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(Left to right) Baron Georges Jacobs, chairman of the executive committee of UCB Films PLC (Wigton, Cumbria, United Kingdom), William Lowther, dir.

general of the films sector and Prime Minister Tony Blair open the new UCB Films Research and Development Centre.

Avery Dennison (Pasadena CA) will expand its global business serving the apparel and retail industries by signing a definitive agreement to acquire RVL Packaging Inc. (Westlake Village CA) and L&E Packaging (Greensboro NC).

uni-chains Mfg. Inc. (Reading PA) purchased a 4-acre building site in Reading PA for new factory space with additional production capacity and space for future growth.

Sealed Air (Duncan SC) will build a new global mfg. facility for its Medical Products Div. as well as the worldwide headquarters located on the Duncan SC site of the company’s Cryovac Div.

EarthShell Corp. (Santa Barbara CA) and Green Earth Packaging (Dallas TX) announced that Green Earth will assume responsibility for all production at the EarthShell facility in Goleta CA and will begin commercial production as an EarthShell licensee.

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Packaging Distributors Inc. (Waco TX) will consolidate mfg. and sales operations with Fallas Automation (Waco TX) in Fallas’ Texas facility.

Klöckner-Werke AG (Duisburg Germany) will transfer its controlling interest in Kisters Maschinenbau GmbH (Kleve Germany) to KHS AG (Dortmund Germany).

Afflink (Tuscaloosa AL) has acquired an exclusive license to the distribution software product Level 5 Pro from Progressive Development Systems (Neptune City NJ).

Voridian Co. (Kingsport TN) a div. of Eastman Chemical Co. and Wellman Inc. (Shrewsbury NJ) have signed a bi-lateral strategic purchasing agreement resulting in increased North American PET bottle resin capacity.

Pactiv Corp. (Lake Forest IL) will purchase 70% of Central de Bolsas S.A. (Guadalajara Mexico).

Econocorp Inc. (Randolph MA) completed the expansion of its MA-based headquarters building.

Poly-Pak (Melville NY) acquired certain assets of Action Packaging (Brooklyn NY).

Genpak LLC (Glen Falls NY) merged with Continental Superbag (Cedar Grove NJ).

Chesapeake Corp. (Richmond VA) will serve as the primary paperboard packaging supplier to Walkers Shortbread Ltd. (Aberlour Scotland).

Festo (Hauppauge NY) opens CA-based design center with class 10 and 1 cleanroom mfg. facilities.


Exopack LLC (Spartanburg SC) will acquire the assets of Specialty Films & Assoc. (Hebron KY).

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