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Plastics Recycling Show Europe Cancelled/Postponed

In view of the official warning issued this morning relating to the situation in Brussels, the decision has been made to cancel/postpone the Plastics Recycling Show Europe planned to take place at the Tour & Taxis venue in Brussels next week.

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Brushtec - Innovative Brush Technology

New products, new friends

In This Issue

17 | 11 | 2015
→   Sweeping forward with new innovation
→   Forging new relations

New compact size
Brushtec’s latest product – the Sweepertec™ – now comes in a new compact 120cm (47”) size.  This offers the same durable sweeper attachment for forked vehicles, but for areas where a 200cm (79”) cannot operate.


The 120cm was designed with narrow warehouse aisles, and pathways in mind – but of course will operate equally well in any situation where the 200cm will not fit. With the 120cm, customers can continue to sweep at industry level standards in situations where the 200cm isn’t viable.

Robust for all working environments

Brushtec has strived for durability through simplicity: making the Sweepertec™ ideal for both industrial and agricultural environments. The Sweepertec™ comes fully assembled, and attachment takes as little as 30 seconds, making the Sweepertec™ a hassle free product with industrial standard results.


The Sweepertec™ allows for swift, efficient, indoor and outdoor cleaning; and due to the Sweepertec’s™ edges being non-marking HDPE, sweepers are able to brush debris close to walls without any fear of defacing them.

By using a hot dip galvanised steel frame the Sweepertec™ has the ability to be used in almost any environment, and won’t corrode in conditions even as tough as slurry.

The option for heavy duty 2.2mm bristles gives the Sweepertec™ the ability to clear debris ranging from snow, and slurry – to grain, and bricks. This makes the Sweepertec™ the best performance, low cost, push/pull yard sweeper on the market.


Brushtec is currently running an autumn promotion for the Sweepertec™ on the Sweepertec™ website – just in time for the snow, and leaf fall.
With prices on our secure online shop starting from £508.




• Available in two sizes: 120cm (47”) & 200cm (79”)
• Highly durable construction lending from its simple design, and quality materials
• Corrosion resistant due to its hot dip galvanised steel frame.
• 16 rows of long life stiff bristles
• 100% British made



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Forging new relations

Brushtec has recently taken order of its largest commission into China.


In August of this year, Brushtec gained a one year contract to supply a Chinese cleaning machine manufacturer with rotary pad holders, and scrub brushes for each of their newly manufactured machines.


Each new machine will come supplied with a Brushtec pad holder, stiff scrub brush, and carpet shampoo brush. This order now represents the largest commission Brushtec has received from the Chinese mainland.


Brushtec was able to offer not only an assurance of high quality of product, and service, but also of price. With continuing investment into new and robotic production, Brushtec has been able to keep prices at a competitive level with Chinese production.


Brushtec has high expectations that this new business relationship will continue for many years to come.

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Plastics Recycling Show Europe 2015 Conference to focus on challenges of recycling different plastics

The unique challenges of recycling the major different types of plastic including PET, PVC, HDPE, LDPE and mixed plastics will be discussed in detail at the Plastics Recycling Show Europe 2015 conference taking place at the Tour & Taxis venue in Brussels on 25th and 26th November. Visitors can register to attend the conference and accompanying exhibition and for free at:

The opening session of the Plastics Recycling Show Europe 2015 conference will focus on the most pressing issues within PET recycling including thermoforms plastics recycling, titanium dioxide in food content applications and increasing the availability of recycled PET from used bottles. The following PVC session will look at current collection schemes systems and recycled volumes across Europe, the legislative framework for PVC recycling and will provide an insight into the Product Environmental Footprint Project.

Speakers at the HDPE material focus session will look at hazardous waste classification, brand owners’ use of recycled PP and the future of HDPE recycling. The LDPE session will cover existing collection schemes for LDPE and the consumer perception of plastics in the horticultural industry. Speakers in the mixed plastics session, a relatively new and developing area of plastics recycling in Europe, will focus on the recycling potential of the mixed plastics and recycling of PE, PP, PS and PTT plastics.

Keynote sessions on the conference’s opening day include David Ingram, Director (Fabric & HomeCare Packaging R&D), Procter & Gamble on Sustainable packaging – introducing PCR for Fabric Care bottles and Jonas Bystrom, Senior Engineer at the European Investment Bank on Financing recycling in a circular economy.

Sessions on day two of the conference focus on the biggest challenges facing the plastics recycling industry, the plastics recycling process and the latest design, technology and innovation. Topics covered will include finding markets for recycled materials, coping with price volatility in the virgin market and the future for producer responsibility schemes.

The Plastics Recycling Show 2015 brings together key players from the plastics and recycling sectors in order to learn, network and capitalise on the business opportunities plastic recycling offers. A broad cross section of the industry will be represented at the event including plastics recycling machinery and equipment suppliers, plastic material suppliers and compounders, handling and logistics services, pre-processors, plastics recyclers, waste management specialists and industry associations. Among more than 60 companies and organisations from across Europe featuring in the exhibition are Buhler, B+B Anlagenbau, CK Group, Erema, KraussMaffei Berstorff, Lindner reSource, Recyclix and Suez Recycling & Recovery.

