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Industry Watch—December 2013

Latest mergers, expansions, people, and supplier news.

Companies

Packsize announced it has partnered with Systems S.P.A. to market its Freebox® automated packaging system.

Sharp Packaging Systems announced a new partnership with Cornerstone Automation Systems and ProShip that resulted in significant enhancements to its mail order fulfillment system.

Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Co., announced a series of planned improvements to its West Alexandria, OH, and Ringwood, IL, facilities. Upgrades are on the adhesives and functional materials product line.

Omega Engineering, Inc. opened an office in Singapore to coordinate its business throughout the Southeast Asian region. Michael Lopez was appointed General Manager of the Southeast Asia business unit.

Toray Plastics (America), Inc. launched a new website (www.toraytpa.com) that serves its customers better and showcases the divisions that make up the company—Torayfan® Polypropylene Film and Lumirror® Polyester Film Divisions of North Kingstown, RI, and Toraypef® Olefin Foams Division, Front Royal, VA.

Key Technology unveiled a new corporate logo and an updated brand identity to reflect the strengths of both Key Technology and Visys, which merged earlier this year.

WS Packaging Group, Inc. realigned its product segments into four new groups to more effectively communicate its focus on innovative packaging and branding solutions. The product groups are WSPackaging&Label, WSPromotion, WSAutomation, and WSTechnology. The corporate branding umbrella remains unchanged.

People

Len Bono was appointed Business Development Manager for Consumables for Sato America, Inc.

Jim Paulsen joined Multi-Conveyor LLC’s sales and project management team.

Thomas Crone joined ProSoft Technology, Inc. as President and CEO.

Kevin Cameron joined EDL Packaging Engineers as Operations Manager.

Achievements

Constantia Flexibles received four Alufoil Trophy Awards from the European Aluminum Foil Assn.

Lenze Americas received the Community Beacon Award from Alternatives, a nonprofit organization that provides services to individuals with disabilities.

Henkel Corp. was recognized as one of the “Top 50 Employers for Diversity” by the readers of Workforce Diversity for Engineering & IT Professionalsmagazine.

Omron Automation and Safety was recognized as one of the “Best Places to Work in Illinois.”

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