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Industry Watch—January 2018

A quick look on the latest supplier news, mergers, expansions, and people as listed in the January 2018 issue of Packaging World.


Barry-Wehmiller will enhance its focus on flexible packaging and end-of-line integrated systems. The company’s two new divisions, BW Flexible Systems and BW Integrated Systems will debut this month. Leadership will be provided by a team that includes Bob Chapman, Doug McGraw, Pete Carlson, and Carol O’Neil.

ePac, LLC announced its expansion into the Houston and Miami flexible packaging markets with new facilities opening in early 2018.

INX International Ink Co. implemented a Certified Business Management System with integrated ISO systems after earning certification for three safety standards.

Multivac celebrated its 30th Anniversary in 2017.

Klöckner Pentaplast Group opened a kp i. center in Spain.

iXAPACK GLOBAL launched a U.S. subsidiary company iXAPACK GLOBAL U.S.A., in Sarasota, FL.

Berry Global Group, Inc. announced an agreement to acquire the Clopay Plastic Products Co., Inc. from Griffon Corp.

Fanuc Corp. announced the production of its 500,000th robot.

Verstraete IML revealed plans for its new North American production site, which will open in the Cincinnati area in the second quarter of 2018.


Harpak-ULMA appointed Henry Glaeser Regional Sales Manager, Midwest and John Sirridge Regional Sales Manager, Iowa and Minnesota.

Michael Luo was promoted to General Manager, China operations, for Tekni-Plex, Inc.

Stephen Rottach was promoted to Executive Vice President of Operations, Lenze Americas.

Chris Nothnagle was named Senior Director of Corporate Marketing for Toray Plastics (America).

Glenn Fish was promoted to Chief Operating Officer for Tekni-Plex, Inc.


Krones AG won a 2017 Energy Efficiency Award for its “Brewery of the Future” research project by the German Energy Agency.

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