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Xaar appoints Chris Lynn to the position of vp of sales & marketing. Edsel Lonza is made sales manager for Latin America. With 20 years of experience in the graphics industry, Lynn has held various senior management positions and has served as a consultant and speaker on technologies for marketing and publishing. Lonza joins the co. from AlphaGraphics, Inc., where he helped establish the franchise in Brazil.

Key Technology, Inc. appoints Jarrod Li to the new position of country manager for China. He is responsible for bringing the co.'s products and capabilities to Chinese customers in food processing and industrial markets. He's based at the co.'s Shanghai office, which is scheduled to open in '06.

FKI Logistex elevates Ken Thouvenot to the position of vp of project management and engineering. A 10-year veteran of the co., he most recently served as vp of project management and marketing in the Manufacturing Systems unit. Other promotions include Matt Wicks to director of systems engineering and Brett Felton to the position of intl. sales manager.

Rockwell Automation names Mike Jamieson vp of its beverage industry initiative. Jamieson joined the co. in '98 as a project manager in its global technical support group and has held a variety of management positions.

Gilbreth welcomes Peter Parker as its new business development manager. He has experience in package engineering and shrink-sleeve development.

CMM adds Jeff Gallagher as a sales director for the Southeast and West Coast regions. He brings with him more than 15 years of event sales experience with TechTarget, Questex Media and Key3Media.

Sandiacre Rose Forgrove appoints Simon Lagoe to the position of managing director. He has 28 years of experience working in the packaging machinery sector, most of which he spent with Barry-Wehmilller.

Dorner Mfg. Corp. appoints Richard "Rich" Ryan to the position of COO. He joins the co. after serving in a variety of executive management positions with Rockwell Automation.

Ampac Flexibles—Converted Products Div. adds Kenneth L. Pouliot, Matt Conlin and Robert L. Biddle as account managers.

Novapak Corp. brings on Rich Frungillo as a regional sales manager.

FleetwoodGoldcoWyard adds Jerry East as its vp of PET bottle technology. Formerly president of Crown Simplimatic, East has 36 years of experience in the packaging market.

EPG (Essex Products Group) names Helga Kollegger as sales administrator. In her new role, Kollegger becomes the first contact for current customers and sales inquiries, in addition to serving as the liaison for EPG manufacturer representatives.

Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. appoints John M. Riconosciuto to the position of COO. He joined the co. in '86 and has served most recently as senior vp and gm, consumer packaging operations. Lane W. Hunter is named senior vp, sales and marketing for the corrugated container operations; John L. Knudsen is made senior vp of manufacturing for corrugated container operations; and Mark R. O'Bryan is appointed as senior vp of strategic initiatives. James P. Davis resigns as senior vp and gm of the container div.,

The Institute of Food Technologists' Food Packaging Div. elects Jung Han as its chairperson for 2005-'06.

Beckhoff Automation hires Don Seichter to handle regional sales for the state of Wisconsin. His experience includes 16 years with Giddings & Lewis, where he served as drive and motor product manager.

DS Containers adds Michael Stack as an account manager.

Multivac, Inc. appoints Mark Douglas to the position of director of service operations, where he will oversee the development of the co.'s service and parts business. Dan Mack joins the co. as medical, consumer and industrial market development manager.

UPM Rafsec adds Didier Monchot as area sales manager for South Europe.

Labeltronix promotes John Trail to the position of president. Promoted from vp of operations, Trail has nine years of service with the co. and 20 years of experience in industrial labeling.

Maxcess Intl. appoints Mike Flannigan to sales manager of corporate user accounts. He served most recently as a district sales manager.

IZZE Beverage Co. hires Gil Fronzaglia as executive vp of operations. He has eight years of executivel level experience, most recently co-founder and executive vp of Blue Buffalo Co., LLC, a holistic petfood manufacturer.

Cryotech Intl. brings on Tom Bissett as engineering manager, filling the position vacated by Alan Ziegler, who moves up to vp of research and development.

Design North hires Kristin Bochenek as a designer.

ON THE MOVE

Sonoco closes its Charlotte, NC-based flexible packaging printing plant. The plant employs 67 workers and primarily prints flexographic images on packaging film for confectionery, gum, beverages, cookies, crackers and other salty snacks. The closing is scheduled for completion at the end of Q1 '06.

ID Technology, a div. of Pro Mach, opens a Northwest Region office in Sacramento, CA. It will serve Oregon and the Northern portions of California and Nevada.

Systech Intl. moves into a new worldwide hq in Cranbury, NJ. Twice the size of its previous facility, the new building allows the co. to expand training, demonstration, development and warehouse space.

Smiths Detection expands its Product Inspection Div. manufacturing facility in Alcoa, TN.

Beckhoff Automation opens regional offices in Duluth, GA, and Bellevue, WA.

