News Ticker – May 6, 2010


Need to box up a car? Smurfit Kappa debuts XXXL packaging
Major European paper-based packaging converter Smurfit Kappa debuts its XXXL packaging—corrugated cases up to 243 sq ft in size, large enough to house a small car. Also available in heavy-duty board grades, the new packaging size responds to increasing market demand for large-format packaging by the UK food and retail industries.

SGP Partnership seeks comment on finishing-certification criteria
The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership opens a 45-day public-comment period for its Binding, Finishing and Loose Leaf (BFLL) Certification Criteria document. The document integrates SGP’s new BFLL and its existing Printer Criteria into a single certification for US and Canadian operations. The comment period ends June 19.

Graphic Packaging reports lower Q1 2010 net sales, higher net income
Converter Graphic Packaging Holding Co. saw $6.3 million in Q1 2010 net income compared to a $28.2 million net loss for the same period last year. On the flip side, though, Paperboard Packaging net sales for Q1 2010 fell 0.7%, driven by lower pricing. Multiwall Bag and Specialty segments declined 5.2%. More info

Cereplast to commercialize algae-based resin tech by year end
The El Segundo, CA-based maker of bio-based, sustainable plastics says it expects to offer the first grade of Cereplast Algae Plastics® for commercial use by the end of the year. The material has the potential to replace 50% or more of the petroleum content used in traditional plastic resins, the company says. More info

Gerhardt USA to open new flexible-die plant after 2009 fire
On November 8, 2009, Gerhardt USA fell victim to a devastating fire that caused millions of dollars in damage and completely burned out the supplier’s flexible-die production capabilities. Now, with interim help from its sister facility in Derby, UK, Gerhardt USA will open a new site in PA in October 2010.

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