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NPE 2000 Achieves Record Totals of Exhibitors, Booth Space, Attendance and International Participation
World Primary Pharmaceutical Packaging Demand To Exceed $11 Billion in the Year 2003
A Merger Agreement between Biesse and Schelling Has Been Signed
Röchling Expands Warehouse

PlasticsJobsForum.com Launched
Ticona, DSM Form Venture
apps4biz.com Launches Program for Small Businesses
BIFMA International Revises Shipments Forecast Upward
eMake Names New President and CEO
SME's Rapid Prototyping & Manufacturing Event Heads to Cincinnati in 2001
Witt Plastics Provides CD-ROM For Product Yield/Cost Calculations
DSM Creates Corporate e-Business Center
GE Plastics to Acquire Cadillac Plastic
Omnexus: The e-Marketplace for Injection Molders is Launched
NPE Final Registration Numbers Best Ever
GE Plastics To Acquire Commercial Plastics & Supply
OneChem Launches Chemical Indusry's First Operational Application Service Provider
AmericanManufacturers.com Unleashes Full Force of M2M Web Site
SCM GROUP USA and European Woodworking Machinery Co.
Form New U.S. National Strategic Alliance


NPE 2000 Achieves Record Totals of Exhibitors, Booth Space,
Attendance and International Participation

Last month’s NPE 2000 attracted a record 90,142 participants to Chicago’s McCormick Place, as announced by the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. (SPI), which sponsors the triennial plastics show. Taking place over five days from June 19-23, the exposition was the largest in the 54-year history of NPE and by far the most international.

“Because of an ambitious outreach program by SPI to attract even more international visitors, nearly one in five of the attendees at NPE 2000 came from outside the United States, representing an increase of 43% over NPE 1997 and 114% over NPE 1994,” said Jordan L. Morgenstern, SPI Vice President, Trade Shows. “Exhibiting companies that had also taken part in the earlier shows cited as particularly noticeable the greater number of Latin American and Asian visitors to their booths.”

Globalization was even more apparent among the 2,104 exhibiting companies, one-fourth of which cam from outside the United States.

The NPE 2000 Conference, concurrent with the show and organized by the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) for the first time, surpassed the 1997 Conference, with 4,300 session attendees, compared with 3,800 three years ago.

Besides being a success by the standard statistical measures of trade show achievement, NPE 2000 exhibited a dynamism and excitement that translated into strong business for exhibiting companies, according to Vincent Witherup, Chairman of NPE 2000. “Machinery and material companies alike reported heavy booth traffic and record numbers of leads and quotations. It was not uncommon for exhibitors to reach their quotas for the entire show as early as Tuesday,” said Witherup.

Also record breaking was the amount of on-site processing output that was collected for recycling, according to Susie harrpham of Eco Educators, one of the firms in charge of administering the NPE 2000 recycling program. Machines operating on the show floor yielded about 800,000 lbs. of plastic products and scrap, of which 355,000 lbs. were collected for recycling.


World Primary Pharmaceutical Packaging Demand To
Exceed $11 Billion in the Year 2003

World demand for primary pharmaceutical packaging will increase 4.2 percent annually to $11.2 billion in 2003. Blister packs will provide the strongest growth opportunities, based on improving barrier and aesthetic properties as well as on their ability to promote medication compliance, extended shelf life and drug administration advantages.

Plastic bottles will remain the top-selling container and will see above average sales gains due to cost-effectiveness and versatility in the packaging of oral and liquid medicines. These and other trends are presented in “World Pharmaceutical Packaging I: Blister Packs, Bottles & Other Primary Packaging,” a new study from The Freedonia Group, Inc., a Cleveland-based industrial market research firm.

According to the study, China will experience the most rapid growth among all primary pharmaceutical packaging markets as multinational drug concerns continue to invest heavily in the country’s pharmaceutical industry. However, the US, Japan and Germany will remain the three largest national markets based on the advanced nature of drug-producing sectors and broad mix of medicines manufactured locally. Plastic resins and aluminum foil will provide the best market opportunities for raw materials due to broad applications and improving intrinsic, extrinsic and processing features.

World demand for pharmaceutical plastic bottles will grow 4.4 percent annually through 2003. Growth will gain the most momentum from the expansion of pharmaceutical industries in China, Brazil and other large developing countries where cost will remain the key factor influencing end user packaging selection. Expanding world markets for basic over-the-counter drugs and specialty alternative medicines will also contribute to growth.

