Battenfeld operation shipping first machine
WEST WARWICK, R.I. — Battenfeld GmbH's new U.S. injection press assembly operation in Pennsylvania will ship its first machine this month, according to Wolfgang Meyer, the German company's top U.S. official.
Meyer said the injection molding machine has a clamping force of 880 tons. He declined to identify the customer.
Battenfeld of Meinerzhagen, Germany, announced at NPE 1997 that it was going to build the large-tonnage HPM press in Bellefonte, Pa. The plant, which already was making steel forming equipment, is owned by SMS Engineering, which is part of SMS AG, owner of Battenfeld.
Battenfeld expects to sell about 20 U.S.-made machines this year, said Meyer, president of Battenfeld of America Inc. in West Warwick. He made the comments during an April 15 press conference.
Machine maker Hirsch buys Italian company
GLANEGG, AUSTRIA — Hirsch Maschinenbau GmbH, an Austrian company that makes machines to process expanded polystyrene, purchased an Italian competitor, Berndorf Italia srl on March 4.
Berndorf of Albavilla, Italy, manufactures machinery that produces EPS insulation. The firm employs 33.
The purchase price was not disclosed.
Hirsch Maschinenbau's machines serve the complete EPS industry, including packaging, insulation and parts for the automotive industry. The firm is a subsidiary of Hirsch Servo AG of Glanegg, which went public last summer on the Vienna stock exchange.
Exports, mainly to Europe and the United States, account for more than 90 percent of sales at both Hirsch Maschinenbau and Berndorf. Hirsch's U.S. office is in Sarasota, Fla.
Equipment firm moves U.S. base to Miami
MIAMI — The U.S. headquarters of Taiwanese blown film equipment maker, Queens Machinery Co. Ltd., has moved from Santa Monica, Calif., to Miami.
Queens Plastics Machinery USA Inc. handles sales and service for the United States and Latin America for Taipei-based Queens Machinery.
``The biggest reason we moved to Miami is to service our growing list of clients in Latin America,'' said Raul F. Matos, executive vice president of sales and marketing.
Queens Machinery builds blown film lines and T-shirt bag conversion equipment.
The Miami operation also operates as Karlville Development USA Inc., representing several other Asian machinery makers.
Karlville also has offices in Hong Kong.
Robot maker Sailor celebrates opening
MARIETTA, GA. — Robot maker Sailor USA Inc. held an opening ceremony in Marietta on March 6 to mark its emergence as an independent company.
Sailor's parent is Sailor Pen Co. of Tokyo. From 1982 until mid-1997, Automated Assemblies Corp. of Clinton, Mass., distributed Sailor robots in the United States, said Daniel Welton, Sailor USA's national sales manager.
Welton said Sailor moved into the leased, 2,500-square-foot building last year. Sailor USA now handles its distribution, sales and service directly, and the relationship with Automated Assemblies is over, he said.
Sailor USA prepares the machines for shipment, and makes end-of-arm tooling in Marietta. Some U.S. assembly could start up in a few years, according to Welton.
Davis-Standard sells extruders to Pa. firm
PAWCATUCK, CONN.—Davis-Standard has sold its Gemini series of parallel twin-screw extruders to Adept Corp., a PVC tooling and extrusion company in York, Pa., and Diamond Plastics Corp., a PVC pipe extruder based in Grand Island, Neb.
Davis-Standard said the series includes the GP-94, with a screw diameter of 94 millimeters, and the GP-114, with a 114mm screw. The machines are counter-rotating twin-screw extruders. Screws on both models have a length-to-diameter ratio of 28-to-1.
According to Davis-Standard, Adept bought a GP-94; Diamond bought a GP-114.
An optional GPH-160 parallel co-rotating preheater can boost PVC output rates by as much as 35 percent, according to Davis-Standard.
Separately, ER-WE-PA, a film equipment unit of Davis-Standard, has opened a new technical center at its headquarters in Erkrath, Germany.
ER-WE-PA builds machinery for extrusion coating, cast film and sheet.
The center, equipped with twin-screw extruders, dies, screws and measurement equipment, is available for customers and resin manufacturers.
Davis-Standard, based in Pawcatuck, is a division of Crompton & Knowles Corp. of Stamford, Conn.
K-Tron International acquires Hurricane
PITMAN, N.J. — K-Tron International, which builds resin feeders and blenders, has purchased Hurricane Pneumatic Conveying Inc.
Hurricane, based in Brantford, Ontario, manufactures hopper loaders and pneumatic conveying systems for process industries such as plastics, food and pharmaceuticals.
Kevin Brown, president of K-Tron America in Pitman, said K-Tron has used Hurricane loaders with its feeders and weigh blenders for more than five years.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Hurricane's production will continue at the Canada location, according to a K-Tron spokesman.
Ill. equipment maker opens unit in England
ITASCA, ILL. — Thermoforming equipment builder Maac Machinery Corp. of Itasca has opened Maac Machinery Europe in Shropshire, in central England.
Grahame Chapman, who was Maac's former sales representative in England, will head up the European operation.
The address of Maac Machinery Europe is: Maac House, Mill Road, Wollerton, Shropshire, TF9 3NE, England.