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E-News Update
November 08

> Mixed bag of results

> Macchi loses a key figure

Materials News


Lead Feature

Focusing on new technologies in tough times

Charlie Crew, President/CEO of Sabic Innovative Plastics

In this issue’s lead feature, we speak to UK-based Ken Braney who has been selected as the next President-elect of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) in the US. When he takes up his appointment in 2010, Ken will be the first European-based President of SPE.

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Company News

Mixed bag of results
The third quarter results announced by chemicals companies are an indication that things are not going to get any better in the fourth quarter in view of the global economic slowdown.
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Expanding to meet demand
Canadian extrusion systems supplier, Macro Engineering & Technology has expanded its production facility by 50% to meet the growth that followed record-breaking sales reported early this year.

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Materials suppliers adjust their supplies
Due to the growth of the polyamide markets in Eastern Europe, Latin America and Asia, Rhodia Polyamide will restructure its European nylon business, which includes reducing its costs by EUR40 million/year by 2010. The company will close its Ceriano facility in Italy by mid-2009, which could affect 212 jobs, increase production capacity at the Lyon Belle-Etoile facility in France and the Gorzow facility in Poland and transfer all its European research, development and applications teams to a single site in Lyon.
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Macchi loses a key figure

The Managing Director of Italian extrusion machinery maker Macchi, Alessandro Macchi, was found dead recently in Rapallo, east of Genoa, in Italy. A statement issued by the company said that his death was surrounded by “unclear circumstances”.
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Xaloy has a new parent

Industrial Growth Partners (IGP), a San Francisco-based private investment firm specialising in industrial manufacturing companies, has acquired screw/barrel manufacturer Xaloy and its globally affiliated companies from Baird Capital Partners.
Effective 1 November, Bob Tunno of IGP will become Chairman of Xaloy while the President/CEO will be Ron Auletta succeeding Walter Cox, who will remain as an investor in the company. Formed in 1997, IGP’s principals have invested approximately US$1.2 billion of equity capital in middle-market manufacturing companies and have participated in more than 135 debt and equity transactions totalling over US$30 billion.


Materials News

Breakthrough PP and PE catalyst technology
Albemarle Corporation, a global leader in single-site catalyst production and metallocene components, has created a revolutionary new activator/single-site catalyst programme that delivers twice the typical productivity of conventional products.
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MMA process reduces costs
Evonik Industries has developed what it says is a cost-saving process for making methyl methacrylate (MMA). Known as Aveneer, the process is based on ammonia, methane, acetone and methanol, just like the traditional ACH sulphur process, but it does away with additional use of sulphuric acid. By not needing to reprocess sulphuric acid, Aveneer saves costs and conserves resources, says the German company.
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European collaboration for high-tech pipe manufacture
A group of European machinery and materials suppliers has been set up to design a single-stage production process for peroxide-crosslinked polyethylene (PE-Xa) pipes used in gas and domestic water distribution systems, district heating and other industrial applications.
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Upping capacity for Formlite

US-based Cyclics Corporation has increased the production of its Formlite plug assist material to meet the demand from the thermoforming industry. The company has added three new mixers at its plants in Germany and the US, thus ramping up production ten times the current levels.
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Machinery News

European machinery makers predict a downward trend
At its recent annual general meeting in Bologna, Italy, Euromap, the European trade organisation for plastics and rubber equipment, said that the outlook for 2009 looked bleak.
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In-line pipe-in-pipe production
German corrugator specialist Unicor has developed a new machine for quick and easy in-line production of protective PEX, ALU-PEX-pipes and protective pipes for cables.
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Piping technology from Cincinnati
At Cincinnati Extrusion’s two-day open house recently, six extrusion lines were shown, two of which manufactured five-layer plastic-aluminium composite pipes, which are used for underfloor heating systems because of their easy laying properties.
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Liquid PIB cling film

Indian extrusion machinery maker Kabra Extrusiontechnik (KET) recently supplied a three-layer blown film line for stretch cling film that features liquid PIB (polyisobutylene), which characterises the stickiness of the film. This property of the film helps it cling to the product to be wrapped. Liquid PIB is said to be a better recipe component compared to masterbatch as it is less costly as well as able to facilitate optimum output and cling film quality. Furthermore, different levels of tackiness can be obtained by changing the feed rate.
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New pelletiser die design

US-based Crown Machine, provider of compounding, recycling, pipe/profile and sheet extrusion equipment, has developed underwater pelletising dies that eliminate die-hole freeze off.
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Reliance takes delivery of a combination line

Indian extrusion machinery maker Rajoo Engineers recently delivered a five-layer barrier thermoformable sheet line that can also double up as a blown film line to Reliance Industries’s Product Application Centre in Chembur, India.
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New measuring device

UK-based materials testing specialist Imatek has introduced the R6000 laboratory grade twin-bore capillary rheometer to undertake rheological measurements on a wide range of materials. Both shear and extensional properties of the specimens can be obtained, at rates representative of normal processing like extrusion, injection moulding, blow moulding and film blowing.
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New technology for lighter parts

In a bid to make injection moulding more competitive than thermoforming, Canada-based StackTeck has introduced a patent-pending technology for producing 20-40% lighter parts.
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Processor report

Sustainable packaging solution

Along the lines of seeking sustainable packaging solutions, ExxonMobil Chemical and Malaysian cast pallet stretch film producer Thong Guan Plastics have broken new ground by jointly pioneering a thin gauge stretch packaging film that uses about 40% less raw material without any reduction in film performance and properties.
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Exhibition News


Vietnamese show grows
Organised jointly by Bangkok Exhibition Services (a member of Allworld Exhibitions) and Messe Düsseldorf Asia, with collaboration from local partner VCCI Exhibition Service, the second edition of the Plastics & Rubber Vietnam show welcomed 5,517 visitors from 34 countries at the end of its three day run from 21-23 October.
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Composites show makes its debut in Singapore
The first edition of the composites JEC Show Asia in Singapore welcomed 8,325 visitors. While Singapore has fallen out of favour for other plastics show organisers, it seems to have found a niche for the composites industry.
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NPE to highlight new innovations
The NPE exhibition, to take place from 22-26 June 2009 at Chicago's McCormick Place in the US, will have a new highlight. The so-called New Technology Pavilion will spotlight exhibiting companies' innovative advancements, said The Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI), the founder and producer of the triennial NPE show.
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Rubber Journal Asia


New breed of LSRs
Included in the new developments in liquid silicone rubbers (LSRs) are grades targeted at replacing engineering plastics in automotive and electronic applications and fully fluorinated grades with higher resistance to oil, as well as highly transparent offerings that look more like plastics than rubber.
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. Injection Moulding Asia

PIM technology sees its worth in India

This article by Christian Kniezanrek, Senior Sales Manager (China, Japan, Taiwan and South Korea) of Wittmann Battenfeld outlines the metal injection moulding technology that is used by Indian processor Indo-US MIM.
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Polyurethanes Asia


Jet-less mixing
Based on its three decades of experience, Italian company Cannon has, in its high pressure mixing head, made a mixing chamber small enough to overcome the damping effects of the laminar shear.
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