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Injection misses out on Italian machine boom

Data from Italian plastics machinery association Assocomaplast covering the first nine months of 2012 shows the sector is in on course for a record year. However, production of injection machinery continues to suffer. According to the associa- tion, the 2012 result for the industry as a whole is likely to be close to the record result of 2007 with production in the order of €4.2bn and exports worth €2.6bn. Exports for the

first nine months of 2012

totalled €1.86bn, against €1.71bn for the equivalent period in 2011. However, it is manufactur-

ers of moulds, blow moulding machines, extrusion and printing equipment that are enjoying the growing order books. Assocomaplast’s data shows exports of injection moulding machines from Italy fell by near 22% from a value of €87m for the first nine months of 2011 to just €68m for the equivalent period last

year. Producers of thermo- forming machinery also saw export demand fall. Europe remains the major

market for Italian plastics machinery, accounting for around 60% of the total export value and 11% ahead of the same period last year. Exports to the US, which account for 18% of the total, saw growth of 14% year-on-year. However, exports to South America declined by 12% and to the Middle East by 18%. ❙

Mercapital invests in Betapack

Spanish private equity group Mercapital has invested €40m to secure an 80% stake in plastics caps and closures maker Group Betapack.

Group Betapack, which has

manufacturing operations in at Irun in Spain and Sao Paulo in Brazil, recorded sales of around €60m last year.

It claims to be the third

largest producer of caps for the bottled water market in Europe. ❙

People on the move

Germany-based plastics distribution and compound- ing group Ter Hell Plastics has appointed Wolfgang Siegel to the post of CEO. Siegel previously worked for EMS-Chemie in Switzerland where he led its EMS Grivory

Europe business unit. He is a member of the board of the Swiss KVS plastics association and has in the past served on the board of PlasticsEurope.

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Wolfgang Heuchel has taken on the role of CEO of Lanxess Central Eastern Europe, based at Bratislava in Slovakia. He takes over from Flemming B Bjørnslev, who is now president and CEO of Lanxess Corporation in the US. Heuchel has worked for Lanxess since its formation in 2004 out of Bayer, which he joined in 1981.

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ing for the Netherlands-based firm, which he joined in 1997.

Wolfgang Heuchel

Holger Spieckermann has been promoted to managing director of colorants supplier Chromaflo Technologies Europe. He was previously director of sales and market-

Medical polymer specialist Foster Corporation has established a new engineering support office in India that will be managed by Amar Nilajkar. The office is part of the company’s Asia Pacific regional activities, where the company has seen strong growth in recent years. Nilajkar holds a masters degree in polymer engineering and has worked for Foster for 10 years.

KM merges UK units

KraussMaffei Group has merged its KraussMaffei and Netstal business units in the UK with effect from 1 January this year. The KraussMaffei and

Netstal injection machinery brands will, together with the KraussMaffei Berstorff extrusion and compounding operation, in future be managed from the Krauss- Maffei (UK) offices at Warrington. The former Netstal office at Stone has closed.

The new organisation is headed up by KraussMaffei (UK) managing director Mike Bate with KraussMaf- fei (UK) director of sales Richard Mumford taking on responsibility for both brands. Former Netstal UK managing director Nigel Baker has left the company. ❙

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