MAY 1, 2009
Squid Ink to sell primarily through distribution
Historically known as a high quality ink and ink jet printer manufacturing company, Squid Ink has made a fundamental change in its business strategy to enhance growth and heighten brand awareness. Effective May 1, 2009, Squid Ink will use distributors as its primary sales channel. Squid Ink Manufacturing, Inc. will continue to service its long established customer base directly, but moving forward will work with current and new distributors to sell its high quality ink jet products under the Squid Ink brand name. The use of distribution will localize service and support of Squid Ink products and allow the company to focus on developing new products to meet the changing needs of the customers. Squid Ink specializes in the manufacture of superior quality inks and ink jet printing equipment for the packaging and product marking industry. Headquartered in Brooklyn Park, MN, Squid Ink also has manufacturing facilities in Spring Lake Park, MN, and Shanghai, China. Plastipak Packaging Announces Hot-Fill Lightweighting Technology Deal
Plastipak Packaging, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has entered into a perpetual and exclusive worldwide hot-fill technology license with Tecsor HR, a French corporation. Plastipak has the right to sublicense the technology, and also has an option to take an equity stake in Tecsor HR. The technology includes patented bottle lightweighting and reshaping processes. The technology offers significant material savings, the ability to use high-speed blowmolding/filling lines, and the potential of bottle design flexibility and differentiation. The global hot-fill market includes sports drinks, juice and juice drinks, food, and nutritional supplements. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The license will allow Tecsor HR's breakthrough technology to be commercialized by means of Plastipak's growing customer base, business process expertise, and system integration proficiency. www.plastipak.com CombineNet and Supply Chain Optimizers Work offer new whitepaper and webinar CombineNetandSupply Chain OptimizersWork offer new whitepaper and webinar
CombineNet, the leading provider of advanced sourcing and optimization technologies, and Supply Chain Optimizers, a supply chain optimization advisory firm, announced a partnership that combines the companies' respective strengths to drive increased supply chain efficiency and cost reductions through Packaging Value Chain Optimization (PVCO). To showcase the enterprise-wide savings opportunities, the companies have published an executive white paper, "Packaging Value Chain Optimization" and will be sponsoring a free Webinar on the topic on May 13th. More information is available at www.combinenet.com/pvcoEskoArtwork's newly released ArtiosCAD 7.4 offers easier design and project management tools
EskoArtwork announces that the newly released ArtiosCAD 7.4, the latest version of the world's most popular structural design software for packaging focuses on much easier administration of packaging projects, along with new design features for curved creases and 'mating' folding parts and multi-component designs ArtiosCAD increases productivity throughout the entire packaging supply chain, a significant reason why nearly 70% of all structural packaging worldwide is designed on ArtiosCAD. CSPA celebrates 60th anniversary of aerosol cans with celebration in Chicago
From protecting World War II troops from disease-carrying insects in the South Pacific to today’s hair sprays, body deodorants, cleaning and food products, the aerosol industry has come a long way. Celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, this industry continues to allow for the safe and economical packaging of more than 3.6 billion consumer and commercial products. The Consumer Specialty Products Association’s Aerosol Products Division is celebrating the occasion with a reception in Chicago. The celebration is Wednesday, May 6, 2009; 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Chicago Marriot Downtown; 540 N. Michigan Ave. Arena Expands Trip Lease Service for the Arena 330 Shipper IBC
A.R. Arena Products, Inc., which launched the first reusable plastic container (RPC) pooling business in North America, is expanding services offered on its state-of-the-art, reusable bag-in-box IBC, it was announced today. The Arena 330 Shipper is a reusable, foldable, all-plastic, asset IBC that works in conjunction with sanitary single-use liner bags to dramatically reduce the cost and waste associated with shipping non-hazardous bulk liquids. Arena Products first began offering rental and leasing options for these long-life IBC’s in 1993 through its’ Arena Fleet Services Group. Arena has now expanded the service to offer one-way hires throughout North America that include the use of the Arena Shipper, quality liquid liner bags, repositioning logistics, inspection and cleaning after each use.