Blister packs will remain the top-selling primary medication container in the developed world as drug makers focus on improving the compliance and aesthetic properties of packaging systems. Blister packs are not expected to supplant plastic bottles as the top-selling medication package in the developing world due to cost disadvantages and processing complexities.

Pharmaceutical pouches and strip packs will see average gains in global demand based on unit dose adaptability and product differentiation advantages. Medication tubes will lose sales momentum due to limited application and competition from pouches and plastic dispensing bottles. Prefillable syringes will fare the best in this group based on infection control and emergency response time advantages. Prefillable inhalers will exhibit the strongest growth among other primary containers as new asthma and allergy medicines reach the global market.

For details about Packaging Demands, contact Corrine Gangloff at The Freedonia Group, (440) 684-9600, Fax (440) 646-0484.. Text of the study is also available online through commercial database companies and the www.freedoniagroup.com Web site.


A Merger Agreement Between Biesse and Schelling Has Been Signed

BIESSE CORPORATE, one of the world's leading manufacturers of machinery for the wood, glass and marble industries, and SCHELLING AG, one of the world's leading manufacturers of high-tech panel saws and engineered turn-key systems for the wood, non-ferrous metal and plastics industries, have signed a company merger agreement.

The agreement calls for a total integration between the two companies by means of share exchange on the parts of Mr. W. Deuring (Owner of Shelling) and Biesse S.p.A. based in Pesaro, Italy. The operation value has been estimated at about 30 million EURO, before financial debts.

The above agreement takes place in a context where both companies, Schelling AG and Biesse Group, are vigorously growing and expanding. In fact, over the last 4 years, Schelling AG has experienced highly dynamic growth, which in turn has increased the company turnover from 18 million EURO (in 1996/97) to about 51 million EURO in 1999/00. The same is true for Biesse Group which has increased its turnover from 214 million EURO in 1996 to 343 million EURO in 2000.

The merger agreement is a natural consequence of a clear industrial strategy aiming at a perfect integration between the Biesse product, machines and plants for the furniture industry, and the Schelling AG product and know-how producer high technology and quality machines and plants. Schelling is a proven leader in the design of wood, plastics and non-ferrous industry systems.

The Biesse Group distribution and service network combined with Schelling's high competence and reputation, represent a decisive competitive advantage for the multinational group.

The competitive advantage and its development warrant an aggressive investment plan for the next three years. The plan forecasts investments of over 8 million EURO in the area of Schwarzach, Austria where Schelling is located. The investment aim is to build up the research and development center at Schelling and extend the activities there for the whole Biesse Group as well as further increase capacity which will naturally due to the synergies of the two merged companies.

In this framework, investments are proposed for new production units, equipment and the creation of new engineering jobs as well as other new positions in Schwarzach. The Biesse-Schelling Group has today approximately 1800 employees and a turnover of approximately 400 million EURO,

Mr. W. Deuring will be the Managing Director of the extended Schelling Systems Division in Schwarzach and will become a member of the Board of Directors for the entire Group.

The new merger brings the multinational Group closer to the already announced Stock Exchange quotation.


Röchling Expands Warehouse

Röchling Engineered Plastics, Gastonia, NC had a groundbreaking ceremony on April 27 to celebrate the start of a $1 million warehouse expansion. The addition will be approximately 28,000 square feet and is expected to be completed in September. Located on a 10-acre site, the expansion will bring the total square feet of their manufacturing facility up to 130,000.

Lewis Carter, General Manager, Rocheling Engineered Plastic Products, stated “The warehouse will free up needed space. Our next step is to add additional manufacturing equipment later this year, allowing about a 15 percent growth in total capacity. We are in an industry that is experiencing continued growth, and we are growing to meet the demands of our customers.”

Röchling Engineered Plastics manufactures Polystone M (UHMW-PE) sheets, rods, tubes, and profiles; Polystone G (HDPE) and Polystone PP extruded and compression molded sheets. Together with their parent company, Röchling Haren KG and its subsidiaries, they are the world’s largest manufacturer of polyethylene and polypropylene semi-finished and machined products.


PlasticsJobsForum.com Launched

NPE-2000, June 19-23, in Chicago, marked the official launch site of PlasticsJobsForum.com (PJF), a plastics and rubber industries online recruiting web site created by plastics professionals. Its objective is to become the central online clearinghouse for employers and plastics people to find each other. As a Launch promotion, employers subscribing before July 30th, to 3-month and annual Charter Memberships, receive a free listing in the PJF Employer Directory (valued at $195/Q & $695/Y), for the same periods.

