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news Coperion expands into packaging

Coperion has acquired a majority holding in Weicom, an Italian manufac- turer of weighing, packaging and palletizing technology. The company supplies its equipment to plastics compounders, food processors and the minerals industry. The two companies say that they

have been working together for a long time on numerous projects with successful results. The deal follows Coperion’s recent acquisition of pelletizer manufacturer Pell-Tec and further extends its capabilities to offer complete compounding systems from raw materials handling to product packaging. Weicom’s product offering includes:

electronic weighers; form, fill and seal bagging machines; sack filling machines for open-mouth and valve sacks; filling systems for big bags; robot palletizers; pallet securing

CTS opens Chinese facility

CTS officially opened its compounding plant in Changshu, China, last month. It will produce the company’s Tefabloc high-performance TPEs and Marvyflo slush moulding compounds for automotive applications. Part of the Tessenderlo

Group, CTS also has production sites in France and Poland. It is a leading supplier of compounds for automotive components such as airbag covers, dashboard skins and glazing seals. ❙


Agreeing the deal, from left to right: Pierluigi Mondati, CEO of Coperion Italy; Guenter Bach- mann, chairman of Coperion; Francesco Bassi of Weicom; and Axel Kiefer, Coperion board member

systems; and conveying systems. “For us at Coperion, this majority

holding in Weicom represents a consistent and logical step towards strengthening our cooperation even more,” said Axel Kiefer, member of the executive board of Coperion. “Our process chain has now been extended to include packaging and palletizing systems, enabling us to offer an even more complete system”. Speaking for Weicom, Francesco

Bassi, representative of the sharehold- ers, added: “We see in Coperion a strong partner who not only supports us in our plans for future growth but also offers us plenty of potential in terms of expertise and experience. We shall now be in a position, for example, to develop such markets as the USA, Russia, South East Asia and Brazil”. ❙

Gala steps up Asian presence

US-headquartered pelletizer manufacturer Gala Industries has moved its South East Asian operations into a new larger facility in Thailand. The 12,200 ft2

(1,100 m2 ) building is located

on the Pinthong industrial estate in Chonburi, close to Laem Chabang Port. It’s more than four times larger than the company’s previous office in the country and will accommodate a complete underwater pelletizing system for customer


trials. The workforce at the facility is being increased from five to eight. Don Smith, managing director of Gala

Industries Asia, said: “We’re happy with our progress in Thailand and South east Asia in general. This expansion will take us to another level and position us for further growth in key markets throughout the region.” ❙

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