News Ticker – August 24, 2010

Dell cuts 18.2 million lbs of packaging since 2008
Dell Streak in bamboo-based packagingIn its effort to make product packaging more convenient for customers and less impactful on the planet, computer-maker Dell says it has eliminated the use of more than 18.2 million lbs of packaging material since 2008. That’s about the same weight as almost 4,200 small pickup trucks. The reductions were reported yesterday in Dell’s 2009 Corporate Responsibility Report.
     Dell says, since 2008, it has increased the amount of recycled content in its packaging to approximately 32% and is nearing its goal of 35% recycled-content packaging by this year. More than half (57%) of Dell’s packaging materials can now be easily recycled by customers using curbside pickup. The company is aiming for that number to be 75% by the end of 2012. More info  

Ahlstrom increases coating capacity in Brazil
The Finnish specialty-paper and nonwovens substrate provider completes an investment to increase the speed of an off-line coater at its Jacareì plant in Brazil. The higher capacity lets Ahlstrom better satisfy growing demand for coated papers in Brazilian and South American markets. The Jacareì plant mainly produces C1S papers for release liners, labels, packaging and other coated specialties. More info  

WS Packaging Group names Rex Lane as new CEO
     The Green Bay, WI-based label and packaging powerhouse appoints Rex E. Lane as its new chief executive officer. Terry Fulwiler, who is retiring as CEO, held the position for nearly 25 years. Fulwiler will remain with WS Packaging, serving as chairman of the board until June 2011.
     Lane brings 16 years of business-management and lean-manufacturing implementation experience to his new position. Immediately prior to joining WS Packaging Group, he was vp-global supply chain and operations for Apex Tool Group, Sparks, MD. More info

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