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Beer container growth

Market research firm The Freedonia Group announced that the world demand for beer containers will grow nearly 3% per year to 315 billion units in 2005. Latin America, Eastern Europe, and Asia will lead the demand.
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Honeywell: Industrial automation store
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E-commerce-enabled Suppliers

ElectroStatics(www.electrostatics.com) offers online purchasing of its static control equipment. The Static Store accepts Visa, MasterCard, and purchase orders.
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Materials Marketplaces

PolymerTrack (www.polymertrack.com) details the most competitive HDPE, LDPE, LLDPE, polypropylene, PVC, and PET contract prices for large customers.
MachinePoint.com: Plastic-molding machinery shopping
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Used Equipment Marketplaces

EquipmentStore.com (www.equipmentstore.com) is an equipment and machinery exchange that brings buyers and sellers together free of charge. New and used packaging equipment is offered.
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Web-based Distributors

onlineMRO.com (www.onlinemro.com) is an online distributor partnering with buyers, distributors, and manufacturers that provides buying and selling of MRO products online.
Books enter the case packing line on an infeed conveyor and are then stacked for case packing in a down-stacking chamber.
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Textbook publisher moves to automation

By automating case packing and palletizing, this not-for-profit book publisher saves thousands of volunteer hours annually.
A Blue Diamond technician makes a keypad adjustment to a new case coder (above). Each coder codes up to three lines of type on a
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Case coders sparkle at Blue Diamond

New equipment delivers three lines of type for bulk boxes of nuts. The case coders reduce labor costs, downtime, and ink loss associated with previous units.
In Canada, Kraft is now packaging its Minute Rice in a patented new folding carton with an integral, easy-opening pour spout. If
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The problem with patented packaging

The U.S. Supreme Court rules that patents almost always mean ‘functional.’ Does this mean trade-dress protection disappears after the patent runs out?
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Sony in Japan, Swedish dairy introduce 'green' packs

Sony debuts computer discs in an overwrap made from biodegradable, compostable resin. Swedish dairy tries 2-L bottle for milk and juice made from a resin blended with calcium carbonate.
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Mixed forecast for equipment purchases

Pharmaceutical, paper, and food segments will likely increase packaging machinery spending this year. But overall, a PMMI survey says U.S. domestic equipment sales will equal last year’s $4.9 billion.
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U.S. Sugar zips into reclosable bags (sidebar)

Zipper application is outsourced
U.S. Sugar, and its private-label brown and powdered sugar customers enjoy competitive differentiation with reclosable packs (ab
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U.S. Sugar zips into reclosable bags

Private-label sugar producer converts nearly all its customers to zippered flexible bags of powdered and brown sugars. The switch helps to double sales.
New printed shrink film unsupported bundles (left) offers the company new merchandising possibilities, while the tray overwrap s
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Single line pours out many SKUs with new options

One packaging line plus 10 different containers equals 60 SKUs, thanks to new end-of-the-line bundling and tray-pack equipment and film.
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'Yes' to Internet sales; 'Maybe' to Distributors

Most suppliers responded positively to a survey about selling via the Internet, but how to do it isn’t totally clear. The role of distributors received a mixed review.
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'Yes' to Internet sales; 'Maybe' to Distributors (sidebar)

Comments reveal confusion about proliferation, distributors

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