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EU flexible packaging market contracts by 3 percent
European Plastics News    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Europe's converted flexible packaging market declined by 3 percent in value terms to around €10.4bn in 2009, equivalent to 44.2 billion m² of materials, according to a report from leading consultancy PCI Films Consulting. The decline in sales value was primarily associated with the fall in raw material costs, especially in the first half of the year, which was reflected in lower prices to customers. Contrary to some expectations, however, demand in area terms actually increased, albeit by a marginal 1 percent, More

Zipper on gusseted bag opens wide, makes handy pour spout
Packaging Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The new Zip 360 flexible pouch format answers the consumer's desire for increased convenient product access, easy pouring and reclosability for freshness. Developed by Zip-Pack, in partnership with form-fill-seal machine manufacturer Triangle Package Machinery Co. and film supplier Printpack, Zip 360 adds a zipper reclosure to the full width of a gusseted pouch. After first opening, the consumer can reseal the zipper straight across or with the gussets back in place. Opening just a corner area creates a pour spout for controlled dispensing. More

CoverMate uses 75 percent fewer materials for pouch package
Greener Package    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
CoverMate, Inc. has converted to what it says is more sustainable packaging for its Stretch-to-Fit Food Cover product line. The new stand-up pouch is made from recyclable plastic and is said to reduce packaging source materials by 75 percent. Consumers can also reuse the pouch for other storage needs before recycling it, the company adds. In market testing, consumers preferred the new Covermate pouch by a 7-to-1 margin over the conventional cardboard box, noting it was easier to use, saves space and fits easily inside kitchen drawers. More

Flexibles market struggling to adapt to Amcor-Alcan powerhouse, report claims
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Flexible plastics converters are struggling to compete with the newly-enlarged Amcor since its takeover of Alcan's flexible packaging business, according to a new report. In its latest overview of the European flexible plastic packaging market, PCI Films said that Amcor's acquisition of the Alcan packaging business had been the most significant event in the market of the last year and had created "by far" the biggest converter in the European market with around 25 percent market share. As a result, PCI is predicting that the flexible packaging market will see a new wave of consolidation, with more medium-sized converters likely to be bought by the bigger businesses. More

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New coated paper duties bring hope to Maine's beleaguered mills
The Maine Public Broadcasting Network    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Members of Maine's congressional delegation today welcomed a decision by the International Trade Commission, which ruled that American paper companies have been hurt by unfair competition from China and Indonesia. The unanimous decision means tariffs will now be applied to Chinese and Indonesian imports to offset government subsidies. The move is in response to a petition filed by U.S. paper manufacturers and their customers complaining about how hard it is to compete against subsidized coated paper imports from certain Asian countries. More

Green initiative with Odwalla's plant-based bottles
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The natural health beverage company, Odwalla, has announced it will make the transition to the 100 percent recyclable PlantBottle packaging for all the brand's single serve bottles during 2011. PlantBottle packaging consists of material derived from molasses and sugarcane juice. It has the same performance as traditional HDPE and PET bottles: no differences in shelf life, weight, composition or appearance. PlantBottle HDPE can be recycled again and again in today's recycling facilities. More

India's annual polypropylene consumption could grow 30 percent    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Growth rates for polypropylene and other commodity resins should average 15-30 percent annually in India for the next several years, according to Kamal Nanavaty, cracker and polymers sector president with Indian plastics leader Reliance Industries. The Indian plastics sector consumes almost 18 billion pounds of resin per year. That number is expected to double in the next five years, Nanavaty said. Likewise, India's current annual BOPP film capacity of 1.1 billion pounds is expected to double during that same period. Nanavaty cited India's growing consumer retail base and changing lifestyles as reasons for this growth. More