PlasticsJobsForum.com is for everyone involved in plastics and rubber - including OEMs, and embraces materials and all processes and value-added secondaries, moldmaking, product design, analysis/testing and capital machinery. Although currently serving only USA-based positions, expansion to Canada will be the next initiative.


Ticona, DSM Form Venture

DSM Engineering Plastics, Sittard, the Netherlands and Ticona, the technical polymers business of Celanese AG Frankfurt, Germany, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to evaluate the feasibility of establishing a world-scale joint venture production plant in Europe for continuous polymerization of poybutylene terephthalate (PBT) polymer. The target for production start-up is in 2003.


apps4biz.com Launches Program for Small Businesses

apps4biz.com, a global provider of Internet-centric business applications to small manufacturing and service organizations, announced that it has launched a national and regional channel program for partners selling its industry-specific solutions.

Cornerstone Business Solutions, IMAGO ASP Systems, and Pantera Software Inc. have been selected as charter members for the hosted application solutions, which include manufacturing, order processing, inventory management, supply chain management and e-commerce. The company says it expects to partner with approximately 50 regional resellers by the end of the year. These partners will offer apps4biz.com's solutions on a subscription basis to small businesses (between $1 and $50 million).

In order to offer its small customers the highest quality "local" services, channel partners will market the hosted software and take responsibility for implementation, consulting, training and support services. Partners may utilize their own application service provider (ASP) capabilities or use apps4biz.com's ASP partners.

According to Peter Lopes, vice president of marketing for apps4biz.com, "Our business success is predicated on a successful channels program so we are highly motivated to select the most qualified and committed partners." Lopes noted that channel partners must be highly stable and experienced in both small business and specific manufacturing/service markets. The company's first two vertical market solutions are the plastics and printing industries.


BIFMA International Revises Shipments Forecast Upward

The Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer’s Assn. International has announced that U.S. manufacturer shipments through April were up 8 percent over the first four months of 1999.

Incoming order rates and shipments growth improved throughout the four-month period resulting in their highest first four-month volumes ever. The strength in both orders and shipments has prompted BIFMA to raise its projection for calendar year 2000 shipment expectations from $12.7 billion to about $13 billion.

The office furniture industry is generally not significantly impacted by rising interest rates and has in the past experienced significant growth during periods of high interest rates. Strong anticipated growth in white-collar employment and continued improvements in corporate profitability will continue to bolster demand, BIFMA said.

   


eMake Names New President and CEO - 5/10/2000

Richardson, Texas: May 10, 2000: eMake, ( www.emake.com ) an Internet solution provider for the make-to-order manufacturing market, has named Kerry Walbridge as its new president and CEO. eMake is a wholly owned subsidiary of USDATA Corporation (NASDAQ: USDC).

Walbridge will lead the eMake team as it brings its new eService to growing make-to-order manufacturers. eMake recently launched its new Internet destination and software suite, which features a customizable Internet production portal, online community and e-commerce market.

Walbridge brings 25 years of senior management experience in both Fortune 100 companies and small entrepreneurial operations.

eMake is the first Internet-based, integrated solution designed specifically for small-to-midsize make-to-order manufacturers with less than $50 million in annual revenue. eMake gives growing discrete manufacturers control of their operations and supply chain without the costly investment incurred with a traditional software system.

"Kerry is a great leader with strong experience," said Bob Merry, president and CEO of USDATA. "He brings the type of leadership and strategic business skills to lead eMake through this critical launch period and develop the strategy for the future."

Walbridge succeeds Merry, who was acting president and CEO for eMake through the selection process. Merry will remain active in the company and provide support to eMake as Chairman.

ìIím proud to be part of the eMake team and look forward to guiding eMake during this exciting time,î Walbridge said.

Prior to joining eMake, Walbridge worked with Outsourcing Solutions, Inc. (OSI) where he developed a financial services eCommerce strategy and was deploying the business model.

Walbridge has held general manager positions with the manufacturing units of McDonnell Douglas Systems Integration (MCAUTO) and EDS.

About eMake eMake is uniquely designed for make-to-order manufacturers responding to changing orders, demanding customers, shorter production cycles and increasing technology needs. eMake provides a cost-effective, easy-to-implement business and production solution with secure, real-time visibility through the Internet to customers, suppliers and partners. By using Internet technologies, eMake customers tap into a community of ideas, information and applications tailored to fit their needs. eMake, a wholly owned subsidiary of USDATA Corporation, created in 1999, is based in Richardson, Texas and Post Falls, Idaho.


