R.A. Jones & Co. Inc.

and Aidco Intl. announced a strategic alliance to market their respective cartoning and palletizing equipment with the goal of providing more integrated, turn-key packaging systems to customers.

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and RJR Packaging, LLC. closed the sale of the assets and business of RJR Packaging to five packaging companies: Alcan Packaging Food and Tobacco Inc.; Alcoa Flexible Packaging, LLC; Southern Graphic Systems, Inc.; Mundet Inc.; and Oracle Flexible Packaging, Inc.

Honeywell signed a licensing, distribution, and development agreement for specialty films with Sigdopack, a unit of Chilean holding group, Sigdo Koppers.

Schneider Electric has acquired the outstanding shares of Elau AG.

Cognex Corp. acquired DVT Corp.

Owens-Illinois, Inc. changed its name to O-I.

Shibuya Kogyo Co., Ltd. acquired Hoppmann Corp.

Milwaukee Bag Intl. joined PAC Machinery Group as its newest member.

Rock-Tenn Co. acquired Gulf States Paper Corp.’s Pulp and Paperboard and Paperboard Packaging business.

Ciba Specialty Chemicals opened a Research & Development Center in Shanghai, China.

Orion Packaging Systems, Inc. appointed Lion Shipping Group as its Canadian distributor.

Berry Plastics Corp. acquired the injection molding closure assets of Euromex Plastics, S.A., de C.V., located in Toluca, Mexico.

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