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In blow molding, freshly molded Rescue containers are transferred to a trim station where flash is removed and gas is vacuumed o
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Blow molder comes to Pennzoil's 'Rescue' (sidebar 2)

The art and the angles
Spendrups managing director Jens Spendrups (left) and Tetra Pak CEO Gunnar Brock (right) toast the plastic beer bottle at a Febr
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Plastic's beckoning to beer

Two European brewers are pushing ahead with barrier coatings on PET bottles while a third is expanding its use of coinjected multilayer technology.
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EastPack: first show of the new century

More than 600 exhibitors are expected to attract 15ꯠ packaging buyers to the Philadelphia Convention Center, May 23 to 25. Workshops and conferences are also planned.
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Purchasing pros 'buy' rising salaries

Decision-making autonomy and work hours satisfy purchasing personnel, but advancement potential and income receive a thumbs-down. Meanwhile, cuts in both staff and budget increased significantly in packaging since 1997.
The Nutrition Farm's Herbal Serenity label (left) refers to the use of
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Rx for supplement labels: a mixed prescription

Agency gives new leeway for disease prevention claims but imposes some significant restrictions, too.
On the back of the sleeve, a nearly undetectable electromagnetic wire is automatically applied near the seam. This theft-protect
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Clever display boosts sales

A shrink sleeve fitted with a theft-detection wire provides a French silverware manufacturer with a new way to safely display its wares. No one ever said the French always follow the rules. Amefa France in Thiers, France, is a good example. According to marketing manager Jean-Michel Parisy, the company was looking for a better way to display its products.
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Streaming videos demo equipment online (sidebar)

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Packaging suppliers, more or less

As you’ve doubtlessly seen by now, this April issue of Packaging World comes with a bonus, a supplement called Net Sourcing. Produced by PW editors under the guidance of Dave Newcorn, director of new media, this publication is devoted to exploring how manufacturers can purchase packaging materials and machines via the Internet.
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Net Buying 101

While business-to-business e-commerce dominates today’s media headlines, no one is talking about this startling fact: Purchasing agents and buyers aren’t using such sites in any volume.
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Buyer Gives Thumbs Up to Online Marketplace

The idea sounds enticing. Place a bid on a piece of machinery on an Internet marketplace, the seller accepts the bid, you have yourself a packaging machine.
User-friendly: Picking the perfect palletizer.
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Equipment Purchasing: Point and click palletizer

Purchasing palletizing equipment became a whole lot easier for Kimberly-Clark Corp. when the company encountered the right Web site.
Watching the bid unfold: John Gellatly (left) and Satish Bhagwat of Owens Corning join Kara Csensich of FreeMarkets on bid day.
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Corrugated comes over the Internet

Building materials supplier Owens Corning is convinced that procurement can be conducted most efficiently and cost effectively via reverse auctions over the Internet.
Comfortable with reverse auctions: Leo T. Brennan, Simmons' vp of material management
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Simmons saves $400,000 in 3 hours

Reverse auction for polyethylene film yields instant savings. Other materials are next.
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Net Purchasing: Not Ready for Prime Time

An exclusive survey of Packaging World purchasing readers indicates enthusiasm for buying via the Internet but little actual experience in packaging purchases thus far.

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