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Long-standing industry partners establish joint venture PlastiKCs.

As of 1 April 2020, PlastiKCs is now actively selling Sumitomo (SHI) Demag injection moulding machines, as well as robotic systems and peripheral equipment for plastics processing companies in Belgium and Luxembourg. Proven injection moulding expert Kurt Callewaert founded the company together with Thiele & Kor Plastics Machinery B.V., Sumitomo (SHI) Demag’s long-standing representative.


The name PlastiKCs is derived from founder Kurt Callewaert’s initials and his core competence: plastics. Having worked for many years as a sales manager and managing director in the injection moulding machine industry, Callewaert longed to establish his own venture. "Having my own company has always been my big dream. But there was one condition: I wanted to sell high-end, high quality and innovative products," says Callewaert.


The entrepreneur found his ideal partner in Thiele & Kor Plastics Machinery B.V., based in Nieuwegein. Having managed service and sales for the Sumitomo (SHI) Demag product range since 2012, Callewaert will utilise the firm’s expertise to strengthen PlastiKCs market presence in Belgium and Luxembourg.


"Kurt Callewaert and I personally share a very similar understanding of market development with a focus on customer satisfaction," says Gerd Liebig, CEO of Sumitomo (SHI) Demag Plastics Machinery GmbH."With our existing, very successful representation Thiele & Kor Plastics Machinery and the addition of Kurt Callewaert, we will be able to provide even better advice to customers in Belgium and Luxembourg by establishing and intensifying partnerships regionally and in targeted sectors. We are delighted to have strengthened the Belgium and Luxembourg team in this way," adds Mr. Liebig.




Sumitomo (SHI) Demag Plastics Machinery GmbH


Sumitomo (SHI) Demag has had a strong influence on the development of the plastics industry from its very beginnings. As specialists in injection moulding machines for plastics processes, Sumitomo (SHI) Demag, together with its Japanese parent company, Sumitomo Heavy Industries, is one of the world’s leading companies in the industry. The global development and production network of Sumitomo Heavy Industries and Sumitomo (SHI) Demag consists of four facilities in Japan, Germany and China with more than 3,000 employees. The product portfolio includes all-electric, hydraulic and hybrid-driven injection moulding machines with clamping forces of between 180 and 15.000 kN. With over 145,000 installed machines,  Sumitomo (SHI) Demag is present in important markets worldwide and is one of the largest manufacturers of injection moulding machines.

The parent company plant in Chiba, Japan, manufactures machines with small and medium clamping forces. Approximately 95 % of all delivered machines have an all-electric drive concept. The German Sumitomo (SHI) Demag’s locations in Schwaig and Wiehe use hybrid drive concepts to manufacture the Systec Servo series, as well as the high-performance and high-speed El-Exis SP and Systec SP machines. The IntElect series with all-electric drive technology is also manufactured in Germany for the international market. 

Sumitomo (SHI) Demag has had a production facility in Ningbo, China, since 1998. The Systec C series with clamping forces of 500 to 10,000 kN has been manufactured for Asian markets in a new factory (13,000 m2 floor space) of this subsidiary, Demag Plastics Machinery (Ningbo) Co., Ltd., since mid-2015. In addition to injection moulding machines, Sumitomo (SHI) Demag provides standard and customised systems for parts handling automation, process engineering and solutions for special applications, and customised services, as well as machine financing options.

With its seamless sales and service network of subsidiaries and agencies, Sumitomo (SHI) Demag supports all major industrial markets.