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COPERION CELEBRATES 60 YEARS OF ZSK

ForTii adds up for DSM
Royal DSM is promoting a new grade ForTii for
water management care. PAGE 10

The development of the new, patented involute screw elements is the
latest in a long line of ZSK innovations. PAGE 11

By Bill Bregar
Plastics News Staff

Sepro Group
Hall A1, Booth 1203
year Sepro will deliver more
than 3,000 robots to customers
around the world and generate
about 125 million euros of sales,
an increase of 20 percent from
2016.
But of course, in today's plastics machinery business, "open"
means more than money. Industry 4.0 programs are everywhere
at Fakuma. At Sepro's exhibit, the
robot maker has an "Open 4.0"
booth.
Renaudeau said Sepro develops its own software giving it a
big advantage in the new world
of connected technology.
Caroline Chamard, Sepro's
marketing and communication
project manager, said 3D simulation and learning by doing are
how people figure things out
today, not by reading a long list
See Sepro, Page 14

Serif Erdogan, research and development manager of Elastron Kimya A.S.

Elastron opening
US compounding plant
By Steve Toloken
Plastics News Staff
Plastics News photo by Caroline Seidel

Sepro Group officials are painting a future of robots running super-efficiently, complete with integration and smartphone apps.
Sepro also announced it is
building robots for Chinese injection press maker Haitian International Holdings Ltd., covering Haitian presses sold in
Europe. Jean-Michel Renaudeau,
Sepro's managing director, said
the three-axis and five-axis robots will be labeled "Haitian by
Sepro."
Renaudeau said Sepro now
supplies robots for nine injection
molding machinery manufacturers. Haitian is the robot maker's
first Asian partner, he said.
"The door is wide open at Sepro. We have been growing for
these last years," Renaudeau
said at the French company's
Oct. 18 Fakuma news conference.
Renaudeau was discussing
business growth, saying this

Plastics News photo by Caroline Seidel

Future of robots:
super-efficient
and connected

Jean-Michel Renaudeau, of Sepro Group, with the company's robots at
Fakuma.

Turkish plastic compounder Elastron
Kimya A.S. is investing $10 million to
open a factory in the United States, its
first outside its home country, to meet
growing demand in automotive and other
markets.
Elastron, which makes thermoplastic
elastomer compounds, said in an interview at Fakuma that the facility near Atlanta will come online in 2018.
The firm also said it plans to open a
compounding plant in China in 2020.
"We are growing very fast and logistics
was a very big issue for us, so we decided
to open a factory in the United States,"
said Serif Erdogan, research and development manager with the Gebze, Turkey-based firm.
The U.S. plant, in Gainesville, Ga., will
start with two extrusion lines and annual
capacity of 3,500 metric tons (7.7 million
pounds), but the company is targeting

Elastron Kimya A.S.
Hall B5
Booth 5007
6,000 metric tons (13.2 million pounds)
by 2020, he said.
"We are very strong in the automotive
market and growing very fast in the automotive, construction and consumer applications," he said.
The U.S. facility will make thermoplastic vulcanizates compounds, along with
styrenic block-based copolymers and
TPEs.
Erdogan said the U.S. market is more
accepting of those materials than other
markets because TPV was first developed
there.
"The TPE market is really huge in the
United States," he said. "The U.S. market
knows TPE much more than Europe or
See Elastron, Page 14


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