As one of the global leaders in providing specialty chemicals used in multiple industrial and commercial applications, Ashland knows it has the winning formula for serving customers in the printing and packaging industries. Additionally, as Industry Manager Darcy Culkin explains, the company is always working on developing the next solution for its customers in every possible application. 

Ashland has been providing solutions to customers since 1924, and today the Fortune 500 company operates in more than 100 countries. Ashland’s specialty chemical solutions are used in the food and beverage, personal care, energy, pharmaceutical, paints and coatings and agriculture sectors, among others. The company’s products are used in applications such as thickening paint, UV- and water-resistant sunscreens, food packaging and strengthening building materials. Its three commercial units are Ashland Specialty Ingredients, Ashland Performance Materials and Valvoline. 

Not many businesses last 10 decades. Utah PaperBox Co. has, and it has done so by treating people well.

“First and foremost, we treat people like we want to be treated,” CEO Paul Keyser says. “This applies to everyone, including our customers, employees, suppliers and the bank. We take care of these four and go on.”

Pouches are not just for kangaroos and military meals-ready-to-eat anymore. Whatever previously was put in glass or metal can now be packaged securely in flexible pouches, whether solid or liquid. That development means that the equipment to manufacture such pouches is in high demand, and for Totani America, that is good news.

Seeing the need to be all things to all customers, serac has expanded its capabilities in the packaging world. With operations around the globe and being in the filling and capping industry for the past 45 years, serac has been serving a variety of companies that produce and sell liquid products, such as dairy,  edible oils, home and personal care, industrial and food products. As part of its new strategy, the company has introduced new machines that not only provide liquid filling and capping solutions, but also produce the packaging the product is contained in. 

During its 18 years in business, SAS Automation has seen an increase in demand for its end-of-arm tooling offerings. 

The Ohio company designs, builds and services end-of-arm tooling for all makes and models of robots across North America, Europe, South America and Asia.

It also supplies modular component-based end-of-arm tooling and gripper systems for a variety of manufacturing and distribution industries, including automotive, plastics, palletizing, food, and press tending.

Flexible packaging firms are constantly looking for new innovations that drive better performance, shelf appeal, sustainability and cost savings. Central Impression (CI) flexographic printing got a huge innovation boost back in November 2013 with the launch of the GELFLEX-EB™ ink system.

CI flexo printers can now wet-trap inks around a drum without any interstation thermal dryers. There are many positive ramifications for this. “GELFLEX-EB™ is a game-changer,” says Brian Sullivan, vice president of marketing and sales at Energy Sciences Inc. (ESI). “Every time we run an EB flexo trial, we can’t believe the quality of the print and the line screens we can achieve. We tell people to bring their loops to see for themselves. GELFLEX-EB™ and today’s electron beam (EB) drying will revolutionize CI flexo printing.”

When Piedmont National works with its customers, it tries to make the experience anything but difficult, President and CEO Gary Marx says. “One of our goals here is to be one of the easiest companies to do business with,” he says. “That’s what we’re constantly focused on.”

Based in Atlanta, Piedmont National specializes in packaging product distribution and services. Marx’s grandfather, Hugh Marx, founded the company in 1950 after working in the paper and packaging business for many years.

There are companies that believe that bigger is always better, and then there’s Paragon Packaging. President Mike Polarek says the company doesn’t produce the huge runs of plastic bottles that some of its competitors do, but that actually has been the secret to its success over the years. By concentrating on smaller runs of custom and stock plastic bottles, Paragon Packaging better serves the needs of its customers and creates a strong position for itself in the marketplace. The fact that the company has a strong commitment from its employees due to its status as a partially employee-owned firm only serves to bolster Paragon’s capabilities.

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