Edition 325
15 June 2023
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The annual Plastics Live consortium of events, with dedicated focus on the plastics manufacturing sector in the UK, will return to the CBS Arena, June 2024. The event — which looks at all aspects of modern plastics day manufacturing — incorporates Plastics Live, AMPLAS, Sustainable Plastics Live, and Industry 4.0 in Plastics.
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wind turbines
Following a funding increase, Complete Composites were looking to invest in technology to allow them to manufacture high-quality wind turbine components.
CNC Robotics installed a 7-axis KUKA robotic arm specifically designed for trimming, milling and drilling, incorporating 3D printing capability. 
robot arm working in a brewery
Shortage of skilled workers, difficult delivery conditions and high energy costs: SMEs are struggling with major challenges. According to a global survey by the Manpower Group, 75% of all entrepreneurs said they had difficulty filling positions. The use of industrial robots is intended to provide a remedy.
image of a temperature control unit
As technology leaders in the fields of die-casting solutions and plastics machinery manufacturing, Bühler and ENGEL are setting benchmarks for trends in the automotive world. Increasing demand from the automotive industry for larger and more complex parts requires new production processes and presents challenges for the customers of both companies.
Wittmann ErgoRobot
At this years Interplas 2023, visitors to the Wittmann Battenfeld UK stand – its biggest space yet – will not only be appraised of the WX 128  but of all Wittmann’s varied automation solutions.
The new WX 128 robot impresses prospective buyers with a newly developed compact control cabinet on the horizontal Z axis – shortened by 30%.
black plastic bottles with Ampacet logo
Ampacet, a global masterbatch leader, has obtained COTREP technical notice for its new generation NIR-sortable masterbatch solutions.
COTREP, a technical committee for recycling plastic packaging in France founded by Citeo, Elipso and Valorplast, has recently amended its sorting protocol for black PET packaging.
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Martin Baumann
Martin Baumann has been named as the new Managing Director of Arburg Inc. in Rocky Hill, USA. He will assume office on 1 June, succeeding Friedrich Kanz who is handing over the reins of the U.S. subsidiary on 30 June, 2023 to enter retirement after more than 23 years with the company.
FANUC robot
Wild & Küpfer AG is the manufacturer of technically high-quality plastic parts, and today employs 140 people. The major share of the 23,000 m² production area is dedicated to the Technical Division. Somewhat smaller, yet cutting-edge, is the second business division, the Medical Division.
PLAST & AMUT logos
Guests to the stand will be welcomed in an engaging space and driven through a holistic experience, reflecting the core business. The AMUT booth, B/C 121/122 in Hall 13, will feature three different immersive areas, where visitors will be introduced to the world of extrusion, cast and recycling.
toolmaking parts
Leading handling equipment supplier Vacucom has announced the enhancement of its product portfolio thanks to a partnership with CRG. This new partnership means that CRG’s comprehensive range of end-of-arm tooling (EOAT) components will be available in the UK from Vacucom, from its Staffordshire site. 
In the competitive world of plastic manufacturing, a blowing agent masterbatch can offer multiple benefits to moulders and their customers. 
A blowing agent can be included within an additive masterbatch in pellet form. The active ingredient can create a foaming effect within the polymer during the plastic moulding process.
Reusing something good makes sense — and that is also how they see it at Gebaplast BV in Oud-Beijerland, Netherlands.
The family-owned company produces coffee-cup coasters made of biopolymers based on ground coffee. For production, they use a CX 130-750 injection moulding machine from KraussMaffei.
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