Packaging

Chinaplas: Dow Chemical brings its Pack Studios concept to Shanghai

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 23rd, 2014

Shanghai, China -  Dow Chemical launched Pack Studios Shanghai, its collaborative concept that aims to accelerate the development of packaging innovation, during Chinaplas 2014.

Currently, the company has four Pack Studios centers around the globe - Freeport, TX; Horgen, Switzerland; São Paulo, Brazil; and now in Shanghai. Each center features a collaboration room, laboratory facilities for material development, and fabrication and testing equipment to validate packaging applications. 

Chinaplas: Milliken talks China’s packaging trends; announces U.S. capacity expansion

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 23rd, 2014

Shanghai, China — Walk into any convenience store chain in China and you'll be greeted with plenty of packaged food options in all types of shapes and sizes. And while years back that concept seemed somewhat unheard of, as the middle class expands, the demand for packaged food is only going to increase.

At Milliken's booth (#N2C41) in Chinaplas, PlasticsToday sat down with company representatives to talk about what's popular in packaging for the Chinese market and also doing business in the country.

Unilever expands use of MuCell technology from Zotefoams

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 23rd, 2014

Dove Body Wash bottles will contain at a minimum 15% less plastic as a result of a newly developed packaging technology launched by Unilever. The MuCell technology for extrusion blow molding (EBM) was created in close collaboration with two of Unilever's global packaging suppliers, Alpla and MuCell Extrusion. It represents a breakthrough in bottle technology by using gas-injection to create bubbles in the middle layer of the wall to reduce bottle density and the amount of plastic required.

Chinaplas: PolyOne launches dual protection light barrier for clear packaging

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 23rd, 2014

Shanghai, China — There's a 'clear trend' going on in packaging and as such, PolyOne Corp. is showcasing its OnCap Light Shield additives for clear packaging at Chinaplas 2014 (N1.E41). The additives reportedly absorb both ultraviolet (UV) and visible light before either can reach light sensitive contents such as food or pharmaceuticals, which can help reduce their degradation. 

In addition, the OnCap Light Shield additives can also eliminate the need to have an extra coating or layer. 

Chinaplas: KraussMaffei Group expands production facility in Haiyan

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 23rd, 2014

Shanghai, China — KraussMaffei Group brought a little bit of Germany to China with an Alps festival featuring music and German food and beverages as it officially inaugurated the second production hall at its manufacturing plant in Haiyan, China.

Chinaplas: Arburg highlights performance applications in packaging, electronics and medical

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 22nd, 2014

Arburg has brought an array of machine solutions to Chinaplas in Shanghai, including injection molding presses configured for the fast growing packaging, medical technology and electronics sectors in China.

In the electronics field, a polyamide-based thermoplastic injectable hotmelt adhesive from Henkel is being employed as an encapsulant for an LED circuit board and two connector cables, rendering the overmolded LED carrier waterproof. The vertical Allrounder 275 V used has a clamping force of 250 kN and size 100 injection unit.

Chinaplas: Davis-Standard brings dsX s-tretch line for cast film to the Asian market

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 22nd, 2014

Shanghai, China — At Chinaplas 2014, Davis-Standard (Hall W5; Booth M41) will introduce its dsX s-tretch line for cast film to the Asian market.

In addition to a reportedly high speed and thin film, the machine has a unique winder on the line, according to Jim Murphy, VP of global sales and marketing for Davis-Standard. The winder has capability of being coreless, which reduces both material and disposable cost.

Chinaplas: A push for biodegradable plastic bags in China

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 20th, 2014

Shanghai, China — Upon arrival in China, it's hard not to ignore the pollution in the air and trash creating an eyesore on the ground. China is playing a big price for its swelling pollution. For instance, in Shanghai, the cost of pollution is estimated at $420 million.

In-Mold Decorating Association kicks off 2014 competition

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 18th, 2014

The In-Mold Decorating Association (IMDA) announced the kick off of its 2014 Awards Competition, and will begin accepting entries on May 1, 2014. This represents the eighth annual competition sponsored by IMDA, and recognizes the industry's best in-mold labeled packaging and in-mold durable products. The 2013 winner of the gold award for Best Part Design is pictured.

Calling it "recyclable packaging" doesn't mean that it will be recycled

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 18th, 2014

Recently Colgate-Palmolive announced that it will commit to 100% recyclable packaging by 2020 for three of four product categories. This commitment came after one of the company's shareholders became engaged with As You Sow, a nonprofit organization that "promotes environmental and social corporate responsibility through shareholder advocacy, coalition building, and innovative legal strategies."

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