January - The year ended on a sour note for Mexicans, and U.S. machinery firms hoping to sell there, thanks to a 40 percent peso devaluation in mid-December 1994. Sales of U.S.-made plastics machinery dried up and have never really recovered, according to machinery company officials. Davis-Standard Division of Crompton & Knowles Corp. made its first European acquisition, picking up the plastics and rubber extruder operations from McNeil Akron Repiquet sarl of France.
March - Davis-Standard purchased Killion Extruders Inc., which makes laboratory and midsize extruders. It was Davis-Standard's sixth acquisition in the past five years.
St. Louis holding company Harbour Group Ltd. bought auxiliary equipment makers AEC Inc. and Sterling Inc. and injection press makers Wabash MPI and Carver Inc.
April - Husky Injection announced it was relocating its U.S. large-tonnage injection press assembly operation to GE Plastics' Polymer Processing Development Center in Pittsfield, Mass.
Rotational molding machine maker Ferry Industries Inc. completed a move into a 70,000-square-foot plant in Stow, Ohio, nearly doubling its space. A few months later, competitor FSP Machinery Co. (Canada) Inc. opened a Stow branch just a few miles away.
May - Johnson Controls Inc. announced an exclusive licensing agreement with Irm os Semeraro Ltda., in which Semeraro will manufacture and sell Uniloy blow molding machines in Brazil. The following month, Johnson Controls kept up its globalization moves by purchasing a German blow molding machine maker, B&W Kunststoffmaschinen Handelsgesellschaft GmbH.
July - Germany's Battenbought American Maplan Corp., a U.S. manufacturer of extruders for PVC pipe, profiles and siding.
August - HPM Corp. said it would start making Klockner-Windsor hydraulic and hydromechanical injection presses at its headquarters in Mount Gilead, Ohio, through an agreement with Germany's Klockner Desma GmbH.
October - About 260,000 visitors from 111 countries ventured to Dusseldorf, Germany, to attend K'95. Attendance was down 9 percent from K'92.
Japan's Ube Industries Ltd., a strong player in large-tonnage injection presses for automo-tive molders, broke ground for a 50,000-square-foot assembly plant in Ann Arbor, Mich.
November - Cincinnati Milacron announced it was spending $260 million to buy D-M-E Co., which makes mold bases, hot runner parts and other standard mold components.