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Oct. 14, 2009
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2010 Business Outlook: Flexible Packaging Converting & Markets
from Converting Magazine
If there was ever a time when advance planning was vital to your company's future success as a package printer and converter, it's now. As we pull out of the "Great Recession," knowing what lies ahead – in taxes, material supply, industry consolidation, regulatory initiatives and the sustainability movement – will prepare your company to meet these challenges in 2010 and beyond. More

7-Eleven Tests Packaged Bananas
from Packaging Digest
Can plastic wrap boost banana sales? Convenience-store giant 7-Eleven thinks so. With the decline of its cigarette sales revenue in recent years, the company has looked to fresh food to help make up the difference and spur a reinvention of the retailer’s product line. More

Robbie Mfg.: Compostable Sandwich Pouch has Green in the Bag
from Packaging World
Fresh, cold-case sandwiches and wraps are realizing enhanced product quality and greater package sustainability through the use of Robbie Mfg.'s new Hot N Handy Bio-Pouch. Claimed to be a greener alternative to rigid, hinged plastic containers for fresh, prepared foods, the wood pulp-based film wrap not only absorbs moisture to deter soggy sandwich bread, but it also greatly reduces the amount of packaging materials required and eliminates packaging waste through compostability. More

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A Shining Move to Sustainability
from Packaging Digest
When it comes to producing packaging that jumps off the shelf, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Moon Township, Pa., sets high standards for itself. The company makes sure that those standards apply not only to shelf appeal but also to packaging that's environmentally friendly and recyclable. More

Flexible Stand-up Pouch
from Food Magazine
The new FlexiBowl stand-up pouch delivers improved versatility and user convenience, claims its manufacturer, flexible packaging specialist, Ampac Flexibles. Launched this week at Pack Expo, 2009 in Las Vegas, the FlexiBowl pouch is designed for foods that can be heated in and eaten from the package plus dry and wet foods such as cereals, yogurt and snacks. More

Closed-loop Web System Combines Gauging and Extruder Control
from Plastics Today
Thermo Fisher Scientific announced a new web-gauging technology for multilayer blown-film applications in the food and medical flexible packaging segment, taking data from the web gauging unit to automatically adjust extrusion output for the various layers. More

Sale Volume of Packaging Material Finally Returns to Pre-crisis Levels
from Emirates Business 24/7
Volumes of packaging material demand has returned to pre-crisis levels after suffering severely in the past year, said a top official of a Dubai-based company. John Hetherton, General Manager of Arabian Flexible Packaging (AFP), said the prices of raw materials have fallen by 40 to 50 percent, while the sale prices of manufactured products have come down by 10 to 20 percent. More

Cardia Expands Bio Film Production
from European Plastics News
Australian bio plastics firm is expanding production of its Biohybrid film after receiving food contact approval from the European Commission. Cardia Biohybrid, previously used only for commodity packaging, is now suitable for food packaging in Europe according to the 2002/72 EC standard. More

Resin Market Ready for Change
from Plastics News
The North American resin market has traveled back in time to 2003, and it's anyone's guess as to when it will return to the here and now. Sales of most major commodity plastics in 2008 slipped to levels not seen since 2003, and numbers for 2009 may be lower still. If that happens, it will be the only time in the decade of the 2000s that the industry has had back-to-back down years. More

Extrusion Coating Manual, Fourth Edition

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