Newsmakers, July 2013
Jack Mans, Plant Operations Editor -- Packaging Digest, 7/2/2013 4:20:55 PM
MOVERS & SHAKERS
Bosch Packaging Technology appoints Frank Souyris as general manager of its robotics division.
Intelligrated hires Bob Wilson as vp of its international division.
Shibuya Hoppmann Corp. hires Eugene (Gene) Fuchs as the regional sales manager for the Northeast.
Federal Manufacturing, powered by Pro Mach, hires John Oliaro as operations manager.
International Paper names Jean-Michel Ribieras as svp, president, IP EMEA, based in Brussels, Belgium; Glenn Landau as president, IP Latin America, based in Sao Paulo, Brazil; and Jay Royalty as vp, investor relations, based in Memphis, TN.
Piab hires Mike Dickson as regional director-Americas.
Optel Vision hires Jim White as R&D project manager.
GROWING & GOING
Ardagh Group will supply ConAgra Foods with substantially all of its U.S. food can requirements. Ardagh Group will invest more than $250 million to construct two drawn and wall-ironed (DWI) can-making facilities to convert most of ConAgra's shelf-sized cans from traditional three-piece can technology to DWI technology. These facilities will also have the capability to manufacture Ardagh's pressurized thin-wall DWI food cans recently launched in Europe.
NatureWorks names Cromex S.A. as its Ingeo distributor in Brazil.
TricorBraun Design and Engineering has changed its name to TricorBraun Design and Innovation. "Throughout the organization, innovation is a priority. Whether its administration, operations, sales or design, we are constantly looking for newer, better, more efficient and creative ways to do things. Perhaps the most visible area of innovation is in our design group. With this in mind, we have changed the name to TricorBraun Design and Innovation," says Keith Strope, CEO of TricorBraun.
Siemens Drive Technologies Div. opens a 45,600-sq-ft Simogear assembly plant in Mauldin, SC.
BUYING & ALLYING
Change Parts and E-Pak Machinery acquire Oden Corp. and Niagara Pump. Oden brands will be managed by a newly created entity, Oden Machinery Inc., and all product lines will be manufactured at the facility in Tonawanda, NY.
QuickLabel Systems, a business unit of Astro-Med Inc., has formed a marketing agreement with Innovatum.
B&R expands partner network with addition of Hartfiel Automation.
Datamax-O'Neil acquires the thermal printer assets of Source Technologies.
H.B. Fuller Co. purchases Plexbond Quimica S/A, a provider of chemical polyurethane specialties and polyester resins based in Curitiba, Brazil.
SATO makes a strategic investment in Nexgen Packaging, a global provider of apparel brand identification and packaging products. Nexgen continues to operate as an independent entity, and the current Nexgen management team will remain in place
Stora Enso and Packages Ltd. establish a joint venture called Bulleh Shah Packaging (Private) Ltd. valued at approximately $108 million.
Toshiba Intl. Corp. acquires Elettra Technology Inc., a manufacturer of custom electrical industrial motors based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The new company will be named Toshiba Industrial Products Canada and will relocate manufacturing to a recently renovated facility in Hamilton.
KPS Capital Partners LP forms Expera Specialty Solutions and acquires the specialty paper business of Wausau Paper Corp. and the Thilmany Div. of Packaging Dynamics Corp.
HarvestMark acquires ShopWell.
Ball Corp.'s Findlay, OH, metal beverage packaging plant is named by MillerCoors as the recipient of the 2012 MVP Award, which is given to the top supplier location to MillerCoors.
Berry Plastics Group Inc. receives three Excellence in Flexography Awards from the Flexographic Technical Assoc., including the organization's 2013 Technical Innovation Award for Berry's Indirect Flexo (IDF) printing process.