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Industry Watch—August 2014

A quick look on the latest supplier news, mergers, expansions, and people as listed in the August 2014 issue of Packaging World
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Companies
Somic Verpackungsmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG opened Somic America, Inc., Bensenville, IL, to expand its presence in the North American packaging market.

BolognaFiere and Ipack-Ima Spa reached an agreement to transfer the shares of Pharmintech srl (organizer of Pharmintech) to BolognaFiere Spa.

Sonoco opened its Display and Packaging office in Bentonville, AR, which will provide point-of-purchase displays and fulfillment services.

Eriez will double the manufacturing space for metal detection production at its headquarters.

Braskem plans to build a Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) plant at its site in La Porte, TX.

YFYJupiter and UK-based Prestige Group have merged and formed the Jupiter Prestige Group.

Wexxar Packaging Inc. opened a new 100,000 sq-ft facility in Richmond, BC.

Mondi acquired Graphic Packaging industrial bags and kraft paper businesses in North America.

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W. H. Leary and Robatech Group merged to form a worldwide partnership that will allow both companies to further support their customers.

Finland-based ViskoTeepak acquired Vista Intl. Packaging, LLC.

People
Charles Muskat was hired as Director of Sales for Export, Robotics, and Key Accounts for ADCO Mfg.

Tony Crofts was appointed Sales and Marketing Director in the EMEA Region for HayssenSandiacre, a Barry-Wehmiller company.

B & H Labeling Systems promoted Rodrigo Melo to Regional Sales Manager, BHLM, Mexico & Central America, and Miguel Castillo to Field Sales Manager BHLM, Mexico, and hired Karen Diaz as Sales & Service Executive, BHLM, Mexico, and Patricia Flores as Inside Sales Coordinator, Central & South America.

Michael Brandmeier was named President, CEO of Toray Plastics (America), Inc., succeeding Richard Schloesser who retired.

Carlos Vega was appointed Senior Sales Manager, Western Regional Operations for Intelligrated.

Romaco Group named Peter Haider Vice President, Customer Service, and Dmitry Voloshin, General Manager, Romaco Russia.

Hector Takahashi was named Regional Sales Manager for the Northeastern, Mid-Atlantic Region for Krones Inc.

Achievments
Baldor Electric Co. was named a 2014 Top Workplace by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Bemis North America was awarded the Spirit of Excellence Award by Hormel Foods Corp.

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