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Oystar USA is the new name of the organization that oversees the sales, service, and support for a collected group of former IWKA machinery manufacturing sister companies serving the food, pharmaceutical, and cosmetics industries in North America.

Minigrip Industrial Packaging will consolidate the BagCo organization into the Minigrip-brand family.

CCL Tube, Inc., a Div. of CCL Industries, invested more than $7 million in new silkscreen tube printing technology, enhancing the company’s decorating capabilities and production capacity.

Fortress Technology announced the certification of its Phantom HL-AT model metal detector with ATEX compliance for use in hazardous location zones 21 & 22 per Directive 94/9/EC.

Packaging Graphics LLC, a div. of The Matlet Group, entered into a licensing agreement with MeadWestvaco Corp. for its Natralock® security packaging products. Under the agreement, Packaging Graphics will utilize the Natralock technology to manufacture and market theft-deterrent pack-aging products in North America.

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Yaskawa Electric America signed a contract with KW-Software to be the sole supplier of the IEC software to be used for Yaskawa’s MP2000 series of machine controllers.

Adept Technology, Inc. acquired Cerebellum Automation SAS, Chavanod, France.

Germany-based Hans Turck GmbH Co. KG formed Turck Australia Pty Ltd, Melbourne, to expand its global business platform.


Mart Tiismann was named president and CEO of Sidel.

Barger Packaging appointed Brian Konarski quality manager.

Mike Johanning joined ISO Poly Films, Inc. as engineering manager.

Spartech appointed Myles S. Odaniell president and CEO, and a member of the board of directors, while also electing Ralph B. Andy chairman of the board of directors.

Rudi Lenz was appointed president and CEO of Sun Chemical.

Mark Ewing was appointed sales manager, stick pack and pre-made pouch packaging machinery.

Hartness Intl. hired Rich Brown as northeast regional sales manager and John Loughlin as market development manager film products.

Nylon Corporation of America named Gregory J. Biederman president and CEO.

Constantia Hueck Foils hired Tom Marker and John Steenkamer as account executives.


Don Kappen was appointed general manager of Sabel Engineering Corp.


Alcoa Flexible Packaging’s Bellwood printing plant achieved ISO 9001:2000 certification.

Japan’s Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry named Fanuc Robotics’ Fanuc M-430ia Robot of the Year for 2007.

To mark its 75th anniversary, the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute issued a commemorative logo and plans several celebrations during 2008.

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