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Study: Consumer decisions dependent on crowd size
Packaging Digest
Recent research in the American Marketing Association's Journal of Marketing Research finds that, as the environment becomes more socially crowded, consumers show an increased preference for products with safety connotations. A crowded environment causes consumers to process marketing messages differently and actually appear to become more averse to risk in general.
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Web lines: How the open loop torque control sets winding tension
PFFC
There are many winding machines that do not use closed-loop tension control in the winding process. Most of these machines request input of starting and taper functions of winding tension and calculate the complex function desired tension versus roll diameter or winding speed.
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Bioplastics market forecast to surge ahead by 2017
Packaging News
The European bioplastics market is predicted to surge from around 1.4 million tonnes (annual production capacity) in 2012 to approximately 6.2 million tonnes in 2017, according to the Board of European Bioplastics.
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Northern Ireland delays second phase of bag tax
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
The Northern Ireland Assembly’s Committee for the Environment has secured a delay to the introduction of new charging arrangements for carrier bags to allow more time to communicate the changes to the public.
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US and Dutch flexible packaging firms to merge
European Plastics News
Flexible packaging powerhouses Scholle Packaging, of the US, and Innovative Packaging Network, of the Netherlands, are combining forces. Both companies plan to retain their identities but noted that the combined entity will provide a more diverse worldwide packaging operation with more than 2,000 employees. Terms were not announced.
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Flint Group launches new inks and coatings
Packaging News
Packaging and label converters provider Flint Group has launched the Ultraking Xcura inks and coatings system. Working together with various OEMs and lamp manufacturers, Flint Group has developed a full range of low energy UV curing highly reactive inks and coatings.
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Indian sheet extruder expands to make punnets
Plastics News
With organized retailing growing in India, plastics processors are looking at innovative packaging ideas to keep pace with the trends. One example: sheet extruder AVI Global Plast Pvt. Ltd. has started trial production of punnets, used to package fruits and vegetables.
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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
 


Meet Bisneinex, a new PET resin targeting large water bottles
Plastics Today
Looks like PET is looking to overtake PC in the 5-gallon water cooler market. Over the past few years, concerns about one of PC's building blocks, BPA, have stirred public debate about the potential health risks from PC bottles of all sizes, which includes the popular 5-gallon water bottles. BPA is now effectively banned in baby bottles in North America and in Europe and time will tell if bans will extend to other bottles.
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What manufacturers need to know about GHS compliance
Packaging Digest
The North American chemical market is in the midst of a major regulatory shift. On Dec. 1, 2013, this transition has impacted more than 43 million employees in the United States, including chemical manufacturers, distributors, exporters and suppliers.
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Mass food production fuels growth in Middle East and African flexible packaging market
Packaging Europe
A new report from PCI Films Consulting forecasts that flexible packaging demand in the Middle East and Africa will grow by around 5 percent p.a. over the next five years as confidence in the region’s growing economy encourages inward investment and greater emphasis on mass food processing.
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HH Global announces peelable lidding for ready meals
PFFC
HH Global, the global marketing services company, has launched Lidd, a patented peelable lidding film solution for ready meals. Eliminating the need for cardboard sleeves, Lidd is said to deliver major cost savings for brand owners while also maintaining brand identity and reducing the environmental impact of food packaging.
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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
 


