Healthcare Packaging Community Minute

Companies Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG and Alcan Packaging Singen GmbH are cooperating to offer mutual customers in the packaging and pharmaceutical sectors the ability to print short runs digitally.

• An expansion at Cook Pharmica's Bloomington, IN, facility aims to expand the company's contract manufacturing business to include aseptically filled parenteral vials and syringes.

• Oliver Medical and Tolas Healthcare Packaging now operate under the single name Oliver-Tolas Healthcare Packaging. Manufacturing and administrative activities at all Oliver-Tolas Healthcare Packaging locations will continue as usual.

• Dorner Mfg. Corp. introduced the FIT Program™ to support customers by increasing output while reducing costs.

• Pillar Technologies launched a refurbish/repair program for its own sealing equipment.

• Penn Pharmaceutical Group is launching an expansion program over the next five years at its facility in Tredegar, South Wales, and has also opened an office in Philadelphia.

• West launched an online resource center to assist the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries in streamlining their processes, from drug discovery to commercialization.

• Third-party tester DDL completed a new lab in Edison, NJ, capable of handling all of the company's testing services.

• MACtac Medical Products has expanded its global reach with an increased presence in the Asia-Pacific.

• Rexam purchased the remaining 50% interest in its joint venture with Pavisa.

• Pharmorx Security entered into a collaboration agreement with MSO Group, Ltd., to address counterfeiting, diversion, and traceability concerns.

Achievements

For the third consecutive year, Cook Urological awarded Barger Packaging its “Dock to Stock” supplier designation. …The “Introducer TS Tray” from thermoformer Prent Corp. earned a 2008 WorldStar award in the Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging category from the World Packaging Organization. …Sonoco was awarded a contract by Colgate-Palmolive to manage European promotional packing requirements for C-P's oral care products. …Amgraph Packaging, Inc. will celebrate its 25th anniversary by opening a “green plant” expansion later this year. …Alcan Packaging, a business unit of Rio Tinto Alcan, received ISO 15378:2006 certification at its plants in Authon, Lucenay, and Montreuil, France.

People

Oliver-Tolas Healthcare Packaging added Teri Meadow as director of marketing, and promoted David Haines to national sales manager. …Rondo-Pak, Inc. appointed Clemmon L. Brown senior account executive, and Jeff E. Espin technical services manager. …Catalent Pharma Solutions announced the following personnel moves for the Printed Components business of its Packaging Services segment: John Kay, appointed to director of operations, David A. Guelzow, account director, responsible for Midwest business development and support, Kevin J. Tilley, account manager, responsible for sales of printed components, and Eric Caro, product manager. …Reinier Danckaarts was promoted to partner management director by Envirotainer. …Richard Gauthier was appointed production and service manager for NJM/CLI Packaging Systems Intl. …Craig S. Barrow was promoted to president of Plastic Technologies, Inc. …Paul McEllin moved into the newly created position as GM for FlexLink Americas' Western U.S. territory and Healthcare business unit, including Optical. …Multivac, Inc. appointed Jim Brigman as Western regional service supervisor. …Randy Roberts was appointed regional account manager at Norwood Marking Systems/Allen Coding Systems. …Minnesota Thermal Science appointed Kevin Lawler vp of sales, and Karl Schlenker, vp of business development. …The interpack Processes and Packaging 2011 Advisory Council elected Christian Traumann president of that show, and named as vice presidents Friedbert Klefenz and Bernhard Borgardt.

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