Nordic News In Brief - March 2020

Summary of plastic news in brief from the Nordic plastic industry

Fryklund leaves Hexpol 

Sweden: The Board of Directors of Hexpol AB and its CEO Mikael Fryklund have decided to part ways. go different ways. “There are several circumstances that led to this change. The development in the Group, mainly in terms of sales and profit growthwhich unfortunately has not met our expectations lately," says Chairman of the Board Georg Brunstam. 


Teradyne behind mega investment

Denmark: A giant construction with space for the robotics companies MiR and Universal Robots will soon take place in Denmark. The investment is estimated to $ 36 million. The two companies both owned by Teradyne, will work side by side at the same facility.


Attracted by local-made products

Sweden: The Swedish pharmaceutical company FrostPharma, has together with Mälarplast AB, developed a new range of dosing aids made of bio-based plastics. These products are today imported from China. Locally manufactured by Mälarplast, the shipping costs will be lower, the control of the product's material better and operation safer.


Postponed construction plans

Denmark: Trelleborg Sealing Solutions has previously announced that the company will move the Danish operations to a new factory premises at Själland in 2021. An investment estimated at a three-digit million amount. These plans have now been postponed.


Continues its international growth

Finland: The tool manufacturing company SabriScan wants to further develop its international base. The company is currently active in Finland, Sweden, the Czech Republic, India, Romania, China, Morocco and Germany. The company is now investigating the possibilities of establishing itself in North and Latin America as well.


Composite company hit by fire

Norway: Vestfold Plastindustri has had one of its three production halls destroyed by a fire. “This is a disaster,” says Jens Morten Johannesen, CEO of the company”. The affected production hall and its content account for about a third of the company's sales. Vestfold Plastindustri manufactures fiberglass reinforced polyester solutions.


University receives new 3d-print education

Sweden: The three-year program is tailor-made in consultation with the industry. The education at the University of Östersund will focus on additive manufacturing to meet the industry's increased need for engineers with specialist expertise. The program combines mechanical engineering with the latest research in additive manufacturing.


The boat manufacturer accelerates

Sweden: Micore Plast is one of the largest boat manufacturers in Sweden today. In 2016, the company built a new modern fiberglass factory for boat production. In 2019 another 800 square meters were put into operation. “I can´t see any decline in sight. The Norwegian market has shown great interest in our boats, "says Peter Tholérus, CEO of the company.


Project about new thermoforming tools

Sweden: The project will develop additive manufactured thermoforming tools with functionalized surfaces, that have other properties regarding chemical composition, mechanical properties for example compared to the basic material of the tool steel.


Long way to the finish line

Denmark: Two percent of the Lego Group's bricks are today made of bio-based plastic. The ambition is that all bricks will be made of a fossil origin by 2030. The company's CEO believes that it will remain at today's level until the company makes a leap. Many different materials are being tested, a work that will continue until they find a solution.


Horseshoe of carbon fibre composite

Sweden: Broby Modellindustri has together with an entrepreneur developed the horseshoe, CarbFlex, made of a carbon fibre reinforced composite. The shoe will be launched widely in Europe. The shoe for trotter horses is 60 percent lighter than the lightest aluminium shoe on the market. It also has other benefits.


Plastic factory burned to the ground

Norway: A manufacturing hall for plastic boats could not be saved in the event of a fire in Norway. At the resort, both GS Marine Produktion AS and Proas AS have their boat production.

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