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Fill Machine Engineering Media Service June 2011


Industry / Machine Engineering / Plastics


Plastics summit in the Innviertel

A veritable who´s who of the plastics industry gathered together at Fill Machine Engineering in Gurten. At the German-Austrian Polyurethane Day, the latest technologies were presented and issues relating to the future were discussed.  


The Innviertel was recently the meeting place for the German-Austrian plastics industry. At the invitation of Fill Machine Engineering, some 70 high-caliber PUR experts made the trip to Gurten. Polyurethane processors, raw material and additive suppliers, as well as machine and systems engineers arrived to take part in the exchange of ideas and knowledge transfer. The presentations and discussions focused on new techniques and methods for processing polyurethane, as well as PUR machine technologies. Traditional Innviertel hospitality, including real, local folk music, provided the atmospheric setting.


Gurten, 30 June 2011 –  The latest technologies and developments from the world of Polyurethane (PUR) were the center of attention at the German-Austrian Polyurethane Meeting of the FSK (Foam Plastics and Polyurethane Trade Association) at Fill Machine Engineering in Gurten. The hosts and Fill CEOs, Andreas Fill and Wolfgang Rathner, were very pleased with the active interest of the PUR experts. The examples presented by Wilhelm Rupertsberger (Manager of the Plastics Competence Center at Fill) for reinforced polyurethane components, as well as lightweight construction and hybrid applications made from wood and polyurethane, impressed the attendees. 


Technologies full of promise

The PUR sector is a dynamic field of plastics processing and machining, with great potential for the future. Innovations and new solutions set the tone of the industry. Potential new applications for recyclate from polyurethane recycling were presented by Rolf Apfeld from the canned foam recycler PDR. Due to PUR recyclate and pre-PUR obtained from the cooperation with Rampf Ecosystems, interesting new fields of application have emerged for products of the recycling process. For example, developments from polyurethane have also been used to manufacture alpine skis and high-quality bathtubs with barrier-free, floor-level access.


Brilliant supporting program

Besides the technical presentations and concentrated information, there was also a strong focus on the social aspect of the meeting, which included an active exchange of views and ideas. The very best in Innviertel hospitality impressed the attendees throughout the evening at the cozy Loryhof in Wippenham. The regional culinary delicacies went down very well. Harmonious musical entertainment was provided by the "Aspacher Tridoppler" in the form of original Innviertel folk music. Many contacts were made and much knowledge exchanged in an exuberant atmosphere. 


Corporate Data

Fill is a leading international machine and plant manufacturing company for diverse branches of industry. The family-owned business excels in the use of the latest technologies in management, communication, and production. Business operations encompass the fields of metal, plastics and wood for the automotive, aircraft, wind energy, sport and building industries The company is the global market leader in ski and snowboard production machines and aluminum core removal technology. Andreas Fill and Wolfgang Rathner are joint CEOs of the company founded in 1966 that is still completely family-owned. The company became a public limited company (GmbH) in 1987, was certified in accordance with ISO 9001 in 1997, and now has more than 470 employees.


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A veritable who´s who of the plastic industry gathered together at Fill Machine Engineering in Gurten, Austria.

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