Report: Innovative New Materials at PACK EXPO Las Vegas

Ten intrepid Packaging World editors fanned out across PACK EXPO Las Vegas in October in search of packaging innovation. Here’s what they found. MATERIALS INNOVATIONSConsidering how hot the topic of sustainable packaging has become in the last few years, it’s no surprise that some of the most interesting innovations in the packaging materials realm we uncovered at PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2019 were aimed at minimizing packaging’s carbon footprint. We begin with multipack can carriers, like the CanCollar concept (1) WestRock demonstrated. The system uses wet-strength CarrierKote™ paperboard material that Photo 1is laminated to reinforce the pack against the moisture and rough handling in beer supply chains and use occasions. The surface can be printed or embellished for merchandising or brand storytelling to elevate the consumer experience. The company says consumers love the stylish design and find it comfortable, easy to use, eco-friendly, and “surprisingly strong,” while brewers love the storage efficiencies and its quick & easy application. CanCollar is recyclable, but its laminated structure limits this to where facilities exist to recover poly-coated paperboard product...

A few months ago, I met a friend for dinner. “Your skin looks amazing,” I said,

A few months ago, I met a friend for dinner. “Your skin looks amazing,” I said, leaning closer. It looked radiant and freakishly smooth, like that of J.Lo at two months old. I was sold on the spot. What also intrigued me was that it doesn’t hurt. My pain threshold is lower than the Mariana Trench. (I whined for a full half hour after getting the flu shot.) You’re not going to find me signing up for a fractionated laser session anytime soon, which is why a treatment that could deliver results without my breaking into a cold sweat has obvious appeal. Where do I sign up? For those unfamiliar, the HydraFacial is essentially a peel, microdermabrasion, and hydrating mask in one. But unlike the facials an aesthetician would usually perform by hand, it’s done using a medical-grade device that pulls debris out of your pores, while also moisturizing and exfoliating. (You’ve probably heard of some variations of it called a “pore vacuum.”) It can treat just about any skin condition, which is ideal as I’ve been feuding with a forehead breakout for months now. “What I love about HydraFacial is how customizable it is to each patient&#...

Small excavators go big: Compact job sites force contractors to do more with less

Small-sized excavators have hit the big time. And surging growth in the segment isn’t finished yet. According to a research report released this March, the global market for mini-excavators accounted for US$7.2 billion in 2017, with construction making up the largest share. By 2025, the category is projected to be worth $9.8 billion, according to Allied Market Research. Also called compact excavators, these machines are typically used on construction sites for materials handling, interior demolition work and digging basements, trenches and foundations, among a long list of other tasks. While the terms “compact” and “mini” are often used interchangeably, some industry standards do apply to the category in terms of weight. In general, “a mini-excavator is up to eight tons,” says Greg Worley, product application specialist at Caterpillar Inc. The Allied Market Research report cites several reasons why such machines are surging in popularity, including advancements in technology that have led to higher power output and enhanced performance. Worley says housing trends are also driving mini-excavator sales. “10 to 15 years ago, we would commonly build a house in a new sub-division on...

Virulent Newcastle disease resurged in Southern California as people broke quarantines by moving birds and farming

Virulent Newcastle disease resurged in Southern California as people broke quarantines by moving birds and farming equipment, state authorities said. After two months without any known infections, state and federal authorities confirmed new ones starting in mid-November and continuing through the end of the year. Their investigation led to a community in San Bernardino County. “We now have 20 new cases under investigation, all linked to the recent Bloomington area outbreak,” State Veterinarian Annette Jones wrote in a Dec. 23, 2019, alert. By Dec. 31, all but three of the new infections were in San Bernardino County, with two in Riverside County and one in Los Angeles County, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data. Virulent Newcastle disease is a contagious, untreatable, and deadly viral respiratory infection of birds. State and federal agriculture authorities have quarantined and depopulated poultry since the outbreak began in spring 2018. “As a reminder, last year the disease was spread from San Bernardino to LA and Riverside counties and beyond, leading to widespread highly infected areas, infected poultry farms, the death of over 1.2 million birds, and significant...

