Flex Pack

P-S Film Market Outlook

AWA Alexander Watson Assoc. has released the "North American Pressure-Sensitive Graphic Arts Film Market Outlook 2006," a new prospectus providing a market overview and opportunities in the North American p-s market.

Art Board

NPA adds a new twist to its 2005 Packaging Showcase Competition by recognizing "hybrid" boxes.

Connect with the Asian Flexible Packaging Market

The AsiaPLACE Symposium is designed to attract professionals from the Asian flexible packaging industry and will provide new technologies and techniques within converting operations, as well as practical tips for troubleshooting related to resins, film extrusion, and extrusion coating.

Pouch Power

McCormick launches a line of sauces in microwavable, retorable stand-up pouches from Ampac Flexibles.

Stretching Boundaries

Known for its prowess in stretching the limits of packaging film development, Cryovac engineers also have stretched web guide technology to support innovative applications.

Drent Goebel Hosts Open House

Drent Goebel will demonstrate a variable sleeve offset printing (VSOP) press in its newly acquired facility in Montreal, Canada, June 22-27, 2006.

Fint Group Exhibits at Info*Flex

Flint Group will exhibit at FTA’s 2006 INFO*FLEX, April 30-May 1. Attendees will learn about Flint Group’s offerings for flexible packaging printers, including wide web inks, printing plates, narrow web inks and personalized services.

Global Giants

The coming of age of the European Union coupled with the collapse of communism has had a lingering effect on European converting in 2006. "Pan-Europeanism" and the spread of production facilities in both eastern and central Europe by west European converters is characteristic of today's converting industry.

Wider Expectations

Label Converter Prarie State Group (PSG) widens its converting portfolio with innovative flexible packaging applications from PCMC and Omet.

The RFID Buzz Gets Louder

In flexible packaging, RFID has the potential to change completely the way suppliers, converters, and consumers use many items. RFID not only uses a small device, it can also transmit much important information.

The Fashion Side of Flex-Pack

Packaging is sort of a fashion business: Concepts come and go and sometimes are even fully commercialized.

Profit Squeeze

The European flexible packaging market accounted for just under one-quarter of the world flexible packaging market of €39 billion in 2004. But growth levels are below those experienced in other regions. As substantial structural change in the sector is predicted, this article provides some of the background to these predictions and explores the driving forces for change.

Totani Establishes U.S. Subsidiary

Totani Corp. has established Totani America for the sale and service of Totani machinery and replacement parts in Green Bay, WI.

Churning Out Quality

It can be tricky to develop a business formula that will yield worldwide customers short runs, imported prices, and quick deliveries. But president Harley Frank and chairman H. Alan (Bud) Frank of Admiral Packaging (formerly Union Industries) believe they’ve found one that does precisely this. It also gives the firm a competitive edge in traditional flexible packaging applications as well as an opportunity to expand into a new non-packaging niche. Contributing to this achievement is a new solventless laminator.

Continuing Squeeze on Converter Profitability

"The European Flexible Packaging Market 2005" is the latest edition in PCI's series of annual studies on the European flexible packaging market. It updates historical data and provides market analysis and statistics for 2004 and forecasts to 2009. The 250 page study is based on original field research, conducted across Europe in early-2005.

Pouch vs. Bottle

Would you drink water out of a pouch? CLP Industries has begun marketing a laminate pouch that offers consumers portability and convenience when transporting water. And the company obviously feels there’s a big market for it.

PRIMAFLEX C is W&H's Most Successful Flexo Press Introduction

In the 12 months following the introduction of the PRIMAFLEX CM and PRIMAFLEX CS flexographic sleeve presses, Windmoeller & Hoelscher has sold 35 presses worldwide, making it the most successful launch of any flexo press in the company's history.

A Communication from the PLACE Div. of TAPPI

Lidding applications for peelable seal roll applied coatings, the effect of chlorine dioxide sachets and modified atmosphere packaging on quality of fresh chicken breasts, evaluation of low voltage electron beam processors using thin film dosimetry techniques, and analysis of new flame treatment technology for surface modification and adhesion promotion.

Seeking a Converting Superhero

Not everyone can be Superman, but most people would like to be a hero. This column will tell the people who work in the flexible packaging and converting industries how to do that. Following is a look at some common wish list items people in these industries have expressed at various meetings in recent years. If you see something below you think you can accomplish or solve, you will be a hero.

Globally Speaking

With just a single plant located in Oaks, PA, Global Packaging may not appear to be a global reckoning at first glance, but the company’s diverse flexible packaging solutions, which include laminated and surface-printed roll stock and side-weld bags, are supplied to consumer product companies in the US and Canada.

Imitation of Life

The Gravure Assn. of America (GAA) gathered to celebrate its 21st Golden Cylinder Awards, which recognize the “best of the best” in gravure printing.

One Stop Shop

India is booming and nowhere is this more evident than at Flex Industries Ltd., the nation’s largest flex-pack converter.

Biodegradable Films Today

Most of us love our creature comforts, including the many items that use flexible packaging substrates. As a result, increasing amounts of plastic films and foil enter the waste stream, because no easy method is available to recycle, separate, or divert them from disposal in landfills.

Retort Pouch Causes a Stir

Widely hailed as flexible packaging’s "greatest innovation," the retort pouch finally is shedding its exotic image and rapidly becoming a mainline package on the supermarket shelf.

A King of Shrink Contender

Decades ago, Elvis firmly established Memphis, TN, as home to where records and kings are made. David Seuss, VP of sales for fourth-generation-owned Color Craft Label Co. (a dynasty in its own right) also in Memphis, has his own hopes and dreams. No more-pleasing music to the ear could be heard than for Color Craft some day to be crowned king of shrink-sleeve labels.

Mondi Inaugurates Flex-Pack Line in Poland

Mondi Packaging Solec (formerly Frantschach Flexible Packaging Poland) added a new flexible packaging line at its Solec facilities.

Notable & Flexible

For 55 years, the Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards, sponsored by the Flexible Packaging Assn., have honored packaging and converting excellence across a broad range of the flex-pack industry. This year’s contest saw a record 89 entries, 28 of which earn a total of 33 awards. Here’s a look at some of the top winners.

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.

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