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Digital Inkjet Printing Powers Packaging Personalization, Possibilities

Digital printing is opening new customization options for brands through unique designs, personalized messages, and variable data printing for exciting and, literally, one-of-a-kind packaged products. In short, the power of print-on-demand enables a brand’s packaging to stand out from the pack while enhancing consumer engagement. One of the players driving adaption of digital printing is HP, for example for digital printing presses for flexible packaging applications such as stand-up pouches…

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Resin Price Report: Resin Prices Continue to Slide

Spot resin trading improved substantially, such that the PlasticsExchange trading desk reported its best week so far this year. Completed volumes were above the 2023 average and activity was even pretty good by historical benchmarks, said the resin clearinghouse in its Market Update for the week of May 15. Although some materials remained a challenge to source, spot availability was ample and deals were easier to conclude than in recent…

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Latest Data on Bottled Water Shows Continued Strong Growth

Photo Credit: International Bottled Water Association We recently heard from the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) that new data from the Beverage Marketing Corporation (BMC) shows that bottled water has “reached new peaks in both volume consumed and sales”. IBWA has been an authoritative source of information on all types of bottled water—from spring, mineral, and purified to artesian and sparkling since its founding in 1958. BMC is a leading…

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UltiMaker Joins Large-Format 3D-Printing Club with New Method XL Printer

When the world first started to learn about 3D printing, many saw the technology as something small, a tool for printing plastic trinkets. This was not necessarily true — the printers were capable of creating many more useful items, such as anatomical models, educational aids, and prototypes — but 3D printing was known to many as something small in scale. This is no longer the case. Advances in materials available…

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Precision Concepts Medical Merger Puts Biomerics in Global Top 10 of Medtech CDMOs

Vertically integrated medtech contract manufacturer Biomerics has entered into a definitive agreement to merge with Precision Concepts’ medical business. The transaction includes the acquisition of the medical business of Precision Concepts International as well as Precision Concepts Group, headquartered in Winston-Salem, NC. The combined company will have more than 1.2 million square feet of manufacturing space across 13 locations, making Biomerics one of the top 10 interventional contract device manufacturing organizations…

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Recycling Terminology Can Be a Minefield, So We Should Tread Lightly

New Polyfoil EcoPro squeeze-tube body structure from Hoffmann Neopac is praised for excellent barrier properties, 30% reduced wall thickness, use of up to 60% PCR and recyclability in the HDPE stream. EVOH constitutes around 2% of the structure – is that truly “mono-material”? (Photo: Hoffmann Neopac) Today everybody wants to be considered “green,” but nobody wants to be accused of “greenwashing.” Unfortunately, being overly free with progressive-sounding environmental terms ends…

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Shell’s Pennsylvania PE Plant May Be Shut Down for Weeks

Shell’s massive petrochemical refinery near Pittsburgh has been plagued with problems since operations started in earnest in November 2022. Complaints from residents about foul odors emanating from the plant have multiplied and Shell faces a lawsuit linked to environmental issues. Meanwhile, the plant is currently shut down for repairs and will remain in shutdown mode for a few more weeks, a Shell spokesperson told media outlets. The $6 billion facility “cracks” ethane…

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