曾经是内蒙古戈壁里的农夫,如今成为传奇投资人,他是怎么做到的?

当今国际局势复杂多变,各国经济均面临较大挑战,中国似乎也不例外。但单伟建看法不同。他认为中国是一个蓬勃发展、坐拥14亿消费者的庞大市场。这个市场不会受到关税争端的影响,是世界上最好的投资地点之一。 在一个寒冷的夜晚,我们坐在曼哈顿上西城的一家梅森凯瑟咖啡店。我点了一杯拿铁和一份烤饼,而单伟建只要了一杯热水。现年66岁的他身材瘦削,浑身上下散发着一种带有禅意的平静。他执掌的太盟投资集团(下文简称PAG)是亚洲最大的私募股权机构。他准备打电话参加PAG旗下一家公司的董事会,后者在北京运营一家英语辅导机构。“贸易争端是围绕昨天爆发的冲突。”他用柔和、略带口音的英语说。“赢得中国消费者才是真正的战利品。” 20年来,单伟建从这个战利品中获利颇丰。他的超凡能力反映了三种截然不同的特点,由此让他成为了一位对中国市场异常敏锐的观察者:他是一位成功的实地交易撮合者,管理着350亿美元的资产;他也是一位曾经在美国接受博士教育的经济学家、前商学院教授;此外,他的个人道路折射出他的祖国从极端贫困走向经济奇迹的变革历程。早在单伟建读博时就与他相识的芝加哥大学布斯商学院的退休经济学教授罗伯特·艾利伯对他赞叹有加:“我想不出有谁能够比他更清楚地看到中国各个市场的真实图景。这就是他如此成功的原因。” “成功”是一种保守的说法。单伟建的公司运营一只房地产投资基金和一项企业贷款业务,但他的影响力主要体现在价值150亿美元、由他亲自操刀的PAG私...

January 2020, Alpha-Cyclodextrin Market 2020 by Key Players, Industry Size, Market Share, Demand, Manufacturers and Forecast till 2027

The global Alpha-Cyclodextrin market report offered the in-depth information and statistical data related to the Alpha-Cyclodextrin market size along with the CAGR for the evaluated period of 2019-2027. The study also provides the overall investment framework for the global Alpha-Cyclodextrin market. Furthermore, information regarding the new products in the market, domestic scenarios, various approvals as well as the various strategies adopted by the market players are also mentioned in the report which are authenticate and approved by the market experties. jasonsmith@marketreportscompany.com or call us on +1-312-376-8303. The following manufacturers are covered: Aecochem Haihang Industry Hangzhou Dayangchem Hangzhou J&H Chemical Serva Electrophoresis Xiamen Hisunny Chemical … Segment by Application Pharmaceutical Food Other *******Download Free Report Sample Pages @ http://marketreportscompany.com/contact.php This research report focuses on the detailed analysis of the global Alpha-Cyclodextrin market along with the various factors such as the organizations, manufacturers, vendors, key market players who are leading in terms of revenue generation, sales, dynamic market cha...

3D printing: Modifying Fabrikator Mini v2 spool holder

I am not quite sure this is the place for 3D printer modifications, but as this seems to work it might as well go here so folk have a chance of finding it by web search. The Malyan M100, aka the Turnigy Fabrikator Mini v2 (fixed right), is a 3d printer with a spool holder problem: standard 200mm filament spools foul the extruder motor. Variation on spool hole size moves the spool up and down, easily eating up the few mm of space between one of the spool rims and the motor causing a jam straight away, and if this doesn’t happen immediately then, during printing, the extruder tugs away at the filament causing the spool to rock on to one of the locating edges, pushing the spool rim into the motor. My fix locates the spool properly (I claim , setting a workable spool-motor gap (for 200mm spools) and preventing any rocking that could eat that gap up – and it also adds a round spindle, removing the draggy square edges. It makes use of a couple of unused holes that the printer has. And it is largely made of aluminium because of the way the idea developed, although I think and all-printed version is possible – see below. The reason it is made of aluminium is that I started off with the...

