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Finnish plastics pipes company Uponor reported improved figures for its Q2 period. Despite struggles in Europe, it was on the other side of the Atlantic where business and prospects shone brightest. Sales rose €13m year-on-year to €278m, improving its bottom line by €6m to €23m, reflected in its higher margin of 8.4% (Q2 2014: 6.5%). 23 July 2015
William Beckett Plastics, the Sheffield, UK-based plastics packaging group, has been bought for an undisclosed sum by Mocap, a US-headquartered plastic tube producer. 16 July 2015
UK-based manufacturer of plastic fasteners HellermannTyton has launched the construction works on its first production facility in Poland. The factory will be located in Kotunia, in the country’s western part. 16 July 2015
FDM, which makes material handling equipment for extrusion, is more than doubling its manufacturing space in Germany, by moving into a 20,400-square-foot plant in a Troisdorf industrial park. 16 July 2015
Australian packaging giant Amcor has acquired Packaging India in a $26.4m (€23.9m) deal. 15 July 2015
CCL Industries of the US is teaming with Korsini-SAF of Turkey to build a $20m (€18m) in-mould label plant in Memphis, Tennessee. 14 July 2015
Polish cable producer Elmat has secured a permission to carry out an investment worth about 20m zloty (€4.7m) at its production facility in the Euro-Park Mielec special economic zone, in the country’s southern region of Podkarpacie. 10 July 2015
Ashaway, Rhode Island, has become the “centre of excellence” in extrusion for Graham Engineering Corp., which comprises the Welex sheet line business, American Kuhne extruders and systems, and Graham blow molding machines. 10 July 2015
The European Commission has approved the acquisition of PVC compounds and profiles producer Kem One Innovative Vinyls, based in France, by OpenGate Capital Group Europe. It added that its state aid investigation into the finance package for the Kem One SAS upstream business is continuing. 10 July 2015
American Kuhne showed at NPE 2015 how its Single-Minute Exchange of Die (SMED) can reduce downtime in tubing, profile, wire and cable and other small-die production lines with three new features. 7 July 2015
Battenfeld-Cincinnati has worked with a partner in the coating industry to develop its new STC (superior tungsten carbide) anti-wear coating for extruder screws and barrels. 1 July 2015
Pantex International is setting up a perforated hygienic films production plant in Simpsonville, South Carolina, its first in North America. 22 June 2015
Quanex Building Products chief executive Bill Griffiths said he “jumped at the chance” to buy vinyl window profile extruder HL Plastics. 22 June 2015
GF Piping Systems, part of the GF (formerly Georg Fischer) group in Switzerland, has won a substantial order for pipe systems to equip cruise liners. 18 June 2015
Arkema said it plans to divest its Sunclear plastic and aluminium sheet distribution business to BF Invest, a historical commercial partner of Sunclear. 18 June 2015


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