Communication from the PLACE div. of TAPPI

Providing practical information to the converting and packaging industries.

Why the Rush to BOPA?

In the past five years, the world bi-oriented polyamide (BOPA) film market has grown faster than any other oriented speciality film, but volumes are still small when compared to its leading competitors. With average growth rates of 8%/yr, world BOPA film demand is expected to reach an estimated 126,000 tons in 2004, compared to world markets for packaging grades of BOPP film of 2.5 million tons and BOPET film of 600,000 tons.

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.

Materials

New products from:INX Intl., Sony Chemicals, Rock-Tenn, Lamart Corp., ANI Printing Inks, ADM Tronics, D&K Group, Coburn Graphic Films, Ciba Specialty Chemicals, and Scapa North America.

Communication from the PLACE div. of TAPPI

Providing practical information to the converting and packaging industries.

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.

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.

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

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