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Packaging Briefs


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2009
TerraCycle expands to Europe and UK TerraCycle, a world leader in the field of 'up-cycling' where difficult to recycle waste material is turned into affordable, eco-friendly products, will announce at a reception attended by the Mayor of London in New York, it has chosen London as the location to expand into the UK and Europe. Think London, the foreign direct investment agency for London, worked together with UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) to further strengthen London's position as a centre of excellence for sustainable businesses. The announcement in New York coincides with Think London and UKTI's North American business roadshow entitled the 'Route to 2012'. The roadshow is aimed at highlighting the business opportunities open in London to North American companies, especially around the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012.
New Wave Converting improves print capabilities
with new Bobst Schiavi EF4040 flexo press
New Wave Converting, Inc. continues to execute a new growth strategy on the West Coast, with the addition of an 8-color Bobst Schiavi EF 4040 CI gearless sleeve press. The EF 4040 will replace a durable 20-year-old 6-color geared flexo press, also a Schiavi, in a move targeted at expanding flexo production capability and versatility. New Wave’s EF 4040, 1320 mm (52 inch) in web width, integrates advanced technical solutions that have been rigorously tested, resulting in extremely high print quality combined with maximum output, in a very economical format. The EF 4040 press will be installed in New Wave’s production site in Fontana, CA, and is scheduled for start-up beginning 2010.
A. Schulman appoints Jennifer Beeman Director of Corporate Communications and Investor Relations A. Schulman, Inc. announced today that it has named Jennifer Beeman to the newly created position of Director of Corporate Communications and Investor Relations, effective immediately. Beeman has more than 13 years of experience in communications, most recently with Dix & Eaton, a public relations firm based in Cleveland, Ohio, which she joined in June 1998. During her career, she has assisted a broad range of companies in developing investment messages and communications strategies. Before joining Dix & Eaton, she was with a Cleveland-based investor relations firm, where she helped micro- to mid-cap companies increase their exposure within the investment community. Beeman received a bachelor's degree in English and journalism from Wittenberg University.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2009
TAPPI and Hydraulic Institute Announce Partnership TAPPI and The Hydraulic Institute (HI) announced today that they have partnered to provide their members and visitors to their respective web sites with important information. It involves a direct link to purchase industry leading pump standards specific to pumps installed or required in the pulp and paper industry. Hydraulic Institute has created a customized page on their website designed to simplify the process of locating and purchasing the standards that are most valuable for pump professionals in the pulp and paper industry. A table of contents of the recommended standards can be viewed at http://www.pumps.org/TAPPI. HI and TAPPI offer a wealth of resources for pulp and paper industry professionals and engineering consulting firms, including access to valuable information on the latest technological developments, opportunities for professional growth and development, and one-on-one information exchange opportunities. 

The Strouse Corporation becomes an Avery Dennison Advantage Converter The Strouse Corporation, converter and die cutter of adhesive components and tapes announces it has become an Avery Dennison Specialty Tape Division Advantage Converter. The Strouse Corporation, a specialty tape and adhesive converter for over twenty years, supplies a wide range of converted products to the marketplace. The availability of the Avery Dennison Specialty Tape Divisions’ diverse product line will offer Strouse product opportunities and selections for new and existing clients. “We are excited to be working with Avery Dennison; their products offer great value and quality. More selection for us equates to further solutions that we can provide to our clients,” says Don Pennington, Strouse’s Renewable Energy Sales Manager. 

Dixie Completes A.I.B. Requirements Kevin Kollman, Chief Operating Officer, of Dixie Printing & Packaging, LLC announces that Dixie has received its annual Recognition of Achievement from The American Institute of Baking. Mr. Kollman noted that there are two levels of recognition: Non-Food Contact Packaging and the higher standard for Food-Contact Packaging. Dixie was recognized for it’s Achievement in the Food-Contact Packaging category along with an overall Superior rating. 

