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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Ft. Dearborn Lithograph acquired Screaming Color Inc., and renamed it Virtualcolor (Itasca, IL).
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Resin brochure

Quantum Chemical (Cincinnati, OH) has introduced an 8-pagebrochure providing property data for Petro-thene® PP resins. Presents typical properties for a wide range of random copolymers, impact copolymers and homopolymers.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

The West Co., Inc. (Lionville, PA) will acquire all common stock of PACO Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. (Lakewood, NJ).
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Supplier news: International agreements

Eastman Chemical Co. (Kingsport, TN) is planning to build a polyester copolymer plant with about 30ꯠ metric tons annual capacity in Kuantan, Malaysia; Eastman will build a 120ꯠ-metric-ton PET plant at San Roque, Spain.
At Johnson Controls' recycling plant at Novi, MI, incoming PET bottles are debagged and fed into the company's process that prod
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FDA plans to speed approval for PCR use

Packagers are delighted with what they've heard about new post-consumer plastic resin rules expected this fall. Data requirements will be clearer and more specific so retesting will be minimized.
As this ?snapshot? of plant level costs shows, in 1980 resin cost represented just under 40% of the total cost of a 2-L PET
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High-performance PEN is picking up steam

Amoco Chemical (Chicago, IL) used the Bev-Pak Americas '95 conference to identify two new bottles containing polyethylene naphthalate, or PEN (see PW, November '94, p.
Many retailers order small quantities to minimize inventories, as these stacked pallets of corrugated cases suggests
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First Brands bags labor, freight savings

New logistics software helps First Brands configure retail display pallets cost efficiently, lowering labor and freight costs by 50% and 30%, respectively.
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High-performance polyesters

HiPERTUF(TM) polyester resins from Shell Chemical (Akron, OH) are homopolymer 2ƾ dimethyl naphthalate-based polyethylene naphthalate (PEN), which provide a number of benefits over PET, including hotter fill temperatures, better chemical resistance, and improved gas and UV barriers.
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How State Chemical cleans up (sidebar)

Flexibility needed in case printing
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Packaging an Rx for noncompliance?

According to the Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council, more than 125ꯠ people die each year in the U.S. from not taking their heart medicine as prescribed.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Bill Laimbeer and Vinnie Johnson, former Detroit Pistons pro basketball players will form a box business called Piston Packaging, Inc.
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Nimble, facile, flexible:How packaging survives

Packaging has been called a chess game without checkmate-never ending, always evolving-reflecting the changing demands of product manufacturers who, in turn, are trying to satisfy the needs of the consuming public.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Milliken Chemical (Spartanburg, SC) has announced the completion and opening of its new technical and business center in Gent, Belgium.
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Design may replace advertising?

"Most of our clients now view package design as a form of advertising, recognizing the impact design has in creating and reinforcing a brand's image and communicating its superiority," says Bob Minkus, president of Minkus & Associates (Rosemont, PA), a graphic designer.
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Labels, not Similac, are phony

As if Ross Laboratories, Columbus, OH, didn't have enough trouble with fake 16-oz metal cans of powdered Similac infant formula in California (see PW, March '95, p.
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Tom's finds that 'less, low and no' describe new snacks

What may be the first complete line of salty snack foods in low- and no-fat versions is now debuting from Tom's Foods. Known as a regional manufacturer, Tom's is now taking the lead in package design.
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FDA revises standards for single-serve dairy containers

It may seem like too little and too late, but the Food and Drug Administration recently issued its 1993 revision of "Standards for the Fabrication of Single Service Containers and Closures for Milk and Milk Products." Federal and state regulatory inspectors use these standards as the basis for inspecting plants manufacturing dairy packaging.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Nonprescription Drug Manu- facturers Assn. (Washington, DC): Robert G. Donovan, re-elected as chairman.

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