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About the Plastics Recycling Show Europe 2015
The Plastics Recycling Show Europe 2015 is an exhibition and conference specifically for plastics recycling professionals. It brings together key players from the plastics and recycling sectors in order to learn, network and capitalise on the business opportunities plastic recycling offers. Organised by Crain Communications in association with PRW and Plastics News Europe, PRE takes place at the Tour & Taxi venue, Brussels 25-26 November 2015 and is co-located with the annual meeting of Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE). PRE represents 80% of European mechanical recycling capacity and has over 115 members across the EU.

For more information:
Alan Caddick
Crain Communications
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a brief study on eCommerce

its doors in Cologne from 6 to 8 March 2016, it won't just be focusing on the
industry's latest products and most interesting innovations. Themes such as the
rapidly growing B2B online marketplaces or questions on 'Industry 4.0' are
increasingly determining the dialogue of the market partners. As an international
communication platform, the trade fair is picking up on these aspects and
together with the IFH Cologne is initiating a brief study entitled "B2B
Marketplaces 2016 - what is really comes down to." "The online trade is gaining
more and more significance. It is the top theme of the hardware industry, which
brings with it major challenges," said Christoph Werner, member of the board and
Vice President Trade Fair Management of Koelnmesse GmbH. "As the international
meeting place of the industry, we want to offer our exhibitors and trade visitors
orientation and concentrated information. The brief study that is being carried
out in cooperation with the IFH Cologne is the first step here."
opportunities to gain comprehensive information in the scope of its own Theme
Day on the Sunday of the trade fair and in an eCommerce arena. A lecture
programme on the opportunities and risks of eCommerce as well as presentations
by online suppliers will shed light on the theme from a wide range of angles.

eCommerce is the talk of the town, however there are relatively few experiential values
for the hardware industry. In order to be able to deliver important cognitions from the
dealers' point of view, Koelnmesse and the IFH Cologne is initiating the brief study "B2B
Marketplaces 2016 - what it really comes down to" at the beginning of November.
Around 60,000 international specialist dealers and industry buyers will be contacted in
the course of the study." "In the B2B environment, the dealers and the manufacturers
are called upon to perhaps take more advantage of the digitalisation. Both -
manufacturers and dealers - have to examine individually what form the strategy
should take on: An own online shop, marketplaces or both?" explained Boris Hedde,
Executive Director of the IFH Cologne.

Your contact:
Sarah Kraft
+49 221 821-3881
+49 221 821-3544
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Koelnmesse GmbH
Messeplatz 1
50679 Köln
P.O. Box 21 07 60
50532 Köln
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Executive Board:
Gerald Böse
(President and Chief Executive Officer)
Katharina C. Hamma
Herbert Marner

Chairman of the Supervisory Board:
Mayor of the City of Cologne
Jürgen Roters

Headquarters and place of jurisdiction:
District Court Cologne, HRB 952

The brief study will be presented on the eCommerce Theme Day at
manufacturers from the hardware sector, the cognitions are to offer support in taking
decisions regarding the theme of eCommerce.

Featuring lectures by online experts, the Theme Day offers further information for
instance on online trade security or on the 'Do's and Don'ts for beginners. The lecture
programme is currently being finalised. Furthermore, the Theme Day will be
accompanied by trade fair participations of online suppliers such as, mercateo, nexMart,
Procato and Toolineo. This will enable the exhibitors and trade visitors of
direct dialogues with the suppliers and compare the individual platforms with each

Your contact in case of queries:
Sarah Kraft
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Koelnmesse GmbH
Messeplatz 1
50679 Köln, Germany



Newsletter October 2015
2015 is a very special year for GEKA because we are celebrating our 90th anniversary. Founded as a small company for the production of brushes in 1925, the GEKA Group has now grown into a global company with 900 employees worldwide, and three successful divisions: GEKA Beauty, GEKA Healthcare and GEKA Accessories.

This year, we have not only purchased OEKA, but are also opening a new manufacturing site in Brazil. There will be always something going in the colorful world of GEKA. Visit us at our new website or at further exhibitions this year.


inject 4.0 – the answer for a smart factory

Schwertberg/Austria – October 2015
Productivity, quality and flexibility are decisive for a competitive edge. But to
achieve optimal results, it is no longer enough to deploy the best injection
moulding equipment; it is all about leveraging its maximum potential. inject 4.0
– this is ENGEL's approach for meeting these challenges. At Fakuma 2015, the
machine manufacturer is presenting products and solutions that are already
available today to support production optimisation towards the goals of the
"Industry 4.0" concept.

"Industry 4.0 is above all one thing: a tremendous opportunity that we want to take ad-
vantage of together with our customers," says Dr Stefan Engleder, CTO of ENGEL
AUSTRIA, while at Fakuma 2015 in Friedrichshafen, Germany. "Industrial revolutions occur
on average every 50 years. We view it as a great opportunity to experience one and be in-
volved in shaping it for our industry." However, Dr Engleder emphasises that he does not
consider the word "revolution" to be very appropriate. "The changes that we are currently
experiencing are more like an evolution." Thus for ENGEL, Industry 4.0 is not a new idea, but
is already long-established daily practice in many areas. What is new is the fact that, under
the inject 4.0 brand, ENGEL is bundling the products and services that are already available
now together with coming developments that help turn a manufacturing operation into a
smart factory.
To achieve a "smart factory" is the goal of inject 4.0. With the help of the networking and in-
tegration of production systems, the systematic exploitation of process and production data
and the use of adaptive production systems, the manufacturing processes in a smart factory
continuously optimise themselves. "We're not talking about smart products," says Engleder.
"That is the domain of the processor. We see it as our job to aid our customers in optimising
their manufacturing processes."

