Molding systems maker Ettlinger fetes 30 years, but best is yet to come

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 7th, 2014

As it celebrates the big three-0 this month, Ettlinger Kunststoffmaschinen GmbH (Königsbrunn, Germany) isn't about to rest on its laurels as a maker of injection molding machines and melt filters. In fact, its customers won't let it. Growing global demand for its services means that it must continue its aggressive international expansion even as it commemorates its achievements.

Auxiliary machinery manufacturer Piovan celebrates 50 years in business

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 4th, 2014

Piovan, an Italian manufacturer of a complete range of auxiliary equipment and services, including feeding, blending, drying, and recycling systems, is celebrating 50 years as a machinery supplier to the plastics industry.

New closure lining system combines throughput and flexibility

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 3rd, 2014

Italian maker of molds and assembly systems for thermoplastic products Gefit S.p.A. (Alessandria) has introduced a closure lining machine that can cut and assemble as many as 200 liners per minute. Closures in a range of dimensions can be processed flexibly and precisely.

The fully electric unit can process closures in diameters ranging from 18 to 130 mm, with changeovers taking no longer than 20 minutes. The programmable unit is equipped with separate brushless motors for cutting and tearing operations.

Sonics & Materials celebrates 45 years of ultrasonic welding

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 31st, 2014

Supplier of plastics welding systems Sonics & Materials Inc. (Newtown, CT) celebrated its 45th anniversary on March 20 with a gala luncheon in the company of local, state, and federal officials. The festivities included remarks from Governor Dannel Malloy, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, Newtown First Selectman E. Patricia Llodra, and a representative from Senator Richard Blumenthal's office.

Dew-point control system now standard in Luxor A granule dryers

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 20th, 2014

Motan-colortronic GmbH (Friedrichsdorf, Germany) has announced that its ATTN automated temperature and dew-point control system is now a standard feature of the company's Luxor A range of dryers.

Japan hosts plastics event in 2014

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 18th, 2014

Held every three years, the International Plastic Fair Japan will welcome more than 700 exhibitors to the Makuhari Messe from October 28 to November 1, 2014. Upwards of 43,000 visitors are expected to attend to learn about new developments in materials, molding equipment and related parts and ancillary systems, metrology equipment, semifinished and finished parts, and more.

Chinaplas returns to Shanghai in April

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 5th, 2014

According to the statistics of Chinese customs, the cumulated amount of plastic products exported from January to July in 2013 increased by 13.7%, compared to 2012 and this increment has decreased by 4.4% on a month-to-month basis.

NPE2015 space draw results handily beat 2012 numbers

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 5th, 2014

We knew anecdotally that the NPE2015 space draw was having a banner year when PlasticsToday attended the event in Orlando, FL, a couple of weeks ago. Now, SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association has released the numbers to prove it.

Did subsidies contribute to the demise of the Australian auto industry?

By Stephen Moore
Published: February 17th, 2014

Toyota Australia's decision to cease manufacturing in 2017 will likely mean the complete demise of the Australian automotive industry if radical new thinking is not undertaken by all industry stakeholders. So says a statement from the Federation of Automotive Products Manufacturers(Melbourne, Australia). And at least one party claims generous subsidies may have contributed to the industry's downfall by "dulling incentives to improve productivity, seek export opportunities, and diversify into other industries."

Web-enabled auxiliary equipment unchains plastics processors

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: February 13th, 2014

Conair continued its rollout of Web-enabled machine controls at PLASTEC West this week. After introducing the concept last year on some of its auxiliary equipment, the company chose the 2014 event to showcase its TrueFeed gravimetric blenders that now can be accessed via Internet-connected devices. Plastics processors are now free to move about the country and beyond, says Doug Brewster, Product Manager, Conveying.

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