• Kelso buys majority interest in CL Smith

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    CL Smith specialises in manufacturing, warehousing, distribution and custom-designing rigid packaging solutions.

    The company also operates Lyons Blow Moulding, an extrusion blow moulding facility in Brooklyn, Missouri, and is the exclusive distributor of products produced there.

    CL Smith’s HAZPlus division serves as a one-stop resource for hazardous materials (HAZMAT) containers and packaging requirements. It acts as a self-certifier and conducts both new and re-certification performance testing.

    Following the acquisition, Kelso will merge CL Smith with its present investment in Inmark, a company that distributes packaging products for the rigid container and life sciences markets.

    CL Smith CEO Sarah Macdonald said: “We are pleased to welcome an experienced investment partner who shares our vision for the expansion of the company into a national packaging provider.

    “Working together, we will strengthen our customer-focused value proposition and best-in-class service offering.”

    Kelso investment partner Sandy Osborne said: “At Kelso, we constantly seek opportunities to partner with experienced operators with successful track records.

    “Sarah Macdonald and the CL Smith management team have generated impressive historical performance while further strengthening the company’s differentiated market position.

    “We look forward to working together to continue CL Smith’s exceptional growth trajectory.”

    The financial details of the transaction have not been disclosed.

    Kelso acquired the interest from Nancy Smith, who will invest proceeds in relation to the deal along with CL Smith’s management.

    Debevoise and Plimpton acted as legal advisor to Kelso.

    Ms Smith said: “CL Smith has a long and rich history of providing best-in-class customer service. We are excited to partner with Kelso, who share in our passion for customer care, our people and our culture.

    “These customer-centric values are the root of CL Smith’s success and serve as our roadmap for future growth.”

  • Gel-Pak Collaborates With BAE Systems On Innovative Packaging Solution For Thin Semiconductor Devices

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    The patent pending LCS2 product is designed to prevent thin semiconductor components from migrating out of the pockets of waffle pack chip trays during shipping and handling. 

    "The new LCS2 product has the potential to save semiconductor manufacturers millions of dollars in costs associated with yield loss, rework labor and RMA's caused by die migration" said Darby Davis, VP of Sales and Marketing for Delphon.

    Shipping today's thin semiconductor die in industry standard waffle packs presents a challenge for many semiconductor manufacturers. Thin devices packaged in these chip trays have a tendency to migrate, causing costly Component-Out-Of-Pocket (COOP) damage to occur. 

    Together Gel-Pak and BAE Systems studied the root causes of COOP and created this unique solution. The LCS2 product, designed to work with industry standard waffle pack trays, consists of pad and interleaf materials integrated into a static dissipative gold lid along with a highly engineered single piece clip that uniformly compresses the tray and lid together to seal each waffle pack pocket. This lid/lip system has been shown to eliminate thin die migration issues.

  • Smurfit Kappa Brazil’s innovative packaging solution wins prestigious Red Dot Design Award

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    Developed by Smurfit Kappa with 100% recyclable materials, the main advantage of the packaging design is its flexibility and the ability to accommodate different shapes and sizes of wine bottles safely, without having to use any filling materials. This design has a variety of 220 options to optimise space within the cardboard box and to accommodate different formats allowing for the wine bottle and food to fit perfectly. 

    Commenting on the award, Juan Guillermo Castañeda, CEO of Smurfit Kappa The Americas said: “We are extremely pleased to receive the Product Design 2021 Red Dot Award. It demonstrates that our innovative and sustainable packaging designs are making a difference. Partnerships with businesses like Wine & Bite Box are extremely important to us. We embrace the challenge to improve and develop our packaging designs to meet the changing needs of our customers and to build on our expertise.”

    With the growth in e-commerce during 2020, accelerated due to the pandemic, Wine & Bite Box saw an increase of 21% in sales and, currently, its products are being delivered across Brazil.

    “The new packaging solution developed by Smurfit Kappa will ensure that my products arrive safely and securely to my customers, wherever in Brazil they may be, guaranteeing a positive experience from start to finish,” said Myriam Echeverri, sommelier and founder of Wine & Bite Box.

