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ISDI Presents Steel Drums 101 Webinar Live for OSHA Safe + Sound Week

The Industrial Steel Drum Institute (ISDI) announced its participation in The United States Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Safe + Sound Week. Chris Lind, formerly of Mauser USA LLC, will deliver the live virtual webinar, titled “Steel Drums 101: Components of Steel Drums and Vital Safety Standards” on behalf of ISDI on August 13, 2020, at 3 pm ET.

This webinar will detail critical information participants should consider when using or personally handling steel drums. Specifically, participants will:

  • Learn about the unique components of steel drums, including the difference between open-head and tight-head drums.
  • Understand the capabilities and safety advantages of steel drums equipped with fusible plugs.
  • Gain knowledge about typical transportation and storage practices of steel drums.
  • Obtain an introduction to NFPA Code 30 compliance for combustible liquids.
  • Learn to interpret the UN marking located on the side and bottom of every hazmat authorized steel drum and the performance standards behind them.
  • Receive an introduction to proper load securement to avoid catastrophic injury when opening transport containers.
  • Learn how to distinguish between new drums and remanufactured drums
  • Following the webinar, Chris Lind will participate in a live Q&A session to answer or clarify any topic covered during the webinar.

Safe + Sound Week is a nationwide event held each August that recognizes the successes of workplace health and safety programs and offers information and ideas on how to keep America's workers safe. Successful safety and health programs can proactively identify and manage workplace hazards before they cause injury or illness, improving sustainability and the bottom line. Participating in Safe + Sound Week can help get your program started, energize an existing one, or provide a chance to recognize your safety successes.

Interested parties can register in advance for this webinar, here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

A variety of resources and information can be found on the ISDI website and additional learning materials and webinars can be found on the ISDI YouTube page.


ISDI Publishes Alert On What to Consider When Using Fusible Plugs

Relieving style steel drums are recommended for use with ignitable liquids (Flammable and Combustible liquids). Steel drums are safe and reliable containers when paired with an adequately designed foam-water fire sprinkler system and relieving style plugs or drum closures. Fusible or relieving plugs are designed to relieve internal pressure during a fire situation so that a violent rupture does not occur. The use of fusible plugs also allows steel drums to be stacked and shipped four high maximizing warehouse space.

“Fusible” plugs are drum closures similar to steel closures but made from impact-resistant nylon, polyethylene or polypropylene. Steel drums closed with plugs also meet UN/DOT requirements for tight-head steel drums, type 1A1, and open-head steel drums, type 1A2. Occasionally, some fillers and users of steel drums may avoid using fusible plugs due to concerns with penetration of UV light through the plugs. Users often apply a secondary cap or crimp on types of plastic seal after the drum closure is installed. These types of secondary seals can provide additional protection against the transmission of UV light. Most drum closure manufacturers also offer these over caps as well as fusible plugs in various colors. This pigmentation can also aid in reducing UV light transmission. Many materials used to manufacture plugs have UV additives which assists in the UV resistance of natural and pigmented closures. These UV additives are capable of providing many years of UV resistance in extreme outdoor UV conditions.

Only plastic overcaps should be used with fusible plugs when packaging ignitable liquids to ensure the drum will vent during fire situations. It is recommended that users evaluate the suitability of the caps and plugs with their product prior to use to ensure good compatibility. In addition, the use of an over cap also provides another layer of security for your product.

The alert is available on ISDI’s website. Click here to view the alert.


RIBCA and PDI Publish Resin IBCs Technical Webinar

The Rigid Intermediate Bulk Container Association of North America (RIBCA-NA) and the Plastic Drum Institute (PDI) unveiled a webinar exploring the properties of polyethylene resin.

The Polyethylene Manufacturing and Properties webinar will give viewers a detailed look into the raw material, polyethylene, which is used to produce plastic drums and IBCs. It takes a close look at high density polyethylene, polyethylene resin manufacturing processes and resin properties such as density, melt index and molecular weight distribution.

“High density polyethylene resin continues to set benchmarks for performance and quality and its use has contributed to the rapid growth of IBCs as an innovative industrial container packaging solution,” said Paul Griffin, technical lead for large part Blowmolding in North America at LyondellBasell. “This webinar will help those interested in plastic drums and IBCs as a packaging solution understand the types of resin available to them as well as the pros and cons that suit specific applications.”

The 36-slide Polyethylene Manufacturing and Properties webinar is available within the Resources section of www.RIBCA.org and www.PlasticDrum.org as well as on RIBCA's and PDI’s YouTube page.


Liquibox Launches New Website as Part of Company Rebranding

Liquibox is pleased to announce the launch of its new website as part of the company’s recent rebranding efforts. The site highlights the recent expansion of its traditional flexible packaging product portfolio as well as the exciting new products offered by Worldwide Dispensers, now also part of the Liquibox family of brands.