The smart factory is based on three core elements:

  • smart machines that boost process capability and quality with self-adapting, decentralised systems,
  • smart production to ensure high levels of productivity thanks to horizontal and vertical data integration, and
  • smart services that improve availability quickly and efficiently thanks to close proximity and the use of remote maintenance tools.

smart machines: distributed intelligence boosts process capability
The human-machine interface is becoming increasingly important. It should also be possible
to set up, operate and above all monitor complex injection moulding processes easily and
intuitively. In the smart factory, the system operator is supported by a variety of assistance
systems to achieve this. They all have the goal of boosting process capability without requir-
ing the operators to acquire special skills. Examples of such systems are the iQ weight con-
trol and the iQ clamp control software solutions and the ENGEL e-flomo temperature-control
water distribution system. The iQ products continuously analyse process parameters relevant
for productivity and quality, recognise deviations from the target specifications and automati-
cally execute countermeasures during the on-going process, while ENGEL e-flomo compen-
sates for temperature fluctuations in the mould and thus also contributes to high process

smart production for greater productivity
The smart production concept includes the entire machine park in its focus with the goal of
increasing productivity. In the ENGEL e-factory, ENGEL has its own MES (Manufacturing
Execution System) in its portfolio that is specifically tailored for the requirements of the plas-
tics processing industry and thus achieves an extremely high level of vertical data integration
all the way down to individual cavities. By supporting centralised access to all pertinent sta-
tus and process data and comparing these with quality parameters, ENGEL e-factory im-
proves transparency – both in local operations and at a global production network level.
Thanks to the networking of all machines and locations, the processor can make optimal use
of available capacities, query the status of all injection moulding machines at any time and
create documentation very easily.

smart service: putting the focus on availability
The third core element of the smart factory is smart service. Remote maintenance and pre-
ventive maintenance are already a matter of course for many ENGEL customers and im-
portant components for high machine park availability. The new ENGEL e-connect customer
portal has made the collaboration between plastics processors and ENGEL even easier and
faster. For example, spare parts can be identified online and ordered immediately, and ser-
vice requests can be sent via smartphone.
While the smart machine and smart production factors lie within the responsibility of the pro-
cessor, some smart service solutions make it necessary for ENGEL as a supplier to have
access to specific customer data as released by the customer for that purpose. "This re-
quires more than mutual trust," emphasises Stefan Engleder. Defining security standards is
one of the challenges that the fourth industrial revolution entails. "This is not just an internal
issue for us, ENGEL is also actively involved at the Euromap level," says Engleder. "We are
working towards a common information model on the basis of the OPC UA architecture. This
technology-neutral concept offers a unique chance to achieve standardisation that we should
definitely take advantage of."

From individual machines to a global production network
With inject 4.0, ENGEL helps its customers to achieve significant increases in productivity,
quality and flexibility. The first three industrial revolutions also focused on boosting produc-
tivity, but each led to increased complexity as well. The fourth is also no exception here, but
it is the first to directly include a solution for increasing complexity. Industry 4.0 provides
manufacturers with the tools they need to master this complexity.
However, it is a different matter when it comes to flexibility. In the three previous industrial
revolutions, production experienced substantial losses in terms of flexibility. Thanks to Indus-
try 4.0, it is now again becoming possible – for the first time in 200 years – to boost flexibility
up to or even beyond the level of purely manual craftsmanship. Industry 4.0 thus opens up
the opportunity for the plastics processing industry to solve some of the major challenges of
the future.
Industry 4.0 will be different for each injection moulding task, each company and each loca-
tion – another fact that becomes clear in the inject 4.0 presentation at the ENGEL trade fair
stand at Fakuma 2015. "There will be many future challenges and solutions that we cannot
even imagine today," says Stefan Engleder. "The advantage of the evolutionary development
of Industry 4.0 is the fact that each company can start implementing a specific solution
adapted to its own requirements at any time and then gradually develop it further. Optimising
manufacturing processes starts with the individual machines and can reach all the way up to
a global production network."

"Industry 4.0 is above all one thing: a tre-
mendous opportunity that we want to take
advantage of together with our customers."
Dr. Stefan Engleder, CTO


The ENGEL stand at Fakuma 2015 has been designed as a smart factory. The machines are net-
worked with each other. Self-adapting, decentralised systems boost process capability and quality.
Pictures: ENGEL

ENGEL is one of the global leaders in the manufacture of plastics processing machines. Today, the
ENGEL Group offers a full range of technology modules for plastics processing as a single source
supplier: Injection moulding machines for thermoplastics and elastomers, and automation, with the
assurance that individual components are also competitive and successful in the world markets. With
nine production plants in Europe, North America and Asia (China and Korea), and subsidiaries and
representatives in more than 85 countries, ENGEL offers its customers the excellent global support
they need to compete and succeed with new technologies and leading-edge production systems.

