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Industry Watch—November 2013

A quick look on the latest supplier news, mergers, expansions, and people.

Companies

Plastic Suppliers, Inc. announced the installation and commissioning of three new high-speed Kampf slitters to augment the company’s increasing demand in its converting and distribution business.

In September, a group of fresh meat companies from Russia and Ukraine visited the Sealpac Experience Center in Oldenburg, Germany, for a two-day event that included workshops and presentations about the latest trends in the processing and packaging of fresh meat.

AutomationDirect released a white paper “PLCs and PACs Simplify Data Acquisition” that explains how businesses benefit from the in-depth information that new PLCs and PACs can provide on processes, machines, and manufacturing operations.

Beckhoff Automation opened a new regional office in Woodridge, IL.

Smart Planet Technologies, Inc. announced that select paperboard grades with EarthCoating® have completed recyclability and repulpability testing at Georgia Tech’s Institute of Paper Science and Technology in Atlanta. EarthCoating is a mineralized barrier coating containing less plastic than traditional 100% PE coating.

KW Plastics has received a letter of no objection from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center of Food Safety and Applied Nutrition for the recycling process to produce post-consumer polypropylene suitable in the manufacture of reusable crates or pallets for holding relatively large quantities of fresh, unwrapped product and shelled eggs under room temperature and below (Conditions of Use E-G). The resin, commercially referred to as KWR 621 FDA, is a food-grade PP and has been approved for levels up to 100% content.

Esko, Ghent, Belgium, announced its intent to acquire CAPE Systems.

Rondo-Pak opened a 40,800 sq-ft manufacturing and distribution facility in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Technical Help in Engineering and Marketing (T.H.E.M.) announced an expansion of its contract packaging capabilities.

UK-based Sirane unveiled “Thinking Seafood” a new website dedicated to packaging for the seafood industry.

People

Pat O’Connor was promoted to President, Palletizer Div. of Columbia Machine, Inc.

Ludovic Valette was named Global Vice President of R&D for Owens-Illinois, Inc.

Rosann Bagin joined The Aagard Group, LLC, as Key Account and Area Sales Manager.

Ken Johnson was promoted to Vice President of Engineering for Opto 22.

Masao Kodama was appointed Chief Marketing Officer of Sato Holdings Corp.

Suzanne Fenton, TricorBraun, was inducted into the College of Fellows of the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP).

Achievements

Epson Robots awarded its Distributor of the Year 2013 to RG Tech Inc.

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