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Industry Watch—March 2019

A quick look on the latest supplier news, mergers, expansions, and people as listed in the March 2019 issue of Packaging World.


Following the recent acquisition of Transparent Container, Rohrer announced the name change of Transparent Container to Rohrer.

Terphane announced it is the exclusive distributor in the Americas for Japan-based Toyobo Co.’s environmentally friendly films.

Paxiom Group announced its newest member, ValTara SRL.

Sidel and Gebo Cermex formed a single company named Sidel.

Rockwell Automation Inc. acquired Emulate3D, an engineering software developer whose products display digitally simulated and emulated industrial automation systems.

World Wide Packaging changed its name to WWP.

Nidec Corp. agreed to acquire 70% of DESCH Antriebstechnik GmbH & Co. KG and its group companies in Germany and China.

ProAmpac has formed a specialty packaging team for the home, health, and beauty markets.

Toray Plastics (America), Inc. invested in a state-of-the-art 8.7-meter PP film line and is constructing a new building to house the equipment. Construction should be completed in 2020.


Formost Fuji named Dennis Gunnell President and Ken Meyer Chief Operations Manager.

Robert Trabbold was named Regional Sales Manager, Northeast for Spee-Dee Packaging Machinery.

Mark Kuchuris was hired as Vice President of Business Development—Central Region for Doran Scales.

John Hofer was named Regional Sales Manager, Central U.S. Region and Canada for JLS Automation.

Stan Blakney joined Paper Converting Machine Co. as President of U.S. Operations.

Blueprint Automation hired Scott Williams as Northwest Regional Sales Manager and Joe Curcio as Northeast Regional Sales Manager.

Jonathan Rankin was promoted to Chief Operating Officer for tna.

Pharma Tech Industries hired David VanVliet as Interim CEO as Tee Noland transitions to Chairman of the Board.

Matthias Webber was appointed Managing Director for Romaco Kilian GmbH.

Eric Tribby was hired as Regional Sales Manager, Southeast U.S. Region for Shuttleworth.

Matrox Imaging named Neil Johnson Midwestern U.S. Representative.

Matrix Technologies, Inc. added Matthew Burton, PE, as Operations Manager, Southeast Region.


Multi-Conveyor was awarded the S.C.R.A.P. Plastics Recycling Achievement Award, recognizing commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility, as part of its recycling partnership with Cope Plastics, Inc..

WestRock Co. was named to Fortune magazine’s list of World’s Most Admired Companies.

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