Industry Briefs


EnviroCooler (Huntington Beach, CA) has recently begun manufacturing insulated shipping containers in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. The firm has partnered with Foam Pack Inc. in Guaynabo, a designer and maker of cushioning packaging using expanded polystyrene, die-cut foam, shrink film, bubble wrap, and other materials. “To start manufacturing insulated shipping containers for biopharmaceutical companies is one of the most important steps that our company can take,” says Arturo Barreiro, Foam Pack’s CEO.

EnviroCooler’s cold-chain protection products are now supplied through six locations throughout the world, which also include Singapore, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.

Raflatac, a supplier of pressure-sensitive labelstock, and UPM Rafsec, a manufacturer of RFID tags and inlays, have merged to form UPM Raflatac. “Customers will now be offered an increasingly extensive product range under a single brand. UPM Raflatac will continue to supply its customers with the same familiar products and services as formerly provided under the Raflatac and UPM Rafsec brands,” says Heikki Pikkarainen, president of UPM Raflatac. UPM Raflatac has approximately 2300 employees and a global service network consisting of 11 factories on five continents and a broad network of terminals and sales offices worldwide.

Oliver Medical (Grand Rapids, MI) plans to start up pouch and bag operations in Salt Lake City, to serve medical device manufacturers based on the West Coast. Oliver Medical West will feature Class 8 cleanroom manufacturing and new high-speed pouch- and bag-manufacturing equipment.

“We’re very excited to expand our operation with a location in the western United States,” says Jeff Murak, Oliver Medical’s director of marketing and sales. “Oliver Medical will provide right-next-door service, lower freight costs, and shortened lead times for our valued customers on the West Coast.” The company plans to begin manufacturing from the new facility by October 2006.

Cloud Packaging Solutions LLC (Chicago) is acquiring Multi-Pack LLC, a provider of packaging services for medical and other markets. Multi-Pack produces disposable wet/dry wipes and towelettes, and packages them in a broad range of packaging options. Cloud designs and manufactures high-speed packaging equipment, developing machinery based on continuous-motion horizontal form-fill-seal technology. Mike Kryshak, vice president of sales, says, “The combination of Multi-Pack and Cloud, through its subsidiary Span Packaging Services, will provide the marketplace a single source for contract packaging all disposable towelette and wipe products.”

Rex Corp. (Jacksonville, FL) has installed a Gietz FSA 870 EFF machine for foil stamping and embossing and hologram placement. The firm purchased the machine in order to produce cartons that “offer unique visual distinction,” says Jeff Nykerk, marketing manager. The same type of machine is used to place holograms on the Euro, he says.

MPI Label Systems (Sebring, OH), a producer of pressure-sensitive, flexographic labels and other label styles using radio-frequency identification, has strengthened its relationship with Alien Technology, a provider of RFID products. MPI had previously received qualification from Alien to convert, test, and ship Alien transponders. The new partnership will allow MPI to offer lower-priced Gen 1 and Gen 2 RFID labels. In 2004, MPI became the third converter to receive qualification from Alien through its partner qualification program.

Dow Industries (Wilmington, MA) has won a first-place award in the health and beauty products category in the 28th Annual Awards Competition sponsored by the Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute. Dow Industries was recognized for its plateless printing process used for the Oral-B Rembrandt Mouth Rinse label.

The Gerresheimer Group has acquired Superfos Pharma A/S (Vaerlose, Denmark), a company that develops, produces, and markets tailor-made plastic packaging and systems for pharmaceuticals. The Gerresheimer Group is one of the leading international suppliers of high-quality packaging and system solutions made of glass and plastic for the pharmaceutical and cosmetics market segments.

O-I’s HealthCare Packaging Group (Toledo, OH) and CSP Technologies Inc. (Auburn, AL) have partnered to promote CSP’s Activ-Polymer technology. The technology can be used to control the atmosphere within a rigid package, removing or adding moisture, oxygen, biological control agents, or other gases. According to the two firms, use of the technology may allow healthcare product manufacturers to use more-economical monolayer packaging rather than high-barrier packaging.

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