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Industry Watch—October 2018

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


Italy-based Fenco Food Machinery collaborated with AlliedFlex Technologies as its exclusive North American sales and marketing partner to handle its flexible pouch packaging systems product line, including processing and post-pasteurization.

Bosch Rexroth recently launched new branding in the U.S.

Scandia Packaging Machinery Co. acquired KHS USA, Inc.

Kyoto Seisakusho Co., Ltd. acquired PMI Cartoning, Inc. Effective July 2018, the two packaging equipment manufacturers operated as PMI KYOTO Packaging Systems.

Intertek opened a packaging performance testing facility in its Grand Rapids laboratory that will provide end-to-end evaluation of product packages, from design to material assessment and sustainability.

ITW Hartness International will consolidate and move all of its manufacturing into a state-of-the-art 234,000 sq-ft facility in Greenville, SC in February 2019.

Beckhoff Automation opened a 2,223 sq-ft office, featuring a customer training room, in Laval, Quebec, Canada.

Combi Packaging Systems LLC completed its move to a 156,000 sq-ft facility to accommodate its growing business.

WestRock Co. entered into an agreement to acquire Germany-based Schlüter Print Pharma Packaging. Schlüter will become part of WestRock’s Multi Packaging Solutions business.


Brian Jacobi joined Tri-Seal, a Tekni-Plex business, as Vice President and General Manager, North America operations.

JLS Automation named two new members to its team—Markus Franke, Director of Parts and Service, and Steele Burchell, Project and Application Engineering Manager.

Dorner Mfg. Corp. named Serge Abou-Jaoude Vice President—Dorner Europe, Todd Kaull Vice President—Global Operations, and Scott Kelley Vice President—Sales of U.S. Operations

In Memoriam

Geza E. Bankuty, Founder, New England Machinery, passed away on May 24, 2018.

John Johnston, active member of PMMI President’s Advisory Council and former PMMI Chairman, passed away on September 1, 2018.

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