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Five trends impacting the North American packaging market

Find out what trends are expected to drive the growth of the North American packaging market from $169.1 billion to $186 billion by 2017.
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Sealed double-barrier trays are placed into a folding carton, supplied by Barger. The FORZA packaging consists of a total of four thermoformed PETG trays; one inner tray, two sizes of inner retainer trays, and an outer tray sealed with coated Tyvek lidding material.
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Double-barrier tray accommodates 700 spinal implants

Medical device maker Orthofix works with its packaging supplier to fit some 700 spinal implant products into four trays with retainers.
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Recycling of HDPE bottles tops 1 billion lbs in 2012

Annual report shows that for the twenty-third consecutive year, Americans have increased the pounds of plastic bottles returned for recycling.
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Clear Lam Packaging: Freezer grade RPET rollstock

Improved low temperature performance offered for tough frozen applications.
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Understanding biaxially and monaxially oriented films

Solid-phase orientation processes create very significant changes in film properties that can be quite valuable in packaging structures.
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Understanding film manufacturing techniques

Conceptually, making a thin polymer film is an easy proposition—just melt one or more polymers, force the melt through a long, narrow opening, freeze the extruded melt into a solid film, and wind it into a roll.
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Flexible packaging polymer primer

With a beginning understanding of the attributes desired for a film package, the next step is winnowing down the huge selection of possible polymers to those that offer the best combination of cost and performance for your needs.
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U.S. PET recycling rate climbs to highest rate yet: 30.8%

Report shows highest domestic recycling rate to date in 2012; however, supply of RPET could not keep up with demand, and declining bale yield remained an issue.
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Recyclable cheese pack provides functional benefits too

FrieslandCampina partners with resin and film suppliers to develop a recyclable bottom sheet for its cheese packaging that can be recycled.
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Measuring commonly specified film attributes

While it’s possible to describe a flexible package’s functions in general terms, measurable and quantifiable attributes or properties that relate to these functions will ensure a package is successful for a specific application.

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