Cincinnati Extrusion partners with Bauku
Vienna, Austria - Cincinnati Extrusion GmbH of Vienna has entered a partnership to supply extrusion lines to German machinery firm Bauku GmbH, to make large-diameter, spiral-wound pipes.
Bauku, based in Troisdorf, makes pipe and sells equipment to make large-diameter pipe, using the extrusion winding process, in which a continuous extruded profile is wound into a pipe.
The technology makes corrugated pipe for waste-water and sewage, two growing markets, Cincinnati Extrusion said.
Under the process, the extruder is placed on a mobile carriage running on rails alongside several winding stations. With different profile dies, the extruder can produce almost any desired type of pipe profile. It also can extrude pipe with very thick walls, by stepless or multilayer processes.
Huntsman to start up new Singapore plant
Salt Lake City - Huntsman Corp. expects to start commercial production in the third quarter at its recently completed polyetheramines plant in Singapore.
Huntsman completed the 33 million-pound-per-year Jeffamine-brand polyetheramines plant at the end of May.
``The $40 million Singapore plant ... will complement Huntsman's polyetheramines facilities in Conroe, Texas, and Llanelli, Wales,'' said Don Stanutz, president of the Salt Lake City-based company's performance products division.
The new plant will use Huntsman's latest proprietary amine technology. Applications include epoxy composites for use in wind blades, epoxy coatings, concrete additives, organic pigments, fuel and lubricant additives, herbicides and pesticides.
Sonics & Materials visited for TV show
Newtown, Conn. - It was lights, camera, action at Sonics & Materials Inc., when a crew from the Modern Marvels television show came to company headquarters in Newtown to film the producer of ultrasonic welding equipment.
The History Channel aired the segment May 9.
The show interviewed Robert Soloff, president and founder of Sonics & Materials, who holds the original patent for ultrasonic welding of plastics. Soloff discovered the process in 1963 and was awarded a patent in 1965. He founded the firm in 1969.
The Modern Marvels episode focused on the subject of welding, including underwater, explosion, arc and ultrasonic welding.
CPM adds U.K. unit of Wolverine Proctor
Waterloo, Iowa - CPM Holdings Inc. has acquired Wolverine Proctor's operations in Glasgow, Scotland.
Terms were not disclosed.
In 2006 Waterloo-based CPM acquired the U.S. operations of Wolverine Proctor & Schwartz Ltd. in Lexington, N.C., which makes equipment for particle-size reduction and pelletizing.
In early 2006, CPM bought Century Extruders, a twin-screw extruder maker in Traverse City, Mich.
According to CPM, Wolverine Proctor is a major builder of machinery for thermal process applications including baking, drying, roasting, toasting, flaking and shredding for the food, chemicals, tobacco and textile industries. Other markets include compounding extrusion, corn wet milling, microbrewery and wood.
Krones' sales reach record high, growing
Neutraubling, Germany - Krones AG, the German maker of packaging machinery and beverage filling lines, had a strong 2006 and reports business continued to be solid in the first quarter of 2007.
Krones, of Neutraubling, makes blow molding machines and other equipment, including complete lines for beer.
Sales increased 12.7 percent in 2006, to reach 1.91 billion euros ($2.4 billion) Krones said its net income jumped 22.3 percent, to 77.5 million euros ($97 million).
Krones shares reached a record high, promoting its board members to propose a stock split.
First-quarter sales rose 11.8 percent, to reach 505 million euros ($634 million). Order bookings were up 14 percent. Profit rose 20 percent, to nearly 23 million euros ($29 million).
For all of 2007, Krones officials are predicting sales growth between 7-12 percent. If that happens, Krones' sales would top 2 billion euros for the first time ever.
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