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Industry Watch—September 2013

Quick run-down on the latest supplier news, mergers, expansions, and people.


American Packaging Corp.’s Flexographic Printing & Laminating facility in Story City, IA, received the ISO 14001:2004 registration for its environmental management systems.

Markem-Imaje acquired RSI Systems.

Ecologic Brands, Inc. opened its first production facility in the U.S. The 60,000-sq-ft facility is in Manteca, CA.

Pro Mach, Inc.’s ID Technology Div. acquired Canada-based Colet.

Evergreen Packaging entered into a license agreement with Smart Planet Technologies where Evergreen will initially explore the development of cupstock products using EarthCoating® technology.

C-P Flexible Packaging achieved Safe Quality Food (SQF) 2000 Level 2 Certification.

Menasha Packaging announced that three of its Wisconsin facilities have been recognized by British Retail Consortium Global Standards, a global safety and quality certification program.

Storo Enso and Pakistan-based Packages Ltd. established a joint venture called Bulleh Shah Packaging (Private) Ltd.

Bilcare Research introduced a new modern, high-speed lamination line for the production of Aclar® multilayer films and Triplex PVdC films at its Bötzingen, Germany facility.

Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc. authorized Bertelkamp Automation, Inc., Knoxville, TN, as a Mitsubishi Electric Certified Training Center.

Bosch Packaging Technology plans to acquire the assets of Tecsor Machines et Systèmes S.A.S., Meyreuil, France.

MG America was named exclusive distributor for Italy-based Perfect Pack’s line of sachet and stick pack machines in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico.

B&R Industrial Automation opened an Automation Academy in Italy that offers extensive training opportunities at the international level.

Cryopak launched its cold chain packaging website (

Clariant expanded its desiccant production capacity at its Belden, NM, site to support pharmaceutical industry growth.

Praxis Packaging Solutions announced that its newly integrated primary packaging line filled its millionth bottle of OTC drug product at its Grand Rapids, MI, headquarters after 100 days of commercial production.

Berlin Packaging’s Dangerous Goods Div. completed the expansion of its 80,000-sq-ft warehouse in Houston.

Johnson Electric Holdings Ltd. joined the PCI Security Standards Council as a Participating Organization.


Paul Mitcham was appointed President and CEO for Yupo Corp. America.

Garry O’Neill was appointed National Distribution Manager for Lenze Americas.

Brad Salai was appointed Corporate Intellectual Property Director for Multisorb Technologies.

Rich Barrett joins Mocon, Inc. as Regional Manager for North and South America.

Harry Cockrell was elected to the board of directors for Sonoco.

Ann Simonds was elected an independent member of the board of directors for H.B. Fuller Co.

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