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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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
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.
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.