Un nettoyage écoresponsable pour les avions FedEx
Nouvelle technique expérimentée au hub européen de Roissy-Charles De Gaulle

Roissy, 6 octobre 2015 – FedEx Express, filiale de FedEx Corp. (NYSE : FDX) et acteur majeur du transport express international, a mis en place un nouveau procédé pour nettoyer la carlingue de ses 13 avions rattachés à son hub de Roissy-CDG et parcourant des trajets intra-Européens. Au-delà de l’avantage purement esthétique, cette nouvelle technique permet à FedEx d’être plus respectueux de l’environnement, de contribuer à l’emploi local et de réduire ses coûts.
La technique de dépollution humide Eco-Shine, élaborée par l’entreprise française UUDS est plus écologique que celles utilisées traditionnellement. L’application du produit anti-statique biodégradable, non toxique et non inflammable est réalisée à l’aide d’une perche munie d’une micro fibre spécialement conçue pour cet usage. Un rinçage à l’eau claire est ensuite effectué en utilisant le même procédé d’application, divisant la consommation d’eau par 100 par rapport à une solution de nettoyage de carlingue d’avion classique.
Le nettoyage, parce qu’il est effectué à la main grâce à une technique éprouvée dans le monde favorise donc l’emploi local au travers d’une formation dispensée en interne par UUDS.
FedEx tire par ailleurs plusieurs avantages de cette nouvelle technique de nettoyage.
Alain Chaillé, Vice-Président des Opérations Europe du Sud de FedEx, déclare : « Après le nettoyage, les surfaces sont plus lisses, donc la pénétration dans l’air des avions est meilleure, ce qui réduit la consommation de carburant ».
En hiver particulièrement, le nettoyage est crucial en raison des opérations de dégivrage au glycol, qui encrassent beaucoup les carlingues.
Alain Chaillé poursuit : « Du fait qu’il n’y a pas de projection d’eau au sol, FedEx peut faire procéder au nettoyage des appareils sur ses parkings, ce qui lui évite de devoir les tracter jusqu’à une station de lavage, et permet une co-activité entre nettoyage et maintenance. Les avions sont donc immobilisés moins longtemps. Le nettoyage peut être morcelé et donc s’effectuer en continu, favorisant la propreté des avions en permanence avec un bénéfice d’image évident. »

À propos de FedEx Express
FedEx Express, acteur majeur du transport express international, propose un service de livraison rapide et fiable vers plus de 220 pays et territoires. FedEx Express s'appuie sur un réseau aérien et terrestre international pour accélérer la livraison des envois urgents avec une garantie de délai de livraison sous conditions.
À propos de FedEx Corp.
FedEx Corp. (NYSE : FDX) fournit à ses utilisateurs et à ses sociétés clientes à l’échelle mondiale une large gamme de services de transport, de commerce électronique et d’affaires. Avec des revenus annuels de 48 milliards de dollars, la société propose des solutions intégrées à travers son réseau de filiales, qui opèrent conjointement et sont gérées en collaboration sous la marque respectée de FedEx. Figurant constamment au palmarès des entreprises les plus admirées et les plus fiables, FedEx motive son personnel, soit environ 325.000 personnes, pour qu’il se concentre de façon « absolue et positive » sur la sécurité, les normes éthiques et professionnelles les plus élevées et sur les besoins de ses clients et de ses communautés. Pour plus d’informations, veuillez consulter
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LIGNA 2017 to feature new layout

Hannover. This year LIGNA, the world’s leading tradeshow for wood processing and woodworking machinery, plant and tools, featured 1,552 exhibitors – including 56 percent from outside Germany – and occupied 121,195 square meters (1,304,530 sq. ft) of net display space. The top exhibiting nations included Germany, Italy, Austria, China, Sweden and the USA. The show attracted some 93,099 visitors, 40 percent of whom were from abroad. The visitors leveraged the show to survey the latest innovations in their industry and initiate extensive investment in new technology.

“Exhibitor feedback points to outstanding business dialogue, promising leads and strong international growth. For us and our partner, the German Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers’ Association, this provides a good basis upon which to introduce a number of structural changes for the upcoming LIGNA season,” said Christian Pfeiffer, the Director in charge of LIGNA at Deutsche Messe.

LIGNA, which is held at the Hannover Exhibition Center in Hannover, Germany, next runs from 22 to 26 May 2017. The upcoming season will continue LIGNA’s long-standing commitment to presenting future-defining solutions and innovative production equipment for the wood industry – albeit with a revamped layout that will boost efficiency for all trade visitors and provide a more comprehensive, user-centric overview of all key technologies.

The new layout will comprise seven main display categories:



  • Tools and Machinery for Custom and Mass Production
  • Surface Technology
  • Wood-based Panel Production Technology
  • Sawmill Technology
  • Energy from Wood
  • Machine Components and Automation Technology
  • Forestry Technology



The move to merge the “Solid Wood Processing”, “Furniture Industry” and “Woodcrafts” (skilled woodworking trades) categories into a new “Tools and Machinery for Custom and Mass Production” category, in particular, has already met with very positive industry feedback. The new category will present the constituent technologies in an integrated manner that more accurately reflects the way in which they are used by their target markets. By clustering allied technologies, the change will shorten visitors’ walking distances between relevant displays and generate synergies with newly created neighboring display areas.

Another change relates to automation technology/machine components and surface technology. These two technology categories have grown in importance at LIGNA over the years and will therefore have their own centrally located display areas from 2017 on.

“The new layout reflects changes in the way technologies are used by our target market. The market for woodworking and processing machines is no longer strictly segmented according to user scale or size, and technology types that were once distinct are now converging. We want to provide a more efficient trade fair experience for all the professionals in attendance by enabling them to move quickly and conveniently between exhibitors of relevance to them. The new layout has been very well received by our exhibitors. In fact, many have already registered for 2017 in order to secure their preferred locations at the show. We therefore urge companies thinking about exhibiting at LIGNA 2017 to register now in order to avoid disappointment,” remarked Pfeiffer.

