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Dusting the cobwebs off acrylic handbags!

An American museum in Memphis, the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, has obtained a collection of acrylic (Lucite) handbags that will be put on display next month in a special exhibition titled “Carry Me”. The antique collection belongs to Caryn Scheidt, who collected the 300 designer Lucite handbags for some 20 years. When Lucite heard about this, the company decided to make public the handbags.
Most of the handbags were designed in the 1950s by designers and design houses like Wilardy, Llewellyn, Rialto, Gilli, Maxim, Myles and Patricia of Miami. These designers reinvented the traditional handbag using Lucite acrylic to create what was then seen as a futuristic trend.
Today, these stylish handbags have become a one-of-a-kind designer handbags that are considered collectible items.

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September 2009

Chemical companies take stock of outputs





Lead Feature

Control system gives “good advice” to facilities

Using the experience it has gained from having installed control systems for production processes, Pomini Rubber & Plastics, in conjunction with its parent company Possehl Group, has designed a manufacturing intelligence (MI) application called Advise.
            PRA spoke to
Andrea Delmoro, Sales Manager of Pomini, to find out the benefits of this system and how it can be applied in the current-day-challenging-environment scenario, to improve a company’s output.
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Company News

Chemical companies take stock of outputs

Busines restructuring, sale of a unit and plant shut downs have been announced by BASF, LyondellBasell, Huntsman, Ineos Nova and Dow Chemical.
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AkzoNobel restructures
Dutch company AkzoNobel is introducing a more balanced structure that will see the launch of two new units and the merger of two others.
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Solvay sells pharma unit to reinvest in plastics
Belgium-based drugs, chemicals and plastics maker Solvay is selling its pharmaceuticals business to its US partner Abbott Laboratories for US$6.6 billion to expand its chemicals and plastics businesses.
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Xaloy buys competitor Spirex

The American supplier of screws/barrels, melt processing wear components and ancillary equipment Xaloy has acquired its competitor Spirex Corporation.
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Materials News


Preventing explosive fuel tanks
Bayer MaterialScience (BMS) has found an innovative use for its carbon nanotubes (CNTs), to prevent explosions in fuel tanks
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Arkema cuts vinyl, ups CNTs and introduces nanoalloy
In France, Arkema will stop vinyl production, expand its output for CNTs and has also developed a new nanostructured alloy.
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Easy flowing PE grade
Building further on its existing metallocene PE grade range, Total Petrochemicals has launched a new black grade with high fluidity, specifically targeting fuel tank applications.
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Foam targets softer mats
BASF has developed an expanded polyethylene (EPE) closed cell foam for use in sporting mats.
According to the German company, its Neopolen E is a lightweight foam that has optimal energy absorption behaviour even after heavy use. Mat cores made of the material are more stable and keep their shape longer because of the fine cell structure, says the company. The consistently good cushioning properties of the material also reduce the likelihood of sports injuries because the gymnast can keep a firm standing position. The elasticity and flexibility of Neopolen E is largely retained between -70 and +85°C.

Machinery News


Dryer works without heat

Auxiliary equipment supplier Shini’s latest heatless regeneration air drying device is based on the pressure transformation principle.
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Woven sack machinery takes to the market
Woven sack machinery supplier Lohia Starlinger says that since the launch of its Duotec and Autoroto tape extrusion and winding machines in 2007 it has sold a number of these in India and in the overseas markets.
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New thermoformers for packaging markets           
Having just introduced its new thermoformers, US company GN Thermoforming Equipment has already sold two models to APET tray production in the Netherlands and Turkey.
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Sidel moulds more using rPET
Blow moulding machinery maker Sidel has claimed another record with its new stretch blow moulder with an output of 2,000 bottles/hour/mould.
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Exhibition News

Conference highlight at Malaysian show
Coupling exhibitions with conferences is nothing new but the Malaysian exhibition, MPlas, to be held from 4-7 November in Kuala Lumpur, promises an exciting line up for the local market.
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Rubber Journal Asia

China fights back US penalties
The Chinese Rubber Industry Association has urged the government to increase tax rebates, reduce export tariffs and to buy more locally-made tyres to offset the effect of new import duties imposed by the US.
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Rubber consumption at its lowest
Global rubber consumption was 20.8 million tonnes in the year to June 2009, its lowest level since May 2005, according to a new report from the International Rubber Study Group.
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Dow beefs up SR capabilities
US chemicals giant Dow Chemical has set up a synthetic rubber (SR) laboratory at its Freeport site in Texas and is streamlining its EPDM plant in Louisiana.
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100-year old SR still in the spotlight
The 100th anniversary of the founding of synthetic rubber (SR) by Fritz Hofmann was marked by speciality chemicals company Lanxess on 12 September, with a dedicated conference in Cologne, Germany, attended by 400 guests from 18 countries.
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Tokai/Sumitomo jv in China
Tokai Rubber Industries and Sumitomo Electric Industries have set up a joint venture to manufacture anti-vibration rubber and air springs for rolling stock in Jiangsu.
Set up in cooperation with the KTK Group, the joint venture company will target the 16,000 km high-speed railway network expected to be constructed by 2020. With this, the demand for rolling stock has rapidly expanded and also since the government started improving subway systems in large cities.


. Injection Moulding Asia

Preform moulds perform to a new tune
ABBA Systems, a supplier of precision machining solutions, and hot runner specialist Mold-Masters have combined forces to sell PET preform mould solutions.
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New paint line to reduce production times
The next stage in injection moulding machinery manufacturer KraussMaffei’s investment in a synchronised production flow line, which it is implementing at its production plant, is a paint line.
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Husky offers sustainability to PET packaging
Recognising the importance of sustainability in PET packaging, Husky Injection Molding Systems has introduced what is said to be the world’s first preform moulding unit able to run a higher percentage of recycled PET (rPET).
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