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Label film for squeeze bottles

New Fasson® Crystal FasClear® TC from Fasson Films (Painesville, OH) is a 2.5-mil top-coated, coextruded polyolefin film designed for application to squeeze bottles used in the health and beauty or pharmaceutical industries.
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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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New grips and a Clear Choice Award

Neither a sports drink nor an iced tea, Talking Rain Beverage Co.'s new Ice(TM) Flavored Water began appearing on store shelves this June in a custom-designed 24-oz bottle known as "The Grip." "It took two years to design this bottle," says John Stevens, founder of the Preston, WA-based company.
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X-ray provides total inspection

A metal detector at the end of each packaging line may be fairly typical for any type of food packaging operation. Herr's tried that route a few years ago, only to experience many false rejects.
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Bulk back unloading frame

Material Transfer and Storage (Allegan, MI) has introduced a bulk bag unloading frame for the chemical, pharmaceuticals and plastics industries. Full bags are placed inside this freestanding frame and then lifted by hoist or fork truck to the top of the frame.
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Twist-wrapper coating

The Twistall System from UCB Transpac (Brussels, Belgium) allows thin films to be used as a twisting material for candy, throat lozenges, or similar applications.
In the foreground are 12 freshly blown bottles waiting to be discharged by pickoff-pins. Visible in the background are 12 prefor
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Modular molds add flexibility to bottle molding

Unique system makes it easier for packagers to have custom bottles injection/ blow molded even when the number of bottles needed is relatively low.
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Heat-resistant resin

Capron® PA 6 and PA 6.6 homopolymer resins from AlliedSignal Plastics (Morristown, NJ) are heat-resistant and have a high barrier against oxygen, flavor and aroma permeation.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

ReedSpectrum (Holden, MA): Jack W. Haines, dir. of sales.
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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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Shrink graphics fire up hot sauce sales

Bold shrink band graphics that simulate molten lava erupting from 5 oz glass bottles of Little Freddy's Hot Lava hot sauce have spurred product sales by 15 to 20%.
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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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Pack/print/design books

Jelmar Publishing Co., Inc. (Plainview, NY) has released a new, free catalog that describes books available on packaging, package printing and package design.
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Clear surgical glove pouch carves out high-end niche

At a time when most surgical glove pouches consist of paper webs that are cold-sealed together, ECI Medical Technologies is positioning its product at the high end by introducing gloves in a clear film pouch that's printed gravure in two colors.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

National Starch and Chemical Co. (Bridgewater, NJ): Nigel Cribb, commercial dir., Asia/Pacific Region.
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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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Natrel nets 30-day shelf life

A 30-day shelf life for fresh refrigerated milk?
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Premier Plastics grows PET bottle business

California blow molder is among the first in the U.S. to use a 24-cavity injection/stretch blow-molding machine that increases 1/2-liter PET bottle output by at least 40 million per year.

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