BLISTER MACHINE. Contract packager CPR produces blister packs in-house on  this new machine, which includes a color vision syste
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Contract packer flexes its flexibility

New blister packaging machine helps Contract Packaging Resources meet the demands of its pharmaceutical customers, reduce labor costs, and improve efficiency.
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Awards push sustainability

The 21st DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation honors 10 winners that all carry a sustainable packaging message in their design and construction.
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Alcan Packaging launches Sustainability Moments campaign

Alcan Packaging (www.alcanpackaging.com), a business unit of Rio Tinto Alcan (www.riotintoalcan.com), launched its global Sustainability MomentsSM campaign to coincide with World Environment Day (June 5) celebrations.
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Alcan's Human Resources VP expands responsibilities to Global Pharma Packaging Division

Diane Frisch, currently Alcan’s vice president of Human Resources and Communications, Food Americas, has been named vice president of Human Resources and Communications, Food Americas, and vice president of Human Resources, Global Pharmaceutical Packaging.
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Lessons learned: packaging machinery

700 packaging professionals share their advice about packaging machinery.
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Ready to innovate? Strategies that work on tap for CP 08

Are you looking for contract packagers to help you find new and better ways to get packages with impact into stores?
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Industry Watch

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Alcan Medical Flexibles receives ISO certification

Alcan Packaging, a division of Rio Tinto Alcan, announces that its Medical Flexibles Americas Commerce, California and Marshall, North Carolina facilities have received the ISO 13485:2003 certification, a quality management standard for medical devices.
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2008 FPA Silver Award Winners

Photos of the 2008 Flexible Packaging Assn. Silver Award winners.
Joe Angel (left), VP/publisher, and Lloyd Ferguson (right), president, Summit Publishing Co., present Weber Marking Systems' pre
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INDUSTRY WATCH

 
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Healthy prognosis for healthcare packaging

Pharmaceutical firms seek packaging line improvements to cut costs, biologics present packaging challenges, and medical device growth is driven by aging baby boomers.
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Keeping on top--staying ahead

The packaging scene has always been complex and technically challenging. But now that the endlessly complex and sometimes contradictory requirements of sustainability have landed in our laps, packaged goods companies and the suppliers they rely on have it tougher than ever.
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Industry watch

CompaniesThe Bosch Group plans to acquire Pharmatec gmbh, Dresden, Germany, from Fresenius proserve gmbh. The transaction also includes the acquisition of the Pharmatec subsidiary Schoeller-Bleckmann Medizintechnik gmbh, Ternitz, Austria.
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In northern India

Alcan invests $10 million in a new flexible packaging facility to supply the rapidly growing Indian food and personal care markets.
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California, here they come

The golden state’s ePedigree requirement may force FDA’s hand on the use of radio-frequency identification.
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Ilene Gordon appointed President of Alcan Global Packaging Group

Alcan has announced the appointment of Ilene Gordon as senior vp of Alcan Inc. and president and CEO of Alcan Packaging.
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Blue Ice Vodka Bottle Reaches New Heights

When Distilled Resources Inc., Rigby, ID, added 1-L and 1.75-L bottles to its Blue Ice Vodka line in June, the company wanted to maintain brand consistency and retail shelf height limits.
ROTARY CAPPER. This eight-head capper feeds ROPP 
closures from a hopper onto the bottles and uses a pressure block inside each
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Capsules winning out over cork?

As problems with ‘cork taint’ continue to plague the wine industry, Kendall-Jackson is expanding its use of ROPP aluminum capsules.
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Clarification

In March coverage of the FPA Awards Competition, four Silver Award winners were left out. Three were in the Technical Innovation category: Fisherman’s Friend Strong Mint, by converter Amcor Flexibles; Blue View Cook a Carrot, by converter Flex Pack USA; and Fromm Adult Gold Dog Food Quad Seal Pouch, by converter Polymer Packaging.
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RTD vodka drink four-packs

When Jenn's Cocktail Co., Danville, CA, prepared to roll out its ready-to-drink (RTD) premium flavored vodka beverages in 100-ml glass bottles, the company wanted a four-pack design that would capture consumer attention, especially among young adult women.
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Companies

R.A. Jones & Co. Inc.
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FPA winners sparkle

From 89 entries, here are the top winners in the 2005 awards competition sponsored by the Flexible Packaging Assn.
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Flexible Packaging Conference includes hard-hitting keynotes, panelists

The Flexible Packaging Conference scheduled for March 14-16 at the Renaissance Orlando Resort at SeaWorld in Orlando, FL, will include top-flight keynote speakers to analyze the ongoing shift from rigid to flexible packaging.
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Soluble film drug delivery pouch (sidebar)

Winning DuPont Silver were Alcan Packaging and Tapemark for a “quick-dissolve” soluble film drug delivery pouch that’s expected to be on the market commercially in the near future.
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Seen previously in PW (sidebar)

Gold Award:Ritz Chips(see packworld.com/go/c110)Kraft FoodsPrintpack USAFlat-bottomed, easy-open, stand-up pouch, made from a tandem adhesive lamination, affords a peelable, easy-open function with convenient peel-off tab for reclosure.
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People

MRI Flexible Packaging hired Jim Mallon as vice president of sales and marketing.
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Retort pouches: Hottest packaging market?

