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K Day Two: Packed halls, smiling exhibitors

By John Clark
Published: October 28th, 2010

As the K show moved to business in earnest, the halls were seemingly as full as they've ever been. The mood is upbeat, and more than once we had to avoid all the foot traffic by heading outside the halls to get to our destinations. But get there we did, and here's the news from the second day in Düsseldorf. We'll have more for you tomorrow, naturally.

Updated: K 2010—Opening day coverage

By John Clark
Published: October 27th, 2010

Düsseldorf: Undeterred by rail strikes in Germany and protests in France, exhibitors and attendees made their way to Düsseldorf and the K as the show opened its brightly lit exhibition halls this morning under rainy skies. Fortunately the local train service is not part of the intercity rail disruptions, and the U-Bahn cars heading to the fairgrounds were full.

Protests in France unsettle transportation, petrochemicals in advance of K

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 26th, 2010

Final preparations for K can be a daunting task in and of themselves, but French firms readying to attend the 2010 edition struggled with the additional burden of nation-wide protests of pension reform that dried up gas stations, blocked roads, shut down petrochemical plants, and froze mass transit throughout France.

Bunting adds sales operation in England

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 26th, 2010

Bunting Magnetics Co. (Newton, KS; Stand 10/H69) has announced it will open a new manufacturing and sales operation in Berkhamsted, England, creating a European foothold using its April 2008 acquisition, Magnet Applications, which has manufacturing operations in Berkhamsted and Dubois, PA. The new sales operation will be responsible for all transactions in the UK, the European Union, and Africa.

Rajoo announces collaborations with Bausano and Hosokawa Alpine

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 25th, 2010

Indian-based blown-film and sheet-extrusion supplier, Rajoo Engineers Ltd. (Rajkot) has expanded its geographic and technology reach with the announcement of collaborative agreements with Italian pipe/profile extruder supplier Bausano & Figli S.p.a (Rivarolo Canavese) and German film extruder technology supplier Hosokawa Alpine Aktiengesellschaft (Augsburg).

Raising the urgency of innovation

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 25th, 2010

Got a new product or process to take to market? Pera Innovation—with offices in the UK, Spain, Scandinavia, and Eastern Europe—is one of Europe's most successful agencies in industrial collaboration, research, and development. Pera brings innovation, companies, funding, and technology together in order to help new plastics ideas reach their full market potential.

To get a feel for how this works, we talked to Mark Gaddes of Pera (Melton Mowbray, England) about how it's done.

Is CaCO3 the answer to your applications' requirements?

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 25th, 2010

If that question comes up in your shop, then the K show this week is a great place to find your answer. Holly Hansen, VP Technical Services at Heritage Plastics Inc., is at her company's stand, Stand 8aK19, welcoming attendees and helping them with their questions on the use of calcium carbonate in their plastics processing lines.

New TPE compounding line for Teknor Apex

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 25th, 2010

The custom compounder comes to the K show this week with the announcement that it is installing a new compounding line for thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) as part of a program to broaden the company's capabilities to serve the European TPE market. Barry Galpin, sales director n the company's offices in England, made the announcement.

State governor visits Wisconsin molder, bringing money

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 23rd, 2010

Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle recently held a press conference at the plstics molding facility of TecStar Mfg., a subsidiary of the MGS Mfg. Group (Germantown, WI) to present a $3.75-million loan that will help the company expand its work force and buy equipment to bolster its ongoing business in the renewable and sustainable energy sector.

As K opens, German machine makers feel the wind at their backs

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 22nd, 2010

The K show is nigh and the timing again appears to be flawless, at least for machinery manufacturers from the host country, who collectively have lifted their growth forecast for the year to 15%. Just days before the show (Oct. 27-Nov. 3) begins in Düsseldorf, the VDMA Plastics and Rubber Machinery Assn. says it has raised its sales forecast for the current year from its previous estimate of 11%.

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