K Advisor Newsletter Articles

It’s green-up time at battenfeld-cincinnati

October 28, 2010

Confirming an ecological trend seen by a number of processing machinery manufacturers at the show, the three divisions of recently merged extruder specialist battenfeld-cincinnati (Stand 16B19) is emphasizing its “green-ness” with new equipment designed to reduce energy consumption without loss of output.

At Gneuß, delight with three straight years of oversized success

October 28, 2010

The industry is on something of a high note at the moment, thank goodness, but few are the firms that can say they went through 2008-2009 without getting dinged hard. One of the few is Gneuß.

Compact film line meeting big welcome from processors

October 28, 2010

At just 140m2, SML’s (Stand 16B47) latest stretch-film line nearly halves the space requirement of standard stretch film lines. But don’t let the small footprint fool you, says Thomas Rauscher, product manager, cast film extrusion and MDO at the company. “The line has an output of up to 1.2 tonnes per hour,” he told the KSD during a visit to his company’s stand.

Cartesian robots get complex; developing markets get automated

October 28, 2010

Complex automation tasks such as demolding of auto bumpers followed by flaming can be handled by the latest cartesian robots equipped with free CNC rotation capability from Sepro (Stand 10D59).

Parkinson Technologies finds growth in specialty films

October 28, 2010

Helping oriented film suppliers transition from commodity to more specialized products has helped web-processing machinery supplier Parkinson Technologies (Hall 3 Stand D54) boost its own bottom line, with sales on the rise in 2010 and the company adding 30 staff since the start of the year.

Borealis, Borouge and Nova Chemicals: creating new horizons

October 28, 2010

Three companies—Borealis, Borouge and Nova Chemicals (Stand 6A43)—have joined forces for the first time here at K 2010 to showcase their slogan: "Creating new horizons—Capability, Commitment, Care."

Buy one license, access two molding technologies

October 28, 2010

Whatever you need from your injection mold, one license from RocTool (Stand 15B17) is designed to help you reach you productivity goals. RocTool is the inventor of the CAGE system for inductive heating of molds as well as its 3iTech technology for heating a mold by electromagnetic induction.

Just six months old but with 14 new products

October 28, 2010

Galata took life on April 30, 2010, just six months ago this weekend, but in that short time span it has rapidly introduced new products, hired 30 additional staff and renewed its focus on emerging markets such as Latin America, Asia and Eastern Europe, according to Eric Wisnefsky, the supplier’s president and CEO. Galata Chemicals is the new name for the former PVC additives business of Chemtura, and in fact here at the K is sharing a stand (6E24) with its former parent.

TechnoCompound notches up two-digit growth rates for long-glass fiber-reinforced polypropylene

October 28, 2010

Optimizing the production process and maximizing plant capacity has made it possible so far for TechnoCompound to keep up with the demand for TechnoFiber PP LGF L H E, the long-glass-fiber-reinforced polypropylene it produces. Now, however, the company has announced that it will be investing in a second, new production plant, "in order to avoid possible delivery bottlenecks and to guarantee our usual product quality both for the long-glass-fiber-reinforced compounds as well as the other product lines" says Jörg Fleischer, TechnoCompound’s general manager.

Sabic IP accelerates sustainability efforts

October 28, 2010

Sabic Innovative Plastics (stand 6D42), announced plans yesterday to speed up environmental programs, including introduction of new grades that boost use of post-consumer recycled plastics. The U.S.-based company also said it will expand validation of environmental claims with a third-party auditing firm based in New York City called Green Order and explore new bioplastics.