Chinaplas 2020 cancelled, rescheduled for April 2021 in Shenzhen
The show will now be held from April 13–16, 2021, at the Shenzhen World Exhibition and Convention Center in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province.
KraussMaffei re-opens in Germany after COVID-19 pause
As of April 20, work has resumed gradually “in compliance with the strictest hygiene measures,” the company said in a press release.
Wittmann, Engel restart production in Austria
Both companies are bringing production back online at facilities in Austria after having shut down due to COVID-19 fears.
Kautex produces 320-litre hydrogen liner in blow molding process
With a volume of 320 litres, the polyamide liner for hydrogen pressure vessels is an industry first, Kautex officials said.
Medical tubing makers ramp up production to meet demand for ventilators
Graham Engineering Corp. is accelerating delivery of extruders to address the in production by medical tubing manufacturers.
Wittmann Battenfeld USA cancels open house and technical symposium
The event had been scheduled to take place on September 24-25, 2020, at the company’s facility in Torrington, Conn.
UK plastics industry gets involved in fight against COVID-19
Plastics processors are supplying needed items and the British Plastics Federation has been liaising with key UK government departments.
Plastics Industry Association names three new vice presidents
The U.S.-based industry association is strengthening its organizational leadership with the announcement of three new executive appointments.
Kautex Maschinenbau appoints Julia Keller as new CFO
A business studies graduate who specialized in finance and human resources, Keller takes over from Frank Röhrlein, who will be retiring.
Rapid Granulator loans out equipment to medical suppliers
With trade shows cancelled, the Swedish company is making its rental machines available for free in a bid to support the medical industry in the fight against the COVID-19 virus.
Asaclean offering free technical support for essential businesses
The commercial purging compound supplier is offering free online – Skype, WhatsApp, and FaceTime – and telephone purge training sessions to any processor with a need.
CMI acquires artificial lumber maker Engineered Plastics Systems
Chicago-based EPS designs and manufactures HDPE board used in a variety of applications, primarily decking, railing, and park products.
Wittmann Group extends its manufacturing plant in Hungary
Wittmann Hungary’s production area will be expanded from 12,000 square meters to a total of 15,000 square meters.
Tank Holding acquires rotomolder Meese
Formerly MODRoto and Meese Orbitron Dunne, Meese is a manufacturer of bulk laundry and linen carts, material handling bins and containers, recycling bins, and recreational products.
Airlite Plastics expands capacity with Davis-Standard sheet line
The new line, installed in 2019, supports Airlite’s thin-gauge sheet production for products of various thicknesses and textures, including proprietary Orthoform sheet.
Haitian Group reports “good” results amid “difficult year for the global economy” in 2019
The China-based injection molding machine maker recorded an overall sales decrease of 9.6% last year compared to 2018, but still sold more than 32,000 units for the year ending Dec. 31, 2019.
U.S. injection molder Tessy Plastics gives $2,000 to each employee
The payments are intended to help workers with the New York state-based company get through the coronavirus pandemic.
Italian plastics machinery makers given permission to keep operating during COVID-19 pandemic
A new decree of the Italian President of the Council of Ministers gives all Italian manufacturers of plastics and rubber machinery permission to continue their activity, since they belong to a production chain defined as necessary.
Hillenbrand selling Cimcool business to DuBois Chemicals
The $224-million sale follows Hillenbrand’s strategic review of alternatives for the Cimcool metalcutting fluids business, which was part of Hillenbrand’s 2019 acquisition of Milacron Holdings Corp.
Italian startup 3D-prints medical valves to help COVID-19 patients
The valves were printed when the regular supplier wasn’t able to provide the devices to a hospital in Brescia, northern Italy, in time to meet sudden high demand.