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The ABCs of Retort Packaging

PFFC contributor Stanley Sacharow and his company, The Packaging Group, present the Retort Pouch/Tray/Lid 2005 Conference, April 12-14, 2005.

APR Appointed North American Distributor for Bieffebi

Bieffebi SPA and All Printing Resources (APR) announce that APR has been appointed Bieffebi’s sole distributor for North America.

SERCOS Organizations Display Servo Interoperability Demo

The SERCOS interface trade associations demonstrated interoperability of controls and servo drives with their Pack Profile interoperability demo during Pack Expo 2004 and SPS/IPC/Drives show. The demo is oriented towards the packaging industry, but also is of interest in many other industries, including converting.

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.

Alcan Packaging Wins Flexo Grand Slam

Alcan Packaging has won the first ever Flexo Grand Slam Award for sweeping the three most prestigious awards for flexo package printing in the 2003/2004 season.

EDANA Launches the Nonwovens Research Academy

EDANA’s Nonwovens Research Academy will provide an exchange of ideas and research results to encourage the development of technical knowledge that will support growth in the industry.

Skeist Offers a Series of Industry Studies

Polymer industries consultants Skeist Inc., Whippany, NJ, announce several multi-client, techno-economic marketing studies: Inks II, Polyeurethanes VI, Specialty Polymers V, Coatings VII, and Photopolymers V.

TAPPI's Coating Conference and Exhibit Features Compelling Keynote Speakers

As of January 31, 2005, the exhibitor list for TAPPI's Coating Conference and Exhibit April 17-20, 2005 in Toronto, Canada, includes several prominent companies and a line-up of compelling keynote speakers.

FFTA's Info*Flex is Sold Out

FFTA's Info*Flex Ehibition is completely sold out. More than 180 exhibitors occupying more than 200 exhibit spaces will display new technologies and products to over 1,800 expected attendees.

ICE and CMM Announce Transatlantic Alliance

ICE and CMM have announced an alliance to market each other’s events to their respective audiences around the world.

Supreme Court Restricts Right to See Contribution Under Superfund

In the case of Cooper Industries v. Avial Services, the Supreme Court has limited the ability of parties who clean up contaminated property to obtain reimbursement from those who caused the contamination.

2005 VUE/POINT Conference Topics Stress Trends that Create Opportunities

The 2005 VUE/POINT Conference is moving to a new venue in Orlando, FL, opening with a conference that will discuss "What Kind of Business Do I Want to Be?" and the closing with "Putting What you Learned at VUE/POINT into Practice." The three-day conference will offer tabletop displays, roundtable discussions, and general sessions.

interpack 2005 Offers Reduced Ticket Prices and Guided Tours

interpack 2005 will offer admission tickets and show directories online at reduced prices. The show will also offer small group tours based on individual thematic areas.

Graphics of the Americas Draws Crowds

An improving economy may have played a role in the increased foot traffic at this year’s Graphics of the Americas, held February 4-6 at the Miami Beach Convention Ctr. in Miami Beach, FL. Show organizers report increased attendance by as much as 15% from last year’s attendee list of 20,000.

Innovative Packaging Sets Two Production Records

Innovative Packaging Corp.’s (IPC) second shift team set a production record on its 98-in. BHS corrugator. The third shift team also set a time record, going over six consecutive shifts with zero downtime.

CMM 2005's Conference Program Guide is Here!

The CMM Intl. 2005 Conference Program Guide is on its way to your mailbox! Inside are almost 150 insightful conference presentations featuring over 100 industry experts covering the latest trends and technologies driving today's converting and package printing marketplace.

GMG Shows Continued Growth

GMG has opened an international office in Benelux and seen record sales increases for 2004.

New Companies To Exhibit at CMM 2005

More than 60 companies that didn’t exhibit at CMM 2003 have signed up for the 2005 show. These new companies will join nearly 500 exhibitors that have already reserved 200,000 sq. ft. of space. Show management expects these numbers to grow over the next few months before the show.

PPA Launches Student Design Challenge

The Paperboard Packaging Alliance (PPA) has launched its annual Student Design Challenge. The contest is open to any university student interested in packaging design and provides an opportunity for those students to showcase their impressive packaging designs.

Platics Machinery Named EREMA Agent

EREMA North America has named Plastics Machinery, LLC, as the exclusive sales agency for EREMA in Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, and Virginia.

Klockner Adds Vinyl and Shrink-Label Films Capacity

Klockner Pentaplast of America has announced two capacity expansions at its Rural Retreat, VA, manufacturing facility. The first expansion is in its core business of rigid vinyl film calendering, expected to come online in July 2005. The second is an expansion of a tentering capacity for full body shrink-label films, expected to start in fall 2005.

AWA Hosts Global Release Liner Industry Conference

AWA will host its Global Release Liner Industry Conference 2005 April 11-13, 2005, in Washington, DC. The conference program will feature speakers, a tabletop exhibition, round table forum, and more. A PDF of the conference brochure is available for download.

Harper Flexography Endowment Established at Cal Poly

Ron and Katherine Harper, founders of the Harper Corp. of America have made a donation to the Cal Poly Graphic Communication Dept.’s 60th anniversary fund-raising campaign. The donation established the Ron and Katherine Harper Endowment.

Mohawk to Purchase IP Fine Papers

Mohawk Paper Mills has signed a letter of intent to purchase the Fine Papers Business from International Paper (IP), Stamford, CT, including the writing, text, and covers papers and artist products segments. The transaction is subject to approval by Mohawk’s board of directors, but both Mohawk and IP expect to complete the transaction during the first quarter of 2005.

Smurfit-Stone Launches New Innovation Center

Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. has announced the opening of its new Innovation Center at the company’s Carol Stream, IL, facility.

Nordmeccanica Technology Supports New Dupont/Von Roll Isola USA Laminator Production Line

Nordmeccanica’s technology is behind the Duplex Combi Horizontal 1700 laminator, the machine supporting the start-up of a new laminator production line by DuPont and Von Roll Isola USA to support DuPont Nomex Laminate Systems.

Conference Alongside CMM Focuses on CPG/Converter Value Chain Relationship

Packaging Strategies announces the Consumer Packaging & Converting Connection event, a conference debuting during CMM Intl. 2005 offering sessions focusing on the relationship between senior-level executives at CPG companies and their converter partner/suppliers. The conference will be held April 18-19, 2005 as a separate program alongside the CMM Intl. general conference program.

PPC Reports Folding Carton Shipments Show Sustained Growth in 2004

According to the Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC), December was a strong month for folding carton shipments, which increased 4.3 percent by value and 2.8 percent by volume year-over year. For the full year 2004, folding carton shipments grew 4.4 percent by value, and 4.3 percent by volume. Based on projections, the folding carton market reached $9 billion in 2004. Measured by volume the market grew to 5,825 thousands of tons.

Ticona Increases Price of its Polyester Products

Ticona, the technical polymers business of Celanese Corp., Kelsterbach, Germany, will increase the price of its polyester products effective on all shipments made on or after February 14, 2005. This increase reflects the continuing rise of polyester feedstock costs, currently at record levels.

Kodak Acquires Creo

Eastman Kodak has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Creo, a supplier of prepress systems for commercial printers. Kodak will pay approximately $980 million in cash ($16.50 per share) for all the outstanding shares of Creo on a fully diluted basis.

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