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Germany-based Reifenhäuser, a major manufacturer of extrusion equipment, has announced that it is acquiring Enka Tecnica, a German spinneret manufacturer and its longstanding supplier. 17 April 2015
In what is being hailed as an “industry first”, US-based extrusion and conversion company Davis-Standard and Dow Europe have developed an in-line cast pre-stretch film technology. 13 April 2015
John Levinson, President of RheTech Inc., which was recently acquired by Swedish rubber compounder Hexpol, was positive about the partnership when speaking at Booth S15119 at NPE. 2 April 2015
Uponor Corp, the Finland-based maker of plastic pipe systems for plumbing, underfloor heating and cooling and infrastructure, announced March 30 that its subsidiary, Uponor Infra, has sold its machinery business, Extron Engineering, to Mecanor, in Lahti, Finland. 31 March 2015
Hungarian flexible packaging producer Sipospack is investing nearly €3m in an expansion project at a new site at Sóskút in central Hungary to raise its production capacity. 30 March 2015
German plastic parts maker Mecalit is aiming to expand its production facility in Łódź, in Poland’s central part. Under the plan, the manufacturer will invest at least 12m zloty (€2.9m) and increase the factory’s workforce by some 20 employees. 27 March 2015
Coperion, the German compounding technology group, will move its Chinese manufacturing to a new facility in the Nanjing Jiangning District in September 2015. 27 March 2015
Polish PVC window maker Drutex is aiming to double its output capacity in the near future as a result of increased demand for the company’s products in a number of foreign markets, according to Leszek Gierszewski, the owner and chief executive of Drutex. 24 March 2015
The Italian plastics and rubber machinery industry saw improvement in 2014, according to trade association Assocomaplast, which released annual figures in a statement headed “The sector is healthy: signs all positive in 2014”. The value of production for Italian plastics and rubber machinery, equipment and moulds improved by 2.6% from €3.90bn in 2013 to €4.00bn in 2014, according to estimates based on information from the group’s member companies. One-third of member companies are optimistic about 2015. 23 March 2015
X-Compound, a Swiss company which undertakes turnkey compounding plant projects, has new senior managers following the end of a transitional period in place since the company was acquired by Troester Group of Germany in 2011. 20 March 2015
Hungarian plastics processor Ongropack is operating a new Krauss Maffei Berstorff extrusion line for the production of both compact and foamed sheet at its plant in Kazincbarcika, Hungary. 18 March 2015
Romanian PVC window and door maker Izotec Group has announced plans to significantly expand its exports to Western Europe in 2015, following the release of the company’s improved financial results for last year, reports local business daily Ziarul Financiar. 13 March 2015
Materials firm Solvay is working with composites maker 3A Composites to produce specialty foam materials for advanced transportation uses. The alliance will result in 3A adding additional foam extrusion capacity in the US That new capacity is expected to come onstream in 2016, officials with both firms said in a 10 March news release. 11 March 2015
Amut, the Novara, Italy-based maker of extruders, thermoforming machines and plastics recycling equipment, has acquired the Italian company that makes Dolci and Bielloni packaging equipment. 26 February 2015
An increasingly competitive polyester films market is prompting Teijin DuPont Films Japan (TDFJ) to close its Gifu, Japan, manufacturing facility, Tokyo-based Teijin announced on 15 January. 19 January 2015

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