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In India to talk about extrusion

A congress organized by ElitePlus on the extrusion of film and flexible packaging is scheduled in Mumbai on September 25 and 26. It will address all aspects of the production, including raw materials that can be used in the various processes, innovation in machinery, plants and auxiliary equipment...

Sandretto starts out afresh, from Pont Canavese

As announced on July 24 by Scout One, the extraordinary shareholders’ meeting has decided to transform the “Sandretto” business unit (acquired from the Brazil-based Romi Group on September 19 last year) into a public limited company, to be called Sandretto SpA, and to transfer its headquarters to the company’s historical site at...

Stephan Berz is the new vice president of HRSflow Automotive

HRSflow (Hot Runner Solutions) - division of INglass Group (San Polo di Piave, Italy) - has extended its sales structure: Stephan Berz, appointed as vice president HRSflow Automotive, is responsible for the worldwide sales activities in the automotive sector. In particular, he will coordinate the cooperation with the major Tier 1 and OEMs...

News on holiday

The MacplasOnline editorial staff is now on holiday. The next issue of the MacplasE-news newsletter in English will be published on....

Plast 2015: media campaign is about to start

In cooperation with COM3 of Nicola Orlando the advertising campaign on the main magazines and portals, national and especially international, is going to be defined in order to promote Plast 2015 trade show. The new promotion will be more remarkable than the previous one both in the plastics and rubber media and...

Versalis in North America with CB&I

Versalis has signed a cooperation agreement with CB&I, the US-based engineering and industrial services company, which will market and provide engineering services for Versalis’ low density polyethylene (LDPE) and ethyl vinyl acetate copolymer (EVA) technologies in North America...

Global elastomers

According to a survey by the International Rubber Study Group, in 2013 combined world production of natural and synthetic rubber exceeded 27.5 million tons, increasing by 3.1% over the previous year. Specifically, natural rubber was just over 12 million tons (+3.8%) with Thailand holding its top ranking among main...

India: the plastics industry meets

Two congresses have been organized by ElitePlus in Mumbai, one on 21-22 August and the other on 25-26 September 2014. The first will focus on injection and blow moulding of PET containers and closures, while the second will feature extrusion of film and flexible packaging. Both will address all aspects of...

Partnership for brushes and brooms

The recent merger of two of the world’s largest producers of machinery for the production of brushes and brooms - the Italian company Borghi, headquartered in Castelfranco Emilia and the Belgian company Boucherie, based in Izegem - has produced the Boucherie-Borghi Group. Both partners are well positioned on...

An encouraging first quarter for Italian machinery exports

Will this third consecutive month of rising exports be enough to give Italian equipment manufacturers a much-needed injection of confidence? To be sure, statistically speaking at least, we can now catch a glimpse of the long-awaited recovery in production (or at least a reversal of the downward trend), propelled precisely by...

Plastic Technologies Award 2015 at the start

The “design competition” by Plast 2015 and Poli.design brings together industry and academia for a contest that combines technology and creativity to break down the impact of waste and promote the recycling of plastic products. Innovative and original concepts for rapid consumption, temporary, single-use disposable...

Huntsman invests 38 million euros in Tuscany

On July 1 Huntsman celebrates the completion of its new 38 million euro iron sulfate plant at its titanium dioxide pigment manufacturing facility in Scarlino (near Grosseto, Tuscany, Italy). The new plant means Huntsman can now use a wider range of feedstock to produce its Tioxide and Altiris pigments, reduce the generation of...

New team takes the helm at the BPF

Philip Law, BPF’s new director-general took the helm of the BPF (the British Plastics Federation) on the retirement of Peter Davis on 1st July. Darren Muir replaces finance and administration director, Alan Davey, who also has retired. Stephen Hunt became membership services director and Sarah Plant, public..

Gaskets in India

Doss is holding a series of conferences in India at three different industrial districts that are currently experiencing impressive expansion: Pune, Bangalore and New Delhi. The conferences will be technical in content, target rubber gasket manufacturers, and focus on the concept of artificial vision, comparing manual control...

Ineos to purchase Basf’s share in Styrolution

Ineos will acquire Basf’s 50% share in Styrolution, a joint venture between the companies. The purchase price to be paid by Ineos amounts to €1.1 billion. The transaction is subject to approval by the appropriate antitrust authorities. Styrolution will continue to operate as an independent company until the completion of the deal...

Ardian acquires Italmatch Chemicals

The premium independent private investment company, Ardian, announced on June 26 that it has signed a binding agreement to acquire Italmatch Chemicals, Italy’s leading specialty chemicals manufacturer, headquartered in Genoa. The Italian company has production facilities in Italy, Germany, United Kingdom and Spain...

Gefran focuses on its core business

Maria Chiara Franceschetti took over as Gefran’s new CEO on April 29, 2014. MacPlas asked her a few questions about the new direction the Brescia-based business is taking in the wake of the recent edition of the SPS Italia Show (held in Parma from 20 to 22 May this year), where the company showcased its latest products in...

Euromap and SPI agree for free trade of machinery

The umbrella associations Euromap (European Plastics and Rubber Machinery) and the American SPI (Society of the Plastics Industry) have signed a declaration of intent on free trade within the plastics machinery industry to strengthen their competitive position in the global marketplace thereby helping to safeguard the industry’s...

Plast 2015: the world tour goes on!

The promotion of Plast 2015 makes a stop in Argentina and in France. On the occasion of Argenplas 2014 (Buenos Aires, June 16-19), at stand D-62A, in Hall 2-3, people can find an information point on Plast 2015, who already registered several interested operators during the first day of exhibition. Also at FIP 2014...