“The new website showcases our expanded product range, our increased focus on sustainable packaging solutions and above all else the shared values and culture of the combined entity under the concept of One Liquibox,” says Ken Swanson, President and Chief Executive Officer for Liquibox. The new website brings to life key elements of a contemporary visual identity while providing greater detail into a world-class portfolio of flexible packaging solutions for liquids and liquid dispensing. Users can explore products ranging from industry-leading bag-in-box flexible bags and pouches to urn liners, Worldwide Dispensers’ taps and fitments and state-of-the-art filling and bag-making machines.

The website’s intuitive, user-friendly interface lets visitors search for specific products and services via application or product type ranging from dairy to food and beverages to industrial chemicals and beyond. Liquibox’s renewed dedication to sustainable packaging is also front and center, as are the new packaging solutions developed to help address the COVID-19 crisis. Integrated access to an e- commerce platform allows popular products such as urn-liners to be purchased directly by customers in the restaurant and food service supply industries.

“Our plan is to grow the e-commerce channel to market in the months ahead, in both the range of products offered and the geographical reach of the markets we serve,” says Kevin Grogan, Chief Commercial Officer for Liquibox.

To explore the new website, please visit liquibox.com.


Liquibox Retains McAndrews, Held & Malloy for Patent Litigation Work

Liquibox is pleased to announce it has retained the services of McAndrews, Held & Malloy to handle all of the company’s patent prosecution and patent litigation work. McAndrews, Held & Malloy is a world-renown intellectual property law firm that consistently ranks in the top tier of all IP firms in the United States. The firm has extensive experience in development, management and enforcement of IP portfolios and has won billions of dollars for its clients over the years. Liquibox CEO, Ken Swanson, stated, “We are excited to be working with the McAndrews firm and their experienced team of patent experts. Their knowledge of the flexible packaging industry, and specifically bag-in-box applications within it, will bring added knowledge and expertise to our R&D team here at Liquibox”.

Liquibox is an industry-leading bag-in-box company with a vast portfolio of global IP around bags, fitments, films and fillers. Its focus on innovation has led to pioneering flexible packaging products across a wide range of industries—from food and beverages to home and garden, industrial chemicals and beyond. Liquibox’s partnership with McAndrews, Held & Malloy will enable the company to bring even greater value to its customers moving forward.

To explore Liquibox’s portfolio of products and to learn more about the company, please visit liquibox.com.

For more information, contact Anastasia Khodakova, Global Marketing Director, at akhodakova@liquibox.com.

About Liquibox
Founded in 1961, Liquibox is a global leader in liquid packaging and dispensing—working in partnership with customers to deliver high-quality, innovative solutions that achieve sustainable performance. In February 2020, Liquibox acquired DS Smith ́s flexible packaging and Worldwide Dispensers that are now working as one across 21 locations powered by a global workforce of nearly 2,000 employees. The company is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia (USA).
Liquibox LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/liquibox

About McAndrews, Held & Malloy
McAndrews, Held & Malloy is a premier, full-service intellectual property and technology law firm. Some of the world’s largest and most iconic companies, as well as businesses and innovators of all sizes and in virtually every field, rely on McAndrews to handle complex, high-stakes matters. While best known for its record of litigation success, the firm also excels in the strategic aspects of intellectual property. It is widely regarded as a leader in IP procurement, post-grant proceedings, IP opinions and investigations, global portfolio management, IP development, licensing, M&A support, and design rights. For more information about McAndrews, Held & Malloy, please visit www.mcandrews-ip.com


ZXP TECHNOLOGIES LLC RECEIVES FDA APPROVAL TO REPACKAGE HAND SANITIZER

ZXP Technologies LLC announced on May 4, 2020, that they have received FDA approval to repackage hand sanitizer.

ZXP Technologies is a Houston based manufacturer specializing in blending and packaging, and distributing automotive, industrial, and commercial lubricants and specialty chemicals to a variety of customers including major and independent oil and chemical companies. Located 15 miles east of downtown Houston, ZXP and its predecessors have been operating on this site for over 45 years. For additional information, please visit www.zxptech.com.


Liquibox Completes Sale of Select Bag-in-Box Assets to TriMas Corporation

Liquibox, a portfolio company of Olympus Partners, has completed the sale of select bag-in-box (BIB) assets to TriMas Corporation. This sale fulfills the obligations imposed by the Department of Justice in relation to Liquibox’s acquisition of DS Smith plc’s Plastics Division.

About Liquibox
Liquibox is a global leader in liquid packaging and dispensing – working in partnership with customers to deliver high-quality, innovative solutions that achieve sustainable performance. Liquibox was founded in 1961 and operates globally. Stamford, Connecticut-based private equity firm Olympus Partners holds Liquibox among its portfolio of middle-market packaging and other businesses. More at liquibox.com.

