Jul/Aug 2017


Kyle Stavig Represents ICDM at Economic Packaging Conference in Italy.  Mr. Kyle Stavig, the current Chairman of ISDI is the designated incoming Chairman of ICDM as the seat rotates to North America.  His June presentation discussed the correlation between the production of steel drums, a nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) and manufacturing indexes. The presentation offered a deep dive into economic trends and growth indicators for the industry. Both the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) provided key data to help develop the economic analysis. Additionally, Mr. Stavig offered his insights into the future of the global steel drum industry and highlighted ICDM’s work to strengthen it. Click here to view the press release. If you would like a copy of the presentation, please email the IPANA office.

Greif announced the expansion of its Houston, Texas  footprint by making a multimillion-dollar investment in an intermediate bulk container (IBC) manufacturing facility.  The existing 100,000 square foot building is located in Baytown, Texas, and is scheduled to be operational during the second quarter of 2018. Greif already has a multitude of plants with a broad product portfolio of steel, fibre and plastic drums in the Houston area, in addition to providing filling, packaging, warehousing, and export preparation all within an eighty mile radius.  Adding IBC production in Baytown complements the product line offering and increases their ability to meet their customers’ expectations.

Mauser announced plans to invest $10m in a new 3,700-m² packaging and logistics facility in Geismar, Louisiana. The new facility will initially produce plastics units for the transport of industrial chemicals, with subsequent development phases to cater to the manufacturing of “steel and other forms of packaging” depending on industry demand. “We’re excited to be investing in a new permanent facility in Louisiana that will deliver Mauser’s industry-leading packaging technology more efficiently to some of the world’s most important industrial manufacturers,” says Mauser USA President and CEO Glenn Frommer.

Regulatory Updates

With a flurry of Executive Orders issued shortly after he took office, President Trump attempted to stem the rising tide of regulations issued during the Obama Administration as well as streamline the regulatory process. Recently the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) provided a summary of their progress. Executive branch agencies have withdrawn 469 actions that were proposed by the Obama administration in the fall 2016. Agencies reconsidered 391 active actions by reclassifying them as long-term (282) and inactive (109), allowing for further careful review. The number of economically significant regulations fell to 58, or about 50 percent fewer than in fall 2016.

In July, the UN Subcommittee of Experts held its first session of the new biennium in Geneva, Switzerland. With INF 20, Additional Marking of the Maximum Stacking Load of IBCs, Germany stated that the requirement for marking the maximum stacking load of IBCs is not sufficiently clear.  In their opinion, some may interpret that requirement to mean the maximum stacking load must be shown on the IBC plate as opposed to being marked as part of the “stack/do not stack” pictogram.  Germany  proposed a clarification; but while the Subcommittee agreed that a clarification would be helpful, there was no agreement on a specific amendment.  Germany will submit a new proposal at the December meeting.  For additional information on other items from the UN session you can click here.

FMCSA’s  Electronic Logging Device (ELD) rule will become enforceable on Dec. 18, 2017. The final rule requires all interstate carriers to convert from paper logs or logging software to a registered ELD if they do not have an automatic on-board recording device. In advance of the implementation of the final rule, the FMCSA announced they will conduct a national tour to educate affected parties.  FMCSA staff  and various experts will be on hand to answer questions and assist. You can view the announcement and tour dates by clicking here.

OSHA announced at a recent public meeting held prior to the 33rd session of the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals that any update to the OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard will not happen soon. Maureen Ruskin, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Standards and Guidance, said, “We’re still working toward updating the Hazard Communication Standard. It is currently on the (regulatory) agenda, but, as you know, this is a new administration and the transition is still ongoing. I can’t really update you on timing until I meet with our current leadership”.  The standard was last revised in 2012 while the UN will release the 7th GHS revision soon.


Easy Fairs Presents Industrial Pack in April of 2018.  Industrial Pack is the only dedicated event created specifically for the industrial, transit & protective packaging industry. Industrial Pack will be attracting over 2,500 packaging technicians, engineers and procurement professionals from multiple sectors (Automotive, Chemical, Cosmetic, Food & Beverage, Oil and Lubricants, Pharma and Plastics) over two days in a very targeted and intimate format, that will ensure exhibitors meet the correct buyers. IPANA is supporting this packaging event and several IPANA members have already chosen to exhibit including Greif, Tri-Sure and North Coast Containers.

People, Places & Things

While OSHA awaits the nomination of a permanent Assistant Secretary, Loren Sweatt has been tapped to fill the positon of Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA.  Loren was the Senior Policy Advisor for the House Committee on Education and the Workforce and comes well prepared for this position.