SME's Rapid Prototyping & Manufacturing Event Heads to Cincinnati in 2001

RP&M 2000 Draws More Than 2,100 Attendees

DEARBORN, Mich. -- May 10, 2000 -- Following a successful showing of 2,163 attendees recently in Rosemont, Ill., the Rapid Prototyping & Manufacturing Conference and Exposition heads to Cincinnati, one of the hottest markets for selling and doing business.

According to Sales & Marketing Management magazine, Cincinnati ranks 10th in its Top 20 Hottest Markets for Selling and Doing Business. Sponsored by the Rapid Prototyping Association of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (RPA/SME), the 2001 event will be held next May 15-17 at the Cincinnati Convention Center.

"Rapid Prototyping & Manufacturing supports the needs of diverse Midwest manufacturing markets. A Cincinnati location puts the event at the hub of one of the region's fastest growing industrial areas," says Gary Mikola, SME director of Expositions.

Manufacturing in the area includes transportation equipment, metalworking and industrial machinery, and fabricated metals. Top industries are biotechnology, pharmacology, paper packaging, advanced materials, consumer products and computer software.

Comments among the 121 exhibitors (using 16,490 net sq. ft.) at this year's event included:

"The RP&M show was one of the strongest shows we've participated in. The quality of the attendees who visited our booth was outstanding and the mutual dialogues invigorating! This show was particularly exciting as we listened to story after story of users who are pushing the envelope and discovering, innovating and implementing RP in ways that were unheard of just a few short years ago." John Murray, Senior Director of Business Development, SLA Systems, 3D Systems, Inc.

"The RP&M show was a very focused platform to introduce a new product to the RP market. The exposition draws the leading personalities in rapid prototyping and tooling, and serves as a very efficient and effective way of bringing our technology to their attention in as short a time as possible." Joseph Kowan, Marketing Director, Objet Geometries, Ltd.

"The show was an overwhelming success for us. It was the perfect place to showcase our new virtual marketplace." Jeff Katz, President and CEO, Protomarket.com

"We'll be in Cincinnati next year! We had high-quality leads and a good flow of booth traffic which enabled us to reach the key RP market of existing and potential customers." Bob Adamzak, Marketing Communications Manager, Stratasys.

Keynote Speech and New Tours Greet Conference Attendees

The three-day conference opened with Keynote Speaker Peter Marks, managing director of Design Insight, discussing Rapid Prototyping in the New Economy. Marks' presentation reported on research suggesting that the near term belongs to a new breed of Web-centric rapid prototyping services. "Many believe that RP is at a crossroads, caught between extravagant projections for the future and current realities of slower growth for equipment manufacturers and service providers," says Marks.

< Terry Wohlers, president of Wohlers Associates, Inc., followed Marks with his annual State of the Industry Report. A state of the industry panel discussion concluded the morning Plenary Session.

An exhibitor and one of the new tour site companies was Met-L-Flo:

"Participating in the RPA/SME event as a tour site was a fantastic opportunity for us. We received a very good reception from the tour attendees and the exposure we obtained from exhibiting was extremely beneficial. As always the RPA/SME show is a very important part of our marketing mix. We look forward to exhibiting in Cincinnati next year. Kimberly Bauer, Customer Service, Met-L-Flo Inc.

RPA/SME Membership Reception Offers Unprecedented Networking Opportunities

RPA/SME hosted a member meeting during RP&M 2000. One of the meeting highlights was the introduction and distribution of the Rapid Prototyping Tech Trends report as well as the latest reports from the Plastics Molders and Manufacturers Association of SME (PMMA/SME) and the Machining Technology Association (MTA/SME) of SME. Members had an opportunity to meet and network with representatives from each association to learn more about the many resources available through SME membership.

For more information on the Rapid Prototyping & Manufacturing 2001 Conference and Exposition, contact SME Customer Service at 800/733-4763 or 313/271-1500, ext. 1600, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, M-F or fax: 313/271-2861. For the latest updates, check out the SME home page: www.sme.org/rpa. Inquiries may also be e-mailed to rapid@sme.org.

RPA/SME, founded in 1993, is dedicated to the advancement of rapid prototyping technologies in manufacturing.

