Flex Pack

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.

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.

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.

Raymond Report Sheds Light on Packaging 'Trash Wars' between Michigan and Ontario

Raymond Communications' new report, "Canadian Recycling Policy: The Complete Guide for Product Makers," says the author, "sheds some light on how many major US-based manufacturers and retailers have come to complain about having to pay 50 percent of Ontario's $118 million [Canadian dollars] 'Blue Box' recycling program."

Better Bagging

For Arkwright, an investement in Better Packages' bagmaking system brings savings — and safety — to the plant.

Packaging for the World

With multinational clients and global suppliers, South American converter Alusa produces... Packaging for the World.

East Meets West - Again

An Oklahoma-based converter takes a second spin with a gearless flexo press from Asia.

W&H to Highlight TOPAS System at Pack Expo

Windmoeller & Hoelscher reports it will highlight the capabilities of its Topas FFS (forming, filling, and sealing) machine at Pack Expo in Chicago this fall. According to the OEM, Topas converts printed and unprinted tubing made from polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) as mono or barrier films as well as film laminates.

Landec and Chiquita Announce Supplier Agreement; Landec Intelimer Packaging to Extend Banana Shelf-Life

Landec Corp., a developer and marketer of technology-based polymer products for food, agricultural, and licensed partner applications, and Chiquita Brands Intl. report Landec's food subsidiary, Apio Inc., has entered into a joint-technology development and supply agreement with Chiquita to provide Landec's patented Intelimer packaging technology for Chiquita bananas.

A Problem Solver's Solution

Flexicon's brand new PCMC Infiniti II provides the converter with just one more way to solve its customers' problems.

Learn How to Produce Retort Pouches Successfully at Packaging Group Seminar Series

The secrets to successful retort pouch production — the fast-growing flex-pack application in North Americ — will be presented at The Packaging Group's upcoming seminar series, The Keys to Successful Pouch Processing, in late October (2004).

Ghent PDF Workgroup Releases Base Line Format for Packaging PDF

According to the Ghent PDF Workgroup (GWG), during its late-June meeting, it welcomed a new member, set up a new subcommittee for Office Document Printing and Marketing, and released a 2004 Base Line Format for packaging PDFs.

Flex-Pack & Recycling in Japan

This third article in a series on the impact of international solid waste laws on converters examines Japan's recycling requirements for container and

Rise & Fall of Printed Film COF

Packaging products require a specific range of coefficient of friction (COF) to allow automatic packaging operations to run unhindered and to prevent

Modified Clays May Boost Oxygen Barrier, Reports Piranet

According to Piranet.com's consumer technology news section (June 24, 2004), ethylene vinyl alcohol (EVOH) supplier Nippon Gohsei is keeping a close eye on a project that is looking to boost the oxygen-barrier properties of some packaging materials so effectively that it could wipe out the need for oxygen scavengers.

Hudson Sharp Acquires Amplas

The Hudson-Sharp Machine Company announces its acquisition of the assets and products of Amplas, Inc.,the plastic bag and pouch machinery business based in Green Bay, WI, USA.

A Recipe for Flexo Printing Success

Harper Graphic Solutions' Mike Huey provides converters utilizing flexography for their printing applications with some tips— a recipe —for success.

Removing Packaging Odors

Packaging odors often are a result of residual solvents retained during the printing, coating, and laminating processes.

Tekni-Films Intros Ultra-High Barrier Film for Blister and Packaging Applications

Tekni-Films says its new high-barrier themoformable film laminate, using 4 mil (100 micron) PCTFE in either Aclar or Vaposhield types, is the "world’s highest-barrier commercially available clear film for blister and packaging applications."

RFID News

The Latest and Greatest in Radio Frequency Identification Technologies and News

Proud & Proficient

Peruplast takes pride in developing — then printing — metallized package constructions that stand out on a crowded shelf.

New Study Says Food Manufacturers Offering US Consumers Retort Packaging to Meet Conveniency/Lifestyle Demands

The applications for retort packaging, in particular, are gaining more ground in the consumer food market, according to a new report, The US Market for Convenience Packaging and Serving Size Trends by market research publisher Packaged Facts.

Kodak Polychrome Graphics to Demo Flexo Plates at Drupa

Kodak Polychrome Graphics reports it will demo its new line of Flexcel printing plates for the flexographic printing industry at Drupa (6 - 19 May, 2004).

Agfa's Sublima Screening Technology Garners Award from Flexo Prepress Platemakers Assn.

Agfa says its award-winning screening technology, :Sublima, is an easy-to-use tool that improves print quality and gives flexo printers the edge they need to stand out.

Disposable DVD Requires More Than an 'Ordinary' Package Deal

Evatone is leveraging a customized Multivac machine and oxygen-scavenging film from Cryovac to produce packaging for “time-sensitive” movies.

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

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