Industry Watch—September 2019

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

Companies

Allied Electronics & Automation announced the expansion of its current sales organization to include 40 new roles.

Standard-Knapp announced an agreement to partner with Germany-based EoL Packaging Experts, an international manufacturer of end-of-line packaging solutions for the food and beverage industry.

Harpak-ULMA announced the newest integration to its smart, connected bakery packaging solutions—cobots—developed by Universal Robots.

Bunting Magnetics Co. celebrated its 60th anniversary this year.

Genera announced it secured more than $118 million in new investment for its first manufacturing facility to produce its Earthable line of sustainable agricultural fiber products.

Universal Pure Holdings LLC acquired Stay Fresh Foods LLC.

Printpack joined the Amazon Packaging Support and Supplier Network (APASS).

The Marchesini Group finalized the 60% acquisition of CMP PHAR.MA from Costabissara (Vicenza), which was made official in December 2018.

Rohrer Corp. opened a state-of-the-art facility in Tijuana, Mexico.

Mpac Group acquired Lambert Automation Ltd.

Pregis LLC invested in a new 50,000-sq-ft innovation headquarters, Pregis IQ, in Aurora, IL, designed to help solve protective packaging challenges.

A Tekni-Plex subsidiary purchased Brazilian closure liner manufacturer Geraldiscos, which will become part of Tekni-Plex’s Tri-Seal business.

Berry Global, Inc. announced its sponsorship of the Pacific Northwest secondary sorting demonstration project.

People

Formost Fuji Corp. named Lee Benton South Central Regional Sales Manager and announced that Armando Lopez, the current South Central Regional Sales Manager, will retire this year.

Jeff Nielsen was named Area Sales Manager for the Southeast and South Central U.S. for Key Technology, a Duravant company.

Specright, Inc. named Mike Gaffney Chief Operating Officer and Ayman Shoukry Chief Technology Officer.

John Stong was hired as Sales Manager for Dynamic Conveyor Corp.

Dr. Heiner Lang was appointed to Bosch Rexroth AG’s Executive Board.

Steven Sherman was appointed President and COO of BioLogiQ, Inc.

Omron Microscan appointed Andy Zosel President and CEO.

In Memoriam

PMMI Hall of Famer Curtis W. Babb, Principal Packaging Consultant, Babbpack LLC, passed away on July 16, 2019.

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