News Ticker – July 14, 2010

Exopack completes purchase of two Bemis flex-pack facilities
The converter wrapped up its buy Tuesday of the Bemis Co. flexible-packaging manufacturing operations in Menasha, WI, and Catoosa (Tulsa), OK. The deal was valued at $82 million; the divested business recorded 2009 net sales of approximately $156 million.  Spartanburg, SC-based Exopack makes plastic and paper flexible packaging, specializing in film extrusion, printing, lamination, and finishing. It recently began film production at its CEDEX joint venture in Lebanon. More info

Graphic Packaging Intl. to hike Pacesetter® coated recycled board price
The Marietta, GA-based substrate provider and paperboard-packaging converter will raise its price $40 per ton for its PaceSetter® coated recycled board, effective with shipments on or after Aug. 9. Graphic Packaging Intl. is one of the largest producers of folding cartons and holds a leading position in coated-recycled boxboard and specialty-bag packaging. More info

Multi Packaging Solutions moves to sustainable energy
The New York City printer and packaging converter expands its commitment to sustainable solutions with a switch to 25% green energy at its Dallas, TX, and South Plainfield, NJ, manufacturing sites. With the move, the company will reduce its annual CO2 emissions by over 1,200 metric tons (the equivalent of removing 245 passenger vehicles from the road). Among MPS’s other eco efforts: Operating an FSC-certified print and packaging network in the US; managing a production-scrap recycling program; and formalizing LEAN manufacturing to reduce waste and conserve energy. More info

Polyester/PET Chain Congress to focus on maintaining growth
Set for Nov. 29-Dec. 1 in Zurich, Switzerland, the 15th Polyester/PET Chain Congress will investigate ways for the industry to keep growing while maintaining profitability as markets recover from The Great Recession. PET demand has not kept pace with capacity increases, and today virgin-product requirement is approximately 49 million metric tons/yr (18 million of which are for packaging applications). Additionally, about 6 million tons/yr of reprocessed R-PET has been entering global markets. More info

EPG becomes exclusive Welas distributor for the Americas
Essex Products Group, the CT-based manufacturer of KeyColor ink control, presetting and scanner interface systems, signs an agreement to become the exclusive North and South America distributor of Welas (Vaasa, Finland) segmented ink blades. Welas produces laser-cut hardened carbon-steel and stainless-steel segmented ink blades for accurate ink metering and customizes blades for all press types.

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