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K2010 Show

Italians come out in full force at the K show
As in the past, Italian presence is going to be massive at the K2010 show, occupying nearly one-fifth of the space, with 400 Italian companies taking up 27,000 sq m. According to the Italian trade machinery association Assocomaplast's Chairman, Giorgio Colombo, the exhibits will comprise the three sectors of machinery, materials and products.
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Film line successes in Asia
A number of companies will display a range of film extrusion lines at the K with some of these being Macchi, Colines, Tecno Coating and Dolci Extrusion, which have also sold machines recently to Asia. Others like converting machinery supplier Rotomec has been successful in China.
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Blow moulding prowess on display

PET production systems supplier Sipa, blow moulder suppliers Plastimac and Sacmi will showcase bottle and cosmetic packaging machines.
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Pressing on with new machines
Injection moulding machinery manufacturers Presma and Negri Bossi will present new machines while hot runner supplier Thermoplay will showcase a new nozzle.
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Green approach to PET drying from Moretto and Piovan
PET is increasingly being used in the packaging industry and it is no surprise that auxiliary firms like Moretto and Piovan are jumping on the bandwagon for the need of energy efficient drying systems, espcially since the drying of the hygroscopic PET is crucial to the process.
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Green in fibre-based PVC for profile extrusion
Extrusion company Friul Filiere will introduce its patented ultralight composite material FFC (natural fibre-based PVC) for the extrusion of profiles on single or counter rotating twin-screws.
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Indian deal for chiller company
Producing chillers for water and air process applications, Eurochiller recently scored in Asia having sold 12 ABFs to India-based Ultimate Flexipack, a part of Uflex.
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CTE improved with new process
Having successfully sold a number of its CTEs (Conical Twin Extruder), rubber extruder supplier Colmec has now improved it with an in-line warming process.
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In brief

Round-up of machinery
While Polivinil Rotomachinery will introduce a rotomachinery for tight budgets, WM Wrapping Machinery will have a thermoformer with a patent-pending pivot system that uses a combination of servomotor-driven cams and levers, allowing for precision and a controlled distribution of forces during the platen movement and cutting phases. Meanwhile, pipe welding machinery producer Ritmo's newest launch, Delta 1600, for welding HDPE, PP and PVDF pipes will make its debut at the K. It features steel chassis and jaws, hydraulic opening and closing, an intuitive control panel, hydraulic removable facer with safety microswitch, digital electrical board and an extractable heating plate with an independent thermometer. The OMS Group will introduce its EL low pressure PU machine, designed and developed for processing materials with high viscosity and gel temperatures from 15-90°C. Said company spokesperson Elena Nesci, "The machine has been designed to ensure there are no cold spots throughout the circuit and that materials are maintained at optimum temperature."

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August 2010
K2010 NEWS


Lead Feature

Italians make inroads into the Asian markets

Assocomaplast (the Italian plastics and rubber processing machinery and moulds manufacturers' association) that represents around 160 manufacturers recently elected a new Chairman for 2010-2012, namely Giorgio Colombo, General Manager of Icma San Giorgio (manufacturer of extrusion lines). He nominated Alessandro Grassi, General Sales Manager of Frigosystem (manufacturer of chiller and thermoregulators), as Vice-Chairman of the Association with Mario Maggiani replacing Claudio Celata as Secretary General.PRA spoke to Colombo to find out more about Assocomaplast and its view of the industry in Asia.
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Company News

Shenhua starts up coal-based PP plant
Shenhua Baotou Coal Chemicals Company has started up a 300,000 tonnes/year PP plant in Mongolia that uses Dow Basic Plastics's Unipol technology, making it the first in China to manufacture PP from coal-generated olefins.
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Evonik jv to increase additive output in China
Evonik Industries Chinese joint venture company, Evonik Tianda (Liaoyang) Chemical Additive, will expand the capacity for triacetonamine (TAA) derivatives, which are essential intermediates for the production of hindered amine light stabilisers and targeted mainly at the automotive and construction industries.
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Chinese takeover of BorsodChem progressing
Once its takeover of Hungarian chemicals supplier BorsodChem has been completed, China-based Wanhua Industrial Group will make the former responsible for its isocyanate operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
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DuPont's Chinese jvs for EVA and fluoroelastomers
US company DuPont has announced two major joint ventures in China recently with Chenguang Chemical Research Institute, a subsidiary of China National Chemical Corporation (ChemChina) to produce fluoroelastomers and pre-compounds and with Sinopec to produce ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA).

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Sabic diversifies into oleo-chemicals
Sabic has signed an agreement with German company Lurgi for the technology licensing and engineering that will allow it to produce oleo-chemicals at its affiliate Saudi Kayan Petrochemical Company (Saudi Kayan), following the completion of new facilities to be constructed in Jubail, Saudi Arabia.
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TDI output on the rise in China
Hong Kong-based Prosperity Investment Holdings is investing HK$26 million in privately-owned TDI producer Yantai Juli Isocyanic Ester, which is working on increasing its capacity to 70,000 tonnes/year by 2011.
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Crisis on the backburner?
To increase its market share in Europe, Thailand-based Indorama is more than doubling the output of PET resin at its site in Rotterdam to 390,000 tonnes/year. Plus, to boost its presence in the US, it recently opened a 432,000 tonnes/year PET plant.
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Materials News

