At K 2007, Ray Read of Iplex Pipelines Australia Pty Ltd. stopped by Cincinnati Extrusion GmbH's booth for a routine meeting. He ended up winning a free Alpha extruder.
Officials of the Vienna, Austria-based extruder maker thought up the unusual promotion to celebrate - and give away - the 500th Alpha. They held the raffle Oct. 30, the second-to-last day of the Dusseldorf show.
Read, general manager of manufacturing, said Iplex already runs about 50 Cincinnati-brand extruders, both single- and twin-screw models, at its nine factories in Australia. The Sydney-based company also runs two plants that injection mold fittings.
``We're the largest user of Cincinnati Extrusion machines in Australia,'' Read said shortly after Sebastian Kremer, a Dusseldorf notary, drew Iplex's entry form out an extruder hopper.
The day before the drawing, Read had bought two Alpha extruders. He was back again Oct. 30 for another meeting when they broke to watch the drawing.
Hans Berlisg, Cincinnati Extrusion marketing director, said 300 people signed up for the raffle. Alphas are standardized single-screw extruders for making small technical profiles and pipes.
Iplex makes pipe from PVC, polyethylene and polybutylene.