Industry Briefs

Rigid packaging distributor TricorBraun has opened a new office in Mexico City. The company’s 34th office will focus operations on rigid packaging design, development, and distribution for markets in Mexico, South and Central America, and the Caribbean. Peter Retos, senior vice president for global strategies, and Carlos Acedo-Moreno, the general manager, will head up the company’s first facility in Mexico. . . . BridgeNet Solutions (Chicago) has been certified by the ISO, holding the supply-chain logistics management company to internationally accepted standards. The company plans to develop its web-based Xonar and Track and View data analysis programs in line with such standards. . . . An Association of Industrial Metallizers, Coaters, and Laminators (AIMCAL) 2009 Sustainability Award has been given to Unifoil Corp. (Fairfield, NJ) for the association’s inaugural competition. The company’s UniLustre paper and paperboard and UltraLustre plastics were honored for material minimization and other sustainability practices. . . . Unicep Packaging Inc. (UPI; Sandpoint, ID) has been awarded a three-year contract with GlaxoSmithKline to package a line of personal care products. The two companies worked on a transfer process over the last several months, and UPI began shipping to GSK’s Memphis distribution center in March. . . . Wavetrend Technologies Ltd. (Orlando, FL) RFID readers are now fully compatible with Microsoft’s BizTalk Server 2009. The software device kits for the readers RX300, RX900, and RX1000, able to interface with Microsoft’s previous server release, now work with the updated platform. . . . Pharmaceutical distributor Dik Drug Co. has renewed its multiple-year subscription to pharmaceutical traceability software and services provided by SupplyScape Corp. Dik extended its license and upgraded to the SupplyScape Nexus to expedite pedigree exchange across the supply chain and improve communication with trading partners. . . . The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) has offered to grant nearly $80 billion in discounts to Medicare beneficiaries over the next decade to reduce overall healthcare costs. In response, the Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council released a statement saying that greater savings can be achieved by taking immediate steps help people take prescription drugs properly.

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