SAN FRANCISCO — Alternatives to traditional polystyrene jewel-box packaging for optical media continue to reach the market.
Amaray-brand packaging for digital versatile discs now comes in clear virgin polypropylene, as well as black PP, and a double case holding two DVDs is on the market. The clear packaging allows a customer to view printed material inside the box. In addition, Amaray has a new, patented design for its DVD hub.
Joyce Molding Corp.'s Amaray International Division molds the DVD-sized cases at plants in Rockaway, N.J., and Corby, England, according to Ronald Garrett, national sales manager for Amaray's OEM and industrial audio/ video products.
Amaray supplies DVD movie packaging for studios, including Columbia Tri Star, Universal, Disney, Paramount and MGM, Garrett said at Replitech North America, held June 8-10 in San Francisco.
A newly formed subsidiary of International Smart Sourcing Inc. in Farmingdale, N.Y., introduced an aftermarket Pull Pack box to hold individual compact discs and automatically present an enclosed booklet on each opening.
Compact Disc Packaging Corp. was formed to promote the product. Another unit, Electronic Business Hardware, molds the package — about the size of a jewel box — in Hangzhou, China. PS is used for the top and bottom covers, nucleated, clarified PP for the drawer and medium-impact PS for the shelf.
Vice President Frank Pellegrino said Compact Disc Packaging will introduce a new DVD hub design before year's end. A one-piece, molded, quick-draw storage mechanism is in development and may be made of a mineral- or talc-filled PP.
Alpha Enterprises Inc. of North Canton, Ohio, introduced a package that can hold two DVDs in separate compartments, said Betty Dean, general manager of the packaging products division. The Double Alphapak uses the firm's EZHub design to hold discs in place and will work for original or rental packaging.
Lucky Star Industries Inc. introduced an interlocking, stackable, drawerlike CD box at Replitech. Lucky Star makes and distributes generic audiotape and videotape shells and CD jewel cases.
Direct sales representative Charles Walters said Lucky Star molds the PS box clear or in one of six tints in Guandong, China. The parent company is Cheong Wing Electric Ltd. of Hong Kong.