A new player in the US packaging market
Plastics Today
German packaging specialist Südpack GmbH & Co believes the company is ready to conquer the North American packaging market with its Südpack USA subsidiary. With a strong focus on resealable packaging as well as deep drawing flexible and hard films for the food industry, the company says that Chicago is the ideal setting for further growth.
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Trio deliver cost efficient bottle production technology
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Total, Husky and Sidel have teamed up to deliver a cost-efficient two-step technology that combines the advantages of HDPE and injection stretch blow moulding (ISBM). Through technical validation and cost modeling, the trio have demonstrated that a two-step HDPE ISBM process can deliver cost efficiency and product differentiation for the packaging industry.
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Resealable sunflower seed solution
Brand Packaging
Attend a baseball game or any other sporting event where sunflower seeds are the snack of choice and you'll see players and coaches trying to reseal opened sunflower seed packaging in all kinds of ways: elastic bands, tape, paper clips, and sometimes even transferring the remaining contents into a plain recloseable plastic bag.
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Synprodo's PLA foam makes debut
European Plastics News
Synprodo, based in the Netherlands, launched its BioFoam material produced from polylactic acid at the FachPack 2013 exhibition in Germany in September. Synprodo is part of Synbra Holding, which manufactures expanded polypropylene and expanded polystyrene.
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Euro MPs block waste paper legislation
Packaging News
The European paper industry has welcomed the European Parliament’s decision to block proposed legislation which could have resulted in classifying waste paper as "recycled" paper before it has been recycled.
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GAB Packaging buys three Canadian companies
Plastics News
GAB Packaging Ltd. is expanding into plastics industrial packaging with the acquisition of three Canadian companies. GAB of Candiac, Quebec, has specialized in industrial paperboard packaging services. By purchasing the companies it is adding distribution and design of polyethylene and polyurethane foams, air bubble cushioning, lamination and a range of thermoforming films, including electrostatic dissipation types, to its services.
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SPI and ACC to work together on rigid packaging issues
Plastics News
Two of the heavyweight U.S. plastics industry associations are joining forces to tackle rigid packaging issues like recycling and growth opportunities.

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T.O. Plastics obtains AIB compliance rating for food packaging
Plastics Today
T.O. Plastics, a U.S. manufacturer of thermoformed packaging and parts in food and other markets, recently announced that its Otsego, Minn., thermoforming facility has achieved a certificate of compliance from the American Institute of Baking (AIB).

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EU to launch tool for testing migration of packaging materials into food
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
The results of a four year European Commission project which impact heavily on the food packaging industry are to be unveiled at the Smithers Pira conference from Dec. 9-12 in London.

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Polyurethane foam-in-place packaging reduces cost, boosts productivity for medical manufacturer
Plastics Today
A medical device manufacturer lowered the per-unit cost of protective packaging by 20 percent and increased productivity by more than 30 percent by switching from polyethylene die-cut foam inserts to a polyurethane foam-in-place system, says packaging supplier Storopack. Headquartered in Metzingen, Germany, with fabrication centers throughout North America, Storopack offers design and manufacturing of FOAMplus protective packaging systems and an array of associated services.
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Eco-aware moms wield significant beverage buying power
Packaging Digest
Evergreen Packaging, a global leader in creating fiber-based packaging solutions, has released a new white paper that provides key insights for beverage manufacturers and retailers on a growing consumer segment whose eco-conscious values and lifestyle are transforming the beverage industry.
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New leadership at Pack2Go Europe
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Pack2Go Europe, the trade organization representing major foodservice packaging manufacturers, has elected a new leadership team. At the organization's recent annual general meeting in Brussels, Jan Schuermann was elected to a two-year term as president. Schuermann is chief executive of SwissPrimePack based in Altstätten, Switzerland.
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Design overhaul for auto care products
Packaging World
A new package design for Empack Spraytech's emzone line of automotive appearance and maintenance products has caused a "spike in engagement" across all of the company's social media sites, as well as strong repeat sales. Moving from trade channel sales only to the addition of retail distribution, Brampton, Ontario, Canada-based Empack redesigned its aerosol packaging — described by Director of Sales & Marketing Cameron Brown as "very generic looking" — to communicate the products’ quality and performance, and distinguish it on shelf from other offerings in the category.
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Coke testing shrink sleeve designed for easier recycling
Plastics News
Full-wrap shrink sleeve labels are a marketer's dream and a recycler's nightmare. But one of the largest companies in the world believes it is on to a solution for a problem that's been creeping up on the PET recycling industry in recent years.
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Plastic bag recycling available to 93 percent of Canadians
Plastics Today
Recycling of plastic carry-out shopping bags is locally available to 93 percent of the Canadian population according to a new study prepared for the Canadian Plastics Industry Association. Canadians can recycle their plastic carry-out shopping bags either through their municipal collection programs or at retail store locations in their communities across Canada.
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