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Industry Watch—August 2013

A run-down on the latest supplier news, mergers, expansions, and people.


Illinois Tool Works Inc. signed a definitive purchase agreement to acquire 100% of Germany-based Meurer Group.

Yamato Corp. expanded its operations to the West Coast with the opening of a new office and demo center in Lake Forest, CA.

Intel® and B&R Industrial Automation Corp. jointly developed the Automation PC 910.

Oliver-Tolas® Healthcare Packaging expanded its global operations with the acquisition of a facility in Feasterville, PA, an expansion of the clean room manufacturing area in Venray, Netherlands, and the launch of manufacturing in Suzhou, China.

Fortress Technology installed more than 300 solar panels on the roof of its manufacturing head office in February, producing over 42 MWh since becoming operational in March.

Polypack opened a Midwest office in Elk Grove Village, IL and added George Lymperis and Jackson Hutton to its team.

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The BPA Group, which includes BluePrint Automation, acquired the activities of Racupack BV, Culemborg, The Netherlands.

Double H Plastics, Inc. achieved an SQF Level 3 Certification for all packaging facilities by the Safe Quality Food (SQF) Institute.

xpedx earned the Energy Star® designation at its locations in Charlotte, NC and Columbia, SC.

Starview Packaging Machinery, Inc. moved to a new location in Dorval, Quebec, Canada.

The Can Manufacturers Institute launched a new Web site, Cans: The Sustainable & Smart Solution, which promotes the benefits of metal cans as the best packaging choice for foods and beverages.

Five packaging companies in North America and Europe announced they intend to combine to operate as one global plastics packaging company under the banner of Exopack Holdings Sarl, a new Luxembourg company. Joining U.S.-based Exopack, a producer of flexible paper and plastic packaging, and advanced coatings, will be four companies based in Europe—Britton Group, a flexible plastic packaging manufacturer; PACCOR, a rigid plastic packaging company in Europe; Kobusch, a producer of flexible and rigid packaging systems; and Paragon Print & Packaging, a private-label packaging firm in the UK.

Zip-Pak opened a new 46,000 sq-ft manufacturing facility in Cabreuva, São Paulo, Brazil.


The Midwest Region Sales Team for Balluff, Inc. expanded and moved into a new facility located in Itasca, IL.

Nigel Hood was appointed Managing Director of Linx Printing Technologies.

Scott Fisher was appointed President of Smyth Companies, LLC.

Jan Erik Kuhlmann joined Harpak-ULMA Packaging as President.

Matt Malott was promoted to Vice President of sales and marketing for Multivac U.S.

ABB appointed Ulrich Spiesshofer head of its Discrete Automation and Motion Div. as CEO.

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