Schneider Electric's Industrial Automation & Controls Group creates an Applications & Solutions department to develop customized solutions.

Stahlman Group expands its engineering and design operations, relocating them to a new facility in Concord, NH.

Empire Magnetics moves to a new facility in Rohnert Park, CA, to accommodate increasing demand for its specialty motion control products.

De-Sta-Co opens a new office in Bangalore, India.

DMI, a contract manufacturer and packager of cosmetics, personal care products, health and beauty aids, nutritionals and OTC products, expands its Wharton, NJ-based hq to 275,000 sq ft. The addition accommodates the co.'s manufacturing, filling and packaging of aqueous products.

BUYING & SELLING

Rexam PLC acquires Precise Technology, Inc., a manufacturer of plastic packaging that's based in Pittsburgh, for $257.5 million. Precise Technology employs approximately 1,700 people and comprises 15 plants in the U.S., one in The Netherlands and one in the final stages of construction in Poland.

Sun Capital Partners, Inc. adds Exopack Holding Corp. to its stable. Operating as Exopack, LLC, it will continue under the leadership of president and CEO Stan Bikulege.

TGW-Ermanco, Inc. acquires the intellectual property of Quantum Conveyors, LLC, making it the exclusive manufacturer of narrow-belt sortation technology in North America.

Sokymat SA acquires Imasys, a German supplier of RFID inlay manufacturing equipment.

ACCORDS

Zebra Technologies Corp. forms an alliance with Digital China Holdings, Ltd., an IT products distributor and systems integrator, making it the value-added distributor for Zebra in China.

MGS Machine Corp. teams up with ProSys to provide a one-stop shop for tube packaging. Integrated systems include an automatic tube-filling machine and an intermittent cartoner.

Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. agrees with Weedon psc, a corrugated point-of-sale display and packaging business, to launch an i2i design center in the U.K. called i2i Europe.

Bosch Rexroth Corp. makes Nashville, TN-based Handling Systems, Inc. a distributor for its aluminum framing and workstation products for Alabama, Mississippi and parts of Florida.

Alliantz Flexible Packaging Pte., Ltd. has been formed as a joint venture between Rollprint Products, Inc., Addison, IL, and Acme Packaging Co. (Pte), Ltd., Singapore. The co. will serve the flexible packaging supply needs of Southeast Asia and China.

CELEBRATING

Morrison Container Handling Solutions congratulates Lois Hayworth, vp, for 30 years of service with the co.

The SERCOS interface for digital controls, drives, I/O and sensors marks its 20th anniversary. First developed in the mid ‘80s, the interface continues to evolve with the SERCOS III, which it is said will soon be commercially available.

Erie Plastics marks its 45th anniversary. Currently located in a 465,000-sq-ft facility, the co. has grown from humble beginnings in an 8,000-sq-ft building with two injection-molding machines.

Network Services Co. receives the 2005 CIO 100 Award, an annual honor created by CIO magazine recognizing organizations for excellence in IT.

Yaskawa Motoman Mexico, a wholly owned sub. of Motoman, Inc. and Yaskawa Electric America, Inc., celebrates 10 years of operation in Mexico.

HAPPENINGS

Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) selects the Packaging Summit as the new home for its AmeriStar Package Awards Reception.

AutomationDirect sponsors the Forsyth Alliance team's entry into the 14th Annual FIRST Robotics Competition. The team, which comprises high school students from across Forsyth County, GA, will be given a 300-lb crate of spare parts and a specific task. It will then have 42 days to design, build, test and ship a robot to accomplish the task.

NatureWorks, LLC achieves a greenhouse-gas-neutral position for its NatureWorks PLA polymer, making it the first such polymer commercially available in the industry, the co. says.

Intl. Paper's Smart Packaging business changes its name to ASURYS™.

The Independent Carton Group (ICG) welcomes Lindenmeyr Munroe Paper Co. as an approved vendor. Headquartered in Purchase, NY, Lindenmeyr will offer a variety of papers to ICG members.

Craig Adhesives and Coatings focuses on three primary market segments—label products, paper, packaging and commercial products and specialty products—to make it more responsive to marketplace demands.

CALL FOR ENTRIES

The Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council opens its competition for the 2005 HCPC Compliance Package of the Year awards. A new category, Innovative Design, has been added to recognize packages not yet commercially available. Entries will be accepted through Feb. 15, '06. For more information, log onto www.unitdose.org or call 703/538-4030.

The Adhesive and Sealant Council is looking for speakers for its ‘06 spring convention. Abstracts should be submitted by Monday, Jan. 9, '06. Log onto www.ascouncil.org for more information.

CLARIFICATION

In the October issue of PD, the PVC sleeve label supplier named in the Noga Dairy story, p. 22, is Ultrapak. Its facility is located at 134 Franklin Ave., Dunkirk, NY, 14048. For more information, log onto www.ultrapak.net or call 800/228-6030.

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