FPA President and CEO Alison Keane offers her valuable perspective on consumer trends, legislative change, sustainability, and more. Keep your finger on the pulse of the flexible packaging industry by learning about the obstacles and achievements outlined in these letters.
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Intertape Polymer Group Names New CEO

Peter Durette has been named CEO of Intertape Polymer Group (IPG), a global provider of packaging and protective solutions. Durette also will be a member of the board of directors. Former CEO Gregory Yull will retire from full-time duties after over 30 years with IPG, including 12 years as CEO and president. He will work […]

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Sidel Opens Hub to Study PET Recycling

Sidel recently opened a new hub in Octeville, France, dedicated to studying PET recycling. Sidel says the small-scale PET recycling pilot line will help it develop its understanding of PET recycling with the aim of giving comprehensive support to the market as it switches to greater use of recycled PET (r-PET). “Seeking carbon neutrality, the […]

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Sealed Air (SEE) Buys Liquibox for $1.15B

Liquibox has been bought by Sealed Air, which trades as SEE on the New York Stock Exchange. Sealed Air paid $1.15 billion for Liquibox, according to a news release about the deal. North Carolina-based Sealed Air, which has about 16,500 workers worldwide, said the acquisition is complementary to its Cryovac Fluids & Liquids business, its […]

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Griff Buys Atlas Metalizing

The Griff Network recently announced it has bought Atlas Metallizing of New Britain, Connecticut. The purchase expands Griff’s reach into packaging, graphic, and technical markets, the company says in a news release. Pennsylvania-based Griff is a manufacturer, extruder, coater, laminator, and metallizer. With the Atlas acquisition, Griff will have an entire facility dedicated to specialized […]

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CNG Works With Trex in Annual Student Recycling Contest

CNG Works With Trex in Annual Student Recycling Contest

FPA Member Provides Schools With Cash Awards

Starting in November, schools nationwide can compete for prizes and cash awards by entering an annual recycling contest run by Trex Company, Inc. that has been sponsored by Charter Next Generation, a Wisconsin-based flexible packaging company that is an FPA member.

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Training the Sustainability Trainers

Training the Sustainability Trainers

Arizona State University Offers Programs for Midcareer Sustainability Officers and Others to Help Companies Advance Circularity Efforts

As companies add sustainability personnel to meet customer, brand owner, and regulatory expectations, they might not know exactly how to integrate new policies into their organizations. That situation could be a reason to reach out to Arizona State University’s Ryan M. Johnson.

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FPA Recognizes Members Celebrating Milestones

FPA Recognizes Members Celebrating Milestones

Companies Offer Insights into Challenges, Opportunities

In 2022, as companies in the flexible packaging realm reach mile­stone years in their FPA memberships, some shared how they continue to innovate, embrace sustainability, and maximize FPA resources to stay strong and meet the challenges ahead.

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Beyond the Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Beyond the Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Some Companies Create Alternative Routes to Circularity Goals

As they take steps toward creating a circu­lar economy for their products, flexible packaging companies continue to face calls for reducing or eliminating the use of plastic entirely.

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What Most Concerns You for the Future?

What Most Concerns You for the Future?

Thought Leader Survey Highlights Legislation, Other Issues

This year, the respondents to the “Packaging Thought Leader Survey 2032” included 165 experts, including leadership from the Flexible Packaging Association. The questions include deep looks into key tech­nologies and trends that will impact packaging by 2032.

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A Closer Look at Fredy Steng

A Closer Look at Fredy Steng

Director of Sales, Strategic Accounts, Berry Global Group Inc.

For each issue since it’s inception, FlexPack VOICE® has hosted a question-and-answer seg­ment with an industry leader. In this edition, we interview Fredy Steng, director of sales, strate­gic accounts, at Berry Global Group Inc. and a member of the Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) Chairperson’s Advisory Council. Steng has been working since the 1960s, primarily in […]

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Clemson University Dedicates Program to Flexible Packaging

Clemson University Dedicates Program to Flexible Packaging

We talk to Robert M. Kimmel, Sc.D, an associate professor at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina. Kimmel also is director of the pack­aging science program and director of the Center for Flexible Packaging in the university’s department of food nutrition and packaging sciences.

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State
2022 Wraps Up With California Passing EPR for Packaging

2022 Wraps Up With California Passing EPR for Packaging

The year 2022 was significant and precedent-setting for the flexible packaging industry, with the addition of new state laws that will govern how packaging is made and managed at the end of life. Numerous states debated packaging issues, with two passing and signing extended producer responsibility bills for packaging. Many more states are addressing issues like recycled content mandates, labeling, and toxic chemicals in packaging.

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National
Here Is a Look at Potential Impacts of the Elections

Here Is a Look at Potential Impacts of the Elections

Election Day on November 8 has been a date circled on the calendar for what feels like forever. From the first day of the 117th Congress on January 3, 2021, it seemed the race for the midterm elections had kicked off. Democrats focused their messaging on how to hold majority control of Congress and Republicans on how to regain leadership control. And now, here we are, with the elections upon us and at the time for assessing the impact of and planning for the next Congress.

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SPMC® Gets the Word Out About Its Mission

SPMC® Gets the Word Out About Its Mission

Council Committed to Next Generation Medical Device Packaging Professionals

Sterilization packaging is a complex segment of the flexible packaging industry that is highly regulated and requires specific technical expertise. Since its founding, the Sterilization Packaging Manufacturers Council has been a trusted source of technical information and guidance for packaging professionals and engineers.

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ELC Promotes Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives

ELC Promotes Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives

New Committee Will Work With FPA Member Companies

The Emerging Leadership Council continues to focus on supporting Flexible Packaging Association member companies and the flexible packaging industry. We are thrilled to announce the formation of a Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Com­mittee to foster, promote, and engage in a culture of diversity and inclusion within the industry.

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Flexible Packaging Industry Growth Accelerates

Flexible Packaging Industry Growth Accelerates

The annual “State of the Flexible Packaging Industry Report,” covers the entire flexible packaging industry, including the segment of the industry that adds significant value to flexible materials, usually by performing multiple processes. This segment of the industry is estimated to be $29.5 billion in 2021.

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Aluminum Trade Policies Must Change

Deja vu. Shortly after I started with the Flexible Packaging Association in 2016, I had my first real test. While advocacy has always been my passion, I was still learning the industry, as well as my CEO role, and had never worked on a trade issue. When the International Trade Commission received a petition to impose anti-dumping and countervailing duties on Chinese aluminum foil, we were off and running.

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PPC Flexible Packaging Buys Plastic Packaging Technologies

PPC Flexible Packaging LLC (PPC) recently announced that it has bought Kansas-based Plastic Packaging Technologies, LLC (PPT). Terms of the deal were not disclosed. PPC, headquartered in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, is a printer and convertor of flexible films, pouches, and other packaging designs, including prototypes. With the addition of PPT, PPC now operates 13 manufacturing […]

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