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Gauge Uniformity Promised

Macro Engineering & Technology’s D10 PRO automatic dual lip air ring has a patented designed that reportedly offers excellent gauge uniformity while maintaining excellent output

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Biodegradable Plastic Demand to Rise 15% Annually

A new Freedonia Group study, titled “Biodegradable Plastic,” presents trends projecting US demand to rise more than 15% annually to 720 million lb in 2012, valued at $845 million

Complete PNEAC Survey, Compete for Monetary Prize

The Printers’ National Environmental Assistance Center invites printers to complete its annual survey for dual purposes

Mid-Year Packaging Financial Review

Mesirow Financial’s William J. Hornell, managing director, delivers his 2008 mid-year review in the company’s “Packaging Perspectives” newsletter

Ethos Water Sports Clear P-S Label

Spear provided technical support for new pressure-sensitive clear labeling and expansion of the filling platform for Ethos Water, a Starbucks brand since 2005

Winterborne, CardPak Pool Green Resources

Winterborne and CardPak, Inc., Solon, OH, plan joining resources to bring sustainable packaging products and services to the clamshell and blister packaging markets

Corrugated Container Plant Achieves 90% Auto Scheduling

Smurfit-Stone’s Container Corp.’s Chesterfield, MO, corrugated container plant has become the first facility in Kiwiplan history to achieve a 90% Continuous Automatic Scheduling Environment (CASE) utilization within two months of implementing the Kiwiplan plant scheduling system

Fold/Glue All Types of Board

Chakra Machine’s versatile carton folder/gluer is claimed capable of handling all kinds of paperboards and can make all types of boxes, from miniature to large

Access & Integrate Data

Vectron Intl. offers the VisConnect transmitter for company’s ViSmart solid-state viscosity sensors as a stand-alone, analog/digital output hub

Slit with Precision

Convertech’s updated air roll lock differential shaft now can slit multiple-width rolls down to 1⁄2 in. with precision tension control, even with roll diameter variations

Adhesion Test Reduces Result Variations

Random Logic LLC introduces patent-pending ReliaPull Adhesion Test Equipment to help reduce human variations when tape tests are performed manually

Cosmetic Package Carries Security Markers

Liz Claiborne cosmetics uses the Kodak Traceless System for anticounterfeiting to authenticate its products and to track sales through authorized distribution channels

Rondo Adds Braille Modules

RONDO AG, a pharmaceutical packaging company, has ordered two additional Bobst AccuBraille modules for embossing Braille on folding carton packaging

Shorewood Opens Facility in Mexico

Shorewood Packaging, a business of International Paper, has opened a folding carton manufacturing facility in Aguascalientes, Mexico

Keystone Acquires Ott Packagings

Keystone Printed Specialties Co. has acquired Ott Packagings

Overnight Labels Wins 2008 PEAK Award

Overnight Labels earned a 2008 PEAK (Print Excellence and Knowledge) Award of Excellence for Labels and Tags (Prime)

INX to Boost Ink Price

Citing significant and continuing advances in raw material, energy and transportation costs, INX Intl. Ink Co. announced an increase in ink prices of 10% to12% across all product lines, effective September 1

Mark Andy Honored for Excellence in Exporting

Mark Andy has been honored by Ohio Governor Ted Strickland for its dedication to export-related projects manufactured in its Milford, OH, facility

Produce Quality Images

Max Daetwyler’s DLS (Direct Laser System) with Laserstar offers a fully automatic process to produce the highest quality images and line work in gravure printing

Mid-Gloss Paper is Upgraded

Available throughout Europe, UPM Raflatac’s Raflacoat Plus machine-coated 80-g mid-gloss paper has been upgraded to be stronger and more rigid, meaning less downtime, less waste, and faster conversion speeds

Coating Resists Grease and Oil

Aqua Based Technologies offers AquaCote 1010, a heat-resistant, water-based coating designed to protect surfaces exposed to heat sealing and environmental elevated temperatures and pressures

Predators Team with Smurfit-Stone to Go Green

The Nashville Predators, the Sommet Ctr. where the team plays, and Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. are partnering to encourage recycling and waste reduction throughout the facility

US Plastic Film Demand to Exceed 16 Billion Pounds

A new Freedonia Group study, titled “Plastic Film,” presents trends projecting US demand to grow 2.6% annually to over 16 billion lb in 2012, valued at $13.4 billion

Recyclable PS Demand Increases

The Environment & Plastics Industry Council (EPIC) reports expanding end-market opportunities are responsible for increased demand for recyclable polystyrene (PS) packaging

Hybrid Poly/Paper Bag Delivers Strength, Shelf Appeal

Bemis Paper Packaging Div. introduces an innovative HybriCore poly/paper bag for the pet food, rice, and seed markets to combine both superior strength with high-impact shelf appeal

Graphic Packaging Launches Paperboard Packaging Website

Graphic Packaging Intl., Inc., a subsidiary of Graphic Packaging Holding Co., has launched a public website to provide the layperson with environmental information about paperboard

Clondalkin Acquires Keller Crescent

Mesirow Financial served as financial advisor to Keller Crescent Co., Evansville, IN, in its sale to global packaging company Clondalkin Group, the Netherlands

Coatings Are Transparent & Conductive

Deposition Sciences Inc. introduces a line of transparent conductive coatings for use in the visible and near-infrared spectral ranges

Air Knife Mounts Easily

The Exair Corp. 54-in. Super Air Knife produces a laminar sheet of airflow to clean, dry, or cool wide surfaces

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