APRIL 30, 2009Rexroth Launches GoTo Focused Delivery Program for Pneumatic Products
Bosch Rexroth has increased capacity and streamlined production and delivery through comprehensive implementation of lean manufacturing techniques in the Bosch Production System. The result is the launch of the Rexroth GoTo Focused Delivery Program - offering industry-leading delivery times for its most in-demand pneumatic products and other Rexroth products. The program aims to help customers build better machines faster with swift delivery times, expert applications support, accelerated design and start-up plus reduced system costs. The new GoTo main web page for pneumatic products, www.boschrexroth-us.com/GoToPneumatics gives customers streamlined access to specific catalog information for each pneumatic GoTo product, and fast connection to product experts. Online resources such as data sheets, part numbers, CAD drawings and specifications greatly streamline the product selection process, and by selecting a GoTo product the customer is assured fast delivery.
Alcan Packaging promotes Kitchel to vice president
Frank Kitchel has been named vice president of marketing, Meat & Dairy Flexibles for Alcan Packaging Food Americas. He advances from the position of director of marketing, Meat & Dairy Flexibles. In addition to expanded marketing responsibilities, Kitchel will create, implement and lead a new applications development services (ADS) group. The ADS group will work with customers and the company's research and development department on innovative packaging solutions. Kitchel will continue to lead the development and implementation of market strategies for the Meat & Dairy Flexibles marketing team. Kitchel joined Alcan Packaging's Meat & Dairy business in 2001. He started his career at Quantum Chemical Corporation as a research engineer, then served as marketing director at Eval Company of America prior to joining Alcan Packaging. Kitchel holds a Master of Business Administration degree in industrial marketing from Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.
Nordson CorporationChairman, CEO and President Edward P. Campbell Announces Intention to Retire in Early 2010
The Nordson Corporation Board of Directors today reported that Chairman, CEO and President Edward P. Campbell, 59, has announced his intention to retire in early 2010. The Board confirmed that Campbell will remain in his current role until a successor is named and in place, a process that will include internal and external candidates and is expected to take until the end of calendar year 2009. Campbell has also stated his intention to retire from the Nordson Board when the CEO transition is complete. Campbell joined Nordson in 1988 as a corporate vice president. He was named chief operating officer in 1994. In November of 1997, Campbell was elected president and chief executive officer. He was also named chairman of the board in March 2004. ExopackandINDEVCOsign joint venture agreement
Exopack, an established leader in the development and manufacture of a variety of paper and plastic flexible packaging solutions, signed a joint venture agreement this week with Lebanon-based packaging manufacturer INDEVCO Group (INDEVCO) to manufacture co-extruded polyethylene film in the Middle East. Initially, this joint venture will include the installation of film production equipment in INDEVCO’s Masterpak sal flexible packaging facility in Zouk Mosbeh, Lebanon. This new extrusion capacity will be used for the manufacture of various coextruded film products for uses in flexible packaging. The film will be distributed by Exopack as part of the company’s family of film products. Exopack and INDEVCO have shared a long-term relationship through Exopack’s Global Packaging Linx (GPL) group. These two companies share common competencies in film production and flexible packaging manufacture to support customers from a global sourcing and innovation perspective. This joint venture represents the strengthening of this relationship and brings the first cost-effective films from the Middle East to customers in North America. Motoman RobotPro Web Edition Expert system software facilitates robot maintenance, troubleshooting and repair
Motoman’s new RobotPro Web Edition provides a comprehensive web-based expert system for performing robot preventive maintenance, alarm-code troubleshooting and repair procedures. Designed exclusively for use with Motoman robots that have NX-series controllers, the software is tailored to each specific robot model and is structured in a user-friendly format with well-illustrated, step-by-step procedures that are easy to understand and follow. Because it is web-based, RobotPro Web Edition does not require installation and is not tied to a specific computer. When viewed on a lap-top computer, it is portable, providing readily accessible information, even at a robot work station. RobotPro Web Edition includes descriptive test and repair procedures with illustrative graphics. It provides a preventive maintenance schedule with links to procedures. The maintenance schedule can be printed out to provide a convenient checklist for maintenance personnel to follow. www.motoman.com CardPakteams with Solon Schools, National Paperboard Packaging Council for green outreach and education program
CardPak Inc. is joining with the Solon schools and the National Paperboard Packaging Council in sponsoring the Trees Into Cartons, Cartons Into Trees Program. TICCIT (pronounced "ticket") is an outreach and education program highlighting the natural renewability and sustainability of paperboard packaging. And at the center of TICCIT is a mainstay of the typical school day: the milk carton. As part of TICCIT, milk cartons are collected out of schools' waste streams and re-used for planting new trees. Seeds and saplings are planted in the cartons, and then the new "carton-and-tree units" are planted in the ground. The cartons provide protection and a natural "water funnel" for the new trees. As the trees grow, the cartons break down, completing the trees into cartons, cartons into trees cycle.
APRIL 29, 2009PakSense Ultra Wireless Label Wins Award at United Fresh Convention
PakSense, Inc., an innovator in sensory solutions for packaging, announced that its Ultra Wireless temperature monitoring label was named Best New Product in the food safety tool or service category at the recent United Fresh 2009 conference. Show attendees cast their votes for the best new product awards at the convention, which was held this year at the Sands MegaCenter in Las Vegas. The PakSense Ultra Wireless Label competed with four other finalists in the food safety category and was named the winner on the final day of the show.
Boutwell, Owens & Co., Inc. Completes Chain of Custody Program
Boutwell Owens has completed a chain of custody program for the use of paperboard supplied by environmentally conscious and responsible suppliers of “certified” wood-based paperboard products. Boutwell, Owens & Company, Inc. was recently certified for FSC (Forest Stewardship Council), SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative,) and PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) chain of custody. Anthem Worldwidewins awards at PAC 2009 National Packaging Competition
Anthem Worldwide, a Schawk Strategic Design Company announced that it has been recognized with a Gold and two Silver PAC (The Packaging Association of Canada) Leadership Awards in the 2009 National Packaging Competition. Winners are selected on creative and executional criteria by a dedicated team of judges that are assembled per category. Anthem's parent company Schawk, Inc., a leading provider of brand point management services, was also recognized and awarded for its executional excellence on the Toscano and Energizer Energi to Go projects. In addition, Schawk (Toronto) won 16 PAC Leadership Awards as the Premedia Supplier for the packaging that was submitted by printers.
TAPPI calls for PLACE entries
TAPPI is now accepting abstracts for the 2010 PLACE event to be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 18-21, 2010. Extended abstracts will be accepted anytime before August 10, 2009. Conference subject matter will include: Advances in materials and equipment; Product design innovations; and New applications and how these relate to product end-use. Final papers will be due on or before February 10, 2010. Applications are to be submitted to [email protected] Questions should be directed to Raine Hyde at [email protected] or 770-209-7256.
APRIL 28, 2009Collins Ink acquires Hexion’s UV Curable Inkjet and Optical disc coating business
Collins Ink Corporation announces that it has acquired the UV Curable Inkjet and Optical disc coating business of Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Inc. Hexion’s UV curables group produces UV inkjet and optical disc coatings targeted at the graphic arts and industrial market. The acquisition includes intellectual property, laboratory and manufacturing assets and as well as key personnel associated with Hexion’s UV curables inkjet business. Nordson Corporation Elects Randolph W. Carson to Board of Directors
Nordson Corporation today announced that Randolph (Randy) W. Carson has been elected as a member of the company’s board of directors. Carson has more than 35 years of leadership experience working for diversified global industrial companies, most recently as chief executive officer of Eaton Corporation’s $8 billion electrical business unit. Carson’s appointment brings the total number of Nordson Directors to 12. Carson, 59, holds a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Valparaiso University. Prior to Eaton, he progressed through a series of executive management positions with Rockwell International. Earlier this year Carson announced his retirement from Eaton effective May 1, 2009. He also serves on the board of directors for Fairchild Semiconductor International.
