US flexible packaging industry to reach $27.5 billion in 2013

The total US flexible packaging field will grow by about 3% in the coming year to reach approximately $27.5 billion in 2013, up from $26.7 billion last year, according to statistics in the “State of the US Flexible Packaging Industry” report revealed at the Flexible Packaging Association’s annual meeting.

  • The value-added portion of the industry in 2012 was $19.8 billion or about three-quarters of the total US flexible-packaging industry. Flexibles make up 18% of the overall $145-billion US packaging market.
  • Retail food again lead as the top end-use market for flex packs with $13.1 billion or 49% of the total. Other applications were retail non-food (12%), consumer products (10%), industrial (9%), medical and pharmaceuticals (8%), institutional food (7%) and institutional non-food (5%).
  • The US flex-pack industry continued its evolution toward being primarily one of very large companies. Since 1996, the percentage of converters with annual sales over $500 million has grown from 28% to 47%, while the share of mid-size converters with sales between $50-$500 million has fallen from 47% to only 31%.
  • As the US economy continued its long drawn-out recovery, flex-pack imports kept rebounding while exports also rose. In 2011, China accounted for 40% of the $3.6 billion of product imported; Canada was the destination for 36% of the $1.7 billion of product that was exported.

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CDF improves the IBC Form-Fit Liner

The CDF engineering team has created a customer benefit by modifying the IBC form-fit liner to include holes in the perforated flaps. These holes were strategically added to help hold the liner in place during filling; by keeping the liner squared, these flaps make fills easier. Once the IBC form-fit liner is filled, the flaps can be detached and used with a winder for dispensing. CDF was the first flexible packaging manufacturer to add holes to the perforated flaps to a number of customized applications. This feature is now part of all of CDF’s stock IBC form-fit liners.

Form-fit IBC liners provide high performance in critical applications, such as top-fill applications using a bridge or automated filler; containers with no access doors for placing a liner at the bottom; high speed fills and viscous products that would get caught in the folds of pillow-shaped liners.

Typical form-fit liner markets include chemicals (adhesives, automotive lubricants, automotive oils, chemicals, coatings, concrete drilling additives, detergents, inks, paints, polymer emulsions); cosmetics (conditioner, cream, lipstick, liquid makeup, lotion, mascara, shampoo); food and beverage (concentrated fruit, edible oils, fish oil, fructose, jams, liquid egg, malts, molasses, pastes, sweeteners, syrups, vinegar, juice, wine); and pharmaceutical.

To learn more about CDF’s IBC Form-Fit Liner contact us at 800.443.1920

CDF Europe with Alma Chimica Launches UN Certified Waterproof Bag-in-Box

CDF Europe, a leading manufacturer of flexible packaging, announced a supply agreement with Alma Chimica, Italy’s leading producer of detergents and cleaning chemicals, for their newly UN certified, waterproof bag-in-box.  The package will be filled throughout Alma Chimica’s umbrella organisation under the trade name “Ecobox”.  The bag-in-box, manufactured using CDF Europe’s patented Cheertainer liner, is considered to be the world’s first UN certified bag-in-box.

Michael Watson, CDF Europe Sales & Marketing Director says, “This unique product launch and to be working with a company like Alma Chimica is incredibly exciting for us.  UN certification is critical for these applications and we are able to offer this package with all the benefits Cheertainer brings, including significant reductions in waste disposal and logistics costs.”

Alma Chimica has launched the UN certified “Ecobox” in several markets including in-home and industrial detergents and cleaning chemicals.

Gianpaolo Maino Sales Manager for Alma Chimica says “Cheertainer has had a tremendous impact on our overall business.  It has allowed us to become more sustainable, which was an important goal for our company.  It has also allowed us to provide a safer and easier-to-use product.”

This is the first package in the Italian detergents marketplace to feature connector dispensing, allowing for the product to be evacuated in a portion-controlled manner.  Connector dispensing is critical when used with hazardous chemicals as it greatly improves safety in the workplace by minimizing spillage and contamination issues.