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Barbara Schulz

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All category winners on stage: The "Toolmaker of the Year" award was celebrated on 4 November 2014 in Aachen.
Excellence in Production

Gerresheimer is toolmaker of the year

High-performance hard machining resources impressed the jury. Organised by the Fraunhofer IPT and the WZL RWTH Aachen, the award is given annually to German top toolmaking shops, selected by a top-class jury consisting of representatives from industry, trade associations and research.

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Wieland Kniffka, CEO of Messe Erfurt, wants to stay abreast of current trends in additive manufacturing.
Additive Manufacturing

Rapid-Tech to feature additive contract manufacturing forum

Germany – Whether in prototyping or series manufacturing, the rapidly increasing use of Additive Manufacturing (AM) and 3D Printing processes in industry is generating high demand for qualified service providers. The 13th international trade show and conference for additive manufacturing, Rapid-Tech (14–16 June 2016, Erfurt) is staying abreast of this development with its new trade forum “Additive Contract Manufacturing”, organiser Messe Erfurt said.

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Milacron President & CEO Tom Goeke: "2015 will be a super year for Milacron in terms of rolling out new products."

Growing stronger together using synergies

United States - US-based Milacron, specialist in plastics processing equipment, technologies and services, is set to unveil a huge range of innovative products at their biggest stand in NPE history. We asked the Milacron team what to expect and what their plans are for the future.

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Rui Tocha, general manager of the Technological Centre for the Moulds Industry, Special Tools and Plastics, Centimfe and Pool-Net: “The last six years have been marked by the strong development of the national moulds industry, which grew by more than 80%, betting on differentiated investments and modernity.”
Special Report

Mould Mecca

Portugal - With a centuries-old glass-making tradition that crossed naturally over into creating moulds for plastics parts in the 1940s, Portugal is today a hotbed of mould making and exporting, and moulds from Portugal can be found in almost every major end market for plastics.

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OPS Ingersoll’s Sales/Marketing Manager Matthias Schmidt (left), together with Vitor Cardoso and his machine operator at Marinha Grande-based VL Moldes.

Portuguese mould makers pushing the limits

Like most European manufacturers, Portuguese mould makers are unable to compete on price alone. Those who take advantage of the latest technology, such as a combination of EDM technology and high-speed machining, will have an edge up on the competition.

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At EMO 2015 Renishaw will show its new Intuo gauging software which is now offered with the unique Equator system to simplify and automate the gauging of a wide variety of parts, removing dependence on the skill of manual gauge users. With minimal training the Intuo software allows the programmer to create gauging routines using just a part with an engineering drawing.

Where innovation meets excellence

UK - Renishaw's Head of Communications Chris Pockett puts it in a nutshell: "We are always restless, always investing in the future." The precision engineering company has been experiencing serious growth over the last few years and on 21 July revealed some of its innovative products which will make their European trade show debut at EMO 2015 in Milan.

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Ewikon's highly efficient multi-nozzle system for side gating that is used in medical technology.
Ewikon/ Hasco/ Roko/ Xintech

Hot runnings

Germany/ Switzerland - Process safety and energy efficiency are hot topics in hot runner technology. Precision parts and parts with special surface quality for example are particularly demanding. Modular, low-maintenance systems are required for productive, multi-cavity tools.

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