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Milacron says WPC demand will help rebuild its global extrusion presence

February 24, 2006

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Milacron says WPC demand will help rebuild its global extrusion presence

At Milacron (Batavia, OH), the largest U.S.-based manufacturer of plastics processing machinery, the new director of international business development for the Cincinnati Milacron extruder business, Herb Hutchison, spoke with MPW during the Milan leg of a three-week overseas tour that had just taken him to the Indiaplas exhibition the week prior. Hutchison joined Milacron late last year from profile extrusion processor Crane Plastics.

Hutchison said Milacron predicts its experience in machines for wood/plastic composites (WPC) will ease its access back into international markets. Milacron claims to have the largest installed base of extruders for WPC profile extrusion. "In Europe wood composites are our entry," he said. The firm also intends to highlight its WPC experience at Chinaplas in April, he said, predicting that WPC pallets fabricated of extruded boards could be the next big WPC application, with China a potentially huge market for these.

In late 1999 SMS Plastics Technology (Düsseldorf, Germany) acquired the Vienna, Austria-based Cincinnati Extrusion extruder manufacturing business of competitor Milacron, and a non-compete agreement between Cincinnati Extrusion and Milacron ensured neither firm would sell extruders in the other''s home markets for five years. That agreement ended in January 2005 and both firms are now aggressively re-entering those once verboten geographies.

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