The following briefs were gathered by Plastics News senior reporter Bill Bregar at the K 2001 show, held Oct. 25-Nov. 1 in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Machinery demand persists in Taiwan
Taiwanese producers of plastics and rubber equipment have maintained their market share, despite the global economic slowdown, according to the China External Trade Development Council.
Cetra said Taiwan machinery makers even managed a 19 percent increase on exports during the first quarter of 2001, compared to 2000.
Taiwan is the fifth-largest country for the production of plastics and rubber machinery, behind Germany, Japan, Italy and the United States, according to Cetra. The organization said Taiwanese companies export 85 percent of their production - for a total of US$550 milliion worth of equipment.
Cetra said 80 Taiwanese companies exhibited at K 2001, held in Dusseldorf.
Bekum enters into all-electric market
Berlin-based Bekum Maschinenfabriken GmbH has entered the world of all-electric blow molding machines, showing its new SB series of stretch blow molders at K 2001. The machine can mold PET or polypropylene bottles.
A Bekum spokesman said the company has used electric components in the past, along with hydraulic power. The new machine is the first all-electric Bekum.
The SB is designed to blow mold up to 22,000 bottles an hour. The modular machine can run molds from two to 16 cavities.
Bekum uses modular components for the loading station, oven, molding system, take-off system and conveying.
The flexible machines can make wide-mouth bottles, flat containers and oval shapes.
Bekum's SB machines are fitted with a Siemens controller.
The company's division in the United States, Bekum America Corp., is based in Williamson, Mich.