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Industry Watch—February 2018

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


Epson America, Inc. announced its new Epson Advantage Partner Program designed to provide channel partners with cost-effective technology solutions coupled with specialized resources to aid in increasing sales and maximizing profits.

H.B. Fuller acquired Royal Adhesives & Sealants.

Allied Electronics changed its name to Allied Electronics & Automation.

Maco PKG became a licensee of PacXpert Packaging Technology from The Dow Chemical Co.

Kuka acquired Visual Components.

Signode Industrial Group, US Inc. acquired Packaging Design & Manufacturing, Inc.

Duravant acquired Ohlson Packaging.

Plastic Suppliers, Inc. closed its Dallas and Fullerton, CA, locations, and operations will be centralized at its Columbus, OH headquarters.

U.S. Industrial Inks introduced its online industrial ink store providing Leibinger and Squid Ink products. The website,, can drop-ship orders on the same business day.

Fort Dearborn Co. entered into an agreement to acquire NCL Graphic Specialties, Inc.

Sun Chemical upgraded its online safety data sheet (SDS) platform, which contains the SDSs of all its products.

BillerudKorsnäs opened a regional office in Chicago and added Inger Heinke, Business Development Director, Cartonboard; Sherrie Scales, Customer Service Specialist, Cartonboard; Jeff Espin, Sales Manager, Cartonboard; Brian Jermyn,Development Manager, Cartonboard; Scott Carlson, International Account Executive; Mark Maxwell, International Account Executive; and Peter Malmqvist, Marketing Director for the Americas.


Lenze Americas recently created the domain of directorial responsibility—operations—and named Jochen Heier Chief Operating Officer.

Tom Wetsch, Pregis LLC, joined Michigan State University’s School of Packaging Advisory Board.

Ray Kramer was appointed Senior Director of North America Sales for Key Technology.

Christine Duncan was appointed Marketing Manager and Stephanie Verhelst was appointed Sales Coordinator for Matrix Packaging Machinery.

Harpak-USA appointed Henry Glaeser Regional Sales Manager, Midwest, and added John Sirridge as Regional Sales Manager, Iowa and Minnesota areas.

Clysar, LLC named Vicki Larson Executive Vice President and General Manager and promoted Guangda Shi to Vice President, Research and Development, and Michael Vopatek to Vice President, Operations.

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