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Smurfit-Stone reorganizes display/graphics business

Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation has reorganized its North American display and graphics business as Smurfit-Stone Image Pac.
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Industry watch

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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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Around The Industry

Sonoco opens innovation center near P&G in Cincinnati Major consumer products manufacturers say they would be served more efficiently if their outsourcing partners located either adjacent to the product manufacturer’s facilities or in transportation hubs.
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Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. sells its consumer packaging segment

Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. has entered into a definitive agreement to sell all of the assets of its consumer packaging segment to a company formed by Texas Pacific Group for approximately $1.04 billion in cash.
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People

William Henderson, Automation and Motion Div., Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc., was elected to the executive board of the Open Modular Architecture Controls (OMAC) Packaging Workgroup.
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Packaging Services Expo

COMPANY BOOTHAccess Business Group 517 Adalis Corporation 925 AdProps Packaging, Inc 525 Aldelano Packaging Corporation 612 Algus Packaging Inc. 818 All About Packaging 1040 Alliance Packaging Group Inc. 930 Altair Engineering, Inc. 619 Assemblies Unlimited, Inc. 718 Avenues to Independence 712 Barak Business Services 829 Caraustar 1026 CL & D Digital 717 Compact Industries 613Container-Quinn Testing Laboratories, Inc. 726Contract Packaging Association 520Contract Packaging Magazine 320Cosmos Contract Packaging 522Elite Staffing 526Eltrex Industries 511Export Corporation 514First Choice Packaging 626Fluoro-Seal 405Frain Industries 505Goodwill Industries of Michiana, Inc. 413Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin 730Hewlett-Packard 917Hope Network Industries 518Illinois Instruments 817Innovative Systems Group 832Inprax Performance Resources 728Institute de Profesionales Mexico 1706International Safe Transit Associaton (ISTA) 501Integrated Project Management Co Inc (IPM) 407J&J Packaging 506The Jel Sert Company 833Jerrell Packaging 811Kings Express 421Lansmont Testing Services 617Lauraville Specialty Products 625Lawrence Paper Co. 926Loeb Equipment & Appraisal Company 520Misco Products Corp 711Mocon, Inc 827MSW Packaging 725Nice-Pak Products 221Opportunities Inc 835Outlook Group Corp 530Packaging Advantage 421Packaging* Science Center 825Packaging Summit 229Packaging Unlimited 918Paket Corporation 929PIRA International 1034Platinum Packaging 621Portion Pac 318Praxis Packaging Solutions 722Premier Packaging Inc 821Proofing Technologies 935Quality Packaging, Inc 529Quick Pak 512Raflatac Inc 1030Retail Package Design 813Robert’s Packaging 729SGS U.S.
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Exhibitor Listing

Company BoothAccess Business Group 517 Adalis Corporation 925 AdProps Packaging, Inc 525 Aldelano Packaging Corporation 612 Algus Packaging Inc.
Texas Instruments' Bill Allen with the company's box-embedded RFID solution.
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An RFID World of technology

Technology showcased at RFID World ranged from portable RFID readers to sensor-equipped RFID tags the size of credit cards.
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Embedded RFID

Should consumer packaged goods companies consider using packaging materials with RFID tags built in?
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Companies

Schneider Electric’s Industrial Automation Controls Group created an Applications Solutions Department to develop customized solutions that meet and exceed the requirements of equipment manufacturers and their customers.
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Club stores consider sustainable packaging

Environmentally friendly developments gain momentum at Sam's Club and other club stores.
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Companies

Weber Marking Systems announced that its subsidiary company, Tape & Label Engineering, will be consolidated as a Weber label manufacturing facility.
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Companies

CompaniesAmpac Packaging has completed its acqusition of Kapak Co.
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Packaging Services Expo around the corner

The first ever Packaging Services Expo is all set to take place on May 10-12 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois.
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People

Bimal Kalvani was named president of Alcoa Flexible Packaging.
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Exhibitor Listing (sidebar)

