Media Reports Fluorinated Compounds in U.S. Fast Food Packaging

Chemicals Found in Fast Food Packaging  A number of news outlets have recently reported, referred to, and quoted the findings of a study conducted in 2014-15 by Silent Spring Institute. The study was published in the journal, “Environmental Science & Technology Letters.” It reported on the finding of chemical substances (fluorinated compounds), that have been […]

UV Coatings Change Impulse Buying Dynamic

Money

Specialty UV Coatings Lead to Impulse Buying The creative use of decorative specialty UV printed coatings is opening the eyes of brand managers and impulse buyers alike. These attention demanding special effects UV coatings are proving to be capable of differentiating products and increasing impulse sales for retailers. What are the forces that stimulate us […]

Replacing Poly (PE) Coated Paper & Board

Poly Replacements

Nearly 7 million tons of coated paper, paperboard, and cardboard, are manufactured worldwide annually. The dominant coating material is petroleum based polyethylene (PE). Currently, alternative coating materials that don’t cause environmental harm throughout their life cycle are being sought because of consumer, political, and legislative pressure to reduce fossil fuel based plastics use.

Digital Printing Takes On Packaging & Folding Carton

HP Indigo Digital Press

From Traditional Printing to Digital Printing Digital printing has been advancing at an amazing pace since we first discussed the subject in 2008 describing its expansion into the various graphic arts markets. These included (POP) point of purchase, labels, commercial printing, folding cartons, billboards, specialty printing, and vehicle and building wraps.

High Graphics Corrugated Preprint Excels with Top Coatings

Preprint Coatings

Preprint Preprint is the term used to define roll to roll printing of the outside liner of a corrugated box, before corrugating and converting operations. In corrugating, the corrugated medium (fluting) is glued between the preprinted liner and the inner liner, giving the structure rigidity, strength and cushioning. During corrugating the liners pass over heated […]

FDA Bans Chemicals in Food Packaging Coatings

Food Contact Coatings

FDA Banned Three Perfluoroalkyl Ethyl Containing Chemicals The U. S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has banned three specific perfluoroalkyl ethyl containing chemicals because of toxicity concerns. The chemicals have been used to make paper and paperboard packaging resistant to oil and water for use in contact with aqueous and fatty foods. Affected is 21 […]

Creating Dazzling Cast & Cure® Finishes

Hologram

Special Packaging and Labeling Create a Selling Advantage  Brand marketers have long sought to differentiate their products from competition to create a selling advantage. Packaging and labeling have often been the vehicles, used by designers, to make a notable difference promoting eye, and shelf appeal to stimulate product sales. Aesthetic shapes, graphics, and special visual effects […]

Electron Beam Flexible Packaging

Electrons

EB Curing Flexible Packaging Breakthough Evolving EB technology applied to flexo and offset CI presses are competing to be a major factor in the future of flexible packaging. Electron beam technology is widely used in a variety of industrial applications, including wide web offset printing/coating, food preservation, food packaging & medical products sterilization, polymerization, transformation […]

Barrier Coatings for Food Packaging

Barrier Performance

Demands for Food Packaging With the global customer base for retailed food increasing, food packaging must more and more conform to international food quality, and safety standards. This also can mean longer shelf life is a necessity. Increased global consumer awareness, income, combined with busier lifestyles, is creating a growing demand for convenience foods. Consumers […]

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