Industry Watch


Clariant Masterbatches and Milliken & Co. finalized a North American sales agreement that joins Clariant’s special-effects technology with Milliken’s ClearTint® transparent colorants for clarified PP.

Portola Packaging, Inc. is consolidating its Clifton Park, NY operation into three other locations—Batavia, IL, Phoenix, AZ, and Kingsport, TN.

Douglas Machine Inc. became a corporate member of OMAC.

Entropy Solutions, Inc. entered into a distribution partnership with SCA Cool Logistics, a U.K.-based company that specializes in temperature-controlled packaging, where SCA will manufacture and distribute Entropy’s Greenbox™ thermal management system as well as other Entropy products.

Better Packages joined the Sustainable Packaging Coalition.

PolyOne Corp. signed a market development agreement with Eastman Chemical Co. designating PolyOne as the exclusive compounder of filled systems with Eastman’s Tritan™ copolyester in North America.

ESS Technologies, Inc. expanded its sales focus to include Mexico and Costa Rica.

alpha gear drives, Inc. changed its name to Wittenstein, Inc.

Schreiner MediPharm, a Germany-based provider of specialty pharmaceutical labeling solutions, opened its first U.S. state-of-the-art, 50,000 sq ft facility, Schreiner MediPharm, L.P., in Blauvelt, NY.

InkSure Technologies Inc. signed an agreement with eProvenance LLC for exclusive distribution of InkSure’s authentication solution into the fine wine market in major wine-producing countries in the world.


Jeffrey L. Otto, Ultrasonic Technologies, joined Pearson Packaging Systems’ board of directors.

Mike Cybulski was named CEO and president of Festo-USA.

Shuttleworth, Inc. promoted Bret Ranc to chief operating officer, responsible for sales/marketing, engineering, and manufacturing.

Patrick Smorch was appointed director of packaging sustainability for Georgia-Pacific.

Siegfried Gaessner was named national sales manager for VDL USA, Inc.

Tim Cook joins Lowry Computer Products as vice president, sales and marketing.

John Dulchinos, Adept Technology, was elected to the board of directors of the Robotics Industry Assn.


Silgan Containers was awarded Hormel Foods Corp.’s Spirit of Excellence Award for the 15th consecutive year.

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