EXHIBITOR BOOTH #3M Global Packaging Services 319Accel, Inc. 512Access Business Group 519Accurate Products 334Adalis Packaging Solutions Group 522AdProps 223Aldelano Packaging Corporation 713Algus Packaging 127Alliance Packaging 231American Blending & Filling 419Apex Intl. 623Assemblies Unlimited 114Cano Packaging 130Capital Adhesives 609CARC Industries 234Chicago Glue Machine & Supply Company, Inc. 207CL&D Digital 128Cloud Packaging Solutions 129CMC Americas 507Colbert Packaging 707Compact Industries 530Container-Quinn Testing Laboratories, Inc. 528Contract Packaging Association 806Contract Packaging Magazine 709Corporate Support, Inc. 429CPC (Cosmetic/Personal Care Packaging) Magazine 228DDL, Inc. 415EMPAC Group 435Export Corporation 615Frain Industries 213Friendship Industries Inc. 136Goodwill Industries of Michiana, Inc. 730Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin 613Healthcare Packaging 709Hope Network Industries 414Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) 427International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) 635Jerrell Packaging, LLC 235Lansmont Corporation 226Lauraville Specialty Products 619Loveshaw 534Market Resource Packaging LLC 326Misco Products Corporation 113MSW Packaging 407Olmarc Packaging 318Onyx Capital Ventures 720Opportunity Medical 208Package Design Magazine 229Packaging Unlimited 727Packaging World 709Packaging* Science Center 526Paket Corporation 322Panef Corporation 413PDI (Packaging Division Industries) 718Peacock Engineering 313Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging News 228Piknik Products Company 720Platinum Packaging Incorporated 607Portion Pac 631Praxis Packaging Solutions 327Premier Packaging, Inc. 513QTS Packaging Solutions 132Quality Packaging Specialists, Inc. 726Quality Packaging, Inc. 514Quick Pak 412Robert’s Packaging 227Rock-Tenn Company 616SC Plastics 219SCA Packaging, Consumer Products Division 808Schmid & Son Packaging 132SGS U.S.
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Smurfit-Stone's VPS.5 merchandiser system

Smurfit -Stone’s VPS.5 Merchandiser System combines the innovation of display-ready designs with the production efficiency and superior performance of a machine-erected box.
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\"We want to help contract packagers prepare for the future rather than react to changes.\"
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The future is now; we're here to help you

Welcome to the premier issue of Contract Packaging magazine. Not long ago, contract packaging was a cottage industry dominated by “mom-and-pop” facilities that served one or two customers.
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International Paper launched a new business unit, Global Custom Services, that will manage the packaging supply chain for its customers.
M&H Plastics (UK) opened its first U.S. state-of-the-art blow molding and decorating plant in Winchester, VA.
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Companies

ID Technology has been signed as exclusive national distributor for MASCA Marking and Coding Laser Systems. ID Technology has also added an RFID business unit to its overall operations.
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MIT's economical RFID field probe

The Auto-ID Labs have developed an inexpensive field probe that emulates an RFID tag, but yields much more robust information than simple trial-and-error, pass or fail testing.
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Quick Pack Station Provides Solutions to Old Problems

Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation has designed and engineered the Quick Pack Station to eliminate the typical manual set up of a shallow top load RSC case.
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RFID Provides Supply Chain Management Solutions

Radio frequency identification (RFID) has emerged in response to the increasing demand for accuracy and efficiency in supply chain management. Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation has dedicated their resources to researching and developing RFID solutions.
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RFID tags like these are wending their way into packaging. Pallets and cases will get them first, but eventually even primary pa
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RFID and packaging security: not 'if,' but 'when'

The potential to track and trace helps establish a package's 'pedigree' and uncover tampering.
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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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China's voracious packaging appetite

To be sure, an alarming number of American manufacturing jobs have gone to plants in China and other offshore locations. Lots of people are wringing their hands over this and, in the case of politicians, trying to develop plans to counter it.
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Smurfit-Stone wins award

Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. earned two awards at the 61st annual National Paperboard Packaging Council, becoming only the second company to win both honors with a single package design.
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360 packaging from Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation

Looking for big results? At Smurfit-Stone, we’ve learned you have to see the entire packaging picture.
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Brighter linerboard

Premium white top linerboard from Smurfit-Stone Board Sales is now available with a brightness level that's been increased by up to 80%.
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Recycled paperboard packages awarded

The 100% Recycled Paperboard Alliance announced that the Paperboard Packaging Council has awarded 13 consumer goods packages that use 100% recycled paperboard in PPC’s 60th Annual National Paperboard Packaging Competition (see packworld.com/go/c085).
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Smurfit-Stone's VPS.5 merchandiser system

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Achievements

Ampersand Label (Garden Grove, CA) is the winner of the 2002 Most Innovative Component of the Year award from the Tube Council.
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Achievements

Nine of ExxonMobil’s (Houston, TX) facilities have been recognized by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Voluntary Protection Program for excellent safety performance.
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Web Plus: Sites

New or enhanced Web sites
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People

Pechiney Plastic Packaging (Chicago, IL) hired Scott Lamerand (above) as product manager for food flexible packaging.
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Web Plus: Sites

New or enhanced Web sites
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Companies

Klöckner Pentaplast (Gordonsville, VA) unveils a new logo moving into 2003.
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Achievements

Masco Corp. named Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. (Chicago, IL) as the winner of its Masco Supplier Team Award Recognition 2001 Program.
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Achievements

Masco Corp. (Taylor, MI) honored Smurfit-Stone (Chicago, IL) with its Mastar Supplier award.
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Container companies survive recession

In the planning stage that led to our coverage of the Recession Survey, I learned about a specialist management consulting company that has developed some interesting measurements of packaging company performance.
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The packaging marketplace: A global view

The Global Packaging Market, a major study by Ernst & Young, was published recently by England’s Packaging News magazine. Here, Ernst & Young’s Tim Rothwell presents an overview of the study.
LMC Intl. (Elmhurst, IL) appointed John Molinaro to the position of regional sales manager.
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TricorBraun (St. Louis, MO) hired Mark Polivka as the vp of supply chain management.
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Investment firm to buy Jefferson Smurfit

Chicago-based Madison Dearborn Partners agreed to buy Jefferson Smurfit Group PLC (Dublin, Ireland) for US$3.5 billion.
Packaging buyers find that researching online is the most valuable internet tool.
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Survey says researching is the #1 online tool

In a recent Packworld.com survey, 71% of the packaging buyers who responded said that of all the uses they have for the Internet, doing research is most valuable.
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Companies

–Marconi Data Systems (Wood Dale, IL) was acquired by Danaher Corp. (Washington, DC), and the company will do business as Videojet Technologies Inc..
Clariant Masterbatches (Charlotte, NC)
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Industry watch: Companies

—BluePrint Automation B.V. (Woerden, the Netherlands), with U.S. operations headquartered in Colonial Heights, VA, held an open house at its Woerden facility as a way to introduce its latest innovations in end-of-line packaging automation.
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WebPlus: Sites

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MSU to sponsor career fair, conference

Manufacturers looking to hire packaging professionals for full-time or internship positions will be able to meet hundreds of packaging majors at Career Fair 2002. Hosted by Michigan State University’s School of Packaging, the fair is scheduled January 10-11 at the school’s Kellogg Banquet and Conference Center in East Lansing, MI.
Miller Brewing Co. awarded Riverwood Intl. (Atlanta, GA) one of its "Partners in Excellence" awards for 2000 for its Crosby,  MN
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Achievements

Glenroy, Inc. (Menomonee Falls, WI) collected two gold awards and one bronze award from the Flexographic Technical Assn. —The Westpack 2001 Packaging Person of the Year was James Murphy (Lomita, CA) from Smurfit-Stone Container Corp., DI-NA-CAL Label Group.
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International agreements

Hassia USA (Morganville, NJ) has joined forces with Erca-Formseal (Les Vlis, France) and A+F (Kirchlengern, Germany) to offer thermoformer flexibility and end-of-line packaging to their customers.
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Relocations, expansions

