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Lead Feature

Composites suppliers falling down a rabbit hole in ASEAN

Malaysian Composites Industry Association Chairman, Habibur Rahman Ibrahim

The ASEAN is viewed by composites materials and machinery suppliers from Europe, US and Australia as a "new market ready to be exploited". But Malaysian Composites Industry Association Chairman, Habibur Rahman Ibrahim, cautioned about the "somewhat unqualified perception", during a paper he presented at the recently held SAMPE Asia conference for the composites industry in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Company News

Bosch puts on hold solar plant in Malaysia

Bosch puts on hold solar plant in Malaysia
German technology company Robert Bosch recently said it is delaying the construction of its RM2.2 billion Malaysian solar panel manufacturing plant, while evaluating the most technologically advantageous direction for the plant.
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Binani acquires Belgian fibreglass firm
Binani Industries, the holding company of US$1.6 billion Braj Binani, has acquired Belgium-based 3B, maker of fibreglass products, from Platinum Equity, for EUR275 million.
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BMS gets go ahead for TDI plant
German materials firm Bayer MaterialScience (BMS) has been given approval for its construction in Dormagen of a plant for a key plastics precursor. Plans call for the construction of a EUR150 million plant producing 300,000 tonnes/year of TDI (toluene diisocyanate), which is required for flexible polyurethane foam.
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Jinming goes public

Jinming goes public
Chinese blown film machinery maker Jinming Machinery listed on the Chinese stock market in December last year. The Guangdong-based company says this will allow it "to make further progress." Jinming also said it will make full use of the opportunity of the successful IPO "to enlarge iproduction, enhance technology development and improve company engagement." This it said, will allow the company to "be an international competitive plastic machine manufacturer."
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Distributors to drive Perstorp sales
Following the overall review of the use of sales channels speciality chemicals company Perstorp has strengthened collaboration with its distributor Nordmann, Rassmann (NRC) to supply a wider range of products. Meanwhile, it re-verified its long-lasting collaboration with Worlée-Chemie.
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Materials News

Dr Edward Green of GBL, UK

No hiccups in the introduction of biofuels
Various developments are being made in the biofuel industry with companies partnering to further the development, while a firm in the UK is pioneering the production of biofuel from whisky by-products.
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PC growth on upward trend
After demonstrating phenomenal growth during the 1990s due to its use in the production of CDs and DVDs, polycarbonate (PC), saw its demand fall in 2009 and rebound in 2010. With diversification to other uses, such as electronics, global growth for the polymer was 3% in 2011, according to IHS Chemical.
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China to boost petrochemical sector in next five years
China has mapped out a Five-Year Plan (2011-15) for the petrochemical industry that will see the country set up four refining bases in the coastal regions, each with a refining capacity of 20 million tonnes by the end of 2015, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
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Machinery News

Lohia adds on co-extrusion line
At the recently concluded Plastindia show in New Delhi, Indian machine maker Lohia Starlinger introduced a co-extrusion line, coex 1000hs, to allow for lower costs and enhanced performance for the raffia industry.
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Mamata expands Indian facility
To cater to the demand for its machines, India-based converting equipment supplier Mamata Machinery will move to a larger facility by April this year, said company spokesperson Sanjay Amin. Mamata exhibited a dual-lane bag making machine and a stand-up pouch maker able to form pouches of any shape at the Plastindia recently.
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Venting system for blow moulds

Venting system for blow moulds
German extrusion blow mould maker fhw-moulds has developed a venting system for removing air from the moulds at the corners and not the parting line, which it says allows for improved cycle times.
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iPhone application for machinery
US extrusion machinery maker Davis-Standard has introduced a iPhone application for its converting and extrusion equipment.
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Lybra caters to frequent changeovers

Lybra caters to frequent changeovers
Blenders play a somewhat critical role in plastic processing in ensuring granules and additives are fed correctly to moulding machines and extruders. Italian auxiliary equipment maker Piovan says its Lybra line of dosing units offer versatility making it suitable for frequent product batch changes.
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Brückner enjoys steady growth in India
With India closely trailing behind China in terms of consumption, extrusion line maker Brückner forsees further growth in the country for packaging film lines, said spokesperson Karlheinz Weinmann at the Plastindia show, adding that to date the firm had sold 30 lines mainly for BOPP, with 15 of these sold in the last three years.
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. Injection Moulding Asia

arburg 470H hidrive series

Arburg has encouraging response for all-electrics in India
German injection moulding machine maker Arburg is seeing stable sales for its all-electrics in India, having sold 45 units to date, said its representative in the country Unimark, at the recently held Plastindia show in New Delhi.
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Faster cycles with cooling technology
Hot runner supplier Mold-Masters, has formalised an agreement with Australia-based Ritemp Technologies through its US agent Ygrene Technologies, for exclusive global use of its patented evaporative cooling technology in hot runner applications that boasts faster cycle times.
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rowe E50 electric car

First electric car shown in China with lightweight solutions
Speciality chemicals firm Evonik Industries used an automotive fair in Shanghai, China, recently to showcase the all-new Roewe E50 electric car with its lightweight design solutions and lithium ion battery.
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