AUSTRALIA • Amcor Rigid Plastics has announced the appointment of Ashish Saxena as vice president and general manager of LiquiForm Group LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Amcor. He will be based at Amcor’s Saline, Michigan facility in the United States and will report directly to Amcor Rigid Plastics president Michael Schmitt.
Ashish Saxena joined Amcor in 2014 and holds a Master’s of Business Administration from the London Business School
USA • Overwraps Packaging announced today that it will change its name to Overwraps Flexibles as it also changes its logo and will commission a new, 10-colour flexographic Comexi press. The company also recently installed a new solventless adhesive laminator and three new high-speed duplex slitters.
The updated company logo
DENMARK • Vetaphone has appointed Theodore Wolski as area sales manager for North America. He will take over responsibility for managing Vetaphone’s agents. Wolksi, who holds a Masters in International Business Management, brings a wealth of domestic and international sales experience working with OEMs and end users.
Ted Wolski has joined Vetaphone as area sales manager for North America
FINLAND • Amerplast, a bag converter and flexible packaging manufacturer, purchased a Bobst 20SIX CS flexographic printing machine, the company announced, and plans to install the machine at the company’s factory in Tampere. The investment follows the 2015 installation of a Miraflex printing machine at the company’s Polish factory in Grodzisk Mazowiecki.
USA • Schawk announced that it has named Randall Peek, vice president, operations and Troy Johnson, vice president, client relationships for its flexographic platemaking team. Effective immediately, both Peek and Johnson will be reporting to Tim Kiel, group managing director, Americas Region at SGK.
USA • Sun Chemical announced it has entered into a partnership with ACPO, Ltd., a coater of flexible films, to meet the demand of brand owners and flexible packaging converters for high barrier transparent packaging. Two different ACPO coated films, polyester and biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP), are available with the oxygen barrier coatings.
USA • Maxcess announced the release of its Tidland Cyclone high-speed centering shaft, which enables faster production through its ability to center and grip cores concentrically about the shaft. The new shaft increases throughput by minimizing roll loping and machine vibration, the company said.
With its single-circuit air system and bladders that can be replaced in less than five minutes, it is designed to minimize downtime both during roll changes and scheduled maintenance
USA • GMG Americas, the US-based office of Germany-based GMG announced that Joe Varone has been promoted to president and Paulo Monteiro to VP sales at GMG Americas.
From left to right: Both Paulo Monteiro new VP sales, and Joe Varone, new president, were promoted from within at GMG Americas
UK • The Milton Keynes-based ID Machinery Ltd announced it has taken over of Quma Systems, one of the corrugated industry’s supplier of glue systems. Quma systems confirms this move on its website, which announced it would be moving from the south coast to Milton Keynes during the month of August.
USA • Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC) announce that more than 275 people attended its event, Impact 2016 on August 3 at its global headquarters in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The event featured the unveiling of the company’s Fusion C press, which introduced the press with a live curtain drop and allowed interactive demonstrations.
The event Impact 2016 featured the unveiling of the company’s Fusion C press
USA • Open-loop tension controls tend to be simple, inexpensive and can be very effective for providing constant unwind tension for your process.
Figure 3: TSC components – U4 Tension Controller, Torque Sensor, V Series Brake
ITALY • Valco Melton, a supplier of adhesive dispensing equipment and quality assurance systems to the converting industries, has acquired Italian-based Ero, S.r.l.
GERMANY • KBA announced that the second quarter of 2016 had strong order figures, revenue and earnings, as well as a successful drupa. Group order intake from April to June was up 17.2% year-on-year, although the EUR 352.5 million only contained about one-third of the orders placed at the trade show.
Group order intake was 1.9% higher than the previous year. Revenue increased over the same period by 29.7% and order backlog rose 7%
USA • API Group announces that it has completed the acquisition of Hazen Paper Company’s Paperboard Lamination facilities and business in Osgood, Indiana. The acquisition will allow API to provide combined foils and laminate offerings globally, the company said.
USA • MacDermid announced it hosted a two-day training for its graphics solutions sales staff with Esko in the company’s headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. The purpose of the meeting was to train its North American sales and technical service teams on Esko’s products.