The U.S. market for injection molding presses grew about 5 percent in 2013, a far cry from the double-digit jumps in the years right after the recession. Machinery executives are OK with that since the important automotive sector is still buying — and they say signs point to a sturdy North American manufacturing sector ahead.
Milacron LLC is boosting its extrusion services with the acquisition of American Extrusion Services Inc., of Springboro, Ohio.
Terms of the deal were not released.
"What we are looking for is to enhance the service capabilities for our customers. They have 25 years of experience, good relationships with their customers, so it really adds to our ability to serve our customers," said Dean Roberts, president of Milacron's Aftermarket division, in a conference call.
Millennium Pressed Metal Ltd, which offers presswork, turned parts, welding and mechanical assemblies, has invested £1.3m in new premises and machinery. The West Bromwich company has completed the move into a new 33,000 sq ft factory, after outgrowing its previous 10,500 sq ft home of the past seven years.
German sawing machine manufacturer, KASTO, having installed more than 1,000 high performance, horizontal bandsaws worldwide in its KASTOtec series, has added a new model at the top end of the size range. Availability in the UK is through subsidiary company, KASTO Ltd, Milton Keynes.
When a chair leg breaks or a cell phone shatters, either must be repaired or replaced. But what if these materials could be programmed to regenerate themselves, replenishing the damaged or missing components, and thereby extend their lifetime and reduce the need for costly repairs?
Automotive parts supplier Johnson Controls Inc. plans to invest more than 47 million euros to expand its production of vehicle interior components in the Czech Republic over the next three years.
The Munich-based WACKER Group has expanded the range of services which it provides at its Singapore Technical Center. With immediate effect, the service and R&D center in the Southeast Asian sales hub will provide technical support for customers in the consumer and personal care industry as well as in the paper coating and plastics processing industry.
K&E Plastics is a Bennington, Vermont job shop that has machined plastic components for a range of customers since 1966. It works with both common and engineering thermoplastics as well as advanced, expensive thermoset laminates.
FSKorea’s new plant is located in Hebei, Cangzhou city, China and with a surface of 8,800 sqm formatted to produce some 30 million units per year (NBR, SBR, Cotton Puff, Flocking, EPDM, Cellulose). To note that the plant is using toxic-free sponge (latex free) materials with a toxic neutralizing agent. Amount invested: one million dollars.
Operating from a new facility at St Athan, Cardiff Airport Enterprise Park, the enterprise combines Serco’s experience in the highly specialised military aerospace re-finishing sector with Cardiff Aviation’s rapidly developing maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services.
U.S. factory output rebounded this month but hiring remained sluggish, while business activity across the euro zone and at China's manufacturers slowed, surveys showed on Thursday.
The data underscored the fragile nature of the global recovery and the difficulties still facing the world's biggest economies.
Manufacturing activity and output rebounded in the United States this month, according to the Markit "flash," or preliminary U.S. Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index, after hitting a one-year low in October.
The new Airbus A400M features ice protection plates produced from TenCate Cetex® glass PPS semipreg. TenCate Advanced Composites in Nijverdal (NL) supplies this thermoplastic composite material for a wide range of structural and semi-structural aircraft components. Fokker Aerostructures (Hoogeveen, NL) processes the material into finished panels. The panels protect sides of the fuselage alongside the propeller tips from damage caused by chunks of ice which, under certain weather conditions, are flung from the propellers of the military transport aircraft.
The automotive parts company WH Industries Delaware hopes state, city and county funds will add 106 employees at its Jacksonville foundry and machine shop by 2016. The shop on Francis Street is known locally as Shelco Foundry.
Five decades ago, Ernie Samuel, President of Samuel, Son Co., Limited, recognized that Samuel required an in-house trucking company to effectively and efficiently handle the growing volume of metal processing. As such, just before New Year’s Eve 1964, Kim-Tam Trucking was created as an independent trucking affiliate of Samuel, Son & Co., Limited. The name was derived from the names of his two daughters Kimberly and Tammy.
An advanced machining facility to make titanium parts for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft has been officially opened in Adelaide.
BAE Systems is making 30 separate parts for the vertical tail fin of the jets.
Engineering recruitment agency, Matchtech, has released its annual confidence index, and there’s still a strong sense of unease among UK engineers regarding the future of the industry in this country.
According to Matchtech, the Confidconfidence index is indicative of a growing lack of confidence in government and industry plans for the continuance of the UK engineering industry.
The Claas Guss GmbH has received the requested immission control permit for its plan to make changes to their iron foundry in Gütersloh, called Christophorushütte.
The approval of the German district of Detmold contains the expansion of production capacity, operating time from Monday to Saturday, 00:00 clock to 24:00 clock on three-shift operations, as well as building and technological plant expansion of the core shop, the establishment of a new core sand mixer, distribution system and the renewal of the amine gas treatment for the foundry plant.
Manufacturing SMEs in England are being urged by the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) to do more to change perceptions of the sector and get more women interested in a career in industry. The recent Girls’ Attitude Survey from Girlguiding suggested that 62% of its members think engineering is ‘more for men’ and the MAS thinks that the industry is missing out on a vital resource to help solve future skills shortages and the issue of ageing workforces.
REACH, the regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals, is a very demanding system for any business either large or small and in particular for the surface engineering industry with its large proportion of SMEs – writes industry expert Janet Webber. It has been difficult to get politicians (with a few honourable exceptions) or the media enthusiastic about taking up the cause – the very title itself is off putting and to the layman probably sounds like a good thing. However, undeterred the SEA has been very active on behalf of members in alerting our lawmakers to the potentially serious implications for UK SMEs.
China's car industry is working more seriously on developing its own technology on lightweighting, replacing metal parts with plastics, but many hurdles remain like poor communication in the supply chain holding back innovation, according to participants at the China International Auto Lightweight Plastics and Innovative Materials Development Forum, held Nov. 19-21 in Shanghai.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes and Rostech, a state holding company that is the majority shareholder in VSMPO-Avisma Corp., agreed to terms for expanding their joint venture by establishing a second Ural Boeing Manufacturing plant at Verkhnyaya Salda,in that country’s “Titanium Valley.”
The Huddersfield-based firm installed a Hermle 4-axis machining centre to improve the production of the component when an initial requirement for small batches was increased to 1,000-off per year, potentially for five years.
If an optimist sees a glass half-full and a pessimist sees it half-empty, what do you call someone who can't decide what they see?
You might call them a plastics company trying to decipher China's manufacturing environment today.
Two hundred years ago, no-one knew aluminium existed. Today it is everywhere - in cans, window frames, packaging, even car bodies. New uses for it are constantly being discovered - but it's possible that one day we'll be able to stop mining the ore, and rely completely on recycling. Aluminium has a split personality.
It may look dull, but it is one of the most reactive metals in the periodic table.
Growth in the UK’s manufacturing sector is the strongest it’s been for 18 years, but “challenges remain,” said Stephen Gifford, director of economics, CBI. Of the 350 manufacturers questioned for CBI’s latest Industrial Trends Survey, 36% reported that total order books were above normal in November, while 28% reported that export order books were also above normal in the same month.