Deutsche Messe AG 
With revenue of 280 million euros (2014), Deutsche Messe AG ranks among the world’s ten largest trade fair companies and operates the world’s largest exhibition center. In 2014, Deutsche Messe planned and staged 134 trade fairs and congresses around the world – events which hosted a total of over 41,000 exhibitors and some 3.6 million visitors. The company’s event portfolio includes such world-leading trade fairs as CeBIT (IT and telecommunications), HANNOVER MESSE (industrial technology), BIOTECHNICA (biotechnology), CeMAT (intralogistics), didacta (education), DOMOTEX (floor coverings), INTERSCHUTZ (fire prevention and rescue), and LIGNA (wood processing and forestry). With approx. 1,200 employees and a network of 66 representatives, subsidiaries and branch offices, Deutsche Messe is present in more than 100 countries worldwide.

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the FootMate® System  



COMMERCE, CA  On yesterday's TODAY Show on NBC television, contributor Jill Martin, Emmy Award-winning television personality, sportscaster, fashion expert, and co-author of the New York Times bestselling style guide "I Have Nothing to Wear!" "Fashion for Dummies" and "The Weekend Makeover", shows Kathie Lee and Hoda the benefits of using the FootMate® System ( in the shower.  Hoda said, "that's genius in the shower!"


Click here to watch TV segment 

The FootMate® System by Gordon Brush is a complete foot care system for cleaning, soothing, stimulating, and massaging your feet every time you shower.  The FootMate® System leaves feet thoroughly cleaned, conditioned, and massaged, including the often neglected areas between the toes.  The massage stimulates circulation and blood flow to the feet and produces a feeling of all-over well-being and health.


The Podiatrist recommended FootMate® System is the Ferrari of Foot Care!

Regular use of The FootMate® System can help stimulate blood flow to the feet and aid in keeping circulation problems to a minimum. The FootMate® System is good for your health as well as your Soul.


This system is for anyone who wants to experience the benefits of a soothing foot massage while taking better care of their feet- people with diabetes, arthritis, back pain, athletes, pregnant women, etc.  Rather than waiting for your feet to experience the rigors of daily life, our goal is to help you maintain the best possible foot health before foot issues occur!






Gordon Brush Mfg. Co., Inc. is an ISO 9001:2008 certified and leading manufacturer of specialty, custom and standard brushes for industrial and consumer purposes. The company makes the FootMate® System as well as over 15,000 other medical, industrial, janitorial, and electronic brushes at its 51,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in Commerce, California. It stocks over 2,000 different brushes for same day shipment selling to a variety of industries including medical, electronics, manufacturing, military, aerospace, and pharmaceutical. Gordon Brush has been featured on the ION Network, Discovery Channel, Bloomberg News, The Real Talk Show, and in the Los Angeles Times. The company has received Member Resolution No. 1402, sponsored by Senator Ronald S. Calderon, 30th California State Senate District.


The FootMate® System is endorsed by the American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics & Medicine (ACFAOM).


Market Trends for Plastic Processing Machines in China


Brush wire from Taiwan.
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Plastex to develop products together with customers:


The reputable family business launched a crowdfunding campaign

Plastex is a plastics factory founded in 1936, whose hip flasks and canisters are part of Finnish everyday design history. Now the company has launched a crowdfunding campaign engaging its customers to participate in developing its product selection.


In the crowdfunding campaign launched on 3 June 2014, Plastex is collecting feedback for developing the Hookie product idea. Hookie – The Hanging Herb Garden is a novel type of hanging basket pot, whose playful organic design enables the pots to be joined together to form larger units.


- Hookie originated from the idea of whether a single hanging pot could serve as a hanger for several hanging pots without the need to affix additional fixtures, says Niko Laukkarinen, the industrial designer who designed the hanging pot for Plastex.


The Hookie is available for pre-order at the price of € 15. The product will be selected to the manufacturing line, if the minimum goal of 4000 euros is met. The crowdfunding campaign is, however, aiming at a higher funding goal of 8000 euros.


- Over the decades, Plastex’ domestic products have become a part of the everyday life of every Finn. Plastex is a reputable brand in the market and this inspires and obligates us to develop our operations. Now, with the help of social media and crowdfunding, we are able to include the users in product development in a new way, says Plastex’ CEO Lauri Ant-Wuorinen.



Plastex develops and produces plastic products in the factory located in Lohja, Finland. The products include i.e. watering cans, buckets, water containers, bottles and petrol cans. Plastex-products are sold in all major stores in Finland. Plastex is working closely with a number of designers.


The goal for Plastex is to create new better products together with the customers and designers. Every product has a unique design story and own philosophy background which builds up the value of the design and usability. Our aim is to Design Your Everyday Life! Crowdsourcing, co-innovation and crowdfunding are going to play a very special role in the future of Plastex.


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The Hybrid floor squeegee is one of Moerman’s latest innovations for professional floor cleaning, proudly launched at the ISSA Interclean show in Amsterdam.

This unique floor squeegee is the perfect combination of metal and plastic. A floor squeegee with a heavy duty - double waterrim - metal frame, with a plastic threaded socket.

This squeegee is especially designed for heavy duty cleaning jobs and offers superior user-friendliness thanks to the threaded handle. No tools needed to fix a handle to the floor squeegee!

As always, Moerman also makes the difference with its excellent natural Dura-Flex®Rubber

1) natural rubber: the best rubber for floor squeegee applications and repetitive use on both smooth and uneven surfaces.

2) excellent elasticity: after using the Moerman? squeegee, the floor is “finger-dry”, no water traces are left behind! The absence of water reduces the chance of cross-contamination

3) closed cell rubber: gives better wiping results. The Moerman ® closed cell Dura-Flex® rubber also avoids absorption of water and liquids and it prevents bacteria from harbouring inside the moss rubber.

4) The inside skin makes the rubber more tear and wear resistant and guarantees a perfect wiping result.

The Moerman? Hybrid Squeegee will be available in 45 cm / 55 cm and 75 cm.

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Aktionskunst mit dem "grössten Pinsel der Welt"

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Im Guinnes Buch der Rekorde ist er aufgeführt: der grösste Pinsel der Welt! Geschaffen wurde dieses Aktions-Kunstwerk von Ralf Dunkel, dem Inhaber von ARTE. Seine Kunstwerke sind vielfältig, sie reichen von Grossbild Kunstwerken z.B. an Hochhäusern über Kirchenbilder mit verschiedenen Materialien, wie Öl, Steinpulver, Pigmenten, Blattgold und vieles mehr.

Der "XXL-Pinsel" hat eine Länge von 15 Metern, einen Durchmesser von maximal 1,2 Metern sowie ein Gewicht von 500 kg und kann - europaweit - für den Einsatz angeliefert werden.
Einmal in Aktion gebracht geht es richtig zur Sache, da werden schon mal mit Publikum 200 Bilder an einem Tag gemalt.

Kontakt: ARTE Ralf Dunkel, D-02708 Kottmar, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


A brief history of 111 years of innovation, continuity, willpower and passion to build better machinery

zahoransky1It was the year 1902, when, in a small garage in Todtnau, Anton Zahoransky started to make the first machines for
automating the brush making process. Back then he could not sense that his small workshop would develop to
become the leading company in the industry of brush making machines. With his inventive talent and his visions,
Anton Zahoransky provided a solid foundation for a successful corporation, which today, is in its third generation and
structured as a family business. From the Black Forest it went out into the world: Today, there are Zahoransky
locations in Germany, Spain, China, India and the USA

Dr. Heinz Zahoransky (Son of the founder):
„Since the beginning, the Zahoransky name has stood for reliability, precision and sophisticated engineering. The
ever growing requirements of our customers have been the engine for the innovative, fast-paced and very
successful development of our business” zahoransky2
Up to the 1950s most of the processed materials were mainly natural materials. Since then, all different kinds of
synthetic materials have evolved which nowadays allow for maximum versatility in design and function. Each step of
this development has been both accompanied and influenced by Zahoransky.

It has always been most important for Zahoransky to comprehensively attend its customers in a long-term manner, from the in-plant commissioning of machines to supplying local on-site customer service; with over 20
representatives worldwide we guaranty the best of care for our customers. Since 1994, Zahoransky has been ISO9001 certified; for our customers, this award is a visible sign that we set highest quality as a standard in every single area of the Zahoransky Group. Highest quality…“Made in Germany”

zahoransky3In order to secure quality and innovation for the future, Zahoransky has set a very high value on education and the
continued education of his employees. Apprenticeships started in 1952 and today the amount of trainees at
Zahoransky accounts for approximately 10% of total employees; this is an enormous investment for the future.

The Zahoransky story is 111 years of inventive talent and progress; continuity and willpower; inner conviction and the
capability to act visionary. The highly qualified staff members stand for know-how, innovation, networked thinking, high
flexibility and unmatched quality. One stop shopping from A to Z – this is what the name of the founder stands for;
Anton Zahoransky!

Ulrich Zahoransky (Nephew of the founder):
„The business world is ever changing, but what has stayed the same is the affection for technology and perfection – beyond generations. This is what our staff members at locations all over the world stick up for every day…and they do it with passion.”

  • 1902-04-01 Founding of company by Anton Zahoransky
  • 1902-09-29 Delivery of the first tufting machine
  • 1906 First machine exhibition in Dresden
  • 1909 First automatic tufting machine for radial tufting
  • 1914 80 employees
  • 1922 Founding of the first subsidiary in Freiburg-Lehen
  • 1924 Acquisition of business competitor "Flade" who were exclusively producing toothbrushes 162 employees
  • 1927 25 Year Jubilee 170 employees
  • 1929 Major problems due to the Great Depression

First films of machines for marketing purposes
First automatic staple machine with movable filling tool

