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Berry targets adult diaper, incontinence market
By Jim Johnson
Plastics News Staff
Rest assured, Berry Global
Group Inc. still loves babies.
But America's aging population
is creating more opportunities for
the company.
The Evansville, Ind.-based company has grown into a multifaceted
operation over time with operations in three key areas: consumer
packaging, engineered materials
and health, hygiene and specialties.
Berry is continually pushing for
growth in all areas of the company's business, but it highlighted
one particular market where it sees
great potential.

Part of the company's HHS division is the diaper business, where
Berry supplies films. Babies typically are out of diapers by ages 2-3
or so, which puts a finite time on
parents' need to buy those products.
But adult incontinence, CEO Tom
Salmon said, provides an opportunity to provide products to people
for many more years.
Berry, Salmon said on a recent
quarterly earnings conference call,
is committing more resources to
build that portion of its business as
well as "hygiene, specialty filtration
[and] the wipes business" within
the HHS business unit. "The growth
rates in those businesses, certainly
compared to baby, are exponential-

ly higher," Salmon said.
"It's just a matter of the pivot and
making that happen as quickly as
possible," he said. "AI [adult incontinence] runs on the same assets
that we can use to make baby care.
And as we ultimately take a look
at that opportunity, both in North
America but also on a global basis,
we believe this is the appropriate
use of those resources.
"Still love baby. Great space. And
we're looking very closely with our
end users ultimately to make certain from a differentiation perspective we have the right products in
place to meet their news. And we
believe those are breathability and
softness," he said.
Berry's recent acquisition of

Berry Global Group Inc. has grown into a multifaceted operation over
time with operations in three key areas: consumer packaging, engineered
materials and health, hygiene and specialties. Berry Global Group Inc.
Clopay Plastic Products Co., combined with its existing manufacturing abilities, "gives us unique advantage to serve what is a growing

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market in AI and a market, frankly,
that people ultimately are dependent on that product line for many
years - [that] can be 10 and 15
years vs. the length of time someone is a baby," Salmon said.
"So the organization's focused on
it. That's where the resources have
been deployed against," he said.
"And the timeliness of the Clopay
acquisition actually supports that
objective."
The acquisition of Clopay in
2017 beefed up Berry's film making
business and specifically added
expertise in the manufacture of
breathable films, elastic films and
laminates, Berry said at the time.
Key Clopay markets include diapers, adult incontinence, feminine
care, medical gowns, puppy pads,
house wrap, protective garments
and surgical drapes, Berry said at
the time.

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Cincinnati - Cincinnati-based
ProMach Inc., a global leader of
packaging machinery for household
and industrial goods, has purchased
automation integrator Quest Industrial LLC of Monroe, Wis.
Quest Industrial specializes in
automation systems across food,
beverage, plastics, metals and other
industries. The company has expertise in the food industry, including
dairy, produce and other markets.
Quest automation systems cover
a range of applications, including
pick-and-place, cup filling, knife cutting, vacuum sealing, case erecting,
tray forming, palletizing and vision
systems.
Quest is a Fanuc-authorized system integrator and certified vision
specialist.
Don Wickstrum, Quest's founder
and CEO, will join ProMach as vice
president of business development
for robotic solutions. The current
president of Quest, Bill Weichmann,
will join ProMach as vice president
and general manager of Quest.
ProMach designs and builds machinery systems that do filling and
capping, handle flexibles including
making pouches and trays, product
handling, labeling and coding and
palletizing and wrapping.
ProMach employs 3,000 at manufacturing facilities and offices in
North and South America, Europe
and Asia.


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