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North American compounding leader PolyOne posted record adjusted earnings per share in 2014, even as the firm’s sales saw modest growth and its overall profit declined. Full-year sales at Avon Lake, Ohio, US-based PolyOne grew 2% to more than $3.8bn (€3.36bn), while adjusted EPS grew almost 40% to $1.80 — the highest level in the firm’s 15-year history. 29 January 2015
Italian auxiliary equipment company Piovan has acquired a majority stake in the Italian materials company Penta based in Poggio Renatico, Ferrara, Italy. 28 January 2015
Windmöller & Hölscher will get more involved in flexible packaging machinery through its bigger stake in machinery maker BSW Machinery Handels. 26 January 2015
Difficulties in India's manufacturing sector are continuing to hit German plastics and rubber machinery exports, with sales to India down 15% in the first 10 months of last year, after dropping 25% in 2013. 21 January 2015
Gerd Liebig has been appointed managing director-chief sales officer at Sumitomo (SHI) Demag Plastics Machinery, marking his return to the injection moulding machinery business based in Schwaig, Germany. From 1 April, Liebig will take over the full responsibility of all worldwide sales, after sales and marketing activities of the business.  He will work alongside Dr. Tetsuya Okamura (chief executive officer) and Andreas Schramm (chief technical officer). 19 January 2015
Brazilian injection moulding machinery group Indústrias Romi is dropping the Sandretto badge from the beginning of this year. 19 January 2015
Reifenhäuser Kiefel Extrusion has been renamed Reifenhäuser Blown Film, and parent company Reifenhäuser is investing more than €2m in the Kiefel factory in Worms, Germany. 16 January 2015
US-based auxiliary equipment manufacturer Maguire Products has appointed Hastek Plastik Sistemleri as its agent in Turkey. 6 January 2015
The legal challenge to the Plastindia trade show’s move from Delhi to Gujarat has had a hearing delayed until 12 January, with some supporters of the court fight saying it could be a “dead case.” 5 January 2015
Assocomaplast, the Italian trade association for plastic and rubber processing equipment makers, has announced further growth in both imports and exports for this year. 19 December 2014
Engel, the Schwertberg, Austria-based manufacturer of injection moulding machines, has celebrated 25 years of close partnership with Laupen, Switzerland-based SKS.  16 December 2014
Italian auxiliary equipment manufacturer Moretto has opened its first US operation, in Columbus, Ohio, to handle sales, service and spare parts. Paolo Gasparotto, business development manager, said the 15,000-square-foot facility opened in October to cover the US and Canada. 15 December 2014
The Mexican market for flexible and rigid packaging machinery is growing at a rate of 4 to 6 percent a year, according to Steffen Sieber, senior sales manager of Brückner Maschinenbau, of Siegsdorf, Germany. 11 December 2014
Testing equipment company Instron, based in the US, has combined its previously independent German subsidiaries, Instron Deutschland and Instron Structural Testing Systems, into one organization, operating as Instron GmbH. 10 December 2014
Global sales of plastics and rubber machinery are forecast to increase by an average of 3% per year in the period from 2014 to 2016, according to Germany’s VDMA Plastics and Rubber Machinery Association. The forecast comes in a trend report commissioned for the first time by VDMA which also indicates EU-based machinery producers are expected to see sales fall by 2% in 2014, with a return to growth of 2% predicted for 2015. 8 December 2014

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