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Industry Watch—June 2015

A quick look on the latest supplier news, mergers, expansions, and people as listed in the June 2015 issue of Packaging World.


Krones AG purchased a 100% stake in the Gernep Group.

Kuraray, Japan, acquired Plantic Technologies, Australia.

KHS opened a PET competence center in China.

AVT and Global Vision entered into a joint venture to offer advanced offline inspection solutions to the worldwide printing market.

HepcoAutomation was appointed a system integrator partner with Omron Electronics Ltd.

Arrowhead Systems, Inc. acquired select assets of Trillium Automation, Inc.

ABB acquired Germany-based Gomtec GmbH to expand its offering in the field of collaborative robots.

Amcor acquired Nampak Flexibles.

Silgan Plastics announced the construction of a new production facility in St. Louis.

Balluff partnered with several key RFID system integrators, resellers, and software providers to offer its customers a complete end-to-end solution.

B&R Industrial opened a new office in Singapore. Mark Meng was named General Manager.

Klöckner Pentaplast Group opened kp, Charlottesville, VA, a state-of-the-art facility that will house the Pharmaceutical Film Div.’s BlisterPro® XCEL suites of services.

Clariant opened a desiccant manufacturing plant in Zhengjiang, China.


Intelligrated announced the following new appointments: John Sorensen, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Lifecycle Support Services, and Chuck Adams, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Sales.

Paul Bailie joined TricorBraun as Director of Business Development for Food and Beverage Packaging and Andy Olsen was promoted to Regional Sales Manager, Northeast Region.

Jacob Kowalewski joined Morrison Container Handling Solutions as West Regional Sales Manager.

Paul Cooke was appointed Regional President Americas and President and CEO of Bosch Rexroth Corp. U.S.

JLS Automation celebrates its 60th Anniversary this year.

Dick de Koning was appointed Chairman of the Active & Intelligent Packaging Industry Assn.

Suley Muratoglu joined O-I as Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer.

Barry Saunders was elected Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Sonoco.


Henkel was named Supplier of the Year 2014 by the Independent Carton Group.

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