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Arburg makes noise at World Cup

Injection molding machine supplier Arburg GmbH has been hitting a controversial note lately, as its Allrounder...


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June 26, 2010 by Canadian Plastics

Injection molding machine supplier Arburg GmbH has been hitting a controversial note lately, as its Allrounder machines are being used to make the notorious vuvuzela plastic horns sported by fans at the World Cup soccer games in South Africa.

 

Cape Town, South Africa-based plastics processor Sandeplast has been using Allrounder I/M machines to make vuvuzelas since 2001, but never made much of an international noise with the products – until now, when the horns have become perhaps the most famous aspect of the ongoing tournament.

 

Love the vuvuzelas or hate them, Lossburg, Germany-based Arburg has nonetheless decided to get some publicity from its role in the horns’ production.  

 

A recent Arburg press release outlioned the production process: “Using a total of 13 injection molds and several Allrounders, around 4.5 million multi-piece vuvuzelas have been produced in the relevant national colours, such as black, red and gold for Germany,” Arburg said. “The fan items are produced for distributor Urbas Kehrberg Gmbh. Sandeplast uses an Allrounder 720 S to produce the end piece, an Allrounder 570 C for the middle section, an Allrounder 420 C for the mouthpiece, and a further Arburg machine to make the silencer.”

 

A Reuters news clip on vuvuzela production (in German) can be seen at this link.