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Supplier partnerships encouraged in purchasing

Most companies that participated in Packaging World’s vendor consolidation survey encouraged partnership arrangements with suppliers. All respondents expect better price and service, but others seek on-site technical help, supply guarantees and materials price hedging opportunities.
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Lidding material travels in a downward motion through the stacked thermal-transfer printers and meets the forming web just ahead
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Merit re-tools for a global marketplace

This medical device maker says goodbye to extra labels and replaces them with on-line, thermal-transfer printing on lidding material. Print now includes important symbols required by customers overseas.
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Growth accelerates in flexible materials

Volume of flexible packaging materials continues to outpace growth in both the overall economy and for all of packaging. FPA report does identify some potential problems, however.
Even overseas companies like Byk Gulden (left) use ink-jet systems to add variable information to its pharmaceutical containers.
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Mission impossible?

Congress is trying to forge an agreement between branded product marketers and product diverting companies for packaging codes that help in product recalls.
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Baxter Labs helps develop validatable pouch sealers (sidebar)

Materials also a variable
A worker at a Baxter Healthcare plant in Irvine, CA, seals sterile pouches with a band sealer. Close-up of the control panel (to
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Baxter Labs helps develop validatable pouch sealers

Spurred by ISO requirements, Baxter’s CardioVascular Group works with OEM to develop more consistent, validatable heat sealers for medical device pouches.
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PCs penetrating packaging lines

In an exclusive PW survey, nearly half of packagers now report using PC-controlled packaging equipment, with more growth projected. However, commitment to PLCs remains strong.
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Notable web sites

Materials Marketplaces B2Boxes.com is a corrugated marketplace/supplier locator site. Buyers can locate a local box manufacturer from an extensive database.
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Networks on the rise, packagers say (sidebar)

Survey methodology
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Favorable market conditions foster growth in flexibles

Flexible packaging material sales are expected to reach nearly $18.1 billion this year, a 3.7% increase from 1998. Converters expect the surgical/medical markets to show the strongest growth during the next five years.

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