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Machine manufacturers in Taiwan are keeping a close eye on escalating trade talks between the U.S. and China, and think the tariffs will ultimately benefit them if they go into effect.

A well-known private equity firm is acquiring a U.S.-based maker of plastics cosmetic packaging components and tubes, and adding additional overseas capacity and creating with an eye toward growth.

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The US arm of LSR equipment firm ACH Solution has opened a technical sales office in Sarasota, Florida. The office will support sales and customer training and support. It also has an Engel injection moulding machine and robot, and ACH MaxiMix and MiniMix dosing equipment.

Arburg Thailand has opened new, larger premises in Samutprakarn, one of Thailand's leading industrial regions. The 705 m² site is now the largest Arburg showroom in Southeast Asia.

Innovia Films launches Propafilm Strata SL transparent high barrier PP packaging films, for use as mono film or in laminate constructions to be ‘recycle ready’. Provides barrier to aroma, mineral oils and oxygen, says Innovia. @InnoviaFilms

Fanuc is latest injection moulding machine maker to enter open integration partnership with Sepro. Fanuc Roboshot electric machines can now be equipped with Cartesian robots made by Sepro and integrated into the machine controls via Sepro Visual control. @SeproGroup

Brightmark Energy breaks ground on waste plastics-to-fuel facility in Ashley, IN, US. Annual capacity to convert 100,000 tpa of mixed plastics waste to 18m gallons of ultra-low sulphur diesel and naphtha blend stocks (buyer: BP) plus wax (buyer: AM WAX).

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