Plastics Processes

October 3, 2012 News

Graham Group buys controlling interest in American Kuhne

by Canadian Plastics

Graham Group, the parent company of U.S. blow molding equipment maker Graham Engineering, has purchased controlling interest in American Kuhne, a manufacturer of extruders, screws, and integrated extrusion systems.

October 1, 2012 Feature

Building (or rebuilding) A Better Materials Handling System

by Mark Stephen, editor

Just like that killer double-breasted suit probably does with your wardrobe, materials represent your single largest expense as a plastics processor. You didn’t sew the suit yourself just to save a few bucks, so why scrimp on having a…

October 1, 2012 Feature


by Mark Stephen, editor

The survey, consisting of 33 questions, was emailed in August 2012 to approximately 160 moldmakers across Canada in the Canadian Plastics database, as well as to members of the Canadian Association of Mold Makers (CAMM). We received 23…

October 1, 2012 Feature

Gate Crashers

by Mark Stephen, editor

Fact: Valve gating has become the preferred method of gating for precision molders, offering a more stable injection process without stringing and drooling of the melt. And these are particularly interesting times for valves gates: two themes…

October 1, 2012 Feature

Making a Mark with Liquid Colorant

by Mark Stephen, editor

Any plastics processor out there who doesn’t want to gain a competitive advantage, raise your hand. Nobody, right? Well, interest in one potential advantage is on the rise: A growing number of molders are considering liquid colorants as a…

September 26, 2012 News

Onex buys KraussMaffei for US$730 million; KM relocates Netstal brand to Kentucky

by Canadian Plastics

Onex Corp., Canada’s largest buyout firm, has purchased processing machinery manufacturer KraussMaffei Group from Madison Capital Partners for US$730 million (€568 million).

September 22, 2012 News

Milacron names Tom Goeke as new CEO

by Canadian Plastics

Machinery maker Milacron LLC has named Tom Goeke as its new CEO, replacing Dennis Smith.

September 21, 2012 News

Chinese bidder considering buying KraussMaffei Group: Reuters

by Canadian Plastics

A Chinese machinery group is reportedly in exclusive talks with Chicago-based investment firm Madison Capital to buy its German rival KraussMaffei Technologies, according to a story by the Reuters news agency.

September 20, 2012 News

Bunting Magnetics Europe buys UK magnet maker

by Canadian Plastics

The European manufacturing and sales arm of Bunting Magnetics Co. has purchased England-based magnetic products maker E-Magnets UK Ltd.

September 5, 2012 News

Extrusion equipment makers Gloucester and Dolci to share winding technology

by Canadian Plastics

Extrusion and converting equipment maker Gloucester Engineering Co. Inc. (GEC) and Italy-based Dolci Extrusion S.r.l have made an agreement to share winding technology and offer customers the choice of either GEC or Dolci winders for their…

August 31, 2012 News

GO WEST: Eyeing expansion, Quebec’s Polykar installs high-efficiency bag-converting system

by Canadian Plastics

Saint-Laurent, Que.-based Polykar is a bit of a rare bird: the garbage bag, food packaging and polyethylene film maker sells exclusively in Canada through a network of distributors.

August 26, 2012 News

L&T to sell plastic machinery business to Japan’s Toshiba

by Canadian Plastics

In a move to continue exiting non-core businesses, engineering and construction giant Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has sold its entire stake in injection molding machine maker L&T Plastics Machinery (LTPML) to Japan-based processing…

August 22, 2012 News

DME names new Canadian sales manager

by Canadian Plastics

Mold technology provider DME Company has a new Canadian sales manager.

August 16, 2012 News

Compressor maker Sullair bought by private equity firms

by Canadian Plastics

Compressor manufacturer Sullair Corporation is being sold by United Technologies Corp (UTC) to private equity firms Carlyle Group and BC Partners.

August 12, 2012 News

Ontario engraving shop installs rare laser ablation system

by Canadian Plastics

A small industrial engraving company in Windsor, Ont., has gone where almost no other Canadian job shop has gone before: it’s offering laser ablation services for moldmakers.

August 8, 2012 News

Ontario blown film equipment maker Techflow moves to new facility

by Canadian Plastics

Blown film machinery and plastic extrusion equipment maker Techflow Design & Manufacturing Inc., is expanding to a new facility in Mississauga, Ont.

July 25, 2012 News

Reifenhuser splits into two business units

by Canadian Plastics

The business units of German extrusion equipment maker Reifenhäuser Extrusion GmbH & Co. KG have been divided into two independent companies, one to handle extruders and wood-plastic composites, the other to handle cast film.

July 18, 2012 News

Synventive Molding sold to Barnes Group for US$335 million

by Canadian Plastics

Hot runner system manufacturer Synventive Molding Solutions has been bought for US$335 million by Barnes Group Inc., an aerospace and industrial manufacturing and service provider.

July 9, 2012 News

ROBOTS: A matter of control

by Canadian Plastics

Underperformance is a drag. Ever go to the movies and watch an actor clearly phoning in his lines, or to a concert and listen as the singer just goes through the motions? Irritating, right? Now imagine that you’re a plastics part molder,…

July 2, 2012 News

John Martich named as new COO of Sumitomo Demag in U.S.

by Canadian Plastics

Injection press maker Sumitomo (SHI) Demag has appointed John F. Martich III as chief operating officer of the company’s two U.S. operations: Sumitomo (SHI) Plastics Machinery (America) LLC in Norcross, Ga., and Van Dorn Demag Corp. in…