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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
Speakers from two European rotational mould makers — one from Italy, the other from Germany — described how to design moulds without the big metal supporting framework, known as the spider, at the Rotoplas conference. 7 November 2014
Mould makers may be used to seeing cores and pins on the exhibition stand of a supplier — but not augmented reality that looks like it comes from a science fiction movie. 20 October 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
German hot runner manufacturer Ewikon is forming a private-label partnership with Gammaflux, Ewikon announced at a Technology Day held 23 September at its Rockford, US technical centre. 24 September 2014
Italy experienced a rise in imports and exports of rubber and plastics equipment in January-June this year, said Assocomaplast, the trade association representing companies in the sector. The group’s announcement comes after a long period of weakness in the Italian market caused by debt-related economic problems. 23 September 2014
Hong Kong-based mould maker and plastics processor TK Group said it had reached a tentative agreement to buy a tooling factory in Shenzhen from a multinational company, which it said was needed to expand capacity. While TK declined to identify the seller beyond saying it was a “tooling subsidiary of a multinational company,” the address provided by TK in a public filing to Hong Kong stock regulators last week appeared to match that of a former Nypro Tool facility in Shenzhen, now part of contract manufacturing giant Jabil. 22 September 2014
An Austrian mold maker is looking for a manufacturing location in North America. 28 July 2014
French integrated oil and gas giant Total is entering the North American rotational moulding market for polyethylene, and is introducing bio-polymers for the sector, a company official said at a Society of Plastics Engineers conference. 1 July 2014
Injection moulder Spritzguss + Formenbau Bergmann, based in Germany, has invested in metal 3D printing as a new technology for its mould making business. 19 June 2014
Haidlmair of Nussbach, Austria, has bought out the 50% share in Mould & Matic Solutions, a maker of injection moulds, blow moulding machines and tooling and downstream equipment for thermoforming, from its 50-50 partner Greiner Packaging International. In the joint venture, it operated as part of Haidlmair Group. 20 May 2014
Hype about 3D printing replacing mass production is way off the mark, argues James Snodgrass in this feature, but the technology could help develop ‘midi manufacturing’ thanks to 3D printed injection moulds.  8 April 2014
UK-based tool maker Midas Pattern has produced the rotational mould tooling for a new kayak manufactured by Fatyak Kayaks, a division of the UK-based rotational moulding company Deso Engineering. 27 March 2014

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