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In this feature for Plastics News Europe, David Eldridge looks at how thermoforming and design came together at Plast 2015. With Expo 2015 currently taking place in Milan, the eyes of the design world are on Italy over the next few months. 6 July 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
Amut, the Novara, Italy-based maker of extruders, thermoforming machines and plastics recycling equipment, has acquired the Italian company that makes Dolci and Bielloni packaging equipment. 26 February 2015
Thermoforming machinery manufacturer Illig received more than 250 visitors to its open house, which took place at its facility in Heilbronn, Germany on 29 and 30 October. Participants from across Europe heard presentations and saw demonstrations of Illig’s technology, such as automatic pressure forming machines of the RDKP series for separate forming and punching, as well as the RDK series for combined forming-punching operation. 24 November 2014
Robert Bosch is set to pay €3bn and take full control of Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte (BSH), its joint venture with Siemens which is Europe’s largest manufacturer of appliances, including washing machines, refrigerators, ovens and vacuum cleaners. BSH is a significant producer of plastic components for its products and it operates 41 factories in 13 countries in Europe, the US, Latin America and Asia. 26 September 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
Thermoformed medical packager Nelipak is expanding its North American holdings and access to the US health care market with the purchase of Phoenix-based custom packager Flexpak. 29 July 2014
Thermoforming Technology Group (TTG) has expanded its thermoforming equipment presence with the acquisition of Lyle Industries. TTG, which owns thermoforming equipment maker Brown Machine, could help propel Lyle into new market geographies and new products. 21 July 2014
Germany-based thermoforming machine maker, Kiefel, has developed a tip stacking system as an alternative to conventional vertical stacking stations. 1 July 2014
More than 200 participants from 26 countries attended the 9th biannual European Thermoforming conference in Prague. In this feature David Vink reports on discussions at the event and the SPE competition winners. 9 June 2014
The German plastics processing industry yet again set a new record in 2013 as turnover grew by 3% to €57.6bn, exceeding modest 0.5% growth in 2012. The GKV trade association said activity in December exceeded expectations and it is forecasting faster growth of 4-5% in 2014. 7 March 2014
Sustainability, lightweighting, innovation and competiveness are the four themes of the 9th Thermoforming Conference taking place on 3-4 April in Prague, Czech Republic. The conference is organised every two years by the European Thermoforming Division of SPE. 25 February 2014
Peacock is a chair for indoor or outdoor use made from DuPont’s Corian acrylic composite. It is designed by Eiri Ota and Irene Gardpoit Chan from Toronto, Canada-based architecture firm UUfie. The acrylic composite sheet is thermoformed and then manually manipulated into shape. 2 January 2014
Sekisui Alveo and Mergon Automotive have started a joint project to develop polyolefin foam air ducts for the automotive industry. The two companies will develop a special thermoforming process for producing ducts from foamed plastics as an alternative to existing methods: extrusion blow moulding and injection moulding. 6 December 2013
Geiss Thermoforming, the German manufacturer of thermoforming machines, and trimming and milling equipment, sold 11 pieces of machinery at K 2013, generating sales of more than €4m, said Michael Roche, general manager of the US operation, Geiss LLC. 1 November 2013

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