ABB to acquire B&R

Birth of a giant in the industrial automation

Marketing - Wednesday, 5 April 2017

ABB on April 4 announced the acquisition of B&R, the largest independent provider focused on product- and software-based, open-architecture solutions for machine and factory automation worldwide. B&R, founded in 1979 by Erwin Bernecker and Josef Rainer is headquartered in Eggelsberg, Austria, employs more than 3,000 people, including...

Agreement signed

Solvay sells its polyolefin cross-linkable compounds to Finproject

Marketing - Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Solvay has signed a definitive agreement to sell its polyolefin cross-linkable compounds business in Italy to family-owned group Finproject. "Following Solvay's transformation, polyolefin cross-linkable compounds no longer fit within the portfolio of high-performance specialty polymers. Solvay has consistently grown...

Lanxess invests in Germany and in Belgium

One hundred million euros for intermediates

Marketing - Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Specialty chemicals company Lanxess continues to target growth. During the next three years, its business unit Advanced Industrial Intermediates will be investing some 100 million euros in expanding production facilities for chemical intermediates. Around 40 million euros each will be invested in the Leverkusen and Krefeld-Uerdingen sites in...


The seventy years of Negri Bossi

Marketing - Wednesday, 29 March 2017

On March 21, the company Negri Bossi celebrated seventy years in business. It was, indeed, 1947 when Pietro Negri and Walter Bossi, with the participation of Marco Giani, founded what is now one of Italy’s oldest industrial companies. The three had already worked together, from 1943 to 1947, at Cogema...

German manufacturers

VDMA: 2016 better than expected

Marketing - Wednesday, 29 March 2017

German plastics and rubber machinery manufacturers can look back over the past year with great satisfaction. 2016 as a whole saw substantial growth in sales, continuing the positive trend of the past few years. “At 4 per cent, growth is actually higher than the 2 per cent originally anticipated,” says Ulrich Reifenhäuser, Chairman of the VDMA Plastics...

Three in one

4,000 square metres of industry passion

Marketing - Wednesday, 22 March 2017

The three companies, Baruffaldi Plastic Technology (machinery for profiles and roller shutters), Primac (machines for smooth and corrugated pipes) and Dosi (machining and engineering) have been reunited at Dosi headquarters in Fusignano (Ravenna, Italy), that have been enlarged for this occasion and now cover more than 4,000 square metres...

Italian manufacturers satisfied

2016 exports: new historical record

Marketing - Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Assocomaplast (Italian trade association, member of Confindustria, bringing together over 160 manufacturers of plastics and rubber processing machinery, equipment and moulds), through its Statistical Studies Center, has completed its year-end balance sheet for 2016, incorporating foreign trade data from Istat (Italian Institute of Statistics)...

JEC World 2017

Two-digit growth of the visitors of the exhibition dedicated to composites

Marketing - Wednesday, 22 March 2017

JEC World 2017, the exhibition dedicated to composites materials, closed its doors on March 16 with a two-digit attendance growth (+10%). “JEC Group’s strategy towards end-users is a winning one as we welcomed more architects, creators, developers, designers, style engineers and trend-setters”, said Frédérique Mutel, JEC Group president and...

A new European association

EuPC recently created VFSE

Marketing - Wednesday, 22 March 2017

EuPC (European Plastics Converters) recently created the independent VFSE (Vinyl Films and Sheets Europe) association, whose mission is to represent the interest of European suppliers of plastics sheets, films and foils. To this aim, VFSE will drive common action tackling environment and recycling issues and carry out studies relating to the...

Global injection moulding

A processing technology in good health

Marketing - Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Injection moulding is the most important processing method for mass production of plastic parts. Worldwide, almost 55 million tons of plastics are liquefied every year, then injected into various moulds, and after cooling removed as a finished product. From small Lego bricks to large pipe fittings, almost everything is possible; the flexibility of size and...

From North America

Sales of PVC are strong, but PP and PS do less well

Marketing - Tuesday, 21 March 2017

In 2016, sales of PVC in the US and Canada rose considerably (+4.4%, taking the total volume to around 7 million tons), while sales of PP and PS saw less marked increases. These figures are among data released by the American Chemistry Council, which, for these materials as a whole, has estimated growth rates of 3.7% and 5.7% for the...

Gefran releases its 2016 results

The board approves the end of year results as of 31 December: turnover and profits up

Marketing - Wednesday, 15 March 2017

The board of directors of Gefran, which met on March 9, unanimously approved the company’s financial statements as of 31 December 2016. These showed a 3.4% increase in turnover, which amounted to 119.3 million euros, with net profits standing at 3.9 million euros. The breakdown of sales by geographical areas showed positive results...