In recent years, Packaging World and other publications have reported on current news and applications where the properties of metallocene-based resins have enhanced the performance of packaging materials.
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Packaging machinery spending by U.S. manufacturers this year will likely rise by up to 3% more than it did in 1997. Strong investment is expected from personal care and household/industrial chemical markets.
Schmalbach-Lubeca suffered a July 26 fire at its beverage can plant in the German district of Bad Durkheim near Mannheim. The company indicated it would be able to almost fully offset the temporary production loss by drawing upon stocks and shifting production to other locations.
U.S. shipments of packaging machinery increased by 8.1% in 1997 to an estimated $4.347 billion, according to the fourth annual Packaging Machinery Shipments & Outlook Study from the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute.