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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
The Icelandic rotomoulding company Promens opened its first facility in China in November 2013. 26 March 2014
Zahoransky has opened a facility for making injection moulds in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, which will serve as the German group’s Asian centre for serving customers throughout the region. 30 January 2014
Hoffmann Innovation Group, the German tool maker, has helped Rowenta bring its new range of domestic irons into production. 13 November 2013
Autodesk has announced an offer to acquire Delcam, the UK-based CAD-CAM company whose software is used by injection mould manufacturers and other companies. US-based software giant Autodesk said it plans to acquire Delcam for £20.75 (€24.85) per share, which values the company at £172.5m (€206.6m). 8 November 2013
Plastics tooling supplier Frimo will build a manufacturing operation in central Mexico as it follows customers south of the border. 6 November 2013
Husky Injection Molding Systems continues to build its mould-making stable, purchasing Schöttli Group, a Swiss maker of moulds for medical parts such as syringes, closures and food packaging, the companies announced on 1 November. The acquisition adds to Husky's purchase of KTW Group of Austria in 2011. 4 November 2013
Germany's Frimo Group has teamed with toolmaker Weber Manufacturing Technologies in Canada to offer integrated in-mould graining systems to automakers in North America. 7 October 2013
Barnes Group of the US announced on 1 October that it will purchase Otto Männer, the German maker of hot runners, moulds and micromoulding systems. Barnes bought US-based hot runner maker Synventive Molding Solutions Group last year. Once the deal is completed, in late October or early November, Männer will operate as a business unit within Barnes Group’s Industrial Segment. 7 October 2013
Gammaflux, the US-based maker of hot runner temperature controllers, has introduced new control software for its G24 system 20 August 2013
Extrusion dies group Nordson EDI, based in the US, has renamed a company it acquired in 2011 and made its facility its European headquarters. 9 July 2013
In a feature article, David Vink explores how laser technology from EOS and other companies is used for additive manufacturing of injection moulds and mould inserts. 24 May 2013
Avenue Mould Solutions has added a cleanroom facility at its plant in Sligo, Ireland, continuing a programme of investment at the medical mould tool specialist. 24 May 2013
UK engineering group Renishaw has acquired the assets of LBC Laser Bearbeitungs Center, a German service bureau which provides laser inscription and 3D laser engraving services, as well as metal-based additive manufacturing. It uses metal laser sintering to produce conformally cooled mould tools and tool inserts for injection moulding and die-casting applications. 23 May 2013

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