    “Each of my gourmet tasting boxes are unique, and that uniqueness starts with the packaging. It is a great honour to receive this award together with Smurfit Kappa, as we are not only working on something that is innovative and sustainable, but also provides the best unboxing experience for customers.”

    Smurfit Kappa is known for Better Planet Packaging, a portfolio of innovative packaging solutions which are designed to be more sustainable and tailored to customer needs.

  • Stable supply of food, pharmaceuticals, and medicals under threat

    Ongoing tension in polymer markets worry European Flexible Packaging manufacturers

    There has been tension in the polymer market for some time which is very concerning for the members of Flexible Packaging Europe (FPE). Deliveries of all relevant polymers to the industry continue to be unpredictable in terms of volumes and time of delivery and therefore jeopardize many production plans. Converters are seriously affected as they have difficulties to supply finished products to meet their customers’ order requirements.

  • UK thermoformer embraces hybrid packaging

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    The company has installed a Kiefel KMD 78 that increases capacity but also enables companies the option of plastics and cartonboard hybrid packaging.

    Nigel Coates, managing director of LVF Packaging, said: “2020 was a busy year for us, especially in terms of the higher volume lines that we produce for many of the supermarkets, and it was apparent that production efficiency on our oldest Kiefel – a KMD 75 – was falling well behind our newer KMD 78s and that the time had come to replace it.

    “The new machine is our fifth KMD 78 and the third with down-stacking technology – a feature that saves us time and money during the manufacturing process.”

    Business development director, Daniel Coates, added that the machine comes with an extended frame that provides capability to add an extra station. This enables trays to be manufactured with cartonboard and plastics for food contact barrier or to enable sealing. The two elements are easily separated for recycling.

    The hybrid station that can be added to LVF Packaging’s new KMD 78 enables pre-erected cartons to be introduced directly into the plastics thermoforming tool and thin gauge material formed directly into them.

    “Hybrid packaging is one of a number of potential new technologies that we are looking into,” explained Coates. “Our intention is to gauge the direction the market is taking before making any additional investment – but having the capacity to simply add a hybrid station to our new machine means we are already one step ahead of the vast majority of our competitors.”

    The £550,000 being spent on new Kiefel KLMD 78 takes LVF Packaging’s investment in business development to more than £3 million ($4.1m) in the last five years.

  • Beyond COVID: the ‘next normal’ in packaging

    Market trends. New products, design and technology. These topics will be explored on 27 April 2021 in a live web event organized by SACMI in collaboration with Aptar and McKinsey

    Sustainability, safety, e-commerce. Three vital pillars of the post-COVID “next normal” in packaging that SACMI will explore together with packaging multinational Aptar.

  • DS Smith and ERFURT win the Corrugated Board Innovation Award 2021 for making wallpapering easy

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    Professional painters and do-it-yourselfers appreciate it equally: The quality wallpapers of the traditional brand ERFURT. It all started with woodchip wallpaper. Today, the family business ERFURT & SOHN KG, managed in the seventh generation, sells a diverse product portfolio all around the world for contemporary wall design in addition to its sales classics: from non-woven, smooth non-woven and embossed paper wallpapers to individually designable digital print wallpapers.

    Modern non-woven woodchip and non-woven wallpapers are very much in vogue, as they enable a particularly convenient and clean method of renovation with the wall-pasting technique. ERFURT & SOHN now offers an extra plus in convenience with the wallpaper box developed by DS Smith. The special highlight: The innovative solution for the professional and do-it-yourselfer saves the wallpaper table. The wallpaper strip can be attached directly from the wallpapering box to the pre-glued wall from the running roll. The integrated wall spacer, the positioning tabs for the ladder and the cut edge marked on the packaging ensure that the strips are always the right length. Waste of wallpaper material can be reduced considerably in this way. At the same time, the wallpaper box protects the wallpaper roll against soiling.

    Thanks to the printed assembly instructions, DS Smith's wallpaper box can be set up in no time at all and can be easily adjusted to the size of the wallpaper roll by means of reduction tabs inside the box. And it is just as easy to use

  • Cosmo Tech Expo

    Cosmo Tech Expo is India’s Biggest Manufacturing Solutions Trade Show for the Cosmetic, Personal care, Cosmeceutical, Perfumery & Soap, detergent, toiletries market.

