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3M’s ‘4 in 1’ package wins WorldStar Award
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3M’s ‘4 in 1’ package wins WorldStar Award

TricorBraun design includes Spackle, primer, putty knife and sandpaper in single pack to simplify life for do-it-yourselfers in repair projects.
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Examining Global IVD Market Factors
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Examining Global IVD Market Factors

Market research indicates optimism for the future for global IVD markets, yet industry consolidation, reimbursement, and excise taxes could slow growth.
e-pill Medication Reminders: Pill Dispenser
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e-pill Medication Reminders: Pill Dispenser

e-pill MedTime Safe guarantees patients have access to the right medicine at the right time.
DuPont: Cargo Covers
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DuPont: Cargo Covers

Tyvek cargo covers protect pharmaceuticals from high temperatures and airborne contamination.
PVC glove production line.
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3D Printing To Boost Global Growth in Plastics Processing Machinery

Freedonia report anticipates the global market for plastics processing machinery will advance 4% annually through 2019 to $35.8 billion.
Refrigerated Transportation: A Critical Link in ‘Cold Chain’ Logistics
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Refrigerated Transportation: A Critical Link in ‘Cold Chain’ Logistics

The localization of perishable commodities, growing population, coupled with rise in freight transportation due to economic development fuels the market for refrigerated transportation.
End-to-end serialization.
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Industry Collaboration Sheds Light on Serialization

Serialization in pharma packaging is a complicated undertaking for anyone, but CMOs and their customers face additional challenges because responsibilities aren’t always clear-cut. A trend toward industry collaboration, even among competitors, is helping to shed light as companies share their successes and lessons learned.
Covectra: Serialization System
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Covectra: Serialization System

A new anti-counterfeit, track-and-race system ensures product integrity.
Eric Greenberg
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It’s natural to want a clearer definition

A lot of packagers don’t like regulations, except when they do. But both reactions are sensible.
Pat Reynolds, VP Editor
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Taming SKU proliferation

Imagine a business model where it’s a good thing to have your employees poached away from you on a regular basis.
Demand rising for functional and barrier coatings
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Demand rising for functional and barrier coatings

New report examines the market for functional and barrier coatings for paper and board packaging, which is expected to exceed $7.1 billion by 2020.
Trucking: The barometer of the U.S. economy?
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Trucking: The barometer of the U.S. economy?

American Trucking Assn. and SelectUSA point to a link between over-the-road transportation and the national economy.
Sanofi counterfeit meds chart
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Sanofi study reveals perceptions of counterfeit medicines

Most Americans associate counterfeiting with consumer goods rather than meds. Sanofi introduces three levels of package protection to battle counterfeits.
FDA’s GE salmon announcement sparks controversy
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FDA’s GE salmon announcement sparks controversy

Agency announces genetically engineered salmon is safe, drawing a CFS lawsuit. Salmon will be regulated under new animal drug provisions. GE products also have labeling implications.
Don't miss Automation Conference & Expo May 24-25 in Chicago.
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Explore all facets of automation at May conference

Next spring in Chicago, technology end users and a wide variety of experts and industry professionals will return to the Automation Conference & Expo 2016 (AC&E), formerly The Automation Conference, to explore leading-edge automation technologies for engineering and management professionals within discrete manufacturing, packaging, and continuous and batch processing.
UPS Pain in the (Supply) Chain’s 2015 survey
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Healthcare, Life Science Logistics Execs See Supply Chain Improvements

UPS Pain in the (Supply) Chain’s 2015 survey results show progress in product security and adapting to regulatory changes.
Identifying drug/device market drivers
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Identifying drug/device market drivers

Technavio report forecasts chronic disease prevalence and demand for drug delivery devices will result in an 11% CAGR for drug/device combination products through 2019.
AstraZeneca China named ISPE Facility of the Year Awards Overall Winner
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AstraZeneca China named ISPE Facility of the Year Awards Overall Winner

Among many impressive feats, the facility was completed in a record time of 20 months, coming in 18 percent under budget.

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