Azzaro to head Pliant flexible packaging
SCHAUMBURG, ILL. - Longtime polyethylene veteran Len Azzaro has joined film extrusion leader Pliant Corp. as president of the flexible packaging business.
Starting Feb. 3, Azzaro will head Pliant's printed and converted film and packaging, barrier film, national account and reclosables businesses. He also will oversee production at Pliant plants in Macedon, N.Y.; Kent, Wash.; Langley, British Columbia; and Bloomington and Odon, Ind.
Azzaro retired from Dow Chemical Co. in late 2002 after a 30-year career, most recently as leader of Dow's global PE business. Azzaro plans to relocate from Houston to the Chicago area later this year. Pliant's headquarters are in Schaumburg.
``I'm going to Pliant because they have tremendous opportunities for growth in packaging,'' Azzaro said in a Jan. 30 telephone interview. ``I've known [Pliant Chief Executive Officer] Jack Knott for years and knew the company as a supplier.
``I know what [Pliant] is trying to do, and that was a major factor in my taking the job,'' Azzaro added. ``I think I can bring a lot to the table because of my experience with Dow.''
Pliant ranked as North America's eighth-largest film and sheet maker in a recent Plastics News survey, posting related sales of almost $723 million in 2001. Pliant operates 26 sites and employs 3,500 worldwide.
Brown & Sharpe names Bill Gruber chief
NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. - Bill Gruber, a former executive of Milacron Inc. and a leader of the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc.'s Machinery Division, will become president of Brown & Sharpe Inc., which makes coordinate-measuring equipment.
Brown & Sharpe's parent, Hexagon AG of Stockholm, Sweden, announced the news Jan. 30. Hexagon, a multinational engineering group, bought Brown & Sharpe in mid-2001. Brown & Sharpe's headquarters in North Kingstown also serves as Hexagon's North American base.
In his position, Gruber will be responsible for all commercial and operational activities, including sales and aftermarket services, for Hexagon's North American business. Gruber said he will remain at Milacron through the end of March.
A 30-year veteran of Milacron, Gruber moved from the metalworking products side of the company to the plastics side in 1996, when he became vice president of U.S. Plastics Machinery. Later he was president of Ferromatik Milacron North America. Milacron reassigned Gruber in 2001 to head a new consulting firm for processors called Concentric Custom Services Inc. In 2002, Milacron put Gruber in charge of its grinding wheel operations.
Gruber also led the industry's move to issue improved data, serving as chairman of Washington-based SPI's Committee on Equipment Statistics.
Perlos decides against Ace Mold buy
HONG KONG - Just weeks after agreeing to buy a Chinese injection molder and mold maker, Perlos Corp. has dropped the $45 million deal following its decision to double its own production capacity in China.
The NurmijÃ¤rvi, Finland-based molder of telecommunications and pharmaceutical components had planned to purchase Hong Kong mold supplier Ace Mold Co. Ltd. and its sister Ace Plastics Co. Ltd. However, the deal was called off when the parties could not agree on a price.
Meanwhile, Perlos has agreed to lease a 115,560-square-foot site in Beijing that will employ 200-300, according to Timo LeinilÃ¤, Perlos president and chief executive officer.
``During the process [with Ace], we decided to build a second plant in China. We feel it is a little bit risky to take on two such projects simultaneously. ... We decided to focus on the Beijing project and building new capacity ourselves,'' he said.
Ace Mold will continue to supply Perlos and has agreed to improve production quality, he said.