News Ticker – August 6, 2010

Coating/laminating, vacuum coating focus of AIMCAL fall conference
AIMCAL LogoThe Assn. of Industrial Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators (AIMCAL) will host its annual Fall Technical Conference and 24th Intl. Conference on Vacuum Web Coating Oct. 17-20 at the Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes in Myrtle Beach, SC. The dual-track schedule devoted to Coating/Laminating and Vacuum Web Coating opens and closes with joint sessions on developments in nanotechnology, conductive films, photovoltaic technology, sustainability, markets, and business practices.
     Two optional four-hr short courses on Oct. 17, “Barrier Coatings by Vacuum Deposition” and “Electrostatics in Web Handling,” will precede the keynote address, “From the Minds of Scientists to the Hands of Consumers,” by Roger Phillips, a coating technology consultant, and Patrick Higgins of JDSU-Flex Products Group, Santa Rosa, CA. The program also includes Tabletop Receptions on Oct. 17 and 18.
     This year’s conference is dedicated to the late John Pasquale, PE, an industry icon in coating/laminating equipment manufacturing, who served as senior vp of New Era Converting Machinery, Inc. (Paterson, NJ). A staunch supporter of AIMCAL, he co-chaired its Coating & Laminating Committee and played a major role in Fall Technical Conference planning for several years. More info

UK non-metal recycling market at $2.03 billion in 2009
Having increased 10% over 2008, the UK market for recycling of packaging, paper, plastics, glass and textiles was worth an estimated $2.03 billion last year. The new Research & Markets report analyzed in detail the market for municipal waste, including composting and energy from waste—both from incineration and in the production of fuels. Data show that the British people are taking a more responsible attitude toward the environment and are recycling more, and the prospects for the recycling industry look extremely promising. More info  

Kapstone Paper & Packaging reports Q2 2010 sales up 27% over 2009
The Northbrook, IL-based substrate provider and converter had Q2 2010 net sales of $199.1 million—up 13% over Q1 2010, driven by higher sales volume. Average revenue per ton of $585 was up $56 versus the same Q2 period in 2009. The company’s mills produced 323,000 tons of paper and ran at a 99% operating rate. Its order backlog remains very strong.

CCL Industries doubles Q2 2010 net earnings to $18.4 million
The Toronto, Canada-based label and packaging printer/converter reports its Q2 2010 sales were $302.2 million, in line with the same period in 2009. Net earnings doubled to $18.4 million—up 104%, compared to $9.0 million in Q2 2009. Sales in the Label business were up 11% due to widespread industry improvement in all regions and markets. The Label Division’s return on sales at 16.2% was well above internal targets.

2010 ISCST Symposium registration discount ends Aug. 13
The 15th Intl. Coating Science & Technology Symposium will be held Sept. 12-15 at the Crowne Plaza St. Paul-Riverfront Hotel in St. Paul, MN. The program includes 73 oral presentations and 33 posters with contributions from Asia, Europe, North America and South America. The Early Bird registration-discount deadline is Aug. 13. More info

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