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BWAY Corp Introduces New Pail with Integrated Handles

BWAY Corp. is excited to announce the launch of a new 5 gallon, plastic pail with integrated handles, called the Handle-It Pail.

The industry standard for pails has long been a wire or plastic handle only. Integrated handles create a package with significant safety and convenience benefits for users.

  • Grab and Go – Built-in handgrips create a package that’s ergonomically friendly, comfortable to carry and easy to distribute contents from. A plastic or wire handle is also available.
  • Minimize risk – Integrated handgrips allow two people to safely lift and carry a pail, decreasing the risk of injury. It’s a better way to lift heavy materials.
  • Reduce Freight and Handling Costs – The unique design of the Handle-It Pail results in 10% more pails per truckload reducing freight, handling and storage costs

From coatings to lubricants to chemicals, the new pail was engineered for versatility and designed for use in a variety of industries. For more information please visit

IoPP Food Safety Alliance for Packaging releases product stewardship best practices

The Food Safety Alliance for Packaging (FSAP), a technical committee of the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP), announces the release of a product stewardship document for food packaging. The six-page document is titled “Food Packaging Product Stewardship Considerations.” This document is available at

The document is the product of an FSAP food brand owners working group. The participating companies aim to provide a list of product stewardship best practices in a publicly available document for all of the food packaging supply chain to access. For this document, input was given by brand owners including Nestlé and Mars Wrigley Confectionery, and packaging supply chain members including Decernis, Siegwerk, American Packaging Corp., Henkel and Sun Chemical.

Food companies and members of the packaging supply chain are welcome to use all or parts of this non-binding document as a roadmap for product stewardship considerations.

For questions, please contact Stephen Klump, the FSAP food company working group’s representative.

FSAP is a group of individuals from food and food packaging supply chain companies dedicated to raising food safety awareness in the food packaging industry. FSAP meets to discuss food packaging quality and safety topics during a bi-monthly call. In addition, there is a yearly face-to-face meeting.

FSAP is one of eight technical committees of IoPP, the largest individual-membership organization in North America serving the packaging industry’s education and networking needs, thereby helping professionals succeed. For more information on IoPP and its education programs and networking and recognition opportunities, visit

About IoPP

The Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) is the leading individual membership organization serving the educational needs of the packaging community. It is committed to providing continuing educational programs of interest and value to all packaging professionals. These programs cover all packaging-related areas of business and technology, as well as fundamental principles. The organization, its activities and operations support the development of the best possible packaging programs and events.

For more information, please visit

TRANSCAER® Welcomes the Industrial Steel Drum Institute as a New Sponsor

The Industrial Steel Drum Institute (ISDI) is pleased to be the newest sponsor of the TRANSCAER®, a voluntary national outreach effort that educates and assists first responders in communities near transportation routes on how to prepare for and respond to a possible hazardous material transportation incident.

“On behalf of the entire National TRANSCAER® Task Group, I am thrilled to welcome Kyle Stavig, Sue Nauman and the members of ISDI,” said Keith Silverman, chairman of the National TRANSCAER® Task Group and vice president global operations, quality and EHS at Ashland. “ISDI represents the first industrial packaging organization to become a sponsor, and I know our first responders will benefit from the experience and expertise that they will bring to the table.”

ISDI represents the manufacturers who produce more than 26 million 55-gallon steel drums each year in the United States. These drums provide the safe transport of a variety of products, ranging from high-hazard chemical and petroleum products to food additives and concentrates. Suppliers of materials and components to the industry serve as Associate Members of the institute.

“We’re delighted to connect with an organization like TRANSCAER®, which does a wonderful job of providing training and support for the first responder community,” said Stavig, chairman of ISDI and CEO of Myers Container LLC and General Steel Drum LLC. “We look forward to sharing information about steel drums that will help first responders do their jobs with greater safety.”

ISDI’s mission is to promote the common interests of its members through government relations, technical research, education and information exchange, media relations, and generic marketing programs.

ISDI represents the industry before federal agencies and the U.S. Congress, acts as liaison with other industry groups and individual corporations, and plays an active role with international organizations, including the U.N. Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods.

Other national TRANSCAER® sponsors include: American Chemistry Council, API, Association of American Railroads, CHEMTREC®, Renewable Fuels Association, The Chlorine Institute and The Fertilizer Institute.


ZXP Technologies LTD. today announced that on February 16, 2018, it entered an agreement to sell substantially all of the assets of the ZXP business, including the equity of ZXP Logistics LLC, a Texas limited liability company, to ZXP Technologies LLC, a Delaware limited liability company.

The buyer is a newly formed company that will be owned by Houston private equity group Milton Street Capital LLC and members of the ZXP management team. The ZXP business will continue to operate in the same location, with the same management team and employees, executing the current business model.

ZXP Technologies is a Houston based manufacturer specializing in blending and packaging, and distributing automotive, industrial, and commercial lubricants and specialty chemicals to a variety of customers including major and independent oil and chemical companies. Located 15 miles east of downtown Houston, ZXP and its predecessors have been operating on this site for over 45 years. For additional information, please visit

Milton Street is a Houston-based private equity firm focused on acquiring lower middle market industrial companies. Milton Street currently owns one other portfolio company, Meisler Trailer Rentals. For additional information, please visit

Steel Drums: An Economic Indicator?

The 55-gallon steel drum, long considered the workhorse of the chemical industry is still the most widely used industrial package for the transport of many types of hazardous and non-hazardous goods.

Today, global steel drum production tops 220 million1 units per year, equating to approximately 600,000 drums per day! Laid end-to-end, that's enough to circle the earth more than 4.5 times!

Since the invention of the steel drum in 1905, the industry has had a powerful effect on global and regional economies and has been shown to offer a good indication of economic trends both in the United States and abroad.

Prior to World War II2, the steel used to make drums was primarily produced in the United States, Europe and Japan. Over the past 20 years, steel production has shifted away from developed markets and into emerging markets such as India, Russia and China. Similarly, user markets in those regions are growing and changing. Between 2000 and 2010, global chemical output in emerging economies grew 84 percent. This expansion was led by China, which accounted for 65 percent of the increase.3

While chemical production was shifting, the sites where crude oil was produced also began to shift. In 1980, the U.S. and Saudi Arabia were the primary producers. By 1997, production had expanded in Russia and China. Expansion spread to South America by 2016 as well.4 Meanwhile, global demand for paint and coatings has also increased in the Asia Pacific region, reflecting the growth of the emerging economies in that area.5 These shifts in user markets have had an enormous impact on the production of steel of drums around the world. 

Upon closer examination of the relationship between steel drum production and GDP, a significant trend appears in the United States. Steel drum production correlates closely to changes in GDP and Industrial Production data. The data was compared to industrial production as it more accurately reflects the markets that use steel drums.6

Taking a deeper dive, the total numbers of drums sold in each region also differs and reflects the growth of emerging economies in the Asia Pacific region. In the United States, total production of steel drums was 26,788,449 units.7 As a contrast, the total drums produced in the AOSD regions was 110 million units.8

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