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FTA environmental awards recognize technical innovation, process improvements

The Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) Environmental Excellence Award program has recognized four companies for their efforts in sustainable printing practices.

AllpakTrojan of Renton, Wash., earned an honorable mention in the Process Improvement category for its holistic approach to sustainability. The company promotes healthy, ecologically sustainable business practices in four areas of its production: product and equipment; efficiency and protection; employees and jobs; and commitments and relationships. The converter’s Environmental Action Plan incorporates values and goals that encourage employees to not only become better stewards of the environment, but also promotes positive economic growth and social awareness.

Coating Excellence International LLC of Wrightstown, Wis., won a Technical Innovation award for its SuperTube woven bag. SuperTube bags are recyclable in pre- and post-consumer environments. In the event that SuperTube bags don’t enter the recycling stream, the bags consume less landfill space than alternative packaging as they weigh less than half what a traditional multi-wall paper bag does.

Creative Labels, a narrow-web flexographic printer in Gilroy, Calif., received an honorable mention for Technical Innovation for reducing its carbon footprint through two projects. The first project included a review of the plant’s lighting, especially in the production area. The company replaced high-wattage lights with brighter and more energy efficient lighting. Second, the converter installed a solar electric system customized to achieve maximum energy cost savings.

Lauterbach Group, a Waukesha, Wis.-based label printer, has implemented several environmentally focused initiatives, garnering an FTA award for Process Improvement. The printer seeks sustainability in its everyday operations. With a mindset that lean is green, the 50 employees at Lauterbach were able to reduce the amount of materials consumed while increasing output and reducing their impact on the environment.

FTA solicits entries for next year’s awards competition; entries are due Dec. 31. For information about the 10th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards, contact Doreen Monteleone, director of special projects & EHS services, atdmonteleone@flexography.org.

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Trevor Evans to be inducted into Plastics Hall of Fame

Trevor Evans, chairman at Nampak Ltd., will be formally inducted into the Plastics Hall of Fame at a Society of the Plastics Industry gala banquet June 22 in Chicago. Evans, a 1967 graduate of Rhodes University in South Africa, has been previously honored by the Black Management Forum as the “Most Progressive Chief Executive in South Africa,” an award that recognized his leadership role in the transition period from apartheid to democracy.

Though Evans originally intended to become a geologist after college, he took the advice of an old man in Queenstown to pursue a career in plastics and applied for every job he came across that had the word “plastics” in it.

Evans joined the plastics division of Metal Box R.S.A. as a lab assistant. In 1977, Evans negotiated with Coca-Cola Co., then managed the first polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle plant for producing beverages outside the U.S. When Metal Box was acquired by Nampak Ltd. in 1983, Evans was working as managing director of the plastics business unit. In 1985, he became divisional chief executive of the merged plastics packaging businesses of Metal Box and Nampak. Evans was named to his current position with Nampak in 2003. N


Printpack awarded PLGA awards

Atlanta, Ga.-based Printpack has won two Packaging and Label Gravure Association (PLGA) awards. The converter’s Young & Smylie Strawberry Licorice pouch took an award in the Pouches category. The company’s Bumblebee’s Prime Fillet Atlantic Salmon package, made of polylactic acid (PLA) film, was recognized with a Technical Achievement–Specialty Substrates award.

Registration for CPP Expo 2009 begins

Registration is now open for CPP Expo 2009, running Oct. 5-7 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev. Co-located with Pack Expo and Process Expo, more than 20,000 packaging professionals are expected to attend the show, which will feature 2,000 exhibitors.

Ampac exec named ‘Converter of the Year’

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Master Packaging appoints key leaders

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