News Ticker – June 16, 2010

Amcor acquires Ball Plastics Packaging Americas for US$280 million
The Australian packaging-converting giant purchases five Ball Plastics plants in North America; the business had 2009 sales of about US$600 million. The buy will expand Amcor’s Diversified Products business that targets the healthcare, pharma, personal-care, food and distilled spirits end markets, Amcor says. Rigid packaging makes up 30% of Amcor sales, or about $1.2 billion. Flexible packaging accounts for about an equal percentage of sales and dollars.

US microwaveable packaging market will top $2.5 billion in 2015
Despite a slowdown in growth over the last few years, the US market for microwaveable packaging is expected to reach $2.52 billion in 2015, says a new report by Global Industry Analysts. Growth in the short- to medium-term will be driven by the trend toward more take-home and packaged frozen/convenience foods, increasing popularity of microwaveable foods and innovation in product offerings, GIA says. More info  

PCMC to host iMpact 2010 at historic Lambeau Field June 23-24
With presentations on industry trends as well as state-of-the-art printing-press and converting-machinery demonstrations, Paper Converting Machine Co.’s multi-faceted event will take place next Wednesday and Thursday in Green Bay, WI. Besides networking with more than 30 industry suppliers, iMpact 2010 attendees will get an introduction to the new PCMC Fusion flexographic-printing press. That system reportedly provides new standards for environmental friendliness and operator simplicity with its 40% reduction in energy use and Intelliprint automatic impression-memory setup. More info

Pregis Hexacomb® wins FSC certification for converting processes
The Deerfield, IL, maker of 100%-paper honeycomb protective packaging receives Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain-of-Custody certification for products converted at its Ermelo, Netherlands, facility. Hexacomb is one of the first honeycomb producers to receive FSC certification, which traces the wood from FSC-managed forests through all stages of processing and distribution. More info

Release liner, p-s label industry seminar to preface Labelexpo Americas
Set for Sept. 13 at the Hyatt Rosemont Hotel in Chicago, the annual AWA Label Release Liner Industry Seminar 2010 will continue its tradition of prefacing the year’s biggest label exhibition, Labelexpo Americas. The pressure-sensitive label market represents over 50% of all release liner produced and used. In-depth market analysis from organizer AWA Alexander Watson Associates will put the agenda in context, and the seminar will unite experts from all levels of the release-liner value chain, to highlight trends and opportunities as well as to assess the challenges. More info

UPM Raflatac achieves ISO 14001 certification for labelstock op
The Finnish labeling substrate provider’s Durban, South Africa, labelstock-manufacturing facility has received approval in the ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management System. The ISO 14001 accreditation includes the manufacture, slitting and sale of pressure-sensitive paper and film labelstock. More info

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