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Supplier's News: June 2013

Chicago-based MillerCoors joined the Organization for Machine Automation and Control (OMAC), Reston, Va.

Vernon Hills, Ill.-based Tetra Pak announced that in 2012 the company made further progress toward its 2020 environmental goals and its ultimate aim of providing fully sustainable packaging using only renewable materials and leaving a minimal environmental footprint and zero waste. In 2012, the company increased global recycling of Tetra Pak cartons by 10 percent and increased use of bio-based polymer caps derived from sugar cane to 610 million, up from 80 million in 2011. Tetra Pak also reported that it reduced its carbon emissions by approximately 2 million kilograms of carbon dioxide equivalents in 2012, compared with its 2010 baseline, despite a 9.5 percent increase in production volumes during the same period.

Alexandria, Va.-based The Glass Packaging Institute (GPI), the trade association representing the North American glass container industry, recently launched its revamped website, The updated website includes detailed information about the health and environmental benefits of glass containers, images of the latest product designs, and detailed specifications for glass manufacturers.

Nomacorc, Zebulon, N.C., opened a manufacturing site located in the San Juan province of Argentina in February. This is the first phase of a multi-year expansion plan that aims to provide Argentina and regional export markets with locally produced, co-extruded wine closures, the company says.

Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, Mich., added the following new members to its board of directors: Henrik Christensen, director of robotics for Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta; Chuck Keibler, vice president of Genesis Systems Group LLC, Davenport, Iowa; and Pete Squires, vice president of Schneider Packaging Equipment Co., Brewerton, N.Y.

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