Industry News

Scrap Reduction Workshop for Flexible Packaging Converters Attracts 50+

EDGEWOOD, NY—Nordmeccanica Group and Henkel Corp. partnered in presenting a one-day (Feb., 16, 2011) interactive workshop on scrap prevention opportunities/solutions in the laminated flexible packaging industry. The event, held at Nordmeccanica’s North American Hqs., attracted between 50 and 60 flexible packaging converters. It featured a keynote address by Dr. Duncan Darby of Clemson University’s Center for Flexible Packaging, a live demonstration of solventless technology on Nordmeccanica’s Super Simplex laminator, and concluded with laboratory experiments involving adhesive pot life and fast curing technologies.

The proceeding saw introduction of Henkel’s new laminating adhesive system (Liofol LA773-21/LA6016-21), which combines a curing agent with a two-component solventless polyurethane adhesive. It was said to have been designed to enhance speed, safety and productivity and thereby better a converter’s bottom line. Food packaging, health care, pharmaceutical and cosmetic applications are targeted; and sustainability-related advantages are being promoted. A report on Duncan’s keynote, focusing on root causes of lamination scrap and strategies for reducing waste generated, will appear in the March 2011 edition of FLEXO Magazine.