Investors Enter Recycling Arena

Private-Equity Firms See Potential for Circular Economy

Private investors want to turn one of the largest curbside recy­clers in the U.S. into a test bed for building up infrastructure that will be vital to the success of the circular economy.

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Aluminum Foil Shortage Intensifies

Aluminum Foil Shortage Intensifies

War in Ukraine, Tariffs, Trade Policies Frustrate Supplies

Flexible packaging companies may have been hoping this year would bring relief to a stubborn shortage of aluminum foil. However, relief does not appear likely anytime soon.

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Cyberthieves Target Manufacturers

Cyberthieves Target Manufacturers

Experts Discuss Trends, Offer Tips

Cybersecurity trends have led FPA to offer its mem­bers a cyber risk mitigation and insurance package program, developed by NAM, to help prevent cyberattacks.

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Governments Play Large Role in New Recycling Investments

States Take the Lead, While Federal Efforts Stall

Government policies often dictate what and how much recyclable material is collected, ensuring supply. Policies can also help to stimulate demand by setting requirements for incorporating recycled material.

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Connecting Sustainability with Consumers

Connecting Sustainability with Consumers

Challenges with Messages Can Hinder Goals

Sustainability is more than a buzzword for flex­ible packaging companies. It is spurring a rush to create products that are reusable, recyclable, made entirely from recycled materials, or all of the above. But for many consumers, sustainability is an abstract concept that fails to resonate.

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At the Judges’ Table

At the Judges’ Table

Experts Acknowledge Fresh Looks and Designs

Innovators showcased their top packages at the 66th Annual Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards Competition.

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Contest Judges Offer Insights on Issues

Contest Judges Offer Insights on Issues

Jim Peters, Brian Ludwick, and Martin Golden brought their varied careers in academia, publishing, and consulting to the contest that they judged the 66th Annual Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards Competition in November 2021.

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E-Commerce Evolves

E-Commerce Evolves

As Pandemic Wanes, Deeper Trends Emerge

The explosion of e-commerce over the last two years fueled a burst of creativity that will leave a lasting mark on flexible packaging, even if online sales retreat from their pandemic-era highs.

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Food Waste Solutions Sought

Food Waste Solutions Sought

Glenroy Offers Advances in Packaging Protection for Some Foods

While most people abhor when food is wasted, that doesn’t stop food waste from being one of the biggest contributors to environmental concerns.  The United States Department of Agriculture estimates that 31% of food is lost at the retail and consumer levels. And food waste is one of the largest contributors to the materials that […]

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Polyethylene Plant Brings Jobs, Careers

Polyethylene Plant Brings Jobs, Careers

Pennsylvania Factory Planned Long Ago

When drillers began tapping into the Marcellus Shale in 2008, they sparked an economic boom that continues to echo in rural Pennsylvania. One of the biggest follow-on developments is the Shell petrochemicals plant slated to open next year in Beaver County.

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Mergers Accelerate

Mergers Accelerate

Deals Remain Robust for Flexible Packaging Industry

Like so much else in the economy, corporate deal-making roared back to life in 2021 as COVID-19 vaccines blunted the worst effects of the pandemic and companies adapted to the risks that remained.

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Plastics on Tap

Plastics on Tap

Shell Plant in Pennsylvania Going on Line

This year, flexible packaging companies will have a new source of polyethylene: A major petrochemical plant erected by Shell along the banks of the Ohio River in Beaver County, Pennsylvania—about 30 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. The plant is expected to produce 1.6 million tons of polyethylene per year.

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Packaging Challenges Plague Women’s Bakery

Packaging Challenges Plague Women’s Bakery

African Company Seeks Help with Solutions

The Women’s Bakery in Rwanda, Africa, represents a microcosm of the packaging industry’s drive for continuous innovation in sustainability and the universal challenge of keeping pace with recycling mandates.

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Filling the Gaps

Filling the Gaps

Employers Use Creative Measures to Fill Jobs

To fill job gaps, manufacturers are seeking employees from nontraditional or largely untapped fields. Veterans, women, re-entrants, and refugees constitute a rich supply of motivated, reliable workers.

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Vaccine Mandates Stir Debate

Vaccine Mandates Stir Debate

Business Group Expresses Concern About Long-Term Precedents

As the pandemic entered its 18th month in September, the federal government prepared new rules that would require businesses with 100 or more employees to ensure workers were vaccinated. For some observers, the process underway indicated an overreach that raised flags about whether precedents were being set that would undermine the autonomy of businesses for years.

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From Acceptance to Ownership

From Acceptance to Ownership

Peter Sheahan: Transforming Your Company Starts at the Top

Executives in the flexible packaging industry grasp the challenges in front of them. The hard work lies in moving from understanding to action—or, as Peter Sheahan puts it, from acceptance to ownership.

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Sheahan: “Brutal Honesty” Needed to Transform Your Company

CEO of Karrikins Group Discusses Path to His Transformation

Peter Sheahan spends a lot of time advising other executives on how to manage corporate transformation. The recipe includes what he describes as a dose of “brutal honesty.” It sounds painful. But it’s something that Sheahan has experienced during his own growth as a company leader. The experience also helped cement his belief that corporate change […]

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Flexible Packaging Company Finds Workers Through Second Chance Program

As companies struggle to find workers, many of them turned to alternative programs that can offer a pool of available workers. In the January/February edition of FlexPack VOICE®, we explore some of those ideas, which include hiring former prison inmates. (The digital version of the magazine also can be found online). Here is a closer […]

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