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Congress ready to reform product liability (sidebar)

In conjunction with ProMat 95, A.L. Leffler, CEO of the Material Handling Industry, held a press conference to air MHI concerns. In discussing workplace safety, Leffler noted: "Presently, the injured parties have only one recourse: to bring suit against the manufacturers of equipment, resulting in what has been called 'product liability' cases.
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Diverse forces shape today's creative packaging

The four primary goals of packaging-product protection, identification, dispensing and merchandising-won't change in the 21st century. But as we near that milestone, the market forces that more subtly affect packaging are evolving.
Graphics have been redesigned for all Minute Maid packages
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Juiced up packaging

Chiquita tests SiOx-coated board and a brand new gabletop carton size. Meanwhile, Coca-Cola Foods says goodbye to Minute Maid's basic black, redesigns Hi-C and launches a novel 7.7-oz aluminum can.
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AIMCAL winners reflect technical achievement

Technical merit and marketing appeal were key elements in this year's winners of the Package and Label Competition, sponsored by the Assn. of Industrial Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators. Well-polished packages took home awards.
Pouches exit the rotary filling turret and are drawn through a top-sealing device
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Pouch production soars at Goya division

A continuous-motion pouch-packaging operation at Packaging Ltd. is nearly 200% faster and 70% more accurate than the intermittent-motion system it replaced.
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PVC demand in packaging to grow 3%

A recent study by The Freedonia Group, Cleveland, OH, says demand for polyvinyl chloride packaging in North America will grow an average 3% annually to reach 1billion lb in 1998.
Rep. Jim Ramstad (R-MN
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Congress ready to reform product liability

Caps on punitive damages and clauses on proportionate liability are strong candidates for inclusion in laws as Congress tackles tort reform.
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Sandoz coex bottle protects heart medication (sidebar)

Flexible Frangos stand-up to competition
Sandoz has introduced its sensitive Lescol heart medication capsules in light-protective two-layer coextruded bottles
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Sandoz coex bottle protects heart medication

The top award in container distributors competition was won by a coextruded drug bottle that keeps out light and moisture. Other winners display distributor prowess in technology, decorating and sourcing of components that meet packager needs.
The beauty and color of the garden is evident in the nine-color printing on Scotts? potting soil bags. Cohesive label shown on t
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Stand-up bags in Scotts' future

Producing potting soil in a package for food stores remains a challenge for The Scotts Company. A flat-bottomed 10-qt bag, printed in nine colors, is the company's first salvo. Traditional markets love it so far.
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What ails the glass container industry?

That may not have been the question posed in a recent Dept. of Energy/U.S. glassmakers workshop on technology. But Anchor Glass' James Malone tried to answer it.
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Conservative thinking aids bandages

It may seem strange that St. Paul, MN-based 3M Co. designed its packaging for a new product to blend in with the competition, but that's exactly what the firm did with the package for new Active Strips(TM) flexible foam bandages.
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Zippo flicks from plastic to steel cases

Earlier this year, Zippo Mfg. Co., Bradford, PA, began shipping its famous lighters in two-piece metal tins from Independent Can Co. (Belcamp, MD).
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Smart package holds compliance solution

Incorporating an alarm clock into a prescription drug bottle seems like an idea whose time should have come long ago. It came last year, in the form of the MEMS® SmartCap(TM) from Aprex Corp., a Fremont, CA, company specializing in improved patient compliance.
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Coke's first contour bottle with PCR

Coca-Cola Co. chose Feb. 1 at the R'95 Conference in Geneva, Switzerland-an international conference on recovery, recycling, and reintegration-to announce the first-ever introduction of its famous contour bottle in a tri-layer format incorporating at least 25% post-consumer recycled polyethylene terephthalate between layers of virgin PET.

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