Milacron: Extruder assembly in Europe

US machinery group Milacron announced at the NPE exhibition in Chicago that it is bringing forward plans to start extruder manufacturing in Europe, following better than expected sales performances. The company said it will begin parts stocking and machine assembly in Italy this autumn on Cincinnati Milacron extruders for plastic and wood plastic composite products. Production will take place at Milacron’s Magenta plant, which is the centre for its blow moulding machine technology. Director of international business development for Milacron Extrusion Technologies, Herb Hutchison, said the company had first planned to start European production during 2007. Milacron resumed sales of extruders outside of the US in January this year following expiry of the non-compete agreement it reached with SMS when the German group acquired the US firm’s international extrusion business in 2000. Since the beginning of the year, 25% of Milacron’s extruder sales have come from outside the US, including recent orders from France, Greece and the Middle East. The company recently delivered its fourth extruder to a Japanese customer, a TC80 conical twin-screw machine for wood plastic composite production.

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