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Domestic acquisitions, agreements

DuPont Packaging (Wilmington, DE) and Teknor Apex (Pawtucket, RI) have formed a strategic alliance to jointly develop, manufacture and market cap liner compounds for the Americas.
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Smurfit-Stone: Counterfeit protection

Smurfit-Stone Container (Chicago, IL) and Isotag Technology (Houston, TX) have created the MasterGuard™ system, a line of anticounterfeit and traceable packaging.
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Retailers need to play role in defeating counterfeits

The marketing and sale of counterfeit products hurts every member of the supply chain—except the counterfeiter.
Even overseas companies like Byk Gulden (left) use ink-jet systems to add variable information to its pharmaceutical containers.
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Mission impossible?

Congress is trying to forge an agreement between branded product marketers and product diverting companies for packaging codes that help in product recalls.
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Constantia Hueck Foils Inc: Security blister packs

Hueck Foils (Wall, NJ) now offers its anti-counterfeit technology used on foreign currency for lidding materials on pharmaceutical blister packs. Intended to thwart product piracy, Protecco® combines printing and converting technologies including holography, mathematically defined microtext and special inks that appear only under UV fluorescent light.
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Label helps curb product diversion

A holographic labeling program instituted by hair-care manufacturer Sebastian Intl. helps to identify distributors and salons that sell or resell products to unauthorized retailers.
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Chinese sauce maker is secure with ink-jet coding

In Guangzhou, China, a recent conversion from contact stamp coders to ink-jet coding is helping guarantee the authenticity and quality of Jammy Chai Food Co.'s flavorful bottled sauces.
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Packagers predict future trends

Consolidation/globalization, the shift to flexibles and system speed/automation top a list of emerging trends cited by packagers, according to new PMMI research.
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Illicit relabeling

Eight trade associations are banding together to develop model legislation to fight the problem of flea market vendors who sell outdated or stolen products whose packaging may be mislabeled or illegally altered.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Datalogic, Inc. (Scotts Valley, CA) entered a strategic partnership with Laetus am Sandberg (Alsbach, Germany), a div. of Romaco, Inc. (Morris Plains, NJ).

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