Innovative shapes and reclosable fitments and zippers were among the more noteworthy advances on display at a two-day stand-up pouch educational clinic sponsored by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (Dearborn, MI).
Development of packaging materials and containers and the graphics that go on them are the functions most often outsourced, say Packaging World readers. However, packaging machinery selection, packaging line design and integration all make the Top Ten.
UCB Films (Wigton, England) has introduced a cellulose confectionery film. Star-Twist(TM) is said to give up to three times the twist performance of existing materials for a tighter candy wrap, which can increase shelf life.