GPICalls for Entries for University Student Recycle Glass YouTube Competition
The Glass Packaging Institute (GPI) is sponsoring its second annual YouTube video competition as part of Recycle Glass Week, September 21 – 27, 2009. Students are asked to create a 30-second YouTube video about the benefits of glass container recycling for a chance to win $2,000, $1,000, or $500 (for first, second, or third place, respectively). All full-time students (applies to students who are currently enrolled as undergraduate or graduate students in U.S. universities and have completed 12 credit hours or more of courses) are eligible to submit videos for the competition. Videos will be judged on originality and creativity, communicating the ‘glass message,’ and production technique and value. Videos must be submitted by 12:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, August 21, 2009. Winners will be announced on the GPI website during Recycle Glass Week, September 21 - 27, 2009. See GPI’s Recycle Glass Week site for more information.
APRIL 27, 2009
Crown launches online metal packaging innovation channel
Do you have a breakthrough idea about how metal packaging can enhance consumer convenience, improve functionality or simply create a visually alluring experience? Now there's a place to share it. CROWN Packaging Technology, Inc., the innovation subsidiary of Crown Holdings, Inc. has launched an Open Innovation section on its website. This new feature allows anybody to submit unique ideas, including new concepts for technologies or processes, for consideration by the company's Innovation Team. To submit an idea, individual inventors or companies simply need to visit the Innovation & Design section of www.crowncork.com and click on the Open Innovation link in the left hand navigation bar. Visitors will be asked to read and acknowledge the submission terms, complete a Submission Form and upload supporting information. The site also includes a wish list that defines specific areas of interest and provides stimuli for inventors, as well as additional information about Crown.
Owens-Illinois Appoints Jay L. Geldmacher to Board of Directors
Owens-Illinois, Inc., announced that Jay L. Geldmacher has been appointed to serve on the company's board of directors effective immediately. He also will serve as a member of the audit committee. Mr. Geldmacher is executive vice president of Emerson Electric Company, and serves as president of Emerson Network Power's Embedded Computing and Power Group. Prior to joining Emerson in 1996, he was executive vice president of Knowles Electronics. Mr. Geldmacher brings extensive operations, sales and marketing experience, particularly in the Asian region, to the O-I board. Mr. Geldmacher currently serves on the advisory boards for the graduate and undergraduate programs of the University of Arizona's Eller College of Management. He holds a bachelor's degree in marketing from the University of Arizona and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
NewPage to sell Kimberly, WI facility
Coated paper manufacturer NewPage announced that it has engaged an investment banking firm, Sanabe & Associates, LLC, to support NewPage with the marketing and sales process for the Kimberly, WI facility. Headquartered in Miamisburg, Ohio, NewPage Corporation is the largest coated paper manufacturer in North America, based on production capacity, with $4.4 billion in net sales for the year ended December 31, 2008. The company’s product portfolio is the broadest in North America and includes coated freesheet, coated groundwood, supercalendered, newsprint and specialty papers. Sanabe & Associates will focus its efforts on finding potential buyers who are interested in manufacturing non-coated products that do not directly compete with the current portfolio of printing papers offered by NewPage, as well as potential other uses for all or portions of the site.
Bobst Expands West Coast Training & Demonstration Center
Bobst Group North America has announced the installation of a COMMERCIAL 106 E Autoplaten® diecutter and VISIONFOLD 110-A2 CS folder-gluer at their West-Coast Training and Demonstration Center. The Center, which opened in August 2005, was formed in partnership with Advanced Die Supplies and is located in Advanced Die’s Santa Fe Springs, California facility. The COMMERCIAL installed in the demonstration center is configured with many standard and optional features including the Bobst C.U.B.E. computer numerical control for fast change-overs and precision adjustment. To schedule a live private demonstration at either the West-Coast demo center in Santa Fe Springs, California or at the Bobst Training and Demonstration facility in Roseland, New Jersey, contact your local Bobst representative or call 1-888-226-8800 and press 7 for Training.
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