News Ticker – May 11, 2010

FLEX AMERICAS to expand BOPET-film capacity in Mexico
The packaging-film substrate maker will invest US$50 million to double its capacity of biaxially-oriented PET films from its Altamira, Mexico, plant to 72,000 metric tons/yr. Expected to be operational in early 2011, a new 8.7-meter-wide Dornier BOPET-film line and a plasma-enhanced, high-barrier vacuum metallizer will be installed. FLEX AMERICAS is also about to open a Greenfield BOPP-film plant with metallizer in Cairo, Egypt. More info

SGS Intl. reports record high Q1 2010 revenue of $86.3 million
The Louisville, KY-based provider of design-to-print graphic services to the consumer-products packaging market says Q1 2010 sales were $86.3 million—an all-time quarterly record. The nearly 7% increase in sales was due to organic business growth and changes in foreign currency exchange rates. More info

Neenah Paper sees Q1 2010 net sales rise 25% vs 2009
WI-based firm reports net sales of $167 million in Q1 2010, a 25% increase from a year ago. Technical Products net sales were $97.7 million—up 41% from Q1 2009. Volume growth in technical products was widespread across most product lines with the biggest growth occurring in filtration, tape and abrasives. More info

Maxcess University Conference Week heads to Louisville
Only 30 seats remain for the annual web-handling training event to be held June 7-10 at the Graphic Packaging Intl. Training Ctr. in Louisville, KY. The four-day curriculum offers a comprehensive view of web-handling from general theory to practical application of technology. Attendees can choose a single day of training or save money by staying the whole week. More info

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