  • 1930 Founding of subsidiary near Strassbourg
  • 1935 First automatic trimming machines
  • 1946 Recommencing of production after WW 2 under extremely difficult conditions Founding of a subsidiary in Muellheim
  • 1951-01-09 Death of the founder of the company Anton Zahoransky
  • 1952 50 Year Jubilee First twin-tufting machine for toothbrushes Founding of first apprenticeship in Todtnau 230 employees
  • 1955 Founding of a benevolent fund for employees
  • 1958 Centralization of the companies from Freiburg and Muellheim in Freiburg
  • 1959 Entering of Dr. Ing. Heinz Zahoransky to the company Implementation of employee suggestion system
  • 1962 Adoption of a premium bonus system for the employees
  • 1965 First injection mold First automatic twin-tufting machine for brooms & brushes
  • 1967 Introduction of 40 hours working week
  • 1969 First automatic machine for bottle brushes
  • 1970 Founding of companies relief organisation (up to date donations of over 500.000 EUR for aid organizations)
  • 1971 First fully automatic twin tufting machine (insertion, drilling, tufting and trimming)
  • 1972 Founding of the subsidiary in Logrõno
  • 1973 Integration of the company ESTO (machines for bottle brushes)
  • 1977 75 Year Jubilee First Interbrossa: exhibition of 50 machines 315 employees
  • 1978 First packaging machine
  • 1979 First hot runner mould
  • 1980 First automatic twisting machine for mascara brushes MA1 First compact unit ZT1-TA61 for toothbrush production with CNC control First electronic tufting machine ZA2E First hot runner mould for toothbrushes
  • 1981 First blister packaging machine
  • 1983 First fully automatic toothbrush production units including blister packaging
  • 1986 First exhibition in Japan
  • 1987 Implementation of computer based construction (CAD)
  • 1988 First 2 component injection mold for toothbrushes worldwide
  • 1990 First stacking mold
  • 1991 Founding of ZAHORANSKY Formenbau GmbH, Freiburg Founding of ZAHORANSKY GmbH Formen- & Werkzeugbau, Stützengrün First business trip to China
  • 1994 DIN ISO 9001 certificate for mold making
  • 1995 Start of RPT in mold making
  • 1996 New building in Rothenkirchen Implementation of e-mail for Todtnau, Freiburg and Logroño First patent application in China
  • 1999 25 year Jubilee of subsidiary in Logrõno First emission permit for a company in Spain ever
  • 2002 100 year Jubilee Founding of the Indian subsidiary, initially in Mumbai 610 employees
  • 2003 Relocation of machine construction to new building in Todtnau-Geschwend Relocation of the mould making plant to new building in Freiburg-Hochdorf
  • 2004 Founding of ZAHORANSKY Asia Ltd. In Hong Kong
  • 2006 Founding of ZAHORANSKY USA, Inc. Sugar Grove, (near Chicago)
  • 2008 Founding of ZAHORANSKY Light Machinery Ltd. in Shanghai Relocation of Freiburg Maschinenbau to the new building in Freiburg-Hochdorf
  • 2012 Founding of ZAHORANSKY Ltd. in Kobe, Japan
  • 2013 111 Year Jubilee



ZAHORANSKY 111 th Anniversary: “Z111 – A Perfectly Different Anniversary”

Under the name “Z111”, the machine building company ZAHORANSKY has successfully held numerous events at different locations.

  • 40 Year jubilee of the production subsidiary ZAHORANSKY S.A. in Logrono, Spain
  • Opening of a new plant for the injection moulding manufacturer ZAHORANSKY Formenbau GmbH in Rothenkirchen
  • „Z111 PartyZone“ - Employees festival for all employees in Todtnau and Freiburg
  • Z111 Jubilee ceremony in the Rothaus Arena at the Exhibition Grounds, Freiburg
  • In-House Exhibition and Partner Exhibition „Zoom“ for customers and partners at the headquarters in Todtnau
  • „Zymposium“: Symposium for customers and partners at the headquarters in Todtnau
  • In November: Opening of the new plant in Coimbatore, India

zahoransky4The main focus was on the ceremony in the halls of the Freiburg Exhibition Grounds and the in-house
exhibition and series of lectures at the headquarters in Todtnau on 1st and 2nd July, 2013.
More than 700 customers and business partners from over 20 nations celebrated ZAHORANSKY’s
111 year jubilee.
Under the motto „The Alphabet of Passion“, 26 activity stations invited the guests to try out various
skills and to find their own, personal passion.
Whether „human tabletop soccer“, brush hockey, the playing of a musical instrument in a rock band,
Karaoke, Black Jack or constructing a cuckoo clock - there was something for everyone.
zahoransky5Daily routing could be forgotten for a few hours by all participants in a very relaxed and delightful
atmosphere. The crowning moment was a laser show that reviewed the 111 years of ZAHORANSKY
through the eyes of the company’s founder, Anton Zahoransky.

The next day, visitors to Todtnau could form an image of the production location of Todtnau and visit
new theme areas within the frame of the in-house exhibition „Zoom -ZAHORANSKY inside“, where
information on current machines and molds as well as the latest innovations was provided „live“.
The „Zymposium“ that was held at the same time also attracted great demand. Top class speakers
reported on the subjects of management, innovation, automation and other business relevant

The event was rounded off with a partner exhibition where previous suppliers from the brush and
plastics industry presented their products as well as giving information and advise to visitors. Simply -
a genuine „Industry Summit“ 



99 years of brush manufacturing at Ebnat Kappel AG

IMG 8232The Swiss brush manufacturing company, Ebnat Kappel AG, celebrated its 99th anniversary on April 20, 2013. Throughout the year of 2013 various events demonstrated its long lasting entrepreneurship. On this occasion it is worth while to look at the company’s history and its way of continuous success.

In the beautiful Toggenburg country area, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Switzerland, you find the highly advanced brush factory securing jobs for a large number of qualified man power.

In 1914 at the time of the foundation the company the region was farmland where you could find hand woven home made textiles without any industrial production structures. The people lived mainly from agriculture. Prior to 1914, the textile industry had already collasped due to the lack of exportation.

