Find in-depth stories about all the most relevant issues facing flexible packaging today. Digital-expanded and digital-exclusive features offer a deeper look at some of these topics to give you an even fuller view.
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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Macaran: Company Becomes Employee-Owned

Macaran Printed Products, a division of W.N. Van Alstine and Sons, recently reported on its company website that it has become a 100% employee-owned entity.

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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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ProMach Buys Assets of KHS Bartelt

ProMach recently bought the assets of KHS Bartelt, a provider of packaging systems for the food and confectionery, beverage, home and personal care, pharmaceutical, chemical, and tobacco industries.

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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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ePac in Korea

ePac Flexible Packaging has expanded with ePac Seoul, Ltd. in South Korea as the flexible packaging provider grows its network of production plants in the Asia Pacific region. The company’s affiliate, ePac Holdings Asia, will be the managing entity that is about 90 miles outside Seoul. ePac was established in 2016 in the US, and […]

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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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Roadmaps to Sustainability

Roadmaps to Sustainability

In-Depth Report Steers Industry Toward 2030

Companies across the supply chain in the flexible packaging industry have been working toward a circular economy for years.

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Yearning for Growth

Yearning for Growth

Forecast Calls for Strong Year

If there is one safe bet about the year ahead, it’s that 2021 will be nothing like 2020.

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