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Recycled content: Is the loop broken?

Part two of our exclusive look at recycled-content plastic packaging reports how some packagers justify using recycled resin, even in down markets. Plus, evidence that the "closing the loop" issue won't go away soon.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Spartanburg Stainless Products Inc. (Spartanburg, SC) has signed an agreement to purchase beer and small chemical keg manufacturing equipment from Hoover Materials Handling Group (Alpharetta, GA).
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Cylinder bottle

The 2-oz clarified PP cylinder from Berlin Packaging (Chicago, IL) is designed to be squeezable and clear. It has a 24/410 finish and closure options to fit a variety of applications.
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Pharmaceutical components

Pharmaceutical and ophthalmologic packaging components produced by Resilam of Barcelona, Spain, are available through Empire Bottle (Buffalo, NY).
High gloss is one of the characteristics of calendered plastic sheet (above) that makes it appealing to thermoformers. The speci
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Gauging demand for calendered plastics

Consistent sheet thickness and economics make calendered plastics appealing to thermoformers. How are plastics calendered? What are the current developments in calendering? Packaging World takes a look.
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HDPE containers

Containers suitable for tablets, powders and liquids are available from Clinton Packaging (St. Louis, MO). The blow-molded HDPE Eurotainer comes in five tamper-evident sizes with a 36-mm neck finish: 20 mL, 35 mL, 50 mL, 100 mL and 150 mL; and two child-resistant containers in 30- and 60-mL sizes with a 26-mm finish.
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Hot melt adhesive

National Starch and Chemical (Bridgewater, NJ) is introducing Instant-Lok 34-2791, a hot melt adhesive effective for high-performance straw attachment applications.
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Window jars

Topline Products (Wayne, NJ) has designed a line of window jars made of SAN for pressed powder, eye shadow, blush, creme, lip gloss, and other cosmetics and personal care products.
Once the 5-gal jugs have been sanitized, they are automatically conveyed around a corner and into the filling chamber (left). Wi
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Bottling water for millions

Tak Fat now supplies pure bottled drinking water to eight million consumers in China's Guangzhou area. The next target is the total Guangdong province of 69 million, and then on to the rest of the country. Integrated 5-gal line delivers 400 bph.
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Injection molding resins

A new brochure from Millennium Petrochemicals (Cincinnati, OH) provides physical property data on the Petrothene® line of HDPE, LLDPE and LDPE resins for injection molding.
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Plastic tubes

The newest generation of Teledyne Packaging's (Chester, PA) all-plastic laminate collapsible tubes are highlighted in a four-page four-color brochure.
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The food industry got half a loaf when Congress passed the Food Quality Protection Act last year. The act required the Food & Drug Administration to establish national uniform tolerance standards for pesticides as a residual additive in processed foods.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Mobil Chemical Co., Films Div. (Pittsford, NY) will use a new orienter to help boost its annual OPP packaging and labeling film capacity by 33 million lb at its Kerkrade, The Netherlands, plant.
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Survey: training gap for packaging automation

PMMI's latest research reveals that packagers, awash in a sea of high-tech machinery controls, could benefit from more training and better manuals.
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L'Oréal's bottle fishes for kids

Streamlined and decorated to resemble a fish, it's easy to imagine kids getting hooked on the new L'Oréal Kids squeezable bottle. Aimed at kids between the ages of 3 and 10, the bottle fits easily into small hands, it floats in the bathtub and it allows the sweet-smelling shampoo and conditioner aroma to emanate through the bottle itself.
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Clearly redefined

When Clearly Canadian was introduced ten years ago, it stood apart from mainstream soft drinks on store shelves. Says Jonathon Cronin, vice president of marketing at Clearly Canadian Beverage Corp.: "When we first launched the brand, the slight blue tint to the glass bottles and the ACL decorating were almost revolutionary." Ten years later, shelves are flooded with eye-catching products, and the pioneering beverage company decided that its core brand needed a boost.
In this illustration, consumers rate how specific environmentally related packaging changes could influence their purchasing dec
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COPE takes environmental pulse

In one of its final tasks before disbanding at the end of 1996, the Council on Packaging in the Environment (COPE) released a Retrospective entitled "Taking the Environmental Pulse of the Consumer: A 4-Year Look." The COPE-funded study, conducted by the Environmental Research Associates (ERA), surveyed consumer opinions between 1993 and '96.
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Toploading robotic system

The Collectopack from Klockner Bartelt Medipak (Sarasota, FL) is a top-loading robotic system that separates, checks, counts, collates and places products into top-load cartons or feeds multi-packs into a wrapper or cartoner.

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