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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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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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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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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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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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Biden Administration Highlights Environmental Justice While Changing Trump Policies

Biden Administration Highlights Environmental Justice While Changing Trump Policies

FPA Committee and Staff Track Developments Through Periodic Reports

Each quarter, FPA’s Environmental, Health, and Safety Committee (EHS) reports to members on federal environmental regulatory and court developments, capturing the significant policy changes that can affect the industry. After a new administration takes over, the changes can be significant and numerous.

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Infrastructure and Recycling Debate Accelerates

Infrastructure and Recycling Debate Accelerates

FPA Monitors Biden Administration Stances on Sustainability, Trade, Taxes, and Environmental Justice

The definition of “infrastructure” has been a flashpoint for policymakers in Washington, D.C., ever since President Joseph R. Biden Jr. unveiled a $2.3 trillion spending bill to bolster infrastructure in the United States. Roads, bridges, and broadband internet service make the cut on nearly every list.

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Moving Ahead On Recycling

Moving Ahead On Recycling

Advocates: 2021 May Be the Year for National Decisions

Recycling issues in the U.S. are not new, but the ability to get a coordinated response hasn’t been easy. So, last year, various stakeholders along the supply chain organized a group to see if they could create actionable ideas.

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Trade Shows Going Live

Trade Shows Going Live

Organizers Prepared With New Safety Guidelines

In a vastly altered globe since last year, flexible packaging converters and suppliers seize innovations as they reinvent for a refashioned, post-pandemic economy.

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Oregon Moves Fast on EPR Legislation

Oregon Moves Fast on EPR Legislation

Several Lessons Found in Actions in Various States, FPA Lobbyists Say

Legislators in Oregon hammered out an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) bill this spring, expecting to sign into law a measure that puts much of the responsibility for handling waste on the companies that make products.

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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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Sustainability Efforts Honored

Sustainability Efforts Honored

5 Packages Receive Awards in FPA Annual Contest

Sustainability goals are shared across the flexible packaging industry, so when it comes to finding ways to improve the circular economy, collegiality and collaboration dominate, says Randy Shermet, vice president of sales and development at Polykar in Burlington, Ontario.

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Packaging For Patient Care

Packaging For Patient Care

Sterile Packaging Helps Medical Professionals Save Lives

From scraped knees to heart-valve replacements, every day people depend upon health care and medical/surgical supplies safely delivered in sterile packaging.

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Market Tracker Explained

Market Tracker Explained

Euromonitor’s Tool Now Updated Quarterly

Without reliable information about COVID-19’s impact on daily life and spending habits, strategic planning becomes challenging for flexible packaging manufacturers hoping to make inroads in, perhaps, Turkey, France, Brazil, or China.

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Ripe for Rebound

Ripe for Rebound

Experts Predict Renewed Interest in Mergers and Acquisition Deals

Mergers and acquisitions in the flexible packaging industry slowed in 2020 as COVID-19 upended the international economy. But as the pandemic ebbs in 2021, the industry will be eager to return to a busier pace for making deals.

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Behind the Annual Awards Contest

Behind the Annual Awards Contest

Judges Offer Tips on Improving Entries

David Luttenberger picks up a bag entered in the 2021 Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards Competition and holds it up in the air, examining it.

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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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Finding the “Wow”

Finding the “Wow”

Packaging Becomes E-commerce Social Media Star

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, e-commerce was seen as a function of convenience: tap on a keyboard or phone and new shoes arrive at the door.

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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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