About Olympus Partners
Founded in 1988, Olympus Partners is a private equity firm focused on providing equity capital for middle market management buyouts and for companies needing capital for expansion. Olympus is an active, long-term investor across a broad range of industries including business services, food services, consumer products, healthcare services, financial services, industrial services, and manufacturing. Olympus manages in excess of $8.5 billion mainly on behalf of corporate pension funds, endowment funds and state-sponsored retirement programs.

For more information, contact Kevin Grogan, CCO at kgrogan@liquibox.com.

Liquibox Social Media LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/liquibox


Liquibox Completes Acquisition of DS Smith Plastics

Liquibox, a portfolio company of Olympus Partners, has completed the acquisition of DS Smith plc's Plastics Division. The acquired division includes both rigid and flexible packaging businesses. The combined companies will have 35 manufacturing facilities and a global workforce of nearly 3,000 employees.

The acquired division's flexible packaging and Worldwide Dispensers businesses will be consolidated into the Liquibox brand. The consolidation brings together two strong management teams and skilled workforces to help the company realize a shared vision and purpose – One Liquibox. As a global leader in liquid packaging and dispensing, Liquibox will be dedicated to servicing customers through a commitment to quality, sustainability, partnership and innovation.

The acquisition of DS Smith's flexible packaging businesses provides a strong platform to further expand Liquibox's leading value proposition into emerging growth markets, such as coffee, tea, water and aseptic packaging. In addition, through its Worldwide Dispensers brand of custom engineered fitments, the company will now assume a leading position globally in dispensing technologies for both rigid and flexible packaging.

The acquired division's rigid businesses for extruded products, injection molded products and foam products will be split into three newly branded and independently operated businesses, which will operate respectively as Corplex, DW Reusables and Engineered Foam Products. Each of these business units stands ready to execute on new growth plans under the new ownership structure.

"We're excited to complete this transformational acquisition and welcome the DS Smith Plastics employees to our team," said Ken Swanson, CEO of Liquibox. "The new structure and brand identity of these businesses further supports our strategy and commitment to lead the way with sustainable packaging solutions. Our best-in-class converting and molding equipment, coupled with further advancements in materials and design will be a big benefit to our customers. We're excited to unlock additional value through an expanded range of film, bag and dispensing fitments, our best-in-class filler solutions and an expanded global reach."

Manu Bettegowda, Partner at Olympus Partners added: "Liquibox is a core holding for Olympus Partners. The DS Smith Plastics acquisition is an important step in achieving our longer-term plan, and we plan to continue to invest in the business in support of its growth strategy."

About Liquibox
Liquibox has led the way in flexible liquid packaging and dispensing innovation for 60 years. Today, Liquibox is advancing a new era of sustainable performance, with an intensified commitment to minimizing environmental impact without sacrificing quality to deliver solutions that protect products and the world we live in. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, Liquibox is a portfolio company of Olympus Partners with facilities in 23 locations around the world. More at liquibox.com.

About Olympus Partners
Founded in 1988, Olympus Partners is a private equity firm focused on providing equity capital for middle market management buyouts and for companies needing capital for expansion. Olympus is an active, long-term investor across a broad range of industries including business services, food services, consumer products, healthcare services, financial services, industrial services, and manufacturing. Olympus manages in excess of $8.5 billion mainly on behalf of corporate pension funds, endowment funds and state-sponsored retirement programs.

Advisors
Barclays served as financial advisor to Liquibox, and Kirkland & Ellis LLP served as legal counsel.


US DOJ and Liqui-Box Reach Agreement on Liqui-Box's Acquisition of DS Smith Plastics

Liqui-Box, a portfolio company of Olympus Partners, and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) have entered into an agreement to allow Liqui-Box to acquire DS Smith plc's Plastics Division (DS Smith Plastics). The transaction is expected to close in Q1 2020.

As part of the agreement, Liqui-Box will divest selected DS Smith/Rapak bag-in-box (BIB) business in the U.S., including two manufacturing facilities located in Indianapolis, Indiana, and Union City, California.

"I am pleased that we were able to find a solution that works for all parties and can now move forward with closing the acquisition," said Ken Swanson, Liqui-Box president and CEO. "As we work to integrate Liqui-Box and DS Smith Plastics, we will align product families, improve distribution networks and leverage the strengths of each business to deliver an enhanced value proposition."

About Liqui-Box
Liqui-Box is a global leader in liquid packaging and dispensing – working in partnership with customers to deliver high-quality, innovative solutions that achieve sustainable performance. Liqui-Box was founded in 1961 and operates globally. Stamford, Connecticut-based private equity firm Olympus Partners holds Liqui-Box among its portfolio of middle-market packaging and other businesses. More at liquibox.com.

About DS Smith Plastics
The Plastics Division consists of sustainable flexible packaging and dispensing solutions, extruded plastic sheet products, returnable injection molded crates, and molded foam products. Headquartered in Romeoville, Illinois, the Plastics Division employs more than 2,000 people across 25 facilities in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific.

