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This is a partnership that’s really years in the making, a story of timing and opportunity and patience. 21 November 2014
The once high flying economy of Brazil has been blown off course. What does this mean for foreign industrial investors? In this feature David Vink looks at whether companies in the plastics industry should be more cautious of Brazil’s prospects. 19 November 2014
Germany-based Reifenhäuser, a major manufacturer of extrusion equipment, has celebrated the last beam being placed in its revitalised administration building in Troisdorf, with work set to start on the interior this month.  In June of this year, Reifenhäuser started the revamp of its headquarters which was originally erected in 1974. 17 November 2014
Rajkot, India-based extrusion machine maker Rajoo Engineers has formed a joint venture with Meaf Machines BV to make sheet and thermoforming equipment. 11 November 2014
Germany-based injection moulding machine manufacturer, Arburg, has won a Red Dot design award for its first 3D printing machine, the Freeformer. 10 November 2014
UK-based prototyping firm IDC Models has helped scientists at the University of Bristol understand how insects’ hearing works by making microscopically small replicas of the ears of Katydids (Copiphorinae) using its high resolution Viper SLA machine. 7 November 2014
Negri Bossi is rolling out the big guns – a Bi-Power injection press with 7,000 tonnes of clamping force. 6 November 2014
Macchi, the Italian maker of blown film lines, generated sales of about €41m in 2013, with just 110 employees. 6 November 2014
Belgium-based Materialise, which has been offering 3D printing services for over 20 years, is now offering a scanning and measuring service to complement its existing prototyping and manufacturing business. 5 November 2014
US/Israeli 3D printing machine maker Stratasys has entered into a partnership with FirstBuild, an affiliate of GE Appliances, a subsidiary of US-based General Electric.  4 November 2014
Hot runner maker Synventive Molding Solutions is planning to increase production capacity in Europe by 50%.  28 October 2014
German machinery maker Arburg + Co KG has expanded its office in Shenzhen, China, making it the company’s first competence centre for automation in the country, and also named a new head of its China operations. 27 October 2014
Germany is the engine that drives the European economy — and when it comes to the plastics industry, German machinery is a potent force, an export-driven dynamo whose technology is admired the world over. 27 October 2014
Equipment maker Wittmann Battenfeld expects sales this year to increase 7%, to €295m, as it said some key markets, including in Europe, were performing better than general economic news might suggest. 23 October 2014
The number seven seems to be special for European plastics machinery makers at the moment — injection press giant Engel Holding said 15 October that sales this year will likely go up 7%, the same increase that rival Wittmann Battenfeld projected a day earlier for its 2014 global sales. 22 October 2014


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