Plastics News' assistant managing editor Jeannie Reall gathered the following briefs from Pack Expo 98, held Nov. 8-12 in Chicago.
Cup deal leads PRI to upgrade printing
Packaging Resources Inc. is buying 24 cup-printing machines from Van Dam Machine Corp., in what a Van Dam official called ``the biggest deal in the offset printing industry.''
``We'll have them all in place early next year,'' said PRI's Walter Riesen, vice president of research and development in New Vienna, Ohio. ``We're replacing older machines and replacing six-color machines — these are all eight-color.''
The 568-III machines will be distributed among PRI's four facilities: New Vienna; Coleman, Mich.; Kansas City, Mo.; and Phoenix.
The purchase was prompted in part by a contract to manufacture 32-ounce polystyrene ``cruiser cups'' for Taco Bell, Riesen said. Each machine can produce 300 such cups per minute, said Dennis Keck, vice president-sales for Van Dam in West Paterson, N.J.
Liqui-Box Corp. buys StarAsept bag line
Liqui-Box Corp. has purchased Tetra Pak Flexible Packaging Systems' StarAsept line of bulk aseptic bags and filling equipment.
``We have our own bulk bag line, but this gives us a good international presence,'' said Steve Ferraro, national account manager for Worthington, Ohio-based Liqui-Box.
The 5- to 350-gallon bags are made of metallized PET.
Under the deal, signed in November, Liqui-Box gained worldwide installation rights for outstanding orders on 150 machines.
In June, Tetra Pak announced it would close Flexible Packaging Systems' U.S. headquarters in Lincolnshire, Ill., and a pouch packaging production unit in Mexico, and shift all flexible pouch operations to India.
Tetra Pak currently makes the bags in Romley, England. Production will be shifted to Sacramento, Calif., according to James Rivard, Liqui-Box product manager.
Custom thermoformer Prent Corp. of Janesville, Wis., has formed a marketing alliance with Nelipak Thermoforming of Venray, the Netherlands, a manufacturer of packaging for medical, electronics, cosmetics and consumer markets. Nelipak also has a facility in Galway, Ireland. James O'Dierno, Prent senior vice president of sales, said Prent also plans to add two people to its sales staff in the United States.
Mobil Chemical Films Division of Rochester, N.Y., is opening a South American regional sales office in SÃo Paulo, Brazil. The office will employ seven to 12, including three direct sales people, and should open Jan. 1, according to Bill Handy, sales and marketing manager-South America.