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Everyone knows robots can improve production and quality. But no one says they can’t show a little personality while they’re working. For a production cell at Fakuma in Friedrichshafen, pi4_robotics’s humanoid robot takes centre stage, inspecting parts made by Berlin-based injection moulder Ehlebracht Plastics Technology and coated by Linköping, Sweden’s Impact Coatings AB.
20 October 2014
The VDMA association of German plastics and rubber machinery producers has said that sales for this year are estimated at €6.7bn, falling just short of last year’s level, but that a 4% increase is predicted for 2015. 16 October 2014
For fans of 3D printing, Fakuma 2014 marks an important date: Arburg is taking German orders for the Freeformer. Arburg is showing two Freeformers at Fakuma, in stand A3-3101. After a decade of development, Arburg introduced the Freeformer one year ago, at the K 2013 show in Dusseldorf. 16 October 2014
Siapi has developed the SDxx machine, which it claims is the first in the world to produce 28,000 PET bottles per hour (bph) using two-stage linear blow moulding.  14 October 2014
German plastics centre SKZ, has recently added a Buss MX 30 laboratory kneader to its stock of plastics processing machinery. 7 October 2014
Machinery manufacturer Milacron has donated machinery to Salt Lake City Community College in the US, after it started a short-term intensive programme to train inexperienced workers in injection moulding. 7 October 2014
Members of Germany's VDMA plastics and rubber machinery association were given insights into the issues of manufacturing overseas at special country forums at its annual meeting. The response of Karl Mayer Textilmaschinenfabrik to competition from Chinese rivals is to produce machines in both China and Germany, writes David Vink. 2 October 2014
Two major international partners of the Plastindia trade show have raised serious concerns about the show organizer’s decision to move it to another region of India less than five months before the event. 30 September 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
US thermoforming industry veteran Kent Johansson has a new gig: Running a US facility for Swiss sheet line and thermoforming machinery maker WM Wrapping Machinery. 26 September 2014
Vecoplan recently held a grand opening of its 17,000-square-foot technology centre in Bad Marienburg, Germany, equipped with more than 25 machines for processing, recycling or repurposing of waste and biomass. 25 September 2014
Italy experienced a rise in imports and exports of rubber and plastics equipment in January-June this year, said Assocomaplast, the trade association representing companies in the sector. The group’s announcement comes after a long period of weakness in the Italian market caused by debt-related economic problems. 23 September 2014
ATS Automation Tooling Systems, a maker of factory automation systems in Cambridge, Ontario, has agreed to buy a German company M+W Process Automation and ProFocus, an automation contractor that serves manufacturing and process-based industries. 11 September 2014
Italian auxiliary equipment manufacturer Piovan SpA is eying the growing auxiliary market in India, and now plans to start assembling some equipment there before the end of the year. 9 September 2014
IPS (Intelligent Pelletizing Solutions) has announced that it has moved into new administrative and production premises in Niedernberg near Aschaffenburg, Germany. 5 September 2014

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