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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Appointments, promotions

Primo Angeli Inc. (San Francisco, CA): Richard Scheve, creative dir.; Lynn Ritts, creative dir.; Brian Lovell, creative dir.; Aaron Stapley, creative dir.
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Appointments, promotions

Nordson Corp. (Westlake, OH): James W. Messerly, vp, corp. research and technology; John C. Dillon, managing dir., UV-curing business; Chuck Waychoff, mgr., sales, PPC business unit.
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Appointments, promotions

Wepackit Inc. (Orangeville, Ontario, Canada): JP Perreault, dir., marketing and business development. —Wago Corp. (Germantown, WI): Robert Mehalick, marketing mgr.
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Colorful containers draw consumers

When Chicago-based Helene Curtis, a div. of Unilever Home and Personal Care, added new products to its popular Suave® hair care line in January 1999, it turned to Clariant Masterbatches Div.
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International agreements

Convenience Food Systems (Avon, MA) has acquired Dixie Union (Kempten, Germany).
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Appointments, promotions

Inland Paperboard and Packaging, Inc. (Austin, TX): Dale E. Stahl, president, COO.
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What's new at NPE 2000

Packaging World Interactive previews some of the new packaging-related machinery and components used to produce both rigid and flexible plastic packaging materials that will be on display June 19 to 23 at the National Plastics Exposition.
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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.