If you've read through Michele Raymond's report on the upcoming battle over plastic containers and recycling in California (see p. 44), you recognize you're reading a piece that originates from someone with a pro-recycling bias.
Flexible packaging material sales are expected to reach nearly $18.1 billion this year, a 3.7% increase from 1998. Converters expect the surgical/medical markets to show the strongest growth during the next five years.
In August, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Workplace Preservation Act sponsored by Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO). It requires the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA) to delay issuing an ergonomics standard until the National Academy of Sciences releases its study on whether there is sufficient "sound science" to establish a causal link between musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and the workplace.
The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute reports that, according to the Confederation of Packaging Machinery Assns, the U.S. remains the worldwide leader in packaging machinery and parts sales with $5.625 billion in product sold in 1998.
Red Devil, a manufacturer of caulk, sealants and spackling compounds, eliminated product damage by switching to stretch wrappers that move film around a stationary load rather than spinning the load on a turntable.