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Industry news: See what's going on in packaging

Industry news: See what's going on in packaging

This edition of Newsmakers features the latest in happenings for the months of November and December.

MOVERS & SHAKERS
Barry-Wehmiller names Carol O’Neill as vp of strategy, technology and key initiatives.

Esko appoints Udo Panenka, svp, global sales and marketing, as president.

Standard-Knapp hires David Blankenship as field service engineer.

Crown Holdings Inc. announces Djalma Novaes Jr. as the new president of its Americas division.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration names Dr. Susan Mayne director of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

Ball Corp. promotes Daniel Rabbitt to the expanded, global role of vp and general manager, Ball Aerocan, a division of Ball’s metal food and household products packaging segment.

GROWING & GOING
Berlin Packaging expands its Chicago-area warehousing and inventory management capacity with its move to a new 125,000-sq-ft warehouse in Bolingbrook, IL.

Ilapak expands its manufacturing in the U.S. with the development of a new, state-of-the-art production facility in North West Arkansas. The plant will serve its North American customer base.

A new can manufacturing facility will shortly open in Roanoke with the creation of 100 new jobs. It follows a supply agreement between leading international packaging company Ardagh Group and ConAgra Foods.

SATO announces plans to accelerate its global growth strategy through the establishment of two new group companies—SATO Global Solutions and SATO Intl.

Royal DSM announces that its new polymerization plant will be built in Augusta, GA.

Honeywell Process Solutions opens the new Customer Experience Center at the company’s global headquarters in Houston.

BUYING & ALLYING
Onex acquires SIG Combibloc Group for up to $4.66 billion. SIG is the second largest provider of aseptic carton packaging globally.

Bosch Packaging Technology and Klenzaids plan joint venture in India.

Bemis Co. Inc. announces that it has completed the sale of its global Pressure Sensitive Materials business (known as “MACtac”) to Platinum Equity.

Sonoco completes acquisition of Weidenhammer Packaging Group for approximately $360 million in cash.

Simplimatic Automation LLC, a leading material handling and automation integrator, announces it is now a member of FANUC Robotics America Corporations’ distribution network.

H2W Technologies Inc. aquires Baldor linear motor product lines.

ACHIEVEMENTS
Primera Technology Inc. receives its seventh consecutive “Best Customer Service” award from LiveHelpNow, a well-known online communications provider.

Bosch’s two-in-one biscuit packaging line wins German Packaging Award, first presented at Interpack 2014.

Rinco Ultrasonics is awarded two U.S. patents for its PPS0145 film sealing technology for ultrasonic film sealing of flexible pouch packaging.

To enhance supply chain efficiency and sustainability for Jack Link’s Beef Jerky, Presto Products Co. enrolled the company in Presto’s Fresh-Lock Zipper Spool Recycle and Reuse program.

Inland Label has been recognized as a Best Workplace in the Americas by the Print Industries of America.

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