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Keener focus on structural design: the shape of things to come?

Color is king in packaging’s visual hierarchy. But shape, a strong No. 2, might be on the verge of a breakthrough. Shape speaks the ‘language of credibility’ in a holistic design.
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Cooperation proves critical in tube manufacturing

In this Q&A, Mel O’Leary, Jr., president and CEO of Meredith-Springfield Associates, describes how copolyester resin and supplier cooperation helped make the Artegraft tube.
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Industry Watch

Companies:Siko Products, Inc. announced that all Siko product lines would meet the European Union directive RoHS 2002/95/EG as of July 1.
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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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Eastman Chemical Co.

Eastman has launched a new Custom Containers section within its Eastman Innovation Lab Web site (www.eastmaninnovationlab.com).
PET PROJECT. POM Wonderful pomegranate has been introduced in a 48-oz handled bottle for 
consumer convenience using a PET copol
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Polymer advances 'resin-ate' with packaging

Consumer- and technology-driven packaging trends come together at the National Plastics Exposition.
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Packaging Containers & Materials Expo

COMPANY BOOTH3M Security Solutions 1422Acucote Inc 1117Airlite Plastics Co. 1533Alastian 1730Alentuy 1635All-Pak, Inc 1521Alpha Packaging 1510American Excelsior 1435Anchor Packaging, Inc. 1613Arjobex 1439Atlantic Paper Co. 1117Avery Dennison, Engineered Films Division 1625Berry Plastics 1325Brand Protection Alliance 1117The Bottle Crew 1211Captive Plastics 1317Card Pak, Inc. 1226Chick Packaging 1639Closure Manufacturers Association 1504C.L.
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Clarity, gloss help India cosmetics brand bloom

The cosmetics industry is growing rapidly in India, and cosmetics companies in that country are beginning to grasp the importance that visual clarity and gloss play in package design.
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Trends in glass-like packaging

The look of glass is in, but the price isn’t. That’s what two manufacturers showed visitors at the HBA expo this September in New York. Both Merle Norman and G.
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Companies

Hartness Intl.
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New, or enhanced Web sites

Applied Extrusion Technologies, Inc.
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Innovation Lab Web site launched

Eastman Chemical Co. has launched the Eastman Innovation Lab Web site (www.eastmaninnovationlab.com), an interactive, community-based resource for designers and brand owners.
Equipment cost justification was discussed by Ivan Heit.
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HealthPack shines in Florida

Medical device packaging issues are addressed before a record crowd at HealthPack 2004.
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PET bottle resin companies seek relief

An organization called the U.S. PET Resin Producers Coalition in late March filed petitions with the United States Department of Commerce and International Trade Commission requesting an investigation of unfair trade practices by PET resin producers in India, Indonesia, Thailand, and Taiwan.
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Nestlé dons shrink labels in Canada

Shrink labels are helping Nestlé dress up its high-density polyethylene containers of Coffee-Mate non-dairy creamers, and Nesquik, Rolo, and CoffeeCrisp ready-to-drink milk beverages recently introduced in Canada.
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HealthPack shines in Florida

Medical device manufacturers continually strive for zero recalls caused by packaging problems. An on-site report on this and other issues from HealthPack 2004.
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Companies

(Left to right) Baron Georges Jacobs, chairman of the executive committee of UCB Films PLC (Wigton, Cumbria, United Kingdom), William Lowther, dir.
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Copolyester shines

France’s Montblanc introduced its first fragrance with packaging made from Eastman Chemical Co.’s (Kingsport, TN) Eastar® copolyester.
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Sanford bolsters theft protection

Fine writing instruments make attractive targets for retail theft the world over.
The large U.K. supermarket chain Sainsbury's has been using these compostable, biodegradable trays for organic produce for the p
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U.S., U.K. progress in biodegradables

Biodegradable packaging is back in the news as Sainsbury’s in England unveils produce packs. Wal-Mart, meanwhile, launches bowls and plates in the United States.
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FPA Achievement Award suppliers

Alpha listing of suppliers mentioned in March '02 coverage of Flexible Packaging Assn.'s 2001 Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards:
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Reclosure features dominate

Four FPA winners in the Packaging Excellence category are zippered pouches. A produce pack, a coffee carafe, and a shrink-sleeve label round out the category.
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Relocations, expansions

Goodman Packaging Equipment (Waukegan, IL) has moved its headquarters to a new building located at 1081 Northpoint Boulevard, Waukegan, IL 60085; Phone: 847/596-9000, fax: 847/596-9001.
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Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Printpack (Atlanta, GA) entered into a letter of intent to purchase the business and assets of Independent Packaging (Dallas, TX).
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.
In lieu of sending greeting cards, Edelstein Diversified Co. Ltd. (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) has made a holiday donation to The
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Achievements

