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 •  October 19

Fresh off a major acquisition, materials giant BASF SE is at Fakuma with a wide portfolio of plastics materials. In September, Ludwigshafen, Germany-based BASF announced that it was buying the nylon business of Solvay SA of Brussels for 1.6 billion euros (US$1.9 billion). BASF officials said at the time that the Solvay nylon unit will complement...

Plastics News

 •  October 19

Engel Austria GmbH, a manufacturer of injection molding presses, robots and automation systems, is expecting sales of approximately 1.5 billion euros for fiscal 2017, company leadership said during an Oct. 18 news conference at Fakuma. The figure represents a 10 percent increase from 2016. The company cited Industry 4.0 and demand for integrated...

Plastics News

 •  October 19

Amerang, Germany-based plastic crates, storage containers and pallets molder Auer Packaging GmbH is continuing to grow. Founded as a Bavarian family-owned and -run company in 1985, Auer has five production locations in Germany, with the most recent investment at its 50,000-square-meter headquarters site in Amerang. Auer had previously been a...

Plastics News

 •  October 19

The Messe Friedrichshafen is busting at the seams thanks to plastics. The 25th Fakuma trade show is the largest ever, with nearly 1,900 exhibitors throughout the fairgrounds covering an estimated 85,000 square meters (915,000 square feet) of display space. They come from near. And they come from far. And they come from in-between. The show, dating...

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 •  October 19

Arburg GmbH & Co. KG says it will continue to use and develop its Selogica control system on its injection molding machines, but that its newer Gestica system is "the control system of the future." The Gestica control system has a graphical user interface, offering a look and feel similar to smart mobile devices, where operators can use "gestures"...

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 •  October 19

Machinery, material and tooling suppliers that specialize in liquid silicone rubber are key players at the Fakuma trade show. The world's largest LSR parts molder, Starlim Spritzguss GmbH of Marchtrenk, Austria, is exhibiting, too. The following companies are highlighting LSR at Fakuma. KIMW Kunststoff Institut L├╝denscheid introduced a KuGlas...

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 •  October 19

Jenoptik Automatisierungstechnik GmbH Jena, Germany-based Jenoptik Automatisierungstechnik GmbH is presenting contact-free laser-based cutting, welding and perforation system solutions for automotive exterior and interior parts at Fakuma. These include 3D CO2 lasers with power up to 5 kilowatts, capable of cutting unpainted or Class A surface...

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 •  October 19

For Italian ancillary equipment maker Moretto SpA, the main highlight at Fakuma is the Eureka Plus system, consisting of X Max multi-bed driers, a Flowmatik supervisory system, OTX thermal exchange hoppers and an online Moisture Meter. In an interview at the Drinktec fair in Munich, Paolo Gasparotto, business development manager, also discussed a...

Plastics News

 •  October 19

When Bettina Schall talks about her late husband, sometimes her eyes moisten, but a smile remains as she remembers. She remembers the ambition, the vision and the optimism of Paul Schall, who founded and oversaw the Fakuma trade show for decades. His passing last year means this year's version is the first without him. "I will continue his life's...

Plastics News

 •  October 19

Sumitomo (SHI) Demag Plastics Machinery GmbH reported ongoing growth for fiscal 2017, with sales of 273 million euros. This year's sales figure marks an increase of 15 percent compared with 2016, when the company had sales of 237 million euros. The injection molding machinery manufacturer, which has headquarters in Schwaig, Germany, said during an...