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Chevron licenses BP Amoco/Dow metallocene resin technology

On March 15, Chevron Chemical Company (Houston, TX) announced it has purchased the first license to manufacture polyethylene metallocene resin using BP Amoco's Innovene® process technology and new catalysts developed by BPA and Dow Chemical, and based upon Dow's Insite® metallocene catalyst technology.
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Keith Campbell (left), director of automation and integration for Hershey Foods, led the meeting.
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OMAC group tackles packaging motion standards

OMAC (Open Modular Architecture Controls) Motion for Packaging Working Group hammers out a specific mission and four key areas to simplify motion controls for packaging machinery. Areas include: defining business benefits of open controls; standardize on programming languages; standardize on network protocols; foster education in motion control technologies in tech schools and colleges.
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Euro brewer debuts 'glass' inner-coated PET bottle

New technologies for beer in plastic are moving forward. Among the newsiest launches is in Sweden, where Spendrups Brewery of Stockholm in March introduced its Norrlands Guld beer in 500-mL (16.9 oz) high-barrier Glaskin bottles. Developed by Tetra Pak (Geneva, Switzerland), the proprietary Glaskin technology relies on a vacuum deposition process to coat the inside of blown PET bottles with a clear layer of silicon oxide.Spendrups is the first to use the technology on a commercial basis.
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Ferreting out a pouch

When Marshall Pet Products of Wolcott, NY, introduced its Premium Ferret Diet food in a 4-lb size last October, it opted for a resealable stand-up pouch from Cryovac (Duncan, SC). “Our product doesn’t stay on the shelf long,” company vice president Peter Reid is happy to report. “But compared to more typical paper/plastic structures with a 12-month shelf life, this pouch has about twice the shelf life. It provides excellent oxygen barrier for the premium meat-based product.”
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Starpack 2000 Call for entries

March 27 is the final deadline for entries in the Institute of Packaging’s Starpack 2000 awards. The judges are divided into two panels, one for consumer packs and the other for transit packs.
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Packaging show in china

The premier staging of IPE China 99 drew 312 exhibitors and 16귱 visitors, says show organizer Messe Düsseldorf North America (Chicago, IL).
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PMMI updates

The U.S. Dept. of Commerce has selected Pack Expo International 2000 to participate in its International Buyer Program, which means the government agency will use its worldwide network to promote the show.
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Food Safety Council plan wins praise

The President’s Council on Food Safety released its draft Food Safety Strategy Plan in January and, much to the relief of food industry groups, does not propose the establishment of a single food safety agency.
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Unsaleable product costs reach $4.2 billion in '98 (sidebar)

Not all package problems
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New UPS Rates

Effective Feb. 7, 2000, Air Express rates for UPS Next Day Air®, 2nd Day Air® and 3 Day Select® Commercial services will increase 3.5%, says Atlanta-based United Parcel Service.
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Art and packaging merge

A special art exhibition will be featured March 8-12 at Ipack-Ima 2000 in Milan. The original creations conceived by contemporary artists as cover art for ItaliaImballagio magazine from 1996 to 2000 will be on display in an exhibit called “ImmagineImballagio—art, design, history and technology.” To learn more about Ipack-Ima or the special art exhibition, phone the show sponsors at 011/39.2481.4325.65.
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Denying entry to unsafe food imports

Americans are consuming double the amount of imported foods than just seven years ago. While imports must meet the same food safety requirements as domestically produced foods, concern about the safety of imported foods increased after several outbreaks of foodborne illness were traced to imports in 1999.
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More time on ergonomics?

Business and industry are organizing to fight the proposed ergonomics standard published on Nov. 23, 1999, by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
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PW launches used equipment marketplace

Used equipment marketplace launches with over 2ꯠ packaging machines in inventory.
Seen in the foreground and background (below left) are unusual blending scale systems that deliver IQF vegetables (such as those
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Contract packager blends vf/f/s systems

Unusual integrated blending scale systems enable a California contract packager to fill as many as nine different individually quick-frozen vegetables into a single bag.

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