The Folding Carton Div. of Green Bay Packaging Inc. (Green Bay, WI) has achieved more than 7 years without a lost- time injury. —Plastic Suppliers, Inc.
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<a href="http://www.dotpackaging.com/news/business/01_02_06.shtml#bus001">Eastman Chemical to split

EXCLUSIVE NEWS FROM OUR EUROPEAN PARTNER: Eastman Chemical Co. is to separate its speciality chemicals and plastics operations from its PET packaging segment to create two public companies. Click logo for full article.
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International agreements

Huhtamaki Van Leer (Espoo, Finland) has signed a letter of intent for the acquisition of Packaging Resources Inc. (Lake Forest, IL).
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Milestones

eWinWin(www.ewinwin.com), an enabler of group buying, achieved its first transaction in the packaging field. In the eWinWin group-buying model, the more buyers that sign up to buy from a given supplier in a specific transaction, the lower the price based on a discount schedule worked out in advance by the seller.
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Domestic acquisitions, agreements

SWF Companies (Sanger, CA) has acquired Salwasser Mfg. Co., Inc. (Reedley, CA).
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International agreements

Convenience Food Systems (Bakel, the Netherlands) has acquired Dixie Union (Kempten, Germany).
A Friedman Bag employee checks a Green Giant press run for color quality (left). A filled bag (top right) shows off the product'
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Flexo press colors future for Friedman Bag

California film and bag maker/converter invests in its future with an eight-color central impression flexo press that expands its opportunities. Press helps Friedman Bag retain the business of Pillsbury spinoff Potandon Produce.
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Baxter Labs helps develop validatable pouch sealers (sidebar)

Materials also a variable
Licensed logo as it appears on the package, above, is used by Dierberg's, below, and other providers of home meal replacement fo
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Dual-ovenable HMRs use logo

The new VersaTray™ identifying logo used by purveyors of HMRs emphasizes the CPET tray's dual-ovenable nature.
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Switch to PET

Nutrition supplement marketer Natrol of Chatsworth, CA, gained numerous benefits last fall when it eliminated containers made of glass, high-density polyethylene or polystyrene in favor of polyethylene terephthalate.
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Euro-chic graphics

Clearly Canadian Beverage Corp. introduces Tré Limone, a more refined, Euro-centric sister beverage to Clearly Canadian.
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Clearly a big change

Bottles of Clearly Canadian® flavored sparkling water donned full-body shrink sleeves last month in an attempt to grab consumer attention. Clearly Canadian swapped its trademark 11-oz, ACL-decorated blue bottle for a taller, sleeker 14-oz clear glass version with a colorful shrink sleeve.
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Notable web sites

Materials Marketplaces B2Boxes.com is a corrugated marketplace/supplier locator site. Buyers can locate a local box manufacturer from an extensive database.
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LCP developments progressing

Superex Polymer pushes onward with development of liquid crystal polymers, which have potential application in multilayer beer bottles and stand-up pouches.
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Fragrance is capped with a hard heart

The injection-molded red heart adorning the cap on Yves Saint Laurent’s new Vice Versa® eau de toilette bottle is as attention-grabbing as a closure component can be.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Videojet Systems Intl., Inc. (Wood Dale, IL) has changed its name to Marconi Data Systems Inc. The name change supports the recent rebranding of Videojet’s parent group from GEC to Marconi plc.—Power Packaging (St.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Westvaco Corp. (New York, NY) has announced a definitive agreement to acquire Mebane Packaging Group, Inc. (Mebane, NC). —TricorBraun (St.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

UCB Films Inc. (Smyrna, GA): Andy Newman, president.—AGR Intl., Inc. (Butler, PA): Henry Dimmick, Jr., CEO; Robert Cowden, vp, sales and service.—American National Can Group, Inc.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Eastman Chemical Co. (Kingsport, TN) has opened a state-of-the-art Customer Solutions Center in Longview, TX.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Eastman Chemical Co. (Kingsport, TN): T.A. Smith, vp, gen. mgr., Container Plastics Business.
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Bailey's celebrates St. Patrick's Day

Marketers at United Distillers and Vintners (UDV) of Stamford, CT, wanted a way to liven up bottles of Bailey's Irish Cream Liqueur for St. Patrick's Day.
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WestPack celebrates 50 years of packaging innovation

Featuring five specialty pavilions, including a new one for converters, WestPack 99 honors its history at the Anaheim Convention Center Sept. 28 to 30.
Kiss & Tell?s packaging includes outer packaging that acts as a stand to hold and show off the uniqueness of the bottle. The des
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Bottle serves up a choice of scents

