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Jan. 6, 2010
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Sustainable Packaging Market to Reach $170 Billion by 2014, Says Study
from Packaging Digest
Packaging for a variety of consumer, commercial, and industrial goods continues to grow rapidly, fueled largely by the increase in demand for consumer goods in developing countries. According to a recent report from Pike Research, worldwide packaging industry revenues will increase from $429 billion in 2009 to $530 billion by 2014, representing a growth rate greater than that of the global economy itself. More

American Packaging Plans Expansion
from Converting Magazine
Flexible-packaging converter American Packaging Corp. of Rochester, N.Y., a $16.5 million expansion project at its flexographic printing and laminating division in Story City, Iowa. The move is one of several major expansions in recent years, which include a $12 million project at its Rochester plant and a $13 million expansion at its facility in Columbus, Wis. More

Bemis Acquisition of Alcan Packaging Unit Delayed
from Plastics & Rubber Weekly
U.S. packaging giant Bemis says it now expects to receive approval for its $1.2 billion acquisition of Alcan Food Americas division in 2010 because of regulatory concerns about the transaction. The U.S. Department of Justice had expressed concern about the impact of the deal on competition under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976. More

Hershey's Chocolate Packaging Gets Special Thank You Message
from Packaging Digest
Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bars and Milk Chocolate Bars with Almonds will be just a little sweeter thanks to new packaging. Hitting the shelves this January, every standard and king-size Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bar and Milk Chocolate Bar with Almonds will contain a special "Thank You" message in celebration of the 100 years of support for Milton Hershey School. The back of each bar states, "Every Hershey's product you've enjoyed has helped support children in need through Milton Hershey School. Thank You for making a difference!" More

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Clear Lam Packaging Settles with EPA on Hazardous-waste Violations
from Converting Magazine
Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has settled with Clear Lam Packaging Inc. for alleged violations of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act requirements for treatment, storage and disposal of hazardous waste, reports Occupational Health & Safety. The Elk Grove, Ill., company will pay a $20,750 penalty and perform an environmental project costing at least $221,000. More

A Glimpse into 2010
from Brand Packaging
A lot has changed over the past two years. In the economy’s downfall, a competitive uptick was created, strengthening innovation in package design and structure. Consumers began spending their money in a whole new way, which required brand marketers to pull out all the stops in order to reach them. More

Celloglas Creates Soft-touch Laminate for Luxury Packaging
from Packaging News – UK
Lamination specialist Celloglas is targeting the luxury packaging market with a new soft-to-the-touch laminate, Cellotouch. The material, which is neither glossy nor matt like conventional laminates, is manufactured using bi-orientated polypropylene and due to the haze level on the film, is more scruff resistant than standard matt laminate. More Video Praises Resin Alternative
from Greener Package
Typically, packaging plays the bad guy in the national media. Not this time, as a video demonstrates. "Plastic alternatives have less impact on environment," represents one of those rare instances when the national media presents a positive environmental packaging perspective. The video focuses on biodegradable resin developments from Cereplast, Inc., designer and manufacturer of bio-based alternatives to petroleum-based plastics. More

The Anilox Roll-Heart of the Flexo Process, Second Edition

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