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Plastics News Europe has launched with the April issue, a new high-quality publication sent out to readers across Europe. Enhancing the news, features and market data of our previous publication European Plastics News, the monthly Plastics News Europe gives industry leaders comprehensive global coverage of key markets. A new Plastics News Europe website is currently in development. Stay tuned to this site for our regular daily news until the new website is ready to go live. 31 March 2015
Ningbo, China-based injection press manufacturer Haitian International Holdings reported record sales of 7.6bn yuan (€1.14bn) and profit of  2.5bn yuan (€376m) for 2014. Unit sales declined slightly, down 1.2% to 26,839 machines in 2014. But the average selling price was up a sharp 6.6% to 276,000 yuan (€41,000). 31 March 2015
Uponor Corp, the Finland-based maker of plastic pipe systems for plumbing, underfloor heating and cooling and infrastructure, announced March 30 that its subsidiary, Uponor Infra, has sold its machinery business, Extron Engineering, to Mecanor, in Lahti, Finland. 31 March 2015
Coperion, the German compounding technology group, will move its Chinese manufacturing to a new facility in the Nanjing Jiangning District in September 2015. 27 March 2015
Arburg kicked off its NPE 2015 with details about its new US headquarters offices in Connecticut, as the German injection press builder begins to sell its Freeformer 3D printer in the United States. Arburg is running two Freeformers at NPE. 27 March 2015
Itech South, part of Injection Technology Corp, bought seven Negri Bossi injection moulding presses, equipped with Sytrama robots, at NPE 2015 in the US this week. 27 March 2015
German organiser PE Schall has reported that the Fakuma show in October is already sold out. The Friedrichshafen event on 13-17 October will feature more than 1,700 exhibitors. Fakuma project manager Annemarie Lipp said: “Fakuma has been entirely booked out since the end of February: all available halls and ancillary floor space at the Friedrichshafen Exhibition Centre are once again fully occupied." 26 March 2015
Stressing the “Next Big Thing” and “Your Free Choice in Robots,” Sepro America is at NPE 2015 showing three new lines of robots for injection moulding machines in the 800- to 5,000-ton clamping range. 26 March 2015
Romi Machines in the UK has appointed Ultrapolymers as its exclusive agency for Ireland, including both the Republic and Northern Ireland. 26 March 2015
Matt Barber has been promoted to the position of sales director for the PRW/Plastics News Europe portfolio across the UK and Europe. 25 March 2015
This week, the plastics industry expects to experience the most international NPE show in the 69-year history of the event. 25 March 2015
Attendance for NPE 2015 appears to be well on its way to surpassing expectations — and far ahead of the last show in 2012. 24 March 2015
The show floor had not yet opened on NPE 2015 and organizers were already looking ahead three years to how the premier US plastics trade show will expand. 24 March 2015
The Italian plastics and rubber machinery industry saw improvement in 2014, according to trade association Assocomaplast, which released annual figures in a statement headed “The sector is healthy: signs all positive in 2014”. The value of production for Italian plastics and rubber machinery, equipment and moulds improved by 2.6% from €3.90bn in 2013 to €4.00bn in 2014, according to estimates based on information from the group’s member companies. One-third of member companies are optimistic about 2015. 23 March 2015
Officials of Stork will never forget their first-ever NPE — the Dutch company’s injection moulding machine fell off a truck on the way to Orange County Convention Center, and they had to work fast to get it ready for the show. 23 March 2015

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