facilities in Essen, Belgium, and Houston, TX; Huhtamaki Van Leer Oyj has signed a definitive agreement to sell its industrial packaging div. to Greif Bros. Corp. (Delaware, OH); Huhtamaki Van Leer has acquired a flexible packaging unit from Graphic Packaging Corp. (Malvern, PA). Techpack Intl. (Chevilly-Larue, France) will acquire Anchor Cosmetics (Elk Grove Village, IL) for $67 million. Lasertechnics (Albuquerque, NM) has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Alltec, GmbH (Lubeck, Germany). Elopak (Warwickshire, U.K.) has created a Latin American office in Mexico. Pechiney (Paris, France) has acquired JPS Packaging Co. (San Leandro, CA) for $45 million; Pechiney has also acquired Capalux, Inc. (St. Césaire, Quebec, Canada). Robert Bosch GmbH (Stuttgart, Germany) and Mannesmann Rexroth AG (Auburn Hills, MI) will combine, transferring all business activities of Mannesmann and affiliates to Bosch Rexroth AG. Moog Inc. (East Aurora, NY) has signed a purchase agreement to acquire Vickers S.p.A. (Casella, Italy). Berry Plastics Corp. (Evansville, IN) has acquired Capsol S.p.A. (Cornate dAdda, Italy), which now operates under the name Capsol-Berry Plastics S.p.A. Testing Machines Inc. (Islandia, NY) has acquired Adamel Lhomargy (Paris, France). K-Tron Intl. (Pitman, NJ) acquired Colormax Ltd. (Telford, England, U.K.).
Polarcup EarthShell, a joint venture between Huhtamaki Van Leer (Espoo, Finland) and EarthShell Corp. (Annapolis Junction, MD), is adapting its new biodegradable material and foodservice packaging concepts to European market conditions; Illinois Tool Works (Glenview, IL) has acquired Huhtamaki Van Leers Valeron Strength Films mfg.