SME, headquartered in Dearborn, Mich., is the world's leading professional society serving the manufacturing industries. Through its publications, expositions, professional development resources and member programs, SME influences more than 500,000 manufacturing executives, managers and engineers. Founded in 1932, SME has some 60,000 members in 70 countries and supports a network of hundreds of chapters worldwide.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Carol Anderson by phone. (313) 271-1500, ext. 1850 or e-mail andecar@sme.org, or Fax: (313) 240-8255


Witt Plastics Provides CD-ROM For Product Yield/Cost Calculations

Witt Plastics Inc., a custom manufacturer of extruded plastic sheet and rollstock, has encapsulated the yield/cost calculator funtion from their Web site to a convenient CD-ROM format, entitled, "The Witt Yield Advantage."

Jim Steyer, Witt Plastics & COO, said, "This tool will allow users of plastic sheet and rollstock to instantly calculate cost, yield, size and weight of the product. It is particularly useful for companies involved in food, medical and electronics packaging or graphic arts printers." He added, "This is another of the unique capabilities offered by Witt Plastics, and another reason why we are competitive supplier to the markets we serve."

The Witt Yield Advantage was designed to facilitate customer service and sales 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You first enter the type of plastic material under consideration. Then, you input the appropriate specifications &emdash; thickness, width, roll diameter or weight, and an assumed quoted price per pound. The Witt Advantage then determines yield/cost factors such as sheet weight, roll weight/diameter and other data. These calculationscan easily be printed for future use in metric or English unit conversion. For more information, contact them at (800) 227-9181 or visit their Web site at www.wittplastics.com .


DSM Creates Corporate e-Business Center

DSM announced today that it is creating a Corporate e-Business Center - a company-wide center of excellence to foster and coordinate the further development of e-business. The establishment of the new Center will give e-business a firm footing in DSM's organization.

The corporate e-Business Center represents the continuation of the "DSM e-team" that was launched last year. The team's activities have already led to DSM joining ChemConnect, the worldwide on-line trading exchange for chemical products and plastics.

Feike Sijbesma, who will be joining DSM's Managing Board on July 1, will oversee the expansion of the group's e-commerce arm. Sijbesma is currently the Direcotr of DSM's Food Specialties business group.

The company is eager to see a rapid development of e-business, notes Sijbesma. "E-business offers tremendous opportunities &emdash; opportunities for cutting costs, penetrating new markets and improving distribution channels," Sijbesma explains. "Business is moving exceptionally fast at the moments, and we expect that, three years from now, over half our sales will come from e-commerce and just about all our purchasing activities will be in the form of e-buying."

The new e-Business Center will be managed by Geert Kastelijes (41) who has been appointed as the group's Director of Corporate e-Business. Kasteljins has a wide range of experience at DSM in the fields of purchasing, logistics, marketing and production.

For more information on DSM Engineering Platic Products, log on to www.dsmepp.com.


GE Plastics to Acquire Cadillac Plastic

Pittsfield, MA.: GE Plastics, (www.geplastics.com) an operating unit of General Electric Co., has announced that it has reached an agree ment with M.A. Hanna of Clevaland to acquire most of its assets and business of Cadillac Plastic, a distributor of plastic sheet, rod, tube, film and engineered plastic shapeswith headquarters in Troy, MI. The aquisition, which is subject to regulatory approval, is expected to be completed during the next 60 days. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Cadillac Plastic will continue to offer a full line of products to a number of industries including sign and display, glazing and aerospace. The business will be managed separately from GE's existing resins and sheet extrusion businesses as a distinct business unit.

Cadillac Plastic carries a full line of plastics for engineering, film, sign and display, glazing and aerospace applications, and maintains branches in the United States, Canada, The Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, The People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam and Malaysia.

 NPE Final Registration Numbers Best Ever

Chicago, IL: According to the registration numbers, total NPE attendance hit 88, 305 as of the morning of June 22, and organizers expected it to top 90,000. That number breaks a record that has stood since 1946 when 87,000 people attended the first National Plastics Exposition in New York's Grand Central Palace. Included in this years total were 16,900 international visitors, 7,000 more then the last NPE. Final attendance in 1997 was 82,600. NPE 2000 is estimated to have brought in about $150 million into the Chicago economy.

* Plastics USA/2001 Right Around The Corner
Next fall, the buzz from NPE will still be in the air when SPI's next exposition, Plastics USA/2001, comes to McCormick Place North. At the drawing for exhibit space, more exhibitors signed up than at the previous Plastics USA space selection during NPE. Space for Plastics USA/2001, which will take place on Oct. 2-4, 2001, is being assigned at a brisk pace, but it is not too late to reserve a spot for your booth. Contact Hall-Erickson, exposition management: (630) 434-7779 or via email at plasticsusa@heiexpo.com.

