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Aimplas, the Technological Institute of Plastics located in Valencia, Spain, has announced that mid-way through its Coaline project, which is focusing on developing a new profile manufacturing method by pultrusion for the building and automotive industries, it has seen a reduction of curing times in more than 50% of experiment cases. 28 July 2015
GF Machining Solutions has entered the additive manufacturing market through a strategic agreement with EOS, targeting metal inserts for the mould and die sector. 14 July 2015
Ashaway, Rhode Island, has become the “centre of excellence” in extrusion for Graham Engineering Corp., which comprises the Welex sheet line business, American Kuhne extruders and systems, and Graham blow molding machines. 10 July 2015
A German court has backed Demat, organiser of the Euromold exhibition, in a preliminary injunction the company filed against Messe Frankfurt, which is launching a competing event called Formnext later this year. The Regional Court in Frankfurt rejected objections from Messe Frankfurt GmbH and two of its subsidiaries against a preliminary injunction that stops Messe Frankfurt from making email transmissions to Euromold exhibitors in violation of data privacy laws. 17 June 2015
Messe Stuttgart has announced the first Moulding Expo (MEX) trade fair, held on the 5-8 May in Stuttgart, Germany, was a success with the event receiving around 15,000 visitors from 44 countries. “It's not easy to launch a new industrial trade fair on the market. After four days of MEX, however, we can confirm that, with regard to development, planning and timing, we did everything right," said Ulrich Kromer von Baerle, president of Messe Stuttgart in a statement. 13 May 2015
A Polish manufacturer of water filter systems and water heaters has got the green light for a €2.35m project to establish a new production plant in the Special Economic Zone of Starachowice in south central Poland. 8 April 2015
Contract manufacturing giant Flextronics International is officially launching Precision Plastics, a global injection tooling and manufacturing unit, as a part of its High Reliability Solutions business segment. The program, making its debut at NPE 2015, comprises four mould makers and three moulding operations that Flextronics has acquired over the past 18 months. Officials say the move allows diversification but is also complementary to the market segments in which it currently operates, such as medical devices. 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
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
In this feature James Snodgrass profiles the UK family-owned rotomoulder, Excelsior, with an interview with its managing director, Giles Fielding. We were established in 1896,” says Giles Fielding, Excelsior’s managing director. “We were incorporated in 1902. So we’re quite an old company. Originally the business was a horse-drawn coal carting operation in Rochdale, only a few miles from here. We’ve always been in the north west [of England].” 16 March 2015
The new Moulding Expo 2015 fair in Stuttgart has attracted stand bookings by 557 exhibitors, close to the present 560 capacity limit, said Ulrich Kromer, managing director of Messe Stuttgart at a 10 March briefing. Kromer said the fair would be fully booked when it takes place on 5-8 May. 11 March 2015
Frog XT4 is a marine crew transfer capsule developed by UK-based Reflex Marine.  6 March 2015
Austria-based Haidlmair has set up a North American manufacturing base by purchasing a majority stake in Canadian mould-maker Tesan Mould in Concord, Ontario. 5 February 2015
R&D/Leverage, a mould maker and brand development firm, has formed a partnership with Hughes Design Group, a US-based visual branding and packaging design firm. 20 January 2015
Canadian mould-maker StackTeck Systems is investing in new machining equipment and beefing up its pilot cell for in-mould labelling (IML). 12 November 2014

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