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Published March 3, 2009
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WWP Increases Tubes Division with Equipment



World Wide Packaging, LLC is adding 17 tubing and printing machines to expand and improve its capabilities for its plastic tubes division. According to Barry Freda, company president, World Wide Packaging’s plastic tubes business has grown by more than 300% each year for three years in a row. The expansion of its tubes division is designed to support the growing demand for its innovative tubes.

According to WWP, the company’s new tubing equipment includes:
•    A new in-line six color silk screen machine and a new in-line eight color offset printing line that offer the tightest print tolerance from color to color in the industry;
•    A new high-speed, five layer co-extrusion tube line that has built-in safeguards to monitor wall thickness on every plastic tube WWP produces;
•    Six new heading machines and four new capping machines for enhanced head and cap designs; and
•    Four new hot stamping machines.
   
More info: www.wwpinc.com

New Organizational Structure at Clariant



The three U.S. liquid-color plants acquired by Clariant Masterbatches Division from Rite Systems, Inc. last year will continue in operation as the Rite Systems Business Unit of Clariant Masterbatches. The announcement was made by Steve Snow, head of Clariant Masterbatches North America, who also reported that Drew Babcock, a founder and managing partner of Rite Systems, has been named head of Liquid Color, Rite Systems Business Unit, Clariant Masterbatches North America.
   
Ricon Colors, Inc., the granular masterbatches business purchased along with Rite Systems, will be absorbed into the existing Clariant Masterbatches organization.
   
Mr. Snow also confirmed other key personnel appointments. Mr. Babcock will have operational responsibility for the three liquid production sites, which are located in West Chicago, IL; Chino, CA; and Mooresville, NC; and will direct sales responsibility of liquid masterbatches throughout North America. In addition, he will continue in his role as key account manager for several strategic customers.        

Ray Sloan, also a managing partner of Rite Systems, becomes business manager, Liquid Color-Southeast, Rite Systems Business Unit, Clariant Masterbatches. Reporting to Mr. Babcock, he will continue to oversee the Mooresville, NC, plant, while assuming increased responsibility for dedicated liquid color sales and marketing management in North America. He will also continue in his role as key account manager.
   
Gerry McDonnell, formerly president of Ricon Colors, has been named business director, Clariant Masterbatches North America. Working from offices in West Chicago, he will be responsible for integrating the Ricon business into the Clariant Masterbatches divisional structure. Mr. McDonnell will have operational and sales management accountability for the West Chicago granular masterbatches business and, in that role, also continue to manage selected key accounts.
   
Mike McDonnell, who formerly had finance and sales responsibilities as a Rite Systems partner, has been appointed director of special projects, Clariant Masterbatches North America. He has been tasked with creating and implementing strategic programs to bring added value to customers through the application of liquid and granular masterbatch technology.

Luxe Pack Set for New York May 20-21



For its seventh edition, Luxe Pack New York, the luxury packaging trade exhibition, will return to the Metropolitan Pavilion and Altman Building on West 18th St., May 20-21. More than 100 exhibitors are expected to participate this year. Since its launch in 2003, the event has been held at the Metropolitan Pavilion. Last year, it expanded into the adjoining Altman Building for the first time. The combined space of The Altman Building and Metropolitan Pavilion totals 40,000 square feet, according to show organizers.
   
“Luxe Pack New York continues to get stronger every year and we expect the same in 2009,” said Nathalie Grosdidier, executive director, Luxe Pack New York. “Despite the economy, we have a strong list of exhibitors and are putting together a top-notch program of events.”
   
In addition to seeing more innovative packaging at Luxe Pack New York 2009, visitors will have the opportunity to attend a number of compelling seminars and conferences during the two-day event. Among the top level presentations is “Creating Brand Loyalty” with Beauty Packaging’s Board of Advisors, including John Delfausse, vice president global package development and chief environmental officer, Estée Lauder Corporate Packaging; Scott Widrow, vice president of manufacturing and materials management, Chanel; Karen Grant, vice president, NPD Beauty; Maureen Kelly, creator of Tarte Cosmetics; and Barbara Poder-Stiso, senior director package development, Del Labs/Coty, Inc.
   
More info: www.luxepacknewyork.com


SeaCliff Beauty Packaging & Laboratories Provides Latest Taesung Component



SeaCliff Beauty Packaging & Laboratories offers its clients the Taesung Airless Push Button Component with Brush Applicator.  This 20ml component allows users to push the button to expel product right onto the brush for a smooth application directly to the face. SeaCliff clients can choose to inject custom color to the package, which is an ideal packaging choice for foundation or tinted moisturizers. 
   
“Taesung continuously develops components that are consistently a head above their competition and this packaging option is no exception,” said Vonda Simon, president, SeaCliff Beauty Packaging & Laboratories. “This airless component is perfect for our clients who want a package that is as efficient in expelling their products as possible.”
   
More info: www.seacliffbeauty.com

Lip Smacker Partners with Paul Frank Industries To Create Limited-Edition Lip Balm Collection



Lip Smacker, a top lipgloss among girls and a leader in the lipgloss category, has partnered with Paul Frank Industries (PFI) to create a limited-edition lip balm collection for  Holiday 2009.    
   
Teens and tweens are some of Paul Frank’s most enthusiastic consumers. They are constantly inspiring the company's witty, brightly colored designs. “One of my favorite teenage memories is of Lip Smackers’ Dr Pepper flavor,” said Ryan Heuser, president of Paul Frank Industries. “It’s funny how life sometimes comes full circle. Now I get to develop products for a new generation of teens that celebrate Paul Frank’s carefree spirit with Bonne Bell!”
   

Clorox Revamps Wipes  with ‘Redesign Clean’ Contest



With Clorox Disinfecting Wipes new Décor canisters, the days of hiding cleaning products under the sink are over. The new line of wipes, just introduced by Clorox, comes in eight designs that combine form, fashion and function to put cleaning within reach.
   
“When we put the task to the design team, we started by asking why can’t cleaning be easy—and easy on the eye?” said Lisa Partnoy, marketing manager, Clorox Disinfecting Wipes. “The new Décor line reinvents disinfecting, enabling you to say goodbye to messes with style.”
   
But the new wipes are more than just a pretty face. Clorox also created a new single sheet dispensing system that makes cleaning as simple as flip, pull and wipe.
   
In celebration of the new line, Clorox is sponsoring the “Redesign Clean” contest, where design enthusiasts can try their hand at inspiring a future round of canister designs. Now through March 15, 2009, consumers can submit their original canister design online at www.redesignclean.com.
   
The competition field will be narrowed to 10 finalists, selected by the judging panel, and will be posted on www.redesignclean.com where consumers will cast the final vote to determine winners.
   
Consumers who vote for their favorite designs from April 1-15, 2009 will be automatically entered in a drawing to win a $1,000 Macy’s shopping spree.
   
One grand prize winner and two runners-up will be selected based on voter favorites. Grand prize for the winning design includes a trip to New York, an opportunity to shadow Macy’s creative team and a $1,000 shopping spree at Macy’s.
   
The winning design may also inspire future canister designs. Two runners-up will receive a HP TouchSmart computer.
   
More info: www.redesignclean.com



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