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Starting anew from Shenzhen

The Italian pavilion at the thirty-fourth edition of Chinaplas (Shenzhen, April 13-16, 2021) organized by Amaplast (trade association in Confindustria uniting over 160 manufacturers of plastics and rubber processing machinery, equipment, and moulds) will include some forty companies in a space of 1,100 square metres...

RadiciGroup invests 35 million euros to increase global production capacity

Investments of over 35 million euros in business growth, sustainability and innovation.  The RadiciGroup High Performance Polymers Business Area is adding significantly to its global production capacity with new construction and installations in North America, Europe and China...

Covestro completes acquisition of RFM business from DSM

On April 1, 2021, Covestro completed the acquisition of the RFM (Resins & Functional Materials) business from the Dutch company DSM. The transaction received regulatory approval after Covestro and DSM signed an acquisition agreement in late September 2020. The transaction substantially expands Covestro’s portfolio of sustainable coating...

Haitian Group starts construction of smart factory in South China

Haitian celebrated the official groundbreaking in Shunde County, near Foshan City in Guangdong Province, for the construction of a Smart Factory for advanced component and machinery manufacturing. For Haitian, the ceremony marked the beginning of a new chapter in the smart...

Reifenhäuser Group acquires air cooling ring specialist Kdesign

As of April 2021, the machine and plant manufacturer Reifenhäuser has acquired a majority stake in Kdesign, a global leader in the manufacture of air cooling rings and measuring systems for blown film extrusion lines. With this purchase Reifenhäuser Group, a specialist in extrusion technologies, expands its in-house expertise in cooling...

Over 30 companies aiding the national vaccination campaign

More than 30 Italian manufacturers of plastics and rubber processing machinery represented by the trade association Amaplast have pledged their support for the initiative “Fabbriche di comunità” (“community Factories”) developed by Confindustria to make member company facilities available for the national Covid-19 vaccination plan...

Elav expands the production area

Part of Gruppo Colines Holding, Elav keeps going from strength to strength. The company has been designing, manufacturing and reconditioning industrial automation systems, especially for the production of plastic films and cables since 1981. Elav officially became part of Gruppo Colines Holding in 2007...

Versalis and Bridgestone: co-developing innovative elastomers for high-performance tyres

Eni's chemical company, Versalis, and Bridgestone EMIA, operating in advanced mobility solutions, have signed a joint development agreement for the research, production and supply of synthetic rubber with advanced properties. The research and development divisions of the two organizations will collaborate, using an “Open Innovation” model, to...

Maire Tecnimont and Adani Enterprises team up to develop the green chemistry

Through its subsidiaries NextChem, Stamicarbon and MET Development, Maire Tecnimont has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Adani Enterprises to explore the development of industrial projects using NextChem and Stamicarbon’s technologies and MET Development project development capabilities and expertise to industrialize...

After the drop in revenues in 2020 (-11%), orders again growing for Italian manufacturers

After the record peak in 2017, substantially continuing into 2018, then followed by a cyclical setback in 2019, last year revenues for Italian plastics and rubber equipment manufacturers recorded a drop of 11.4% to a total value of 3.9 billion euros. According to data from the Mecs-Amaplast (national trade association and member of...

Sipa and PTI enter into strategic partnership

Sipa and PTI reached an agreement to join forces on the market, with PTI now becoming part of the Sipa group. This strategic partnership will help both companies to increase their visibility and create new business opportunities. “Joining forces with Sipa makes perfect sense for PTI. We bring extensive knowledge in...

New board of directors at Scm Group

Global leader group in technologies for processing a wide range of materials and industrial components, SCM Group (which also includes CMS) has a new board of directors. On March 12, the shareholders' meeting appointed the new board of directors with Giovanni Gemmani (President), Marco Mancini (CEO), Andrea Aureli, Enrico Aureli...

Lanxess makes a confident start to fiscal year 2021

Is starting the new fiscal year 2021 with confidence, Lanxess: the specialty chemicals company expects that many of its customer industries will recover and therefore anticipates Ebitda pre exceptionals of between 900 million euro and 1 billion euro for the full year...

Wittmann is looking ahead with optimism

In the second half of 2020, the Wittmann Group has seen a more than positive development in its business in spite of the economic slowdown in the automotive sector and the restrictions due to Covid-19, and this trend is continuing in 2021. This development has paved the way for further investments...

New managing director for Arburg Poland

As of January 1, 2021, the Arburg subsidiary in Poland has a new Managing Director in the person of Konrad Szymczak. He succeeds Slawomir Sniady, who successfully established and expanded Arburg Polska and has now retired after 25 years. Poland is one of the most important and strongest markets in Europe for...

German manufacturers expect an increase in orders and turnover in 2021

According to a current survey, the member companies of VDMA Plastics and Rubber Machinery expect the order situation and turnover volumes to show positive developments for this year. "In the second half of 2020, the demand for plastics and rubber machinery has clearly...

Solvay entrusts Nevicolor with the distribution in Italy of its sulphonic-based polymers

Effective May 1, 2021, Solvay’s Udel PSU, Radel PPSU and Veradel PESU specialty polymers will be available in Italy through Nevicolor. “Nevicolor is our long-standing distribution partner in Italy, providing coverage across all regions of the peninsula,” said Dries Steijnen Manager Channel Partners Sales Emea...

Change in the general management of the Sacmi Group

The Sacmi Group announced the appointment of Mauro Fenzi as new general manager. In March he’ll take over from Giulio Mengoli, who has, for personal reasons, considered it appropriate to terminate his employment. Despite all the difficulties caused by Covid-19, the year 2020 still saw Sacmi achieve good...

Star Automation Europe relies on Parco Innovation for South East France

On February 25, 2021, Star Automation Europe appointed Parco Innovation as its commercial agent for South-East France, following the retirement of the previous agent, Rudy Di Giuseppe. Since 2008 Parco Innovation has been distributing conveyor and peripheral belts for various applications in the injection moulding sector, from...