Il Melograno Packs Fresh Salads in Cargill Dow's Maize-Based Nature Works PLA

For additional PFFC coverage of Cargill Dow's Nature Works PLA, check out Stan Sacharow's August 2003 Green Stands for Go feature.

Stora Enso and Xeikon Partner to Develop On-Demand Production Line for DBS Media/Entertainment Packaging

Stora Enso reports it and Xeikon International have entered into a technical cooperation agreement to combine Stora Enso's DBS (Discbox Slider) packaging system with Xeikon digital printing systems. The companies will present the new on-demand production line for CD and DVD packaging for the first time at Drupa 2004. (

National Adhesives to Increase Pressure-Sensitive Adhesive Prices Mid-May 2004

A unit of National Starch and Chemical Co., National Adhesives' products are based on polyurethane, acrylic, rubber, ethylene vinyl acetate, expoxy, polyvinyl acetate and starch, and dextrin chemistries. (

MonoSol Acquires UK-Based Aquafilm Ltd., Dramatically Expands Offerings in Water-Soluble Films

MonoSol LLC reports it has acquired Worcestershire, England-based Aquafilm Ltd., a producer of blown extruded water-soluble films.

Waste & That Blue Box

More local and regional jurisdictions are seeking to deal with litter and solid waste by embracing Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) laws that place

Film Wettability Not So Simple

When it comes to the subject of everyone has some degree of experience. However, the wetting of a film by a printing ink is a complicated physical/chemical

A Secure Alternative

Micro-optic films have been developed to respond to the ever-diminshing security provided by holograms and DOVIDs.

Bio Break Down

Technological breakthroughs in biodegradable flex-pack products have created a very real competition with their non-biodegradable counterparts.


News from: Contract Converting, Impregion, International Paper Bleach Board Business, National Adhesives, and Scapa North America.

What Is Cationic UV Technology?

Cationic UV (ultraviolet)-curable inks and coatings have been offered commercially for more than 30 years, but to many printers and converters, it still is a “new technology.”

Aluminum Association to Participate in NAM's Coalition for the Future of Manufacturing in US

The NAM-sponsored "Manufacturing: Making America's Future" Forum and Fly In is slated for February 10 and 11, 2004, on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC.

Substrate Developments for RFID Labels

A look at substrates from AWA's new AWAreness Report , RFID Tag and Label Market—A Review of Global Opportunities.

Synthetic Paper: The Real Deal

From labels for food packaging to children's books, synthetic paper applications are finding a niche within the converting industry and beyond.

UV & Jet Inks: An Exciting Combo

Jet ink printers dominate the growth of digital printing. One of the most promising applications of jet ink technologies is radiation-curable jet inks used in package and label printing.


New materials from: ADM Tronics Unlimited, Amagic Holographics, Arjobex, Avery Dennison Corp., Bostik Findley, Contract Converting, Multi-Plastics, Pechiney Plastic Packaging, Polymeric Converting, and Yupo Corp. America.

Flint Ink Launches X-Treme Dispersions Colorants for Water Inks

More PFFC coverage about Flint Inks' Jetrion Division (digital inks, equipment, and integration) is available at

Converting Industry Material Suppliers Wacker Chemical and Brenntag Announce Distribution Agreement

Wacker Chemical Corp. is the North America-based headquarters for Wacker Silicones and Wacker Ceramics, business divisions of Wacker-Chemie GmbH. Brenntag Inc. is the Reading, PA-based North American operation of Brenntag AG, Mulheim, Germany.

Sniffing Out the Sources of Packaging Odors

Packaging products consist of substrates, and they can contain adhesives, primers, coatings, or inks. Converting processes involved in package manufacturing


New from: CPFilms Inc., FLEXcon Co. Inc., Iggesund Paperboard, International Paper, Jetrion LLC, MACtac, National Adhesives, Seaman Paper Co., and Transilwrap Co. Inc.

Security Inks Raise Our Level of Protection

Dramatic advances in digital photographic and reprographic technology were made during the 1990s. These advances have had an undesirable side effect in that such technology provides counterfeiters greater capability to create counterfeits.

Drug Dispensers

Transdermal patches—used for years to help smokers quit—now offer healthy growth opportunities due to improved materials.

Hard Copies Keep Paper in Demand For Now

The origin of the word comes from the word Ancient Egyptians created this paper-like substance from papyrus reeds more than 6,000 years ago by taking

Meeting the Need

Exciting new materials work hard, solve problems, and open new markets for you. New from: Ampacet, Cabot Corp., Cargill Dow, DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers, FLEXcon, Intelicoat, Kraton Polymers, MACtac, MeadWestvaco, Michelman Inc., National Adhesives, Pechiney, Smurfit-Stone, and Toray Plastics (America).

BOPP Film: How Real Is the China Threat?

Plans to increase BOPP capacity in China have industry players worried.

What Can Conductive Organic Polymers Do?

One difference between metals and organic materials is that metals conduct electricity. We know biological systems work in a complex matrix of electrical responses to control various activities, yet most organic materials are considered nonconductors compared to metals, such as aluminum, copper, and silver.


New from: Ampacet Sales, InteliCoat Technologies, Kraton Polymers, MetalFX Technology Ltd., National Adhesives, Pliant, Thibierge & Comar Papetiers, and Toray Plastics.

Ink Jet PigmentsThe Land of the Small

If you've ever had your ink jet-printed copy get wet, you saw all the inks became soluble and you had a mess on your hands.


New materials from: ADM Tronics Unlimited, Eastman Chemical, Environmental Inks and Coatings, Flint Ink, G7 Productivity Systems, H.B. Fuller Co., Milliken Chemical, National Adhesives, Powder Coating Inst., Rohm & Haas Co., Spectra Group, Toray Plastics, and Uvitec Printing Ink.

An Innovative Approach to Coloring Adhesives & Coatings

In the April 2003 issue, this column (Do You Really Want to Color That Adhesive or Coating?) explained that coloring adhesives and coatings often is not

Phthalo Green: How Can You Tell If It's Always the Same?

Recently, a question came in from one of our readers (thank you, Joe Woods) as to how one can assure the copper phthalocyanine green pigment purchased from two suppliers is the same chemically.

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