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Ethylene prices reach 7-year high in April
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U.S. prices for ethylene, the building block chemical for products ranging from plastic packaging to antifreeze, recently reached levels not seen since the 2005 hurricane season, according to PetroChem Wire, a daily newsletter serving the petrochemical industry. More

Off the bottle: Town votes to ban plastic water bottles
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Concord, Mass., is traditionally identified as a historic small town whose most prominent citizen was writer Ralph Waldo Emerson. But the town is now known as the first in the country to ban PET bottled water. After about two hours of debate at a recent town meeting, Warrant Article 32, the Drinking Water in Single-Serving PET Bottles Bylaw, narrowly passed by fewer than 40 votes, according to reports. The bylaw bans the sale of single-serving PET bottles of 1 liter (34 ounces) or less in Concord, and stores could be fined up to $50 for violating the ban. More

Aseptic packaging demand rising in Russia
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Aseptic packaging demand in Russia is forecast to rise 9.1 percent annually to $1.2 billion in 2015, with the growing middle-class population fueling food, beverage, and consumer product spending and related aseptic packaging requirements. That's according to the "World Aseptic Packaging" study from Freedonia. More

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

Print to make packs shine
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The pressure to create shelf stand-out has never been greater, with companies fighting for an ever dwindling share of the consumer purse. As a result, packaging has to look enticing yet at the same time it can't cost too much to produce, as brands hesitate to pass these costs onto their customers. These demands have, in turn, placed tremendous pressure on packaging providers with print buyers expecting faster turnaround times for shorter run jobs at the keenest prices. More

Lantech celebrates 40 years as the leader in stretch wrapping
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From its humble beginnings in 1972 to the recognized leader in stretch wrapping, Lantech is celebrating 40 Years of stretch wrapping innovation. Recognized as the inventor and innovation leader in the industry, virtually every major innovation in stretch wrapping in the last 40 years can be attributed to Lantech. More

Sustainability among the trends shaping future of food and beverage packaging
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At Anuga FoodTec, Tetra Pak identifies four major expectations by brand owners and consumers for food and beverage packaging technology that will drive future innovation. Tetra Pak offered a comprehensive view on the economic, social, and environmental forces impacting food-packaging development during a trade-show press event and impressively large and technologically advanced 16,000-sq-ft booth at Anuga FoodTec 2012, held in Cologne, Germany, in late March.

Lithuanian security, packaging and label printer opts for high quality and productivity of the speed
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Even before drupa gets underway, Lithuanian print shop Garsu Pasaulis in Vilnius has signed an order for a Speedmaster SX 74 from Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg). The leading security printer in the Baltic States has opted for a six-color press with a chambered doctor blade coating unit. More

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. 

Bio-based plastics stand up to sustainability scrutiny
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A new study published in the Journal of Cleaner Production for the first time attempts to make a qualitative evaluation of the sustainability of the different bioplastics that are commercially available or soon to be on the market. The authors looked at environmental, health and safety impacts throughout the life cycles of these materials within the context of the 12 principles for sustainable biomaterials compiled by the Sustainable Biomaterials Collaborative (SBC), a coalition of organizations that advances the introduction and use of biobased products. More

Alpla to supply dairy with 50 percent recycled content
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Arla Foods has appointed plastic packaging company, Alpla, to manufacture bottles on site at its new one billion-liter dairy in Aylesbury. The Leeds-based firm's aim is to use bottles containing 50 percent recycled HDPE. More

RRP still growing, but hurdles do exist
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Has the bloom gone off the Retail-Ready Packaging rose? Are Consumer Packaged Goods Companies reluctant to expand RRP because they don't see a clear path to an acceptable ROI? Are purchasing departments pushing back as they realize that a retail-ready shipper holding a dozen units might cost 20 percent more than a brown kraft RSC holding the same amount? More

Raw material costs drive Nordenia revenue hike
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The business, which is based in Germany, has posted annual sales of €880.8 million, up 9.9 percent, while adjusted EBITDA was €101.1 million, its second-best profit figure ever. Sales volumes, meanwhile, edged up 1.4 percent to 244,760 tonnes. Nordenia International chairman and chief executive Ralph Landwehr said: "In 2010 we saw above-average growth rates and thus the best result in our company history." More

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

Kimberly-Clark Professional expands recycling initiative
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Company expects cleanroom and laboratory garment collections to exceed 350,000 lb in coming months. Kimberly-Clark Professional, global provider of contamination control offerings for cleanrooms and laboratories, and upcycler TerraCycle have announced that they are expanding the world's first cleanroom and laboratory garment recycling initiative to include a pilot program for gloves, after reaching key collection milestones in the program's first six months. More

Soupletube Group revenue increases by 4.2 percent in 2011
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The turnover of the third European flexible tubes manufacturer rises by 4.2 percent, to 57 million euros. All the activities of the group contributed to the sales growth: laminate tubes, plastic tubes and plastic bottles of its Goiffon subsidiary. More

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.

