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These plastic boots are made for walking!

Chilean designer Camila Labra has launched a range of waterproof footwear for women, made from recycled plastic bags. Named after Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka, which was one of the first Asian cities to ban plastic bags in 2002, the Dacca boots are made by joining together layers of PE plastic bags.
            The lightweight shoes are lined with a pique padding on the inside, to make it more comfortable. Retailing at US$45, the boots can be ordered through

Editor’s note: If there are any other interesting uses of plastic items (recycled or otherwise), please do share these with us. E-mail us at

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Jan/Feb 2009

These plastic boots are made for walking!


BASF implements shorter working time and shuts down Korean plant

Chemtura restructures to maintain competitive

Largest ethylene plant in India
exhibition news
rubber journal asia
injection moulding asia
polyurethanes asia


Lead Feature

Husky pumps up hot runner business


Purportedly the largest manufacturer of hot runner systems and temperature controllers in the world Husky Injection Molding Systems’s recent investments have extended its global leadership. Having achieved an annual growth rate of more than 15% in this market over the last five years, Husky has expanded its technical centres in Japan and China and increased its capacity in Brazil. With manufacturing located in Vermont, Luxembourg and Shenzhen, it is looking at setting up a facility in Chennai, India. In the product sector, it has introduced an electric synchronised valve stem actuated hot runner and its smallest valve gated nozzle to date - the Ultra 350.

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Company News

BASF implements shorter working time and shuts down Korean plant
With no sign of a turn around in the near future, chemicals giant BASF has laid out concrete measures to overcome the slowdown.
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Downstream production also affected
While American companies Sunoco and Dow Chemical will close down some of their plants, PolyOne, Momentive Performance Materials and Nova Chemicals are reducing their workforce.
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Braskem and Equistar restarting olefins units
While the American operations of polymer giant LyondellBasell are filing for Chapter 11, one of its indirectly owned subsidiaries Equistar Chemicals says it plans to restart its olefins unit La Porte, Texas, by the end of January.
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Chemtura restructures to maintain competitive
Speciality chemicals and additives producer Chemtura has realigned its operations into two business groups: Performance Products and Engineered Products.
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Largest ethylene plant in India
Engineering company Linde Group and its Korean consortium partner Samsung Engineering have been awarded the contract to build a turnkey ethylene plant in Dahej, India.
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Clariant records lower sales and cuts workforce
Speciality chemicals and masterbatch producer Clariant has since 2006 been reducing its workforce (2,200 in 2008) and the latest reduction of 1,000 employees, in the sales and administrative sections, is a reflection of its 5% lower sales of CHF8.1 billion, compared to CHF8.5 billion in 2007.
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Dow Chemical’s planned acquisition on hold
Unable to meet the 27 January deadline for its planned acquisition of Rohm and Haas, Dow Chemical has put it on hold “based on several macro-economic factors such as the continued crisis in global financial and credit markets combined with the dramatic and stunning failure of Petrochemicals Industries Company of Kuwait (PIC) to fulfill its obligation to complete the formation of the K-Dow joint venture in December 2008.”
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Materials News

Pipe standards for new resin
Pipe converters Wavin Hepworth, Aikang China, George Fischer and Weixing have announced that they will develop uniform standards for LyondellBasell’s recently launched Akoafloor PB-R 509 polybutene-1, which represents a new high-performance resin used in underfloor low-temperature pipe heating and cooling systems.
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Additive for TPOs
Axel Plastics Research Laboratories has commercialised its MoldWiz INT-35CPD, a new additive designed to improve the scratch and mar performance in automotive-grade TPO resins.
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New single-site catalyst
LyondellBasell has launched anAvant M single-site catalyst system designed to extend the performance capabilities of its Metocene polypropylene (PP) technology platform.
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Products address REACH regulations
With its new Baerostab RF line, Baerlocher has enhanced its product portfolio, developing REACH-friendly PVC stabilisers that meet existing market performance benchmarks in plasticised PVC calendering and plastisol applications.
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Sculpting from leftover PC
Makrolon polycarbonate (PC) from Bayer MaterialScience (BMS) has helped UK sculptor Richard Broderick find an unusual use for this material. Using Makrolon sheets left over from a larger project, he has created a metre high metal bird sculpture called the Mating Bird.
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Low viscosity PPS
Ticona Engineering Polymers, the world’s largest supplier of linear polyphenylene sulphide (PPS), has introduced a low viscosity grade that meets today’s market demand for low halogen materials.
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RTP’s “clean” facility
Global compounder RTP Company has established a controlled manufacturing environment for the production of clean compounds for sensitive applications in medical, electronic and other industries at its Winona headquarters in the US.
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Machinery News

