Contract packaging news & trends

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Suppliers recognize packagers' training needs

In describing their own programs, suppliers acknowledge shortcomings and reflect the criticisms made by their customers. Time allocated for training remains the most pressing need, they agree.
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Optima (Schw?bisch Hall, Germany) has opened a new building and associated central administration offices in Vinhedo, Brazil.
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Relocations, expansions

The Kennedy Group (Willoughby, OH) has moved into a new 80ꯠ sq’ facility, located on a 26-acre campus at 38601 Kennedy Parkway, Willoughby, OH 44094; phone: 440/951-7660, fax: 440/951-3253.
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Sonoco adds POP contract packaging

REPORTING FROM PACK EXPO: The Packaging Services (SPS) division of Sonoco (Hartsville, SC) now offers contract packaging services of the point-of-purchase displays that it manufactures.
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Purchasing moves 'slow speed ahead'

Pharmaceutical/medical and beverage markets will drive packaging machinery spending this year, says a PMMI study. U.S. domestic equipment sales are expected to rise 2% to 3% in 2000 to $4.9 billion.
On the FBM 20 hf/f/s pouch machine, printed film is side-sealed (below left) as it indexes from left to right. In the "duplex" m
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Pouch machinery fills versatility needs

Hf/f/s pouch equipment reduces material waste and ups speed for California Redi-Date. The contract packager plans to employ a similar machine to add versatility.
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Supplier partnerships encouraged in purchasing

Most companies that participated in Packaging World’s vendor consolidation survey encouraged partnership arrangements with suppliers. All respondents expect better price and service, but others seek on-site technical help, supply guarantees and materials price hedging opportunities.
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Supplier partnerships encouraged in purchasing (sidebar)

What do supplier partners gain?
California Redi-Date employs zippers (inset) with an extra-wide offset flange that's said to provide an increased gripping area
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Contract packer 'zips' into stand-up pouches

Customers like Dole help contract packer California Redi-Date grow its stand-up pouch business. Resealable zippers work well with pouch-making equipment and provide easy opening and reclosing.
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Canisters to rev up sales

Honeywell Consumer Products Group broke with tradition and selected what it calls a first-for-the-category composite can to package its FRAM® X2™ Extended Guard Oil Filters.
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WD-40 promotes 'straw strap'

San Diego-based WD-40 Co. has come up with a way to keep the all-important spray tube on its popular lubricant product from getting lost. The firm’s 8- and 11-oz cans now have a red, yellow or blue stretchable rubber strap around the neck.

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