About Olympus Partners
Founded in 1988, Olympus Partners is a private equity firm focused on providing equity capital for middle market management buyouts and for companies needing capital for expansion. Olympus is an active, long-term investor across a broad range of industries including business services, food services, consumer products, healthcare services, financial services, industrial services, and manufacturing. Olympus manages in excess of $8.5 billion mainly on behalf of corporate pension funds, endowment funds and state-sponsored retirement programs.


ISDI Releases New Video on Buying Steel Drums

Today, the Industrial Steel Drum Institute (ISDI) released the “Tips for Buying New Steel Drums” video, a new educational video tailored to help answer frequently asked questions in regard to purchasing a steel drum.

"There are many attributes of a steel drum that can be adjusted based on your needs,” said Susan Nauman, Executive Director of ISDI. “What we’ve found is that many people don’t know the options available to them or know what will work best for them and their product.”

“In our new video, we detail everything from regulations and ratings to drum and hoop styles all in an effort to help make the decision-making process as simple as possible.”

The one-minute and 50-second video not only answers common questions consumers have about steel drums, but it also provides an inside look into how steel drums are made with behind-the-scenes footage from an ISDI-member facility.

The video is available to watch within the Resources section of www.WhySteelDrums.org and on ISDI’s YouTube page. Click here to view the video.


PDI Publishes Plastic Drums 101 Technical Webinar

he Plastic Drum Institute (PDI) unveiled Plastic Drums 101, a technical webinar that provides viewers with a high-level understanding of this critical industrial packaging option.

“Plastic drums are great for non-hazardous and hazardous goods, due to their extremely durable composition that doesn’t rust, dent or peel. They’re also easy to stack when empty,” said Susan Nauman, executive director of the Industrial Packaging Association of North America. “This webinar is an important tool for those interested in plastic drums as a packaging solution, as well as those new to the industry, to help them quickly understand the value of this product.”

The 45-slide presentation discusses the unique components of plastic drums, including the difference between open-head and a tight-head drums, as well as how they’re manufactured.

Viewers will learn about permeation and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s compatibility test that helps shippers determine the compatibility and permeation rate of their products. They will also gain knowledge on how to interpret the UN marking on every plastic drum and learn about the performance standards behind them.

The webinar is available within the Resources section of www.PlasticDrum.org and on PDI’s YouTube page.


ISDI Publishes Steel Drums 101 Technical Webinar

SEVERNA PARK, Md. (October 24, 2019) – Today, the Industrial Steel Drum Institute (ISDI) unveiled Steel Drums 101, a technical webinar that provides viewers with a high-level understanding of this critical industrial packaging option.

“As one of the most widely used types of industrial packaging for non-hazardous and hazardous goods, due to their strength, durability and unparalleled safety record, steel drums play a critical role in storing and transporting valuable resources around the world,” said Susan Nauman, executive director of ISDI. “This webinar is an important tool that those interested in steel drums as a packaging solution, as well as those new to the industry, can use to quickly understand the value of this product.”

The 50-slide presentation discusses the unique components of steel drums, including the difference between open-head and a tight-head drums, that make them so versatile, sustainable and safe. Viewers will learn how these drums are manufactured, painted and lined to properly transport and store the materials they may contain.

They’ll also gain knowledge on how to interpret the UN marking on every steel drum and learn about the performance standards behind them. Finally, the presentation explains the capabilities and safety advantages of those steel drums equipped with fusible plugs.

The webinar is available within the Resources section of www.WhySteelDrums.org and on ISDI’s YouTube page. Click here to view the webinar.


Industrial Steel Drum Institute, American National Standards Institute Release New Material Handling Standard

The Industrial Steel Drum Institute (ISDI), a trade association representing manufacturers of steel drum containers in North America, and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), a nonprofit membership organization that administers and coordinates the U.S. private sector voluntary standardization system, released the newly issued ANSI MH2 – 2018 Standard.

The standard was developed by the ANSI consensus body to identify dimensional characteristics for free-standing steel drums and pails, particularly those used in domestic and export shipments. The 2018 standard is an updated version of the 2004 standard for steel drums and pails. The standard includes a glossary with definitions of terms related to the manufacture of steel drums and pails.

“Since our establishment as an association 75 years ago, our members have been manufacturing steel drums and participating in standard setting activities with various organizations such as ANSI,” said Kyle Stavig, chairman of ISDI and CEO of Myers Container LLC, General Steel Drum LLC, Container Management Services LLC, and North Coast Container LLC. “This standard is primarily a dimensional standard for the manufacture of free-standing steel drums and pails having capacities from 5 to 58 gallons. The dimensions for sizes and types most commonly used in domestic and export shipments are included in this standard as well as key construction elements.”

The ANSI MH2 – 2018 Standard is now available for purchase on ANSI’s website at www.ansi.org or by clicking here.


