DUSSELDORF, GERMANY - A large twin-sheet thermoforming machine graced one of the American pavilions at K 2001, but what really stood out at the Brown Machine LLC booth was colored red, white and blue.
A giant American flag was stretched taut between two posts over Brown's booth in Hall 3. Brown is based in Beaverton, Mich.
K 2001 came just six weeks after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States, and the Dusseldorf trade show was marked by low U.S. attendance.
Show officials took down decorative flag banners that normally hang over the U.S. pavilions at K.
So Brown Machine stood out.
``A lot of people say, `Are you afraid to fly it?' We say, `No, no. We're proud to fly it,' '' said Bill Kent, vice president of sales.
The company periodically fired up the big rotary machine, Model R-244-ETS, during the show. Kent handed out small clocks made by twin-sheet theromforming.
Brown also introduced the LR-2000 lip roller to curl lips on round thermoformed containers. A conveyor belt moves the containers to the crowd rollers, which spin the stack of parts and feed them through the oven section to screws that curl the lips.
The company said the machine can handle 500-3,500 containers per minute.