A unique "bottle-in-bottle" design and extensive outer packaging make this perfume a unique choice in an industry where the senses can be easily overloaded.
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New Anew comes in PET

In adding Anew Day Force, an advanced "vertical lifting lotion," to its premium line of Anew skin-care products, New York-based Avon could have specified a glass jar similar to the one used for Anew Night Force lotion.
A 3Com employee scans a  serial number on an adapter  card. That information is entered  into the computer at this workstation
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3Com adds thermoformed plastic tray to its 'network'

Computer communications gear maker 3Com replaces a variety of materials with a plastic thermoformed tray that protects shipments of its network adapter cards and cuts manual packing time by half.
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Honey shows off in clear PET (sidebar)

Europe knows about honey in PET
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Pack Expo week is a machinery extravaganza and more

Swirling around Pack Expo 98 are seminars and technical conferences that round out the Pack Expo experience. Technology breakthroughs on display.
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PET spreads to mayonnaise (sidebar)

PET, mayonnaise marry in Sweden
Dr. Ramani Narayan demonstrates a bag made with soy-based, compostable film
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Breakdown breakthrough?

Compostable films made with soy proteins are now technically viable according to new research from Michigan State University. Next up: overcoming scale and cost hurdles.
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Closure says quality

Chemical resistance, clarity and high gloss-these are the characteristics that Pacific Chemical Co. of Seoul, South Korea, wanted in the injection-molded closures that adorn its IOPE line of upscale skin care products.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Eastman Chemical (Kingsport, TN): Thomas J. Stevens, business unit director, container plastic business, North America; Murray R. Deal, business unit manager, container plastic business, Europe, Middle East and Africa.
PET bottles are used to emulate the look of glass in Sebastian?s Total Indulgence9; line of body care products (left). It was
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Cosmetics are big winners in packaging competition

The 35th annual NACD awards competition attracted more than its share of entries in the cosmetics category, including the Bernard M. Seid Best of Show winner.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Accu-Sort Systems (Telford, PA) and Eastman Chemical Co. (Kingsport, TN) have entered into a worldwide licensing agreement whereby Accu-Sort will manufacture and market scanners for use with Eastman's NIRF inks.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Eastman Chemical Espana S.A. (Cadiz, Spain) is building a CDHM manufacturing plant, with a 27ꯠ metric ton capacity, next to its Estapak polymers plant.
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'Alternative' packs milk sales

In an effort to recapture market share lost to rival beverages, milk processors are turning to more contemporary containers-with strong sales results.
Preforms are transferred by their necks (above) in four lanes towards a heating oven
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Insourcing springs savings for AquaPenn

In an on-site container production partnership first, bottle maker Schmalbach-Lubeca leases a portion of AquaPenn's facility to reheat and blow PET preforms into bottles that AquaPenn fills at the same site.
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Eastman announces new LLDPEs

The debate over metallocene technology continued at the National Plastics Exposition '97 when Eastman Chemical (Kingsport, TN) announced two new linear-low-density polyethylenes.
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NPE 1997 delivers a 'world of plastics'

Billed as the world's largest plastics exposition this year, NPE 1997 expects more than 1귔 exhibitors and 75ꯠ visitors at Chicago's McCormick Place between June 16 and 20. A technology-oriented conference program focusing on plastics trends will feature at least 100 industry experts.
Shown here is a carton photographed with a digital camera using different lighting and filter combinations. The photo on the rig
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Setting up shop (sidebar)

Invisible bar codes
A pallet load of bottles conveys from right to left into the hoist area of the depalletizer (above).  This line produces 1.75-L
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United Distillers bulks up on savings

United Distillers saves $400ꯠ in freight and corrugated costs by purchasing bottles in bulk rather than in reshippers, and by shipping outgoing product in a Bliss-style case rather than the reshipper. New depalletizer, case erectors, case taper and inspection systems boost efficiency on 1.75-L spirits line.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Eastman Chemical Co. (Kingsport, TN) opened an office in Guangzhou, China, its third in that country.
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Supplier news: Achievements

Eastman Chemical Co. (Kingsport, TN) won an award for significant technology in the 1996 R&D 100 awards competition.
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Mary Kay unscrambles labor-intensive line

Besides speed, any equipment on the Body Care line must fit into Mary Kay's packaging philosophy, which places a premium on flexibility. That's understandable.
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Supplier news: Achievements

Eastman Chemical Co. (Kingsport, TN) is among the world's 100 best-managed companies according to a recent Industry Week report.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Eastman Chemical Company (Kingsport, TN), has merged its Specialty Packaging Plastics and Performance Plastics businesses to create Specialty Plastics.
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Thermoform saves time in surgery

