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Plastic bottle recycling tops 30 percent in 2012
Packaging Digest
Plastic bottle recycling by consumers increased 161 million pounds in 2012, edging up 6.2 percent, to reach nearly 2.8 billion pounds for the year, according to figures released jointly by the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers and the American Chemistry Council. The recycling rate for all plastic bottles rose 1.6 percent to 30.5 percent for the year.
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Kodak and Xymox report agreement on conductive films
PFFC
Kodak and Xymox Technologies, Milwaukee, have entered into a multi-year agreement to jointly promote Kodak's Highly Conductive Films (HCF), the featured product in multi-touch sensor technology developed by Xymox. The agreement further states that Kodak on a non-exclusive basis will promote Xymox as a preferred source for industrial sensors made using HCF Films. Additional terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
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How retailers can cut food waste, shave costs and appeal to consumers
Packaging World
Consumers don't like waste, which has led many companies to recycle, reduce packaging, and minimize pollution. Food waste has been less explored, especially by retailers. That's in part because consumers assume it is being dealt with responsibly at the corporate level and worry more about their own food waste, according to research compiled by Hartman Worldview.
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Retooling concept development
Brand Packaging
Everything we do in package structure innovation is anchored in the notion of "concept" as the way to represent fresh ideas that solve recognized problems. But have we given it too much weight? In a design world driven by the concept, a worthy idea can live or die on the merits of one loose sketch, tied precariously to consumer insights and the project brief.  
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Food waste raises issues for packaging sector
European Plastics News
Food waste is a huge problem in Europe and the rest of the world. The issue is an important one for the plastics industry, providing both challenges and opportunities. Plastics packaging can make an important contribution to reducing food waste with its ability to protect goods in transit and extend their usable life in a consumer's home.
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Better packaging urged by new guidance from RAP
Packaging News
New packaging guidance has been produced in response to a 1.1 million tonne waste-reduction target set recently by the government's waste watchdog.
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How can green packaging be simultaneously more and less important to today's consumers?
Greener Package
There's both more and less interest in going green. It's a head-scratcher, but Mintel Group's Lynn Dornblaser unraveled the mystery to Pack Expo 2013 attendees.
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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
 


Durango, Colo., voters repeal grocery bag fee
Plastics News
Voters in Durango, Colo., have repealed an ordinance to put a 10-cent fee on plastic bags. The ordinance, passed by the City Council in August, was set to take effect in March. The fee would have extended to paper bags as well. A group of residents petitioned the city for a vote, which took place Nov. 5.
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If you're involved in plastics, you should care about recycling
Plastics Today
Plastic bottles scattered across a beach. Plastic bags clinging to a tree. These are a few of society's (un)favorite things. "My apologizes for the uncomfortable pictures — but they are powerful images," said Kim Holmes, director of recycling and diversion at SPI, who showed pictures of plastic litter at the Global Plastics Summit. "The perception of plastics is often a negative interaction with plastics — the material littering the environment."
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Flexible packaging market to grow 5.1 percent by 2018
Packaging Digest
The market research report "Flexible Packaging Market by End-Use (Food, Beverage, Personal Care & Pharmaceutical), Material (Polypropylene, BOPP, CPP, Polyethylene, EVOH, PA, BOPET, PVC, Aluminum, Paper, Cellulosic) - Global Trends & Forecast to 2018", is published by MarketsandMarkets. According to this report, the flexible packaging market is estimated to grow from $73,825.3 million in 2012 to $99,621.9 million by 2018 with a CAGR of 5.1 percent from 2013 to 2018.
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Sharp thinking for William Beckett Plastics
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
William Beckett Plastics, a manufacturer of plastic packaging for the cutting tool industry, has secured a £65,000 business loan from Finance Yorkshire that will enabling the company to embark on a refurbishment program of three machines that blow mold its range of packaging.
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Automated packaging solution upgrades e-commerce efficiencies
Packaging World
Pet care products marketer/shipper reduces labor, packaging materials, and delivery costs, while increasing output speeds.
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No need for bag ban in Germany, says IK
European Plastics News
German media coverage of the European Commission's proposal for reducing carrier bag usage has been criticized by the IK Association of Plastic Packaging, representing packaging producers in Germany.
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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
 