A new study and a conference presentation concur: Retort packs are thriving and poised for growth.
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People

Bosch Rexroth’s, business unit, Linear Motion and Assembly Technologies, named Ken Gazda director of sales.
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Packagers emphasize environment and economics

Packaging professionals from Estée Lauder/Aveda, Hewlett-Packard, and Bacardi Bottling describe how their companies view packaging that is environmentally sustainable.
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Golden Cylinder Awards

The Gravure Assn. of America recognized the “Best of the Best” in gravure printing at its 20th anniversary of the Golden Cylinder Awards. Five packaging winners were Nordenia U.S.A.
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Bowen joins Vifan

Ezra Bowen has joined Vifan as vp of sales.
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Alcan wins two awards

Alcan won two awards at this year’s European Rotogravure Association Packaging Gravure Awards.
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Packaging technology on display

Once again the DuPont Awards competition attracted the best and the brightest where advancements in plastic packaging technology are concerned.
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'Liberty' can flies for Folgers

As America celebrated its birthday this summer, Procter & Gamble launched a limited-edition "Liberty Collector’s Can" that holds 39 oz of ground coffee. The can is just now phasing out of the market.
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Packaging technology on display, Part Two

Once again the DuPont Awards competition attracted the best and the brightest where advancements in plastic packaging technology are concerned.
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Compliance packages of the year

The Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council announced the 2002 winners of its Compliance Package of the Year Award: Lamictal by GlaxoSmithKline; Fosamax by Merck & Co.; and Nexium by AstraZeneca.
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Alcan unit relocates to Chicago

The new headquarters for Alcan Packaging’s Food Packaging and Food Services sectors were relocated to Chicago from Northbrook, IL.
Included among the speakers at the rededication ceremony held April 30 was Steve Santa. Santa is Alcan's director of research an
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Alcan refocuses in North America

On April 30, Alcan Inc. inaugurated the “Alcan Packaging Technology Center,” which integrates the global company’s North American packaging resources into a single development center in Aurora, IL. It combines Alcan’s Packaging and Rolled Products technical groups to better serve its North American customers in both rigid and flexible applications, according to Armin Weinhold, president of Alcan Packaging.
This years \"Best of the Best\"
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Golden Cylinder Awards announced

The Gravure Assn. of America recognized the best of the best in gravure printing at the 2003 Golden Cylinder Awards. Judging for the Golden Cylinder Awards took place Feb. 11 and 12.
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FPA honors innovation

Hershey’s pudding packs and technology for self-venting trayed entrees, first commercialized by Smithfield Packing, earn Highest Achievement honors from The Flexible Packaging Assn.’s 2003 Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards competition.
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Technical Innovation shines

Food packaging was well represented among the winners in the Technical Innovation category of this year’s FPA awards competition.
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Aluminum leaders talk environment, China

An aggressive approach to sustainable development and the effects of the Chinese aluminum production were two major topics at the annual meeting of The Aluminum Assn. (Washington, DC) held Sept. 30 to Oct. 1.
Kool Race Car Carton
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2001 PLGA Printing Awards

Packaging World highlights winners of the Packaging and Label Gravure Assoc. 2001 awards for excellence in printing.
Brentwood Industries (Reading, PA) has begun construction on a new 200,000 sq' facility to house its Specialty Products Div.
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Relocations, expansions

—Doyen (Lakeland, FL) has established a holding company known as Doyen Group PLC, the overall holding company for Doyen’s five operations.
A stand-up pouch for refrigerated soup and a high-barrier material used primarily in industrial applications were named Highest
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FPA recognizes flexible achievements

A stand-up pouch for refrigerated soup and a high-barrier material used primarily in industrial applications were named Highest Achievement Award Winners by the Flexible Packaging Assn.
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Plastics to increase domination of cosmetics packaging

A new research report on the global packaging of cosmetics and toiletries sees strong worldwide growth for the category–and an even larger share for plastic containers.
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Clever packages take flexibles to a new level

Sleeves for propane cylinders win Flexible Packaging Assn.'s President's award. Other FPA winners include pouches of grease for fifth wheels, recyclable ream paper wraps and protective air cushion packs.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Having signed a definitive three-way merger agreement in September, algroup (Zrich, Switzerland), Pechiney (Paris, France) and Alcan (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) recently announced the proposed organization and management team of the combined group, temporarily referred to as A.P.A.
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Stand-out 'PACs' win recognition