Mitsubishi Polyester Film (Greer, SC) broke ground for a new film production facility in Greer, SC, on April 18, 2001. —EaglePack Corp.
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Achievements

Miller Brewing Co., Milwaukee, WI, named NorthStar Print Group (Watertown, WI) Supplier of the Year for 2000. John Bowlin, president/CEO of Miller, presents the award to DickGasper, NorthStar president/CEO.
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International agreements

Saint-Gobain Containers Inc. (Paris, France) and Robert Mondavi (Oakville, CA) reached a strategic alliance on a new seven-year wine bottle contract.
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Appointments, promotions

KoSa (Charlotte, NC): George B. Gregory, president, CEO.
Baldor Electric Co. (Fort Smith, AR) has completed a new 22,000 sq' design, development and reliability laboratory. The laborato
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Relocations, expansions

DT Industries Packaging Group (Springfield, MO) has created DT Eng. Services, a service that enables its customers to tap the resources of engineers from the 18 global mfg.
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International agreements

Convenience Food Systems (Avon, MA) has acquired Dixie Union (Kempten, Germany).
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Achievements

Westvaco (New York, NY) has received the wildlife stewardship and forest management awards which are presented annually by the American Forest and Paper Assn.
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Achievements

Precise Technology (North Versailles, PA) was awarded its sixth Omnimark Award for outstanding quality and service performance by The Gillette Co. (Boston, MA).
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Appointments, promotions

Krones Inc. (Franklin, WI): Bernhard Baumgartner, president, CEO; Ronald Wallner, vp, COO; Rick Niespodziani, vp, service; Rob Hoskins, mgr., regional sales; Gary Burnside, mgr., regional sales; Pat Carroll, mgr., regional sales.
At the end of the new line, a thermal-transfer print-and-apply tamp labeler applies a label with product identification and othe
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Siemens solidifies growth with packaging investment

Packaging of hot-selling cordless phones is being automated at Siemens’ Austin, TX, manufacturing facility. Labor costs are reduced and appearance improved significantly.
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Borden gets 'smart' with tray

It’s Pasta Anytime™, a Borden Foods creation, is set to debut nationally this June in a patented Smart Cooker™ tray. The microwavable, single-serve product is shelf-stable for nine months.
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Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Chevron Chemical Co. (Houston, TX) and Phillips Chemical Co. (Houston, TX) have merged to form a new joint venture co.
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Packaging economics' pendulum swinging back

Not long after listening to (at least part of) President Clinton’s State of the Union address and my own governor’s State of the State speech in January, I was reminded just how pervasive is the role of economics.
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Supplier news: Achievements

Packaging Concepts + Design (Madison Heights, MI) was recognized by Johnson Controls Corp. for its outstanding performance in 1999 and was awarded the North American Supplier Leadership bronze award.—Sertapak Group (Woodstock, Ontario, Canada) received ISTA Certification for its testing laboratory facility.—Industry Week magazine has named Multisorb (West Seneca, NY) as one of the IW Growing Companies 25: America’s Most Successful Small Manufacturers for 1999.
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Supplier news: Achievements

ISO 9001 certification: Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. (Chicago, IL), for its Schaumburg, IL, Atlanta-East, Mishawaka, IN, and Milpitas, CA, flexible and corrugated plants; QPF LLC (Streamwood, IL); International Paper (Purchase, NY), for its Fond du Lac, WI, container plant; Collamat Stralfors AG (Basel, Switzerland); Fanuc Robotics North America, Inc.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. (Chicago, IL): Mark R. O'Bryan, vp, purchasing.
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Innovative paper packs recognized by 3M

Pizza Hut's "Better Box" carry-out package was the Pick of the Pack award winner in the 1999 3M Scotchban Innovation Awards program. Selected as the most innovative and environmentally responsible entry, the box is made of 150#-test B-flute corrugated.
Slim Stick packs for ConAgra?s Sidewalk Café are produced five/cycle (above) on Japanese equipment at contract manufacturer
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Equipment 'Powers' stick-pack production

