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A new approach to managing the color-matching process has been especially useful for the firm's Aveda brand.
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Color control across resins and regions

Esteé Lauder Companies is strongly committed to packaging whose colors are consistent, on a global basis, regardless of the resin from which the part is molded.
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People

Afflink (Tuscaloosa, AL) hired Dennis Riffer (above) to the position of executive vp, business development.
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People

Harold Bevis (above) was named president and CEO of Pliant Corp. (Schaumburg, IL).
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Achievements

Setco (Anaheim, CA) was recognized by Weider Nutrition Intl. as its winner of the 2001 Packaging Supplier of the Year.
Clariant Masterbatches (Charlotte, NC)
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Industry watch: Companies

—BluePrint Automation B.V. (Woerden, the Netherlands), with U.S. operations headquartered in Colonial Heights, VA, held an open house at its Woerden facility as a way to introduce its latest innovations in end-of-line packaging automation.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Multivac (Kansas City, MO): Michel L. Defenbau, CEO, Multivac North and Central America.—Klöckner Medipak (Clearwater, FL): Dirk Briskorn, president; Bill Whitesel, vp of operations; Paul Williams, vp, sales, marketing and service.—Slautterback Corp.
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Color forecast

Three companies have partnered to produce a forecast of colors for plastics in packaging and product design for 2000. The forecast, compiled by Intl.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

All North American facilities within the Clariant Masterbatches Div. (Easton, MD) have assumed the name Clariant, including Bay Resins (Millington, MD) and PMC (Milford, DE), which have become Clariant, Performance Plastics.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Clariant Masterbatches Div. (Easton, MD) has completed installation of the latest-generation, multilayer blow-molding system at its McHenry, IL, personal care packaging center.
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Supplier news: Achievements

The Van Leer Group has appointed Clariant Masterbatches Div. (Easton, MD) as a preferred global supplier of masterbatches to its worldwide businesses.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Hoechst Specialty Chemicals Group (Charlotte, NC) has merged into Clariant Intl. Ltd. (Muttenz, Switzerland) to form the Clariant Masterbatches Div., to be headquartered in Easton, MD.