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❙ Swiss moulding technology company Priamus has announced a worldwide cooperation agreement with automobile locking systems maker Kiekert, which is headquartered in Germany. The agreement covers cavity pressure and temperature monitoring technology and intelligent quality assurance systems. www.priamus.com


news in brief A Schulman buys Perrite


US-headquartered A Schul- man has acquired Perrite Group, strengthening its position in Europe and the fast growing Asia Pacific polymer compounds market.


Schulman is paying $52m


❙ Spanish PET resin and packaging group La Seda de Barcelona, which placed itself in voluntary administra- tion in July, has applied to the Spanish bankruptcy court for permission to sell its PET production units in Spain and Turkey. The company plans to refocus its operations around its APPE PET packaging manufacturing business. www.laseda.es


❙ Composites Germany is a new umbrella organisation set up last month by four composite trade associations - AVK, CCev, CFK-Valley and the VDMA Forum Composite Technology – to provide a more unified presence in areas of common research and interest, particularly with regards to automated production techniques. www.composites-germany.org


for the Perrite business, which includes manufacturing operations in Malaysia, UK and France and was formerly owned by the UK-based Vita Group. The acquisition will increase revenues from its Asia Pacific segment (APAC) by 35% and doubles the size of its existing Engineered Plastics business in the region. “Expansion of our Custom


key customers in the region as well as globally,” said Joseph M Gingo, (pictured), president and CEO of A Schulman. Perrite, which was originally


Performance Colours and Engineered Plastics business- es in APAC is a key component of our growth strategy, and the addition of Perrite’s manufac- turing facility in Malaysia will enhance our ability to serve


formed from the merger of the UK-based Perrite and French Jackdaw Polymers businesses, has produced at Johur Bahru in Malaysia since 2003. Schulman said the acquisition is expected to deliver annual cost savings of between $2-3m as a result of more effective procurement and improved operational efficiency. ❙ www.aschulman.comwww.perrite.com


Peugeot opts for plastic hatch


Unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show in Germany last month, Peugeot’s new 308 car features an all-thermoplastic rear tailgate door produced by French automotive compo-


nents group Plastic Omnium. The new hatch door was


developed at Plastic Omnium’s Sigmatech R&D centre in Lyon and will be manufactured at its plants in Langres and Fontaine in France. It is Plastic Omnium’s first all-thermo- plastic tailgate and is comprised of a PP-LFT structural component with a PP compound skin.


According to


Plastic Omnium, the tailgate weighs 12kg, around 3kg less than


the previous steel version. In addition to the weight saving, the new all-thermoplastic version is fully recyclable while the moulding technology provides greater freedom of design than pressed metal. The French components


group already produces thermoset plastic and thermoset/thermoplastic tailgates. It said it will produce 1m tailgates this year and expects to double the revenues from this product line over the next five years. ❙ www.plasticomnium.com


Romi sells Sandretto plant, trademark and IP


As part of the liquidation of its Romi Italia business, Brazil’s Romi has sold one of its two Sandretto factories, the Sandretto trademark and related IP.


4 The 22,000m2 Pont Ca-


navese facility, along with most employees and labour liabilities, has been sold to Scout One for one Euro. The Sandretto trademark and IP


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has been transferred to a new company controlled by the Regione Piemonte government. Romi will stop using the name. Sales operations in France, UK and Spain remain with


Romi, which will continue to support installed Sandretto machines everywhere in the world except Italy. This will be handled by the new firm. ❙ www.romi.com.br


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