German robotics supplier Hahn Automation Group has hired Bernhard Rupke, who has a background at automation supplier Hekuma GmbH and two injection press makers, as director of Hahn's material handling division.
Construction of the new production hall at the headquarters in Troisdorf, an investment of almost €7m which was announced by family-owned extrusion specialist Reifenhäuser last year at the Fakuma trade show, has now officially commenced.
The German plastics and rubber machinery sector is expected to register a drop in sales of up to 10% this year, due in part to a decline in the automotive sector and the “image problems of plastics”, according to the German mechanical engineering association VDMA.
Following the retirement of Udo Stahlschmidt, Michael Traxler has now been appointed head of ENGEL’s Mould Technology division, an in-house department at Engel’s headquarters in Austria that has been involved in the project planning of injection moulds for more than ten years.
Michael Baumeister, managing director technology and logistics of plastic packaging machinery supplier Brückner Maschinenbau emphasised that the packaging industry and new technologies will play a crucial role in achieving sustainability and circular economy.