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Balancing Safety and Sustainability: Flexible Packaging in a COVID-19 World

June 25, 2021

By Todd Meussling, Senior Manager Market Development at Fresh-Lock® At the beginning of 2020, plastics were at the center of the sustainability conversation, facing frequent challenges of the role plastics have in packaging. However, as COVID-19 took hold across the U.S., heightened awareness of safety brought to light the necessity of plastic packaging. As we…

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The Highlights of the Beer Industry

April 13, 2021

Contributed by Sidel As November in the beverage industry goes under a beer sign, Olivier Goffin, Vice President Global Category Beer, Wine and Spirits at Sidel, is sharing insights about what drives the beer market nowadays and how the equipment providers like Sidel are working to mirror the market trends. The status quo: beer industry…

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Adaptability, Agility…and Maintenance…Three Keys to Packaging Success During COVID-19

March 15, 2021

By Sander Smith Produce Manager at Wexxar Bel Undoubtedly, phrases such as COVID-19, social distancing, essential workers and quarantine represent defining images of the turbulent, challenging year that was 2020. But perhaps adaptability and agility should be added to that list as well. That’s because nearly every business within the food, pharmaceutical, manufacturing and packaging…

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Global Packaging Trends in a COVID-19 World

February 8, 2021

Understanding trends and challenges affecting packaging operations across the world By Jorge Izquierdo, Vice President, Market Development, PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies Before the coronavirus (COVID-19) became a global pandemic, demand for packaging machinery around the world was on the rise. A 2019 report by Grand View Research projected the value of…

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PACK EXPO Canceled for First Time in 60-plus Year History

August 6, 2020

After thoughtful consultation with the PMMI Board of Directors, PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, has made the difficult decision to cancel its in-person PACK EXPO International and Healthcare Packaging EXPO in Chicago this year.  The PMMI Board determined that due to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic and the current state and local regulations,…

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Packaging Industry: Digital Boost as a Result of the Crisis?

July 28, 2020

The strategy and marketing consultancy Simon-Kucher & Partners conducted a survey at the beginning of 2020, which asked managers in the paper and packaging sector about trends in the industry.  As in previous years, sustainability and digitalization dominated the trend radar. According to a mood barometer conducted by the management consultancy during the coronavirus crisis…

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Rising to the Challenge

July 6, 2020

By Joan Mantini The COVID-19 outbreak continues to pose unprecedented challenges to businesses across the globe, and these companies are indeed reacting to ensure new demands and production expectations are met. However, a significant challenge during the current crisis is the demand peak of masks, gowns, face shield and other supplies. Across the globe we…

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Hand Sanitizer

Supply55 Announces Guardian HS7500 75% Isopropyl Alcohol Based Hand Sanitizer

June 30, 2020

Supply55, Inc. has announced the release of the Guardian HS7500 Hand Sanitizer.  Guardian HS7500 Hand Sanitizer reportedly utilizes 75 percent Isopropyl Alcohol as its active ingredient. It is a liquid formulation and can be sprayed, poured, or pumped for use as a hand sanitizer or surface cleaner. The sanitizer is packaged in one-gallon bottles for…

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Ardagh Group Supplies Glass Bottles to Heritage Distilling Co. for Hand Sanitizer

June 9, 2020

Ardagh Group, Glass – North America, a business unit of Ardagh Group has partnered with Heritage Distilling Co. to produce and supply glass bottles for hand sanitizer during the coronavirus pandemic. Shortly after COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, Heritage Distilling Co. switched from producing and bottling spirits to producing and bottling FDA- and WHO-compliant hand sanitizer for consumer and business…

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Dorner’s Responsiveness Helps Deliver 2200 Series Conveyor for Manufacturing of N95 Respirators

June 7, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues causing major disruptions throughout the packaging industry on levels never seen before, Dorner is meeting these challenges head on by leveraging its expertise and expediting its conveyor systems to critical applications. Husco is one of those applications. Waukesha, Wisconsin-based Husco, a privately-held company specializing in high performance hydraulic and electro-mechanical…

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A New Phase

May 29, 2020

The coronavirus outbreak has revealed a critical need for the packaging industry. Factories along with distribution and fulfillment centers continue to be challenged daily by COVID-19, as it has caused an unexpected increase in demand with limited supplies and laborers. According to Business Insider, as May kicked off, the state and city populations affected by…

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RRD Produces Face Shields to Protect Customers and Communities

May 28, 2020

As states around the country begin to reopen businesses and public places, R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company (RRD) announced that it has shifted some of the production at its packaging facilities in Greensboro, N.C. and Reynosa, Mexico to create face shields[1] for single-users to protect businesses and communities across the country. The company is currently…

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A Label Update, or Not

May 26, 2020

By Joan Mantini As more countries begin to find their new normal after facing temporary shutdowns brought on by the global pandemic caused by the Cornona virus, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a temporary flexibility policy regarding certain labeling requirements for foods for humans during the COVID-19 pandemic. The issued guidance document…

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Pharmaworks Unites Packaging Industry to Fight COVID-19

May 25, 2020

Pharmaworks, a ProMach product brand specializing in pharmaceutical blister packaging machinery, is leveraging their capabilities to produce and donate face shields to help meet the needs of healthcare professionals and first responders. With over 17,000 face shields donated to date and thousands more being made each day, Pharmaworks is asking the manufacturing community for PETG…

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Holding it Together During the Global COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

May 20, 2020

By Bradley Dunlap, Product Marketing Manager at Shurtape Technologies, LLC In times of crisis, manufacturers tend to focus on front-end concerns: Are the raw materials necessary to make their product available? Do they have sufficient staff to maintain operations? Do they have processes in place to maintain the safety of their workers and their products?…

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Packaging Industry Leaders Launch Organization to Create PPE for Medical Professionals during COVID-19

April 14, 2020

Over forty packaging firms from twenty countries have come together to create an organization called “Fiber Shield” to create single-use, disposable face shields in response to COVID-19 and the global shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for medical professionals. Packaging producers and supply chain partners from around the world pooled their collective resources and expertise…

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GreenSeed Adapts to the Changing Needs of the Food Supply Chain in Unprecedented Times

April 10, 2020

GreenSeed, known for their custom packaging solutions for dry foods and supplements in the natural products category, agrees that business is anything but usual these days. The COVID-19 pandemic has spurred increased demand for convenient, shelf-stable foods, which have been flying off the shelves just as quickly as they are stocked, impacting every sector of…

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Spartech Joins in Fight Against COVID-19

April 10, 2020

Thanks to a donation of essential plastic materials by Spartech, a Wisconsin-based company has been able to produce 20,000 face shields to help protect first responders and healthcare workers in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Spartech is a manufacturer of engineered thermoplastics and custom packaging solutions. “We recognize the need to support healthcare workers…

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Nationwide Label Manufacturer Plays a Vital Role in Increasing the Supply of Healthcare and Logistics Labels

April 9, 2020

Diversified Labeling Solutions (DLS) announced it has stepped up to serve a vital role in producing essential supply chain and medical products during the coronavirus pandemic. In the last month, the need for this type of label has grown exponentially. Nothing is manufactured, warehoused, distributed or shipped without a label on it. As the coronavirus…

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NiceLabel to Provide Label Cloud Software to Organizations Free Fighting COVID-19

April 7, 2020

NiceLabel announced it is offering free subscriptions of its cloud-based labeling solution and technical consulting services to organizations that have joined the fight against COVID-19. The company has launched the non-commercial and non-profit-based initiative in order to help these organizations get much needed deliveries of medical equipment and supplies; respirators, disinfectants, masks or other critical…

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