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One hundred years after it opened, one Kentucky company continues to grow its operations. Governor Steve Beshear joined local officials today to cut the ribbon on Specialty Foods Group Inc.’s expanded facility in Owensboro. Specialty Foods, a meat packaging company with a portfolio of brands, including Kentucky Legend, Field, Fischer’s,…

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Meech International has further expanded its successful Hyperion range of static control systems with the launch of the 924IPS, a compact, short-range pulsed DC ionising bar. Suitable for use in a variety of sectors, including print, packaging, converting and labelling, the bar will be exhibited for the first time at…

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Edinburgh-based Thomson Print & Packaging has bought a Heidelberg Suprasetter A 52 CTP device to help streamline its production. The company, which runs Heidelberg Speedmaster SM and SX five-colour presses with coaters, replaced a Fuji Luxel system that was eight years old and in need of an upgrade. “By switching…

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PPS, a provider of returnable transit packaging solutions, has received £4.9m investment from the Business Growth Fund (BGF) to supports its acquisition of competitor Alison Handling Services. Based in South Staffordshire and Grimbsy, PPS provides a “more environmentally friendly alternative” to cardboard and polystyrene single-use packaging to clients in the…

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Peacock Engineering, a packaging solutions company based in Geneva, has acquired L&L Foods, an Anaheim, Calif.-based business specializing in portion control packaging solutions. Peacock, which operates five manufacturing facilities and has been in business since 1942, acquired L&L from CIC Partners, a middle-market private equity firm based in Dallas. According…

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Stinking foods including the world's smelliest fruit – the durian – could soon have their undesirable odours eliminated during storage and transport thanks to cheap packaging made from composite films of zeolite and nanocellulose. These films can adsorb the gas molecules responsible for their smell and the Swedish researchers behind…

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German drugs packaging firm Gerresheimer (GXIG.DE) has agreed to buy U.S. plastic vial maker Centor for $725 million in cash, giving it a leading position in the world's biggest drugs market and lifting its shares to an all-time high. Centor has more than half the U.S. prescription retail market, selling…

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Extrusion and converting systems firm Davis-Standard has launched its dsX flex-film line for applications such as laminating and converting, bag making, collation and multi-unit packaging. Claimed to offer equipment flexibility, the device is available in 1,900mm, 2,200mm, and 2,500mm sizes. Equipped with the company's extruders, feedscrews, gearboxes, air rings and…

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Calgary-Based iSys Label and iSys (The Imaging Systems Group), Canadian developers and manufacturers of short-run to mid-run digital label printers, have announced that an additional GHS BS5609 material has passed Section 3 certification for use in the Edge 850 Digital Label Printer. The recently approved substrate is matte white polyester…

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A maker of textile-based packaging containers is opening a plant in Mexico. Integrated Fabric Resource of Zeeland, or IFR, announced this month the "start" of a plant in Irapuato, Mexico. Mexican presence The company already has a sales presence in Mexico, and the plant will enhance its customer support. IFR…