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❙ Germany’s Mauser Group has bought UK-based Daniels Healthcare, a manufacturer of medical waste containers for hospitals, surgeries, needle exchange schemes and the clinical waste industry. “As one of the European market leaders with our Mauser WIVA Medical Waste Container System we are more than delighted to offer now the well-established sharps container brand SharpsGuard to our custom- ers” said Dr. Jürgen Scherer, Head of the Mauser SBU Europe.

❙ Canadian injection mould- ing machinery maker Athena Automation says Husky Injection Molding Systems has dropped its legal action against it and paid a cost settlement. “I am glad that this stressful period is behind us, and we look forward to competing on a level playing field” said Robert Schad, President of Athena Automa- tion and the original founder of Husky. Athena is currently ramping up production at its plant in Ontario.

❙ Sussex IM has broken ground on its 14,700m2 advanced manufacturing facility at Sussex, Wisconsin, US. Due to open in March 2017, it will add about 40 employees to the total of 200 at the site, and will house custom injection moulding, blow moulding, assembly, decoration and services.


Haitian H1 sales steady in “uncertain” market

Chinese injection moulding machinery maker Haitain reported H1 2016 figures of RMB3,861m (€515m), up by 0.3% up on H1 2015. Gross profit increased by 6.1% to RMB1,318m (€176m) while operating profit was 10.7% up to RMB799.5m (€107m). Commenting on the results, Haitian said that the world economy “remained uncertain and complicated” in H1, citing a pending rate hike by the US Federal Reserve, the UK’s Brexit vote and terrorist incidents in Europe, as well as a deceleration in China’s own economic growth to 6.7% accompanied by excess capacity and slow progress on reform. However, the company said it

had maintained a “satisfactory” sales performance, particularly through its increasingly well-established ‘Plus’ series products. Meanwhile, sales of the Jupiter Series of large two-platen machines reached a new record, up by 24.7% to RMB453.7m (€60m). Sales of the Zhafir Venus Series of fully electric machines were up by a more modest 2.4% to RMB340.4m (€45m). Domestic sales were the

real driver of growth, rising from 67.7% of the total to 71.0% on the back of a 5.2% increase to RMB2,741m (€365m). Haitian noted a “mild recovery” in domestic demand thanks to the policy of encouragement for new entrepreneurs and

innovation. Exports, meanwhile, rose by 10.6% to RMB1,042m (€139m), despite the uncer- tainty, and the company increased its investment in Germany and India in particu- lar. Sales in some South American and South-East Asian markets were down. Haitian warned that the

global economic recovery remains fragile and that uncertainties are likely to increase. In China, it said the economy “is undergoing transformation and during this process a slower growth rate will become inevitable. Future growth of China will depend on domestic consumption and its service industry.” ❙

Haitain’s Jupiter two-platen machine sales hit record levels

Sulzer expands with Geka deal

Switzerland-based Sulzer is to buy German cosemtics industry component supplier Geka as part of a deal that values the company at €260m. The acquisition will double

the size of the Sulzer Mixpac Systems precision plastic injection moulding business, which develops proprietary mixing and applicator solutions

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for the dental and industrial adhesives markets. According to Sulzer, Geka and SMS have complementary geographic manufacturing footprints, which will enable the combined business to compete globally as a leading solution provider. It said it will combine Geku’s developing healthcare business with its own.

Sulzer is acquiring Geka

from investment company 3i. The supplier of applicator devices for the cosmetics and healthcare industries gener- ates sales of around €150m and employs 900 employees at its manufacturing locations in Germany, US and Brazil. ❙

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