September 2012

Industry News

The Procter & Gamble Co. (P&G) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Risk Management Research Laboratory (NRMRL) announced the signing of a Cooperative Research & Development Agreement (CRADA) to develop new tools to optimize sustainability improvements in manufacturing facilities, and their  associated supply chains. The improvements will directly address the endpoints of P&G’s long-term environmental sustainability vision, including
powering its plants with 100% renewable energy; using 100% renewable materials for all its products and packaging; having zero consumer or manufacturing waste going to landfills and designing products that maximize resource conservation. The work under this 5-year CRADA will leverage P&G’s manufacturing and supply chain knowledge with the EPA’s work on metrics to develop a modeling and assessment tool that can be used to assess future product design, material sourcing and manufacturing options.

Aerosol International
will build a new factory in Zgorzelec, Poland, PAP Polish news agency reported. Acording to PAP, it will be one of the largest and most modern facilities in Europe, designed to manufacture monoblock cans for the cosmetic industry. It will employ approximately three hundred workers. Aerosol International is part of the Maxim Gruppe, a European cosmetic producer with five facilities in Germany, France and Luxemburg.

Industry NewsQ Research Solutions launched the qPOD, a patented testing system that helps prevent cross-contamination of scents, allowing fragrance evaluation to take place in any number of previously challenging surroundings, as well as at points of purchase. qPOD has been independently validated by consumer research, professional fragrance evaluators, creative perfumers and sensory scientists. Any room can be used as a testing site utilizing qPOD, creating a wider range of target consumer testers that are more easily accessible. As a result, qPOD helps accelerate the product development cycle and shortens timeframes to market. qPOD’s selfcontained and easily changed setup is suitable for consumer acceptance fragrance screening across many categories and multiple delivery systems – including aerosols, plug-ins, candles, liquids and lathers. qPOD’s secured dosing chamber conceals and protects prototypes; in doing so, the unit also safeguards intellectual property. Fragrance strength and character is consistently sustained for hours, making qPOD a preferred method in exercises such as longevity testing; claims substantiation; benchmarking; product reformulation; and malodor reduction/elimination testing.

The American Cleaning Institute (ACI) issued the following statement by ACI President & CEO Ernie Rosenberg in response to the July 25 mark-up of the “Safe Chemicals Act” by the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee:

“ACI has been and remains committed to passage of legislation that strengthens and modernizes the Toxic Substance Control Act. We have been thoroughly engaged in bipartisan discussions to get us on that path.

“It is critical that any legislation enacted into law continues to enhance consumer confidence in a strong, reliable and credible federal chemical management program. We will continue our efforts to obtain a bill that protects product and process innovations without detracting from EPA’s ability to conduct a robust chemical management program. “We recognize and commend the effort and engagement of many Senators on both sides of the aisle. ACI will work toward opportunities for all sides to come together for a bipartisan, bicameral bill that promotes the safe use of chemicals, enhances public confidence in the chemical management system, protects American jobs and maintains U.S. global leadership in chemical innovation.”

The New Jersey Packaging Executives Club has selected five packaging professionals for induction into the Packaging Hall of Fame at the Award Dinner on Sept. 13 at The Manor in West Orange, NJ.

The 2012 Honorees are Don Cardiff (Stolzle Oberglas GmbH); Bill Kunz (Kunz Consulting Services); Jim Detwiler (Chanel USA); Steve Mohary (Johnson & Johnson) and (in memoriam) Navin Desai (411 International Corp). Reservations to attend the Hall of Fame Dinner can be made at www.njpec.org.

Designer, manufacturer and marketer of airless dispensing Industry News solutions Mega Airless has announced that this is its new worldwide brand name, effective immediately. Mega Airless is currently widely known by the two legal entities MegaPlast and MegaPumps.

Industry NewsAero-Tech Laboratory Equipment Co. announced it has become the U.S. distributor for STT, Special Tooling Technologies Ltd. The ATLPCG aerosol can, crimp depth and diameter gauge is lever operated, operator friendly and equipped with ID-C X series Mitutoyo Indicators, direct inch & metric LCD readout, SPC capabilities for data output, presets and parameter settings. The calibration master is attached to the column and mounted to the base for ease of use and can’t be misplaced. Especially made for a production environment, it weighs 30 pounds, is mountable to a table or cart and therefore can’t be accidentally dropped and damaged during use.