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Japan Steel Works has purchased 80% of the shares of South Korean compounding extruder maker SM Platek, and made SMP a consolidated subsidiary of the Tokyo-based JSW on 8 May. 22 May 2015
Italy-based Bandera, a plastics extrusion company, has officially opened its new Italian R&D centre in conjunction with Plast 2015 on 8 May. 18 May 2015
In this Q&A feature for PNE Ulrich Reifenhäuser, managing director of Reifenhäuser, says he sees some good signs in the European market, but that the USA is the highlight for Reifenhäuser Group among the global markets in which it operates. 15 May 2015
Greiner, the Austria-based plastic packaging and foams producer, has announced that sales in its 2014 fiscal year were 2% higher at €1.32bn. "Strategic alignment with our core competencies and expansion into new markets are our engine for growth," said CEO Axel Kühner. Most of Greiner’s divisions grew according to plan, with the exception of Greiner Tool.Tec, which faced difficult market conditions. 1 May 2015
In 2014, Turkish manufacturers of plastic construction materials increased their sales by 1.6% to some $7.345bn (€6.528bn) in 2014, according to data released by Turkey’s plastics industry association PlasFed. The companies also managed to raise their export sales by 2.7% to $1.825bn (€1.622bn), the Istanbul-based association said in a statement. 1 May 2015
Polish pipe and cable producer Radpol is planning to increase output at its factory in Kolonia Prawiedniki, in Poland’s south-eastern part, as a result of its planned merger with Finpol Rohr, which Radpol’s parent group acquired in 2013. 1 May 2015
TSM Control Systems is teaming up with Kdesign to launch a technical partnership that can offer an overall line control system for blown film producers. 29 April 2015
Russian plastics extruder Evropolimer has revealed plans for major investments and manufacturing expansion worth more than €6m over the next five years. 23 April 2015
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

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