The 21st edition of SIMEI – International Enological and Bottling Equipment Exhibition – is set to take place Nov. 22 to Nov. 26 in Milan, Italy. SIMEI is the largest strictly specialized exhibition, which presents all types of machinery and equipment for production, bottling and packaging of drinks. Visit SIMEI’s Web site at simei.it.
Invensys Process Systems’ 2005 Customer Conference will be held Oct. 3 - Oct. 6 at the Hilton Americas in Houston. The conference will bring together users of Avantis, Foxboro, SimSci-Essor and Triconex products, software, systems or services in a variety of information sessions.
Eleven Technology, Cambridge, Mass., and iAnywhere Solutions, Dublin, Calif., a subsidiary of Sybase Inc., partnered to deliver handheld solutions to the consumer packaged goods industry. Eleven Technology has integrated iAnywhere technology into its Eleven DSDTM and Eleven Retail Execution software solutions, including SQL Anywhere Studio’s UltraLite handheld database and MobiLink enterprise synchronization technology.
York, Pa.-based Graham Packaging Co. L.P., has closed on its acquisition of the remaining equity interests of Industrias Innopak S.A. de C.V., in Graham Innopack de Mexico, S. de R. L. de C.V (GIM). Graham Packaging and Innopack formed GIM as a joint venture in December 1999 to serve the growing Mexican plastic packaging market.
CCL Industries Inc., Toronto, completed the sale of its North American CCL Custom Manufacturing Division to KCP Income Fund for approximately $273 million (Canadian). This transaction transforms CCL into a pure specialty packaging company. The proceeds from the sale will fund the continued expansion of CCL’s higher growth Label and Container business through further acquisitions and technology improvements.
Raleigh, N.C.-based Intervolve Inc. developed an Intervolve Route Accounting System. This new software simplifies all critical tasks such as sales order management, inventory management, reconciliation and route maintenance.
Wood Dale, Ill.-based Videojet Technologies Inc. declared SC Copacking Co., Chino, Calif., the winner in Videojet’s Oldest Printer Contest. The winning printer, a VJ II model, was purchased in 1981.
Constar International Inc., Philadelphia, was awarded the 2004 Supplier of the Year honor by Kroger Co. Constar’s award came as a result of a flawless transition of Kroger’s carbonated soft drink bottle supply in its Irving, Texas-facility.
AZO Inc., Memphis, Tenn., and Bachelor Controls Inc., Sabetha, Kan., opened a Bachelor Controls office at the AZO facility in Memphis. This cooperation will strengthen the companies’ decade-long strategic partnership that provides ingredient automation, equipment and information technology.
Miami-based Ryder System Inc. opened its new four-story, 250,000-square-foot global headquarters located in Flagler Station in Miami. Florida Governor Jeb Bush participated in the dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony and honored Ryder for its commitment to remaining in the South Florida community.
Denton, Texas-based Peterbilt Motors Co. now offers Sirius satellite radio as a factory- installed option for Class 8 Peterbilt conventionals. Peterbilt is providing a complimentary one-year subscription to Sirius programming for trucks ordered and built this year.
Largo-Fla.-based BBF Printing Solutions successfully hosted an open house in May to feature its Direct Mail Solutions division and its recently purchased $3 million, 10-color Sanden XP1500 printing press. More than 100 people were in attendance, including state politicians.
Ampac Packaging LLC, Cincinnati, completed its acquisition of Kapak Co. LLC, Minneapolis, a manufacturer of stand-up pouches for food and other markets.