Fruitful results on aseptic line
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California Aseptic Beverages LLC. (CAB), Fontana, Calif., which started producing high-acid aseptic beverages two years ago, is one of just a handful of high-acid aseptic beverage plants using Tetra Pak Inc. beverage equipment in North America. President Jeff McClelland says, "CAB is the only co-packer in the U.S. western states that co-packs 125mL and 200mL high acid juice boxes for major brands using Tetra Pak. We started in 2010 with one TBA 9 line. We now have four lines, including the A3/Speed, which is Tetra Pak's fastest drink box machine." More

Comparing ink-jet technologies: continuous vs. thermal
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Continuous Ink Jet (CIJ) and Thermal Ink Jet (TIJ) are the two predominant ink jet technologies used in primary package industrial coding applications. Each technology has an inherent set of operating considerations. More

Albéa buys three plants in China
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Albéa, the former Alcan beauty packaging division, has expanded in China by acquiring three plants. Paris-based Albéa, which is owned by private equity firm Sun European Partners, said it bought Zhongshan Meiquan Plastic Products from a company called Tex RL group. Terms were not disclosed. More

Ultimate Packaging launches digital print arm
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Flexibles group Ultimate Packaging has established a new company that will specialize in digital printing for flexible packaging. Shere Print, a new division within the growing flexibles group, was set up in December and is based in Lincolnshire. Aimed at responding to demand for smaller production runs, the company is also claiming a U.K. first with the installation of the country's only HP Indigo WS6600 printing press. More

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Accraply expands shrink sleeve portfolio
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U.S.-based Accraply has acquired Turpins Packaging Group to expand their line of shrink sleeve labeling equipment for the food and beverage market. The buyout of the U.K.-based firm covers the Sleevit product line, which includes a range of standard and custom-configured sleeving systems. More

Xango moves to PET for nutritional supplement beverage
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Switch from glass to plastic provides economic and sustainable packaging advantages for its Xango Juice. Referred to by some as the "Queen of fruits," the mangosteen "ripens twice a year and is revered for its taste and healing properties," according to Lehi, Utah-based Xango, LLC, which considers the mangosteen fruit its flagship wellness ingredient. More

Beyond Viscosity... RHEOCARB™

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

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Bemis 1Q profit falls, adjusted results beat Street
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Bemis Co.'s first-quarter net income declined 14 percent, weighed by a handful of charges and weaker sales in its flexible packaging unit. But the food packaging maker's adjusted results topped analysts' expectations. The company said that it earned $44 million, or 42 cents per share, for the three months ended March 31. That's down from $51.2 million, or 47 cents per share, in the 2011 quarter. More

SABIC® PP helps meat tray maker ES-Plastic achieve important cuts
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A new meat tray from a well-known European packaging thermoforming company is 20 percent lighter than its predecessor, thanks in part to a high performance polypropylene from SABIC. ES-Plastic GmbH & Co. KG, a highly regarded European producer of thermoformed trays used in modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) of fresh meat, is using SABIC® PP (polypropylene) materials to help minimize weight while increasing performance. More

Scrap Recovery for Packaging Industry

Environmental Pneumatics designs, fabricates and installs waste recovery systems for the packaging industry using air systems and in-floor belt conveyors. Energy and efficiency combined with performance. MORE

Williton, UK-based printing firm goes in to administration
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The Unite union says 35 workers at Flexible Packaging Solutions were dismissed without notice when the company closed recently. It claims the workers at the Williton-based company, which also traded as Riverside Packaging Printers, have not been paid for the past two months. More

Construction costs faze Winpak
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Skyrocketing construction costs could scuttle plans for a major expansion of Winpak Ltd.'s main manufacturing facility in Winnipeg, Canada. The Winnipeg-based plastic-packaging manufacturer announced last year it was embarking on an aggressive five-year capital expenditure program that was to include an 80,000-square-foot addition to the largest of its two flexible-packaging plants in Winnipeg. More

Roll and Web Defect Terminology, Second Edition

The new Roll and Web Defect Terminology - 2nd Edition by R. Duane Smith describes defects commonly found in paper, film, Nonwoven webs and wound rolls. This edition has been expanded to include defects from processes that did not exist when the first edition was written 15 years ago. This new book is a "Must Have" communication tool for suppliers and their customers to assist in the identification and elimination of Roll and Web Defects. This industry resource was written and edited by 22 Industry Experts with over 500 years of web handling and winding experience along with sixteen contributing editors. Each of the 224 defects has concise information which provides:
• A description of the defect
• An illustration of the defect
• The synonyms or "Also Known As" terms commonly used
• Cross references for these synonyms in index
• Common causes of the defect
• Common remedies of the defect
• Other sources of information published on the defect
TAPPI newest publication, ‘Roll and Web Defect Terminology’, 2nd Edition has already been recognized by web producing and converting industry experts as the most comprehensive reference guide available for addressing roll and web defects.

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