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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Humidity levels in a wide variety of packages can be controlled with the Humidi-Pak (TM) system from Humidi-Pak (Minneapolis, MN). Designed to control and maintain any required humidity level (from 13% RH to 95% RH), it is suitable for storage of food, tobacco, digital film and medical devices.
Allen-Bradley controls have been added to Circle's (Green Bay, WI) vertical and horizontal f/f/s systems for packaging liquids, powders, moist towelettes, medical devices and other small, rigid products in 4-side-sealed pouches.
Klockner Pentaplast of America (Gordonsville, VA) has opened a new packaging technology center at its headquarters location. The center has two separate sections: one for pharmaceutical applications, the other for food, medical device, static control and general thermoforming applications.
Purchasing plans for packaging machinery will outpace inflation in '99, says a survey conducted for PMMI. Pharmaceutical/medical and beverage businesses see biggest gains, while three industries expect declines.