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Industry Watch—May 2014

A quick look on the latest supplier news, mergers, expansions, and people as listed in the May 2014 issue of Packaging World


Arpac acquired Lambert Material Handling.

Gebo Cermex produced its 500th cap feeder in Reichstett, France this year.

Thermo Fisher Scientific opened a facility in Sunnyvale, CA, that offers off-site product inspection and anomaly screening.

Sun Chemical teamed with T+ink to form T+sun, an organization that will provide conductive ink solutions to make packages and objects communicate, engage customers, and manage inventory systems.

Douglas Machine celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year.

Engage Technologies Corp., the parent company of Squid Ink Mfg., Eastey Enterprises, and Cogent Technologies, acquired NAFM, a manufacturer and supplier of shrink sleeves and labeling solutions.

Pregis Corp. is investing in a new proprietary and custom-built converting line at its Plymouth, IN, manufacturing plant.

Muller Martini opened a 200,000-sq-ft state-of-the-art parts distribution center in Allentown, PA.

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Multisorb Technologies hired the following new personnel: David Elliason, Business Development Leader-Food and Beverage Packaging for North America; Darcie Nielsen, Business Development Leader-Food and Beverage Packaging for Western Europe; and Eleonora Ubodi, Product Development Specialist-Food and Beverage Packaging.

Paul Chandonnet was appointed Sales Manager of Highcon North America.

Markus Sandhöfner became General Manager of B&R Germany.

Fred Tinsey was appointed CEO of WS Packaging Group, Inc.

Jonathan Cobb was named Aftermarket Services Manager for Federal Mfg., div. of Pro Mach.

Carson Howard joined Harpak-ULMA Packaging, LLC as Regional Sales Manager-Southwest states (AR, LA, MS, NM, OK, and TX).

Matrix Packaging Machinery, div. of ProMach, appointed Scott Grewe, PMP, Project Manager.

Frank Wolfinger was promoted to President and CEO at First Choice Packaging Solutions.

Bruce Larson joined HayssenSandiacre’s One Global Team as Director of New Business Development.


Fowler Products, div. of Pro Mach, and its French partner, Perrier Bottling Machines, were recognized by Diageo, producer of distilled spirits, with its Quality Excellence award.

Dynamic Conveyor Corp. was recognized as one of the 2014 “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch” by Michigan Celebrates Small Business.

igus® was presented with three iF Design Awards for its innovative products: R4.1 light Energy Chain®, DryLin® SLT linear system, and ReadyChain® rack.



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