    Cosmo Tech (now in its 5th Edition) is conceptualized on bringing the complete Innovative solutions to the beauty manufactures right from the concept to formulation to technology to product launch for making the advancements in the Manufacturing world.

    Cosmo Tech brings together 250 Exhibitors to display latest Ingredients, Raw material, Packaging, Labelling, Machinery, OEM & Private Labeling, Testing, Lab Equipments, regulatory solutions with over 8,000 manufactures visitors worldwide.

     

  • ProAmpac Acquires El Dorado Packaging

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    Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

     

    El Dorado manufactures customized paper-based packaging and printing solutions for retail and industrial markets. 

     

    With three plant locations in Arkansas, Minnesota and Nebraska, El Dorado produces paper self-opening sacks, rollstock for consumer packaging and industrial multi-wall bags for food service, seed, animal health and chemical markets. 

     

    "Together with El Dorado, we will enter new end markets, broaden our product offering and serve an expanding customer base with high-quality, innovative flexible packaging solutions," said Greg Tucker, founder and CEO of ProAmpac.

     

    Cincinnati-based ProAmpac is owned by Pritzker Private Capital along with management and other co-investors. The addition of El Dorado is ProAmpac’s third acquisition in 2021. 

     

    ProAmpac has 41 manufacturing sites globally, with more than 5,200 employees supplying more than 5,500 customers in 90 countries. ProAmpac innovates, engineers and manufactures flexible and sustainable packaging and material science solutions for various consumer, healthcare, e-commerce, retail and industrial goods markets. 

     

    El Dorado will adopt the ProAmpac brand and will maintain operations at its three manufacturing facilities.

  • DS Smith and ERFURT win the Corrugated Board Innovation Award 2021 for making wallpapering easy

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    Corrugated board wallpapering box brings real added value.

    Timelessly beautiful and quickly applied to the wall: The wallpapers from ERFURT convince by their high quality and are easy to apply. For the marketing of its innovative wallpaper collections, the Wuppertal family business has come up with something special. A box made of corrugated cardboard replaces the wallpaper table and guarantees even inexperienced laymen an all-round successful wall design. This extraordinary DIY tool was developed and produced together with the display and packaging strategists of DS Smith. The smart wallpapering box is suitable for all ERFURT products that are to be wallpapered using the wall-papering technique. The clever design was worth an award to the jurors of the Corrugated Board Innovation Prize. They awarded the wallpaper box with the second place in the category sales promotion.

    Professional painters and do-it-yourselfers appreciate it equally: The quality wallpapers of the traditional brand ERFURT. It all started with woodchip wallpaper. Today, the family business ERFURT & SOHN KG, managed in the seventh generation, sells a diverse product portfolio all around the world for contemporary wall design in addition to its sales classics: from non-woven, smooth non-woven and embossed paper wallpapers to individually designable digital print wallpapers.

    Modern non-woven woodchip and non-woven wallpapers are very much in vogue, as they enable a particularly convenient and clean method of renovation with the wall-pasting technique. ERFURT & SOHN now offers an extra plus in convenience with the wallpaper box developed by DS Smith. The special highlight: The innovative solution for the professional and do-it-yourselfer saves the wallpaper table. The wallpaper strip can be attached directly from the wallpapering box to the pre-glued wall from the running roll. The integrated wall spacer, the positioning tabs for the ladder and the cut edge marked on the packaging ensure that the strips are always the right length. Waste of wallpaper material can be reduced considerably in this way. At the same time, the wallpaper box protects the wallpaper roll against soiling.

    Thanks to the printed assembly instructions, DS Smith's wallpaper box can be set up in no time at all and can be easily adjusted to the size of the wallpaper roll by means of reduction tabs inside the box. And it is just as easy to use. A video tutorial on YouTube provides a quick introduction to wallpapering with the box. Just scan the QR code printed on the box and you can see on your own smartphone step by step how easy wallpapering can be: no bulky wallpaper table, no sticky strips of wallpaper and a wall picture that is even and homely. Wallpapering is easy with the wallpaper box.

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