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20 October 2014

Global Closure Systems (GCS), a global injection moulding producer, has revealed its new ISO 7 cleanroom at its Astra Plastique factory in France during an open ‘Pharma Day’. 20 October 2014

Automotive seals producer SaarGummi has announced plans to open a new plant in Tarnów, in Poland’s southern part, reported local news agency PAP. 20 October 2014

Swedish polymers group Hexpol is to acquire the rubber compounding division of Vigar Group, the Spain based plastics and rubber compounder and finished products maker, including a plant in Germany. The €19m deal to purchase the business from Vigar’s founding family is due to be completed, subject to approvals, by year end. 20 October 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

In this feature James Snodgrass looks at the composite applications for transportation that won their respective categories at this year’s JEC Innovation Awards. At the annual JEC Europe conference in Paris, France in March, the latest set of gongs were awarded for new advances in composite technology as part of the JEC Innovation Awards. 20 October 2014

A Dublin-based company is launching a new brand to unify its plastics businesses into a single entity called OnePlastics Group. 20 October 2014

Evonik Industries presented a new specialty moulding compound during Fakuma in Friedrichshafen with which it plans to exploit the growing demand for automotive glazing. 20 October 2014

Everyone knows robots can improve production and quality. But no one says they can’t show a little personality while they’re working. For a production cell at Fakuma in Friedrichshafen, pi4_robotics’s humanoid robot takes centre stage, inspecting parts made by Berlin-based injection moulder Ehlebracht Plastics Technology and coated by Linköping, Sweden’s Impact Coatings AB.
20 October 2014

17 October 2014

Switzerland-based polyolefin foam maker Sekisui Alveo has introduced Alveocel LP F, a stiff foam board for automotive applications.  17 October 2014

Meusburger, based in Wolfurt, Austria, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year but it shows no sign of slowing down as it gets older. In fact, its growth has been accelerating in recent years. 17 October 2014

Hungarian plastics processor and automotive components producer Jász-Plasztik has inaugurated a new €33.6m automotive battery production plant at its main manufacturing site in eastern Hungary. 17 October 2014

Belgian manufacturer Sisa has obtained a permission to expand its production facility in Łódź, in central Poland.  17 October 2014

Compounding leader PolyOne Corp. is denying a report that it bid as much as $2bn (€1.55bn) for film and sheet major Klöckner Pentaplast. “PolyOne is not bidding on Klöckner Pentaplast,” a company spokesman said. An 16 October Reuters story cited anonymous sources and listed PolyOne and private equity firm Apollo Global Management among four bidders for Klöckner.  17 October 2014

Packaging giant Tetra Pak International SA is rolling out what it said will be the industry’s first carton made entirely from plant-based, renewable packaging materials. 17 October 2014

Bioplastics maker Metabolix will end business operations in Germany at the end of 2014, according to documents the company filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).  17 October 2014

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