* NPE Conference Sessions
At the close of the NPE 2000 Conference, organizers were pleased with the popularity of the sessions. The Conference, organized by the SPE, had drawn 4,229 surpassing the 3,800 total of the NPE 1997 Conference. The 2000 Conference averaged about 130 people per session, but drew nearly 400 people to sessions focusing on new technology in injection molding and e-commerce.

*Exposition To Make Headlines Around The World
Editors and reporters walking the showroom floor, scribbling in notebooks and attending to press conference speakers have been common sights at NPE 2000. The exposition drew more press than any previous NPE. A total of 343 editors and reproters came to NPE, with 132 coming from outside the U.S. Besides plastics media, they represented media for end-use industries such as appliances, automotive, medical devices and packaging. Other press represented related fields such as chemicals and machinery building.


GE Plastics To Acquire Commercial Plastics & Supply

Pittsfield, MA,. GE Plastics (www.geplastics.com), a unit of the General Electric Company, announced that it has agreed to acquire most of the business of Commercial Plastics & Supply Corp., a worldwide distributor and fabricator of plastic sheet, rod, film and tube with headquarters in Boca Raton, FL. GE Plastics will not acquire Commercial's Nytef Plastics, an extruder of plastic plate and rod, or the Comco Plastics fabrication business. The acquisition is subject to regulatory approval.

Commercial Plastics & Supply will continue to offer a full line of products to its customers and will be managed separately from GE's existing resins and sheet extrusion business.

In early May, GE Plastics announced that it had reached an agreement with M.A. Hanna of Cleveland to acquire most of the assets and business of Cadillac Plastic, a distributor of plastic shapes with headquarters in Troy, MI. Cadillac Plastic will also continue to offer a full line of products to a number of industries including sign and display, glazing and aerospace.

Omnexus: The e-Marketplace for Injection Molders is Launched

CHICAGO, Ill., June 20, 2000 – Omnexus (www.omnexus.com), the independent business-to-business e-marketplace for plastics injection molders was officially launched today at the International Plastics Exhibition (NPE 2000).

Yaarit Silverstone, interim chief executive officer of Omnexus, was introduced by Bill Ray, global director eBusiness, Dow Plastics, who represented the five founding companies. Along with Dow, the founders are BASF, Bayer, DuPont and Ticona/Celanese. Silverstone, along with several others of the interim leadership, is on loan from Andersen Consulting, which is serving as the Omnexus business-building partner.

Silverstone stated, "We’ve had numerous discussions with customers, suppliers and potential partners for the site and the response has been overwhelmingly enthusiastic. We have set an ambitious goal of Oct. 1 to have the site up and running for the U.S. market and Jan.1 in Europe, with the majority of planned functionality available at that time," she noted.

Omnexus Seeks Leadership Suppliers
According to Ursula Hess, vice president of supplier relations for Omnexus, equipment producers, additional resin suppliers and distributors – key Leadership Suppliers – are among those invited to participate in the e-marketplace. "We have had productive discussions with potential site partners over the last few weeks and have a series of networking initiatives planned during NPE," she noted. "As those relationships are established, we will be announcing them as quickly as possible."

Functionality Planned for October Launch
The new marketplace will significantly simplify business transactions, allowing customers to choose from a very wide range of products and services from participating resin manufacturers. Customers also will be able to purchase other plastic-related materials, molding equipment, tooling, maintenance supplies, packaging materials and other related services.

Among the Omnexus features:
* Online order placement and tracking
* Single vendor transaction, including aggregated invoicing
* Standard and customer-specific catalogues – with production descriptions, specifications and pricing
* Product search and comparison capabilities
* Request for Quotation (RFQ)
* Online documentation including MSDSs, COAs and regulatory compliance listings
* 24/7 access

According to Koichi Kiyohara, vice president of marketing, sales and customer service, "Our focus is on providing value to both the customer and the supplier. We will continue to refine our offerings as we get feedback from the marketplace."

About Omnexus
Omnexus is a global, business-to-business online marketplace focused on delivering products and related services to plastics injection molders. Initially formed by BASF AG, Bayer AG, Dow Chemical, DuPont and Ticona/Celanese, the new eBusiness will operate as an independent business from the founding companies. The site is anticipated to go online by Oct.1 in the U.S., Jan.1, 2001 in Europe, and Asia and the rest of the world in spring, 2001.

North American headquarters for the company will be located in Atlanta, Ga., while Switzerland will serve as European headquarters.


