Fakuma 2005 was anything but child's play - because the German maker of Playmobil toys bought 84 injection presses from three German suppliers during the show, which ran Oct. 18-22 in Friedrichshafen.
Geobra BrandstÃ¤tter GmbH & Co. KG of Zindorf, Germany, is spending 27 million euros ($32 million) to expand its main factory in Dietenhofen, Germany. Some of the machinery suppliers at Fakuma declined to say where the new Playmobil presses are going, and the toy maker did not respond to a request for comment. But Playmobil's Web site said the toy maker is adding 120 injection molding presses and a storage area for semi-finished products in a major expansion at Dietenhofen.
A smaller Playmobil plant, in Malta in the Mediterranean, is getting 6 million euros' ($7 million) worth of upgrades to boost production of the movable figures used on every Playmobil product.
The winners at Fakuma were:
* Ferromatik Milacron Maschinenbau GmbH of Malterdingen, Germany, sold 40 if its hydraulic K-Tec machines to Playmobil. Ferromatik has supplied machines to Geobra BrandstÃ¤tter since the early 1970s, molding the multicomponent Playmobil toys - many of which are assembled right in the press. Milacron will deliver the presses to the Dietenhofen factory during the first quarter of 2006. The order includes standard presses and machines for multicomponent molding.
* Battenfeld Injection Molding GmbH of Kottingbrunn, Austria, sold 26 of its two-platen HM presses to Playmobil. The machines have clamping forces of 44-880 tons, according to spokeswoman Ingrid Bergmann.
* Munich-based Krauss-Maffei Kunststofftechnik GmbH sold 18 of its small CX presses to Playmobil.
Playmobil toys are sold around the world. The privately held company generated 2004 sales of 359 million euros ($446 million).