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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
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


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