OneChem Launches Chemical Indusry's First Operational Application Service Provider

RIDGEFIELD, Conn., Nearly a year in the making, OneChem launched the chemical industry’s first operational application service provider (ASP) e-commerce platform during a live global Webcast.

Now open for business at www.onechem.com, OneChem is the creation of more than 135 individual chemical industry professionals with business connections in more than 50 countries that have come together to create a team to develop a suite of e-commerce solutions that chemical companies are demanding. Core software applications have been designed to integrate customers’ supply chains, streamline purchases, speed order entry processes and improve inventory management. To support the integration efforts of customers, OneChem has formed strategic relationships with KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Additional value-added services and partnerships are under development.

OneChem is a truly neutral on-line business venue since it is not funded by or aligned with any specific chemical companies. This allows it to move quickly and responsively to address the business requirements of its customers. In addition, relying on the deep chemical industry experience of its investors and employees, OneChem has developed the technology to manage the critical contracts between customers and suppliers with confidentiality and neutrality.

The economics of transacting business through OneChem are dramatic. Assisted by leading management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, OneChem has developed a tool that projects savings ranging from 40 to 80 percent per transaction.
The OneChem application service provider business model differs significantly from other chemical industry e-commerce providers. OneChem focuses on the core operational issues facing chemical companies by including software applications that enable e-commerce capability, integration to ERP systems, connectivity to a host of other applications and on-line marketplaces. Customer reliance on OneChem reduces their need for significant information technology investments.

Michael Cohrs, managing director of Deutsche Bank (London) and a OneChem Board member, who is recognized for his involvement with many of the world’s largest public offerings including Microsoft, Dell, Amazon.com and Deutsche Telekom, has been an early supporter of OneChem’s approach.

"OneChem has created a system based on its long-term experience within the chemical industry," said Mr. Cohrs. "They have aligned with senior-level industry executives and advisors from around the world and are offering their clients the ability to rapidly enable their companies to use e-commerce to reduce costs. I believe that chemical companies will quickly embrace OneChem’s business model."

Gregory W. Corgan, a recognized IBM executive and e-business leader, joined OneChem as president, chief executive officer and board member in March. Mr. Corgan is an acknowledged authority in e-business, having spent more than 24 years with IBM in a wide range of senior-level e-commerce, enterprise resource planning systems, supply chain management and customer relationship management solution capacities. Most recently, Mr. Corgan led IBM’s Multi-Industry Solutions group for the Global Industries business.

"OneChem concentrates on facilitating transactions fundamental to how business gets done in the chemical industry," said Mr. Corgan. "We will focus on the full range of business transactions between buyers and sellers, including the spot market. And we’ll round out our service offerings with links to logistics providers, global financial institutions, testing services and a wide array of other value-added service providers. After all, the bulk of chemical industry transactions take place through pre-negotiated contracts."

OneChem’s initial offering is its "Transactional StoreFront," a unique personalized site customized for each individual customer that allows sellers and buyers to conduct commercial transactions on-line. Current StoreFront customers include Vulcan Chemicals, Grupo Polak, Old World Industries, Koch Chemicals, Pluess-Staufer AG, Omya, PT Lautan Luas Tbk and UBE America, Inc.

"The global chemicals market represents an immense, highly networked industry where the largest buyers of chemicals are also the largest sellers," said Howard Kaplan, founder and chairman, OneChem. "As the industry has experienced slow growth and undergone significant erosion in gross margins in the recent past, chemical companies have focused on cutting costs as a primary means of improving profitability. OneChem is perfectly positioned to help chemical companies reduce cost and improve operating efficiencies."

OneChem (www.onechem.com) is the first operational e-commerce solution to concentrate on the critical functions involved in managing transactions between buyers and sellers. A unique application service provider, OneChem’s strengths lie in its chemical industry expertise, its breadth of applications and its execution capabilities. Incorporated in 1999, OneChem has offices throughout the world including Connecticut, Florida, Texas, Japan and Switzerland.


AmericanManufacturers.com Unleashes Full Force of M2M Web Site
Exchange offers one-stop shopping for manufacturing in addition to valuable research and customer service tools.

Chicago - June 19, 2000 - Florida-based AmericanManufacturers.com, a dynamic e-commerce exchange for the manufacturer-to-manufacturer communicty (M2M), announced at NPE the addition of two valuable tools that complete the e-commerce experience for manufacturers: the eRFQ adn My Workspace.

