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Deadline Nears for FPA Summer Virtual Internship Program

May 31, 2024, is the deadline for companies that want to participate in the Flexible Packaging Association’s (FPA’s) summer internship program, where participating companies nationwide can help their interns acclimate to the industry. The program, run by FPA’s Emerging Leadership Council, is available only to FPA member companies and includes a speaker series and small […]

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Ampac to Buy Gelpac

Ohio-based ProAmpac recently announced it is buying Gelpac, a producer of multiwall paper and poly-woven packaging products. Terms of the deal, which is expected to close over the next few weeks, were not disclosed. It is subject to customary approvals and closing conditions, according to a ProAmpac news release. Canada-based Gelpac, founded in 1956, will […]

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FPA Opposes Tennessee EPR Bill as Currently Written

The Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) is opposing a new extended producer responsibility (EPR) initiative in Tennessee as the proposal is currently written. The bill, TN Senate Bill (SB) 573, directs the state Department of Environment and Conservation to establish an EPR program, which FPA finds to be concerning for several reasons, including the overall costs […]

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Mondi and DS Smith Announce Merger Deal

The boards of Mondi PLC and DS Smith PLC have agreed in principle on the key financial terms of a possible merger. “The combination is an exciting opportunity to create a pan-European industry leader in paper-based sustainable packaging solutions, with complementary geographic footprints, leading customer relationships, a strong balance sheet and cash flow profile, and […]

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Davis-Standard Completes Acquisition of Extrusion Technology Group

Davis-Standard recently completed the previously announced acquisition of Extrusion Technology Group (ETG). Through the acquisition, three brands—battenfeld-cincinnati, Exelliq, and Simplas—officially become part of Davis-Standard, the company said in a news release. “This strategic acquisition reinforces our dedication to providing cutting-edge solutions and comprehensive support to our customers across various industries,” said Giovanni Spitale, CEO of […]

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AMERIPEN to Start Five-Part Series on EPR Regulations

AMERIPEN—the American Institute for Packaging and the Environment will hold a series of webinars starting later this month called “Are You Prepared?” that will help participants navigate extender producer responsibility (EPR) regulations. “This webinar series will help prepare companies across the packaging value chain to engage in the final stages of state-specific program development and […]

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AmerCareRoyal Buys Thermosource Tooling and Manufacturing

AmerCareRoyal (ACR), a supplier of disposable food service supplies and other items, recently purchased Thermosource Tooling and Manufacturing (TTM) based in El Segundo, California. Founded in 2004, TTM supplies thermoformed and flexible packaging solutions for food service, food production, and grocery applications. ACR, which has offices in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Texas, provides packaging and […]

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Report: Companies Move Toward Automation to Combat Workforce Woes

A shortage of skilled labor is leading consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies to invest in warehouse automation, according to a report released this past month by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies. The report—“Packaging and Automation in the Warehouses of the Future”—also says growing e-commerce activity and rising direct-to-consumer demands mean many CPG […]

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U.K.-based Eco Flexibles Names New General Manager

Eco Flexibles, a specialist in recyclable monopolymer flexible packaging, recently appointed a new general manager in an expansion of its operations team. As general manager, David Smith joins the senior management team and will oversee day-to-day operations. Smith has more than two decades of experience in the paper-based and flexible packaging industries, according to a […]

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SPMC® Sets February Date for Sterile Packaging Day 2024

The Flexible Packaging Association’s Sterilization Packaging Manufacturers Council (SPMC®) will hold Sterile Packaging Day 2024 on February 7 during the Medical Design & Manufacturing West conference in Anaheim, California, and online via LinkedIn. “Opening Possibilities” is the theme of the day and will honor nurses and clinicians, organizers say. The in-person event will center around the […]

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Sonoco Expands Operations in Brazil

South Carolina-based Sonoco recently reported that it will expand its flexible packaging service operations with the acquisition of Inapel Embalagens Ltda. in Brazil. Inapel operates two facilities in São Paulo with approximately 500 employees companywide. Production capabilities include rotogravure printing, adhesive and extrusion laminations, specialty coatings, cold seal, pouching, and cylinder engraving. Inapel will add […]

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American Packaging Corporation Names New Leaders

Wisconsin-based American Packaging Corporation (APC) recently announced changes in its leadership structure in what the company says is a rare move in its 121-year history. APC, which the Schottland family purchased from the Kardon family in 1986, says the following changes will be effective January 1, 2024: • Peter Schottland, current CEO and co-chairman of […]

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