News Ticker – May 28, 2010

Have a safe and happy Memorial Day holiday!

Compound speeds biodegradation of packaging films
Terralloy compound biodegradable, compostable filmA new blend of thermoplastic starch (TPS) and biodegradable copolyester (PBAT) reportedly degrades more rapidly than copolyester alone, broadening packaging possibilities for blown and cast film and sheet. With TPS content ranging up to 40 percent, Terraloy™ 20000 Series compounds from Teknor Apex Co. have passed the ASTM D6400 test for plastics intended for composting in aerobic facilities. The compound is recommended for replacing polyolefins and polystyrene in applications such as shrink wrap, produce wraps and trays. More info

McNeely Plastics orders third W&H VAREX® blown-film line
The Clinton, MS-based vertically integrated, flexible-packaging converter purchases another Windmoeller & Hoelscher VAREX® blown-film co-extrusion line to increase capacity and position itself for growth. Scheduled for Q4 2010 shipment, the new 71-in., three-layer line has grooved feed extruders, a FILMATIC® S dual surface winder and the newly launched OPTICOOL® air ring, which drives higher output rates than dual air-ring systems. This purchase marks McNeely Plastics‘ third investment in W&H technology. In January 2010, Sigma Plastics Group acquired a majority stake in McNeely.

RockTenn raises price on bleached paperboard products
The Norcross, GA, substrate provider announces a $50 per ton price increase on its line of CartonMate® bleached paperboard products, effective with shipments on June 28.

Hexacomb® prices to rise for northern European customers
Pregis Corp. will hike prices 6 percent on all grades and sizes of its Hexacomb protective packaging shipped to customers in the UK, Germany, France, Belgium and The Netherlands, effective June 1.  The latest increase is due to additional upward pricing pressure from paper, fuel and adhesives, the converter says. Testliner has risen approximately €30 per ton over April, which puts the increase at more than 25 percent since October 2009.

FIRST Operator Certification hits the classroom June 16-17
The Foundation of the Flexographic Technical Assn. TEST (Technical Education Services Team) will host its FIRST Operator Certification-Level I course on-site at Dunwoody College of Technology in Minneapolis, June 16-17. As one of the only times this year that instructor Joe Tuccitto will teach this course in a classroom format, there will be hands-on press, platemaking and platemounting demonstrations, moving students well on their way to achieving a FIRST Operator Certification. More info

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