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Plastics sales up at Radici


RadiciGroup Performance Plastics, an Italian-based business of RadiciGroup that also has facilities in Germany, the US, Mexico, Brazil, China and India, announced sales revenue for 2015 was 12% up on 2014 at €277m. For H1 2016, sales were up 3% over H1 2015. The company said this


growth was driven above all by the automotive sector, notably in the US, China and Germany. Automotive accounts for about 60% of RadiciGroup Performance Plastics’ sales revenue. For 2016, RadiciGroup


Performance Plastics plans a 20% increase in world- wide production capacity with investments in Europe, the Americas and Asia. ❙ www.radicigroup.com


Plasticomp invests in LFT R&D laboratory


US-based PlastiComp, which specialises in long-fibre thermoplastic (LFT) materials and technologies, has recently completed a capital improve- ment project at its manufac- turing and corporate head- quarters facility at Winona, Minnesota, moving its R&D functions into a dedicated laboratory space.


The “Da Vinci R&D Lab”, as it has been dubbed, will provide an isolated environ- ment for PlastiComp’s smaller long-fibre composite pellet pultrusion line and auxiliary equipment for conducting evaluations of new raw material feedstocks and processing enhancements. “Our many industry partners


really like the plant-within-a- plant concept the new lab offers because it provides a secure environment for our Technical


PlastiComp’s “Da Vinci” R&D lab at Winona


Development Centre activities in which we can conduct confidential trials separate from our primary production operations,” said Eric Wollan, Vice-President of Technology and Business Development. The firm’s Complet range of


composite pellet products incorporate long glass, carbon and speciality fibres into


People on the move


Maria Cilberti has been appointed Vice President Marketing and New Business Development Polyolefins at Borealis. Cilberti joins from Celanese, where she had


held the role of Vice President Sales EMEA. She joined the Ticona business unit of Celanese in 2005. Prior to that she held posts in the US and Europe at Owens Corning and General Electric Plastics.


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UK-based injection moulder Icon Plastics has appointed Martin Palmer as its new Operations Manager. Martin joins the company from the TTAP Group, which is no longer trading, and brings with him 15 years of injection moulding operational expertise.


INJECTION WORLD | September 2016


Canadian injection machinery maker Athena Automation has announced that Harold Luttmann has taken on the role of acting Chief Executive Officer, which he will fulfil alongside his current role of Chief Operating Officer. The company has also created a new role of Chief Commercial Officer, which will be taken on temporarily by Athena founder Robert Schad until a new appointment has been secured.


Teknor Apex has appointed Kalvis A Cers as account


polymers ranging from PP to PEEK. These are formed into finished components via injection moulding or profile extrusion processing methods. Applications include transpor- tation, aerospace, defence, sports goods, industrial equipment and consumer goods. ❙ www.plasticomp.com


Kalvis A Cers


manager for its Nylon Division, which includes the Chemlon nylon 6, 6.6, and 6.12 compounds. Cers has been working in engineering compounds since 1989.


www.injectionworld.com


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