Pro Mach expands flexible packaging group with acquisition of Tekkra Systems PRWeb Pro Mach, Inc. announced today that it has acquired the assets of Tekkra Systems, Inc., a manufacturer of shrink wrapping and bundling machinery based in Romeoville, Ill. Tekkra will join Pro Mach’s new Flexible Packaging Group, which offers solutions including Matrix vertical form fill and seal systems, Rennco vertical bagging systems, Toyo Jidoki pouch packaging systems, and Inever stickpack and sachet packaging systems.
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Research and markets: Global non-halogenated flame retardants market for polymers report 2013 - 2018 BusinessWire Flame retardants are used as additives in polymers to increase fire resistance in case of ignition or fire accidents. Owing to the high risk of fire accidents related with high usage of polymers in end-use industries such as construction, electrical and transportation, non-halogenated flame retardants are expected to have high demand in the near future. The market is segmented based on product types aluminum hydroxide, phosphorus based non-halogenated flame retardants and others (including nitrogen based flame retardants, magnesium hydroxide and others).
Successful start for new travel-size sun protection bottle Packaging World Ladival sun protection products are now also available in a 30-mL bottle, developed by RPC Kutenholz In collaboration with Stada GmbH of Bad Vilbel, Germany, as a handy size for travelers.
Stada is an international company focusing on healthcare, especially pharmaceuticals and generics. According to Stada’s website, “Our major therapeutic areas for generics include stomach medicines, antihypertensive agents and anti-inflammatory agents. In the area of branded products, important products include the cold medicine Grippostad, the Parkinson's disease medication ApoGo, and the suncream Ladival."
Solvay Specialty Polymers Plasteurope.com U.S.-based Solvay Specialty Polymers has introduced an ultra-high molecular-weight grade to its “KetaSpire” PEEK range. The new grade offers improved ductility and toughness compared with standard high-molecular weight PEEK products and has been developed to meet the demands of applications requiring enhanced toughness and impact resistance performance, particularly in the semiconductor and oil and gas industries.
Sidel launches light-weight PET water bottle Packaging News The new PET RightWeight bottle weighs 7.95g, compared to an average of 12g for commercial 500ml water bottles.
Sidel says it offers top-load performance of 33kg without nitrogen dosing, using standard 26/22 caps. Christophe Bunel, head of packaging care & development at Sidel, said the manufacturer has been testing various bottle designs over the last year.
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Clondalkin pharma & healthcare produces premium white carton solution Packaging Europe Clondalkin Pharma & Healthcare Guaynabo has produced a premium packaging solution with highly technical printing techniques for Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, the maker of the new, innovative fast acting Advil Film Coated Tablets that contains the unique Advil Ion Core Technology. The design elements created by the Pfizer Consumer Healthcare Package Design and Development Team drew on Clondalkin’s technical expertise in Puerto Rico by incorporating a unique soft touch matte varnish, UV high gloss, foil stamping, printed foil and embossing to the carton.
Chicago-area packaging company wins big with smartphone package design Consumer Electronics Net A package produced by a Chicago-area company is continuing to make waves long after its debut. Designed and manufactured by JohnsByrne Company, the package was recently awarded the top prize at the 70th annual North American Paperboard Packaging Competition. Winner of both the Innovation category and Package of the Year in the prestigious competition, the winning package shows JohnsByrne Company's talent for eye-catching innovation.
Dow: We have to do more with less FoodProductionDaily.com It is critical to protect the food supply chain and cut down food waste, according to the Dow Chemical Company. The firm said it is trying to make its polymers stronger so less of them are used and focus on down-gauging to address sustainability. It is looking at materials being re-used or used more efficiently, such as edge trim and scrap products, when films are made and end of life options for products.
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
Why the dragons lapped up a healthy baby food maker The Financial Post After 18 months in development, John and Leah Garrad-Cole launched Love Child Organics, their on-trend baby food business, at the start of 2013. The products are organic, free of sugar and artificial preservatives, feature an added boost of super foods and are sold in squeezable BPA-free pouches.
