United Drug PLC’s Packaging Services Rebranded As Sharp Packaging Services

United Drug plc has been renamed as UDG Healthcare plc. All of the Group’s packaging services will be rebranded as Sharp Packaging Services to enable the organization to market its services more effectively to international healthcare companies, the company said in a press release.

Efficient Packaging for Global Markets

Members of PMP News’s Editorial Advisory Board focus on low-volume packaging trends.

Companies are challenged to maintain production efficiency as trends from new global markets to personalized medicine lead to smaller lot sizes. Against the back drop of a changing business model for pharmaceuticals and regulatory expectations, a Quality by Design approach by pharma and medical device firms can yield a deeper understanding of product needs and packaging requirements, leading to more options in materials and processes.

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IoPP Launches Online Packaging Education

The Institute of Packaging Professionals is offering web-based courses, enabling industry members to expand their knowhow without leaving their desks.

Answering the growing demand for education on your time, at your own pace, and from wherever you are, IoPP is launching its first series of web-based E-Learning packaging courses.

Online Fundamentals of Packaging Technology

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Alloyd Brands Introduces SliderPak Multi-Unit Packaging System

Alloyd Brands, a business of Sonoco, is introducing the SliderPak, a packaging solution designed to eliminate the post-purchase product scattering and disorganization that typically occurs with multiple-unit packaging.

The Critical Role of Primary Packaging

Material properties, the need for a cost/benefit approach to material selection and manufacturing, and best approaches in process validation, were highlighted in a session on “Critical Selection of Primary Packaging” at Interphex.
“The importance of packaging is underestimated. That is one reason we are seeing a lot of issues being raised with recalls,” said presenter Shams Haque Rustom, senior director, product development and manufacturing, Labopharm (

Clondalkin To Acquire Catalent Pharma Printed Components Business

Clondalkin Group and Catalent Pharma Solutions today announced that Clondalkin has agreed to acquire the Printed Components business of Catalent. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed, and closing is subject to receipt of regulatory approval.
In addition, at closing Clondalkin and Catalent will enter into a long-term supply agreement which ensures that Catalent will continue to be able to provide customers of its market-leading commercial packaging business with high-quality printed components.

NJPEC Seeks Submissions For Annual Packaging Awards

The New Jersey Packaging Executives Club is now accepting submissions for the annual Package of the Year Awards competition and Exhibition Gala. “We are excited to bring you this high profile forum to show your best work, and have your submissions reviewed by our blue ribbon panel of judges,” NJPEC announced.
Submissions must be work produced from September 2009 to August 2010 in the following categories:

Cosmetics and Fragrances
Food and Beverage
Pharmaceuticals/Medical Devices
Promotional Packaging

Colbert Packaging Unveils Technical Sales Support Services

Colbert Packaging Corp. (Chicago) said it has expanded its service offerings to include technical sales support services aimed at improving the quality and efficiency of customers’ packaging, processes, and production. The services, led by packaging industry veteran John Yingst, new technical sales support manager, provide technical support for all Colbert customers throughout the entire packaging process, from package design to line trials to full production, with 24-hour response time to customer requests in most cases.

BioShell Custom Designs for Single-Use Bulk Bags

With its BioShell protection system, UFP Technologies (Georgetown, MA) offers alternative technology for safeguarding biopharma single-use bags during freezing, handling, storage, and transport.

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Schneider Packaging System Combines Palletizing and Stretch Wrapping

Schneider Packaging Equipment (Brewerton, NY) and Lantech have launched a palletizing/stretch wrapping cell that combines two or more lines into a centralized automated palletizing stretch wrapping station. The unique solution builds the unit load on the stretch wrapper.

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