Manufacturing


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    Digitally printed, rightsized boxes could change the shape of e-commerce

    EFI and Packsize collaborated on a system they say checks the right boxes to boost packaging customization, which can help brands connect with consumers and improve sustainability.

    By June 18, 2024
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    North America’s 2 largest URB producers to raise prices

    Greif and Sonoco’s recent announcements about increases for uncoated recycled board are the latest in a string of fiber price hikes this year. They may not be the last.

    By June 12, 2024
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    Billerud’s decision to scrap $1B cartonboard plant could signal further sector pullbacks

    While Billerud’s reversal could be positive for competitors like Graphic Packaging, Greif and Westrock, an overall soft boxboard market could result in more delays and cancelations for the sector, industry observers say.

    By June 5, 2024
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    US packaging manufacturers announced more than 600 layoffs in May

    Genpak, Georgia-Pacific and Graphic Packaging were among the companies that filed WARN notices. Closures are happening in states including Illinois, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin.

    By June 3, 2024
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    Suzano and International Paper address deal rumors, details still unclear

    Executives acknowledged a potential transaction for the first time this week, but made clear that no formal offer is in place. Analysts speculate that Suzano may specifically be interested in IP’s Global Cellulose Fibers business.

    By May 23, 2024
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    Tetra Pak training center expansion offers ‘golden opportunity’ for employee engagement

    Fabio Raffone, a company vice president, describes how virtual and hands-on training sessions help to build the workforce of the future while reducing turnover.

    By May 21, 2024
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    GE Appliances embarks on 5 new packaging sustainability goals

    The company aims to eliminate expanded polystyrene and make all packaging recyclable. In 2023, it processed 1 million pounds of plastic scrap to use in manufacturing new products.

    By May 16, 2024
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    Mauser Packaging to exit US aerosol can manufacturing

    While the Illinois-based company is considering a potential sale or merger for the business, workers at multiple plants are expected to lose their jobs.

    By May 15, 2024
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    Upcoming round of linerboard price increases marks fiber companies’ second attempt in 2024

    Companies including Cascades, Georgia-Pacific, Pratt Industries and WestRock plan to join International Paper in raising linerboard prices in June, following a lack of recognition for earlier increases, analysts say.

    By May 13, 2024
  • PCA to appeal $91.8M payout verdict for Louisiana plant explosion

    Packaging Corporation of America believes its insurance will cover the cost of damages in the latest lawsuit over a deadly 2017 explosion at a pulp mill in DeRidder, Louisiana.

    By May 9, 2024
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    As 40+ mills accept paper cups, advocates turn to boosting residential recycling acceptance

    Only 11% of U.S. communities accept paper cups in residential recycling programs. Mills play a “pivotal role” in advancing acceptance, according to the NextGen Consortium and Foodservice Packaging Institute.

    By May 8, 2024
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    Strike at Silgan Containers food can plant is ongoing, USW says

    Around 100 workers at an Edison, New Jersey, facility are involved. Some of the biggest areas of contention relate to the contract's cost-sharing for health insurance and overtime provisions, according to United Steelworkers.

    By May 6, 2024
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    Second chance hiring can bridge labor gaps, break employment barriers

    Although some companies say they initially hire formerly incarcerated individuals to overcome a labor shortage, these programs can lead to less employee churn, lower recidivism and life-changing impact, advocates say.

    By April 30, 2024
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    Fire and ice cool International Paper’s Q1 earnings

    January and February incidents resulted in notable charges. CEO Mark Sutton, during his last earnings call before retirement, discussed volume trends but didn’t comment on the announced DS Smith acquisition.

    By April 26, 2024
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    CMI weighs in on Biden’s call for tariff increases

    Trade with China is a key issue ahead of the 2024 presidential election. The Can Manufacturers Institute says the Biden administration should take greater action to mitigate impacts from steel and aluminum imported goods.

    By April 19, 2024
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    Eviction threat looms as film recycler Myplas accrues $1.3M in unpaid bills

    Unexpected financial challenges occurred shortly after the company launched its highly anticipated Minnesota polyethylene film recycling operation in December, according to Peter Shippen, Myplas board chair.

    By Updated April 15, 2024
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    Is hemp the next revolution for sustainable packaging? Startup element6 Dynamics thinks so.

    CEO Kimberly Kovacs details the company’s push to use industrial hemp for making paper and packaging, which she says is a more sustainable option than tree pulp.

    By April 8, 2024
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    ND Paper, Opus, Jindal among March plant shutdown announcements

    More than 300 employees are expected to be affected by temporary or permanent shutdowns in Georgia, Maine, Michigan and Wisconsin.

    By April 2, 2024
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    Robots’ value proposition evolves in packaging and manufacturing

    Speakers from Delkor, Fanuc, PMMI and others shared insights at Pack Expo East into the current state of workforce gaps and adoption of automation and other solutions.

    By April 2, 2024
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    Manufacturing is ‘highly likely in our next growth cycle’: March PMI

    The industry was buoyed by a rise in demand and production rates last month, encouraging manufacturers to invest more in capacity.

    By Kate Magill • April 1, 2024
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    How IT and OT can team up on cybersecurity in manufacturing: PMMI

    The association and partners also highlighted post-pandemic investment in remote services at Pack Expo East.

    By March 28, 2024
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    Gravis looks to lead B2B bulk transportation packaging market in North America

    The private equity-backed company recently launched as a combined platform with six acquired companies, including Bagwell and Bulk Lift International. New CEO Vishal Rao outlines plans to grow in the FIBC market.

    By March 28, 2024
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    International Paper, O-I Glass win DOE funds for industrial decarbonization

    Targeting “difficult-to-decarbonize sectors,” the Biden administration calls its 33 project awards “the largest investment in industrial decarbonization in American history.” Diageo, Eastman, Gallo Glass and ExxonMobil are also recipients.

    By March 25, 2024
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    4 packaging facilities receive EPA recognition for energy efficiency

    Energy Star certifications recognize the nation’s most energy-efficient manufacturing facilities, with only the top 25% most energy-efficient plants in their sector achieving this status.

    By March 21, 2024
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    Federal judge dismisses $600M environmental lawsuit against Graphic Packaging

    The judge did not believe the plaintiffs’ attorney made a convincing case that GPI and government officials harmed residents of Kalamazoo, Michigan, with toxic emissions. Now, that attorney faces possible punishment.

    By March 19, 2024