Pearlfisher London designs Cheeky Packaging Europe As part of a long-term relationship with Soho House Group and Cowshed, Pearlfisher has created Cheeky — a new total beauty brand that brings products and experiences together to complement the lifestyle of young, urban social butterflies. The work spans brand strategy, tone of voice, identity and packaging design.
BPF condemns dumping at sea Packaging News Peter Davis, BPF director general, said the plastics industry is working together to ensure used plastics do not find their way into the sea, through initiatives such as the Bottle Champions Recycling Campaign.
Some reports suggested a Spanish sperm whale ingested 17kg of plastic that had been dumped in the sea by plastics suppliers. The Bottles Champion Recycling Campaign encourages youngsters to collect plastic bottle tops for recycling.
Measure Nonwoven Web Tension Adding tension transducers to a machine's web path is a sensible, low-cost upgrade for measuring, displaying and controlling tension in your process. Try a pair of DFE's C transducers.
Italian flexible packaging producer opens plant in Costa Rica / targeting Latin American markets PlastEurope.com Flexible packaging solutions provider Gualapack in Sept. 2013, opened a new production facility in San Jose, Costa Rica. The plant, which the company says will afford access to the Latin American markets, will produce the complete “Cheerpack DP” spouted stand-up pouch range. "Cheerpack" is particularly suitable for fruit purée, baby food, dairy snacks as well as beverages, sauces and condiments, Gualapack said.
Outstanding senior at Clemson Packaging World The Packaging Science Faculty in the Department of Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences at Clemson University has nominated James Belcher for the Fall Semester Packaging World Outstanding Senior in Packaging Science Award ($500).
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
Heinz closing plants, cutting 1,350 jobs in North America Packaging Digest H.J. Heinz Co. announced another round of cost-cutting to its North American operations on Nov. 21, the latest in a string of expense-reducing moves the company has made since new owners took over the Pittsburgh food company five months ago.
Heinz said it plans to close manufacturing plants in South Carolina, Idaho and Canada over the next six to eight months, a move that will cost 1,350 people their jobs.
Not your mother's private label Packaging World Scoping the aisles of the 2013 Private Label Trade Show — the biggest ever in the event’s history, according to its organizer, the Private Label Manufacturers Association — it’s easy to see why store brand product sales continue to expand, setting new records for total dollar volume and market share. At the November event, held at the Rosemont Convention Center near Chicago, row upon row of exhibitors, numbering 1,229 in all, displayed thousands of food, beverage, personal care, pet care, OTC pharma, and other products in packaging that meets or rivals that of any brand-name competitor’s.
200,000 years of practical experience: The science and technology of adhesives Material Views As far as we know, it was 200 millenniums ago (give or take a few years) that a human for the first time used a simple natural adhesive to hold something in place – with the sticky substance extracted from a tree. Only 5,000 years ago the first adhesive materials from other natural sources were derived, mostly animal tissue including bones or skins.
The relatively recent leap in adhesive technology is related to the development of polymeric materials, with the products most obvious to consumers still being pressure-sensitive adhesives in the form of duct tapes.
Ecolean launches transparent aseptic packaging Packaging News Ecolean Air Aseptic Clear is transparent and aseptic package, can be used by non-carbonated soft drinks like lemonade and ice tea producers.
With the combination of transparency and printability, the producer can decide how much to show of the product. Peter Nilsson, chief executive at Ecolean, said the new packaging has low environmental impact.
Merak - for precise and effortless cutting Merak safety knife for cutting paper, corrugated and plastic; fully automatic blade retraction. Incorporates a squeeze-grip in an ergonomic shape; ensures low-fatigue and high productivity.
NAMPA: Be thankful for canned food FoodProductionDaily According to the North AMerican Meal Packaging Alliance, families can celebrate the upcoming holiday with peace of mind, knowing that the canned foods they're enjoying are safe. It has been a reported three-decade gap since the last reported foodborne illness linked to a faulire of cans or other metal packaging.
