Graham Group buys controlling interest in American Kuhneby 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.
Building (or rebuilding) A Better Materials Handling Systemby 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…
Four-Warnedby 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…
Gate Crashersby 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…
Making a Mark with Liquid Colorantby 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…
Onex buys KraussMaffei for US$730 million; KM relocates Netstal brand to Kentuckyby 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).
Milacron names Tom Goeke as new CEOby Canadian Plastics
Machinery maker Milacron LLC has named Tom Goeke as its new CEO, replacing Dennis Smith.
Chinese bidder considering buying KraussMaffei Group: Reutersby 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.
Bunting Magnetics Europe buys UK magnet makerby Canadian Plastics
The European manufacturing and sales arm of Bunting Magnetics Co. has purchased England-based magnetic products maker E-Magnets UK Ltd.
Extrusion equipment makers Gloucester and Dolci to share winding technologyby 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…
GO WEST: Eyeing expansion, Quebec’s Polykar installs high-efficiency bag-converting systemby 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.
L&T to sell plastic machinery business to Japan’s Toshibaby 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…
DME names new Canadian sales managerby Canadian Plastics
Mold technology provider DME Company has a new Canadian sales manager.
Compressor maker Sullair bought by private equity firmsby Canadian Plastics
Compressor manufacturer Sullair Corporation is being sold by United Technologies Corp (UTC) to private equity firms Carlyle Group and BC Partners.
Ontario engraving shop installs rare laser ablation systemby 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.
Ontario blown film equipment maker Techflow moves to new facilityby Canadian Plastics
Blown film machinery and plastic extrusion equipment maker Techflow Design & Manufacturing Inc., is expanding to a new facility in Mississauga, Ont.
Reifenhuser splits into two business unitsby 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.
Synventive Molding sold to Barnes Group for US$335 millionby 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.
ROBOTS: A matter of controlby 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,…
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…