Packaging Briefs – FRIDAY, MARCH 26

David Bellm

January 29, 2014

5 Min Read
Packaging Briefs – FRIDAY, MARCH 26


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William Seth Gill

William Seth Gill, Flexicon founder, 1929-2010
William S. Gill, Founder and former Chairman of Flexicon Corporation, died at his home of cancer and related complications on March 16, 2010. Born July 13, 1929 and raised in Hanover Township, PA, he earned an Engineering Degree from Penn State University, and was employed as a draftsman for Taylor-Stiles Company, and then as Chief Engineer for Foremost Machine Builders. In 1966 he founded Automatic Industrial Machines Company with two partners, before venturing on his own to start Flexicon in 1974. He established manufacturing operations in Fairfield, NJ and moved to increasingly larger facilities in Lodi, NJ (1978), Phillipsburg, NJ (1988), Easton PA (1995) and Bethlehem PA (2001), the company's current headquarters. In 1990 he formed a joint venture with Canterbury Conveyors in the UK called Flexicon Europe Ltd, now in Herne Bay, Kent, and in 2000 established a manufacturing subsidiary called Flexicon Africa Ltd. in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He is survived by his wife Carol, son David, daughters Michele and Kaitlynn, and eight grandchildren. "He was a good, fair man, and the hardest-working person I have ever known," recounts David Gill, who worked with his father since the company's founding and now heads the operation. "He loved the organization he created, and was proud of every individual who contributed to its success." 

FTC action moves Georgia-Pacific one step closer to acquisition of certain Grant Forest Products facilities
Georgia-Pacific moved one step closer to completing its acquisition of Grant Forest Products' oriented strand board (OSB) facility at Englehart, Ontario, the associated facility at Earlton, Ontario, and OSB facilities at Allendale and Clarendon, S.C. Although Georgia-Pacific is still waiting for approval from the Canadian bankruptcy court overseeing Grant's Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) filing, it has now cleared the United States Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) antitrust review of the transaction. Georgia-Pacific received a letter in February from the Canadian Competition Bureau that similarly stated it found no competitive risk in the acquisition. Following anticipated U.S. and Canadian bankruptcy court approvals and other regulatory approvals, the transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2010.

Alcan Engineered Products opens its research and development capabilities to industry third parties
Alcan Engineered Products -- a business unit of Rio Tinto -- is opening to other companies the use of its cutting-edge R&D centre dedicated to aluminum and its alloys. Based in Voreppe (France), this European leading research and development centre is unequalled and has gained international renown since its opening. Previously focused exclusively on working with Rio Tinto businesses, the centre now plans to assist other industrial companies in developing state-of-the-art solutions.

Pregis Corp.'s Hexacomb business unit announces price increase in Spain and Portugal
Pregis Corp.'s Hexacomb business unit is announcing a 12% price increase on all grades and sizes of its product line shipped to customers in Spain and Portugal. The price increase is effective on or after April 1, 2010. All of Hexacomb's paper suppliers have increased their pricing recently. The increases are due to higher raw material costs, limited availability of recycled content and upward pricing pressure from wood and chemicals. Specifically, supplies of recycled corrugated containers are being diverted to the Chinese market resulting in less material availability for paper-based conversion in Europe. Adding to the supply shortage is the reduction in European housing construction starts which means less scrap wood availability.

NatureWorks Ingeo resins certified Four-Star Renewable
NatureWorks Ingeo™ biopolymer — made from plants, not oil — is the first polymer to earn a four-star “OK biobased” rating from the European certification organization Vinçotte of Vilvoorde, Belgium, says NatureWorks. The Vinçotte OK biobased certification, which was introduced in September 2009, quantifies for consumers the amount of renewable carbon content in packaging materials and fibers, as well as in personal care, electronic, and other manufactured products. The Vinçotte OK biobased certification meets the ASTM D6866 standard for determining the renewable/biobased carbon content of products.

Tetra Pak to refresh LG Fashion Week
LG Fashion Week Beauty by L'Oréal Paris is known as a leader in style and innovation. Although the focus is on designers, these characteristics continue off the runway. Behind the scenes, Tetra Pak is sponsoring LG Fashion Week for the second season in a row by providing water packaged in Tetra Pak cartons as a green alternative for water on-the-go. By adopting Tetra Pak's water cartons that are recyclable and made mostly from paper, a renewable resource that is responsibly replenished, LG Fashion Week is demonstrating to Canadians that the fashion industry is committed to providing sustainable solutions to consumers. Using Tetra Pak water cartons sets an example of responsible ways to help lower the environmental impact

NewPage “On Paper” sustainability podcast series announces new episode
NewPage Corporation, North America's largest coated paper manufacturer, announced today the release of a new On Paper podcast featuring Jill Dumain, director of environmental strategy for Patagonia. This is the second episode in season three of the popular series designed to bring about positive change in the area of sustainability across industries.

Sustainable Life Media announces new season of Sustainable Brands Boot Camp
Sustainable Life Media announces Season 2 of its Sustainable Brands Boot Camp, this round, an 8 session online course in sustainable business & design. Starting Friday April 2nd and running thru May 21st, the course is geared to teach companies to build business value and brand equity by innovating for sustainability, and give students additional resume qualifications and tools to enact change from within their company.

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