Harpak-ULMA has agreed to provide smart, connected packaging machines under the Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork programme.

The partnership will allow Rockwell to deliver Harpak’s ULMA Thermoformer lines with its Integrated Architecture production control and information system.

The packaging machines are integrated with internet of things (IoT) and augmented reality platforms developed by PTC.

Headquartered in Massachusetts, US, Harpak-ULMA provides packaging line solutions for food, medical, bakery, and other industrial products.

Greencore Group has agreed to sell its frozen contract packaging business in the US to Hearthside Food Solutions for $1.075bn.

Greencore USA produces refrigerated, freshly made sandwiches, entrées, and salad kits at its 13 plants across North America.

Scheduled to be completed by November, the deal will help expand the Hearthside production network to 38 plants across the US and Europe, supporting the company’s business growth.

“The deal will help expand the Hearthside production network to 38 plants across the US and Europe, supporting the company’s business growth.”

Based in Illinois, US, Hearthside Food Solutions provides contract manufacturing services for baked goods and bars.

Duni has acquired a 75% interest in plant-based packaging and disposable food service solutions developer BioPak, based in Australia, for Skr410m ($45.76m).

The company will also acquire an additional 5% of the shares for approximately Skr24m ($2.7m) after two years and will exercise a put-and-call option for another 20% after five years.

Based in Sweden, Duni is involved in the design, production and marketing of table setting and take-away products.

Duni will expand its business both within and outside of the Asia-Pacific region.

Elanders Group has signed an agreement to sell Elanders Beijing Printing to The Edelmann Group, a German board and paper packaging solutions provider.

The acquisition of Elanders Beijing Printing will provide Edelmann with packaging production opportunities involving folding cartons and rigid boxes for beauty care and consumer brands in China.

The transaction is scheduled to close towards the end of the year and will increase Edelmann’s production network to 21 facilities.