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Thermoformed containers

Clamshells and two-piece packaging can be custom-thermoformed by Capco Plastics (El Paso, TX). Made of either PVC or Eastar(TM) PETG copolyester from Eastman Chemical (Kingsport, TN), they can be produced in thicknesses from 7.5 to 40 mil, in sizes beginning at 2" sq.
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Pressure-sensitive adhesives

Reichhold (Research Triangle Park, NC) has released a new full-color brochure focusing on the company's commitment to the p-s adhesives market. The brochure highlights advancements in custom polymer development, its full product line in the p-s market including both hot melt and aqueous adhesives, and latest developments in on-site testing.
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Resins OK'd for fatty food packaging

In June the Food and Drug Administration approved Exxon Chemical's (Houston, TX) Oppera® modified polypropylene film resins for use in direct contact with fatty foods such as salty snacks, processed meats and cheeses, and confectionery items.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Key Technology (Walla Walla, WA) acquired a machine vision pharmaceutical inspection product line from Oncoor, Inc. (Gaithersburg, MD).
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Quantum Chemical Co. (Cincinnati, OH): Dale H. Spiess, group vp, polyolefins and specialty polymers; Bruce E. Jakusik, regional sales mgr., PE; Russell W.
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Recycled HDPE pellets

Recycle (S. Plainfield, NJ) has developed a system which can turn HDPE chips accumulated from destroyed drums into clean, high-quality recycled resin pellets.
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FDA proposes dating for condom packs

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed that manufacturers put expiration dates on packages of condoms. U.S.-made products typically carry "when manufactured" dates, but they are not required by federal law.
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Resin marketers announce metallocene ventures

The Dow Chemical Co. (Midland, MI) and BP Chemicals (Cleveland, OH) last month announced an alliance to develop and make available for licensing a combination of BP's Innovene+ gas-phase polyethylene process and Dow's Insite(TM) catalyst technology.
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Intermittent cartoner

Roberts Systems (Charlotte, NC) has introduced an on-demand, multi-axis servo-controlled intermittent cartoner called Servostar(TM). This multipack cartoner erects, loads, closes and seals cartons at speeds to 65/min, with 12" between cartons.
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New thermoform makes tuna salad easier

After a '90s makeover, Charlie the StarKist Tuna resurfaces on packages of a new product, Ready Mixed Tuna Salad & Crackers. The product is a more convenient form of the Lunch Kit that StarKist Seafoods, Newport, KY, has been marketing for about four years.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Krones, Inc. (Franklin, WI): Floris Delée, brewery eng./product mgr. of Steinecker, subsidiary of the Kronseder Business Group (Neutraubling, Germany).
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Cap liner guide

Tri-Seal Intl., Inc. (Blauvelt, NY) has released a six-page Cap Liner Guide that features 18 different closure-lining options. The guide includes descriptions, applications, features and physical samples of plastic extruded and co-extruded liners.
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Brewers turn to PET bottles, wide-mouth cans

A six-month shelf life is claimed for amber 1-L bottles of polyethylene terephthalate holding dark beers produced and marketed by Canada's Algonquin Brewing Co., Ltd., Mississauga, Ont.
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New equipment revitalizes Amway packaging line

Filling speeds more than doubled and still continue to improve as Amway moves into full production with its new liquid filling line for men's and women's cosmetics.
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Materials

Eastman Chemical's (Kingsport, TN) Eastman AQ 1350 Blanched Polyester can be used as a base polymer to formulate hot melt adhesives for packaging and labeling that are repulpable.
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California recycling target met

It appears that California's 25% recycling rate mandated by a 1995 rigid plastic container law has been met by the slimmest of margins, thereby letting packagers off the hook.
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FDA proposes additional warning on some OTC drug labels

The Food & Drug Administration wants an additional warning on over-the-counter (OTC) drugs containing phenylpropanolamine (PPA), a common ingredient in weight control, cough-cold, allergy and nasal decongestant drugs.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Eastman Chemical Co. (Kingsport, TN) opened its first Latin American Eastapak PET plant in Cosoleacaque, Veracruz, Mexico; Eastman broke ground for another Eastapak PET plant in Zarate, Argentina; it will also build a new plant in Port of Rotterdam, The Netherlands, to produce PET for containers and PTA, a raw material used to produce PET.

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