Current issue: January 2015

Shaped Pouch flexible package
Materials Product Brief
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Mondi: Shaped pouch for customized packaging

Able to hold either liquid or granular materials, the new, innovative Shaped Pouch flexible package from Mondi North America offers consumer goods manufacturers a cost-effective custom-designed pouch in virtually any shape to promote brand identity and marketing goals.
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RETAIN Polymer Modifiers
Materials Product Brief
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Dow: Resin compatibilizer for use with barrier film scrap

RETAIN Polymer Modifiers from Dow are said to make it easier to recycle post-industrial barrier films without compromising performance or aesthetics to produce a variety of film packaging.
Spring Latch metal closing system
Materials Product Brief
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Ardagh: New closing/opening system for paint/chemical containers

Ardagh’s new, patented Spring Latch metal closing system for 5-30L metal conical pails eliminates the need for manual closing required with standard latch ring closures, enabling fillers to close pails automatically with existing equipment.
Pure-Pak Sense carton
Materials Product Brief
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Elopak: Easy-to-use/recycle carton

The Pure-Pak Sense carton features new easy-to-fold lines to enable consumers to fold the carton and squeeze out more of the product, as well as enable convenient flattening of the empty carton to reduce volume in waste or recycling facilities.
Materials Product Brief
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Tekni-Films: Barex-alternative specialty films, for thermoformable, heat-sealable packaging applications

An extensive line of cost-effective, Barex-alternative packaging structures from Tekni-Films, a division of Tekni-Plex, Inc., include thermoformable options which target pharmaceutical, medical, personal care, food, and animal health products: polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP) and Aclar polychlorotrifluoroethylene (PCTFE) inner and outer layers, coupled with either ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer (EVOH) and/or cyclic olefin copolymer (COC) for enhanced barrier properties.
EvCote Water Barrier 3000
Materials Product Brief
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AkzoNobel: Eco-friendly barrier coating protects paper

AkzoNobel’s EvCote Water Barrier 3000, which is made from plant-based oils and recycled PET bottles, is a barrier coating that protects paper surfaces against water, grease and moisture, and can be used to protect products used in numerous applications, including corrugated packaging, folding carton board, beverage carrier board, and food service packaging.
Materials Product Brief
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Michelman: Food contact compliant overprint varnish

Used to enhance appearance and protect printed materials, Michelman’s DigiGuard Gloss 310 protective overprint varnish for flexible packaging printing applications is designed to be used over HP Indigo Electroinks applied on HP Indigo digital presses, protecting and enhancing the appearance of inks used on f/f/s packaging applications.
Hot-fill PET containers with metal lug closures
Materials Product Brief
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Amcor: Hot-fill PET containers with metal lug closures

Said to be a first for the food packaging industry, Amcor Rigid Plastics’ A-PEX63 system consists of a unique blow-and-trim 24-oz PET container which allows the fitment of metal lug closures to produce the look and feel of a glass jar with a metal lug closure – including the reassuring, functional “pop” tamper-evident indicator button on the closure.
Materials Product Brief
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Flint Group: UV LED adhesive products

Flint Group’s EkoCure UV flexo adhesive technologies for UV LED curing in narrow web applications – including pressure sensitive, lamination, and cold foil adhesive – has been developed using specially selected raw materials that match the narrow and targeted wavelength area that is typical for UV LED lamp output.
Exponent 2
Materials Product Brief
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Rollprint: Chemically-resistant film for high-barrier pharmaceutical applications

Rollprint Packaging Products’ Exponent 2, a chemically-resistant, clear, flexible, Barex-alternative film for high-barrier pharmaceutical applications is a combination of the company’s ClearFoil and a coextruded non-crystalline polyester sealant. (The non-crystalline attributes enhance sealing properties.)
Materials Product Brief
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KM Packaging: Antifog tray lidding films

KM Packaging’s KM Klarity, designed for the meat, fish, ready meals, and fresh produce sectors, extends the company’s range of PF3 films while offering improved antifog performance even through the temperature variations that can occur during distribution and retail.
Flexi FoilFree HB ultra high barrier film
Materials Product Brief
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Ampac: Laminate film alternative to aluminum foil

When incorporated in a laminate, Ampac’s Flexi FoilFree HB ultra high barrier film technology is said to achieve moisture, oxygen, and vapor barrier properties approaching aluminum foil laminates without the use of foil, and provides sustainability and economic benefits for manufacturers.
Remo One
Materials Product Brief
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Essentra: Double-sided foam tapes

Remo One double-sided foam tapes from Essentra Specialty Tapes (formerly Duraco Inc. and Duraco Express) feature a removable adhesive system on one side that allows users to cleanly remove or change temporary signage, displays, and many other items, without leaving any residue behind.
Bernhard Vaihinger, Head of Product Management, Innovation and Technology at Bosch Packaging Systems GmbH.
Column/Opinion
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Retailers are ready for RRP

Bernhard Vaihinger is Head of Product Management, Innovation and Technology at Bosch Packaging Systems GmbH. Here he talks about recent trends in secondary packaging.
Eric Greenberg
Column/Opinion
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A rose by any other name would still be regulated by FDA

In recent years the proliferation of dietary supplements, which are foods intended to provide supplementation of one’s diet with a particular substance or substances, has led to many creative and innovative products.
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News
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Importance of e-commerce packaging explained

A new brochure from AMERIPEN explores the role of packaging in e-commerce sales and offers consumers suggestions on minimizing packaging waste during the holidays.
SPACE-EFFICIENT. The single I-Pack machine occupies the same area as the four previous cold-seal machines.
Package Case Study
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Automated by-the-book packaging for on-line orders

MBS Textbook Exchange realizes significant savings in shipping material costs, makes more efficient use of labor time, and delivers better-protected, easier-to-open packages.
MULTIPLE COMPONENTS. It may involve a lot of parts, but the Airopack concept delivers an elegant finished package that replaces
Package Case Study
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Method strikes again

A dispensing system that relies on compressed air rather than a chemical propellant is the latest from a company that has re-written the rules of packaging countless times already.

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