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Jan. 20, 2010
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Asia Helps Bottled Water in Global Recession
from Packaging Digest
In terms of price it is very difficult for bottled water to compete with tap or municipal water and consequently many commentators felt that waters would be particularly exposed to the global recession. Canadean's recently published Global Bottled Water Report however suggests that final year figures for 2009 may see the worldwide market for bottled water increase by around 2 percent. Although this does represent a slowdown, it is encouraging for the industry that the category can maintain growth in even the most testing of trading environments. More

FDA Says BPA Poses Health Risk
from Plastics & Rubber Weekly
The US Food and Drug Administration on Jan. 15 updated its long-held view that bisphenol A is safe in food-contact applications at current levels. FDA now says it is "taking reasonable steps to reduce human exposure to BPA in the food supply" because some studies have raised concerns "about the potential effects of BPA on the brain, behavior, and prostate gland in fetuses, infants, and young children". More

Global Packaging Orders Flexo Press, Bagmakers
from Converting Magazine
Paper Converting Machine Co. and Hudson-Sharp Machine Co., Inc., sell a new printing press and bag machinery to Global Packaging, Inc., a flexible packaging printer and converter located in Oaks, Pa. The press will be manufactured at PCMC's Green Bay, Wis., facility, and the bag and pouch machinery will be manufactured at Hudson-Sharp, also located in Green Bay. More

Shrink Labels Deliver Flexibility for Small-batch Vodkas
from Packaging World
Carlos Guillem is one brand owner leading this trend by introducing one of the first glass vodka bottles decorated with a full-body shrink label for his DeLos Vodka. Guillem says the distinctive label perfectly complements his vodkas, which are handcrafted in small batches and packaged in 50-mL, 750-mL, and 1.75-L bottles. The label also provides the flexibility to quickly launch new sizes and flavors. More

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New Packaging Site will Bring Jobs
from The Indianapolis Star
Kentland Vector USA, a manufacturer of flexible packaging products for the food industry, announced that it will establish a distribution operation in Kentland, Ind., creating up to 50 jobs this year. More

MDO Films Epitomize Source Reduction
from Converting Magazine
It's a simple enough business model: Focus on one type of film process, become the technical experts in that process, purchase state-of-the-art machinery, and prosper. Of course, it's easier to describe than to do. Converter Eclipse Film Technologies of Hamilton, Ohio, specializes in machine-direction orientation (MDO) films, and is currently the industry leader in that process. More

Private Labels and National Brands are Duking It Out - Who's Coming Out Ahead?
from Brand Packaging
National brands used to have it pretty easy. Their marketers were class acts with blue chip backgrounds and big budgets. They could outspend and outclass private labels on all fronts, from product quality and R&D to advertising and packaging. Not so anymore. More and more retailers are hiring top-flight marketers, designers and advertising agencies. They have embraced the fundamentals of classic CPG marketing and, now, some have become so sophisticated that they are in a position to teach brand marketers a thing or two. More

Intellipack and Storopack Combine with AIR-Plus Bio-Film
from Packaging Magazine
In a strategic move away from traditional polyethylene (PE) films, Intellipack, in conjunction with German manufacturer Storopack, has created an environmentally sustainable film that is not only 100 percent renewable, but enjoys the strength and composition properties of PE-based films. More

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

Joe Trungale's second edition, The Anilox roll – Heart of the Flexo Process, has been newly enhanced and contains an accurate historical review of the flexo printing process, anilox roll construction, information on the various methods of doctoring the ink such as rubber roll, doctor blade and the chambered doctor blade systems. While much has been written over the years about the use and care of anilox rolls, Trungale offers guidelines on cleaning anilox rolls and reviews the various cleaning methods currently being used in the industry.

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