Sato announced a definitive agreement to purchase Checkpoint’s Bar Code Systems Business, with operations in North America, Asia Pacific, and Europe, including its hand-held labeling solutions in the U.S.

World Wide Packaging Inc. created a new Plastic Tube Div. Jeffery Hayet, vice president, will head the division.

Novamelt GmbH Klebstofftechnologie, Germany, and Jowat AG, Germany have agreed to a joint venture in the area of hot-melt, pressure-sensitive adhesives for the NAFTA market.

The Dow Chemical Co. announced its continued commitment to its Saran™ resins and films business as it nears completion of a substantial upgrade to its Midland, MI production facility.

Kuka Robotics signed Seis Group, Inc. as its newest system partner servicing the western U.S.

MeadWestvaco Corp. unveiled its new Packaging Innovation Centerlocated at the company’s Richmond, VA, office. The new facility features demonstrations of innovative packaging technologies and capabilities, and provides an environment that supports collaborative exploration of customer ideas.

Rexam completed the acquisition of plastics packaging manufacturer Precise Technology Inc.

The Visual Pak Companies™ is the official name of a group of companies that include Visual Pak Co., American Blending & Fitting Co., Blisters, Inc., and Trifinity, Inc.

Stephan Machinery GmbH & Co. (Sympak Group), opened its own subsidiary, Stephan Machinery Polska Sp.z.o.o, in Poznan, Poland. Monika Rosik was named general manager.

MonoSol LLC moved its headquarters from Portage, IN to Merrillville, IN, which makes room for expanding the company’s extensive laboratories and R&D capabilities in Portage.

The Klöckner Pentaplast Group will open new sales offices in India and Australia and one representative office in China in early 2006. Also, Klöckner is expanding its Rayong, Thailand PVC calendering facility by 11꼀 sq’.

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