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Engineering plastics’ properties drive adoption globally

Processing ease and toughness will help plastics reach $86.42 billion by 2020, predicts Frost & Sullivan.
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Sports drink bottle redesign wins accolades

New 16.9-oz PET bottle for Hoist sports drink wins design award for a new structure that elevates the brand and enhances competitiveness in the sports drink category.
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Plastic Technologies: Foamed PET bottle technology

Fi-Cell (fine cellular) foamed PET bottle technology from Plastic Technologies, Inc. (PTI) through an agreement with Toyo Seikan Co. Ltd., gives carbonated beverages, wine, spirits, cosmetics, personal care, and other applications physical and visual properties not previously available in a monolayer bottle.
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Rollprint: Chemically-resistant film for pharma applications saves money, environment

Designed for pre-made or inline pouching, lidding, and flow wrap packages, Rollprint’s Exponent film is a chemically-resistant, clear flexible film for high-barrier pharmaceutical applications that features a reduced number of layers and gauge to offer cost-savings and create an improved environmental profile.
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U.S. PET recycling rate hits 31% in 2013

Strong end-use markets drive growth in domestic PET processing, but challenges remain.
Plastic Suppliers’ Polyflex transverse direction orientated (TDO), heat-stable oriented polystyrene shrink (OPS) label film
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Plastic Suppliers: Heat-stable shrink label film

Plastic Suppliers’ Polyflex transverse direction orientated (TDO), heat-stable oriented polystyrene shrink (OPS) label film for shrink label converters features less than 0.4% shrinkage at 95 degrees F for 24 hours, and offers virtually the same shrink curves and machine direction (MD) growth as PETG-based shrink film.
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Saudi Arabian water bottler to employ 'fastest PET line in the world'

Health Water Bottling Company expects to produce 134,000 bottles/hr with new PET line to meet rising demand for bottled water in Saudi Arabia’s booming market.
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FPA forecasts steady growth for U.S. flexible packaging

The Flexible Packaging Assn. envisions 2014 growth of 3.8%, for a total of $28.2 billion, making it one of the fastest-growing packaging segments in the U.S.
SMALL FOOTPRINT. Though the old (left) and the new (right) packs both hold eight razors, the food print of the new pack is dramatically smaller.
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Redesigned blister brings benefits throughout supply chain

By reducing depth of draw on a PVC thermoform, Energizer Holdings generated operating efficiencies and cost savings galore while racking up some serious sustainability points.
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What happened to PEN?

As we look back over the first two years of Packaging World’s first two decades, few stories are more intriguing than our July ‘95 cover story about PEN (polyethylene naphthalate).

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