K Advisor Newsletter Articles

Cautious optimism expressed by Italian K exhibitors

October 28, 2010

Light at the end of the tunnel is how some Italian exhibitors at this year’s K show say they are seeing the recovery which has affected their industry. Although interest from customers has picked up lately, Alessandro Feller, export sales manager at Zambello Riduttori (Magnago, Italy), specialist manufacturing high-powered gearboxs, which is showing its know-how at the stand of Swiss screw producer Bernex Bimetall (Stand 11E41), says he is only cautiously optimistic as he looks down the road. Nevertheless Zambello now is fully booked to the end of the year.

Global biopolymer leader Braskem in the sweet spot

October 28, 2010

For Braskem (stand 6D27), the Brazilian company with proprietary technology for converting sugarcane ethanol into useable feedstocks for biopolymers, life just keeps getting sweeter. The company today announced that it was launching a project to build a green propylene plant in order to move into industrial scale production of green polypropylene. The green polypropylene will have the same technical, processability, and performance properties as polypropylene made using traditional production routes. According to Rui Chammas, VP of the Braskem polymers unit, Braskem occupies a unique position in this segment.

Arburg turns machine setup into a simple five-step process

October 27, 2010

Among the array of new technology in the Arburg stand (13A13), one of the most interesting would have to be the new Set-up Assistant module for the company’s updated Selogica control system. Arburg also supplies robots and other automation, so it asked itself this: If menu-guided, accompanied set-up, or so-called "teach-in" of robotic sequences works, then why not apply the same principle to the entire injection molding process?

Static pinning system for smooth inmold labeling

October 27, 2010

A high-voltage generator lies at the core of an inmold labeling (IML) pinning system that employs the static principle to fix labels in the injection tool. Debuted at K by Meech International (Stand 11B60), the 994 IML high-voltage generator works in conjunction with the recently introduced Meech Hydra miniaturized inmold labeling pinning system specifically designed for molding of small products such as cream cheese containers.

Compact IBM unit demonstrates COP resin molding

October 27, 2010

Zeonex and Zeonor cyclo-olefin polymer (COP) resins from Zeon (Stand 6E4) boasting high moisture barrier and ultralow extractables are ideal for applications such as vials, bottles and tubes for medical and biopharmaceutical primary drug packaging applications, including blood tubes.

Telles launches thermoformable grades of Mirel PHA bioplastic

October 27, 2010

Already offering processors bioplastics for injection molding, sheet extrusion, and film extrusion, Telles (Stand 5D/10-6) has expanded the range of conversion technologies covered by its Mirel polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) to thermoforming. Approved for food-contact applications, Daniel Gilliland, director of business development, and Debra Darby, director of marketing communications, told the K Show Daily that PHA’s high-temperature durability gives the new thermoforming material immediate entrée into applications like hot-drink lids, with a working temperature of 212°F and heat distortion of 240-250°F.

Solvay focuses on specialty polymers

October 27, 2010

The Solvay Group, headquartered in Brussels, announced plans to develop a new renewably sourced polyamide in cooperation with Mitsubishi Gas Chemicals.

Italians wow show visitors with hot racer

October 27, 2010

What better way to headline the expertise and know-how of Italian technology than by showing the tops in racing cars? Designed and built by motoring consultancy specialist Dellara (Varano de’ Melegari, Italy), the aerodynamic vehicle weighs only 650 kg thanks to its revolutionary design, says Francesco Ravanetti from the company’s commercial department.

W&H pushes polyolefin film extrusion to the limit with new die technology

October 27, 2010

A new die design tailored specifically for polyolefins is allowing Windmöller & Hölscher (W&H) to churn out tissue film at an output of more than 1000 kg/hr from its stand in Hall 17 Stand A59. The 5-layer 400-mm Maxicone P die is being fed from a Varex blown-film extrusion system at the base of a more than 15m-high tower.

Rebounding from 2009, Engel broadens and sharpens focus

October 27, 2010

Speaking at his company’s K 2010 press conference yesterday, Dr. Peter Neumann, CEO of the of the Austrian-based Engel-Group made it clear that this global supplier of injection molding machinery and automation systems did not let the 2009 economic crisis go to waste. As a result, the Group is enjoying a 60% growth in sales this year over 2009.