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FPA Updates Market Tracker

Tool for Members Includes COVID-19 Resources

The Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) has numerous partnerships that help advance the interests of its members, one of which includes a partnership with Euromonitor International, a leading independent provider of strategic market research. FPA and Euromonitor developed the Flexible Packaging Market Tracker that features 20 key flexible packaging country markets and highlights market dynamics, trends, […]

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Lyondellbasell Holds Annual Global Care Day

LyondellBasell held its 21st Annual Global Care Day with a focus on food security in the fall, with more than 80 manufacturing facilities and office sites participating. The global event supported 87 organizations. The plastics, chemicals, and refining company said it recognized the need caused by COVID-19, so it doubled down on its efforts to support […]

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Fortis Buys Kala Packaging

Fortis Solutions Group has bought Utah-based Kala Packaging, a printer of pressure-sensitive labels and flexible packaging that offers variable content printing, anti-counterfeit solutions, and food-safe flexible packaging. “We are fortunate to join forces with such an outstanding team and are excited to further the value-added offerings we provide,” said John O. Wynne, Jr., Fortis president and […]

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ePac Flexible Packaging Expands into Ghana, Africa

ePac Flexible Packaging is expanding into Ghana, Africa, as the flexible packaging provider extends its network of production plants globally. ePac Flexible Packaging was established in 2016 in the U.S. It now operates 18 manufacturing plants across the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Indonesia. All orders are being fulfilled by the company’s UK-based plant while plans […]

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TC Transcontinental Appoints Chief Development Officer

TC Transcontinental appointed Eric Morisset as chief development officer. Based in Montréal, Morisset will report to François Olivier, president and CEO, and he will be part of the executive management committee, the company said. Since 2018, the role had been held by Sam Bendavid, who was appointed in 2020 as senior vice president, TC Transcontinental […]

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Lubrizol Surpasses 2020 Volunteering Goal with Global Day of Service

Lubrizol Corp. surpassed its goal of contributing 2,020 virtual volunteering hours to organizations in the communities it calls home. The Ohio-based company announced the goal at the early onset of COVID-19. On a single day, employees in the U.S., England, Germany, Singapore, Spain, South Africa, and UAE contributed over 700 volunteer hours. These efforts included […]

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Pregis Buys Technical Machinery Solutions

Pregis, a maker of protective packaging, bought Technical Machinery Solutions (TMS) of Illinois from its privately held owners, and the acquisition includes the Graphic Innovators business at TMS. Pregis produces a lightweight, curbside recyclable all-paper mailer, branded as the TMS Eco Mailer™. The cushioned mailers can be recycled in all-paper recovery systems. The acquisition of TMS […]

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Wiedmann to Succeed Forker at Siegwerk

On March 31, Nicolas Wiedmann will replace Siegwerk CEO Herbert Forker, who is retiring after 21 years as CEO. Wiedmann had been with Hella GmbH & Co KGaA, where his duties included being general manager for the business segment special applications. He joined Siegwerk on Jan. 1. Wiedmann brings many years of experience in managing […]

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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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FPA Plots Course with Biden Administration

FPA Plots Course with Biden Administration

Economic Recovery and Sustainability Top List

Now that the Biden/Harris Administration is in place and the 117th Congress officially underway, the Flexible Packaging Association is working to support several important legislative priorities. Alison Keane, FPA President and CEO, reached out to the new administration early in the transition to communicate the association’s desire to work with the Biden team on legislative […]

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State Elections Set Up a Busy 2021

State Elections Set Up a Busy 2021

This Could Be Watershed Year for EPR, Other Bills

State elections were hotly contested in 2020, and they were of equal importance to federal elections due to the census and redistricting in 2021 and 2022. Despite the millions of dollars poured into state campaigns, it was largely a status quo election. Only the New Hampshire House and Senate switched party control from Democrat to […]

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Newsweek Names Lyondellbasell in List of Responsible Companies

Newsweek Names Lyondellbasell in List of Responsible Companies

LyondellBasell has been named to Newsweek Magazine’s 2021 list of “America’s Most Responsible Companies.” This is the second time LyondellBasell appears on the list, which debuted in 2020 and recognizes companies for their performance in the areas of environmental, social, and corporate governance, the company said in a news release. The plastics, chemicals, and refining company said […]

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Advancements Make Compostable Packaging Possible

Advancements Make Compostable Packaging Possible

Compostable No Longer Just a Buzzword

The demand for compostable packaging to replace traditional plastic food and beverage packaging is growing steadily, and that trend is predicted to continue for years to come. It’s no surprise that consumers are excited about the idea of products that will essentially disappear into the earth instead of piling up in landfills or our environment. […]

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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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Strategic Plan Takes Shape

FPA will complete a strategic planning process this month, which will help guide the association into the future. The plan focuses on activities within the association’s four key goals—protection, promotion, information, and connection. Protection is the work that FPA does to advance the industry through representation to government and regulatory bodies. Promotion raises public and […]

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Aquene Springs and Liquibox Partner to Help Navajo Nation

Aquene Springs and Liquibox Partner to Help Navajo Nation

For more than five years, Liquibox has provided bag-in-box bags to Aquene Springs—a North American supplier of source water. When the company approached Liquibox for help delivering emergency water to the Navajo Nation during the pandemic, Liquibox was ready to assist. Through a newspaper article, Michael Hobson, owner of Aquene Springs, noticed the devastating effect […]

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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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Nova Chemicals and Pregis Support Clean Water

NOVA Chemicals Corp., a producer of chemicals and plastic resins, and Pregis, a supplier of protective packaging solutions, are teaming up to support the Uzima Clean Water Mission. Uzima, an Atlanta-based charity, makes and donates water filters to help vulnerable, at-risk populations around the world gain access to clean water. NOVA Chemicals is donating film resins to […]

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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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A Closer Look at Guenther Hering

A Closer Look at Guenther Hering

Business Director, Global Business Development Coatings in Flexible Packaging, Henkel Corp.

Each issue, FlexPack VOICE™ hosts a question-and-answer segment with an industry leader. In this issue, we interview Guenther Hering, Business Director, Global Business Development Coatings in Flexible Packaging, Henkel Corp. Hering also is the 2018–2022 treasurer of the Flexible Packaging Association. Hering also is the 2018–2022 treasurer of the Flexible Packaging Association. Hering was born […]

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