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Industry Watch—June 2018

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


Festo is expanding its North American Distribution Center with a $90 million investment in its Mason, OH, facility, adding approximately 350,000 sq ft.

Sun Chemical celebrates its 200th anniversary in 2018.

Printpack announced reinvestment plans for its Prescott Valley, AZ, manufacturing plant.

Key Technology completed the expansion of its Beusichem, the Netherlands facility.

Allied Electronics & Automation signed a distribution agreement with Teledyne Microwave Solutions (TMS) to distribute TMS products designed for industrial applications and more.

Independent Can announced that its Vandalia, OH, facility has been SQF2-certified.

To celebrate its 125th anniversary, Diagraph Marking & Coding, an ITW company, announced a new global strategy focused on package marking, coding, and labeling.

ProAmpac acquired Gateway Packaging Co.

Klöckner Pentaplast’s Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Films Div. announced a 5 million Euro investment in its Cotia, Brazil facility.

Tekni-Plex, Inc. acquired Commodore Plastics and Commodore Technology under a newly-formed subsidiary, Dolco LLC.

Petainer is expanding its operations in Europe and Russia with a new warehouse at its Aš plant in the Czech Republic.

Avery Dennison launched a high-speed coating line at its Kunshan facility near Shanghai.


Andre Boom was named Chief Operating Officer for BluePrint Automation (BPA) Americas.

Andrew Hartline was hired as Sales Manager for Dynamic Conveyor Corp.

Sato America appointed Tim Cook President, and Stephen Sunderstrom Vice President of Sales.

Kevin Roach was appointed President of Harpak-ULMA.

John Naunas was promoted to Vice President-Sales for U.S. operations for Shuttleworth, a ProMach brand.

Manuel Perez de la Mesa, David Bullock, and Robert Hill, Jr. were appointed as Independent Directors of TricorBraun’s board of directors.

Somic America added Alfredo Avila and Michael Kurz to its Service Dept.

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