly popular metric really this versatile? More

Enval reveals location of laminate recycling plant
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Recycling technology developer Enval has announced that its laminate recycling plant will be located at Alconbury, near Huntingdon, U.K. The buildings will house, what the firm calls, the world's first commercial scale plant utilizing Enval's patented process for the recycling of laminated plastic and aluminum packaging. The facility will be used to showcase this process. More

FrieslandCampina launches innovative small-size carton packs
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SIG Combibloc presents an innovation in the field of carton packs: combiblocXSlim. The new, extra-slim small-format carton pack comes in a total of seven volumes from 80 to 180 ml, all of which can be filled on the same filling machine from SIG Combibloc. And it is a little sensation in the truest sense of the word, because carton packs in volumes of 80 and 90 ml are a world first. More

Custom Defect Detection Systems

Custom inspection systems correctly designed to fit don't need to cost more. Check out the Guardian PQV: Full-featured 100% inspection, built for your application.

UK packaging group warns of impact of China waste ban
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Plans by the Chinese government to restrict plastic waste imports from the European Union (EU) would render the United Kingdom's recycling target figure of 57 percent by 2017 unachievable, warned the head of the Packaging and Films Association (Pafa). More

Coca-Cola Enterprises takes more steps towards zero-waste
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Coca-Cola Enterprises - which produces, markets and distributes Coca-Cola products in Western Europe - has announced two new initiatives aimed at improving recycling behavior and infrastructure, as part of its journey to becoming a low-carbon, zero-waste business. CCE's sustainability plan commits it to setting the standard for sustainable packaging, achieving zero waste in its own operations and recycling more packaging than it uses. More

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. 

X-ray inspection punches up pork products QA
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Kelley Foods confidently combats metal, bone, stone, glass, or plastic contaminants in a full range of shipping case sizes. Kelley Foods of Alabama, Inc., Elba, Ala., produces natural-casing smoked and fresh pork sausages in several varieties, as well as hams, bacons, and hot dogs, both for retail and foodservice markets, primarily in the Southeastern U.S. Retail products are sold under the premium "Kelley" brand and value-added "Tasty" brand. More

Nonalcoholic adult beverage ZEO sparkles on shelves
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"Wonderfully unusual" nonalcoholic adult beverage ZEO has been given its brand expression by integrated brand design agency Blue Marlin. ZEO, the debut product from Mayfair-based Freedrinks Ltd., launched in the United Kingdom this summer. More

Scrap Recovery for Packaging Industry

Environmental Pneumatics designs, fabricates and installs waste recovery systems for the packaging industry using air systems and in-floor belt conveyors. Energy and efficiency combined with performance. MORE

France to ban BPA in food contact packs by 2015
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France will ban the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in food contact packaging from Jan. 1. The news comes after the French senate adopted a law that bans the use of BPA in food contact packaging. More

Holfeld Plastics buys time on fresh produce packaging
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Holfeld has a passion for packaging. They continue to create some sweet inspirations when it comes to soft fruit punnets breathing new life and fresh ideas into the way soft fruit is packaged. More

Polyethylene to see more use during switch to 1-piece caps
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The one-piece cap is coming to America. In the U.S., processors use injected molded, high density polyethylene closures to cap water bottles. However, carbonated soft drinks and hot-fill applications are usually topped with compression molded, two-piece closures - an outer polypropylene shell and a liner, usually made from ethylene vinyl acetate. More

Converter goes lean by automating product handling
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The word lean doesn't seem to fit a company that calls itself a full-service flexible packaging manufacturer. After all, American Packaging Corp. relies on three different sites to do extrusion lamination and coating, flexographic printing and rotogravure printing. More

Store tour highlights Tokyo's emphasis on refills, recycling, EPR
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Easy-open features, refill pouches galore, and an approach to packaging design that caters to women - these are among the things that stood out during the Tokyo Pack Insight Japan Tour, which was essentially a guided tour of the retail scene in Japan. More

Malaysia's Scientex buying major film rival
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Malaysia's Scientex Bhd has reached an agreement to buy GW Plastics Holdings Bhd for 283.2 million Malaysian ringgit (US$92.63 million) in cash and guaranteeing current debts. More

Uflex eyes packaging firms in US, Europe
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Uflex Ltd, India's largest flexible packaging company, is looking at 2-3 major acquisitions in the U.S. and European markets. The company has already earmarked Rs 1,250 crore for fueling its expansion plans in India and abroad, both organically and through buyouts. More

The Mechanics of Rollers

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