The AmericanManufacturers.com electronic request for quote provides manufacturers with horizontal buying power across vertical communities for a comprehensive, yet easy-to-use quote and procurement process. Purchasing agents, engineers and individuals responsible for their company's supply chain will benefit from the added convenience of obtaining quotes quickly and seamlessly.

AmericanManufacturers.com offers the only proactive eRFQ in the industry through personalized attention by an industry-specific procurement specialist. Manufacturers can also outsource their procurement requirements by utilizing the site's Purchasing Assistant, a drill-down tool that lists the suppliers of every component and ingredient manufacturers need to produce their product.

This tool is particularly significant for manufacturing companies who do not have the manpower or expertise to source products," says Kevin Krause, vice president and co-founder of AmericanManufacturers.com. "Coupled with the most complete power-sourcing capabilities on the Web, the eRFQ gives them a fast, easy and cost-effective way to conduct business in the new economy."

For more information, log on to www.americanmanufacturers.com.


SCM GROUP USA and European Woodworking Machinery Co.
Form New U.S. National Strategic Alliance


Atlanta, GA, June 9, 2000 --SCM GROUP and European Woodworking Machinery Co., have announced that they have reached a definitive agreement to join forces as a strategic alliance effective June 2000. The evolving new partnership will serve the woodworking industry by developing new services, technologies and applications on a national basis with a dual focus:

The agreement provides that European will operate as the advanced technology agent for high-end flat panel products in the territories of North and South Carolina as well as Virginia. However, the main thrust of the operation is to promote the engineering lines and systems on a national scope. These projects have an objective to provide to the United States woodworking industry with highly customizeable solutions that fit customers’ requirements for special applications. We refer to engineering solutions as multiple technologies integrated electronically using a single hardware supervisor and software. SCM GROUP will provide the technology in flat panel and solid wood processing applications. When required, material handling and integration, being mechanical or electronic, will be developed jointly with Defiance Machinery, OH, and ITS (Industrial Technology Solutions), NC, which are part of the European Team.

Both SCM GROUP and European have worked together on global business synergies to make this partnership an additional tool available towards increased competition and industry-leading growth.

According to Mr. John Gangone, Executive Vice President of SCM Group USA, "This agreement represents a major step forward in our strategy. We are operating in a market that has dramatically changed in the last few years, where time-to-market and cost efficiency have become the key elements to make any operation not only viable but competitive. The large concerns, which once were driven by output, are now driven by variety, by time-to-market, and by commitment to a higher standard of service. This partnership is specifically influenced by these issues with a focused concerned company, European, that traditionally has found its success in serving the high-end customer with quality products. Now, to this equation, we will add two more variables being a wider range of solutions and a higher level of customization.

"This is a logical fit, naturally uniting our resources and strong management teams, and enhancing the benefits to the woodworking industry overall. We count on this relationship, not only to be successful, but to provide a stronger technological partner to the US woodworking industry."

Mr. Willy Volk, President of European Woodworking Machinery Co., explains "With our new and exciting strategic alliances, both with SCM GROUP and our own E-team, we are armed to provide customers with completely integrated, definitive solutions to virtually any woodworking production challenge. More than ever before, we can provide the technical expertise and the tools to enable our customers to offer a quality difference in their end products that will excite the buying public."

About SCM GROUP

SCM GROUP leads the development of the woodworking machinery industry worldwide. The range of prestigious products from SCM, Morbidelli, Gabbiani, DMC, IDM, Stefani and Routech reach outstanding sales performance globally, and SCM customers, throughout 120 countries, can rely on assistance from branches, dealerships and agents ready to guarantee quick and efficient service worldwide. SCM GROUP has two million machines operating in over 100 countries, 2,000 employees, 12 factories and an export level which accounts for 70% of its production. The production process is completely integrated with two foundries for cast iron, a dedicated and highly automated factory for the production of electric and electronic components, a study and research division and a vocational training center.

About European Woodworking Machinery Co.

European Woodworking Machinery Co. is located in Franklinton, NC, and represents additional worldclass woodworking machinery manufacturers including Anthon, Bürkle, Heesemann and Superfici. The company is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

For more information on the two companies contact:

SCM GROUP USA INC.
2475-B Satellite Blvd.
Duluth, GA 30096
Phone (770) 813-8818
Fax (770) 813-8819
Website www.scmgroup-usa.com

European Woodworking Machinery Co.
P.O. Box 550, Highway 56 E.
Franklinton, NC 27525
Phone (919) 494-5197
Fax (919) 494-7788
Website www.ewmco.com

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