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WACKER invests 100 million to expand global production capacities for silicone rubber
Source: CPRJ.
Date: 16-01-2019

The Munich-based chemical group WACKER is increasing its global production capacities for silicone rubber. It is expected that its capacities will be gradually increased by a total of 40,000 metric tons per year by 2021. Approximately 100 million has been earmarked for this capacity expansion.
With these measures, WACKER is responding to the high demand for silicone rubber in key sectors such as the automotive, electronics and medical industries. These investments are part of the WACKER SILICONES division's strategy of further expanding its portfolio of specialties. Read More


ExxonMobil releases Industry 4.0 guide to help plastics processors enhance productivity
Source: Web News
Date: 16-01-2018
ExxonMobil has released an Industry 4.0 handbook explaining how hydraulic fluids can help cut energy costs and optimize operational efficiency. Written by renowned plastics expert Dr. Robin Kent, the guide explores the emergence of the smart factory and Industry 4.0.
Smart factory technologies are revolutionizing plastics processing but need to be properly protected to realize the full benefit of Industry 4.0 machines and to work at their most efficient.
Inken Reuser. EAME Offer Advisor for ExxonMobil, said: "Plastics processing is a sector experiencing inexorable change. Next generation technologies are accelerating the rate of automation, forging Industry 4.0, the next step in manufacturing. High performance hydraulic oils play an important role in this revolution, ensuring that your plastics processing equipment is operating at its optimal level, when are where you need it."

KraussMaffei relocating headquarters in Germany

Source: PN

German machinery giant KraussMaffei Group GmbH is moving its headquarters and production plant from Munich to Parsdorf, a 30-minute drive from the current location. Subject to supervisory board approval, the move will start in 2022, but construction on the site can start as early as May, when an extraordinary meeting of the board will convene to decide on the project.
The company is making the move in anticipation of growth both in terms of staffing and production capabilities, Marion Sommerwerck, head of corporate communications revealed while talking to the press. She said that the current headquarter of KraussMaffei is 100 years old now we need a bigger space to expand from the current 1.5 million square feet to roughly 2.7 million square feet.

KraussMaffei has a long history in Munich, dating to 1838 when Joseph Anton von Maffei founded Eisenwerk Hirschau in the city. The core product was locomotives. A competing company, Krauss & Co., was founded in 1866 by George von Krauss. The competitors merged in 1931 and moved into a new company headquarters in Munich. The combined company went on to produce a mix of civilian and military vehicles, centrifuges and buses. KraussMaffei began to produce injection molding machines after World War II. In 1964, KM took over injection molding press pioneer Eckert & Ziegler GmbH, which had produced injection presses since 1926.

Starlinger supplements recoSTAR dynamic recycling line with new size

Source: CPRJ Editorial Team

Starlinger's recycling technology has supplemented its well-established recycling line recoSTAR dynamic with a seventh machinery size. The introduction of this new size was prompted by numerous inquiries from the area of post-consumer film (e.g., packaging film, agricultural film), which predominantly requested a throughput of approx. 1,000 kg/h.
The fields of application of the recoSTAR dynamic are manifold. Be it industrial or post-consumer waste, humid or heavily printed material - the line is extremely versatile and permits a customized setup.
A central component is the SMART feeder, which on top of drying and condensing the material ensures a homogeneous mixing ratio. Recyclers of post-consumer and/or heavily printed film also operate the highly efficient degassing unit C-VAC; this module is positioned after the filter and can be controlled independently of the main extruder.
In the C-VAC, the melt surface is increased by 300%, which allows the efficient removal of gases and prevents air from being trapped inside the regranulate. This is especially important for film recyclers because ink, humidity and contamination can lead to higher formation of gases during the extrusion process. Another benefit is the rECO package of the recoSTAR dynamism as it saves costs and protects the environment through a 10 % reduction in energy consumption.


Volkswagen has become the world's top-selling automaker for the fifth consecutive year in 2018.
Source: Pakwheels
Date: 07-02-2019
The German auto giant, Volkswagen successfully achieved the landmark by selling a record 10.83 million vehicles last year that also includes its MAN and Scania heavy trucks, with an increase of 0.9% compared to its 2017 numbers. Apart from the trucks, the company sold 10.6 million units of its production line. French-Japanese alliance; Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi tops the chart in the light vehicles segment that includes passenger cars and light commercial vehicles by selling 10.76 million vehicles in 2018. It is worthy to mention here that the alliance doesn't sell heavy trucks. However, the sales of Volkswagen had reached 10.83 million in 2018,

The third spot on the world's top-selling brands list is retained by Toyota Motors Corp. The popular automaker sold 10.59 million vehicles in 2018. The units sold by the brand also include Lexus vehicles, Daihatsu mini cars, and trucks produced by Hino Motors Ltd. In the light vehicles segment, Toyota sold 10.39 million units, which exclude the trucks manufactured by Hino Motors Ltd. While disclosing its future plans, the auto manufacturer revealed it is aiming to sell 10.76 million vehicles in 2019.

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