PPS in demand globally
The world's largest linear polyphenylene sulpide (PPS) producer, with a capacity of 15,000 tonnes/year, US-based Fortron Industries (a subsidiary of Celanese) has announced plans to further increase its Fortron PPS production, to meet growing demand.
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Pipe additives increased in India
Germany-based additives supplier Baerlocher is doubling the capacity for its one-pack PVC heat stabilisers to 7,000 tonnes/year at its plant in Dewas, India, to meet the growing demand.
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Composites technology network
With the focus on lightweight construction increasing, and composites a key to this, German machinery association VDMA has set up a network to make the use of composites easier in the industry. Initially, four companies, KSL Keilmann Sondermaschinenbau, Dürkopp Adler, Reimotec and Dieffenbacher, will form the VDMA Composite Technology Forum.
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Evonik adds on to PU additives business

Global supplier of PU additives Evonik Industries has added BYK-Chemie's range of PU foam stabilisers to its portfolio. The deal including BYK's existing business contacts and expertise in the manufacture of products sold under the Silbyk brand name but does not involve assets or personnel. Last year, BYK sold EUR5 million worth of PU additives globally.
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Softer expands its market reach

Italian thermoplastics and elasomers producer Softer will lease the solvent P Group, a compounder of engineering thermoplastics, to broaden its range of products and services for the automotive business, particularly in Germany. P Group has plants for the compounding of PP, PBT and PA in Ferrara and a sales office in Germany.
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Singaporean consumer organisation reveals toxic findings on toys
In a test undertaken on toys, commissioned by CASE (Consumers Association of Singapore) and conducted by Insight Laboratories, it was found that 46% failed chemical toxicological tests and were found to contain higher than permitted levels of lead and phthalates.
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Alternative to BPA offered
US company Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) has started supplying corn-based isosorbide, an alternative to petroleum-based chemical Bisphenol A, under the brand name of Evolution Chemicals.
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Japanese firms team up for PET resin to combat competitive market
Mitsui Chemicals (80%) and Teijin (20%) have formed a joint venture company (no name has been decided yet) to integrate their respective PET resin businesses in Japan, a market that has become increasingly competitive due to lower demand for bottled beverages and growing imports of PET resin from other Asian countries.
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Machinery News

GF expands in China
Swiss company Georg Fischer is strengthening its market position in China with its pipe manufacturing company GF Piping Systems having launched its tenth production plant in Beijing, with an investment of RMB58 million.
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Thermoformer saves on material
Meaf has introduced a thermoforming machine that utilises the tilting mould principle, its KMS600 model with a forming area of 600 x 350 mm, which also comes with servoactuated drives.
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Converting machinery success in Indonesia
Swiss converting machinery producer Water Line, which will show its Ritebag 600-II-Z pouch making machine at the K show, recently sold a pouch making machine to Indonesia-based PT Century Mitra Sukses Sejati. The rotogravure printing and flexible packaging manufacturer produces flexible packaging for food, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and industrial goods.
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Double the output from blow moulder
With its double-row moulding configuration, Nissei ASB's one-step stretch blow moulding machine ASB-150DPW boasts twice the productivity of a single-row model for both narrow and wide mouthed, small to medium-size containers.
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Rubber Journal Asia

In brief

Nocil to start chemical plant earlier
Rubber chemicals maker Nocil, a part of the Arvind Mafatlal Group, has firmed up plans to set up a new plant in Dahej, India, with an initial investment of Rs2.5 billion to meet growing demand from domestic tyre makers. The plant will start up by 2012. The company had originally planned to complete the first phase of work on the proposed plant by the end of 2009 and the second phase by 2011 but the revised plan to push ahead with the first phase of the project was taken in view of the higher growth of the automotive sector in India and the major expansion plans being implemented by domestic tyre companies.

China leads in tyre manufacturing
China has become a centre for global tyre manufacture, says a new report published by Research and Markets. Since 2004, both Chinese tyre production and export volumes have ranked top in the global market. But due to the financial crisis, the global tyre industry was affected due to the shrinking automotive markets in Europe and the US. This in turn had an impact on the Chinese exports. Plus, in 2009, the US decided to undertake three-year punitive tariffs on tyres imported from China that forced Chinese companies to expand to the domestic and other emerging markets. However, this did not have much effect on the industry, and last year both the Chinese vehicle production and sales volume exceeded 13 million, making the country the largest producer of vehicles in the world. It is forecast that the Chinese automotive market will grow at a rate of 20% in the coming years. Since the demand for replacement tyres is about twice that for OEM tyres, it accounts for over two thirds of the tyre industry in the country. The country is expected to become a major tyre manufacturer in time to come with foreign companies setting up and occupying over 50% of the market that is made up of about 400 manufacturers in total.



. Injection Moulding Asia

Chinese market for IMMs grows
According to a report from Research and Markets, the Chinese market for injection moulding machines (IMMs) grew by 9.2% last year despite the 2008/9 global financial crisis that impacted demand for the machines globally and in spite of slower imports/exports of machines in the country.
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New machines and control from Netstal
At the upcoming K show in October, Swiss machinery manufacturer Netstal will introduce two new hybrid models in its Elion range, with 220 tonnes and 280 tonnes clamping force, and its aXos, a twin-screen control.
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