Macchi upbeat about business, invests in testing facility

While American extrusion machinery manufacturer Davis-Standard has laid off 36 workers, which represents 9% of its workforce, and Entek Manufacturing has laid off 16 people, European blown/cast film machine supplier Macchi remains upbeat about its business.
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Upgraded software for extrusion lines

Canadian Macro Engineering has upgraded its Supercom Supervisory and Control System for blown and cast film lines by including an optional thermal imaging system that allows processors to monitor bubble temperatures from anywhere an internet connection is available.
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New support for ERP users
Solarsoft, the supplier of modern enterprise software and IT services, has launched a new Support and Maintenance Programme for all new and existing customers.  The three-tier service caters to customers who need extended hours, accelerated service responses and guaranteed escalation of priority calls.
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New unit to offer replacement parts

Entek Machinery, supplier of co-rotating twin-screw extruders and replacement wear parts, has formed a new operating unit known as Entek Plus to supply replacement wear parts.
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Exhibition News

Composites show adds on new forums
The JEC Composites show, to take place from 24-26 March in Paris, France, will have nine end-users forum. More than 70 specialists will present the latest trends and innovations in composites and over 2,000 participants are expected.
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Chinaplas organiser doubles efforts to boost visitorship
In view of the economic slowdown, the organiser of this year’s edition of Chinaplas, to be held in Guangzhou from 18-21 May, says that it is allocating more resources towards its visitor promotion programme. According to Adsale Exhibition Services, “only strong enterprises can survive, therefore, the organiser, exhibitors and buyers need to grasp the opportunities to strengthen their business and prepare for the next golden opportunity.”
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On-line registration for IPDC
Preparations are gathering speed for the first International Plastics Design Competition (IPDC), which will be a held in conjunction with the NPE 2009 from 22-26 June at Chicago's McCormick Place, US.
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Rubber Journal Asia

Lanxess cuts BR output in Europe and invests in India
Having put on hold the groundbreaking ceremony for its Singaporean butyl plant and pushed the start-up to 2012, speciality chemicals group Lanxess will now reduce production at its plants in Sarnia, Canada, and Zwijndrecht, Belgium.
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India extends anti-dumping duty on Korean NBR imports
India has extended anti-dumping duty on acrylonitrile butadiene rubber (NBR) imports from Korea for another year.
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Top Glove considers buying rival companies
Malaysian glove producer Top Glove, the world's largest rubber glove maker, is considering buying rival companies in Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia to strengthen its position.
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US comes down hard on rubber gloves
Meanwhile in the US, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has formulated new rulings for medical rubber gloves that affect Malaysia since the country is the largest exporter of medical rubber gloves to the US.
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. Injection Moulding Asia

Arburg expands its network to UAE
Injection moulding machinery maker Arburg has set up its 24th subsidiary company globally by establishing a sales and service office in Ras al Khaimah, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
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Replacing metal in miniature sensor

Japanese flow sensor manufacturer Aichi Tokei Denki has used Victrex PEEK to produce the main body of the VNS series small electromagnetic flow sensor, moving away from the traditional materials of PPS and stainless steel.
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TPV stacks up in chair design

When US company Humanscale Corporation wanted to design an ergonomic stackable chair, it turned to ExxonMobil Chemical’s TPV.
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Polyurethanes Asia       

Huntsman pays off debts, reduces workforce and closes pigments plant
Having received the final payment of US$1 billion from affiliates of private equity firm Apollo Management, following the failed takeover deal with Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Huntsman says it will use some of the money to reduce its debts. In a move to reduce costs further, the company will axe 1,200 jobs by the end of the year, which represents 9% of its workforce, and reduce its full-time contractors by 490 positions. Together, these reductions will result in savings of US$150 million.
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First CCM system in Japan


A Japanese automotive supplier is coating wooden decor strips for high-end car interiors using Clear Coat Moulding (CCM). The metering machine, mixing heads, robot, moulds and tooling for the system were supplied by Germany-based KraussMaffei.
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