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Praxis appoints two managers

aAnne Armstrong has joined Macatawa Holdings LLC–Praxis (www.praxispackaging.com), Grand Rapids, MI, as director of quality assurance. Armstrong has 27 years of experience in quality assurance and regulatory compliance in the pharmaceutical, medical device, and packaging industries.
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Industry Watch

Companies:Pro Mach, Inc. has acquired Allpax Products, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of sterilization, material handling and automated controls systems for food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries.  The acquisition will add retort and sterilization capabilities to Pro Mach's diverse portfolio of packaging equipment solutions.
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Achievements

Contract Packaging Assn.
Venture capitalists and financing companies have begun inquiring about the nature and the growth of the industry. Several of the
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Where and how will the smart money play?

Increasing competition and rising materials costs and energy prices are creating challenges for anyone who packs consumer goods. One of the challenges is coming from product manufacturers, who are pressuring the companies they hire to package their products.
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Factoring: Jet fuel for attracting packagers

This financing tactic may be new to co-packers, but it works in other industries. It speeds up cash flow—and growth—key selling points with purchasing managers.Key termsFactoring: Factoring: A form of short-term financing that provides funding to companies relative to the quality and quantity of their sales, or accounts receivable. The funding comes in the form of either a purchase or a loan against the company’s eligible receivables.Factor: A company that provides factoring services.
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Contract Packaging Assn.
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Mining opporunities at a global consumer company

Packaging needs at Hewlett-Packard, as at other consumer goods companies, offer contract packagers opportunities, if they know where to look and how to approach these potential customers.Contract Packaging magazine asked John Hayward, manager of packaging engineering at HP, to discuss where and why the opportunities for contract packaging exist inside HP and at other large-scale consumer goods companies, and how contract packagers can shape winning strategies to gain their business.
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SIDEBAR: Winning CP business at one global products company

How does the scope of Hewlett-Packard’s (HP) needs from contract packaging (CP) compare with the general trend for consumer goods companies?
John Mazelin, past president
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Looking for a contract packager?

"Our mission is to help member companies establish productive links with buyers and to provide members with educational opportunities to improve the efficiency and productivity of their operations."
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Opportunity abounds; are you positioned for growth?

“Many Fortune 500 companies want to reduce costs by outsourcing as much as possible to qualified co-packers. This reassures me that we are in the right business at the right time.”
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People

Bimal Kalvani was named president of Alcoa Flexible Packaging.
Both horizontal and vertical acquisitions are changing market relationships in contract packaging. Horizontally, some contract p
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The Dawn of Dynamic Contract Packaging Relationships

Horizontal and vertical consolidations within the industry and consolidations among consumer goods companies are creating new opportunities.
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Sites

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Relying too much on contract packagers?

As high-volume retailers continue to demand customized packs—multipacks in particular—from consumer packaged goods companies, CPG companies are relying on contract packagers like never before. But one representative of a major CPG company—he chooses not to be identified—thinks this kind of reliance on outsourcing needs to be revisited.
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Companies

Rovema Packaging Machines appointed Resolutions Technologies Corp. as its Western Canada agent.
American Pharmaceutical Partners packages its hospital-injectable drugs in vials as small as 2 mL, so it had to substantially re
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Bar-code barriers

Pharmaceutical companies will wrestle with packaging design and production challenges over the next two years.
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Outsourcing, the 'dirty' word of '04?

Just imagine how explosive the political debate over outsourcing would be if U.S. manufacturers didn’t enjoy easy access to such a well-developed and technically proficient network of domestic contract packaging companies?
Unprinted PVC film unwinds upward to a film former just above a conveyor that moves two cartons at a time into the film in this
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Secondary packaging is primary for ARI

Side-seal horizontal wrappers and PVC film help contract packager ARI thrive by meeting the secondary packaging needs of its customers, which include many of the nation’s largest consumer products companies.See in-plant video
A vending machine operator stocks dog candy and breath mints in a machine at a Maine highway rest stop.
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Canine candy for all markets

Chomp is a ‘virtual’ company that now sells candy for dogs just about anywhere candy for people is available.
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Suppliers focus more on contract packagers

Many packaging suppliers have realized a shift in sales toward contract packagers. Some say CP business has helped ‘sustain’ their companies.
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Supplier partnerships encouraged in purchasing

Most companies that participated in Packaging World’s vendor consolidation survey encouraged partnership arrangements with suppliers. All respondents expect better price and service, but others seek on-site technical help, supply guarantees and materials price hedging opportunities.
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Outsourcing pavilion new at Pack Expo Las Vegas 99

To address the nearly 56% of companies using one or more contract packagers, PMMI's third western show, held Oct. 18 to 20, will feature an Outsourcing Resource Pavilion.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Contract Packaging Assn. (Herndon, VA): Industrial Packaging Supply's Richard J. Cayer, president.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Outsourcing Services Group (Port Jervis, NY) announced it has formed a strategic alliance with A-D Pack Norden (Lancaster, CA) in which OSG acquires A-D Pack's contract packaging assets.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

A new contract packaging company called Quality Packaging Systems, Inc. (Colonial Heights, VA) has been formed and is located at 1701 Touchstone Rd., Colonial Heights, VA 23834; phone: 804/520-0600, fax: 804/520-0215.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

rommeLag USA (Fords, NJ) has formed a new company, Holopack Intl., to meet specialized contract packaging needs in the pharmaceutical liquid filling markets.