Extruder takes back Milacron brand name
CINCINNATI - The ``Cincinnati'' moniker continues to creep back into machines from Milacron Inc.
The company announced April 14 that Cincinnati Milacron has unseated ExtrusionTek Milacron as a brand name for the company's twin-screw extruders manufactured at its U.S. factory in Batavia, Ohio.
Jim Abbiati, president of Milacron's applied processing business, said customers requested the name after they heard the company's earlier announcement to bring back the Cincinnati Milacron name and logo to injection molding machines built in Batavia.
The Cincinnati-based equipment maker decided to resurrect the name after it sealed its refinancing deal March 16.
Abbiati said Milacron has built and delivered more twin-screw extruders under the Cincinnati Milacron brand name than all competitors combined. The extruders turn out vinyl windows, siding, pipe and wood/plastic composites.
Abbiati said Milacron plans to introduce the world's largest conical twin-screw extruder, aimed at composite decking.
Milacron will continue to use the Akron Milacron name for its single-screw extruders.
Battenfeld unit teams with China customer
MEINERZHAGEN, GERMANY - The Battenfeld-brand extrusion machinery businesses of SMS Plastics Technologies Group have forged a close alliance with a major customer in China, Hebei B&S Group.
The agreement, signed last December during the Chinaplas show, includes Battenfeld Gloucester Engineering Co. Inc. of Gloucester, Mass.; Battenfeld Extrusionstechnik GmbH of Bay Oeynhausen, Germany; and Battenfeld Chen Extrusion Systems, a joint venture in Shunde, China, between SMS and Chen Hsong Machinery Co. Ltd.
SMS designates Hebei as a key account.
The machinery manufacturer will share with Hebei new designs in extrusion equipment, information on emerging applications in flexible packaging and pipe and profile extrusion, provide technical advice on product development and keep the company updated on market data such as trends in plastics consumption, to help it develop business in China.
SMS also will provide Hebei with regularly scheduled sales and service calls, training and technical seminars.
Hebei, in turn, will make the Battenfeld companies preferred vendors for extrusion equipment. Hebei will inform the machinery maker about future projects so it can submit proposals. The processor also will share information with Battenfeld on market trends in China.
The Battenfeld extrusion equipment companies already have sold Hebei blown film and cast polypropylene sheet lines, several PVC and polyethylene pipe lines and PVC window lines.
SMS Plastics Technologies Group is based in Meinerzhagen.
Facts ventures into machinery business
CUYAHOGA FALLS, OHIO - Facts Inc., which makes extrusion control systems in Cuyahoga Falls, is getting into the machinery business thanks to an agreement with APSwissTech SA, based in Yvonand, Switzerland.
Facts said it becomes the sole U.S.-based supplier of complete extrusion systems for cross-linked polyethylene tubing, composite tubing, medical tubing, drip irrigation lines and fiber-optic processes for customers in the United States and Canada.
Facts is handling sales and service, including help with start-up and maintenance, according to Al Hodge, Facts' director of marketing and sales.
Production lines from APSwissTech have been popular in Europe, Facts said.
TSK purchase boosts Buhler AG offerings
PLYMOUTH, MINN. - Buhler AG has beefed up its plastics and rubber extrusion machinery offerings by purchasing the TSK business from Theysohn Maschinenbau GmbH of Salzgitter, Germany.
TSK, which stands for Theysohn Screw Kneader, includes a range of co-rotating, intermeshing twin-screw extruders. TSK will be integrated into the Buhler Extrusion Systems business unit.
Buhler said TSK is a good complement to the company's existing extrusion applications for food, pharmaceuticals and other applications.
Buhler will establish a new center of competence in Braunschweig, Germany, for plastics, rubber, engineering applications and paints and ink. An existing center that focuses on food and pharmaceuticals, will be expanded at Buhler headquarters in Uzwil, Switzerland.
Terms of the TSK acquisition were not disclosed.
Buhler's U.S. headquarters, Buhler Inc., is based in Plymouth.