Rexam, London, agreed to
acquire Delta Plastics Inc., Hot Springs, Ark., for $154 million. Rexam also will build a new
beverage can-making plant in Cuiabá, Brazil, to meet the increased
demand in the region. And in Berlin, Rexam will convert its beverage can
plant from steel to aluminum. The conversion is a direct response to
Germany’s planned introduction of a nationwide return system for
one-way containers in May 2006.
Ampac Packaging LLC,
Cincinnati, formed Ampac Flexibles from the recently acquired Kapak
Corp., Minneapolis, Flexicon Inc., Chicago, and
Ampac’s existing Performance Films group in Cincinnati. Going
forward, Kapak and Flexicon will operate under Ampac Flexibles - Converted
Products and the company’s existing Performance Films group will
operate as Ampac Flexibles - Performance Films.
Toyota Materials Handling opened
its National Customer Center at its manufacturing facility, Toyota
Industrial Equipment Manufacturing (TIEM), in Columbus, Ind. The $11
million investment added 108,000 square feet to the TIEM campus through an
expanded distribution center and a newly designed customer center.
Minnetonka, Minn., instituted a large-volume “buy-back” program
in North America for post-consumer PLA bottles in mixed plastic waste
recycling streams. The program provides an additional landfill waste
diversion option for corn-based NatureWorks PLA. Through the buy-back
program, commercial Municipal Recycling Facilities would separate
post-consumer PLA bottles into PLA bales meeting a predefined
specification, resulting in truckload quantities (40,000 pounds).
NatureWorks LLC will buy these bales at an agreed-upon price and route them
to an appropriate end-of-life solution and/or post-consumer use based on
geography of collection and prevailing market economies.
Portola Blow Mold Technologies will consolidate all of its business operations at the
existing Portola Packaging Inc. facility in New Castle, Pa. During the next
four to six months, Portola Allied Tool, Portola Dairy Fabrication, Portola
Technical Service and the new Reciprocating Screw Machine businesses will
move to the 60,000-square-foot New Castle facility.
Illochroma Labelling Group
and Spear have
merged their European operations. The new company will operate under the
name IlloSpear, which was initially created as a joint venture in November
2003 to develop and sell clear labeling systems for the beverage industry.
Barry-Wehmiller Co. Inc.,
St. Louis, has acquired certain assets of CVC
Systems, Union City, Calif. CVC will be
integrated into the operations of Barry-Wehmiller subsidiary
FleetwoodGoldcoWyard in Fort Collins, Colo. In addition, Barry-Wehmiller
signed a definitive purchase agreement under which Paper Converting Machine Co., Green Bay,
Wis., will be acquired, adding converting as a fourth major operating
platform to the company.
CCL Industries Inc.,
Willowdale, Ontario, has acquired Inprint
Systems Ltd., Ashford, England. Inprint Systems
is a privately held manufacturer of specialty label products with plants in
the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Italy and the United States.
Markem Corp., Keene, N.H.,
has launched a new, enhanced Web site that offers improved navigation,
enhanced technology pages, increased global content and a way for companies
to help identify the best products for their applications.