Industry watch


Winpak Ltd. has obtained exclusive rights to use Reynolds Packaging LLC formulations and Drug Master File (DMF) specifications to produce packaging materials used in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries.

Rohrer Corp. achieved chain-of-custody certification from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) and is the first converter to offer BlisterGuard® with SFI certification.

WS Packaging Group, Inc. is expand- ing operations at its Franklin, PA-based facility to create new jobs. It involves moving its Salem, OH-based facility to the new 25,000 sq-ft facility. Operations are scheduled to begin by the end of August 2009.

Melbourne, Australia-based Biograde Ltd., supplier of packaging resins derived from renewable resources, was appointed supplier of compostable shopping bags for Kmart stores.

World Wide Packaging, LLC added 17 tubing and printing machines to expand and improve its capabilities for its plastic tubes division.

NatureWorks LLC announced a new strategic partnership with Ashland Distribution to distribute NatureWorks’ products in North America.

Multivac launched a new Web site,, dedicated to its Certified Pre-owned and Remanufactured equipment business.

SCT Intl., LLC, acquired Graphic Options, LLC, which will operate as a division of Sekuworks, LLC. Earl Holt was named vice president, pre-press operations, Graphic Options.

Adept Technology, Inc. signed Eagle Technologies Group as its newest Preferred Packaging Partner.

H.B. Fuller Co. has acquired Germany-based Nordic Adhesives Technology.

Dorner Mfg. Corp. has launched the FIT ProgramTM to support its cutomers by increasing production output and reduce overall costs. Technicians will visit customers to install new conveyors, evaluate any existing installed processing and packaging conveyors, and train in-house personnel.


James Cooper was appointed vice president, sales and marketing for KUKA Robotics Corp.

PakTech appointed the following new personnel to serve the Latin American market: Victor Reyes, sales manager, and Gayleen Orozco, international customer service account manager.

Brad Bergey was appointed national account manager, consumer & personal products industries, for Oystar Jones.

Brent Todd was appointed business development manager—chemical markets for Arena Products.

Brian Lutt was named president and CEO of Jacobson Companies.

Geoffroy Petit was appointed chief executive officer for Total Petrochemicals USA, Inc.

Craig Barron was promoted to president of Plastic Technologies, Inc.

tesa tape, inc. announced the following new personnel: Clay Goins, Southwest sales specialist, general manufacturing/ distribution industries; Dave Adams, new business development manager, North America converting; and Ilse Rodewald, application engineer, automated tape application.


The Assn. of Industrial Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators (AIMCAL), awarded Unifoil Corp. its 2009 Sustainability Award for Unifoil’s UniLustre® and UltraLustre® transfer-metallizing processes.

CardPak Inc. received the Evolution of Manufacturing Award from Smart Business magazine for adopting “green” initiatives in its manufacturing process.

The Biodegradable Products Institute awarded its certification to Sealed Air’s Cryovac® NatureTray™ package, confirming that the package meets the ASTM D6400 standard for compostable plastics as being biodegradable and compostable in municipal and industrial facilities.

Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry awarded Denso Robotics’ Denso XR-Series four-axis, compact gantry robots the Robot Award 2008.

Circle Packaging Machinery, Inc. recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary.

Amgraph Packaging, Inc. will celebrate its 25th anniversary with the opening of its new “Green Plant” expansion later this year. The plant features 50% more operating space and includes new printing, laminating, extruding, slitting capabilities, and will incorporate LEED certification principles.

Multivac, Inc. has been awarded the Hormel Foods Spirit of Excellence Award.

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