Liqui-Box Earns Safe Quality Food (SQF) Level 3 Certification at Facility in Ashland, Ohio

Leading global provider of flexible liquid packaging solutions, Liqui-Box Corporation earned a Safe Quality Food (SQF) Level 3 Certification at its manufacturing facility in Ashland, Ohio, for the ninth consecutive year. The facility again received the highest level of certification, signaling peak food safety compliance.

Liqui-Box's other manufacturing facilities in Sacramento, Calif., Upper Sandusky, Ohio, and Lake Wales, Fla., also are certified SQF Level 3.

The company's state-of-the art facility in Ashland produces bag-in-box flexible packaging for the food, beverage, dairy and non-food industries, and houses a Global Technical Center for materials research and development.

Food processing stakeholders recognize the SQF certification program as the industry-standard measurement of food safety and quality. The program's prestigiousness lends a higher degree of trust and acceptance in the global marketplace to products that are certified.

"A commitment to excellence is the hallmark of our corporate culture," said Ken Swanson, CEO of Liqui-Box. "With this achievement, our customers can be assured we have the end-to-end system in place to protect and preserve food products on the way to their final destination, even those with limited shelf life and delicate biology. We can deliver on all fronts."

SQF Level 3 Certification goes beyond food safety fundamentals by encompassing not just risk assessment and plan implementation, but preventative action that guards against poor quality or contamination. It is the highest bar set by the Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI), the organization responsible for writing and maintaining the certification program.

About Liqui-Box
At Liqui-Box, we're committed to being the packaging provider from which all good things flow: lower carbon footprints, faster speed-to-market, seamless production, better ideas and most important of all – impenetrable partnerships. By shaping our solutions around customer and sustainability challenges, we're able to deliver at every level.

Our ingenious liquid packaging outsmarts conventional methods by giving brands a bag that's tough enough to withstand harsh shipping conditions; is compact enough to shrink the number of trucks on the road; is made of significantly less plastic than its rigid counterparts; and still dispenses perfectly into that milkshake maker or washing machine.

Liqui-Box was founded in 1961 and operates globally. Stamford, Connecticut-based private equity firm Olympus Partners holds Liqui-Box among its portfolio of middle-market packaging and other businesses. More at liquibox.com.


Institute of Packaging Professionals Announces 2019 AmeriStar Award Winners

Twenty-seven winners have been selected as recipients of a coveted 2019 AmeriStar Award, a prestigious design award for the packaging industy, produced by IoPP, The Institute of Packaging Professionals.

A roster of 12 judges from various segments of the packaging industry evaluated this year’s entries in person, examining package innovation, product protection, economics, performance, marketing and environmental impact.

Judges considered more than 50 package entries across 17 categories for both professional and student awards, as well as AmeriStar’s prestigious top three awards. The top three AmeriStar awards include the Sustainable Package Award, the Design Excellence Award and the Best of Show Award.

The 2019 top three winners are:

Best of Show Award
Clinique iD by Estée Lauder Companies is a unique dual pump package that delivers lotion and concentrated serum in one push of the actuator. The consumer gets the choice of buying multiple lotion types and combining them with serum cartridges to address specific skin needs.

Design Excellence Award
O-I: EXPRESSIONS by O-I was developed for design agencies, packaging professionals and food & beverage marketers who want to stand out and offer their consumers new reasons to love and choose their brand, O-I: EXPRESSIONS enables late-stage design, combining the integral benefits and heritage of glass with an agile, marketing-focused capability.

Sustainable Packaging Award
Krylon® Industrial Quik-Tap™ Aerosol by Sherwin-Williams is one of the first aerosol paint package to separate the valve and actuator from the can. After use, the reusable device creates an empty, non-pressurized aerosol can that allows for easy recycling.

AmeriStar Award winners by category:

Beverages (Alcoholic)
Heaven’s Door Whiskey by Berlin Packaging is a small-batch collection of handcrafted American whiskeys developed in partnership with Bob Dylan. The custom rounded-shoulder bottle features Dylan’s distinctive iron gates created at his Black Buffalo Ironworks Studio from objects found on farms and scrapyards across America.

Drug and Pharmaceutical
An elegant child-resistant packaging solution by Duallok was developed to provide the most beautiful, user friendly and compliant package for high-end controlled substances. The patented double-lock design, certified under the 16 CFR 1700 guidelines for child resistance, keeps kids safe and brands compliant.

Target Simply Balanced Vitamins by TricorBraun was developed because Target Stores decided it was time to enter the upscale nutraceutical market with Simply Balanced™ vitamins in premium packaging. The design is a three-piece solution that attracts consumers with different shapes, colors and color combinations in fully recyclable materials. The bottle features a differentiating oblong shape and wider mouth for easier dispensing, as well as a half-turn, push-and-turn, child-resistant closure to improve safety.

