Dramatically expanded NPE2009 to focus on sustainability, bioplastics

NPE2009, the triennial international showcase and technology exchange for plastics, will emphasize sustainability, bioplastics and other innovations in packaging materials when the show comes to McCormick Place in Chicago June 22-26. Says Gene Sanders, Society of the Plastic Industry vice president of trade shows, NPE2009 will be broader in scope than any previous NPE and feature more packaging-specific content than ever before.

“Because packaging is the largest industrial user of plastics, the discoveries awaiting packaging professionals at this dramatically expanded NPE will be more plentiful than in the past,” says Sanders. In addition to SPI’s trade show, NPE2009 will include seven co-located conferences and trade shows, an international design competition and eight specialized multi-exhibitor pavilions.

One of the co-located conferences, PET Strategies+, will feature Coca-Cola North America senior vice president of innovation and development Nilang Patel in an “open invitation” session free to NPE2009 attendees. Patel’s keynote presentation on “Plastics Packaging’s ‘Uber’ Triple Bottom Line Play” will share how Coca-Cola was able to bring its visionary closed-loop PET recycling strategy to reality. PET Strategies+ is produced by Packaging Strategies, a sister business of Flexible Packaging.


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Multi-faceted CMM International delivers value beyond the exhibition floor

CMM International, focused on helping converters handle today’s economic challenges, will complement its show floor with 60 conference sessions on popular converting subjects June 1-4 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill.

The show’s program will highlight three main educational tracks- Business Management, Technology and Operations-through hands-on workshops, panel discussions and presentations by leading industry experts. The educational sessions at the four-day event will allow attendees to learn about the same trends and technologies being demonstrated on the show floor and range from practical operational sessions as Successful Web Handling Techniques and Technologies, to such valuable management sessions as Strategies to Excel in a Difficult Business Climate.

The CMM conference program concludes on Thurs., June 4, with a mega-session panel discussion entitled “Sustainability in Practice: Green Washing and Beyond.”
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847-972-1914; cmm09.events.pennnet.com


Ilene Gordon leaves Alcan, Deslarzes assumes role

Corn Products International Inc., one of the largest corn refining and ingredient companies, announced April 7 that it had appointed Alcan Packaging executive Ilene Gordon chairperson, president and chief executive officer effective May 4.

Gordon, 55, has more than 30 years of senior-level management experience and has served as president and chief executive officer at Rio Tinto’s Alcan Packaging since 2007. She started her packaging career at Tenneco Inc. in 1982, then moved to Pechiney Plastic Packaging in 1999, becoming president and SVP of its parent, Pechiney Group. In 2003, Alcan bought Pechiney and, shortly thereafter, named Gordon president of Alcan Food Packaging Americas. She has served in various executive positions within Alcan since.

Effective May 2, Gordon will be succeeded by Jean-Christophe Deslarzes, currently (and remaining) the president and chief executive officer of Rio Tinto’s Downstream Aluminium unit. Deslarzes, with extensive knowledge on the packaging industry and the strategy of Alcan Packaging, previously served on Alcan’s senior-level management team in various human resources and engineered products capacities. Deslarzes will be based in Alcan Packaging’s Paris, France, headquarters. n

FPPA introduces new president, board members

Peter Cappas of United Engravers Inc., was inducted as president of Flexographic Pre-Press Platemakers Association (FPPA) at the association’s annual convention held March 1-3 at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, Ariz. FPPA also inducted a cabinet of officers, including: Greg Hauber, City Stamp Works, president-elect; Tim Moore, Southern Graphic Systems, treasurer; Mark Barnard, Trinity Graphics USA, secretary; Neil Saunders, Container Graphics, past president; Tom Pohlman, Dynamic Dies, director; Ken Ricks, Mark/Trèce, director; Carlton Boon, V.T. Graphics, director; John Anderson, Eastman Kodak Co., director; Dan Fry, MacDermid Inc., director; Diane Schafer, CMP, executive director.

AIMCAL Fall Conference details announced

The AIMCAL Fall Technical Conference, an industry forum for the global technical community involved in web coating processes, will be held Oct. 17-22, 2009, at Amelia Island Plantation in Amelia Island, Fla. Now in its 23rd year, the conference will highlight the hottest topics in web coating/laminating, vacuum web coating and advancements in specialty web coating. As of press time, the industry association continues to solicit relevant, unique and valuable technical presentations for the conference.

Amgraph celebrates 25 years, plans plant expansion

Versailles, Conn.-based Amgraph Packaging will celebrate its 25th anniversary with the opening of its “green” plant expansion later this year. The new building will add 50% more operating space while incorporating LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification principles in its design. With the expansion, Amgraph has also invested in a new Rotomec printing press, multiple slitters and a Rotomec adhesive laminator and cold-seal application line.

Hammer Packaging buys second Drent Goebel press

Hammer Packaging, based in Rochester, N.Y., recently installed its second Variable Sleeve Offset Press (VSOP) from Drent Goebel. The new 9-color offset press allows Hammer to use electron beam (EB) curing, ultraviolet (UV) curing or a combination of both. The new press includes Drent Goebel’s Variable Sleeve Flexo Printing (VSFP), suitable for both water-based and UV-curable inks. Hammer produces printed labels and package decoration for the global beverage, food, horticulture and household products industries.

Jen-Coat Inc. sells Tekkote division

On March 13, Jen-Coat Inc. finalized the sale of its Tekkote division to an investor group led by Larry Goldman, vice president and general manager of the division since 1999. Goldman will serve as president and chief executive officer for the new Tekkote Corp., which will remain headquartered in Leonia, N.J. The new company will continue the business of coating, laminating and value-added printing for silicone-coated release liners.

RadTech 2010 Technical Conference Call for Papers

Management for the 2010 RadTech UV and EB Technology Expo and Conference has announced a call for papers. The annual conference will take place May 24-26, 2010, at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Md. Discussion points at the event include: innovations in printing and packaging, industrial coatings, and economical and sustainable solutions for ink, adhesives and resin curing. For more details on the event, visit www.RadTech2010.com.

Huhtamaki divests release paper unit

To remain focused on its release film efforts, Huhtamaki has sold its siliconized glassine and clay coated liners release paper business in Forchheim, Germany, to German release liner manufacturer B. Laufenberg GmbH. The release paper business, worth €30 million in annual net sales, will be gradually transferred to B. Laufenberg over a 12-month period.