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FLEXO Magazine : August 2008
INDUSTRY INDICATORS Toyo Changes Name Toyo Ink International Corp. an- nounced that its wholly owned subsid- iary, Toyo Color America LLC—the sales, service and distribution arm of Toyo Ink specialty chemicals and products for the North American market—has changed its company name to Toyo Ink Mfg. America LLC. The name change refl ects management’s decision to integrate Toyo Color’s existing business with the pro- duction and marketing operations of a new state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Bryan, TX. Expected to come on-stream this October, the Texas facility will produce adhesives and packaging gravure and fl exographic inks, further expanding its product offerings and its ability to provide custom solutions to customers. Moreover, the name change unifi es the corporate name under a common banner, enabling the newly formed entity to leverage the strength of an established brand name. While the corporate name has changed, the company’s contact details remain the same, as follows: Toyo Ink Mfg. America LLC 300 Frank W. Burr Blvd., Ste. 70 Teaneck, NJ 07666 Tel: 201-287-4000 firstname.lastname@example.org GMA: Challenges of Nanotech Packaging Engineered nanoscale materials (ENMs), which have novel properties that could be benefi cial for use in food packag ing, pose new safety evaluation challenges for regulators and industry alike, accord- ing to a report released by the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies (PEN) and the Grocery Manufacturers Association. - Nanotechnology is the ability to measure, see, manipulate, and manu- facture items usually between one and 100 nanometers. A nanometer measures one-billionth of a meter; a human hair is approximately 100,000 nanometers wide. Lux Research forecasts that by 2014, $2.6 trillion in global manufac- tured goods will employ nanotechnol- ogy, or about 15 percent of total global output. The report, written by former FDA policy offi cial Michael R. Taylor, notes that the food-packaging industry, food companies, and consumers all share an interest in making sure that any poten- tial safety questions are discovered, and evaluated, and resolved before packaging materials containing ENMs are placed on the market. An expert examination of the paths tak- en by several hypothetical nanotechnology food packaging applications through the rigorous and complex regulatory system now in place—a first-of-its-kind analy-
Flexo Sustainable Fall 2008