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Supplier News
NOVA Commissions New PS Tech Center

FRIBOURG, SWITZERLAND—NOVA Chemicals reports it has confirmed its commitment to PS applications research by commissioning a $5 million European Styrenics Technology Center in Breda, The Netherlands.

“This facility will provide us with tremendous new resources toward developing new, innovative products,” says Bob Snyder, NOVA VP of sales and marketing, European Styrenics. “But, more importantly, it will enable us to work side by side with customers to develop a greater understanding of their current and future needs.”

The center will enable NOVA to develop new SPS, EPS, and HPS styrenic polymers and bring them to market quickly; support PS converter customers in developing new applications; and provide technical support to the co.'s 11 PS manufacturing plants around the world.

Enercon Adds Reps in Asia, Mid-East
MENOMONEE FALLS, WI, USA—Enercon Industries reports the expansion if its representative network with three new reps for Asia: CGS (Thailand) Co. Ltd. (Bangkok); Spicers Intl. Ltd. (Makati City, Philippines); and Eagle Pacific Ltd. (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam).

Enercon also announces three new reps in the Middle East: Dynagraph (Lebanon); Al-Madina for Advanced Technology (Cairo, Egypt); and Eprom (Istanbul, Turkey).

Unilux Chooses Rep in South America
SADDLE BROOK, NJ, USA—AR Print, Buenos Aires, Argentina, has become the exclusive rep in Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay, for Unilux Inc., the designer and manufacturer of stroboscopic surface inspection systems for the worldwide printing/converting industries. Unilux now has reps in 25 countries plus the US.

Says Mike Simonis, VP of intl. sales at Unilux, “We are extremely happy to be working with AR Print. The company has an outstanding reputation.”


Expansions
Clear View Bag Adds Facility in Mexico

ALBANY, NY, USA—Clear View Bag president William J. Romer announces a new PE bag manufacturing facility in Juarez, Mexico, has become operational.

The new facility has five operational bag production machines plus a single-color printing press. “It's a good start for just going operational,” says Romer, “but further growth is anticipated. As new business opportunities develop, we expect Juarez to make a significant impact in Clear View's ability to turn out product quickly and dependably.”

Ion Industrial Opens Office in Germany
WINDSOR LOCKS, CT, USA—Ion Industrial has established an office in Loerrach, Germany, to expand its European presence in the printing, converting, and related industries. The co., headquartered in Berkeley, CA, reports it has had a presence in Europe for many years, serving customers in semiconductor, disk drive, and flat panel display industries.

The new office is located in southwestern Germany near the borders of Switzerland and France.

“With this expansion, we will be able to meet the needs of this demanding market,” says Mark Blitshteyn, VP in charge of industrial products. “Not only is Europe a very large market for industrial static control products, but it is also home to many premier manufacturers of advanced converting machinery.”

Rexam Adds Operations as Well as Assets
LONDON, U.K.—Global consumer packaging co. Rexam plc has purchased the Danish plastic packaging operation of Danapak A/S in addition to certain assets and the order book of Töikki OY in Finland for a cash consideration of DKK 192 million (£16 million).

Danapak has two thin-wall plastic packaging plants, one in Stilling, Denmark, and the other in Finland. Danapak has announced it will close the Finnish plant, and the assets from this business will be relocated to Rexam's other plants in Europe.

The purchase is supported by a supply contract of thin-wall plastic containers with Arla Foods, the controlling shareholder of the Danapak group.


Installations
CreoScitex Platesetter Finds a Home in China

VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA—CreoScitex Asia Pacific Ltd., a sub. of Creo Products Inc., reports the first Asian installation of a CreoScitex Trendsetter VLF platesetter for the packaging industry.

Shenzhen Wanda Color Printing & Packaging Co. Ltd. of Shenzhen, Peoples Republic of China, produces printing for major companies in China, including Qing Dao Beer, Nestlé Coffee, and Legend computers.

“The CreoScitex Trendsetter VLF platesetter is an excellent product that will help our company grow,” says Lin Bing Shi, director and general manager of Shenzhen Wanda Color. “Our investment in CreoScitex technology is justified as the system delivers the speed, quality, and consistency we need.”



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