Battenfeld reaches milestone with sale
Kottingbrunn, Austria - Battenfeld Kunststoffmaschinen GmbH reached a milestone recently - selling its 5,500th TM-brand toggle injection press to Instaplast Praha AS in the Czech Republic.
Instaplast, in Brandys nad Labem, will mold pipe and tubing fittings on the 130/750 press.
Battenfeld built its first press in 1949. The Kottingbrunn machine maker has shipped more than 80,000 injection presses.
The 17-year-old Instaplast, which makes plastic pipe systems for under-floor and wall heating, waste water and flexible connection tubes, now has 24 Battenfeld injection presses. It generated 2006 sales of 5.4 million euros (US$6.8 million).
Billion and TechServ sign pact for service
Oyonnax, France - French injection press supplier Billion SA signed an agreement with TechServ TSI to handle service and installation of machines Billion sells in the U.S. and Canada.
Billion plans to target North America as a new market for its presses under its new owner, Korbinian Kiesl, who bought the company in February 2006. The firm, based in Oyonnax, specializes in machines that mold packaging and cosmetics, including multicomponent presses.
The businesses finalized their deal in mid-December. Vaughan, Ontario-based TechServ, through partner Matcom Industrial Installations Inc., can do complete machine installations, including rigging, piping, and integrating auto- mation and auxiliary equipment.
Billion will stock some spare parts at TechServ, said sales manager Olivier Crave. TechServ technicians are receiving training at Billion facilities in France.
TechServ already counts several major injection press manufacturers as customers for machine installations. The company also does machinery remanufacturing.
TechServ handles only service, not sales.
Billion will sign a sales agent for Canada soon, Crave said.
Crave said Billion plans to exhibit a two-shot press at the Plast-Ex 2007 show May 1-3 in Toronto. The machine, with 200 tons of clamping force, will mold a rectangular plate from polypropylene with one injection unit, and a polystyrene knife and fork with the second unit. Billion wants to show the ability to mold two different materials, and two different shot volumes, in the same cycle time on one press.
Crave said Billion recently opened a sales and service office in Offenburg - its first in Germany in 10 years. ``You have to bring a lot of high technology if you are going to compete in Germany,'' he said. Billion officials want Germany to account for 10 percent of sales in the next three or four years, he said.
Engel NA opens tech, training center in Pa.
SCHWERTBERG, AUSTRIA - Engel North America has opened a 7,500-square-foot technical and training center at its large-tonnage machinery plant in York, Pa.
The facility houses a range of machinery, automation and process technologies. All equipment is available for customer mold trials, product development, training, and demonstrations.
The center also offers five injection presses - a vertical-clamp, rotary-table unit with 200 tons of clamping force for insert molding, a 165-ton Victory tie-barless press, a 310-ton E-Motion all-electric press and two Duo two-platen machines with 720 and 1,000 tons of clamping force. All machines are equipped with Engel robots.
The training area has plasma screen displays and dedicated computer systems. Engel has set up 14 training courses for York in 2007.
In North America, Engel already has training centers in Guelph, Ontario, and Mexico City.
Process automation to grow, says report
Dedham, Mass. - During the next five years, the global market for process automation will grow at a 6.4 percent annual compounded rate, according to ARC Advisory Group of Dedham.
ARC said the strong prediction reflects investments by manufacturers facing global competition.
The market should grow from nearly $58 billion in 2005 to nearly $79 billion in 2010, ARC said in its report, ``Total Automation Business for the Process Industries Worldwide.''
Dynisco establishes Russian distribution
FRANKLIN, MASS. - Dynisco LLC of Franklin has set up a distribution network in Russia for its Dynisco and Viatran product lines with the help of US-Russia Marketing Group.
``We have begun to receive orders,'' said Matthew Carrara, vice president of sales and marketing for Dynisco Instruments in North and South America and Viatran products worldwide. ``Our expectations are for a dramatic growth in revenue within Russia in 2007.''
The products include pressure sensors and related instruments for plastics and fluid processing and the oil and gas industries.
URMG of Stamford, Conn., is translating Dynisco's specification sheets and products manuals into Russian, helping Dynisco obtain certification for importing products and providing links with new distributors, trade shows and marketing events.