The Print Council issues “Call to Action” 
on behalf of the printing industry
As The Print Council announces its latest initiatives – Print Delivers and Why Print is Green – its members are “lining up” with financial and in-kind support for these projects, as well as for the Print in the Mix (PIM) research clearinghouse. The Print Council released its Why Print is Green brochure on September 15th at Print ‘09. This new report describes 10 specific ways in which print is green – from the responsible products used, renewable energy sourced, increased recycling rates, improved design and delivery methods. The report is intended for use by printers and designers to demonstrate to their customers why print media is the environmentally sound choice for communicating with the audiences they want to reach. In addition, The Print Council announced that it has renewed the grant for Print in the Mix, the clearinghouse of print market research, for an additional two years. 


Lpack Becomes Airworks®, will concentrate on the development
of air-based packaging solutions
Lpack, formerly the packaging systems group of the Hanns Loersch GmbH & Co KG, recently announced that it has changed its name to Airworks®. The company manufactures HDPE films and machines used by its customers to produce air pillows that protect products during shipping. Lpack branded products had already been successfully serving the European and North American packaging markets for over 10 years before the name change. Airworks® will become the new global brand for all company activities. The new brand will be launched at the Fachpack '09 trade show (September 29 -October 1 in Nuremberg, Germany) and PackExpo '09 trade show (October 5-7 in Las Vegas, Nevada). 

SICK, Inc. Announces that Gibson Engineering
has added SICK Safety Solutions to its line
SICK one of the world’s leading manufacturers of sensors, safety systems, machine vision, and automatic identification products for factory and logistics automation, today announced Gibson Engineering, one of its existing Distributors, has become a complete line, “Summit Distributor” partner. SICK Summit Distributor partners are an elite group of Authorized SICK Distributors who represent the top tier in sales and product and application knowledge. Gibson Engineering, headquartered in Norwood, MA, will offer the full line of SICK solutions for factory and logistics automation. They will now include SICK safety solutions in their line as well as sensors, machine vision, and automatic identification. “We are extremely excited to bring Gibson Engineering into the SICK Summit Distributor Program. We firmly believe Gibson will add tremendous value to SICK as a new Summit Distributor,” commented Monique Anderson, SICK distribution sales manager. 

Wise Metals Group completes multi-year agreement
with Anheuser-Busch InBev
Wise Metals Group has completed a multi-year agreement to supply Anheuser-Busch InBev (A-BI) beginning in 2010. Wise is now capable of producing 14-out can sheet after widening their three-stand and installing a new wide slitter. In a separate transaction Wise Metals Group and Anheuser-Busch Recycling Corporation (A-BRC) have completed a multi-year agreement in which A-BRC will supply 100% of Wise Metals’ UBC scrap requirements to the can sheet rolling mill which Wise Metals operates in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. In the world of recycling, Wise is one of the largest processors of Used Beverage Can Scrap. 


Bemis Company provides update regarding proposed acquisition
of Alcan Packaging Food Americas
Bemis Company, Inc. today announced that late yesterday it received a request for additional information and documentary material, often referred to as a “Second Request,” from the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) in connection with its Hart-Scott-Rodino regulatory review of Bemis’ proposed acquisition of the Food Americas operations of Alcan Packaging from Rio Tinto plc, announced on July 5, 2009. Bemis will continue to work cooperatively with the DOJ and expects the transaction to close by the end of 2009. 

Fujifilm, EFI Announce partnership FUJIFILM Graphic Systems U.S.A., Inc. and EFI are pleased to announce a new development partnership that will link the popular EFI Colorproof XF RIP and proofing solution and Fujifilm¹s award-winning Taskero Universe ColorPath Verified. Winner of the prestigious InterTech Technology Award from Printing Industries of America, Fujifilm’s patented Taskero Universe ColorPath Verified is a system and method for remotely monitoring, maintaining and servicing every facet of the color production process. It aims to increase a printer's profitability while also reducing waste.



WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2009


Sonoco streamlines organization to focus on global growth Sonoco has announced actions to simplify the Company’s business structure and provide the necessary scale in its Consumer and Industrial packaging and services businesses to drive profitable growth and obtain sustainable operating efficiencies, according to Harris E. DeLoach Jr., chairman, president and CEO. In addition to streamlining the Company’s business structure to improve operating efficiency, DeLoach said the new organizational changes will bolster technology applications to drive new product development and continue to expand Sonoco’s unique “One Face” customer service strategy to grow cross-divisional sales. Key components of Sonoco’s more streamlined organization include: Overall, consolidating 19 separate businesses into six Consumer and Industrial business units with a direct reporting line to the Company’s senior leadership. Consolidating nine Consumer Packaging and Services businesses into four global business units, headed by Charles Sullivan, executive vice president, Consumer. Consolidating 10 North American Industrial Products divisions into two North American business units and three international divisions, reporting to Jack Sanders, executive vice president, Industrial. North American and international business units and direct reports include: Consolidating all industrial technology efforts into the Global Industrial Technology group headed by David Rhodes, director. 

Strathcona Paper receives Chain of Custody certification
from Forest Stewardship Council
Strathcona Paper LP, North America’s only paperboard company dedicated exclusively to the manufacture and supply of medium-to-heavy weight paperboard, has been granted Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of Custody certification. The certification validates that Strathcona Paper produces only 100% recycled paperboard from verified recycled sources, supporting the company’s dual mandate of environmental sensitivity and manufacturing excellence. FSC certification allows buyers to choose paper products that come from verified recycled sources. Under FSC certification, recycled fibre from verified sources is tracked all the way to the consumer through the Chain of Custody (CoC) certification system. The FSC “check-tree” logo is the customer’s guarantee that the products they buy are responsibly sourced.
Cenveo Completes Acquisition of Nashua Corporation Cenveo, Inc. has completed its previously announced acquisition of New Hampshire-based Nashua Corporation a recognized leader in the label and specialty paper markets. The combined company is one of the largest manufacturers of pharmaceutical, scale and shelf labels in the United States, serving customers in the pharmacy, retail, and grocery markets as well as a leader in the point of sale and wide-format printing markets.
Adept Technology appoints Rush LaSelle 
as director of global sales & marketing
Adept Technology, Inc. a leading provider of intelligent vision-guided robotics and global robotics services, today announced that it has appointed Rush LaSelle as its new director of global sales & marketing. Mr. LaSelle brings over 20 years for experience in flexible automation with him to his new position. Mr. LaSelle will be responsible for the company’s global sales and marketing initiatives. Rush LaSelle has over 20 years of experience with advanced robotics and automation systems. He has worked extensively to expand the reach of robotics into markets and industries traditionally underserved by flexible automation technology. Prior to joining Adept Technology, he served as a General Manager for FANUC Robotics America, Inc. Mr. LaSelle holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University and an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. 



TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2009
Digital Printing Media Announces the Opening of
new Thermal Transfer Ribbon Slitting Facility
Digital Printing Media (DPM), a member of Korim Co. Ltd., announces the recent opening of a new state-of-the-art thermal transfer ribbon slitting facility in West Caldwell, NJ. Brand new, highly automated film slitters and packaging equipment ensure the most efficient production of the highest quality thermal transfer ribbon products.
National Food Lab announces Flexible Packaging Seminar Consumer demand for more convenience, sustainability, and environmental impact, cost saving and ease of processing have made flexible packaging very attractive for food but also very challenging. Flexible packaging will continue to be a healthy part of the packaging mix simply because it replaces a more material- or energy- intensive option. In this interactive seminar, National Food Lab’s upcoming seminar is said to cover all aspects of flexible packaging as well as some of the experiences and challenges. Date and Time: September 24, 2009 from 9AM – 2PM
Place: The National Food Lab
365 North Canyons Parkway, #201
Livermore, CA 94551
Contact Nicole Fitzpatrick at 925/828.1440 or [email protected] 


