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Alpla acquires German PET recycler

The global packaging solutions and recycling specialist, the Alpla Group, is acquiring BTB PET-Recycling based in Bad Salzuflen (Germany). The company turns PET bottles into recycled material which is then predominantly used for the production of new beverage bottles. Its bottle-to-bottle packaging cycle is a closed loop...

Arburg welcomes 77 new apprentices and university students

The starting signal was given on September 1, 2021: a total of 77 new trainees and students from the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW) started their training at Arburg. This proud number underlines the high value that the well-founded and triple-certified training has for the Lossburg mechanical engineering company...

KraussMaffei High Performance becomes Netstal again

All activities of the former KraussMaffei High Performance will be transferred by KraussMaffei Group into an independent unit effective October 1, 2021. This will operate under the traditional name Netstal. Renzo Davatz will head Netstal as CEO and in this function will report directly to the KraussMaffei Group‘s CEO, Michael Ruf...

Five “pillars” for an ever more efficient welding

The structure of Hermann Ultraschall services has been optimized under the umbrella term “Herrmann Engineering”. Every single step, from the initial contact with the customer to delivery and start-up of the complete system, is secondary to achieving the best weld results. The ultrasonic specialists can provide a unique combination of services...

Paul Walach becomes managing director of Reifenhäuser Cast Sheet Coating

Effective July 1, 2021 Paul Walach has become Managing Director of Reifenhäuser Cast Sheet Coating together with Karsten Kratz. With this move, the Reifenhäuser Group business unit specializing in cast film, sheet and extrusion coating lines introduces a generation change at executive management level. Bernd Reifenhäuser...

ABB to acquire Asti Mobile Robotics to drive next generation of flexible automation with AMRs

A leading global autonomous mobile robot (AMR) manufacturer with a broad portfolio across all major applications enabled by the company’s software suite, Asti Mobile Robotics Group will be acquired by ABB. This will expand ABB’s robotics and automation offering, making it the only company to offer a complete portfolio for...

New head of sales and business development for Ferromatik Milacron in Europe

The pan-European full-range supplier of servo-hydraulic and all-electric injection moulding machines, Ferromatik Milacron, announced the appointment of Peter Kochs as Director Sales and Business Development. Peter Kochs, 54 years old, previously held a senior position at Windsor for 12 years...

Basf CEO Martin Brudermüller to receive 2021 Icis CEO of the Year Award

The Icis CEO of the Year Award will be presented to Martin Brudermüller, Chief Executive Officer of Basf, for outstanding achievement as voted on and recognised by his peers in the ICIS Top 40 Power Players. This prestigious global chemicals industry award will be presented to Brudermüller at the Icis Power Players Awards virtual event on...

Engel e-symposium 2021: conferences, meetings and company tours at the time of the pandemic

The Engel live e-symposium 2021 on June 22, 23 and 24 was a massive success, attracting several thousand participants. In addition to an online conference, business talks and virtual plant tours, participants took the opportunity to exchange ideas in person in one-on-one meetings and explore the virtual showroom. The virtual platform made it...

Repsol to expand its industrial complex in Sines

Two polymer materials plants will be built by Repsol at its Sines Industrial Complex (Portugal), representing the largest industrial investment in Portugal in the last ten years, at 657 million euros. The new materials produced are 100% recyclable, like the rest of Repsol's polyolefins, and can be used for highly specialized applications aligned with...

Reifenhäuser consolidates its construction competencies in blown film lines

With effect from July 1, the Reifenhäuser Group is merging its blown-film business units Reifenhäuser Blown Film and Reifenhäuser Blown Film Polyrema, which have so far operated independently, in order to cope with ongoing growth in this sector. This move consolidates the Group’s competencies even more than...

Covestro creates the foundation for sustainable growth with its new group structure

Covestro has restructured its organization effective July 1, 2021, and successfully reorganized its previously three segments - Polyurethanes, Polycarbonates, and Coatings, Adhesives, Specialties - into seven new, tailored business entities. The company has thus achieved a first milestone in implementing its new “Sustainable Future” strategy...

Schur Flexibles acquires Termoplast and aims to expand into the Italian market

The Austrian company Schur Flexibles expands recyclable packaging innovations by acquiring Termoplast Italian company, specialising in recyclable films and one of the pioneers of sustainable film production in Europe. Termoplast 100% recyclable MDO-PE films offer excellent processing qualities for all...

Engel founds new sales unit for digital products

The establishment of a digital solutions sales team sees the Engel Group bundle all sales activities for digital products and solutions from the inject 4.0 programme. Customers now have a central contact for all topics relating to the digitalisation of injection moulding production...

Vattenfall to sell 49.5% of the offshore wind farm Hollandse Kust Zuid to Basf

According to a contract signed by Basf and Vattenfal, the 49.5% of Vattenfall’s wind farm Hollandse Kust Zuid (HKZ) will be purchased by Basf. The purchase price amounts to 0.3 billion euros and takes into account the achieved status of the project. Including Basf’s contribution to fund the wind farm construction, Basf’s total commitment amounts to...

Celanese acquires POM technology and sales agreements from Grupa Azoty

The global chemical and specialty materials company, Celanese, announced that it has acquired certain technology relating to the production of polyacetal (POM) products from Grupa Azoty of Tarnow, Poland, after its decision to discontinue its POM manufacturing. Celanese will take over all existing Tarnoform contracts in order to...

Rapid recovery for German manufacturers after the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic

German manufacturers of plastics and rubber machinery can look back positively on 2020: a year marked by the coronavirus, and despite the exceptional overall situation. "After a difficult start, which was characterised by major challenges including a lockdown, incoming orders showed a rapid increase from the summer onwards", Ulrich Reifenhäuser...

Azelis and Röhm expand partnership across EMEA

Leading innovation service provider in the specialty chemicals and food ingredients industry, Azelis announced a new agreement with Röhm, global leading supplier of methacrylate chemicals. Building upon a partnership over the last ten years, this expansion awards Azelis more territories for the...

Engel e-symposium 2021 - Sustainability and digitalisation drive growth

On June 21, shortly before the start of the live e-symposium 2021, Engel gave an optimistic outlook for the current fiscal year at its online press conference. “Our order books are as full as they last were in 2018”, reports CEO Stefan Engleder. The change came about in November 2020. Even demand from the automotive industry picked up again after two very difficult years...