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Industry Watch—January 2014

Mergers, expansions, people, and supplier news.


American-Newlong updated it website,, which adapts automatically to the device being used.

Sealed Air entered into a definitive agreement to sell its rigid medical packaging business to private equity firm Mason Wells Buyout Fund III, L.P.

Massman Automation Designs, LLC acquired the Packaging Equipment Div. of Bedford Technology® LLC.

The Drives & Motion Div. of Yaskawa America, Inc.signed DRV, Inc. as its first medium voltage drive distributor in the U.S.

Shur Pacakging Systems, Inc. launched its new website,, to support the growth of its SchurStar fill and seal bagging system in North America.

Sidel opened a new headquarters in Dubai for the greater Middle East and Africa regions.

Barry-Wehmiller Companies, Inc. acquired Paris-based Arcil SA.

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Exopack Holdings S.A. unveiled Coveris™ as the organization’s new name.

Mondi Group united its North American companies under the name Mondi Americas.

PHD, Inc. introduced a new section on its website,, which offers the ability to learn how PHD’s automation products are typically used in specific manufacturing and industrial industries.

Pro Mach, Inc. acquired the assets of Tekkra Systems, Inc., and has agreed to acquire the shares of France-based Ets. André Zalkin & Cie.

Liqui-Box announced plans to upgrade two of its manufacturing facilities in Wythenshawe, England and Ashland, OH.

Mettler Toledo joined OMAC and Mettler Toledo’s Product Inspection Div. will participate in OMAC’s Packaging Workgroup.

Intelligrated® announced the expansion of its Alpharetta, GA, operations with a new 54,000 sq-ft facility.

Marchesini Group opened a new facility in Pianoro, Italy, dedicated to the assembly of complete packaging lines.



Nordson Corp.’s Freedom™ hot melt adhesive system received the Japan Pack Judge’s Award at the Japan Intl. Packaging Machinery Show.

In October 2013, Aerotech surpassed $1 billion of product shipped since the company’s inception.

Beckhoff Automation LLC received a NAIOP Award of Excellence for commercial real estate in Minnesota for its new headquarters in Savage, MN.




Daniel Charney was promoted to President of Direct Recruiters, Inc.

William Challoner was appointed Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Smyth Companies.

Jason Hughes joined Wago Corp. as Regional Sales Manager covering Alabama, Tennessee, and the Florida Panhandle.

Stacy Pabst was appointed Marketing Manager for Dorner Mfg. Corp.

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