Madras Packaging LLC, the
nation’s largest minority-owned manufacturer of blowmolded plastic containers, announced an agreement with Old World Industries Inc. that
will enable the company to move forward with plans to expand its operations
nationwide. Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed. Both
Midwestern-based companies are privately held.
Alcoa Packaging, Richmond,
Va., won an award in quality from the Packaging
and Label Gravure Association. Alcoa was
recognized for its excellence in printing of the Nestle Rolo shrink sleeve
label. It received an honorable mention for the excellent continuous tone
work printed across a wide web as well as the very good registration.
“Our manufacturing facility worked very closely with the cylinder
engraver to ensure that the type would be clean, clear and crisp, as
mentioned by the judges,” related Terry Copenhaver, marketing
manager, Alcoa Flexible Packaging.
Systemate Numafa, Canton,
Ga., a manufacturer of cleaning systems, upgraded its Web site, making it
easier for visitors to find information on washing products. The site also
boasts a new look and feel, offering updated information on all of the
available washing products. Check it out at numafa.com.
Omron Corp., a global
leader in automation, sensing and control technology, announced it will
establish a new facility in China as part of its Industrial Automation
Business Co. The new facility in Shanghai is meant to strengthen and
integrate Chinese design, development and manufacturing functions and to
offer a customer support center. It is expected to come on line in the
latter half of 2006.
Currently, the company has three facilities in
Shanghai each with its own independent design and development technologies,
manufacturing, manufacturing management and quality management. One
facility makes programmable logic controllers, another sensors, and the
third, temperature controllers. The new facility is intended to integrate
the design and development capabilities to expand the business in the
Markem Corp., Keene, N.H.,
a leader in marking and coding solutions, providing identification systems,
software, supplies and services, signed Labeling
Systems Inc., Oakland, N.J., a designer
and manufacturer of heavy-duty pressure sensitive labelers, as a partner in
its OEM program. “LSI and Markem have highly compatible product lines
so creating a formal relationship in the OEM program was a natural
fit,” said William Hingle, LSI marketing manager.
Sato America Inc., Charlotte,
N.C., a pioneer in barcode printing, announced it completed the EPCglobal
Inc.’s newly launched Hardware Interoperability Phase I test.
EPCglobal Inc., a joint venture of EAN International and the Uniform Code
Council Inc., is a not-for-profit organization entrusted by industry to
establish and support the EPCglobal Network as the global standard for
real-time, automatic identification of information in the supply chain of
any company, anywhere in the world. The phase I test evaluated the
interoperability of the Radio Frequency Identification reader and tag
configurations with those provided by other manufacturers. Sato delivers
RFID printing solutions, plus complete EPC-compliant RFID solutions
including pre-planning consultation, on-site survey, pilot planning and
implementation, and post-pilot consultation and customer service.
Rovema Packaging Machines,
Lawrenceville, Ga., a marketer of packaging technology, announced the
appointment of Resolution Technologies Inc. as its agent in Western Canadian market. After finding
success in Eastern Canada, Rovema sought a foreign partner to help expand
its business into the Western Canadian market hence its new relationship
with British Columbia-based Resolution Technologies.
Rexam Beverage Can Americas, Chicago, Ill., said it is closing its beverage can making plant
in Jacarei, Brazil. The plant was acquired in November of 2003 when Rexam
bought Latasa, Brazil’s largest beverage can manufacturer. The
Jacarei plant has 105 employees and manufactures 12- and 16-ounce cans. The
company said in a statement that the closure will not affect its ability to
meet the needs of its customers. The volumes from the Jacarei facility will
be consolidated at other Rexam plants in Brazil.
Linpac Materials Handling,
Georgetown, Ky., was awarded ISO 9001:2000 certification. The manufacturer
of reusable container systems was certified by TUV America Inc. as meeting
the standards set forth in the quality management system. Both the
company’s Georgetown design and manufacturing location and Bardstown
manufacturing location are certified as meeting these quality standards.
The company was previously certified under the ISO standards established in
Transbotics Corp., Charlotte, N.C., announced it finalized an order for an
Automatic Guided Vehicle system in the plastics and primary metals
industry. The order includes a vehicle, controls, hardware, software,
engineering services and other equipment. Transbotics provides unique
automation solutions to a variety of industries including the food and
beverage, among others.
Micro Motion and Rosemount instrumentation from Emerson Process Management were
specified by The Netherlands-based Axflow, a supplier of hygienic product blending skids. Axflow
engineers pumping and dosing skid solutions,
particularly for supply to food and pharmaceutical applications. The Micro
Motion and Rosemount instruments from Emerson were chosen because of their
high quality and economic value.
Beverage Industry’s November issue highlights the 100-year advocacy of the American Beverage Association and what’s next for CEO Katherine Lugar and a new plastics initiative, Every Bottle Back. This issue includes a special report on craft beer, an Up Close With feature on PRESS hard cider and what is sparking innovation in natural colors. Read more about how protein is powering up beverages and how warehouses are using WMS and WCS systems to streamline operations. As usual, the latest trends in new products, packaging and ingredients are highlighted.
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