News Ticker – July 6, 2010

CPGs release report on common language for packaging sustainability
“A Global Language for Packaging and Sustainability,” released by The Consumer Goods Forum, sets out to deliver a common framework and measurement system that trading partners can use to help them make better, more informed decisions about packaging and sustainability.

“Our industry has a responsibility to review the packaging it uses and to ensure that any negative impact arising from its production or disposal is minimized,” says Paul Polman, Unilever CEO and The Consumer Goods Forum Board co-sponsor for sustainability. “To address this responsibility effectively, trading partners need to have a common way of talking about packaging and sustainability. This project delivers that language and will enable more informed dialogue.”

About 84 stakeholders contributed to the project, including manufacturers, retailers, packaging converters, trade associations, academics and consultants. Core input was provided from ECR Europe, The European Organisation for Packaging and the Environment (EUROPEN), the Grocery Manufacturers Assn. (GMA) and the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC). Pilot projects using the measurement system are underway with the first results expected by the end of 2010. Download the full report 

CEDEX Plastics to launch coex-film production Thursday
The joint venture between SC-based flexible-packaging converter Exopack and INDEVCO, Lebanese multinational packaging-manufacturing group, will begin PE-film operations with an opening ceremony at its plant in Zouk Mosbeh, Lebanon, on July 8. CEDEX will export co-extruded PE films for the North American market produced on a 3-layer VAREX® co-extrusion blown-film line from Windmoeller & Hoelscher, which was installed adjacent to the MASTERPAK flexible-packaging plant, a sister company in the INDEVCO Group. CEDEX’s product portfolio will initially feature high-clarity shrink film, corrugated-case overwrap film and heavy-duty shrink-bundling film. More info

Chesapeake installs Mark Andy P7 flexo press in China
The global pharmaceutical-packaging printer and converter adds a new Mark Andy Performance Series P7 inline flexographic-printing press to its operations in Kunshan, China. “The demand levels at our Kunshan site are steadily increasing, and the press will ensure we continue to meet our customers’ expectations,” says Mike Codington, gm-Chesapeake Kunshan. “We can now supply cartons, leaflets and labels which will allow us to meet the needs of the pharmaceutical sector as well as position us for growth in other markets.” More info

Gietz names NISSA as new distributor in Russia, CIS
The Swiss graphic-communications finishing-equipment maker appoints NISSA Co. (Moscow, Russia) as its exclusive distributor in Russia and the ex-USSR republics for the line of Gietz sheet and web foil-stamping machines. NISSA’s sphere of activities include sales and service for prepress technologies, post-printing equipment as well as systems for flexible and paperboard packaging and digital printing. More info

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1 Response to News Ticker – July 6, 2010

  1. This is so important for global marketers to understand! Once again, it all comes down to symantics. While some cultures still think sustainability refers to pricing, the United States, for instance, thinks of environmentally responsible behavior. Great post, Converting Curmudgeon!

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