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Amut, the Novara, Italy-based maker of extruders, thermoforming machines and plastics recycling equipment, has acquired the Italian company that makes Dolci and Bielloni packaging equipment. 26 February 2015
Members of VDMA industry association think Germany’s plastics and rubber machinery should grow 4% in 2015, after a relatively flat 2014. VDMA said the machinery business bumped up 1% in 2014 from 2013 levels, but turnover in core machinery manufacturing remained unchanged at €6.8bn.
20 February 2015
Rapid Granulator has a new owner, Lifco AB of Enköping, Sweden. 19 February 2015
US-based machinery company Milacron has announced major expansion plans for its facilities in the Czech Republic. Milacron will be investing in state-of-the-art manufacturing and distribution facilities in Šašovice and Policka. The construction at Policka, Czech Republic is part of an investment of around €11m. 13 February 2015
China’s Chen Hsong Group, an injection moulding machinery manufacturer, is expanding its European sales activity following the opening of its European subsidiary Chen Hsong Europe in the Netherlands in May 2013. 11 February 2015
The North American robot market is red hot, according to a report of 2014 statistics from the Robotic Industries Association. 11 February 2015
Japanese blow moulding equipment maker Nissei ASB Machine plans to spend $50m (€44m) on a new factory in India, to turn it into a larger export base and meet local demand. 10 February 2015
Hosokawa Alpine, the German maker of blown film machinery, has acquired Anton Kolb Maschinenbau, which manufactures downstream products such as takeoff units, winders, unwind stations and other equipment for flat film and blown film. 10 February 2015
The number of exhibitors with stands booked for Plast 2015 in May has exceeded 1,200, an increase of 3.9% from the same period in 2012 when the Italian plastics exhibition last ran. Promaplast, the show organiser, said the exhibitors represent all the different segments and categories of the plastics industry. 4 February 2015
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

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