Amcor, a global leader in high-quality flexible packaging solutions, has announced plans to invest more than $25 million to upgrade its Madison facilities starting in 2018 and into 2019 to expand capacity, improve quality and reduce waste while updating technology. The planned investment includes the acquisition of new machinery and updates to existing infrastructure to enable expanded service offerings for customers in the medical, pharmaceutical, food and home/personal care markets. To mark the start of the expansion, the company’s Madison Plant will host a ground-breaking ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 12:30 p.m. Click Read More below for additional information.
Due to unprecedented flooding from Hurricane Florence, Sonoco’s paper mill operations in Hartsville, S.C., have been shut down temporarily. Certain operations remain flooded and have experienced damage which could require those operations to be down for several weeks. “We are gratified that none of our employees have been injured during the storm and subsequent flooding over the past several days,” said Rob Tiede, Sonoco president and CEO. “Flooding along Black Creek at our Hartsville Manufacturing Complex is expected to continue for the next few days, but we are beginning to make assessments and line up maintenance crews so we can quickly begin repairing equipment to get back into operation as soon as possible.” Sonoco operates six uncoated recycled paperboard (URB) machines and one corrugated medium paper machine at its Hartsville mill complex, which collectively represent greater than 20 percent of the Company’s global paper production. Click Read More below for additional information.
After a successful year in the online market and in response to customers who value the convenience and flexibility of ordering in smaller quantities, DS Smith Plastics, Rapak is expanding their online Bag-in-Box bag offering to include post-mix syrup and dairy bags. Rapak’s new bag offering joins their already popular line of iced coffee & tea Urn-liners™ that launched the site with great success last year, alongside Rapak bags for Bag-in-Box wine. The new Bag-in-Box bag offering includes: *3 gallon and 5 gallon post-mix syrup bags *2.5 gallon dairy (flat cap) bags and 5 gallon dairy (tube cap) bags. To expand the reach to customers that prefer the ease and timesaving benefits of ordering online, Rapak will be continuing to increase their online presence in the US and Europe in the coming months.
Intertape Polymer Group Inc. provided an update on its operations in light of the weather-related events impacting the Eastern United States. IPG has three facilities in the Carolinas and Virginia regions where Hurricane Florence made landfall late last week. Most importantly, all team members and their families remained safe throughout the event and no injuries have been reported to date. “Safety is a core value of our business. The impact of Hurricane Florence continues to be felt across the region with water levels a primary concern. Our number one priority continues to be the safety of our staff, their families and the communities in which they live. Our second priority is the safety of the assets. Our operations team has demonstrated a commitment and professionalism in the face of the hurricane, and its aftermath, by ensuring our team members and operations remain as safe as possible throughout the events,” said Greg Yull, President and CEO of IPG. “No material damage has been reported at any of the affected facilities. Click Read More below for additional information.
Charta Global and its exclusive strategic partner, Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) will showcase their extensive array of packaging products including food grade, compostable, specialty and consumer retails products at Pack Expo 2018 on October 14 – 17 at the McCormick Place in Chicago. This year, the highlight of APP and Charta Global’s exhibit is the FDA, ISEGA certified Bio Natura products from the company’s foopak line which has been recognized by the Business Intelligence Group as the 2018 “Sustainability Product of the Year.” These are 100% compostable, recyclable folding box boards ideally suited for fast food, take-away containers and hot beverage cups. Other products in the suite include greaseproof papers, boards and bakery liners. Click Read More below for additional information.
A unique printing technology that creates folding cartons with a premium look and that are easily recycled is now available to consumer brands doing business in Latin America. In response to increasing demand, Amcor has installed its patent-pending "Sunshine" process at the company’s plant in Nuevo Leon, Mexico – the first Latin America site with the technology and 13th for Amcor worldwide. “More and more companies and consumers want packaging that is highly attractive and recyclable,” said Patrick Dedoyard, vice president and general manager of Amcor’s Specialty Cartons business, Americas. The ‘Sunshine’ print effect generates a shiny look on carton packaging without metalized paper board or the application of foil, which means the cartons can be recycled. Click Read More below for additional information.
Launched at its European Management Conference in Berlin last week, the new initiative builds on the company’s expertise in packaging, innovation and sustainability. ‘Smurfit Kappa Better Planet Packaging’ is a multi-faceted initiative comprising futuristic product design, extensive research and development and collaboration with existing and new partners. Speaking about the new initiative, Arco Berkenbosch, VP of Innovation and Development, said: “We are very excited about launching the ‘Smurfit Kappa Better Planet Packaging’ initiative which will enable us to explore and re-imagine the packaging that we need for a sustainable world. Click Read More below for additional information.
UPM Raflatac has completed its acquisition of the assets of Seattle, Washington-based Converters Express, Inc. By opening a terminal in the Seattle area, UPM Raflatac will continue to deliver on its promise to provide customers world class service with a local touch. This acquisition allows UPM Raflatac to expand its customer reach and improve its service capabilities to the Northwestern U.S. label market by offering label converters in the area an expanded range of innovative and sustainable paper, film and specials products - particularly in the wine and craft beverage segments. Click Read More below for additional information.
WestRock Company has extended its Connected Packaging suite through a strategic partnership between its Multi-Packaging Solutions business and A+Be, a spin-off technology business of the Stevanato Group. Without changing existing packaging or artwork, A+Be’s technology allows consumers to interact with a brand by simply scanning an activated product using a mobile device. The technology immediately recognises the products’ shape or branding and connects the consumer to an extended range of profiled digital content. This can include instructions, videos, weblinks and an extended online user community: ‘Packaging-as-a-media Channel’. Click Read More below for additional information.
Hermetic packaging made of polypropylene plastic sheets is popular because of its tight seals, durability and lightweight properties. Dealing with water is one of the biggest challenges faced by experts in packaging and transportation, whether needing to keep water outside or inside a packaging solution. Watertight packaging is ideal for keeping liquids inside a container when needed to secure freshness of a product. Click Read More below for additional information.