An expanded product line for home made goods had to be created while focalising on products that were less susceptible to fashion trends. Initial contacts were established with German brush manufacturers and traders in Todtnau, who were considered as the leading quality brush manufactures in the Black Forest. Shortly afterwards it was decided to produce a full brush product line in an ample quantity to satisfy the demand for farms, sale shops and industrial use

On April 29, 1914 a small number of businessmen, including the village school master and a brewmaster founded Toggenburgische Holzwaren- und Reformbürstenfabrik Ebnat-Kappel AG. The company developped rapidly moving shortly afterwards into new modern buildings to produce its high quality product line which became known within Switzerland as well as abroad. Risky export business during and after World War I necessitated new investment sources to avoid liquidation. The money came basically from Volksbank St. Gallen. The company was reorganized in 1923 changing its name to Ebnat Kappel AG. During World War II Ebnat Kappel AG's total employment sky rocketed up to 200.

From handcraft manufacturing to industrial production IMG 8041

One of the outstanding figures in the company's history was Dr. Hans Koch. He ushered Ebnat Kappel AG into rationalization and automation which enabled the company to establish equitable marketing pricing so as to withstand competitors. Profits were reinvested in order to continue the company's modernization. Social humanism primed in all corporate decisions. As early as 1942 the company instituted a full funded pension program for its entire personnel.

At the end of 1987 Mr. Pius Thoma replaced his predecessor, Dr. Hans Koch. Before stepping into his new position he was Dr. Koch's assistant. The company henceforth took an advanced technological step forward by investing in totally automatic machinery. These results were evidenced at the celebration of the company's 99th anniversary; Ebnat Kappel AG is the leading Swiss company in its field.

Today, the company employs 170 highly motivated employees. They produce an extensive range of products for oral hygiene (tooth- and interdental brushes) as well as a wide range of household brushes.

IMG 8138Believe in the future

The values, long term objectives and the role of the people in the company have formulated management into this mission statement: Management is implemented by social engagement, market proximity, dynamism combined with flexibility -all united in one creating fundamental success.

The belief in the future of a free world market economy determines the thinking and actions of the Ebnat Kappel AG management.

Production and recycling

Processing of environmental adequate material and its application to the integrated production process are basics of product developments at Ebnat-Kappel AG.

Investment "know how"

One striving for better results has to improve his approach by utilising the best ideas that are available. New products developed are principally a result of inside internal evolutions. And so up until today, Ebnat Kappel AG is one of the most progressive leading brush manufacturers in the brush business in Europe, always implementing only the most recent industrial technology

People and Technology

Brush manufacturing has undergone a tremendous production evolution over the past 99 years. Earlier craftsmanship and knowledge handling basic materials to be processed were required. Skilled hands placed bristle bundles into the brush body. So to speak, a brush is and was always a workmanship's piece of art.

Today, production processes are almost invariable and fully automated. The profession of "brush maker" has changed to brush technician, even engineer. At present, Ebnat Kappel AG employes a multinational team of men and women is the base of the success of the various production lines.

Products that give pleasure IMG 8174

General appreciation of a product "brush" is unfortunately highly under estimated. For this reason, Ebnat Kappel AG periodically opens its doors for guided tours so as to show astonished audiences the power of such industrial skills that stands behind its products.

Quality, functionality and esthetic design of brushes, either made of wood or plastic, are characteristic of all brushes produced by Ebnat Kappel AG. New colors and shapes are visible benefits of consumer decisions to buy or not to purchase such a product.

IMG 8299Presidential target:

"Ebnat Kappel AG believes in a positive future. It's all in our own hands! A company with 170 employees plays an important roll within the Toggenburg greater area. We felt and still feel responsible ... yesterday today and tomorrow."








June, 2013

The American Brush Manufacturers Association (ABMA) is in the process of revising and updating ANSI Standard B165.1, 1979 (R2010), Power-Driven Brushing Tools – Safety Requirements for Design Care and Use.  A work committee has reviewed the standard and made recommendations for revisions.

The standard was originally developed in 1979 (last update 2010) to establish the rules and specifications for safety that apply in the design, use and care of power-driven brushing tools. It embraces all brushing tools whose brushing elements are made up of ferrous wire, non-ferrous wire, plastic, abrasive filaments, vegetable fibers, animal hair, or other materials, and brushes fabricated with any combination of such elements and whose functional performance is accomplished by power driven operation. The standard does not cover brushes constructed of wood or synthetic hub or cores, and brushing tools whose primary function is vehicle or train washing, carpet sweeping, dental hygiene, floor maintenance, sewer cleaning, street sweeping and brushing tools manufactured in accordance with other American National Standards.

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) coordinates the development of U.S. voluntary national standards and provides an open, equitable and accessible consensus process that ensures due process and benefits the public interest.

We seek interested parties who are willing to review the proposed standard. Interested parties may consist of the following types:

Producer – Manufacturer of power brushing tools or a trade association or society that represents the interest of such manufacturers.
User – Organization (company, association, government agency, individual) that uses these tools.
General Interest – Organization that has an interest in power brushing tools, but neither produces nor uses them directly.

If you are willing to participate in the important activity, please fax or send a letter or an e-mail to ABMA with the contact information of the person in your organization that should receive the materials: attention David Parr, Executive Director.

American Brush Manufacturers Association
736 main Avenue – Suite 7 – Durango, CO 81301-5479
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