Plastics News senior reporter Joseph Pryweller covered the following items at Pack Expo International 2004, held Nov. 7-11 in Chicago.
Rose Plastics USA expanding Pa. site
Rose Plastics USA LP is going ahead with plans to expand its manufacturing operation in California, Pa., after considering the possibility since 2001.
The company will add 25,000 square feet to its site, increasing space for molding and offices, said David Windmueller, vice president of cutting tool sales. The expansion is to be completed by April, he said.
The company has acquired an additional 3 acres at the site, allowing it to relocate several departments and boost space, according to a company newsletter posted on its Web site. As part of the expansion, Rose Plastics will add coextrusion blow molding equipment.
Rose Plastics claims to be the world's largest suppliers of plastic packaging systems for cutting tools, an area that makes up about 70 percent of the Pennsylvania plant, according to Windmueller.
The company also makes products for technical applications, sporting goods, hardware stores and consumer items.
The company is a unit of Rose Plastic GmbH of Hergensweiler, Germany.
Connextions to offer recycled clamshells
Connextions, a company mainly known for providing services, is moving into the distribution of of recycled clamshell packaging for club stores.
The Orlando, Fla., company will distribute the thermoformed clamshells, made of recycled PET, to companies selling products to large discount stores such as Sam's Club and Costco Wholesale Corp., said Rob Williams, Connextions vice president of sales.
The company is working with an unspecified thermoformer in Minnesota that will make the recycled packages, Williams said. The clamshells are among the first on the market to use ultraviolet sealing techniques instead of traditional radio-frequency sealing methods, he said.
The largest challenge was perfecting a method that worked even with the UV-light inhibitors in the plastic, he said.
The company's first UV-sealed clamshells are shipping to Cedar Fresh Home Products, a maker of cedar hangers and wood based in Miami.
Connextions started as a provider of services such as call centers and contract packaging. The clamshells represent the first time the company has distributed a plastic product to customers.
Firm creates sterile valves for packaging
Packaging developer International Dispensing Corp. has created what it claims is the world's only plastic valve for flexible bags or pouches that can keep products sterile without refrigeration.
The product, called the Fresh Flow Valve, contains a tamper-resistant closure and an airtight seal, said Danny Beard, vice president of sales.
The product prevents bacteria or oxygen from entering the package, significantly reducing the need for preservatives or refrigeration, Beard said.
The Hanover, Md., company has partnered with molder Hoffer Plastics Corp. of South Elgin, Ill., to make the product, according to Beard.
International Dispensing is targeting restaurants and institutions and already has its first commercial applications for dairy products and ready-to-drink coffee and tea, Beard said.