Is a Packaging Makeover Ahead?

Two recent initiatives, a proposed tax measure in San Francisco and a voluntary industry commitment on biodegradable polymers in the European Union (EU), are of interest to the converting industry, not only because of the proposals themselves, but because they reflect different policy approaches to addressing packaging wastes.

Film Opens New Markets

Since pressure-sensitive labels and tapes—and other materials such as stamps—have become more sophisticated, the market for these materials has been expanding rapidly. In such product constructions, it has been common practice to apply a release coating, typically a silicone-based material, to the paper liner from which the materials are peeled or dispensed.

A Communication from the PLACE div. of TAPPI

Providing practical information to the converting and packaging industries.

Complex & Capable

Located almost midway between Madrid and Barcelona in Zaragoza, Spain, Polibol is one of the "jewels" in the expanded Alcan family of flexible packaging converters.

Film Trends Focus of of Plastic Packaging Conference

InnoPlast Solutions and Gehrke, Kaas, & Assoc. announce the second annual conference on "Global Trends in Plastic Packaging Films," scheduled for February 28–March 3 at the Hilton Hotel-Airport, New Orleans, LA. The conference will be preceded by an optional course on the "Fundamentals of Flexible Packaging."

Bemis Acquires Majority Ownership of Dixie Toga

Bemis Co. has acquired majority ownership of Dixie Toga, San Paulo, Brazil, one of the largest packaging companies in South America. Bemis acquired the voting common stock and 43% of the outstanding, non-voting preferred stock of Dixie Toga for approximately $250 million, financed with commercial paper.

Ampac Packaging Acquires Flexicon

Ampac Packaging, a producer of high-performance film structures for bags and food packaging—ranging from monolayers to nine-layer coextruded barrier films—has acquired Flexicon, a manufacturer of high-performance, flexible packaging materials for the pharmaceutical, medial, healthcare, chemical, food, and industrial markets. The amount was undisclosed.

A Universal Film for Flex-Pack?

Let us take the concept of universality one step further. Is there a universal film for flexible packaging? All converters and package designers know the answer to this question is a resounding no.

Wanted: US Markets

Many foreign flex-pack converters have asked me to assist them in entering the huge $20 billion US flexible market. I advise them to plan a long-term strategy based on know-how and quality production. I tell them first to establish a presence stateside. After about 12 months of image-building, it’s time to decide how to approach the US market.

Food Recordkeeping Requirements

On December 9 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published its final rule implementing new food recordkeeping requirements under the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002 (the Bioterrorism Act). Although most converters are exempt from the records establishment and maintenance requirements of this rule, some will have to adhere to the records availability requirements, as explained below.

A Communication from the PLACE div. of TAPPI

Providing practical information to the converting and packaging industries.

Bobst Group USA and eiĀ³ Enter Partnership

Bobst Group USA has entered into a partnership with ei³ Corp. to provide customers in the flexible materials business are with 24/7 engineering support and productivity software.

the PLACE

A communication from the PLACE Division of TAPPI in cooperation with Paper, Film & Foil CONVERTER. providing practical information to the converting and packaging industries.

Aniline printing - 100 Years Later

Flexography evolved from a primitive printing process known as "aniline printing." In the early 1900s, this printing process took root to print flexible substrates using inks that were based on aniline-based dyes. Although the earliest use of aniline printing can be traced to 1860, the first patent for an aniline press was issued in 1908.

New ISO 9001 Registration Program Focuses on the Plastics Industry

Lewis Yasenchak has joined Orion Registrar as business development manager--Plastics. In his new position, he will expand Orion’s management team, and will focus on customizing an ISO 9001 Registration Program to serve top management in the plastics manufacturing supply chain.

Corona Treating For Coating & Laminating Film

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