Irving Place Capital (IPC) is announcing that it has agreed to purchase Alpha Packaging (St. Louis, MO), a blow molder of plastic bottles and jars for the nutraceutical, pharmaceutical, and personal care markets. The transaction is expected to close in September of 2010.
Alpha Packaging manufactures plastic bottles and jars at five U.S. manufacturing facilities and has a new plant in the Netherlands. The company’s Technigraph division provides container decorating services to personal care brands.
Kaufman Container (Cleveland, OH) is celebrating its 100th Year Anniversary. Starting off in 1910 as a small glass-recycling operation, the company has grown into a provider and decorator of glass, plastic, aluminum, and metal containers, tubes, closures, celon bands, and dispensing systems, offering custom molds and package development. It serves customers in personal care, household and industrial chemical, automotive, pet and vet, pharmaceutical, food, and beverage markets.
Bausch + Lomb has introduced transparent packaging for its renu fresh multipurpose lens care solution. Collaborating with Amcor Rigid Plastics and industrial design firm R&D/Leverage, B+L has replaced the traditional white HDPE bottle with a clear custom PET container. Reportedly driven by consumer demand for a transparent container, the launch could represent a paradigm shift in lens care packaging.
Anderson Packaging (Rockford, IL) has been recognized by the International Quality and Productivity Centre (IQPC) in its annual Process Excellence Awards competition. The company won the small-to-mid sized corporation category for the competition’s Best Process Improvement in a Manufacturing Project, following the submission of a detailed summary of its Lean Six Sigma project optimizing the company’s pharmaceutical bottle packaging lines. Anderson instituted its award winning Lean Six Sigma program companywide in 2004.
O.Berk Co., a full-service supplier and distributor of glass and plastic containers, closures, sprays, and pumps, reports that 2010 marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the company. O.Berk was established in Newark, NJ, in 1910 by Osias Berk. In 1925, the company was purchased by Isaac Goldstein, great grandfather of O.Berk’s current Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Marc M. Gaelen.
Bayer Healthcare (Morristown, NJ) has changed the packaging system for Bayer Aspirin and Aleve with a new oval-shaped bottle and user-friendly cap.
Launched into retail stores earlier in 2009, the packaging eliminates the carton, representing Bayer’s first venture into cartonless products for analgesics and a first in the category.
The system features a new cap design with a soft-touch thermoplastic elastomer cover, and a raised logo grip on the bottle sides for helping consumers grip the package.
Innovative bottles and closures, based on proprietary designs and technologies, add value to pharmaceutical brands. New design trends are on the rise, such as senior-friendly packaging and smart packaging, while environmentally friendly initiatives keep products lightweight and contaminant free. Although crucial packaging decisions continue to be based heavily on the safety needs of patients and patient compliance, conservative regulatory and economic environments have presented some hurdles in the adoption and application of high-end trends.
Graham Packaging (York, PA) has produced a new standard PET bottle mold for antibacterial gels and sprays out of its Chalgrove Plant in the United Kingdom. The flat-sided 95-ml oval container has a 20 SP410 neck finish to suit either a flip top or pump spray closure.
The “Catch It, Bin It, Kill It” campaign in the United Kingdom aims to disrupt the spread of disease, such as influenza. One approach to reducing the risk of infection is to use antibacterial products.
Pretium Packaging LLC (Chesterfield, MO) is partnering with the New York-based buy-out firm Castle Harlan Inc. and existing Pretium management in connection with the merger of Pretium and PVC Container Corp. (Eatontown, NJ), the parent of Novapak Corp. Novapak is a portfolio company of Kirtland Capital, a Cleveland-based buyout firm.