News Ticker – June 9, 2010

LPS Industries covers plant roof with 3,870 solar-energy panels

LPS Industries' new solar-panel roof

LPS Industries' new solar-panel roof generates 25 percent of the facilities' electrical needs.

The Moonachie, NJ, flexible-packaging converter has completed the largest Solyndra solar-panel rooftop installation in the US. The 3,870 solar panels will provide 25 percent of the 165,000-sq-ft manufacturing facility’s electrical-power needs. Producing more than 825,000 kWh of electricity, the LPS Industries installation eliminates more than 1.1 million lbs of CO2 emissions annually. LPS provides packaging solutions to the medical, food, transportation, electronics and agricultural markets. Woman-owned and operated, LPS offers three separate product groups: flexible packaging, coated products and general packaging materials. More info

Solo Cup to close three plants, idle 1,200 workers
The Lake Forest, IL, foodservice-packaging converter said Tuesday that it will close its Owings Mills, MD; North Andover, MA; and Springfield, MO, manufacturing facilities due to improved production efficiency across its 10 other North American plants. The North Andover and Springfield facilities are expected to close in mid-to-late 2011, and the Owings Mills plant is set to close in mid 2012. The plant closings eventually will result in the elimination of more than 1,200 workers across all three sites. Solo says it will invest in its remaining locations and plans to increase employment at these facilities over the next 12 to 24 months.

Intertape Polymer Group names Yull as new president/CEO
The specialty packaging-product manufacturer has appointed Gregory A. C. Yull as president and chief executive officer, effective immediately. Yull has spent more than two decades with Intertape, working in diverse areas of the company and assuming increasingly complex responsibilities. Also, for organizational effectiveness, Intertape’s two divisions, which have many customers in common, will now be integrated into one unit.

Labelexpo Americas 2010: Technology to the rescue
The largest label and product-decoration tradeshow this year opens its doors Sept. 14-16 at the Stephens Convention Ctr. in Rosemont, IL. A host of feature areas will demonstrate technology processes to help converters stay ahead of the competition and create new opportunities for customers while reducing costs and increasing profits. (More info) Among the highlights:
Labelexpo Americas 2010 logoLabelexpo Technology Workshops—Four working presses from Nilpeter (HD Flexo), EFI (inkjet), HP (liquid toner) and Xeikon (powder toner) aim to show attendees how to set up and run each narrow-web label press, whether conventional or digital printing, to optimize label print performance and quality.
Beyond Labels—Dedicated to print and packaging processes, which are opportunities for the label converter, beyond the label. Exhibitors will demo combined package printing, flexible packaging and medical products.
Gather on the Green—Suppliers to display their environmentally friendly projects and educate brand owners on strategies that different businesses are taking to ensure that they are “green.”
The Conference—Organized in collaboration with TLMI, the program will cover new digital technologies and solutions, branding, color management, brand protection, inkjet printing, flexible-packaging opportunities, and the sustainable supply chain, among other topics.
“How to” Digital Label Printing Masterclass—To be taught by industry expert Mike Fairley, the three-hour course encompasses the current state-of-the-art in digital printing, a review and explanation of main digital-printing technologies, digital prepress/workflow and color management, label substrate requirements, and in-line/off-line finishing options.

Cereplast to ship 16 million lbs of bioplastics in 2010
The El Segundo, CA-based maker of sustainable plastics says it expects to ship about 16 million lbs of its proprietary bioplastic resins to customers this year—a 400-percent increase over 2009. The company recently opened a new state-of-the-art production facility in Seymour, IN.

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