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FLEXO Magazine : April 2008
INDUSTRY INDICATORS Future for Sustainable Packaging 2008 - 2018 For more information, contact Todd Bukowski, PTIS (734-972-4175) or Susan Homan, DuPont (302-992-2147). Packaging and Technology Integrated Solutions (PTIS) and its affiliate Global Sustainable Solutions (GSSI), have teamed with DuPont Packaging and Industrial Polymers (P8(IP) to lead a multi-spon- sored consortium called, "The Future for Sustainable Packaging 2008 - 2018." The consortium is inviting a small, select group of key global industry leaders to participate in the program, which is de- signed to result in proprietary actionable insights and game-changing strategies for the sponsoring member companies. The first meeting is scheduled for April 18, fol- lowing the DuPont Packaging Innovation Awards celebration in Wilmington, DE. Kodak Has Acquired Design2Launch Kodak has acquired Design2Launch (D2L), a developer of collaborative end- to-end digital workflow solutions for marketing and creative teams in the phar- maceutical, food and beverage, and con- sumer package marketplaces. Designed for marketing, creative, advertising, produc- tion, research and development, legal and packaging professionals, major modules of D2L include a browser-based, digital as- set management system, tools for routing GETTING PERSONNEL Avery Dennison-Donald A. Nolan has been named group vice president, Roll Materials. Nolan will have responsibility for the long-term strategy and growth ini- tiatives of Avery Dennison's Roll Materials' global operation. Color Resolutions International-James Etheridge was hired as a technical specialist. He has more than 27 years of narrow- and wide-web experience. Rudy Wiesemann has joined CRI as the technical and sustainability service manager. Wiesemann is a chemist with 27 years experience with technical color applications. In addition, Cherryl Wilkinson has been moved to a new position in materials man- agement as an inventory specialist, concentrating her efforts on inventory manage- ment. She has been the customer relations team leader for the past two years. Talia Slaughter will be taking over as customer relations team leader. She has been a member of the customer relations team for seven years. Lastly, Kimberly Hodges will start as a customer relations representative. Hodges has been involved in customer service since 1994. Hershey Corp.-Edward J. Kelly III has resigned from the board due to a greater workload at his current job as president of Citi Alternative Investments. Nine direc- tors remain on the board. It is unknown if there are plans to seek a replacement. Stork Cellramic-Barb Taylor is the new Great Lakes regional sales manager for engineered coatings. She has more than 21 years of engineered coating experience. She will represent Stork in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan. tesa tape-Dave Watson has been hired as a sales spe- cialist focusing on paper and printing markets in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and Ohio. Prior to joining the company, Watson gained several years of sales experience with Harper Corporation of America and Environmental Inks and Coatings. Unisource Inc.-Nancy C. Geisler has been appointed cor- porate vice president of sustainability for all operations. Geisler has more than 25 years of marketing and consulting experience. Her most recent project was to create marketing-related green programs for the Packaging and Facility Supplies division. - APR I L 2008 www.flexography.org FLEXO and tracking all annotations, reviews and approvals, soft proofing based on Kodak Matchprint virtual proofing software, a file transfer manager and more. The transac- tion is subject to acceptance of minority shareholders ofD2L and customary condi- tions to closing. GMA Identifies Retailers Packaging Programs Almost 35 percent of retailers indicated packaging as a top priority program, ac- cording to a new report, "Sustainability: Balancing Opportunity and Risk in the Consumer Products Industry," a 2007 GMA (Grocery Manufacturers of America) and Deloitte Consulting LLP research project. Packaging programs have come to the forefront of sustainability initiatives because of their wide-ranging impact on retailers, suppliers, and consumers, the study claims. "The amount of packaging waste gener- ated is staggering-comprising 30 percent of the total solid waste in the U.S.-and much attention is being focused on packaging programs as responsibility for reducing this waste is beginning to shift to retailers and manufacturers," states the report. The study identifies some key retailer packaging initiatives: Product and distribution packaging reduction. Many retailers are reducing the use of primary and secondary packaging. Practices include selling products in bulk (e.g. produce), removing polystyrene trays, cling wraps and other unnecessary packag- ing. A leading European retailer pioneered the use of re-usable 'green trays' to replace cardboard boxes that are used to trans- port products. It also created an internal Packaging Strategy Group to reduce prod- uct packaging for key categories such as pizza and potato packaging, drink bottles, and spirit bottles, successfully eliminating 11,000 tons of product packaging a year. Using biodegradable or recycled pack- aging materials. Some retailers have begun using biodegradable packaging materials in product packaging (e.g. biode- gradable shrink wrap, sandwich wrappers, fruit cartons), often made from a biode-