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New high-pressure resins

Three new high-pressure PE resins have been formulated by Mobil Polymers (Edison, NJ) specifically for blow-molding, sheet and foam applications. LYA-003 is intended for LDPE blow-molding applications such as squeezable or sports bottles.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Mobil Chemical Co.'s (Pittsford, NY) Films Div.: D.L. Gosper, senior vp, growth and technology; James P. Ashmore, sales mgr., North America; Chris McGuire, customer service mgr.
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Sterilizable medical film

Cryovac® M312 is a PVC alternative for medical packaging from Cryovac (Duncan, SC). This multi-layered coextruded film has improved moisture retention and better performance in refrigerated conditions than PVC, says the company, with good clarity after autoclaving.
Added in the middle of last year, Tree Top?s PP closure includes a liner made of foamed PP and EVA copolymer. The materials sol
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Cap and liner top Tree Top's switch to PET

Changing from glass to heat-set PET boosts sales of apple juice and cider by 60% on 1-gal bottles. PP closure and EVA liner provide tamper-evidence and eliminate labor-intensive cap inspection.
Controls Product Brief
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Integral bottle cleaner

Kaps-All Packaging Systems (Riverhead, NY) has introduced the Model AC-I Integral Bottle Cleaner. It inverts containers, blasts them with filtered ionized air and vacuums them over an effective range of up to 30" without the need for twist chutes or change parts.
News
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Premium package for bagel chips

Long known as a marketer of frozen bakery products, Chicago-based Sara Lee Bakery has expanded into a number of new nonfrozen categories. In its current test of a new bagel chip product, it's relying on some powerful packaging to provide protection and sharp graphics.
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P&G suit spawns countersuit

Last September, Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble took the unusual step of advertising in newspapers across the country to warn consumers away from counterfeit long-neck bottles of its flagship Head & Shoulders shampoo because the firm alleged the containers held fake product.
Materials Product Brief
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Matte finish OPP

Mobil Chemical, Films Div. (Pittsford, NY), has introduced an OPP film with a matte, paper-like finish. Mobil Bicor® MLT film gives a translucent look to graphics and type while offering the protection and machinability of traditional OPP.
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Decorative bourbon bottles, gift cartons hit market

In December, Heaven Hill introduced three 750-mL "Single Barrel" premium aged Kentucky straight bourbon whiskeys, each in a decorative glass container placed on a special gift carton and sold throughout the year.
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Competition nurtures flexible packaging innovation

Like many movie, television and music awards programs, packaging competitions tend to be judged by "experts" who try to assess how well entries meet a given set of criteria.
Materials Product Brief
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Cylindrical shipper liners

Inliners Unlimited (Monroe, LA) offers a new line of molded inserts and round-bottom bag liners designed to conform to the shape of a pail or drum. PerfectFit liners are available in a variety of materials, including nonbarrier PE films, barrier coextrusions and high-barrier laminations.
2 Two-part epoxy pack provides 100% mixing with minimal effort
Supplier News
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Flexibles pass the technology test

Technical achievements cited in FPA awards include a barrier pack for shipping welding electrodes, a mixer for two-part adhesives and a peelable suture package.
Materials Product Brief
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Color measurement

From a relatively inexpensive liquid source, PC Materials extracts silica and chemically bonds it to the surface of polyester to create clear, high-barrier films.
The new production line for Avitene includes this filler that precisely meters one gram of the product into a polycarbonate cup.
Feature Article
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Flexible pack cuts waste, improves performance

MedChem's surgical hemostat is switched from rigid packaging to a flexible chevron-seal pouch that's much easier to use. The reduction in packaging helped it win FPA's Green Globe environmental award.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: International agreements

Eastman Chemical Co. (Kingsport, TN) opened an office in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

New Jersey Packaging (Fairfield, NJ) will expand its pharmaceutical packaging products at its Fairfield, NJ, and San German, PR, locations.
Materials Product Brief
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PETG ovals

W. Braun (Chicago, IL) has introduced the PETG Oval Modified Piav. Fits the Eurostyle flat-topped snap-on dispensing closure for upright or inverted dispensing.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

ICI Chemicals & Polymers (Wilmington, DE): Donald R. Westerlund, national accounts mgr., PET resins.

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