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National

National Recycling Efforts Gain Support

Congress Considers Numerous Proposals

A top legislative priority for the Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) continues to be an unwavering commitment to advocate for a national strategy to improve, advance, and increase plastics recycling in the U.S. From the time the Biden Administration and the 117th Congress were first sworn in earlier this year, FPA has worked with our industry partners on efforts to advance a comprehensive strategic framework to implement legislation and regulations that will create a more circular economy for flexible packaging and all plastics.

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Interns and Opportunities

Interns and Opportunities

FPA Program Connects Industry Interns With Each Other and Mentors

This summer, the Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) coordinated a program that brought together approximately 35 interns from across various companies in the packaging and flexible packaging industries.

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Expanded Interview With Catherine Heckman

Expanded Interview With Catherine Heckman

Business Unit Director, Ashland

In this segment, we interview Catherine Heckman, business unit director—North America, laminating, adhesives and coatings at Ashland, a global specialty materials company.

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Polykar Donates Toward Pandemic Relief

Early in the pandemic, Polykar donated $50,000 to support critical responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in the developing world. Polykar, which is based in Quebec, Canada, specializes in sustainable packaging solutions.

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Ashland Helps School In India

Ashland employees participated in several community outreach efforts during the pandemic, including staff in India who reconstructed a boys’ dormitory in a school.

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A Closer Look at Catherine Heckman

A Closer Look at Catherine Heckman

Business Unit Director, Ashland

For each issue, FlexPack VOICE® hosts a question-and-answer segment with an industry leader. In this issue, we interview Catherine Heckman, business unit director—North America, laminating, adhesives and coatings at Ashland, a global specialty materials company.

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Exploring Automation

Exploring Automation

Challenges Abound For Packagers

In the post-pandemic age, automation is more than a solution for labor shortages. It’s the future in a quest for efficiencies, agility, and competitiveness.

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Finding Workers

Finding Workers

Experts: Problems Will Linger Long After Pandemic

Openings at American Packaging Corp. run the gamut from entry-level production jobs to engineering positions, says Jeff Fuller, the Columbus, Ohio-based company’s manager of organizational development.

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State

Maine and Oregon Pass First U.S. EPR Laws

2021 will go down as a landmark year in terms of new packaging policy at the state level. Maine and Oregon’s legislatures have now officially passed extended producer responsibility (EPR) laws for packaging sold or distributed in their states.

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Tapping Tech Schools

Tapping Tech Schools

Worker Shortages Prompt Proactive Steps

After an FPA Emerging Leadership Council (ELC) committee on recruitment was formed last year, its members quickly determined that they would need to branch out beyond traditional internship programs.

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Energy From Waste

Energy From Waste

Companies Create System Toward Circular Economy

The column titled “FPA’s Recycling Efforts Accelerate” in the May/June issue of FlexPack VOICE® discussed FPA’s work with The Recycling Partnership, as well as other initiatives, to improve recycling efforts nationwide.

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SPMC®: A Deep History In Protecting The Public

Packaging Innovation and Security at Forefront of Work

FPA’s Sterilization Packaging Manufacturers Council (SPMC®) convenes on a regular basis with like-minded companies to develop consensus documents that benefit the entire industry. It’s an effective framework that has not wavered in nearly 30 years.

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Emerging Leaders Discuss Careers

Emerging Leaders Discuss Careers

Members of the FPA Emerging Leadership Council See Vast Opportunities

The industry doesn’t have to look far when it comes to showing career development and interest. Several members of the FPA Emerging Leadership Council (ELC) discuss what got them into the industry and how their careers have gone so far.

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