ABBA Systems & Mold-Masters form Strategic Alliance ABBA Systems and Mold-Masters announced at Drinktec 2009 that they are combining forces to sell complete PET preform mold solutions under the brand name of iPET Systems. Using the resources, knowledge and manufacturing capacity of Mold-Masters and ABBA, iPET Systems offers new molds, conversions, retrofits, refurbishments, spare parts and service from 5 manufacturing locations and 40 sales and service offices globally.
Alcoa Bohai sheet business inaugurated A significant milestone was reached today for growth in China with the inauguration of Alcoa Bohai sheet business at its plant in Qinhuangdao, China. Alcoa China now has the capacity to produce the highest quality aluminum sheet for the printing, transportation, electronics and packaging industries, says the company. Equipped with one 1+3 hot mill line, one cold mill, one lithographic sheet line with one slitter plus a series of finishing equipment, Alcoa Bohai will enable China to produce quality aluminum sheet for can body stock and other applications.
Ricoh announces new partnership with
California Polytechnic State University
Ricoh Americas Corporation at Print 09, a new partnership with California Polytechnic State University's (Cal Poly) Graphic Communication Department, a world-leader in imaging sciences education. Ricoh's Production Printing Business Group (PPBG) has donated a fully configured Pro C900S digital color production printing system to Cal Poly. The donation includes training and ongoing service by Ricoh's IKON division. With this donation, Ricoh will become an active member of Cal Poly's Partners in Education Program. This partnership will provide Cal Poly students exposure to Ricoh technology, specifically the Pro C900S, which will become a standard part of the academic curriculum that includes a "Learn by Doing" approach. This alliance further supports Ricoh's commitment to the graphic arts and to continue as a major player in the production printing space, which is part of the company's global strategy.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2009
I.D. Images Acquires Concorde Labeling Systems I.D. Images today announced it acquired the assets of Cincinnati, OH-based label converter, Concorde Labeling Systems, Inc. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Concorde Label Systems is a strategic addition to I.D. Images, according to the company. The acquisition enlarges I.D. Images’ distribution footprint to meet growing demand of Product Identification media products in the region. The acquisition provides added custom and short-run capabilities to our distribution partners. These capabilities align strategically with I.D. Images focus on higher value segments like the medical industry, chemical industry and consumer durables. 

Paperboard Packaging Council announces 67th annual
National Paperboard Packaging competition
Converters are invited to take their best cartons off the shelf and into the spotlight as they vie for the industry-best awards for superior package design as part of the Paperboard Packaging Council’s (PPC) 67th annual National Paperboard Packaging Competition. Each entry in this year’s competition has the opportunity to compete in three categories. All entries will compete for the Paperboard Package of the Year. Entrants can also choose to have their package compete for the Innovation Award, recognizing outstanding design based on processing and structural integrity, and the Eco Award, celebrating sustainable uses of paperboard as an original or replacement substrate. The entry deadline is Friday, Dec. 11. Entry forms and complete competition details are available at www.ppcnet.org/cc. Winners will be announced at PPC’s Outlook & Strategies conference, March 29 - 31, 2010, in Cincinnati. 


Alexander Added to ENGEL Northeast Region Sales Team ENGEL North America has further strengthened its U.S. sales effort with the addition of Charles Alexander to the Northeast Region sales team. ENGEL, a world leader in the design and manufacture of injection molding machines and part-handling automation systems, has added Charles Alexander to the Northeast Region direct sales team. He will join Regional Sales Manager Jeff Hershey, and provide sales and technical support to customers in Pennsylvania, New York and northern New Jersey. Alexander brings more than 19 years experience in the plastics industry, in both extrusion and injection molding, to his new position. Before joining ENGEL, Alexander served as national sales manager with BOY Machines, Exton, Pa., managing sales strategy and execution throughout North America. Previously he was involved in the process engineering / technologies side of the industry, leading technology and engineering activities for GE Advanced Materials / LNP Engineering (currently Sabic Innovative Plastics) in Pennsylvania. 

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