When Big Rock Brewery decided to redesign its packaging late last year, the Calgary, Alberta, Canada-based company wanted to build brand awareness and develop a cohesive look for its nine specialty brews.
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A first in peelable foil membranes

Fruit Bites, a 140-g can of retorted sliced fruit pieces from Australia's Golden Circle Ltd., won two gold medals in the May 1999 "Can of the Year" competition sponsored by England's The Canmaker magazine.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Alsuisse Lonza Group Ltd. (Zrich, Switzerland) will propose to its shareholders to demerge its chemical and energy activities and to integrate the remaining aluminum and packaging businesses into a three-way merger with Alcan (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) and Pechiney (Paris, France).
Mead Johnson?s use of the nonround paper/foil canister marked the second commercial application of this new package. While th
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Unconventional packaging fuels a product launch

A nonround canister and a 12-count 'purse pack' are the package formats chosen by Mead Johnson to launch a new kind of calcium supplement called Viactiv.
Mobius winners span several varying packaging styles. The Newby teas evoke a sense of classic refinement, the President?s Choice
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Package designs shine among Mobius winners

The 28th-annual Mobius Awards were handed out late last year. The package design category highlighted some of the year's most exciting and successful packages.
Tenneco?s Dana Mead addresses The Aluminum Association?s annual meeting
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People, not technology, will drive global business

Like it or not--in fact, intentionally or not--virtually all U.S. businesses are already participating in the global marketplace, and the choice is not "whether" but "how well." So said Dana Mead, president of Pactiv, in remarks to The Aluminum Association's annual meeting last fall.
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Flexible film use wraps up awards

A bag for grease lubricant and a label for bottled juice are just two examples of innovative film uses that earned Golden Mummy and Pyramid awards.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Lawson Mardon (Zurich, Switzerland): David Pastrich, vp, gen. mgr., roll-fed label sector.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Lawson Mardon Packaging Services Ltd. (Zurich, Switzerland) has announced it will expand its Salterbeck, Workington, U.K., operations by 32ꯠ sq'.
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Looking for a packaging edge? Explore technology's promises

If you're looking for an edge--and who isn't?--there's a wealth of emerging technology available today that can help: (1) improve the quality of your product; (2) heighten your packaging line productivity; (3) reduce your packaging costs; and (4) improve your product sales/profitability.
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Packaging suppliers in headlights of MACT truck

Packaging and printing operations may be significantly affected by EPA emissions limits on coatings and adhesives. Increased costs to control emissions could lead to higher prices.
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Are packagers ready to invest in metal's best and brightest?

Packaging managers looking for innovations can be forgiven for focusing most of their attention on the flexible packaging and rigid plastic container fields.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Lawson Mardon Packaging (Zurich, Switzerland) has a new company logo.
Among Nabisco?s global product offerings is this flexible structure for Oreo cookies marketed in Indonesia
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Packagers ponder global opportunities for flexibles

Packaging executives from Procter & Gamble, Nabisco and Phoenix Packaging Resources discuss flexible packaging priorities and challenges in markets around the globe.
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The incredible power of shrink packaging

Shrink packaging of bottles, jars, cups and other rigid containers has amazing product merchandising and protection powers. While assuring the wholesomeness of food and beverages contained, shrink packaging can also transform a container frog into a packaging prince.
Oral-B?s new kids? toothpaste (left) uses shaped orifices to dispense product in a variety of patterns. The Scent (above) is 
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Tubes of the year!

This year's winners of the Tube Council Awards carried a strong health and beauty theme, as well as a focus on innovation.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Alusuisse-Lonza Holding Ltd. (Zurich, Switzerland) has announced the sale of Lawson Mardon Picopac Ltd. (Birmingham, U.K.) to Capital Industries PLC (Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, U.K.).
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Lawson Mardon Packaging North America (Northbrook, IL): Timothy W. Morris, business unit mgr., specialty products/high-performance packaging.
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Pepsi 'Storms' Colorado, 'Grips' Dayton

A striking metallized label is helping Pepsi-Cola introduce its new lemon-lime soft drink, Storm(TM), to three Colorado markets-Denver, Colorado Springs and Pueblo.
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Gaining an Urban edge

"The labels are kinda like our minds-always changing." So reads the label of Jones Soda, the latest venture of the Urban Juice and Soda Co.
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Bringing shaped containers to new heights

