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Sulo cuts energy usage with 5,500 tonne Engel


Austrian injection machinery maker Engel has delivered its largest Duo two-platen injection machine to date to the German production facility of waste container moulder Sulo Umwelttechnik.


The Duo 80000H/80000H/ 5500 machine – which is installed at Sulo’s plant at


Herford – is equipped with Engel’s servo-hydraulic EcoDrive technology, which eliminates unnecessary drive and pump operation to reduce energy consumption. Sulo expects the technology to cut its energy usage by more than one million kWh a year. The 5,500 tonne twin


injection unit machine provides a tiebar spacing of 2,580mm by 2,800mm and allows Sulo to produce four wheel waste containers of up to 1,100 litres capacity on a mould weighing 112 tonnes.


Each of the 3.5m long Engel engineering staff stand inside the vast clamp


RPC buys in the UK


Rigid plastics packaging group RPC has acquired the UK-based specialist injection moulded packag- ing producer Manuplastics. It has paid $7m for the company, which posted sales last year of £7.8m. Manuplastics specialises


in plastics packaging for the personal care and food sectors. Customers include Body Shop, Alberto Culver, Boots and Reckitt Benck- iser. ❙ www.rpc-group.com


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platens weighs in at 95 tonnes. Two horizontal injection units are used to manage the large HDPE shot volume. Each is a 215mm diameter unit with a 24:1 LD ratio and delivers up to 2,100bar injection pressure. l Engel achieved a second milestone at the end of last year, delivering its 1,500th injection machine to Danish toymaker Lego. It has been a supplier to Lego for more than 40 years and has machines in operation at its plants in Denmark, Hungary and Mexico. ❙ www.engelglobal.com


Solvay restructures global operations


Belgian chemicals group Solvay has unveiled a new structure that marks the integration of the Rhodia business it acquired in 2011. The new structure took


effect from the beginning of this year and comprises: Consumer Chemicals, Advanced Materials, Perfor- mance Chemicals, Functional Polymers and Corporate Business and Services. Solvay Specialty Polymers – which manufactures fluoropolymers and a range of


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high performance engineering plastics including PEEK, PPSU, PESU, PPA and PAI - is part of the Advanced Materials sector along with Solvay’s Silicas and Rare Earth activities. The former Rhodia


polyamide-based Engineering Plastics and Polyamides & Intermediates units are located within the Functional Polymers sector alongside the Solvin and Indupa chloro-vinyls operations and Fibras polyamide fibre operations. ❙ www.solvay.com


news in brief


❙ Germany’s BASF and Malaysia’s Petronas an- nounced the termination of their joint venture agree- ment, announced in March last year, to develop a chemical production facility at Pengerang, in Malaysia, citing the inability to agree mutually acceptable terms. The decision does not affect the existing BASF Petronas project at Kuantan, the companies said in a state- ment. www.basf.com www.petronas.com


❙ Since the beginning of this year the Linpac Allibert and Schoeller Arca Systems reusable pallet businesses (RTP) have been operating under the new name of Schoeller Allibert. The move follows the acquisition nine months ago of Linpac Allibert by Schoeller Arca owner One Equity Partners. The new combined operation is headquartered in the Netherlands and includes production and sales operations at 40 locations worldwide. www.schoellerallibert.com


❙ Epsan Plastic has expanded its polyamide compound capacity at Bursa in Turkey from 15,000 to 22,000 tonnes/ year with the installation of a new Coperion twin screw compounding line. The company said the extra capacity will enable it to strengthen its position in PA6 and PA6,6 compounds in the European, US and fast growing Asian markets. www.epsan.com.tr


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