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Companies:Payne has established a second print operation at its plant in Richmond, VA.

Sun Chemical announced the sale of certain assets of its Sun Graphic® press blankets business to Day International.

Centric Software announced a partnership agreement with Lidington Technologies to bring packaging machinery OEMs a templated, software-base solution to optimize modular machine design.

Sonoco has given Clemson University a $2.5 million gift to create a proposed institute for packaging design and graphics.

Ampac Packaging LLC announced that it has entered an agreement with Prudential Capital Group, Chicago, and Falcon Investment Advisors, Boston, to recapitalize the company to pursue growth in the flexible packaging sector.

Delta Systems, Inc. acquired packaging equipment manufacturer, Food Machinery Sales, Inc.

Aquaflex announced a partnership with Jetrion, manufacturer of industrial ink-jet products and services.

Kuka Robotics Corp., a global manufacturer of industrial robots, announced it has signed Les Machineries AutomaTech Inc., Quebec, Canada as its newest
system partner.

Avery Dennison RFID, a business unit of Avery Dennison Corp., announced that 8 more RFID label converters have met the company's standards to become Avery Dennison “Qualified Converters.”

Kliklok-Woodman announced its alliance with Alko International, to be its new representative agent covering Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama.

Michelman, a global manufacturer of performance enhancing coatings, acquired Fischer Pro, Inc.

Pearson Packaging Systems entered into a multi-year strategic alliance with W.E. Plemons Machinery Services, a supplier of tray and bliss formats.

Interphex announced that the winner of the event's third-annual MINI Cooper Sweepstakes, Tom Abraham, is donating a portion of his cash money to Samaritans of New York, Inc.

Squid Ink Manufacturing, Inc. announced an international expansion with a fluids manufacturing and equipment repair facility in China.

International Paper relocated its global headquarters to Memphis, TN from Stamford, CT.

FEMC announced the appointment of Pemberton and Associates Inc. as FEMC's exclusive agent for Canada.

Treofan Group announced that it was close to doubling its BOPP film manufacturing capacity at its North American plant in Zacapu, Mexico.

B&H Labeling Systems expanded its Mexico operation, B H Labeling Mexico S. de R . L . de C . V. as a full-service provider.

BPC Holding Corp. and the private equity firms Apollo Management L.P., and Graham Partners announced that they have signed a definitive agreement for the sponsors to acquire BPC Holding Corp..

Interests Group Sercos interface e. V. changed the name of the association to Sercos International.


Serac USA has appointed William Desmond as East Coast sales manager.

Troy Snader, currently General Manager of Sandiacre and Rose Forgrove, has also taken the position of Vice President-global sales.

The Italian Trade Commission appointed Pasquale Bova to the post of Trade Commissioner.

Jean Marie Plumhoff was named vice president at MLR Design.

Richard Attalla has joined Acucote as specialty films marketing manager.

Rich Russert has been named national sales director of Weber Marking Systems.

Rob Cotner was appointed global account executive—food markets for Dorner Mfg. Corp.

Fran DeGrazio was promoted to vice president, marketing and strategic business development for West Pharmaceutical Services.

Marcy Thompson joined Sonoco as vice president—sales and marketing, industrial products, for its North America division.

Multisorb Technologies Limited appointed Herve Corre to sales engineer for markets in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

Ramon Delfin was appointed director of international sales for WeighPack West.

Surefil LLC. filled the following positions: Tim Butcher, plant manager; Jeff Bevis, chief engineer; Martin Chism, purchasing auditor; and Bob Gordon, quality assurance laboratory manager.

Owens-Illinois, Inc. appointed Kevin Stevens as chief marketing officer.

Multivac, Inc. announced the appointment of Bill Gardner as eastern regional service supervisor and John Hofer as western regional service supervisor.

DS Containers named Emil Obradovich vice president of sales, marketing, and technical support.

Rovema Packaging machines announces the hiring of Paul Bibens as supervisor for spare parts and conversions.

Mettler Toledo Hi Speed promoted John Uber to business development manager for product handling and caseweighing, and Mark Feher as business development manager for checkweighing.

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