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Chemist creates 'super-durable' recyclable plastic from yeast and plant oils
Packaging Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Richard Gross, professor of chemical and biological science at Polytechnic Institute of New York University, has developed a method for producing a strong, highly ductile bioplastic using yeast and one of nature's simplest building blocks: fatty acids of plant oils. The findings were published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. More

Rexam considers closures unit ripe for divestiture
Plastics & Rubber Weekly    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
According to several sources, Rexam is considering selling its closures business, including assets the company acquired in its 2007 buyout of Owens-Illinois. A source in the closures unit of the London-based company, who spoke to Plastics News on condition of anonymity, said that employees were recently informed that an internal audit recently identified that business as ripe for divestiture. More

Kraft has designs on reinvention
Brand Packaging    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Jon Denham shows a visitor a row of cubicles at the marketing offices of Kraft Foods in Glenview, Ill. He gestures at the nondescript, beige work cubes and asks rhetorically, "How do you think that encourages creativity?" More

The CONN Blade® - Dispersion/Blending

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Amcor closes fire-ravaged Livingston, UK plant
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Amcor Flexibles has announced it is closing its Livingston facility that was devastated by a fire in September with the loss of 77 jobs. Amcor Flexibles Europe & Americas has revealed it has begun a consultation process after concluding it "is not viable to reinstate the plant," which produced packaging for the snacks and confectionery sectors. More

MTV, Dr Pepper Snapple to revitalize citrus soda packaging
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Dr Pepper Snapple Group and MTVN Music Group, a division of Viacom's MTV Networks announced a groundbreaking multi-year agreement to nationally promote and distribute Sun Drop, a citrus soda originally introduced in 1949, and a favorite in the Carolinas and the Midwest. More

Husky gets innovation award from Coca-Cola China
Plastics & Rubber Weekly    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Husky Injection Molding Systems' lightweighting technology has been recognized with the Best Innovation Award by Coca-Cola China. The award recognizes Husky for its work on the development of various lightweighting projects, in particular, the EcoBase preform. More
Attention Paper Converters -Optimize your production flow!

FlexLink specializes in components and turnkey solutions specifically for the paper converting industry. Our patented Dynamic Flow Concept, among other solutions, will reduce accumulation; improve operator access, machine, and floor utilization. We take pride in the quality of our systems and ensure you'll have high up-time and little maintenance. MORE
Allison Systems' long life blades for Gravure and Flexo
Our very long life Super Gold tool steel doctor blades are a proven fix for most UV Flexo spitting issues. 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.
EasyView™ Tension Measurement and Display
The compact EasyView™ Tension Indicator amplifies the web tension signal from tension transducers in a machine's web path, displays the tension on a meter, and provides an isolated 0-to-10 VDC tension signal output, for use if desired, to a PLC, drive, or controller.

Coating Excellence International announces the opening of a third flexible packaging facility
Flexible Packaging Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Coating Excellence International, a Wisconsin-based flexible packaging and technical products company, announced the opening of its third flexible packaging manufacturing facility, located in Appleton, Wis. More

T-Buck Easi-Set Folder Arm Upgrade

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US chemical propylene demand props up prices
Platts    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
U.S. polypropylene sources cited strong demand from other propylene derivatives as the driver behind recent spot monomer movements. "It's not coming from polypropylene," one polymer trader commented. "The driving force has been that chemicals can pay those prices, so it's been moving up." More

O-I acquires two plants in Northern China
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The world's largest maker of glass packaging, O-I, have entered into an agreement to acquire the glass container manufacturing business of Hebei Rixin Glass Group Co., Ltd. in northern China. The deal, expected to close before year-end, means O-I has more than doubled its capacity in China in the past year to more than one million tons (up from 440,000 tons), making the company China's second largest glass container manufacturer. More

Maine plant first P&G facility in NA to achieve zero waste to landfill
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The Procter & Gamble Company has announced that its Auburn, Maine, site has become the first P&G manufacturing plant in North America to achieve zero waste to landfill. The feminine care facility worked with both employees and suppliers to implement a process that beneficially uses 100 percent of its waste. More than 60 percent of the waste is recycled or reused, while the remainder is converted to energy. More

Glenroy flexible packaging app targets iPad & Android
In-Pharma Technologist    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Glenroy has launched a flexible packaging smartphone app that allows users to calculate specifications such as roll weight, footage and diameter. The app can also calculate basis weight and yield and features several flexible packaging conversion tools, including MSI (thousand square inches), MI (thousand impressions), pounds and, meters to linear feet. More

Sasol to pay $16.3 million for price fixing
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South African petrochemicals group Sasol has agreed to pay a 111 million rand fine for anti-competitive behavior by its polymers unit, the competition authority said. The Competition Commission said Sasol Polymers, a unit of Sasol Chemical Industries, had admitted that its supply deal with plastics manufacturer Safripol resulted in "indirect price fixing." More

Asian polypropylene and polyethylene markets firm on disruption of deliveries
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The Asian polyethylene and polypropylene market firmed as disruptions of domestic polymer deliveries in China prompted demand for imported material, as per Platts. End-users and distributors in South China receive domestic polymer cargoes via trucks from North China and East China. More

Bags that break down
Malaysia Star    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Here's one way out of the plastic bag dilemma: Simply make the bags out of biodegradable materials. In Penang, the ban is on plastic bags; so you can't be accused of flouting it if you give out bio-degradable bags. And since many still insist on having the bags for their trash, why not make eco-friendly ones? More

FlexoArt appoints North American distributor
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FlexoArt, based in Klippen, Sweden, has named Innovative Printing Technologies its distributor for North America. The Sarasota, Fla.-based company will handle sales and support of the Swedish engineered chambered doctor blade systems as well as its Gallus R160/R200 Flexo print heads.   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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