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SPONSOR: Triangle Package Machinery Company June 21, 2011 | Edited by Bob Sperber

Flexibility, quick changeover, and ultrasonics >>

Increase productivity and reduce your downtime with our unique quick change features, including fast, tool-less forming tube changes. Our X-Series bagger not only offers the flexibility to run a variety of bag types and sizes, it's now available with heat sealing or Ultrasonic welding. See demonstration online ...

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PMMI certified training >>

Looking to increase uptime, safety, and profits? Reduce overtime, costly service calls, changeover time, and material loss? Our PMMI certified trainers can help you do just that. For details, download our Service Training Brochure ...

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Superior Service and Support >>

Comprising one of the largest and most experienced technical support staffs in the industry, our fully-trained technicians boast an average of 14 years' experience servicing Triangle equipment. Training available at your facility or ours, with detailed presentations, comprehensive manuals, and bilingual options.

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Faster. CLEANER. Smarter. >>

With three levels of sanitation available, Triangle's VFFS baggers can meet the standards required for your application with ease. Choose from stainless steel, painted steel, or the only bagger on the market to meet strict USDA and 3A sanitary standards.

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Case Study: Switching from bottom gusset to a side gusset saved $7.8 million! >>

Can you save $7.8 million by switching to a side gusset bag? Learn how to reduce materials by roughly 12% per bag, improve efficiency, and save greenhouse gases. Plus, add greater pack out on retail shelves.

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Kimberly-Clark expands sustainability goals for contract partners

Kimberly-Clark, parent of Kleenex, Huggies and other household-name brands, announced a new set of sustainability goals that affect the company as well as those it does business with – including co-packers. The goals are part of "Sustainability 2015," the company's most ambitious and challenging sustainability strategy to date.

These programs at K-C were primarily focused on environmental performance at K-C's operations, Anne Marie Mohan, Editor of our sister media outlet Greener Package, explains. The new goals are based on a much broader "People, Planet, and Products" framework. For example, in the area of "people," in addition to targeting zero workplace fatalities and promoting socially focused programs, the company expects 100% compliance to K-C social standards for contract manufacturers and top-tier suppliers." Compliance will be reinforced by measurements and benchmarking.

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2011 Healthcare Packaging Market to Hit $87.3 billion

Countries continue to invest in healthcare development, leading to correspondingly strong demand for packaging, according to our friends at Healthcare Packaging in the story, "Global healthcare packaging market to reach $87.3 billion this year," according to a study titled, "The Healthcare Packaging Market 2011-2021." The study forecasts that the global healthcare packaging market value will reach $87.3 billion this year. Longer term, consumer preferences and environmental concerns will drive innovation to create new opportunities. The research firm, Visiongain, also separately released reports forecasting global business trends in consumer goods packaging; food and drink packaging and additional reports on plastic, paper and metal packaging.



Generic Drugs to Hit $1.1 Trillion by 2015

Speaking of healthcare market dynamics: Global spending on generic drugs is set to rise to 39 percent of all pharmaceuticals by 2015 to reach nearly $1.1 trillion. That's roughly double generics' share from about five years back, but represents a slowing compound annual growth rate of 3 to 6 percent over the next five years vs. the 6.2 percent annual growth seen over the past five years. Lower U.S. spending growth, patent expiries in developed markets, emerging markets and global policy are covered in a new, downloadable study by IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics.



Loose Lips Sink Contracts

Didja hear? A court in Shenzhen, China fined and sentenced two employees of Foxconn, the giant Chinese contract electronics manufacturer, to jail for leaking information on the iPad 2 tablet.

Concerned? Fret not. Contract Packaging is on the case. Part Two of our series on Confidentiality Law will appear in our upcoming July/August print edition, penned by Megan Mathias and Jeffrey Hechtman, attorneys with Chicago law firm Horwood Marcus & Berk. And in case you've neglected to subscribe and devour every page of Contract Packaging magazine, we've got Part One, from our March/April print edition, on the Web, too: "Identify and protect confidential information."


Thermoforming Sales Veep's Southwestern Switcheroo

On Tuesday, June 14, Flexpak Corp., a Phoenix-based custom thermoforming and contract packaging firm for medical, food, electronics and consumer goods, announced that it hired Christina Perkins as vice president of sales for its southwest region. The move follows 12 years managing the western U.S. region for the Alloyd Brands division of another thermoforming co-packer, Tegrant.

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EXPO PACK México 2011
Centro Banamex, Mexico City, Mexico. EXPO PACK México features packaging and processing solutions for Latin America, with over 900 exhibitors from 20 countries, June 21-24.

HBA Global Expo
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York, NY. HBA Global Expo provides personal care and beauty manufacturers with new ingredients, solutions, supplier resources and world-class education to bring new products to market, June 28-30.

PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011
Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV. North America's largest packaging and processing event includes a Pharmaceutical Pavilion, Processing Zone, Brand Zone, Confectionery Pavilion and more, September 26-28.

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