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Tokyo-based manufacturer of extruding machinery, Japan Steel Works (JSW), and Stork asset integrity management services have formed a partnership. JSW made the deal, it says, to formally set out the most appropriate framework conditions for smooth servicing on JSW extrusion equipment in Europe. 15 April 2014
Windmöller & Hölscher, the German manufacturer of blown and cast film and printing presses, has set up a subsidiary in China to handle sales, spare parts and service along with maintenance and repair. 28 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
Germany-based LPKF, a machinery and laser systems company, has announced a 13% increase in sales for 2013. The company reports its annual revenue was €115.1m for 2012, increasing to €129.7m for 2013. 26 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
The year 2013 generally ended on a high note for manufacturers and suppliers of plastics processing equipment, and in 2014 they can expect another strong year. 24 March 2014
Orenda Automation Technologies is expanding its first European operation as it gains new customers for its size reduction equipment. 24 March 2014
NGR Next Generation Recyclingmaschinen has acquired a majority stake in German specialty machinery maker Dr. Collin. 3 March 2014
Wittmann Battenfeld has achieved major growth in the US market, and is moving during 2014 to establish a technical centre in southern California, probably in Orange County. 26 February 2014
Plastic furniture and consumer goods have been picking up awards since the 1960s, but the machines they are made on are not usually considered for their good design. However, Ferromatik Milacron has announced its F-Series and Elektron injection moulding machines will be recognized this year with an iF product design award. The new design has translated into new interest from customers, said the machinery group. 25 February 2014
KraussMaffei Group generated sales of $1.4bn (€1.02bn) in 2013, according to the annual report from Onex, the Toronto-based private equity company that owns the plastics machinery manufacturer. 24 February 2014
Milacron LLC has made another acquisition, picking up Kortec, a supplier of coinjection mouding technology for making barrier packaging, the machinery maker announced 19 February. The deal makes Milacron a major provider of fully integrated, turnkey co-injection barrier systems. 20 February 2014
The German Engineering Federation (VDMA), has reported that German plastics and rubber machinery manufacturers’ sales in 2013 hit near record levels. The VDMA reported that Germany’s plastics and rubber machinery manufacturers ended 2013 with sales down by 1%. 12 February 2014
IPS Intelligent Pelletizing Solutions, Germany and Han Jin, South Korea have signed an agreement which, from the start of 2014, has resulted in IPS taking over exclusive sales and service partnership for the strand pelletizing systems of Han Jin in Europe (excluding Russia). 6 February 2014
German plastics machinery groups are promoting energy efficiency, recycling and other issues in the Blue Competence campaign. This feature looks at the road to sustainability taken by members of the VDMA association. 29 January 2014


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