Extrusion International 2-2021

10 Extrusion International 2/2021 INDUSTRY NEWS „ On December 30, 2020, Messe Düsseldorf and Corferias (the International Business and Exhibition Center of Bogota) signed an agreement with Acoplasticos (Asociación Colombi- ana de Industrias Plásticas) to purchase a share of and jointly organize COLOMBIAPLAST, one of the most important inter- national trade fair for the plastics, rubber, petrochemical and packaging industry in the LatAm region. Accordingly, Messe Düsseldorf – through its subsidiary Messe Düsseldorf North America (Chicago, USA) – acquires an equal share in COLOM- BIAPLAST and becomes involved in organizing the event. Messe Düsseldorf is renowned as the organizer of K, The World’s No.1 Trade Fair for Plastics and Rubber, held every three years in Düsseldorf, Germany. With this agreement, Messe Düsseldorf adds COLOMBIAPLAST to its “Global Gate” portfolio of plastics and rubber trade fairs. Messe Düs- seldorf’s expertise in organizing plastics and rubber trade fairs around the world together with its extensive network of sales offices and subsidiaries in 141 countries will increase international participation at COLOMBIAPLAST and help to grow the trade show. The next edition is scheduled for June 22 to 25, 2021 at Corferias in Bogota, Colombia. Global Gate Portfolio for Plastics and Rubber Expanded Messe Düsseldorf GmbH www.messe-duesseldorf.de www.k-globalgate.com „ Regardless of global economic tremors caused by the COVID-19 pandemic R&P POLYPLASTIC managed to main- tain the sales amount on the level of 2019. The enterprise increased profitability, implemented a number of large-scale projects and shaped plans for the future. “When we were planning for the year 2020 of course no one could assume that there would be the pandemic and lockdown – we hoped to come close to 100 thousand tons of produced and sold materials. However, coronavirus made some corrections, which nevertheless did not stop us from Positive Dynamics POLYPLASTIC www.polyplastic-compounds.ru/eng/ achieving a very decent result. We managed to maintain our sales amounts on the level of 90 thousand tons, increase our revenue by 9% and EBITDA margin by 12.6%,” said Andrey Menshov, managing partner of R&P POLYPLASTIC. “For me themost important outcome of 2020 is that weman- aged to realize all our targets in key areas of activities and preserve jobs without decreasing the payroll rate – today’s staff size is 576. Workforce productivity is constantly rising and last year grew by 12.2%,” noted Alexander Pavlov, Di- rector General of R&P POLYPLASTIC. „ ETTLINGER, a member of the MAAG Group and a leading manufacturer of high performance melt filters, is now rely- ing on the extensive experience and capabilities of MIRCAN 1979 S.L., Barcelona, for the distribution of its systems on the Iberian Peninsula. Distribution in Spain taken over Ettlinger Kunststoffmaschinen GmbH www.maag.com MIRCAN 1979 S.L. www.mircan1979.com The teamofMIRCAN, ETTLINGER’s newpartner for thedistributionof high performancemelt fi lters on the IberianPeninsula (Note: This image is from thepre-Coronaperiod.©MIRCAN) The family-owned company MIRCAN is a solution provider with over 40 years of experience in the production and qual- ity control of polymers and their processing by extrusion. In addition to international companies, customers include many small and medium-sized enterprises. In this environ- ment, MIRCAN sells gear pumps, screen changers and melt filters, wide slot dies and coextrusion feedblocks, measuring systems, web inspection and pellet quality control systems, pressure and temperature sensors, and equipment for viscos- ity and color measurement. The company has been a MAAG sales partner since it was founded. MIRCAN now complements its portfolio with ETTLINGER’s continuously operating high performance melt filters which, with their patented principle, are used worldwide for the fil- tration of low to very highly contaminated plastic melts. The two series ERF and ECO find applications for almost all com- mon polymers in the recycling sector, the sheet and film in- dustry, tape and fiber production up to compounding – also as retrofit components for existing extrusion lines.