Electronics
Xbox Adaptive Controller by Microsoft was packaged to create an empowering unboxing experience for anyone who would be gaming with the controller. When designing, Microsoft worked directly with gamers who have limited mobility to understand how to make the unboxing as easy as possible. This package features improvements such as loops acting as a lever to assist in component removal and multiple product access points.

Food (Shelf Stable)
Joyböl Smoothie Bowl by Plastic Ingenuity Inc. creates a unique food category in the grab-and-go market. The innovation is centered around creating an all-in-one, highly-portable, shelf-stable smoothie bowl for health-conscientious millennials on the go, resulting in one of the world's first all-in-one smoothie bowl package.

Food (Refrigerated)
Roll Over-Wrap Tray by Clearly Clean Products, LLC is one of the world’s only patented, 100 percent recyclable, smooth-edge PET overwrap food tray. It’s produced in multiple colors (including clear) and is available with or without pads. It’s utilized for meat, poultry, seafood and produce – and customized for the customer.

Health and Beauty Aids
Korrvu® Inserts for Fragrance Packaging by Sealed Air can be formed over a range of products, creating a versatile and dynamic option to replace traditional vacuum-formed molds. This curbside recyclable packaging solution meets the growing e-commerce demand for sustainable product protection while maintaining a luxurious, high-end look.

L’Oréal Paris Elvive Rapid Reviver by Viva IML Tubes utilizes Viva’s state-of-the art label graphics with true, full-coverage, eye-catching, metallic accents and a parabolic ‘iconic crimp’. The tube itself has a positive sustainability theme with low-emission lifecycle and a fully recyclable total package.

Household Products
PACLOCK Bi-Fold Custom Retail Package by Placon. This bi-fold clamshell package for Pacific Lock Co. provides consumers the ability to touch the product without risk of theft prior to purchase. The open-and-fold back panel design gives the package significantly more marketing and graphics space. The package enables consumers to open and close the back panel to read and better understand the product.

Drinkworks Home Bar Packaging by Drinkworks is easy to lift, carry, un-box and recycle. Lifting and carrying can be accomplished via a top handle and/or 2 x side-panel hand-holds, Unboxing is achieved by releasing two patented side locks and lifting off the box top. This package fulfills the objective of reducing the time and number of steps to un-box the product and minimize awkward lifting of the small appliance.

Industrial/Commercial
Advanced Polymer Activation System by Ecolab is a patented automated solution for dispensing powders in wastewater treatment applications. The unit and packaging reduce total cost of operation and improve workplace safety and hygiene by increasing polymer activation with dust-free packaging and dispensing.

Medical Device
ORTHOFIX Medical Tray by Placon – taking design and innovation to the next level with leading sustainability focus on stock and custom retail, food and medical packaging. This custom tray keeps the medical screw suspended to prevent HA coating damage.

Promotional/Display
Yankee Candle Holiday Gifting Pack by Newell Brands is a seasonal gift set designed to enable frictionless gifting. Premium decorative packaging was designed to attract consumer attention while offering secondary surprises to the recipient throughout a layered opening experience.

Pepsi NFL Laces Can by PepsiCo Inc.’s Global Beverage Packaging R&D and Design and Innovation teams is a limited-edition Pepsi Can with innovative packaging that strengthens brand equity. The packaging enhances the consumer sensory experience and drives engagement by breaking out of the straight-walled aluminum cans common in soft drinks.

Saves Food (Foodservice)
HomeFresh Entree by Placon offers modular stacking and interstacking, leak resistance when lidded, and secure stack engagement to limit package movement when stacked during transportation from foodservice establishment to the home or place of consumption.

Serve Good® Packaging Program by US Foods, Inc. ensures a holistic approach in providing customers with sustainable packaging solutions that align with Serve Good® packaging standards. The three E’s (engineer better designs, employ better materials, empower a better end-of-life solution) push the industry toward advancing trends in minimalist packaging, recycling, recyclability and clean packaging. Better design to optimize sizing and material usage ensure that the minimum amount of packaging is used to produce the product.

Other
Klearfold Keeper CR by HLP Klearfold is the first of its kind, clear, certified child-resistant package for medical and recreational cannabis. Cannabis product producers can now enjoy the marketing and merchandising benefits of clear plastic packaging, while satisfying the CPSC criteria for child-resistant closures. Through the CPSC CR certification process, it became apparent that test-subject kids (42–51 months old) were more motivated to breech the Klearfold Keeper CR package because they could see its contents. In order to stand up to this extra attention, the Keeper CR had to provide a higher level of security than paperboard CR packages.

Allergy Relief Nasal Spray by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is in keeping with the sustainability initiative that GSK is passionate about and committed to in their packaging strategy. GSK is implementing several improvements that are approved by the respective health authorities while yielding an overall improvement in sustainability and considerably reducing the use of plastic packaging and their carbon footprint of up to 50 percent in some scenarios.

Reusable Structural Transit Inserts by EPE USA are an innovative application of high-density molded polypropylene engineered parts that are precisely designed to improve product protection in e-commerce transit modes while maintaining SIOC freight benefits and doing so within a 100 percent sustainable system.

