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.
Good Natured Products buys Shepherd Thermoforming & Packaging
The $9.5 million acquisition includes all of Shepherd Thermoforming’s assets, including machinery, molds, and a 42,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Brampton, Ont.
Graham Engineering names Paul Lemmers as vice president of operations
Lemmers joins Graham Engineering following a 19 year career at Danaher/Fortive Corp., where he served in senior operations roles of progressing responsibility in four of its businesses.
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Kautex Machines names Admir Dobraca as new CEO
Dobraca succeeds Bill Farrant, who had served as CEO of the extrusion blow molding machinery maker from 2010 to early 2020.
Pregis buys Italian temporary protective films manufacturer Soprad
Going forward, Milan-based Soprad’s products will be marketed under the Pregis’ PolyMask brand
Antec 2020 conference will go ahead as planned in March, SPE says
The organization will put new measures in place to minimize the potential transmission of illnesses when the conference takes place from March 29-April 2 in San Antonio, Texas.
Private equity firm Nautic Partners buys pipe distributor Harrington Industrial Plastics
Nautic also acquired film and sheet maker and thermoformer Spartech LLC in October 2019.