Germany's K'98 sells out show space CHICAGO — The 1998 version of Germany's huge K plastics show has again sold out its entire 1.5 million square feet of exhibition space, and plans a special, three-day session during the event on plastics' use in medical technology, its organizers announced June 18 at NPE.
The show, scheduled for Oct. 22-29 at Dusseldorf Fairgrounds, is expected to attract about 2,300 exhibiting companies and 260,000 visitors from well over 100 countries, according to Karlheinz Wismer, managing director of Messe Dusseldorf. Those are comparable numbers to the last version of the show in 1995.
The ``K'98 Special Medical Technology'' presentation Oct. 26-28 will include technical lectures, discussions and a special exhibit showcasing plastic raw materials, processes and applications in medical applications. It is targeted at designers, developers and manufacturers from the medical technology industry, explained the K organizers, which also organize Medica, the world's largest medical trade fair.
The Dusseldorf Fairgrounds is adding another 216,000-square-foot hall, but it is not due to be completed until May 2000, in time for the K show in 2001.
Markem acquires English firm Prestek
CHICAGO — Keene, N.H.-based Markem Corp. (Booth N6727) has purchased Prestek Ltd., an English manufacturer of printers and thermal transfer date coding machines, for an undisclosed price.
Markem acquired two product lines in the purchase: a date coding system and the Cimjet bar code label printers and applicators. The Cimjet 346 applies labels to both sides of a carton.
James Clemente, U.S. distribution manager for marking systems, said Prestek has only one facility, in Nottingham, England. Markem makes printing and identification equipment.
Gammaflux opens office in Germany
CHICAGO — Gammaflux LP, a Sterling, Va.-based company specializing in mold hot-runner control systems, has opened a small manufacturing and sales office in Wiesbaden, Germany.
The small, 3,000-square-foot plant, the first in Europe for the privately held company, includes a sub-assembly area to install unit controllers, wiring and cables for the company's control systems. The site also includes a sales and service office for Europe and the Middle East.
The facility, which will operate under the company's Gammaflux-Europe division, will expand when new business warrants it, said Gammuflux President David Huntting in an interview June 18 at NPE in Chicago (Booth S608).
The company plans to open another manufacturing, sales and service office in the Far East, Huntting said. A site has not been selected, but the company is leaning toward Singapore, he said.
A group of investors including Huntting purchased the company in May 1991. Since then, sales have more than doubled from $4 million in 1991 to an expected $9 million to $10 million this year, Huntting said. The company is also looking at potential acquisitions as part of its growth strategy.
At the show, the company introduced Mold Monitor, a software package for use with Gammaflux's Series 9500 hot-runner temperature control system. The package can predict system heater failure before it occurs.
Advanstar, PT team up on conferences
CHICAGO — Advanstar Communications Inc. and Plastics Technology magazine announced Wednesday they are teaming up on technical conferences at Advanstar's trade shows, called Plastics Fairs and Western Plastics Expositions.
Meanwhile, the regional show schedule promises to get crowded, as former Advanstar Expositions show manager Rebecca Lerew has left to start her own company.
Three Advanstar shows are scheduled for 1998 — Jan. 6-8 in Long Beach, Calif.; June 23-25 in Cleveland; and Sept. 22-24 in Atlantic City, N.J.
Under the agreement, Plastics Technology's editorial staff will coordinate technical conferences at the shows. Advanstar will continue to manage the shows. The two companies will share marketing and promotions, according to a statement issued by Gary Rekstad, publisher of Plastics Technology, and David Caplin, vice president of marketing development for Advanstar Expositions.
Both companies are exhibiting at NPE. Advanstar is based in Cleveland. The trade magazine is published by Bill Communications Inc. of New York.
Meanwhile, Lerew is trooping through NPE to promote her own company, Traverse Lerew Group Inc., which is planning events called The Plastics Show on: Nov. 4-6 in Anaheim, Calif.; April 7-8, 1998, in Philadelphia; and Detroit in November 1998. Exact dates of the Detroit show have not been determined. Her company is based in Olmsted Falls, Ohio.