Fullerton, CA-based ConAgra Grocery is among the first to use a slim stick pack, for its Sidewalk Caf/ instant cappuccino. Contract manufacturer/packager The Power Group packs the product on Japanese equipment.
After cups are filled, they index to a station where plastic lidding is heat-sealed to the containers (right), before an overcap
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Renovation reaps rewards for yogurt maker

New cup filling, accumulating, coding, cartoning and case packing equipment help Stonyfield Farm double yogurt capacity at its Londonderry, NH, headquarters facility.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. (Chicago, IL) will discontinue operations at its Dallas-North corrugated container plant. Operations will be consolidated with the co.'s Dallas-South, Grand Prairie and Fort Worth operations.
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Procter & Gamble touts recycled paperboard content

Cincinnati based Procter & Gamble has not only joined The 100% Recycled Paperboard Alliance (New York, NY), but it's now adding the group's symbol to folding cartons of its Puffs tissues.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

In order to reflect its position as a joint venture equally owned by Chicago-based Smurfit-Stone and Dublin, Ireland-based Jefferson Smufit Group plc, MacMillan Bathurst (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada) has changed its name to Smurfit-MBI.
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Supplier news: Achievements

ISO 9002 certification: Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. (Chicago, IL), for its Baltimore, MD, corrugated plant; Artcraft Converters, Inc. (Memphis, TN).
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Supplier news: Achievements

ISO 9001 certification: Atlas Box & Crating (Sutton, MA); Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. (Chicago, IL), for its Columbus, IN, Keokuk, IA, Little Rock, AR, and San Jose, CA, corrugated plants.
The Golden Cylinder Awards competition recognizes excellence in gravure printing. Shown here are three of the packaging winners:
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Gravure printing goes for the gold

This year's winners in the Golden Cylinder Awards competition include packages for golf balls, root beer and oil filters.
S leeves for digital camera bags (left) allow  consumers easy access inside the bag and highlight how the bag should be used. ca
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Paperboard packs award-winning punch

Award winners in this year's Paperboard Packaging Competition range from digital camera bag sleeves to catheter cards to bagel cartons.
Set-up cartons convey in two lanes (above and inset) from left to right past a control panel toward the auger filling system (a
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Filling in a Jiffy

Chelsea Milling's new dual-lane auger filling system produces 20 boxes/min more than the filler it replaced while cutting in half the amount of giveaway of Jiffy baking mix.
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Sidewalk Cafe pack 'sticks' out

In Target department stores nationwide, Fullerton, CA-based Hunt-Wesson is testing 1-oz Slim Stick(TM) packs of Swiss Miss® Sidewalk Caf/® instant cappuccino in six-count cartons.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Rieke Corp. (Auburn, IN): Donald J. Laipple, vp, gen. mgr.-Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. (Chicago, IL): Peter F.
Some parts of the hf/f/s machine, such as film infeed and folding, were left basically unchanged
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Testor blazes a new trail in paint packs

Flexible pouches for paints used by modelers cost less and perform better than glass jars with labels and caps. Custom-built packaging equipment had to be developed first.
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Smurfit-Stone merger closed

Dublin, Ireland-based Jefferson Smurfit Corp. and Chicago-based Stone Container Corp. announced November 18 the consummation of the merger between a wholy owned subsidiary of Jefferson Smurfit and Stone Container.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. (Chicago, IL): Roger Stone, president, CEO; James D. Duncan, vp, gen. mgr., specialty packaging div.; Gordon L.
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Guelph to hold HACCP seminars

Technical training courses concerning Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) quality programs will be offered by the Guelph Food Technology Centre (Guelph, Ontario, Canada).
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Supplier news: International agreements

Jefferson Smurfit Corp. (Dublin, Ireland) and Stone Container Corp. (Chicago, IL) have signed a definitive merger agreement to create one of the world's largest manufacturers of paperboard and paper-based packaging products.