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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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Sun Chemical Releases Sustainability Report

Sun Chemical recently released its 11th annual Corporate Sustainability Report for the year ending 2019. The report describes Sun Chemical’s emphasis on sustainability in the way it develops, manufactures, and distributes its products, while also showing how it works with customers and suppliers to improve their sustainability goals, the company said in a news release. The […]

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Experts Offer Sustainability Updates

Experts Offer Sustainability Updates

Global Pouch Forum Provided an Opportunity to Gain Insights

At Mondelēz International, the company has been setting sustainability goals for years and has every intention of reaching its next major milestone.

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Liquibox Opens Factory in Madrid

Liquibox has opened a 140,000-square-foot flexible packaging “super-factory” in Madrid, Spain, which they’ve been working on since February. The new factory will more than triple the bag-making capacity for the company in continental Europe, while also expanding the types and sizes of flexible bags the company can bring to market. This new capacity is well […]

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Amcor Talks Sustainability at PACK EXPO

Amcor Talks Sustainability at PACK EXPO

Fabio Peyer describes new efforts to enhance quality and recyclability

Fabio Peyer, director of sustainability at Amcor Flexibles North America, recently gave a presentation on innovations made at the company to reach milestones in sustainability goals.  “The packaging of the future needs to be developed with the end in mind and contribute to the circular economy, while still continuing to meet productivity, product protection, and […]

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Graham Partners Buys Converting Operations

Graham Partners has purchased Berry Global Group’s flexible packaging converting business, according to news release from Graham. The acquisition includes six printing and laminating flexible packaging facilities, formerly a part of Berry Global’s North American extrusion, converting and coating business. The business will be combined with Graham Partners’ flexible packaging portfolio company, Advanced Barrier Extrusions […]

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Sustainability Remains Top Issue in Some States

Sustainability Remains Top Issue in Some States

Experts Predict Big Push in 2021, Particularly on the West Coast

State governments nationwide put numerous recycling and waste-reduction proposals on hold in 2020 while concentrating on the pandemic, but initiatives will resume in 2021, several observers suggest. Lauren Aguilar and Andy Hackman, both lobbyists for Serlin Haley that represents the Flexible Packaging Association, note that California, in particular, will be moving on various legislative initiatives […]

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Canadian Supplier to Close Plant

Cascades Inc. has announced that its Laval plant in Canada will be closing on June 30, 2021, because of problems faced during the pandemic, according to a company news release. The plant specializes in the manufacture of napkins for the away-from-home market. The Nov. 25 news release says that the plant, which has 54 workers, […]

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A Conversation with Dhuanne Dodrill, CEO of PAXXUS

A Conversation with Dhuanne Dodrill, CEO of PAXXUS

Expanded Interview

Editor’s Note: This is an expanded version of an interview that appears in the November/December issue of FlexPack VOICE™. The printed article can be found online, too, in the digital format of the full magazine. Each issue, as well as occasionally in a digital exclusive, FlexPack VOICE™ hosts a question-and-answer segment that discusses important issues […]

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Ship & Shore Expands Into India

Ship & Shore Environmental Inc., based in Long Beach, California, is expanding its overseas operations into India with engineering services specifically designed for the Indian market, as well as with a team that includes sales, marketing, and business development, the company said in a news release. The company, which specializes in air pollution capture and […]

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Duravant to Buy Cloud Packaging Solutions

Duravant LLC has agreed to buy Cloud Packaging Solutions from its parent company, Hearthside Food Solutions LLC. Cloud makes high-speed horizontal flexible packaging equipment. Cloud’s patented rotary soluble pod equipment and ultra-high-speed packet, pouch, and sachet machines will extend Duravant’s reach into new markets, the company said in a news release. Duravant is a global […]

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A Conversation with Paul Frantz

A Conversation with Paul Frantz

Chief Commercial Officer with Novolex

FlexPack VOICE™ occasionally provides insights from industry executives through our digital exclusives. These interviews, in particular, will look at how leaders became involved in the flexible packaging industry and what advice they would offer about careers. Here is a discussion with Paul Frantz, chief commercial officer with Novolex based in Hartsville, South Carolina. Frantz is […]

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