AMERICAN PACKAGING CORPORATION TO INSTALL COMEXI ACOM PLATINUM GRAVURE PRESS American Packaging Corporation has ordered its second Comexi Acom Platinum custom built gravure press to meet the increased demand for capacity and to maintain the highest level of gravure printing quality. As part of its equipment investment and building expansion strategy, worth $17 million, the company is installing the new press in the Gravure Printing Division located in Columbus, Wisconsin. Features of the machine include: • 53.1 inches wide • 10 in-line stations • 1,476 ft/sec Comexi North America (413) 789-3800; www.comexigroup.com CONTRACT CONVERTING TO DISTRIBUTE VALÉRON STRENGTH FILMS Greenville-based Contract Converting has been appointed as a distributor for Valéron Strength Films and will now stock master inventories. Valéron films, which feature extreme tear-resistance, and are equal strength wet or dry, are sold to narrow web printers and converters. FP Valéron Strength Films (713) 462-6111; www.valeron.com/en Contract Converting, LLC (800) 734-0990; www.contractconverting.com THE PANTONE INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES THE 2012 COLOR OF THE YEAR The 2011 color of the year, PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle, encouraged us to face everyday troubles with verve and vigor. Tangerine Tango, the 2012 color of the year, a spirited reddish orange, continues to provide the energy boost we need to recharge and move forward. FP Pantone LLC (201) 935-5500; www.pantone.com the END RESULT FRESH FRUIT SLICES GO PORTABLE Fresh fruit goes portable with Baltimore Innovations’ launch of the Fresh-R-Pax Fruit- Pop pouch. Fruit Pop pouches are made with food-safe absorbent technology, which allows processors to pack ripe and sweet tasting fruit. The new packs are easy to open, tamper evident and are ideal for packing slices of fresh-cut pineapple and melon. Most importantly, it offers extended shelf life relative to other alternatives in the market. “Customers have been asking us to develop a way of packing fresh cut fruit into singleserve portions, with extended shelf life. At the same time they’ve asked us to keep the solution economically attractive. We’re now happy that it ticks all three boxes,” says Matthew Valentine, managing director, Baltimore Innovations. FP Baltimore Innovations 44 (0) 1628-531-900; www.baltimoreinnovations.co.uk
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