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PP report

Permapack (Lenni, PA) has introduced a summary report discussing world capacity, saleable supply and worldwide sources of PP resins. "Heat-Set Oriented PP Film: A Global Report, 1993-1998" makes projections and conclusions about PP consumption, exporting and supply and demand.
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F/f/s is okay for MRE retort pouches

The handful of firms that supply retort pouches for the Department of Defense's MRE (Meals-Ready-to-Eat) program are now permitted to produce them on thermo-form/fill/seal equipment.
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HDPE resin

Quantum Chemical's (Cincinnati, OH) Petrothene® LT 6194-69 HDPE resin for blown film applications has good moisture barrier properties, low taste and odor characteristics and is easy to process.
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Scholarship update

The Chicago-based Petroleum Packaging Council is funding a new scholarship for a Michigan State University junior and senior student electing to major in MSU's School of Packaging.
Controls Product Brief
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Flat-bottom bag system

The Acceleron flat-bottom bag system from Triangle Packaging Machinery (Chicago, IL) continually produces gabletop, flat-bottom packages from any supported material, including kraft paper, Mylar®, metallized foils and other product-specific packaging films.
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Jar holds what bag could not

When Minnesota-based K-Tel Intl. introduced its KleenSilver plus(TM) tarnish remover system-sold internationally through retail, direct response television and catalog-they tested a polyethylene bag for packaging the system's powdered activator.
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Rigid vinyl film

Previously available from Klockner Pentaplast (Gordonville, VA) as a three-layer adhesive lamination of vinyl/PE/ACLAR®, Pentapharm® ACLAR rigid vinyl film is now available with or without a PE layer.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Linear Films (Tulsa, OK) and National Poly (Atlanta, GA) are now Atlantis Plastics (Atlanta, GA).
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Printpack Inc. (Atlanta, GA) and Orchem, Inc. (Cincinnati, OH) have introduced a full service flexible packaging converting operation called Orflex Packaging, Inc.
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Directive adopted

In Europe, comprehensive legislation for reducing, recovering and recycling packaging waste became a reality on December 14 when the European Union Council of Ministers and the European Parliament adopted a directive on all packaging and packaging waste.
Cafe Classics come two per carton. Close-up (left) shows the bottom of a container after its tab has been pulled open and the pr
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Cheese marketer stretches packaging technology (sidebar)

Unique technology behind Cafe Classics
Materials Product Brief
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Bag reclosure

The Fold 'n Hold reclosure from Bedford Industries (Worthington, MN) consists of PE-coated vertical wires that form a tab that can be applied to bags of dry products such as popcorn, cereal, pet food or coffee.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

American Mirrex Corp. (New Castle, DE) and Galt Plastics (Wathena, KS) have signed an agreement to market rigid polyester packaging films.
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Cap liners

The Tri-Lam® line of multi-ply coextruded closure lining materials from Tri-Seal (Blauvelt, NY) offers high resistance to gas permeation or heat and provides a cost-effective alternative to aluminum foil-lined cap liners.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

AlliedSignal Plastics (Morristown, NJ): Stephanie H. Floros, applications specialist in market development; Kevin J. Quinn, national sales mgr., specialty films; Stephen J.
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Horizontal pouch machine

Volpak's S-240 horizontal pouch machine is available from Raymond Automation (Norwalk, CT). Using rollstock, it creates stand-up pouches with a straw inserted inside the pouch instead of affixed on the outside.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Tredegar Film Products, div. of Tredegar Industries (Richmond, VA):, Wayne R. Wilkinson technical service rep. for Monax® moisture- barrier films.
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Sealing head

The "1" flat sealing head from Enercon (Menomonee Falls, WI) seals 20- through 120-mm cap foil innerseals. Handles continuous-thread as well as child-resistant caps using magnetic energy to align them proper-ly.

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