Fakuma show stays in Friedrichshafen
Friedrichshafen, Germany - The Fakuma trade show will remain in Friedrichshafen, close to where the Germany, Switzerland and Austria borders meet.
Trade show organizer P.E. Schall GmbH & Co. KG considered moving Fakuma, but the show now will remain at Friedrichshafen Exhibition Centre through 2021, Schall announced.
Organizers will expand the complex with the addition of two buildings, a new entrance and closer parking spaces.
There is no Fakuma show this year because of the huge K 2007 trade show, to be held Oct. 24-31 in Dusseldorf, Germany.
The next Fakuma is set for Oct. 14-18, 2008. The expansions will add 160,000 square feet of exhibition space to that Fakuma.
Nearly 40,000 people attended Fakuma 2006.
``We're pleased with the successful conclusion of our agreement,'' said Friedrichshafen Mayor Josef Buchelmeier, who also chairs the trade fair advisory board.
TecPET unveils new German R&D center
Regensburg, Germany - TecPET Innovation GmbH has opened a research and development center in Regensburg.
The consulting company's team of marketing specialists and designers, along with technical experts, focuses on bringing products to market more quickly.
That makes TecPET a one-stop shop for customers, said Managing Director Otto Appel.
``We lay emphasis on the effect the product has on the consumer, which is determined by the creative aspects,'' Appel said. ``The packaging makes the first product statement; as a consequence, it is the most important tool for strengthening our customers' market position.''
Maplan takes home Kan. business award
McPherson, Kan. - American Maplan Corp. received the Business Excellence Award in Manufacturing/Distribution from the Kansas Department of Commerce.
The plastic pipe and profiles extruder was honored at the state's annual Business Appreciation Month awards ceremony in Wichita.
``We are delighted to be honored in Kansas for our contribution to the community and the industry,'' said Maplan President and Chief Executive Officer Kurt Waldhauer. ``To earn the Business Excellence Award is a strong statement about what we have accomplished.''
Maplan is based in McPherson.
Morein plant adds CentriCut granulator
Balgach, Switzerland - Nuga AG has supplied a CentriCut 44sl granulator to Morein Plastics GmbH, as part of the recycler's new, two-stage shredding plant in Nordhorn, Germany.
Morein has moved its production from Denekamp, Netherlands, to a 270,000-square-foot plant in Nordhorn.
The company recycles post-industrial scrap, including polyethylene, polypropylene, polystyrene and PET. Two-stage processing, which pre-shreds the material then transports it to the CentriCut granulator, gives Morein more flexibility than running a single, large granulator, according to Nuga.
``Overall, we require less drive power when using two granulation stages, compared with single-stage processing with a conventional granulator. We observe here much less power peaks, even at high throughput,'' said Jan Reinink, Morein founder and managing director.
Nuga is based in Balgach.
Boy makes changes to daily operations
Fernthal, Germany - Dr. Boy GmbH & Co. KG has upgraded its assembly operations in Fernthal, by putting in flexible flow manufacturing.
Flexible flow responds to actual demand, rather than a rigid daily production schedule. Boy officials claim the process guarantees that the item being made complies exactly with the customer's specifications and delivery requirements.
When the machinery maker was founded in 1968, the company used what it called a ``revolutionary'' stationary assembly line production. Today, all machines go along a moving assembly line to final inspection, using undercarriages and under-the-floor conveyors. Synchronized production means all parts needed for assembly are delivered in the right place and at the right time, and meet all quality standards, the company said.
``Optimum material flow, shortest possible delivery times, low stock in hand and thus maximum efficiency - this desire furthers progress in industrial manufacturing, and it also motivates us,'' said Boy Managing Director Alfred Schiffer.
Boy's U.S. unit, Boy Machines Inc., is in Exton, Pa.
RJG opening bureau in `plastics valley'
Traverse City, Mich. - RJG Inc. of Traverse City will open a regional office in Oyonnax, France, in the area known as France's ``plastics valley'' region.
RJG makes process control systems and training products.
The company hired 14-year plastics veteran Denis Fecci as its technical sales manager.
Fecci is going through a battery of RJG training programs before he begins conducting RJG courses in France, probably beginning around the first quarter of 2008.
StackTeck investing in new machinery
Brampton, Ontario - StackTeck Systems Inc. has invested in machinery to improve its injection mold production.
``Our business volume has increased by more than 50 percent over the last five years,'' President Randy Yakimishyn said. ``We're very pleased to see that this trend is continuing and, together with our lead-time reduction initiatives, we needed some new capital equipment.''
The Brampton-based company installed a high-speed milling machine and a wire-electric-discharge machine at its plant there.
StackTeck also has invested in streamlining the communication link between engineering and manufacturing, adding multiple stations on the plant floor so employees can view and use computer-aided-design models.
Yakimishyn said the firm also plans to add new injection presses to its technical service center, to expand mold testing.
Former ICI unit now Intertek tech center
London - Intertek Group plc has purchased the Measurement Science Group of ICI plc.
As part of the deal, ICI awarded a four-year outsourcing contract to Intertek.
The sale price was undisclosed.
MSG expands London-based Intertek's services by introducing new expertise and advanced measurement capabilities for polymers and plastics, composites, surface coatings and adhesives. MSG in Teesside, England, will become Intertek's flagship technology center for new measurement services in areas such as nanotechnology, medical devices, intelligent packaging, advanced coatings and micro-electronics.
Regional office opens for Novatec in Mich.
Baltimore - Baltimore-based auxiliary equipment maker Novatec Inc. has opened a Great Lakes regional projects office in Kalamazoo, Mich., to serve customers in the region.
The office provides on-site consulting, system design and supervision of installation for Novatec's resin drying, blending and conveying systems.
For U.S. customers of the company's new Auxiliary Systems Group, the office offers engineering services. ASG is an alliance between Novatec and Advantage Engineering Inc., which makes chillers, cooling towers and temperature-control units.
In other news, the new auxiliary group announced that, under a new co-marketing agreement, WAK Plastics Machinery Inc. and Straber Plastics Group Inc. now jointly represent Novatec and Advantage Engineering products in the state of Michigan.
WAK is based in Grand Haven, Mich. Straber Plastics Group is in Saline, Mich.
Report: Asia Pacific to spend more on IT
Framingham, Mass. - Spending on manufacturing information technology will grow at a 7.9 percent compounded annual growth rate through 2011 for the Asia-Pacific region, excluding Japan, according to a recent report from Manufacturing Insights.
For Asia Pacific, IT spending will hit $23.7 billion by 2011, said a report from the research and advisory firm in Framingham.
IT spending by manufacturers grew in 2006 in most countries in the region. Manufacturing Insights remains upbeat for 2007.
Through 2011, the industries growing the fastest will be high-technology, automotive and consumer packaged goods.
China will account for the largest share of spending in the Asia-Pacific region. India will register double-digit growth in almost all manufacturing segments, the study said.