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Bolstered by strong growth in its electric and two-platen offerings, China-based Haitian International the country’s biggest maker of injection moulding equipment, posted modest sales growth in the first half of the year. Overall sales for the first half was CNY3.85bn (€533m), up 1% on the same period last year. Net profit was up 2.9% to CNY657m (€91m). 28 August 2015
US luggage producer Samsonite has launched a project to expand its production facility in Szekszárd, in Hungary’s southern part. The investment is estimated to be worth some HUF 2.4bn (€7.6m), reports local news agency MTI. 26 August 2015
Plastek Industries is moving into Mexico with the acquisition of IPG, an injection moulder and assembler in Querétaro. 26 August 2015
Technical component manufacturer Burk Plastics Technology has continued to expand its production capacity with the installation of two more Engel injection moulding machines at its plant in Germany. 20 August 2015
Portugal’s car parts maker Simoldes Plásticos has completed the construction of a new production hall in Lipovka, in the Czech Republic’s northern part, and is currently recruiting staff for the facility, reports local news weekly Prague Post. 17 August 2015
Automotive OEMs continue optimising plastics potential under the hood, in interiors and bodywork. In this feature for Plastics News Europe David Vink reviews progress reported at the VDI Plastics in Automotive Engineering conference and elsewhere. 11 August 2015
Freudenberg & Co is delving deeper into the medical moulding world with a new brand for its Helix Medical and MedVenture businesses. 11 August 2015
Deceuninck North America is expanding the options it offers customers needing compounding expertise beyond blending, saying it can help make their manufacturing operations more efficient and their products perform better. 10 August 2015
Balda is consolidating its four US manufacturing sites into two California locations, but it says the move will increase production space, including tripling its clean room space at a new facility targeting the medical market. 7 August 2015
A Belgian pet products manufacturer is set to establish its first US manufacturing operations in Gaffney, South Carolina.
3 August 2015
Amidst the growing complexity of automobile electrical and electronic systems, Delphi Automotive will boost that part of its business and expand in similar markets through the acquisition of HellermannTyton Group. Delphi said 30 July that it agreed to pay €1.07bn for HellermannTyton, a 45% premium on the stock price at the previous day’s close and 14.7 times earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA). 3 August 2015
Tekmart International has purchased the excess injection moulding assets of a Foxconn facility located in Komaron, Hungary, and plans to auction the equipment. 31 July 2015
Husky Injection Molding Systems has named Gerardo Chiaia, a 21-year veteran of the Bolton, Ontario, Canada-based machinery manufacturer, as president of global beverage packaging. 28 July 2015
Bolstered by strong results for the first half of 2015 and a surge in new orders from automotive customers, Plastic Omnium has said it now expects to reach a €7bn sales target in 2017 rather than 2018 as it previously announced. The group said its six-month sales growth was driven by Europe where its sales rose 6.9% at constant exchange rates.  23 July 2015
Stork IMM in the Netherlands, which specialises in injection moulding machines for packaging applications, has signed an agreement to sell top-entry Cartesian robots made by Sepro under the Stork brand name. The deal, which covers worldwide markets, has emerged from “a friendly relationship in recent years”, said Stork and France-based Sepro. 23 July 2015

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