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Metallic ribbons

QuickLabel Systems (Warwick, RI) has developed metallic thermal-transfer ribbons made with resin-based ink formulations. Compatible with most coated paper label stocks, with high smudge-and scratch-resistance, says the company.
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Low-VOC ink

Videojet's (Wood Dale, IL) patented 16-2960 low-VOC Microsphere ink is an environmentally-safe, high-contrast ink that can operate in Videojet's Excel® series of nonpigmented printers.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

ICI Chemicals & Polymers (Wilmington, DE): Donald R. Westerlund, national accounts mgr., PET resins.
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Films let produce breathe comfortably

Passive controlled atmosphere technology that lengthens the shelf life of fresh-cut produce takes many forms, as these three FPA award winners demonstrate.
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Competition nurtures flexible packaging innovation

Like many movie, television and music awards programs, packaging competitions tend to be judged by "experts" who try to assess how well entries meet a given set of criteria.
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Black colorant

Cabot (Billerica, MA) has developed new black pigments for ink-jet inks that combine the reliability of dye-based inks with the print quality of pigment-based inks.
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Air cushioning envelope

Polyair Packaging (Chicago, IL) has introduced the Eco-Lite shipping envelope, made of 100% recycled golden kraft with a 20% post-consumer content and a blend of 25% recycled PE resins.
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Dunnage bags

Reusable, recyclable dunnage bags are now available from Flexseal Intl. Packaging (Rochester, NY). Made of Valeron film, a five-layer lamination of HDPE and LDPE.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Wellman Inc. (Shrewsbury, NJ) acquired the PET packaging-resin business of Akzo Nobel NV based in the Netherlands.
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All fit for shipping

Gym equipment manufacturer Allfitness switches from kraft paper to LDPE-based foam for shipping its products to retailers worldwide. Benefits include fewer returns and an enhanced perceived value.

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