German rigid packaging producer Hermann Koch Group has been sold to a group of investors for an undisclosed sum.
Dr. Schiller Treuhand Steuerberatungsgesellschaft sold 94 percent of the shares of Hermann Koch GmbH, based in Coburg, and its related company Kunststofftechnik Straufhain GmbH, based in Straufhain, to Velox GmbH & Co. KG, an investment group based in Munich.
World class foundry MRT Castings has launched an ambitious strategy to double its production capacity over the next three years. The die casting specialists – who offer complete end-to-end manufacturing solutions – are experiencing significant growth in their key niche markets. MRT is growing the workforce at its manufacturing facility in Andover, Hampshire to cater for new projects in the medical electronics, aerospace and defence sectors. The company has also been investing in new capital equipment, including a new Colosio PF250 die casting cell with real-time shot control to ensure consistent high quality production. Its facilities are also being enhanced by the addition of two further Brother S2DN-0 high speed machining centres in December. Further growth in production will come by evolving the world class manufacturing practices already in action at MRT.
Grenville Engineering, a laser sheet metal cutting shop, was highly commended for its growth strategy at the prestigious EEF Future Manufacturing Awards, the region’s biggest awards event showcasing the resilience, determination, and ingenuity of the UK’s manufacturing community.
Grenville, established more than 29 years ago, entered the Business Growth SME category, which recognizes the achievements of manufacturing businesses who have achieved dramatic business growth through actively managed and consistently delivered growth strategies.
Durham Foundry, the Sheffield based manufacturer of cast iron, is expanding its opportunities in the offshore wind market in order to expand its portfolio. The114 year old foundry, which specialises in a wide range of iron castings for a multitude of end users, says that the secret to its success and surviving the recession has been to break into new markets.
Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics is continuing to add to its portfolio, buying German molder LS Kunststofftechnologie GmbH.
The acquisition, announced by Saint-Gobain on Dec. 4, is the third for the group this year and the fourth in the past 13 months.
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.
Richard Munyard, managing director, S&S Plastics, told Engineering Capacity that the firm is buying two new vacuum moulding machines and one vacuum forming machine to increase the firm’s capacity.
“This will enable us to do what we do better. We’ve had a sharp increase in turnover over the last few years and we’re cautiously optimistic this will continue into the new year,” he told EC.
Both the filament winder and the pultruder are capable of manufacturing large fibre reinforced plastic (FRP) parts in a range of thermoset resins, including polyurethane.
This order is a major capital investment of over £1.1 million to expand the Russian NCC’s R & D service offering to include these two key composites processing technologies. Significant future growth is expected in new composite applications using filament wound and pultruded parts.
Financially-troubled Hindustan Motors Ltd has decided to sell its component business, comprising the forge and foundry shops at its Uttapara plant in West Bengal.
The company, which makes the iconic Ambassador car, said in the latest directors’ report that “in view of smaller size and continuous operating losses”, directors have decided in their meeting held on October 30 to divest the whole or part of the component business interests.
The U.S. market for blow molding machines is more mature than in fast-growth developing nations of Asia and Eastern Europe, but business should heat up here, as technological improvements lure buyers — and polyethylene and polypropylene prices stabilize from the shale gas boom, according to machinery executives.
More cars and trucks getting assembled equals more plastic material being used — a big reason why the compounding extruder business remained solid in 2013, machinery leaders said.
Bob Urtel, president of Century Extrusion, said automotive lightweighting is pushing more plastic into cars.
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.