Senior professionals at Actega and Stolle Machinery honoured at Latamcan

Geraldo Teixeira from Stolle Brazil (left) accepts the Lifetime Achievement Award for Jim Sterling from Latamcan’s organiser Raul Martinez

As a celebration of his 22 years at US canmaking equipment manufacturer Stolle Machinery, Jim Sterling received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Latamcan 2022 trade show which took place in São Paulo, Brazil.

The award was presented at the closing dinner and ceremony on 13 May. Stolle Brazil’s director of sales and services Geraldo Teixeira accepted the award on Sterling’s behalf.

Jim Sterling began his career with Owens Illinois in 1975. In the next 25 years he held various positions at Miller Brewing and Reynolds Metal. In 2000, Sterling joined Alcoa Packaging Machinery (APM) as a product director for Reynolds Can Machines. After APM was renamed Stolle Machinery in 2004, Jim served as a senior product director, senior director of large equipment projects and customer training director. He retired from the position at the end of 2021.

Reading Sterling’s acceptance speech, Teixeira said: “I have seen the list of people who have received this award in the past. These are the people over the years I have listened to, admired, and tried to emulate. I am honoured to be considered for this prestigious award and my name be added to this list of can industry people who have made a difference.”

Actega’s Antonio Galhardo has also been recognised with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his extensive expertise with two- and three-piece can coatings.

The Brazilian chemist has more than 40 years experience in R&D, technical assistance, manufacturing processes, new applications and new products for can coatings in Brazil, South America and Asia.

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