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Global Closure Systems (GCS), a global injection moulding producer, has revealed its new ISO 7 cleanroom at its Astra Plastique factory in France during an open ‘Pharma Day’. 20 October 2014
Meusburger, based in Wolfurt, Austria, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year but it shows no sign of slowing down as it gets older. In fact, its growth has been accelerating in recent years. 17 October 2014
Germany-based Balda, a company specialising in injection moulded plastics, has announced its revenue has grown by 17.7 % to €70.5m in the 2013/2014 financial year from €59.9m the previous year. 10 October 2014
Swedish injection moulder Nolato has completed the latest €4.1m expansion project at its production plant in Mosonmagyaróvár in north western Hungary. 10 October 2014
German toy producer Märklin has completed its project to increase the output capacity of its plant in Győr, in Hungary’s western part, reported local news site Presseportal.de. The manufacturer invested some €9.4m in expanding and upgrading the production facility, which makes model trains with the use of various plastics. 9 October 2014
German mouldmaker and moulder Krallmann has focussed on integrated production systems and lightweight solutions. In this feature David Vink looks at the developments leading up to its participation at Fakuma 2014. 6 October 2014
US-based research company, Freedonia, has released a report estimating that the demand for caps and closures is expected to increase by 4% per year to hit $11.1bn (€8.57bn) in 2018. 2 October 2014
G&A Moulding Technology, the UK-based training and consultancy group, has been bought by RJG, a US-based firm which undertakes similar activities in the plastics industry. 1 October 2014
For years, Taiwan’s Foxconn Technology Group has been the world’s largest contract manufacturer for electronics, with more than 1 million employees worldwide churning out smartphones, tablets and gadgets for nearly every company in the global computer industry. Now it wants to sell you an injection moulding machine. 29 September 2014
Robert Bosch is set to pay €3bn and take full control of Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte (BSH), its joint venture with Siemens which is Europe’s largest manufacturer of appliances, including washing machines, refrigerators, ovens and vacuum cleaners. BSH is a significant producer of plastic components for its products and it operates 41 factories in 13 countries in Europe, the US, Latin America and Asia. 26 September 2014
The successful launch of the Under the Hood conference this week is the start of a season of automotive plastics innovation events organised by European Plastics News. High level speakers at the Frankfurt conference from Renault, Ford and Mann + Hummel discussed the rapidly growing market for plastics in the engine compartment, fluid systems and other demanding applications. The programme attracted delegates from leading car companies, including Nissan, Porsche, VW and Jaguar LandRover, while plastic component and system suppliers who attended included Röchling, ContiTech, Calsonic Kansei and Nifco. 24 September 2014
German hot runner manufacturer Ewikon is forming a private-label partnership with Gammaflux, Ewikon announced at a Technology Day held 23 September at its Rockford, US technical centre. 24 September 2014
European plastics car component producer Boryszew has signed a letter of intent to cooperate with the Japanese investment and trading conglomerate Mitsui & Co in developing lightweight automotive parts. This follows an earlier Boryszew deal in June when it purchased an 80% stake in Tensho Poland Corp, a plastics component moulder partly owned by Mitsui Group. 22 September 2014
Czech investment fund Lum-invest has acquired joint control of local injection moulder Bohm Plast-Technik. 22 September 2014
Nolato Medical has extended its controlled environment options to include a white room at its Nolato Contour plant in Baldwin, the US. 19 September 2014

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