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Italian plastics equipment major Negri Bossi may “bring significant manufacturing of injection moulding machines back to the United States” following its acquisition by a US-based equipment firm. 17 April 2014
Italian plastics equipment major Sacmi Group’s offerings are getting a US identity. Sacmi has sold its plastics division to Kingsbury, a machinery firm based in Rush, New York, for undisclosed terms. The deal became official on 11 April, when Sacmi announced it. 15 April 2014
Engel Holding has formed a new subsidiary in China that will sell injection moulding machinery in Asia under a new brand name: Wintec. The Schwertberg, Austria-based machinery company announced the news 10 April. 14 April 2014
French injection moulder Actuaplast has launched a new production facility in Dongguan, China, and is planning to set up a new plant in Detroit, US, according to Ronan Pérennou, the company’s chief executive. 2 April 2014
Einbeck, Germany-based Kayser Automotive Systems opened its first design and sales office in India in December, and recently received clearance to open production in the country soon. 1 April 2014
Headlight maker Varroc Group is looking to get further into lighting for scooters and motorcycles following its acquisition of an 80% stake in Italy’s Triom. 1 April 2014
Polands industrial group Boryszew has signed a letter of intent to acquire a 80% stake in the Japanese-owned injection moulder Tensho Poland Corporation (TPC), the group said in a filing to the Warsaw stock exchange (WSE). 31 March 2014
Once again at Arburg’s Technology Days the tiny Black Forest town of Lossburg became a global plastics mecca, as 6,800 visitors descended on the event, held 19-22 March. 31 March 2014
Engel Holding, the Austria-based maker of injection moulding machines and robots, will open a second plant in China — an operation in Changzhou to make injection presses, auxiliary equipment and drive systems, according to Chinese government and press reports. Government reports from China say the factory will be able to make 300 presses a year. 27 March 2014
Chinese injection press maker Haitian International Holdings said a modest recovery in China’s plastics industry last year and the release of the next generation of its moulding machines pushed sales up 13.7%, to a record CNY 7.2bn (€840m). 27 March 2014
Mayweg Kunststoff-Technik’s expertise with induction mould heating was put to use to produce high gloss housings of remote control units for door and gate system producer Hörmann. Mayweg, based in Germany, applied partial induction heating in moulds it used for the housings of the HS 5 / HS 4 BS gate and garage door remote controls. 24 March 2014
Assocomaplast, the Italian association for plastic and rubber processing machinery, has released a full 2013 balance sheet indicating that the Italian machinery market is remaining stable. Assocomplast reports recovery of exports in the sector at the end of 2013. 24 March 2014
German automation supplier Festo has won the Arburg Energy Efficiency Award, as it opens a new polymer competence center in Hassel/St. Ingbert, Germany. 20 March 2014
Germany-based Arburg expects 2013 sales of about €470m, about 3.5% below the 2012 record of €488m. Helmut Heinson, managing director of sales, said the sales decline last year came because several large customer projects were scheduled for 2014. 20 March 2014
The demands of part complexity and moulding process control were tackled by winners of the triennial TecPart Awards in Germany. In this feature David Vink looks at their achievements. 18 March 2014

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