Plastics packaging: With sale of five business units, focus at Linpac is on packaging

By MPW Staff
Published: January 5th, 2011

The focus is now entirely on its core business of primary food packaging and returnable crates/containers as Linpac Group has sold five of its stand-alone, non-core business units to funds managed by Chamonix Private Equity, a London-based private equity firm.

Solo Cup given Keep America Beautiful award

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 14th, 2010

Solo Cup Co. (Lake Forest, IL) has received the 2010 Corporate Leadership Award from the Keep America Beautiful organization (KAB; Stamford, CT) in recognition of Solo's ongoing support of sustainability education, as well as sustainable improvements in its communities. Solo also has moved its product mix in the direction of sustainability.

Integrating injection and thermoforming is a hit for moldmaker at K Show

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: December 1st, 2010

If there was one thing mold manufactures proved at the recent K 2010 show in Dusseldorf, Germany, it was that they are not waiting around for customers to tell them what to do. Successful mold manufacturing companies are taking the initiative and developing molds and even processes that challenge the norm.

Are thermoformers too late to the offshoring game? No, says exec, 
but do it right

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: November 22nd, 2010

Thermoformers are playing catchup with injection molders when it comes to offshoring, finally doing so essentially for the same reasons. But are they too late?

Optimized sheet extrusion

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: November 11th, 2010

When it comes to recycling, the thermoformers have gotten the process down, with most using the trim back into the extrusion of new sheet. Demand for recycled-content sheet material to meet green requirements for many packaging products continues to increase, but there are a few challenges when it comes to meeting that demand.

Kraft Foods keeping a sharp eye on T-IML

By Matt Defosse
Published: November 9th, 2010

How bright is the future for thermoformed packaging with labels applied inmold? A chance encounter at last week's K show led to a long discussion with one of Kraft Foods' packaging experts. Based on developments in suitable labels, plus tooling and automation, he thinks T-IML holds plenty of promise.

MicroGREEN launches InCycle sheet product at Pack Expo

By Tony Deligio
Published: November 9th, 2010

Tapping into another potentially huge market, MicroGREEN Polymers Inc. (Seattle, WA) is now promoting its patented technology, which maximizes the use of recycled plastics through the addition of tiny air pockets, into the packaging sector with its new sheet offering dubbed InCycle.

K Day Seven

By John Clark
Published: November 2nd, 2010

It's the second-to-last day of K 2010, and our staff is working on the final day's edition of the K Show Daily. We've had a great time at the K, as we always do, racing around the fairgrounds to gather up the news for the show daily, and seeing old friends and making new ones along the way. We'll continue to bring you news from the K here at PlasticsToday and via NewsFeed, and then in the joint MPW/IMM K Showcase special issue in December.

Updated: K 2010—Opening day coverage

By John Clark
Published: October 27th, 2010

Düsseldorf: Undeterred by rail strikes in Germany and protests in France, exhibitors and attendees made their way to Düsseldorf and the K as the show opened its brightly lit exhibition halls this morning under rainy skies. Fortunately the local train service is not part of the intercity rail disruptions, and the U-Bahn cars heading to the fairgrounds were full.

Adventures in thermoforming PLA

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: October 19th, 2010

It seems that last month's SPE Thermoforming conference drew more than one person skeptical of the many claims surrounding the "green" revolution. Common sense, scientific data, and more reliable information could help processors sort fact from fiction.

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