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The Pentawards 2014 Packaging Design Award Winners 22 October 2014
The Pentawards has as its mission the global promotion of packaging design. According to Brigitte Evrard, Pentawards co-founder, "Packaging design is a very demanding and difficult discipline, as it is subject to the laws of a market more and more focused on cost reduction and short-term profitability. Read More...
Clever packaging cheated sniffers, scanners 21 October 2014
A cursory glance at the tin cans which had heroin concealed in them does not reveal much. They do not look any different from the innocuous food cans one finds at general stores. But the fact that the smugglers managed to send the contraband outside India using this modus operandi has yet again exposed the limitations of drug detection at entry and exit points. Read More...
Health fears over BPA chemical in plastic food packaging 20 October 2014
Food and drinks packaging helps food to stay fresh and enjoy a longer shelf life. Plastic is commonly used in food containers, bottles and wrapping materials as well as in the linings of tin cans. Read More...
US rigid bulk packaging market to reach $7.3 bn in 2018 17 October 2014
With increase in manufacturing activities and access to shale oil & gas in the US, the demand for rigid bulk packaging is projected to increase 4 percent per year to $7.3 billion in 2018, according to a new study from the Freedonia Group – the US-based market research firm. Growth will represent an improvement from the performance of the 2008-2013 period as manufacturing output and construction activity recover further from post-recession troughs. Read More...
Prominence of warnings on tobacco packaging; India slips to 136 15 October 2014
New Delhi: India ranks 136 among 198 countries in terms of prominence of pictorial health warnings on tobacco packaging, down from the 123rd position it had managed in 2012. The report ranks 198 countries and territories on the size of their health warnings on cigarette packages, lists countries and territories that require picture warnings, and documents the global momentum towards implementation of plain packaging. Read More...
How Your Packaging Improves Customer Experience 14 October 2014
When we think of packaging as a branding tool, we tend to think of amazing retail packaging like Apple’s. The electronics firm maintains a secret “packaging room” where hundreds of potential package designs are tested to get the opening experience perfect Read More...
Packaging cos oppose govt order to ban PET for pharma products 13 October 2014
Pharma packaging majors have objected to the Union government's decision to prohibit the use of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) to package liquid drug formulations. They view the notification issued by the government as one driven by public interest groups with vested interests. According to a section of pharma packaging players, including the Bengaluru based Manjushree Technopack, PET has undergone stringent tests before it could be approved for use in pharma and food packaging since 1982. It is only in 2014 after a gap of 32 years that the government has raised objections to its use asserting that PET properties are harmful. Read More...
Through transition, R&D/Leverage has kept its identity 11 October 2014
LEE’S SUMMIT, MO. — About six years ago, R&D/Leverage made a decision to rebrand to emphasize that the company was much more than a tool shop. That part of the company’s story is well known by now. But what’s sometimes forgotten is how the company managed to hang on to its history and its corporate culture during the transition. Read More...
Revolutionary EcoCup™ Single-Serve Capsule Takes First Place at Packaging Innovators Competition 10 October 2014
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Oct. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - The ground-breaking EcoCup™ capsule was voted MOST INNOVATIVE PRODUCT at the Packaging Innovators Competition hosted by PAC, Packaging Consortium last week in Toronto, Ontario. Read More...
Packaging maker invests Dh250m in Abu Dhabi 9 October 2014
Technovaa Packaging Industries Ltd., the industrial arm of DARVESH and one of the leading paper products/plastic film producers in the region, is to set up a new manufacturing facility at the Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad), with an initial investment of Dh250 million, Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) has announced in a statement. Read More...
Bosch to showcase its complete packaging systems competence at PACK EXPO International 2014 8 October 2014
Bosch Packaging Technology, a leading supplier of processing and packaging solutions, will showcase its complete systems competence, from processing to primary and secondary packaging to end-of-line technologies at PACK EXPO International 2014. Read More...
CVS To Pay $225K For Misleading Packaging On Store-Brand Products 7 October 2014
Isn’t it great when you buy a box that looks like it contains a large jar of face cream only to find out that what’s inside is much smaller than you’d expected? Drugstore megachain CVS recently agreed to pay $225,000 to settle allegations in California that it tweaked its packaging on nearly a dozen store-brand products to trick customers into thinking they were getting more than they really were Read More...
Swachh Bharat: Indian Institute of Packaging ties up with IBHA to collect waste for recycling 6 October 2014
In line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ambitious Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP), under the Ministry of Commerce, today said it has joined hands with an NGO to collect plastic waste for recycling in the city of Mumbai. Read More...
Importers, food safety authority at loggerheads over packaging rules 1 October 2014
According to the Food and Safety Standards Act, all imported food, except single-ingredient products, must display a list of ingredients and mention the manufacturing and expiry dates on the label. Read More...
Clariant acquires healthcare packaging specialist VitaPac 30 September 2014
Swiss firm Clariant has signed an agreement to acquire VitaPac, a Chinese specialist for healthcare packaging, for an undisclosed amount. The owner-led VitaPac, with 80 employees and consolidated sales of about CHF 4 million (about $4.2 million) in 2013, is based in Hong Kong and has a production site in Dongguan, China. The transaction is expected to be completed by the end of the fourth quarter of 2014 and subject to regulatory approvals. Read More...
NGT fines water packaging unit for not taking permission 29 September 2014
The National Green Tribunal has directed a water packaging unit in Greater Noida to pay Rs 1 lakh to the UP Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) for operating without permission from any of the competent authorities and causing damage to the environment. Read More...
Institute of Packaging Ghana to establish Centre 26 September 2014
The Institute of Packaging Ghana (IOPG) is to establish a Packaging Centre of Excellence in Ghana to provide information, training and technical support services to industry players. Read More...
Paper And Packaging Prices On The Rise 25 September 2014
Despite business increasingly moving online, businesses and consumers alike still depend on paper, especially in various packaging and shipping markets. The bad news for businesses, however, is that the prices of paper and packaging products are on an upward trend as input costs rise for upstream suppliers and consumer shopping trends drive demand for shipping materials and services. Read More...
PMMI Announces Purchase of Summit Media Group 24 September 2014
Its a great move and would help Pack Expo in a big way but I am not sure what would be the impact on packaging knowledge growth as the focus may go more to expo. Read More...
Innovative smart bandage aims to heal first aid market 23 September 2014
Measuring thinner than a single sheet of paper, the prototype features tiny sensors that can record subtle body movements, such as muscle tremors. The embedded sensors can also be activated wirelessly to heat the drugs stored inside the patch, releasing them into the skin. Read More...
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