Manufacturing


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    Eviction threat looms as film recycler Myplas accrues $1.3M in unpaid bills

    Unexpected financial challenges occurred shortly after the company launched its highly anticipated Minnesota polyethylene film recycling operation in December, according to Peter Shippen, Myplas board chair.

    By Updated April 15, 2024
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    Is hemp the next revolution for sustainable packaging? Startup element6 Dynamics thinks so.

    CEO Kimberly Kovacs details the company’s push to use industrial hemp for making paper and packaging, which she says is a more sustainable option than tree pulp.

    By April 8, 2024
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    ND Paper, Opus, Jindal among March plant shutdown announcements

    More than 300 employees are expected to be affected by temporary or permanent shutdowns in Georgia, Maine, Michigan and Wisconsin.

    By April 2, 2024
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    Robots’ value proposition evolves in packaging and manufacturing

    Speakers from Delkor, Fanuc, PMMI and others shared insights at Pack Expo East into the current state of workforce gaps and adoption of automation and other solutions.

    By April 2, 2024
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    Manufacturing is ‘highly likely in our next growth cycle’: March PMI

    The industry was buoyed by a rise in demand and production rates last month, encouraging manufacturers to invest more in capacity.

    By Kate Magill • April 1, 2024
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    How IT and OT can team up on cybersecurity in manufacturing: PMMI

    The association and partners also highlighted post-pandemic investment in remote services at Pack Expo East.

    By March 28, 2024
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    Gravis looks to lead B2B bulk transportation packaging market in North America

    The private equity-backed company recently launched as a combined platform with six acquired companies, including Bagwell and Bulk Lift International. New CEO Vishal Rao outlines plans to grow in the FIBC market.

    By March 28, 2024
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    International Paper, O-I Glass win DOE funds for industrial decarbonization

    Targeting “difficult-to-decarbonize sectors,” the Biden administration calls its 33 project awards “the largest investment in industrial decarbonization in American history.” Diageo, Eastman, Gallo Glass and ExxonMobil are also recipients.

    By March 25, 2024
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    4 packaging facilities receive EPA recognition for energy efficiency

    Energy Star certifications recognize the nation’s most energy-efficient manufacturing facilities, with only the top 25% most energy-efficient plants in their sector achieving this status.

    By March 21, 2024
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    Federal judge dismisses $600M environmental lawsuit against Graphic Packaging

    The judge did not believe the plaintiffs’ attorney made a convincing case that GPI and government officials harmed residents of Kalamazoo, Michigan, with toxic emissions. Now, that attorney faces possible punishment.

    By March 19, 2024
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    Flexible Film Recycling Alliance launches with focus on drop-off programs

    The initiative, backed by the Plastics Industry Association, intends to improve film recycling from consumer, commercial and industrial perspectives.

    By March 19, 2024
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    EPA limits for fine particulate matter emissions rattle packaging industry, prompt appeal

    Changes to the PM 2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standards could affect multiple states. The American Chemistry Council, American Forest & Paper Association and others recently petitioned for legal review.

    By April Reese • March 19, 2024
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    Molded fiber packaging growth fueled by expanding demand, updated technology

    Companies such as Huhtamaki, PulPac and Tanbark are seeing notable growth in opportunities for molded fiber to gain scale as a plastic alternative.

    By Hollie Stephens • March 6, 2024
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    Paper packaging facilities impacted in February shutdown announcements

    Tetra Pak, Domtar, Stora Enso and Cascades were some of the companies that disclosed closures, layoffs or idling, citing shifts in demand and restructuring plans. Plastic packaging makers also announced changes.

    By Updated March 8, 2024
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    Cascades optimistic about contributions from new Virginia plant amid other closures

    While Cascades’ sales ticked up in 2023 as a whole, Q4 dragged down results. The company continues to prioritize production at Bear Island, Virginia, and other more modern facilities. 

    By Feb. 23, 2024
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    Ardagh Metal Packaging shipment volumes grew 5% in 2023

    The business was hit by end-of-year customer destocking, particularly in Europe, while sales in the Americas showed continued strength.

    By Feb. 23, 2024
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    Graphic Packaging touts consumer packaging growth, announces $700M paperboard plant sale

    GPI executives highlighted innovation’s role in the company’s growth and its shift toward consumer packaging during an investor day event.

    By Feb. 22, 2024
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    Confusion abounds over whether markets are accepting fiber price hikes

    In the second month since the fiber price hikes were supposed to take effect, markets still aren’t reflecting the full increases that companies announced and packaging executives are questioning a key pricing index.

    By Updated Feb. 21, 2024
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    Sonoco says paper Pringles can sales are one signal of volume recovery

    Consumer products customers are returning to normal pricing following destocking, said executives on Sonoco’s Q4 and full-year 2023 earnings call. But consumer spending shifts continue amid inflation pressure.

    By Feb. 15, 2024
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    Arglass envisions ‘maximum flexibility’ Georgia production site

    The U.S. packaging manufacturer says a forthcoming furnace could make 350 million glass containers per year. The ability for smaller production runs could make it resilient to market trends and more approachable for customers.

    By Feb. 15, 2024
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    Limited-edition Valentine’s Day packaging still captures hearts — and significant sales

    From intricate handmade designs to large-scale productions with characters such as Snoopy, packaging for chocolates and confections on Feb. 14 has come a long a way.

    By Barbara Hesselgrave • Feb. 14, 2024
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    Cascades to close 3 containerboard facilities, affecting 310 workers

    The company plans to shift production from sites in the U.S. and Canada to newer facilities, following other closures in Oregon and South Carolina last year. It will assist laid-off employees with finding new jobs.

    By Feb. 13, 2024
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    O-I Glass says demand in beer and food is recovering, destocking lingers for wine and spirits

    The year ended with shipments down 16% in Q4. Sales were hurt by customer destocking, which CEO Andres Lopez said began later than in other categories, giving O-I hope to mirror recovery trends in other parts of the industry.

    By Feb. 9, 2024
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    SPC overhauls sustainable packaging development guide

    Sustainable packaging involves more than just recyclability, according to the Sustainable Packaging Coalition’s new definition of the term. It also should consider elements like end markets and ease of opening.

    By Feb. 6, 2024
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    Crown touts beverage can growth in Americas as equipment sales stall

    CEO Tim Donahue described a positive outlook for the Americas Beverage and Transit Packaging divisions while also describing weak demand for aerosols and canmaking equipment. Crown closed five production facilities in Q4.

    By Feb. 6, 2024