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Mural raises $23M Series A after history of capital-efficient growth

This morning Mural, a software startup focused on visual collaboration,1 announced that it closed a $23 million Series A round of capital. The funds come after Mural, formerly Mural.ly, had raised just a few million dollars previously. That fact made its round interesting: How did the company raise 10 times its prior total in one round, and why did it pursue so much money in a single shot? TechCrunch chatted with the company’s CEO, Mariano Suarez-Battan, and Weston Gaddy, the round’s lead investor hailing from Radian Capital, to better understand the investment. Endeavor Catalyst and Google’s Gradient Ventures also put money into the round. Around the time when WeWork’s IPO was collapsing under its own hubris, the venture market changed. In a flash, growth lost its shine, and efficient growth became the new hot thing. Mural got there a little earlier than its market, which appears to have put it in a strong position today. Asked why the company had put together a $23 million round when it did, Suarez-Battan told TechCrunch that after growing the company on the back of customer revenue, it felt in 2019 that it was time to add more capital to the bank. “We grew with our customers...

Michigan City’s landmark Golden Sands Motel reborn as 4411 Inn & Suites | Northwest Indiana Business Headlines

The Golden Sands Motel in Michigan City was extensively renovated and rebranded as 4411 Inn & Suites. MICHIGAN CITY — New owners pumped $1.5 million into the landmark Golden Sands Motel, which has been rebranded as 4411 Inn & Suites. NADR Group, led by Nazar Kryvko and Andriy Mykolyshyn, extensively remodeled the vintage roadside motel at 4411 U.S. 12 in Michigan City. “It is rare to find a city that creates so many opportunities and stays true to its commitments,” Nazar said. “We would not be here if not for the city’s economic development agency and the mayor’s office desire to help local communities and businesses. We look forward to a continued relationship in future projects.” The 31-room motel is located near popular attractions like Washington Park Beach, Washington Park Zoo, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets and Blue Chip and Four Winds casinos. “Michigan City continues to attract investors who are making huge investments to improve our community,” Mayor Ron Meer said. “My administration worked closely with the Michigan City Common Council and the Sanitary District to approve the funds and insta...

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Our website uses cookies to improve your user experience. If you continue browsing, we assume that you consent to our use of cookies. More information can be found in our Cookies and Privacy Policy.  The art of successfully communicating a flexible benefits scheme to employees can prove challenging if employers do not have the right strategy in place from the outset, and there are some key issues to consider before communications begin. Employers should start by ascertaining how, why and when they are going to communicate their flex scheme, as well as exactly what they want to convey. A communications workshop involving a range of stakeholders, such as HR, internal communications staff and employees, can be a good place to start. Matt Duffy, head of online benefits at Lorica Employee Benefits, says: “The session would look at what communication methods there are internally that [an employer] can maximise; what tools the organisation has tried previously; and ask employees how they like to receive communications in the workplace.” Employee support is key to the success of any workplace strategy, and flex communication is no different. To optimise employee support, employers must...

Matrix Industries Shows Off the Juno, a ‘Microwave for Cooling’, at CES 2020

Tell me if this sounds familiar: You go into the fridge to get a refreshing cold can of your favorite beverage and, surprise surprise, someone forgot to restock the fridge. Maybe it’s you. Maybe it’s your roommate. Whoever it is, you’re now the sad sack stuck drinking room temperature beer or wine from a can (and you do drink wine from a can, ok?) wishing someone just had a little more beverage planning foresight. But what if you could toss that can or bottle into a ‘microwave for cooling’ and almost instantly have an ice-cold beverage? That’s the utopia that Matrix Industries has in mind with their new Juno Chiller. The product is based on a technology called thermoelectric cooling, which longtime Spoon readers know is based on a principle called the Peltier Effect, which essentially pushes phonons from one place to another through electrical excitement and in turn can remove heat from, say, a refrigerator chamber or a can of pop . It’s complicated to say the least and I’m not a particle physicist, but what I can do is shoot iPhone video at CES press events that shows you the technology in action: In this noisy show floor video, you can hear how the Juno Chiller uses the Pelti...

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