Miracle-Gro® Performance Organics™ by ProAmpac was thoughtfully engineered to use the least amount of material required with the optimum percentage of bio-resin to be the most sustainable while retaining product performance, functionality and packaging durability.

Student
All four of the 2019 Student AmeriStar Award winning entries are from the California Polytechnic State University.

First Place: ReNood allows consumers to customize and create a meal specific to their taste by mixing and matching individual pods of ingredients. The product also reduces food waste and encourages repeated buys. ReNood’s containers are made of cassava starch, which is compostable and recyclable.

Second Place: Butter Drops capitalizes on the fact that ordinary butter sticks can be a hassle to use and store. Its wax wrapping paper is difficult to use and non-recyclable. Butter Drops is a novel packaging system for butter. It is eye-catching on the shelves, conveniently portioned to minimize food waste, and fully compostable and recyclable.

Third Place: Halo takes deodorant packaging to a new level, reducing the amount of material and creating a simple new design that is easy to use for the consumer.

Honorable Mention: California Kissed is a novel metal can system that maximizes space efficiency during distribution and storage. Easily open it using a pull tab, which includes a tamper-evident feature. Its lid also allows draining the contents and re-closing the container, thus reducing food waste. Want to learn more about these innovative packages? Full information about each of the 2019 AmeriStar Award Winners is available online. Product photos are available by request – contact Barbara Dykes at bdykes@iopp.org to request photos.

Be sure to visit IoPP in booth C-1159 at PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2019 (Sept. 23–25; Las Vegas) where a joint reception and ceremony honoring the AmeriStar Award winners will take place. PACK EXPO Las Vegas attendees who visit the IoPP booth and/or the Showcase of Packaging Innovations will have the opportunity to vote on-site for a special “People’s Choice” AmeriStar Award winner to be announced at the reception ceremony.


Third Coast Expands Executive Team and Appoints Jim Thompson as Chief Operating Officer

COO appointment will help power Third Coast’s continued growth

Third Coast, a leading chemical contract manufacturer, announces the appointment of Jim Thompson to the role of Chief Operating Officer. “[Jim] Thompson understands domestic and global chemical sales, plant operations, and customer satisfaction in a way that few executives can hope to, and he has a proven record of maximizing the growth potential of Third Coast facilities,” stated Jim Clawson, founder and CEO of Third Coast.

“As Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Thompson will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of each of the Third Coast companies, and we are thrilled to add his valuable leadership to our executive team in this period of rapid growth,” added Jett Rominger, Chief Financial Officer. Thompson originally joined Third Coast in 2009, and most recently served as Commercial Vice President of Chemical Specialties PTE, LTD. In that role, Thompson was onsite in Singapore the year operations began in 2009 and remained onsite overseeing commercial activities until taking a sabbatical in 2018.

Thompson brings extensive management and industry experience to the role previously having served 12 years with LyondellBasell, Inc. in commercial management and mergers and acquisitions roles. “With the 2014 expansion into reaction chemistry, Third Coast continues to build upon its foundation of delivering world class services, and the past few years have seen incredible growth,” said Thompson. “It is a tremendous pleasure to be selected for this role, and I am excited to contribute to the continued growth and future of each of the companies that make up the Third Coast portfolio.”


ISDI Presents Lifetime Membership Award to Jim Beardsley

SEVERNA PARK, Md. (May 2, 2019) – The Industrial Steel Drum Institute (ISDI) recently honored long-time member Jim Beardsley, senior executive vice president of North Coast Container, with the organization’s Lifetime Membership Award.

The ISDI Lifetime Membership Award is given to long-time members of the steel drum industry in recognition of their service and dedication to the organization and the industry. It was presented to Beardsley in late April during the plenary session of the Industrial Packaging Alliance of North America’s Spring Conference in Napa, California.

“Over the last three decades Jim has contributed to growth and innovation in the steel drum industry, solidifying it as a valuable and unique part of the packaging sector,” said Kyle Stavig, chairman of ISDI and CEO of Myers Container LLC, General Steel Drum LLC, Container Management Services LLC, and North Coast Container LLC. “It is an honor to recognize his accomplishments with this well-deserved award.”

At North Coast Container, co-founded in 1983 by his late father Earnest, Beardsley worked his way up the company’s ladder for 20 years, becoming chairman and CEO in 2011. Under his leadership, the company invested in new machinery and equipment, computer and communication systems, and manufacturing and administrative systems to improve operational efficiency and customer support. Beardsley has also made it a priority to recruit, hire and train a leading workforce in the industry.

In 2018, he oversaw the acquisition of North Coast Container by a fellow steel drum business, General Steel Drum, owned by the Stavig family. The move has already provided the company’s customers, suppliers and employees with growth opportunities.

