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Industry News (1/2/08)


H.B. Fuller Co. recently announced the sale of its entire stake in its automotive joint venture to the principal joint venture partner, EMS CHEMIE Holding AG of Switzerland.

The company first announced the sale of the business last October and will present the results of its automotive joint venture as “Discontinued Operations” for all periods reported.

H.B. Fuller Co. is a leading worldwide manufacturer and marketer of adhesives, sealants, paints, and other specialty chemical products, with fiscal 2006 net revenue of $1.472 billion. Its common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol FUL.

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Nordson Corp. has announced that it recently earned a 2007 Oscar de l’Emballage Production Equipment Award for PatternJet, an innovative labeling system used in the global packaging industry.

Nordson wraparound labeling systems with PatternJet guns are designed for high-speed labeling of containers in various shapes and sizes. The closed, non-circulating labeling system accurately controls temperature and prevents adhesive degradation and contamination. Gear-to-line pump technology consistently applies adhesive at any line speed to reduce adhesive waste and eliminate angel hair. Compared to traditional wheel pot applicators, the Nordson labeling system delivers higher operational efficiency, significant adhesive savings, and lower total cost of ownership.

The 52nd Oscar de l’Emballage Awards event took place in November at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Paris, France. More than 250 industry members attended the ceremony where the 14 winners were announced. The judging panel considered 100 nominations based on technical innovation, design and trade performance in four packaging categories: consumables, distribution, production, and environment.

“We are pleased to accept such a prestigious award for the PatternJet labeling system,” said Jean-Claude Cheminand-Serre, general manager for Nordson France. “The PatternJet labeling system has seen great success in the food and beverage industries due to its unmatched ability to reduce operational costs and increase efficiency in labeling applications.”

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Saiden Technologies Inc., Sanford, NC, has named Frank Jennings of the Jennings Group LLC as its representative in the Northeast & Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. With offices located in the Philadelphia area, the Jennings Group will work to commercialize Saiden’s extensive line of water-based acrylics.

Jennings brings extensive experience in the tape, label and flexible packaging arena to Saiden. In the past 15 years, he has been employed in various technical sales and marketing positions at Ashland, Inc., Rexam Release, and Avery Dennison. He most recently served as vice president of Sales & Marketing at Valpac Inc.


Company officials at tesa tape inc., a global leader in the manufacture and supply of pressure-sensitive adhesive tapes, were recently presented with the 2007 Vendor of the Year award by one of the company’s national distributors, AIM Supply. This recognition marks the second time in three years that tesa tape has been honored with this award.

Select tesa representatives, including Vice President – Industrial Gary Watkins, were presented with the award at AIM Supply’s annual vendor appreciation banquet, which is part of a three-day exposition and open house held at AIM’s headquarters in Largo, FL.

The criteria for the Vendor of the Year award include measurements of field support, sales growth and marketing support. Finalists are considered by AIM’s management group, which ultimately chooses the winner via a voting process.

Together, tesa tape inc. and Aim Supply representatives provide products and support to manufacturers and suppliers within transportation industries, including marine, bus, truck, and RVs.

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