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Belu, in 500-mL PLA bottles, is  "the first corn-based, biodegradable bottle in the United Kingdom."
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Analyzing bioplastic packaging's future

Bioplastics: The very name suggests sustainability, but that shouldn’t exempt the materials from an objective, probing analysis.
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Water bottles deliver refreshing environmental twist

Amid a wave of anti-bottled water sentiment, light-weighted bottles and bottles made with corn-based PLA flow into the market in the United States and in Europe.
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Sidel Inc: High-speed bottle making/filling/capping

Sidel’s newest Combi equipment offers ultra-fast production speeds reaching 61,200 bottles/hr (17 bottles/sec) and suitable for smaller-size bottles, especially water.
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Simoniz line adds distinction, clarity to auto products

Simoniz, Bolton, CT, has developed a line of car-care products with a high-performance formulation that creates high gloss on auto surfaces.
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New plastics data in the U.S. LCI database

Within a matter of days, important new data sets will be available in the U.S. LCI (Life Cycle Inventory) Database. The data will include all steps from “cradle to resin” for nine common plastic resins (HDPE, LDPE, LLDPE, PP, HIPS, GPPS, PVC, ABS, PET) and two polyurethane polyols. These materials are commonly used in packaging systems as well as in durable products (for example, building products such as insulation).
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New Plastics Data in the U.S. LCI Database

Within a matter of days, important new data sets will be available in the U.S. LCI (Life Cycle Inventory) Database. The data will include all steps from “cradle to resin” for nine common plastic resins (HDPE, LDPE, LLDPE, PP, HIPS, GPPS, PVC, ABS, PET) and two polyurethane polyols. These materials are commonly used in packaging systems as well as in durable products (for example, building products such as insulation).
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Data flows from ERP to packaging machines

Just five operators run two lines that span three floors and churn out 600 bottles/min. An automated order system plays a pivotal role in streamlining changeover.
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What's new in food & bev?

Convenience is king in food and beverage packaging—now and for the foreseeable future. But other trends bubbling to the surface bear watching.
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Answering innovation's challenges

Pick a leader to champion your cause, prove out your ideas with senior management, and observe ‘category cues' while pushing beyond them, say the experts.
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Want innovation that drives sales? Slow down

Inventive package structures require at least 18 months, but economic pressure too often speeds up the design. Approach innovation as a cross-functional process, two gurus say.

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