“Having the ability to work and lead my family’s steel drum business has been the opportunity of a lifetime,” said Beardsley. “It is a great honor to be recognized for my work at North Coast and the industry at large by a group of peers whom I deeply respect.”

North Coast participates in multiple trade organizations, such as the Industrial Packaging Alliance of North America, the Chemical Packaging Committee, the National Association of Manufacturers, the Petroleum Packaging Council, the Ohio Manufacturer’s Association, the National Private Trucking Council, and ISDI.


LIQUI-BOX and DS Smith's Plastics Division Join Together to Create Innovative Leader in Sustainable Packaging

Liqui-Box, a portfolio company of Olympus Partners, has agreed to acquire DS Smith plc's Plastics Division to create a comprehensive and innovative leader in flexible and rigid packaging.

Liqui-Box and DS Smith Plastics, which includes the Rapak and Worldwide Dispenser businesses, will have a global footprint, design capabilities and service platform that will offer customers the most compelling packaging solutions and drive advancements in technology and sustainability.

"The combination with DS Smith Plastics advances our strategic initiative to create the leading innovator of sustainable flexible and rigid packaging solutions," said Ken Swanson, Liqui-Box's CEO. "This business has a significant synergistic fit with Liqui-Box and a product portfolio and manufacturing footprint that are highly complementary. This combination will be transformational for both companies and an exciting growth story for our employees and customers."

Strategic Rationale

After completion of the transaction, the combination of Liqui-Box and DS Smith Plastics will have a stronger and more differentiated value proposition for employees and customers through:

  • Comprehensive global footprint with the ability to service customers from 35 manufacturing plants across 5 continents
  • Best in class converting and molding equipment platform to deliver top quality products at scale
  • Expanded R&D resources and innovation capabilities with multiple labs and testing facilities
  • Materials and process advancements to support more environmentally sustainable products
  • Strong management team and skilled workforce with a shared vision and purpose

"Olympus Partners has been the majority investor in Liqui-Box since 2015. This additional investment to add the capabilities of DS Smith Plastics further supports our growth plan for the company," said Manu Bettegowda, Olympus Partners.

"We have always had a great deal of respect for the DS Smith team and are excited by the prospect of working together to create a strong management team and skilled workforce with a shared vision and purpose," Swanson concluded.

Barclays served as financial advisor to Liqui-Box, and Kirkland & Ellis LLP served as legal counsel.

Where appropriate, works councils will be consulted and the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals.

About Liqui-Box:
Liqui-Box is the leading innovator of sustainable packaging solutions for quick, fresh and cost-efficient delivery of liquid and semi-liquid products. The company manufactures Bag-in-Box flexible packaging, fitments and pouches to serve a wide variety of global industries, including dairy, beverage, food and non-food customers. Liqui-Box also designs, manufactures and services the fastest filling equipment in the industry along with best-in-class bag-making equipment.

About DS Smith Plastics Division:
The Plastics Division consists of sustainable flexible packaging and dispensing solutions, plastics extrusion, injection molded and foam products. Headquartered in Chicago, the Plastics Division employs more than 2,000 people across 26 facilities in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific.

About Olympus Partners:
Founded in 1988, Olympus Partners is a private equity firm focused on providing equity capital for middle market management buyouts and for companies needing capital for expansion. Olympus is an active, long-term investor across a broad range of industries including business services, food services, consumer products, healthcare services, financial services, industrial services, and manufacturing. Olympus manages in excess of $8.5 billion mainly on behalf of corporate pension funds, endowment funds and state-sponsored retirement programs.

Contact:
Paul Kase
804.433.3834


Industrial Steel Drum Institute Presents David Sovol with Award of Appreciation

The Industrial Steel Drum Institute (ISDI) recently honored long-time member David Sovol with an award recognizing his extraordinary dedication and leadership to the steel industry.

“Dave is a trailblazer in the world of steel, and I am honored to recognize his exceedingly superb accomplishments,” said Kyle Stavig, chairman of ISDI and CEO of Myers Container LLC, General Steel Drum LLC, Container Management Services LLC, and North Coast Container LLC. “For decades, Dave has been a leading force for progress and innovation. This award allows us to show our appreciation for the countless hours of dedication and excellence he’s put towards driving our industry forward.”

Sovol, chairman of the ANSI MH2 Accredited Standards Committee, has worked in the steel industry for nearly 48 years. Upon completing a Bachelor of Science from John Carroll University in engineering with a minor in physics, Sovol took the position of technical director at Republic Steel in 1971. He traveled the world during his time there to study new steel manufacturing technologies and learn new training techniques.

Sovol transitioned to be an active member of the Steel Shipping Container Institute for 15 years, where he also served as chairman of the organization’s Technical Committee for a decade. He joined North Coast Container (NCC) in 1991 as Technical Director. He held the title of chairman of the ANSI Standards Writing Committee in 2004 and wrote the existing ANSI regulations on steel drums and pails.

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