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Supplier news: International agreements

Eastman Chemical Co. (Kingsport, TN) opened an office in Guangzhou, China, its third in that country.
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Materials Product Brief
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High-barrier tray

Cryovac North America (Duncan, SC) has introduced the Cryovac® Barrier Foam Tray. Its multi-layer, coextruded barrier film, laminated to the inside surface, allows gas flushing and secure seals on MAP packages.
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Latin America: this can's for you

Since October, Bud drinkers across most of Latin America found the venerable brew in a fluted aluminum can. St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch is rolling out the new 12-oz, 211-dia can as a permanent replacement for standard cans of Budweiser in Argentina, Paraguay, Chile, Uruguay, Ecuador, Colombia, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama, Costa Rica and Belize.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Dow Chemical (Midland, MI) acquired a controlling interest in Brazilian polystyrene producer Estireno do Nordeste (Sao Paulo, Brazil).
Materials Product Brief
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Pharmaceutical shrink film bundler

The DuraTech 2000 S-PH Pharmaceutical shrink film bundler from Automation Packaging (Tampa, FL) is designed with a compact footprint that measures only 8' L.
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Beer label changes colors down under

Though common by now in the U.S., red lagers are new to Australia. So when Lloyd Products of Regency Park, Adelaide, Australia, launched its Red Ant lager last summer, it wanted packaging that would draw attention to this unusual product.
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Supplier news: International agreements

ARCO Chemical Co. (Newtown Square, PA) sold its plastics business to NOVA Chemicals (Calgary, Alberta, Canada).
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Pouch filling and sealing

The Hensen BF 350/DU high-speed pouch filling and sealing machine from Windmoeller & Hoelscher (Lincoln, RI) is designed to handle most types of stand-up pouches, including those with spouts or handles, as well as pillow or block-bottom bags.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

BWI Inex (Clearwater, FL) will supply machine vision systems from Systech (Cranbury, NJ) to the pharmaceutical and consumer products industry in a strategic alliance between the two companies.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Corning Pharmaceutical Services (Princeton, NJ) purchased CRS Pacamed (Basil, Switzerland), a contract clinical trial packager.
Materials Product Brief
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Recycling programs

Return Logistics (Elmhurst, IL) offers recycling programs for industrial packagers aimed at increasing the number of steel drums that are returned to the proper recycling facilities.
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Can printing brings the rain forest to life

"No one has taken wet-on-wet printing this far." That's how Mary Ellen Reis, director of packaging at Mistic Brands, White Plains, NY, describes the award-winning five-color print job on her company's line of Rain Forest nectars.
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Only leaders need apply (sidebar)

A different view on the director of packaging
Materials Product Brief
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Thermal/transfer printer

Model 220XiII is one of the new models in Diagraph's (St. Louis, MO) new Zebra Performance Line XiII Series of thermal/thermal transfer printers.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Mead Corp. (Dayton, OH) will acquire a Rumford, ME, coated paper mill from Boise Cascade for approximately $650 million.
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Infant formula GMPs could be something to cry about

Potentially irritating packaging requirements from the FDA could give infant formula manufacturers and their packagers a bad case of diaper rash. FDA suggests that written specifications for packaging could lead to a system of packaging guarantees.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Quantum Chemical (Cincinnati, OH) is now a subsidiary of newly formed Millennium Chemicals (Iselin, NJ), a holding company spun off of Hanson North America (Woodbridge, NJ).
Materials Product Brief
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Synthetic cork material

Cork stopper manufacturer Sabaté (Céret Cedex, France) has developed a new material called Altec, said to be superior to natural cork as a bottle closure because it has better elasticity and absorbs less liquid than conventional cork.

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