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Published May 4, 2009
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Aero-Tech Adds Aerosol Compatibility Vessel



Aero-Tech Laboratory Equipment Company of Worcester, NY recently debuted the ALT-SP, a new multiple use, side ported compatibility vessel. According to the company, it has the same capabilities as its standard vessel, but is also capable of attaining pressure and temperature readings more quickly and accurately. The new vessel is also ideal for observation and stability testing for bag on valves (BOV). The company can also add multiple ports to the vessel if needed.

More info: www.aerotechlab.com

Global Packaging Alliance Holds Annual Meeting



The Global Packaging Alliance (GPA) held its annual meeting, visiting U.S. and Mexico in January. With members convening from all over the world, the yearly event was a much-anticipated chance to discuss strategies and goals for the upcoming year, according to the Global Packaging Alliance.

Members spent the first half of the week at Diamond Packaging’s facility in Rochester, NY. They shared the latest developments in their packaging operations, including new equipment, technical advancements, materials and productivity improvements.

The meeting also provided an ideal forum for members to discuss trends in their respective markets, with special consideration given to the current state of the economy.

“Packaging is an essential part of life, and remains relevant despite the vagaries of economic cycles,” said Alex Commins, managing director of Colorpak Limited and secretary of the GPA.

“The GPA continues to focus on ways and means of building greater operational efficiencies into our business through techniques such as lean manufacturing. Now more than ever our customers rely on us to be at maximum efficiency,” he said. “Furthermore, our ability to share our local experiences and benchmark on a global basis is an advantage shared by few peers of our size.

“The end-result being that our customers benefit from dealing with organizations that are focused, flexible and world class in their outputs.”

The second half of the week was spent visiting GPA locations in Mexico, including Cartmont’s facility in Tlalnepantla, and Gonçalves’ new facility in Mexico City.

More info: www.global-packaging-alliance.com

Berlin Packaging Offers a Variety of Options



As one of North America’s largest suppliers of imported packaging components, Berlin Packaging’s team of dedicated professionals has been successfully sourcing from all points of the globe for more than 20 years.As a global sourcing leader supplying plastic and glass bottles, closures and dispensing systems to U.S. clients, Berlin Packaging has been named as a certified Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) partner by the U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) agency of the Department of Homeland Security. As a C-TPAT partner, Berlin Packaging is committed to global supply chain security and has agreed to make vital contributions to help secure the U.S. borders and ensure the continued free flow of international trade.

With sourcing offices in Shanghai, Shenzhen and its new Global Product Innovations Center in Chicago, Berlin Packaging has the expertise and depth to manage all the complexities and logistics of the import/export transaction and can coordinate and maintain just-in-time inventories at one of Berlin Packaging’s U.S. warehouse centers. To schedule a tour of its Chicago Innovations Center, contact a packaging expert at 800.2.BERLIN or Jason Mietus, Berlin’s operations manager, at (800) 747-7807, ext. 3110.

SeaCliff Tapped by Addiction Cosmetics



From designing new packaging to formulating and filling all products onsite, SeaCliff Beauty Packaging & Laboratories will be solely responsible for the relaunch of mineral brand Addiction Cosmetics.In addition to the company’s best-selling products, Mineral Foundation, Tinted Moisturizer and Make-up Primer, SeaCliff will help the company introduce a skin care line.

“We believe that relaunching an up-and-coming makeup line in need of a complete branding over-haul will be another excellent opportunity for SeaCliff to help put a small company with a lot of potential on the map,” said Vonda Simon, president of SeaCliff Beauty Packaging & Laboratories.

“This project will be done completely onsite at SeaCliff, ensuring that every detail of the relaunch is up to our exacting specifications.”

More info: www.seacliffbeauty.com

Demand for Green Packaging to Approach $44 Billion in 2013



The U.S. demand for green packaging, comprised of recycled content, biodegradable and reusable packaging, is projected to increase 3.4% annually to $43.9 billion in 2013, according to a new report from The Freedonia Group Inc., a Cleveland-based industry research firm. Growth will outpace overall packaging but will remain modest due to the maturity of many products and the fact that recycled content packaging has a large existing presence in paperboard and metal packaging. The fastest gains are anticipated for biodegradable plastic packaging and plastic recycled content packaging. Biodegradable plastic packaging is forecast to climb nearly 13% a year through 2013, driven by increased price competitiveness with conventional resins, rapidly expanding capacity and lower pricing volatility than petroleum-based plastic packaging materials.

Cosmoprof Once Again a Success in Bologna



The 42nd edition of Cosmoprof Worldwide Bologna closed on an upbeat note of enthusiasm and positive thinking, according to event organizers. An average increase of 30% in contracts signed by exhibitors was reported. A host of new features attracted attendees to Cosmoprof 2009, including a tribute show held in the theater and a style lab about the latest trends.

Kiss My Face Launches Eco-Friendly Packaging



From the launch of “The Greenhouse,” an in-store display that is not only recyclable, but made from recycled materials down to its steel parts and lacquers, to debuting newly redesigned product packaging that minimizes waste and the use of toxic materials; Kiss My Face continues to set the standards for eco-conscious companies.With the launch of the Kiss My Face Potent & Pure skin care line, the brand will roll out 65% recycled packaging, produced using wind power and water soluble inks.

New floor and countertop displays made of 65% recycled cardboard and water soluble inks will be used to offer retailers unique merchandising options while maintaining the strength of traditional displays, while counter units used to display organic lip products are made of 100% recycled cardboard. More info: www.kissmyface.com


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