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PLACE Weekly Wrap-Up
As 2011 comes to a close, TAPPI would like to wish its members, partners, and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the PLACE Weekly Wrap-Up a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 4.

Researchers find recipe for 'perfect plastic'
Packaging Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Oct. 5 issue - Researchers have solved a long-standing problem that could revolutionize the way new plastics are developed. The breakthrough, involving researchers at Durham University and the University of Leeds, will allow experts to create the "perfect plastic" with specific uses and properties by using a high-tech "recipe book." It will also increase our ability to recycle plastics. The research paper is published in the prestigious journal Science. More

International Paper acquires Temple-Inland for $4.3 billion
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Sept. 7 issue - International Paper has ended a take-over battle that has lasted more than three months by announcing that it has reached a "definitive merger agreement" to acquire Temple-Inland for $4.3 billion.

Multipacks say 'so long' to corrugated materials
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Feb. 16 issue - Water bottler debuts first shrink-wrapped 24-pack using new staggered-bottle configuration that completely eliminates the need for a corrugated tray or pad. Since 1980, when it launched its business supplying construction sites with portable, packaged water, Unlimited Water Processing, Inc., St. Louis, has kept a close eye on packaging trends.

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

Coca-Cola shuts down US PET recycling joint venture
Plastics & Rubber Weekly    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Apr. 20 issue - The joint-venture PET recycling plant that Coca-Cola opened with great fanfare two years ago in Spartanburg, S.C., has closed. Neither Coke nor United Resource Recovery has made any official announcement about the closing of their joint venture plant, NURRC. But several sources confirmed to Plastics News that NURRC closed the first week in March, that all 50 factory workers were laid off, and that virtually the entire office staff was laid off two weeks ago.

Packaging Trends 2011
Packaging Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Jan. 5 issue - Great minds don't always think alike. That's how we get different ideas to build on -- like these from a top-notch panel of packaging experts from some of the leading companies in the world: Procter & Gamble, Kraft, PepsiCo, ConAgra, Pfizer, H.J. Heinz and Stryker Orthopaedics.

Allison Systems' long life blades for Gravure and Flexo

Our Super Coat alloy coatings on our Super Gold steel blades are proven to provide good lubrication for Flexo and Gravure, effectively reducing roll wear and blade corrosion where needed.

Frito-Lay hopes new SunChips bag quiets critics
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Mar. 2 issue - Frito-Lay hopes to make some big noise with a quieter version of its biodegradable SunChips bag. The company introduced a biodegradable bag for the snacks in April of 2009 with a big marketing effort to play up its environmentally friendly nature as it was made from plants and not plastic and could break down in compost.

Why Dr Pepper Ten is everything that's wrong with brands
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Oct. 26 issue - Becky Lang writes, "With the tagline, 'It's not for women' and a campaign that acts as a watchdog for girly behaviors like saying 'OMG,' the new ad campaign for Dr Pepper Ten is actually enough to make me refuse to buy Dr Pepper. My co-workers said that I was playing into the brand's plot by not drinking it, and that a smart counter-strategy would be to make it the drink of Real Housewives or promote the idea that it cures menstrual symptoms."

Scalewatcher Hard Water Treatment System

Scalewatcher North America focuses on the elimination of scale and the problems associated with scale build up. Scaled cooling towers, chillers, and associated equipment can negatively impact a company’s bottom line. The caustic chemicals used to remove scale only create more problems with the environment. Your company can “GO GREEN” and stay within your budget. MORE

California votes to ban foam takeout containers
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June 8 issue - The California state Senate has passed a measure to prohibit food vendors and restaurants from dispensing prepared foods in polystyrene foam.

Method unveils bottle made of ocean plastic
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Sept. 21, issue - Method, a leading innovator in premium, eco-conscious household and personal care products, unveiled its latest innovation in sustainable packaging - a bottle made out of plastic collected from the North Pacific Gyre, often referred to as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

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. 

Cereal giants revamp recycled cartons over health risks
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Mar. 9 issue - Jordans, Weetabix and Kellogg's are changing their packaging because of health concerns about boxes made from recycled cardboard. Government scientists in Switzerland found toxic chemicals from recycled newspapers have contaminated food sold in many cardboard cartons.

New 'intelligent' indicator detects expired foods
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Jan. 12 issue - A packaging system that sends out a warning when food is no longer safe to eat could soon be available to food producers and consumers. Researchers at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, north of London in the U.K., have developed an indicator, made of "intelligent plastics," which changes color when food has perished or when it has been spoiled.

Starbucks approaches recycling goal with systems-based approach
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Aug. 3 issue - At the Sustainable Packaging Symposium 2011 held last March in Chicago, Jim Hanna, director of Environmental Impact for Starbucks Coffee Co., gave a presentation on some of the unintended consequences that are surfacing in the move toward more sustainable packaging. Hanna used Starbucks' own experiences to illustrate some of the pitfalls.

Biodegradables do more harm than good in landfills
Packaging World    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
June 15 issue - New research suggests that biodegradable products may not be more environmentally friendly when disposed of in landfills due to the potent methane gas they release when they degrade.

Beyond Viscosity... RHEOCARB™

• Coatex technology based on steric stabilization chemistry
• Breakthrough in rheology control
• Reduces coating costs
• Improves runnability to enhance coated paper quality

Coatex – Committed to the Paper Industry for over 30 years!

Packaging under scrutiny over contaminated raw chickens
Plastics & Rubber Weekly    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Feb. 9 issue - A survey by Trading Standards Officers at Birmingham City Council has raised concerns about plastic packaging used to cover uncooked chicken. The TSOs bought 20 uncooked chicken items wrapped in plastic packaging from butchers, convenience stores and supermarkets in the city.

Italy's PE shopping bag ban comes into force
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Jan. 5 issue - Italy has just become the first country in Europe to implement a complete ban on non-biodegradable plastics shopping bags. The ban, originally intended to come into force at the beginning of 2010 but delayed for a year, became effective on Jan. 1.

The Mechanics of Winding

This reference book covers winding from introductory basics through advanced winding theory. Written as a practical, comprehensive guide, the book attempts to show not only how to troubleshoot winding problems and wound roll defects, but also why these problems occur, written by David R. Roisum, Ph.D.

Product code: 0101R236
ISBN: 0898522811
List Price: $100
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