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German-owned Craemer Group has launched production of plastic pallets in the UK at its national plant in Telford following a €9m investment project there last year. 24 June 2015
Austrian injection moulding machine manufacturer, Engel announced that it has become the exclusive machine manufacturing partner for Liquidmetal Technologies, the patent holder for a unique amorphous metal alloy. Liquidmetal has been the subject of much speculation in the consumer technology press for several years because Apple has the exclusive rights to use the alloy in consumer electronic devices and Swatch has the exclusive rights to use the alloy in watches. 22 June 2015
German plastic car parts maker Kayser Automotive Systems is planning to open a new production facility in Poland. The firm recently won a tender to purchase a land plot in the Wałbrzyska special economic zone (WSSE), located in the country’s southern part. 22 June 2015
Poland’s plastic car parts maker Izo-Blok has announced plans to increase its output at the factory in Chorzów, in Poland’s southern region of Silesia. 19 June 2015
Arburg officially opened its gleaming new US headquarters in Rocky Hill, Connecticut, on June 16-17, drawing 160 customers and suppliers to the glass-walled building in Rocky Hill. 19 June 2015
German cleaning equipment manufacturer Kärcher has announced plans to invest €20m in setting up a new production facility in Curtea de Argeș, in Romania’s southern part. The factory will produce vacuum cleaners and is expected to employ about 250 staff. Under the plan, the manufacturing project is to be completed by mid-2016. 18 June 2015
German injection moulder Balda said it could take a sizable hit, up to 10% of sales, as a result of losing business of an eyewear manufacturer at its US factories, which operate as Balda C. Brewer Inc. 18 June 2015
West Pharmaceutical Services, the US-based medical packaging group, has begun building work on a new factory in Ireland. 17 June 2015
Italy-based manufacturers of injection moulding machines took the opportunity to show their expertise at Plast 2015, which took place in Milan in May. 17 June 2015
Saint-Gobain’s Performance Plastics division is expanding its manufacturing facility in Portage, Wisconsin, in the US, with an $11m (€10m) investment that will create 42 jobs. 17 June 2015
Milacron LLC gave out more details about its proposed initial public stock offering, including the number of shares of common stock — 14,285,714 — and the venue — the New York Stock Exchange. 16 June 2015
Frank Stieler has been named CEO of machinery manufacturer KraussMaffei Group, the Munich-based company announced June 15. Stieler will replace Jan Siebert, who has led the company since January 2012. Siebert is leaving at his own request, effective July 26. Stieler’s previous experience includes top management positions, including at Lurgi, Siemens and Hochtief. 16 June 2015
Preh, the German-based supplier of injection moulded electronic controls to automotive companies, has announced that it is investing €11m in a new R&D centre at its headquarters in Bad Neustadt, Germany. The extension will be around 81,806 square feet states the company. 9 June 2015
Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies will invest about $8.6m (€7.6m) to expand its automotive sealing facility in Findlay to accommodate increased customer requirements for quality components. 9 June 2015
Carbon fibre has been seen as too expensive and in too short supply for mass application. But, as David Vink reports in this feature, injection moulding compounds now benefit from waste fibre sources, as shown at the VDI Plastics in Automotive Engineering conference. 8 June 2015


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