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Universal Robots says customizable cobots are affordable, easy to integrate

When a Danish startup introduced a user-friendly robot back in 2008, that could work safely close to people without guarded enclosures, some scoffed at the notion that such automation and collaboration would play a big role in advanced manufacturing.
Ten years later, collaborative robots, or cobots, are the fastest-growing segment of industrial automation and the plastics industry is a fast-growing market.

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Kautex names new China CEO

Kautex Maschinenbau GmbH has named a new CEO for its China subsidiary.

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Shanghai Kawata targets U.S. but wary over tariffs

Kawata Machinery Manufacturing (Shanghai) Co., a Japanese-invested auxiliary equipment manufacturer in China, is making a push into the U.S. market.

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Euromap unveils first digital 4.0 standard

The European machinery association Euromap is introducing what it's calling a significant step forward for the development of Industry 4.0, releasing the first common digital standard that allows machines from different companies to talk to each other.

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Tech-Long, Unique unveil new partnership

Tech-Long Packaging Machinery Co. Ltd., one of the world's largest suppliers of PET stretch blow molding machines and beverage packaging lines, is partnering with another Chinese company, Unique Injection Molding Systems, for joint efforts in the Americas and much of Europe.

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VDMA says China most important overall market

The German plastics and rubber machinery industry has posted a record year with a 5 percent year-on-year growth in sales in 2017, and looks set for another strong performance this year.

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Tariff talk dominates Chinaplas discussions

With trade tensions rising between the U.S. and China -- and the possibility of each country slapping sizable tariffs on large parts of their trade in plastics -- there was, as you might expect, a lot of concern on the floor of Chinaplas.

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Engel invests $13 million in Wintec expansion in China

Injection molding machine heavyweight Engel Austria GmbH is plowing 10.5 million euros ($12.9 million) into expanding capacity for its Changzhou, China-based Wintec subsidiary, the company announced in Shanghai on the eve of Chinaplas 2018.

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CPM doubles down with new Nanjing plant

Traverse City, Mich.-based CPM Extrusion Group is doubling capacity in China with an ambitious new plant for its Nanjing-based subsidiary Ruiya Extrusion.

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Yizumi launches expansion plan

With orders up sizably in recent years, Guangdong Yizumi Precision Machinery Co. Ltd. has announced plans to expand its annual production capacity to 4 billion yuan ($630 million).

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