As the result of a successful Challenge Brief presentation at the 2021 Aptar Global Supplier Summit, we are excited to announce that Aptar has joined Nextloopp. Nextloopp is a multimember project that is comprised of a diverse group of companies with the common goal of creating a circular pathway for post-consumer Polypropylene (PP) packaging. Aptar will help play a key role in validating the use of this technology, which includes proprietary decontamination and marking technology developed by Nextek. Participation in the project gives Aptar access to early production materials from Nextloopp pilot facilities that can be tested using Aptar’s resin validation control process. These materials have the potential to obtain food-grade approval in addition to inert grades that could be used for cosmetic applications. Aptar will also be able to influence the development of specific types of material that are relevant to our key customers as well as support dossier preparation to regulatory agencies. Delivery of pilot material is scheduled before the end of 2021 and the project will last until October 2022.
ND Packaging has officially opened its 350,000 Sq. Ft. corrugated packaging plant in southeastern Wisconsin. At full operation, this new facility will add more than 80 full-time job to the region.
Today marks the beginning of a new a new and experience-backed venture into the growing packaging industry. The company is excited to bring jobs to the community and add growth to import Wisconsin business sector. Furthermore, ND Packaging is thrilled to start producing high-quality corrugated sheets and containers and provide exceptional solutions for customers in the Chicagoland and greater Wisconsin marketplace.
When the project began in the new facility in late 2019, no one anticipated the global pandemic just around the corner. Nevertheless, the company worked to ensure the necessary precautions were – and continue to be – taken to keep employees safe and operations running smoothly. “While it has certainly been an endeavor, essentially starting from scratch has its distinct advantages,” said Ken Liu, CEO of ND Packaging and its affiliate ND Paper who, along with and a dedicated team of hard working and talented professionals, including Jon Hospodar, the new General Manager of the Sturtevant facility, has spearheaded this initiative. “We acquired the space and have been filling it with the right equipment and the right people to provide a value-added solution for our customers,” Mr. Liu continued.
Beyond the talented and experienced team at ND Packaging, a key component of the company’s advantage resides up the road in Biron, Wisconsin. ND Packaging’s sister company, ND Paper, operates a paper mill that has recently begun the production of linerboard and corrugating medium, the papers used in box manufacturing. “This translates to a benefit for our customers and our business, as ND Packaging is assured a secure stream of high-quality and sustainable materials to manufacture its corrugated products,” GM Hospodar said.
Every step along the way has been intentional. “From our machines to our products, and from the industry experts we have hired to our strategic location along the I-94 corridor, all of it has been done with one thing in mind: to give a distinct advantage to our customers.