PACKAGING BRIEFS Tuesday, January 31

January 29, 2014

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PACKAGING BRIEFS Tuesday, January 31

Intelligrated expands Ohio headquarters
Automated material handling solutions firm Intelligrated is expanding its Mason, OH headquarters, kicking off the new office construction project with a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, January 30. The company will relocate administrative personnel into a new building to accommodate the expansion in its engineering, customer service and R&D staffing and testing facilities. The expansion (made possible by an incentive package from the state of Ohio and the city to support local job growth) is valued at approximately $15 million; the package includes a combination of Intelligrated's existing Job Creation Tax Credit, state and local government loans, property tax abatement and a state of Ohio grant.


Spartech Packaging factory receives Safe Quality Food certification
Rigid packaging provider Spartech Packaging Technologies has announced that its Ripon, WI facility has been awarded a Safe Quality Food (SQF) Certification. SQF certification is internationally recognized and assures food safety is maintained at each link in the food supply chain, from suppliers to service providers to retailers. According to the company, the Ripon packaging plant received a SQF 2000 Certificate of Registration Level 2 after investing in physical upgrades and/or creating procedures and process control enhancements and implementing employee training. According to Carol O'Neill, senior vp of packaging technologies for the company, "The SQF certification is a testament to Spartech's commitment to continually delighting our customers with the highest level of quality, value, service and innovative solutions."


Matthews International launches Matthews Supply Chain Automation Solutions
Memorials and graphics manufacturer Matthews International Corp. has launched a new division, Matthews Supply Chain Automation Solutions. The new division will comprise two standing business units (Matthews Marking Products and Holjeron), and two recently acquired companies (Innovative Picking Technologies Inc. and Lightning Pick Technologies). According to representatives, bringing the four organizations together enables the company to offer manufacturing and logistics professionals a range of innovative and integrated technologies that increase efficiency through the complete supply chain evolution, from manufacturing to order fulfillment. "The establishment of this new division formalizes Matthews International's initiative of acquiring leading-edge companies in material handling automation," notes the new division's president, Paul Jensen.



Esko: Demand for digital flexo surging
Belgium-based packaging/printing solutions firm Esko reports it is seeing "exponential" growth in the number of certified customers, partners and vendors for its HD Flexo digital flexographic plate technology. According to the company, the process offers better quality and more consistent performance than standard digital flexo plates. "The process requires a great deal of commitment from both suppliers and Esko, resulting in some very rewarding long-term relationships; it also enables all parties to benefit from offering this leading-edge print solution," says Jan Buchweitz, senior product manager for digital flexo. The company estimates that at the end of 2011, it had accepted 95 certified customers, 60 certified partners and 10 certified vendors, with more companies undergoing the application process.


LidWorks launches website
LidWorks, a manufacturer of custom polystyrene lids for hot and cold beverage containers, has launched a new website, designed by interactive marketing agency Bayshore Solutions. The new site is intended to highlight the processes, services, engineering and designs of the company's custom lid solutions. A new slideshow module showcases detailed images illustrating standard and custom lids LidWorks develops. Additionally, the newly revamped site enables the company to easily update new product information, customer testimonials, awards, news and other information.


3M offers cash prize in packaging tape sculpture contest
St. Paul-based 3M has announced its third annual Scotch Off the Roll Tape Sculpture Contest. Contestants are encouraged to submit photos of their personal works of art constructed from Scotch Packaging Tape, for the chance to win a $5,000 cash prize. The submissions will be judged by a panel of artists, including tape sculptor Mark Jenkins, who will narrow the entries to the five finalists who are eligible for the grand prize. Voting then will be opened up online at from April 19 - May 2, 2012 to determine the top two finalists; the grand-prize winner will be determined by a panel of artists in a final round of judging.

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