The following items were gathered by reporters Bill Bregar and Bruce Vernyi, and editor Robert Grace at K'95, held Oct. 5-12 in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Birkbys Plastics Ltd. of Liversedge, England, a producer of precision-molded plastic components and assemblies, announced at the show that it has opened a new, 1.5 million ($2.37 million) plant in Glenrothes, Scotland.
The 40,000-square-foot plant, expected to create more than 100 jobs during the next three years, will supply electronics and telecommunications customers in the country, including Sun Microsystems, according to a news release from The Scottish Office, a government agency.
Birkbys is part of the Marubeni Corp., a Japanese trading company with 200 offices and 650 affiliated companies in 90 countries.
This plant opening follows by less than three months the announcement by Japan's Canon Manufacturing UK that it would spend 10 million ($15.8 million) to expand its Glenrothes plant to produce printers for the European market. That expansion is expected to create 220 jobs by the end of 1996, according to The Scottish Office.
Boston Matthews plans expansion
Boston Matthews Machinery Ltd. plans to invest $500,000 to expand production of extrusion downstream equipment at its U.S. subsidiary in Norwood, N.J.
Colin Brookes, managing director, said the company will purchase production machinery, invest in inventory and improve efficiency in Norwood, where it expects a 35 percent sales increase in 1995. No new construction is included, he said.
The Norwood operation supplies downstream equipment, such as pullers, calibration units, cooling baths, cutters and winders, to pipe and tubing extruders in North, Central and South America.
In England, the company makes and markets injection molding machines, extruders and screws.
``We're just bringing our injection presses to the United States now,'' Brookes said in an Oct. 27 interview after K'95.
A Dayton, Ohio, company, Thomas & James Automation Inc., recently formed a firm to market Boston Matthews injection presses, called Thomas & James Injection Molding Machinery. The company also makes controllers.
At K'95, the firm introduced the BM2000 Extruder Control System. The touch-screen controller covers functions of the extruder and downstream equipment, the firm said.
Hemscheidt fo focus on molding machines
Hemscheidt Group is focusing on its injection molding machine business, after selling what had been its core business - hydraulic coal mining equipment.
Owner Alexander Hemscheidt said at K'95 that the company, based in Wuppertal, Germany, will focus on presses made by Hemscheidt Maschinentechnik Schwerin GmbH & Co.
Hemscheidt Group in 1991 bought the injection press works at Schwerin, in the former East Germany.
Hemscheidt cited private reasons for selling the coal mining equipment business earlier this year.
He declined to elaborate, but said his firm still has a small side business that makes suspensions for trucks and buses.