Sold only in New Hampshire, an intriguing glass bottle for gin, vodka and rum sold by Jenkins Spirits, Londonderry, NH, is shaped like the state itself, as is the label.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Lawson Mardon Packaging USA Inc. (Northbrook, IL) moved its headquarters to 707 Skokie Blvd., Ste. 350, Northbrook, IL 60062; phone: 847/498-7600, fax: 847/498-7630.
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Give Pepe a call

Pepe Lopez is all dressed up with plenty of places to go, thanks to a package redesign that Louisville-based Brown-Forman hopes will establish the brand as a "call" liquor.
Three different feeders?a brush box for sticky gel capsules and two  channel feeders for compressed round and oval tablets?are u
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Blister packer feeds three different tablets for Amway

Amway's Nutrilite Div. blister-packs three dissimilar, tough-to-feed vitamin tablets on one blister card. New equipment provides substantial savings over contract packaging.
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Shaking things up at Snapple

"A package that meets the targeted consumer's needs" is how Snapple marketing manager Sylvia Oriatti describes the new Snapple Squeeze line of juice drinks in 20-oz bottles made of polyethylene terephthalate.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Lawson Mardon Packaging, Inc. (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada): Peter Mathias, COO.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Lawson Mardon Packaging Inc. (Boulogne, France) will sell its Lawson Mardon Reliance operation to a newly formed company, Reliance Products Ltd. Partnership (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada).
In a dramatic display of efficient small-part handling, 3-mL containers are delivered to the monobloc?s turret via a chute (ab
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Thinking small pays off big

High-accuracy monobloc filler/dropper tip inserter/capper at CP Packaging handles thin, softwall bottles and lightweight tips at 60/min for 3-mL containers of diagnostic reagents.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Lawson Mardon Packaging (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada) has closed its Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, label production site, consolidating West Coast label production into its Sparks, NV, facility.
This part of the monobloc (above) shows bottles indexing first to the filling heads, then to the plugging stations. Tracks feedi
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Monobloc boosts Akorn's capabilities

Sterile filling of opthalmic solutions becomes automated with PLC-controlled filler/plugger/capper that quadruples speed. Special part-feeding systems enhance clean-room packaging.
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Monobloc boosts Akorn's capabilities (sidebar)

Improved plugging & capping
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interpack 96: more reasons than ever to go

The world's largest packaging trade show, interpack 96 in Dsseldorf, adds more conferences to its May agenda. But new equipment and machinery from around the world is still the big attraction.
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Aluminum "bottle" a first for vodka

While the cool, sleek appearance of brushed aluminum is not uncommon for health & beauty aids, it is unusual to see it in the spirits category. Hertford, U.K.-based MDT Wines & Spirits believes it is the first to use such a container for vodka.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Lawson Mardon Packaging (Bristol, UK): Armin Weinhold, COO , Healthcare/Cosmetics Business Sector.
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Packaging pros take Greeley's advice and "Go West!"

If you want to test new packaging concepts, evaluate the latest in packaging technology or determine what new consumer packaging ideas are likely to be flowing through the American manufacturing-to-consumption pipeline in the next year or so, go West now.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Lawson Mardon Packaging (Clifton Down, Bristol, UK): Henk van de Meent, head of the packaging div.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Lawson Mardon Flexible and Lawson Mardon Smith Brothers with be merged into a new company called Lawson Mardon Packaging-Flexibles (Bristol, England).
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Supplier news: Achievements

ISO 9002 certification: Arco Chemical Co.'s (Newtown Square, PA) Painesville, OH, plant; Jefferson Smurfit Co.'s (St. Louis, MO) Fernandina Beach, FL, containerboard mill; Lawson Mardon Flexible, Inc.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Lawson Mardon Packaging (Clifton Down, Bristol, UK): Ian Gunn, UK managing dir., food flexibles.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Lawson Mardon Packaging Inc. (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada) has acquired total control of folding carton supplier Lawson Margo Packaging Corp.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Beckett Technologies Corp. (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada) will purchase equipment, technology, and patents for Alcan's Micro-Match® technology.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Lawson Mardon Packaging (London, England) is relocating its Pharmaflex division to Cramlington, Northumberland, England.
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Pharmaceutical Makers Show Preference for Dedicated Suppliers

Pace Foods, the San Antonio-based salsa producer, has gotten a lot of mileage out of a series of television commercials emphasizing its Tex-Mex heritage and deriding the competition's product for being made "in New York City?!!" In the same vein, Chi-Chi's, Inc., the Mexican restaurant chain headquartered in Louisville, KY, has an amusing TV commercial for its retail-packed salsa in which the ceo of some unnamed competitor asks his managers whether the company should make salsa or oven mitts.
This $5-million gravure press has 10 stations for a variety of printing requirements.
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Converters add new presses

Packaging converters in the U.S. and beyond have recently added new capabilities that will broaden the services they offer. In most cases, flexible packaging converters have been adding new printing presses.