K Advisor Newsletter Articles

High-flying Zeppelin sells equipment from the floor

November 2, 2010

This is the first K show that Wolfgang Horn, managing director at Zeppelin Systems (Stand 9B41), can remember where his clients have come prepared to buy product directly from the booth.

Austrian moldmaker ifw focuses on R&D

November 2, 2010

After nearly 40 years in the mold manufacturing business, ifw mould tec GmbH, headquartered in Micheldorf, Austria, needed to be revitalized. They brought in Friedrich Kastner, a physicist by profession, as the new managing director to help with the reorganization.

World’s fastest linear leak tester debuts at K

November 2, 2010

A linear leak tester capable of testing the integrity of 11,000 bottles per hour with a single head is the highlight of the Profile Solutions stand at K (Stand 14C24). At K, the unit was testing 115-ml pharmaceutical containers at a rate of 10,900 bottles per hour. “At this rate, we can still detect holes down to 0.17 mm,” says Profile Solutions Director Thomas Mitchell.

Leistritz announces sale of seven lines

November 2, 2010

Leistritz Extrusiontechnik GmbH (Stand 16F22; Nuremberg, Germany) announced the sale of seven lines to German masterbatch supplier Grafe Group. Two of the lines will be delivered this year, with the remainder to be shipped in 2011.

Made-in-Thailand hot runner systems take on challenging tasks

November 2, 2010

Faced with more orders, many Asian processors invest in more injection machines rather than considering the benefits of hot runner systems according to Bob Fill, founder of Thai-based supplier Volastic (Stand 12A33). But they are starting to appreciate the benefits, if one case of adoption in Thailand is any example.

Haitian sales, profits set records in first half of 2010

November 2, 2010

Haitian’s sales and profits set company records in the first six months of 2010. The Ningbo, China injection machine systems supplier was helped when markets bounced back faster in Asia, Eastern Europe, and South America. In its K 2010 stand (15A41), the company is displaying machines from each of its three product categories—basic tech, mid-tech, and high end, including several new product launches. Based on the success of its basic-tech Mars series, the new Pallas line starts with the energy efficiency of the Mars, then adds speed and precision.

NPE2012: Easing the way to Orlando for exhibitors and visitors

November 2, 2010

During K 2010, SPI, The Plastics Industry Trade Assn., announced a major campaign that will promote the benefits that come with the relocation of its NPE2012 trade fair from its long-term location in Chicago to the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, FL, USA.

Plastics knowledge center planned for India

November 2, 2010

The Plastindia Foundation (Stands 5B15 and 12D05), organizers of the eponymous show, is behind an initiative to establish the $25 million Plastindia Foundation Knowledge Centre in the state of Gujarat, 2.5 hours from Mumbai. The center will conduct technical and managerial training courses, as well as incorporate design and development and testing centers.

Sabic’s multilayer film offers sustainable economic value

November 2, 2010

Sabic is introducing a new multilayer film packaging concept at the K show that aims to improve performance, cost efficiency, and sustainability, marking a new approach to leveraging Sabic’s polyolefin portfolio, according to the company.

PolyOne launches bio-based engineering plastics

November 2, 2010

“We don’t do starch,” says Marcel Dartree, PolyOne’s global marketing director for biopolymers. “And we don’t do disposable. Our customers need engineering materials that perform. And they don’t want them to degrade.”