The state of aseptic in the US
Greener Package
J. Michael Drozd, Chief Executive Officer of aseptic processor and packager Wright Foods of Troy, N.C., shares his insights on the state of the aseptic packaging market in the U.S., and on the consumer trends driving its growth.
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Fire pumps save plastics factory
Plastics News
An investment of A$65,000 (US$60,000) in fire-fighting equipment is credited with saving a A$30 million plastics factory. A fire broke out at Viscount Plastics Pty. Ltd.'s Carole Park factory, 12 miles south-west of Brisbane's CBD, on Sunday, Oct. 6. It sent thick, black smoke billowing skywards as firefighters battled to extinguish the blaze.
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Blog: No longer powerless against pouch waste
Packaging Digest
Tom Szaky writes, "Last year, I penned a blog for this site, discussing the 'Problem with the popularity of pouches,' citing the excellent packaging qualities of pouches, but expressing concern about the inability of most to be recycled through traditional means. I am glad to provide an update of sorts to this story by way of an exciting milestone my company recently reached."
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Replast conference focused on core issues
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
The British Plastics Federation's Replast 2013 conference was described as a "very good event" that generated "sensible conversations," according to one of the event's speakers, Regain Polymer's Bernard Chase.
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Clear shrink-label lends shelf appeal to new rum drink
Packaging World
To increase shelf appeal and consumer interest for its new addition to the Malibu® family, France-based beverage manufacturer Pernod Ricard looked to Eastman Chemical Company and its Embrace™ copolyester to create labels for Malibu Red, a rum and tequila liqueur. According to Eastman, Embrace offers superior clarity and high gloss to showcase graphics as well as eye-catching 360-deg graphic capabilities and high print definition for maximum shelf appeal.
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Packaging in a world of shrinking resources
Packaging World
The 2013 Global Sustainability Summit offers insights on how manufacturers and retailers can preserve resources to meet the needs of a growing population.

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Growth slows for Europe's flexible packaging
European Plastics News
Weaker demand across a number of national markets and lower raw material inflationary pressures were the two main factors slowing value growth in Europe's flexible packaging market in 2012.

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Market for stand-up pouches in US sees dramatic growth
Packaging Digest
The U.S. stand-up pouch market has seen dramatic growth over the past five years, increasing by 50 percent in unit volume terms to approaching 17 billion units in 2013.

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Engel, Plastisud end "exclusivity" in their China caps JV
European Plastics News
German injection machine maker Engel Holdings and French mold maker Plastisud have ended their exclusive joint venture in the Chinese market for water and soft drink caps, saying that while they still plan to work together they are now both free to find other potential partners.
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Tullis Russell's eco cred wins over cosmetics firm
Packaging News
A Greek cosmetics company that relies on honey bees and plant extracts for its products has chosen a Tullis Russell board for cartons that will go to 14 counties across the globe.
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Miracle-Gro compostable seed pods are consumer-focused
Greener Package
Addressing consumers' challenges with growing edible plants from seeds, Scotts Miracle-Gro launches a seed pod made from molded fiber that gets planted directly in the ground.
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Raven Industries integrates new blown film line
Plastics Today
Raven Industries Inc., a specialty blown films processor for the agriculture, aerospace, and electronic manufacturing services markets, announced the full integration and qualification of its newest blown film line the company installed earlier this year: a seven-layer oriented barrier system.
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Abco Kovex eyes UK supply chain with new stretch film
Packaging News
Irish packaging material and equipment supplier Abco Kovex is targeting the U.K. with a new stretch film. Manufactured by Berry Plastics in the U.S., Stratos is a multi-polymer product that is said to have a stretch ration of 300 percent and a thickness of 11.4 micron. It was developed for the freezer industry and works in temperatures to minus 30 degrees centigrade.
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P&G's molding unit Imflux picks Cincinnati area headquarters
Plastics News
A new Procter & Gamble Co. injection molding subsidiary has chosen Hamilton, Ohio, as its headquarters. Imflux Inc. was recently formed to develop innovative injection molding technology. It had scouted locations around West Chester, Ohio, to relocate from its birthplace in P&G's Beckett Ridge Technical Center but decided to relocate in Hamilton, outside Cincinnati, where P&G is based.
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