Disposable food bowl Behance The goal: To create a disposable food bowl with minimum environmental impact and to teach wide society about new biodegradable materials in a funny way.
Description from label:
Enjoy your food. Then put the seeds from under the label with gravel to the bowl and let it grow. After a week, plant bowl with a herb to the ground. The bowl will degrade and you can grow up your own herb.
Raman Probe supports food and polymer process analysis Thomasnet Axiom Analytical, Inc. has announced the availability of its RFP-435 probe for the Raman analysis of materials such as polymers and food products during extrusion. The new probe can be fitted to most extruders employing industry standard ½ - 20 UNF fittings. No extruder modifications are required. The extreme robustness of the RFP-435 probe is assured by the use of a sapphire window, stainless steel construction and Axiom’s proprietary welded window seal design.
Flexible Packaging Market expected to reach $99,621.9 million by 2018 News International The market research report “Flexible Packaging Market by End-Use, 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.
Snap to attention: Polymers that react and move to light Space Daily Microvehicles and other devices that can change shape or move with no power source other than a beam of light may be possible through research led by the University of Pittsburgh. The researchers are investigating polymers that "snap" when triggered by light, thereby converting light energy into mechanical work and potentially eliminating the need for traditional machine components such as switches and power sources.
Food-safe packaging adhesives on the rise FoodProductionDaily.com Time and time again we hear reports about ingredients used in packaging materials migrate into the comestible contents. Frequent causes include printing inks on labels or the use of contaminated waste paper.
Tool to help packagers navigate FDA's Nutritional Facts label changes Packaging Digest The Food and Drug Administration plans to update its Nutrition Facts label policies, which will impact nearly all food and beverage products marketed for retail sale and promoted in the United States. This sweeping change to update the 20-year-old guidelines presents challenges — and opportunities — that food and beverage companies will need to quickly understand and mobilize.
How nanotechnology could revolutionise food storage The Guardian According to a 2013 report from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, 30-50 percent of food is lost to spoilage before it is eaten. In developed nations, most of the waste comes from two sources: Consumers who buy too much and let it rot in their fridges, and farmers, who leave less-than-beautiful food to rot in their fields.
Functional and barrier coatings to hit $5 billion by 2018 FoodProcessing.com Worth an estimated $4.2 billion in 2012, the market is expected to increase by almost 420,000 tons by 2018.
The report, The Future of Functional and Barrier Coatings for Paper and Board to 2018, says that demand is fairly evenly spread across the three major sectors: the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific. However, in coming years there will be a marked shift towards the Asia-Pacific sector and China will increase its share to 26 percent of the market in 2018, while the U.S. will slip to 25 percent.
Retort technology cuts processing time up to 40 percent FoodProductionDaily Allpax Products reports its Gentle Motion retort system, recently installed at a plant in Europe, cuts process time by as much as 40 percent. The first Gentle Motion customer is a food plant in Europe. The facility is using the reciprocating retorts to process shelf-stable soup products housed in flexible packaging.
Pathbreaking bottle design with Krones NitroHotfill Packaging Europe With the aim of rendering hot-filling more cost-efficient and energy-economical, in 2009 Krones developed the NitroHotfill process. This technology enables bottles to be produced with a minimised weight without featuring the typical vacuum panels. The process requires significantly less energy and is more cost-efficient overall. And the same designs can be ideally handled on both aseptic and hotfill lines.
The 13th TAPPI European PLACE Conference (Polymers, lamination, Adhesives, Coating & Extrusions) was held May 30- June 1, 2011 in Bregenz, Austria. his event focused on the extrusion coating and laminating industry featuring the latest technology and developments in: • Raw materials • Processing • Inspection and applications These proceedings contain papers presented throughout the conference. Fully searchable CD-ROM.
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