Special thermoformed packaging for a medical device from Medex of Dublin, OH, is designed so that clinicians in a non-sterile environment can open the package and present its contents to surgical staff in a sterile operating room without compromising the product's sterility.
Self-locking anti-static PETG clamshell (above) provides ample protection while reducing costs and labor. It required no change
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Clamshell cuts costs for computer boards

Anti-static PETG clamshell costs less than previous bag and foam combination. Packaging steps are reduced from three to one.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Eastman Chemical Co. (Kingsport, TN): Dr. James L. Chitwood, president, Europe, Middle East and Africa regions.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Eastman Chemical Co. (Kingsport, TN) will build a purified terephthalic acid and an isophthalic acid plant in Kingsport, TN.
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Premier Plastics grows PET bottle business

California blow molder is among the first in the U.S. to use a 24-cavity injection/stretch blow-molding machine that increases 1/2-liter PET bottle output by at least 40 million per year.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Eastman Chemical Co. (Kingsport, TN) opened its first Latin American Eastapak PET plant in Cosoleacaque, Veracruz, Mexico; Eastman broke ground for another Eastapak PET plant in Zarate, Argentina; it will also build a new plant in Port of Rotterdam, The Netherlands, to produce PET for containers and PTA, a raw material used to produce PET.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

H.B. Fuller Co. (St. Paul, MN) has purchased the adhesives business of Eastman Chemical Co. (Kingsport, TN).
Shown at interpack 96, this half-liter returnable beer bottle was filled for test purposes by Mayr Brewery of Germany
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Testing the power of PEN

Tests of hot-filled jam in a jar and pasteurized beer in bottles are among the latest signs that PEN's packaging potential may soon be realized.
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PEN homopolymer okay for food contact

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a long-awaited regulation permitting the use of polyethylene naphthalate homopolymer for food packaging.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Eastman Chemical Co. (Kingsport, TN) is building a new plant located northeast of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

H. B. Fuller Co. (St. Paul, MN) intends to purchase the adhesives business of Eastman Chemical Co.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Eastman Chemical Co. (Kingsport, TN) opened an office in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Eastman Chemical Co. (Kingsport, TN) will build a PET bottle resin plant near Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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Mary Kay bottles body care products

Customized extrusion/blow-molded bottles are providing marketing appeal and consumer convenience for personal care products sold by Dallas-based Mary Kay Cosmetics.
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New Year's promise: Internet packaging data

Imagine this. You get a sample of a stand-up pouch used to market salad dressings in Australian food stores. Marketing is pushing to introduce such a product/package ASAP.
Molds open (top) to reveal the injection-molded PET preforms, which are subsequently conditioned and stretch/blow molded into fi
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Single-stage molding propels Premier Plastics

Custom blowmolder on West Coast adds an injection/stretch blow-molding machine to tap the bottled water market. Health For Life Brands of Arizona is first user of Premier's 500mL bottle.
While the returnable/refillable Bonaqua bottle is made from costly PEN homopolymer, the other two bottles shown here are made fr
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Naphthalate-based bottles beckon

High-performance bottles made of PEN homopolymer or naphthalate-based copolyesters are beginning to find their way out of technical conferences and onto store shelves around the globe.
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Supplier news: Achievements

Earnest W. Deavenport, Jr., chairman and CEO of Eastman Chemical Co., was recognized by The Chemical Management & Resources Assn. with its Award for Executive Excellence.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Eastman Chemical Co. (Kingsport, TN) is expected to add 200 million lbs per year of ethylene capacity and 60 million lbs of propylene capacity by mid-year '97 at its Longview, TX, facility.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Eastman Chemical Co. (Kingsport, TN) is planning to build a polyester copolymer plant with about 30ꯠ metric tons annual capacity in Kuantan, Malaysia; Eastman will build a 120ꯠ-metric-ton PET plant at San Roque, Spain.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Eastman Chemical Co. (Kingsport, TN) plans to announce the location of a PET manufacturing plant in Latin America.
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Diverse forces shape today's creative packaging

The four primary goals of packaging-product protection, identification, dispensing and merchandising-won't change in the 21st century. But as we near that milestone, the market forces that more subtly affect packaging are evolving.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Eastman Chemical Co. (Kingsport, TN) plans to increase its production capacity for PEN to 22 million pounds during the second half of 1995.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Eastman Chemical Co. (Kingsport, Tenn) sold its polypropylene business to Huntsman Chemical (Salt Lake City, UT).
In the cleanroom at Luther Medical (above), workers use a special scrolling device to tightly roll the directions for each cath
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Out of pack, top of mind

Keeping medical device directions outside of a sterilized package lets a healthcare professional read up before opening the package. Luther Medical's patented tray design holds scrolled instructions outside the pack for its catheters.