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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
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

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