SCHOTT North America Inc. appoints Linda S. Mayer to the office of president and CEO, making her the first woman to head the 2,800-employee strong North American operations of the specialty glass and materials technologies manufacturer. She succeeds former President and CEO Dr. Gerald Fine who became a director of SCHOTT Corp. and a member of the company’s North American Advisory Board in January.
The Tube Council has announced the winners of its 2010 Tube of the Year Awards. An independent panel of judges evaluated nearly two dozen submissions, ranking entries in the following categories: Innovative Tube, Innovative Component/Process, Pharmaceutical, Food, Personal Care, Dentifrice, and Household/Industrial. Judging resulted in one category with two winners, and runners-up and/or special mentions were named in all categories.
By Marie Redding
Tubes with airless pumps, many of which are being used for cosmeceutical products, is a growing product category for Albéa.
The supplier recently added three new small-sized options to its family of airless tubes (trademarked “Precitube”) that contain integrated airless pumps.
The pump is a metered-dose system, ideal for pharmaceutical applications as well as beauty products. The pump is designed in two versions, for lotions or sprays.
By Marie Redding
Suppliers are investing in new equipment and processes for printing on both laminate and extruded tubes.
While most suppliers say reducing margins and cutting costs are priorities for most of their customers, Berry Plastics (www.berryplastics.com) is reporting the opposite.
Jerry Ruud, vice president, sales & marketing, Berry Plastics, has been seeing more retailers’ private label brands, such as products by CVS and Walgreens, upgrading to more high-end tubes that are decorated extensively.
OraTech, a contract manufacturing and packaging company, has recently added two more Norden high-speed tube filling machines to its full-service operation. The firm serves medical, dental, nutraceutical, and over-the-counter healthcare product marketers.
Expanding its tube-filling capabilities was necessary in order to meet customer demand. According to Michael Anderson, manager of contract manufacturing/packaging/consumer products, “the ability to offer quick turnaround is essential.”
This past summer, Desert Essence relaunched its natural beauty products line, redesigning its packaging and adding new items. Tubes are playing a sizable role in that launch, which extends into fall.
Clientele Beauty was founded by CEO Dr. Pat Riley 30 years ago, and ever since she has enlisted several ingredients to promote healthy skin, including beta carotene, phytoestrogens, coenzyme Q-10, resveratrol, and others. Recipient of the Jacqueline Kennedy Award from JFK University, Riley also recently received the Northwood University degree Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa.
World Wide Packaging LLC (WWP; Florham Park, NJ) has partnered with Mary Kay Global to introduce five three-color in-line silk screened 1-oz tubes to serve as a gift with purchase (GWP) set for Mary Kay products.
By Marie Redding
Tube suppliers and fillers say business is growing. New innovations in structure, closure, and decoration are all helping to fuel the demand for tubes.