New heat seal pre-cut lids for Yeo Valley Pots
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The heat seal pre-cut lids manufacturer Chadwicks, has created an innovative new lid design for Yeo Valley's recently launched organic 'Pots' range. The 50 micron polyester lid is printed with six colour UV flexo. The heat seal pre-cut lids matched the unique oval-shaped, fit-in-hand style yogurt pot, which together reduce the common inconvenience of a torn lid and spilled yogurt. More
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Sustainable packaging: Canada introduces new recycling process for juice boxes and milk cartons
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Canada made progress in consumer packaging waste diversion last week by introducing a new recycling line at Groupe RCM's recycling facility in Québec. The local project is part of a larger industry strategy to optimize end-of-life carton management in Canada. The launch is the end result of a three-year development and represents a $3.5 million investment, spearheaded by Tetra Pak as part of its larger, aggressive national recycling plan. The new recycling process breaks down carton, plastic bag and film waste into a thermoplastic resin which will be used in industrial and commercial manufacturing. More

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Bemis 3Q net income up, adjusted results miss Street
The Associated Press via Businessweek    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Bemis Company Inc.'s net income surged 72 percent in the third quarter, buoyed by solid demand for its packaging products in the Americas. But the flexible packaging maker's adjusted results fell short of Wall Street's view, and its stock slid $1.80, or 5.4 percent. Net income came in at $61.4 million, or 55 cents per share, for the quarter. That's up from $35.8 million, or 33 cents per share, in the prior-year period. More

Food giants pledge to remove BPA from packaging
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Some of the biggest food manufacturers are set to remove Bisphenol A (BPA) from packaging. According to a new report, Seeking Safer Packaging from U.S. investment fund Green Century Capital Management, 26 companies were surveyed on their policy on BPA. Nestlé said it was to stop putting BPA into U.S. products within three years while Heinz is at an advanced stage in removing BPA from U.K. baby food. More

Fresh pasta and sauce delivered by innovative two-part package
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RPC Bebo Plastik has manufactured an innovative two-part container for the new Pasta Pronto brand, which delivers a fresh pasta and sauce combination that is ready to eat within minutes. Developed by food manufacturer Buss, based in Ottersberg, Germany, Pasta Pronto offers consumers a format that is convenient in terms of preparation, while delivering a fresh taste compared to ready meals where the pasta and sauce are already mixed together. More

Distributor Alliance Polymers has plans for Asia
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As it celebrates its first birthday, resin distributor Alliance Polymers & Services LLC already has international aspirations. The Romulus, Mich., based firm, which distributes thermoplastic elastomers for BASF Corp. and Polymax Elastomer Technology Co. Ltd., hopes to open a sales office and warehouse in Asia during the first half of next year, officials said. Alliance can supply thermoplastic polyurethanes from BASF and styrenic block copolymers from Polymax in drums, boxes or 55-pound bags — in most cases, within 24 hours. More

Krones' Variopac machine nests containers, brings efficiencies
Packaging World    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Nested packs might be a packaging option of the future for consumer packaged goods companies. Konie Brenneman, marketing manager at Krones Inc., says the advantages include improved pallet efficiency in which water bottles, for example, interlock with each other in a film-wrapped configuration. A trayless, nested-bottle arrangement is possible with the Variopac Pro TFS 70, which Krones is introducing at PACK EXPO. Inside the Variopac, nonreturnable containers no longer are packed in a linear configuration. Instead, they are offset by half a bottle diameter to creak a pack. More

Sidel pioneers injection stretch blow moulded HDPE milk bottles    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Beverage packaging solution specialist Sidel has launched technology to produce fresh milk bottles in HDPE using injection stretch blow moulding (ISBM) for the first time instead of extrusion-blow moulding (EBM). "SafeSense" HDPE bottles are claimed to be around 20 percent lighter than extruded equivalents for the same level of functionality, with the same capping quality as PET. An aluminium sealing lid is not needed, says Sidel. With its HDPE-injected cap, SafeSense offers a single-material package, claimed to give a significant edge in simplifying recycling. More

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