- November 06, 2002, Teresa Koltzenburg, Senior Editor
Pack Expo International 2002
McCormick Place, Chicago, IL
November 3 - 7, 2002
CHICAGO, IL, USA—PackExpo International boasts three full halls at McCormick Place in Chicago as well as plethora of new equipment innovations, technology, and material offerings for the converting and package printing industry. Though final attendance figures won't be tabulated for a few weeks, the busy hall floors (and myriad corners and crevices) of McCormick (as well as the buzz of leads and attendee interest) indicates the show is tracking pretty well overall. According to PMMI (Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute), PackExpo sponsor, 75,000 packaging professionals -- 50,000 qualified attendees -- are expected. Exhibitors PFFC spoke to during our editors' travels through the aisles have reported good attendance and seemed to be happy with the show's pace and staging.
PEF Honors Packaging Pros
PackExpo.com reports the Packaging Education Foundation (PEF) bestowed its Packaging Leader of the Year honor on Eastman Kodak Co., Rochester, NY. PEF says the award recognizes Kodak's "high level of packaging innovation for consumer industrial products and support for packaging education." In addition, PEF reports six other honorees were inducted into its Packaging Hall of Fame. More info. can be found at packexpo.com.
Pliant Corp. PP for Hot Packing
At this week's show, Pliant Corp. introduced a new line of polypropylene (PP) films for hot packing individually wrapped sliced (IWS) cheese. Pliant says its film "takes the heat" when molten cheese is poured onto it during the hot-pack process. "This new high-barrier film opens doors in the hot-packing industry," says Bob Chambliss, technical manager. "Pliant currently is exploring additional uses for this film as hot-packing technology is modified to incorporate oxygen barrier and aroma barrier for processing peanut butter and jelly slices, rolled fruit snacks, and processed meat slices." Co. adds large manufactuers have embraced its new technology due to efficiency gains. More information about Pliant and its products is available at pliantcorp.com.
Amplas Whets Bag Interest with Dry-Sak
Amplas Inc. unveiled its Dry-Sak machine at Pack Expo. "Capable of making bags from a single sheet, without the use of glue and patches," says Amplas, "the Dry-Sak machine is ideal for products like fertilizer, cement, and sugar. This groundbreaking system produces the super strong, Dry-Sak valve bag for about 20 percent less than comparative paper bags." Learn more about it at amplas.com.
Thomson Acquisition Complete
Thomson Motion Controls reports its acquisition by Danaher Motion has been completed as of PackExpo. Earlier this year, Danaher Corp. entered into a definitive merger agreement with Thomson Industries Inc. to acquire all of its outstanding shares. (Thomson is a developer and manufacturer of linear motion controls for several industries, including the printing and converting equipment industries.) More information about the merger and the merged company's combined offerings is available at thomsonindustries.com.
Hudson-Sharp Intros Wicketer Innovations
Hudson-Share unveils its 275W-20 automatic wicketer with handle carry bag attachments. According to the mfr., this machine features attachments for producing slot-shaped handle-style carry bags. "[With its proprietary] versatile longitudinal sealer, along with a dual-lip folder, servo-driven pre-sealer, and a servo-driven slot-shaped punch, the 275W-20 wicketer allows converters to choose from a variety of wicket stacker sizes to customize it for a variety of applications (bags from 20 in. to 27 in. deep)," says Hudson-Sharp. Mfr. adds the flexible wicketer also features new driven unwind stand for roll sizes to 24 in. diameter and 60 in. wide. Learn more about Hudson-Sharp's products at hudsonsharp.com.