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Automation Dominates Manufacturing Landscape

PMMI’s PACK EXPO in September to Highlight Issues

Years before the pandemic, manufacturers were struggling to find new workers, leading to innovative ways of using automation to replace jobs where it made sense.

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Meet the FPA Staff

Meet the FPA Staff

A Conversation With Alison Keane, FPA President and CEO

“Meet the Staff at FPA” is a way for you to get to know those you work with in a more personal way. Alison Keane, FPA president and CEO, is taking the lead with this first in the occasional series.

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Expanded Interview with Stan Bikulege

Expanded Interview with Stan Bikulege

President and CEO of Novolex

This is an expanded version of an interview with Stan Bikulege that appears in the May/June 2021 issue of This is an expanded version of an interview with Stan Bikulege that appears in the May/June 2021 issue of FlexPack VOICE®. The printed article can be found online, too, in the digital format of the full magazine.®. The printed article can be found online, too, in the digital format of the full magazine.

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FPA Member Milestones

FPA Member Milestones

Mica Corp. Hits 30 Years as Member of FPA

When Mica Corporation opened in 1971, the company was a one-person operation run by its founder, Daniel Siegel.

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International Entries Highlight 2021 Awards Competition

International Entries Highlight 2021 Awards Competition

Judges Recognize Winners in UAE and India

The Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards Competition had a strong international flavor this year, especially when it came to printing excellence, leading to multiple awards for one company in the United Arab Emirates and another in India.

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Prototypes Offer Solutions Through Flexible Packaging

Prototypes Offer Solutions Through Flexible Packaging

Students Discuss Winning Entries in FPA Contest

Caylee Boone and three of her classmates at the University of Wisconsin-Stout were tasked with coming up with ideas and prototypes that would advance uses for flexible packaging, so they started to think about how they use products and what could be improved.

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E-commerce Trends Accelerate

E-commerce Trends Accelerate

Euromonitor International Research Head Outlines How Trends Will Play Out

The ramp up to e-commerce worldwide will only accelerate in the months ahead as businesses and stores reopen and consumers go back to more normal daily activities, according to Michelle Evans, senior head of digital consumer research for Euromonitor International.

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Steady at the Helm at Bumble Bee

Steady at the Helm at Bumble Bee

Jan Tharp, CEO and President, Offers Tips for Weathering a Crisis

When it comes to providing leadership in a crisis, Jan Tharp says a critical aspect is having someone at the helm who is going to be a reassuring presence.

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American Packaging Corp. Garners FPA’s Highest Award

American Packaging Corp. Garners FPA’s Highest Award

The Award is the Top Prize in FPA’s Annual Competition

The Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards Competition sponsored by the Flexible Packaging Association included 75 packages, with some of them being entered in multiple categories.

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Presentation Shows How Market Tracker Tool Can Help FPA Members

Presentation Shows How Market Tracker Tool Can Help FPA Members

The Tool is Available Online Through FPA’s Website

Let’s say you want to learn more about trends in another country where you might want to do business. As a member of the Flexible Packaging Association, details are a few mouse clicks away with the Market Tracker tool.  “What is great is that you can compare one market against another, which can really help […]

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Judges Bring Varied Experience to Annual Contest

Judges Bring Varied Experience to Annual Contest

Three Judges. Three Backgrounds.

FPA’s annual contest highlighting industry achievements doesn’t just happen: it takes the coordinated work of the key staff at the Flexible Packaging Association and experts in the industry who volunteer a good chunk of their time in the late fall to judge the contest.

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What Will Power Shift Mean to Flexible Packaging Industry?

What Will Power Shift Mean to Flexible Packaging Industry?

Experts Offer Insights into Changes in D.C.

Now that Democrats have control of the House, Senate, and White House, policies of particular importance to the flexible packaging industry continue to be closely monitored by those who follow the trends in Washington, D.C. After Joseph R. Biden was sworn in as the new president on Jan. 20, FlexPack VOICE™ reached out to Alison […]

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Expanded Interview with Kathy Bolhous

Expanded Interview with Kathy Bolhous

CEO Charter Next Generation

Editor’s Note: This is an expanded version of an interview with Kathy Bolhous that appears in the January/February 2021 issue of FlexPack VOICE™. Each issue, as well as occasionally in a digital exclusive, FlexPack VOICE™ hosts a question-and-answer segment that discusses important issues with an industry leader. The digital features often will have a closer look […]

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Charter Next Generation: Post-Merger

Charter Next Generation: Post-Merger

CEO Discusses Challenges with Merger

The 2019 merger of Charter NEX and Next Generation Films was the culmination of one process and the beginning of another: taking two companies and knitting them together as one. That process ended in October with the birth of a new company name, Charter Next Generation, and a new tagline, “A Better Way.” The post-merger […]

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Avery Dennison Buys ACPO Ltd.

Avery Dennison of Glendale, California, has bought the Ohio-based ACPO Ltd. for $87.6 million, subject to certain post-closing adjustments. ACPO makes pressure-sensitive overlaminate products for the label and flexible packaging markets and has about 170 workers. Avery Dennison has acquired the majority of ACPO’s assets, including coating, finishing and distribution operations at its Oak Harbor, […]

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Consumers Remain Concerned About Food Packaging and Safety

Consumers Remain Concerned About Food Packaging and Safety

G&S Business Communications Survey Shows Evolving Trends

Late in the fall, G&S Business Communications updated its national survey of consumers to see how COVID-19 continued to change their habits and found that about 58% remained at least somewhat concerned with contracting the virus through food packaging. That number was down from 66% in April 2020, says Brian Hall, managing director for G&S. […]

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ProAmpac Buys U.K.-Based Manufacturer

ProAmpac has acquired Rapid Action Packaging (RAP), a private, U.K.-based manufacturer of cellulose-based packaging products for fresh prepared and ready-to-eat foods. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. RAP is a designer and manufacturer of sustainable packaging for fresh prepared foods sold at retail, including sandwiches, wraps, chicken tenders, and salads. With this acquisition, ProAmpac […]

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Christoph Langohr, of Syntegon, Gives Sustainability Update at PACK EXPO Connects

Christoph Langohr, of Syntegon, Gives Sustainability Update at PACK EXPO Connects

With deadlines toward a circular economy quickly accelerating over the next few years, companies continue to innovate by trying different techniques, including offering paper packaging as an option. During a presentation at PACK EXPO Connects that was held virtually Nov. 9 to 13, Christoph Langohr, project manager sustainability horizontal flow wrapping with Syntegon, gave an […]

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Nelipak Taps Chambliss as CEO

Nelipak Corp. recently named Pat Chambliss as CEO after he served as president and chief operating officer at the company. Chambliss has an extensive track record of senior leadership experience in the packaging industry, including previous roles at Packaging Dynamics Corp. and Novolex, Nelipak said in a news release. Chambliss succeeds Roger Prevot, who will […]

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