Berlin Packaging to acquire French firm Verrerie Calvet

FRANCE – The American supplier of packaging services, Berlin Packaging has reached an agreement to acquire French packaging manufacturer Verrerie Calvet with a goal to expand its operations in the European region. Berlin Packaging, which supplies glass, plastic and metal containers and closures is looking to leverage on Verrerie Calvet’s extensive experience in packaging for…

Tetra Pak partners Microsoft  to develop ‘factory of the future’ in food processing

SWITZERLAND – Tetra Pak in collaboration with global technology firms Microsoft, ABB, SAP and logistics solutions provider Elettric80 has developed “factory of the future” for the digitization of food manufacturing Tetra Pak is set to unveil its “factory of the future” at Hannover Messe 2019 in Germany, where it will showcase how digital technologies are…

O-I buys glass packaging facility in Mexico from Grupo Modelo for US$188m

USA – The glass packaging manufacturer, Owens-Illinois, Inc. has agreed to acquire glass packaging manufacturing facility, Nueva located in Mexico from Grupo Modelo, a wholly owned affiliate of Anheuser-Busch InBev. With four furnaces, the facility has the capacity to produce and supply approximately 300,000 tons of glass containers annually for Grupo Modelo brands, which include…

Schur Flexibles acquires Swedish packaging firm Scandiflex Pac

SWEDEN – Leading flexible packaging producer, Schur Flexibles has acquired Swedish packaging specialist, Scandiflex Pac to further strengthen its packaging capabilities in the Nordic region. The transaction, whose details were not disclosed brings together Scandiflex Pac’s expertise in innovation, sustainability and quality and Schur Flexibles’ leadership in packaging solutions in Austria and Europe. The acquisition…

AGI completes acquisition of Indian rice equipment firm Milltec for US$82m

INDIA – Ag Growth International Inc. (AGI), the Canadian engineering and manufacturing solutions provider has completed the acquisition of Milltec Machinery Ltd for US$82 million (CAD 109.5 million). Headquartered in Bangalore, India, Milltec is a manufacturer of rice milling and processing equipment in India. In addition to the purchase price, AGI has the potential for…

Packaging group Silafrica appoints Gavin Dehning as Group CEO

KENYA – African leading packaging supplier for the food, beverage and health industry, Silafrica has appointed Gavin Dehning as new Group CEO. He will lead the company operations mainly in East Africa and the surrounding regions, supporting the demand for world class plastic packaging solutions in the market. Prior to his appointment, Gavin worked with…

GEA secures deal with NADEC to build new olive oil mill in Saudi Arabia

ASIA – GEA Group, leading supplier of technology for the food processing industry has secured a contract deal with the National Agricultural Development Company (NADEC) to build and supply the industrial equipment for a large olive oil mill in Saudi Arabia. GEA said the contract, valued at more than US$3.41 million (3 million euros) follows…

Buhler joins the World Business Council for Sustainable Development

SWITZERLAND – The milling equipment and service provider, Buhler has joined the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), a CEO-led organisation that looks to enhance a sustainable way of doing business. Buhler joins more than 200 company members of the organisation with a focus to address some of the world’s pressing challenges and transform…

Owens-Illinois to invest US$60m in expanding glass production facility in France

FRANCE - Owens-Illinois, Inc (O-I) has announced that it will invest about US$60 million to expand its glass production facility in Gironcourt, France as part of the planned investment in Europe. The company said the investment will enable it grow in premium segments, increase capability and flexibility, as well as improve the company's environmental footprint.…

Alapala’s R&D center receives innovation award from Turkish authorities

TURKEY - Alapala, one of the leading brands in flour milling equipment and mill projects has received the R&D Center Certificate from the Turkish Ministry of Industry and Technology. According to a World Grain report, Alapala will be able to expand its investments on innovative solutions for the agriculture and food industry with a focus…