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Design creates spark

The Bosch Platinum +4 is a premium spark plug, and SBG Enterprise (San Francisco, CA) designed a premium package to match. The clean design uses minimal text on the front of the package, allowing the graphic of the spark plug to command attention.
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Omron and Rockwell Automation form strategic relationship

Initial emphasis will be on developing, adopting and promoting common technologies.
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Packtion3; B2B packaging marketplace formed

Silgan, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter Private Equity and Diamond Technology Partners form an online venture: a business-to-business marketplace in the $400 billion packaging market.
Consumers can refill their Ctrl products by removing the empty jar and snapping in a "reboot," which is topped with a threaded p
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Plugged-in package takes top prize

Sleek and colorful, the computer mouse-like package for a line of “extreme” hair care products nabs NACD’s “Best of Show” honor.
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Will e-commerce help or hurt distributors and sales agents?

That’s still a question because readers were sharply divided on the effect e-commerce will have on packaging distributors or sales agents. Survey of purchasing readers in January reports wide range of opinions.
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Improving paper specs in China

Anheuser-Busch and Eastman Kodak have found that Chinese corrugated paper needs to yield better performance.
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Blow molder comes to Pennzoil's 'Rescue' (sidebar 1)

Tough to find suppliers
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)

Capsule reviews
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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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