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E-News Update
July 2011
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Lead Feature

A hallmark of German machinery

While many machinery makers are setting up Asian production bases to reduce their costs, Germany-based injection moulding machinery maker Arburg says its production takes place exclusively at its factory in Lossburg "under the mark of quality of made in Germany." And it is for this reason that of the 2,000 employees it has, approximately 1,700 are employed in Germany.

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Company News

AkzoNobel pumps up coatings business
To strengthen its leadership in speciality plastic coatings for mobile devices, laptops and TVs and to get a stronger foothold in Asia, Dutch company AkzoNobel is acquiring coatings manufacturer Schramm Holding and the coatings activities operated by Schramm's largest shareholder, South Korean company SSCP.
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Indorama's Indonesian PTA plant
Thailand-based Indorama Ventures Public is acquiring a 50% stake in Indonesian company PT Polyprima that has a capacity of 465,000 tonnes/year of purified terephthalic acid (PTA). Meanwhile, Indorama has also completed the takeover of polyester manufacturer Trevira.
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Auto parts producers undertake expansions
While Indian automotive components maker Motherson Sumi Systems will acquire an 80% stake in Germany-based automotive parts producer Peguform, French automotive parts supplier Plastic Omnium Auto Inergy is entering into a joint venture with Chinese car maker Beijing Automotive Industry.
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Nova to build PE facilities
Canada-based Nova Chemicals, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) of UAE, will build two new PE plants at its sites in Alberta and Ontario, where Nova produces the ethylene feedstock. The company is also looking at debottlenecking its LDPE line in Ontario.
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DSM starts up jv in Russia
Netherlands-based DSM and Russian firm KuibyshevAzot (KA) have commenced the strategic cooperation that was announced in January. This includes the set up of two joint ventures by DSM with KA and a license for KA to produce the PA6 intermediate, cyclohexanone in Russia.
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DuPont places importance on R&D in Asia
US-based DuPont has opened two Innovation Centres in South Korea, to service the electronics and automotive industries, and in Taiwan, focusing on the electronics and communications markets. Its other centres in Thailand and India will also be ready next quarter to collaborate with customers on renewable energy initiatives.
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Daikin to increase fluoropolymer capacity
Daikin America, a wholly owned subsidiary of Japan-based Daikin Industries, will invest US$60 million to expand its FEP and ETFE fluoropolymer capacity at its Alabama facility. The expansion will be completed in 2012 and will increase both ETFE and FEP supply by over 50%.
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Kraton to build HSBC plant in Taiwan with Formosa
US SBC producer Kraton Performance Polymers, which has been scouting for an Asian production base, has entered into a 50:50 joint venture with Taiwan's Formosa Petrochemical to build a 300 tonnes/year hydrogenated styrenic block copolymer (HSBC) plant in Mailiao.
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ConocoPhillips to split into two
The third largest integrated energy company in the US and the fifth in the world, ConocoPhillips is pursuing a plan to split itself into two independent companies. It will spin off its downstream operations to create a refining and marketing business and a separate exploration and production company.
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Malaysian plastics sector aims for innovation
The Malaysian Plastics Manufacturers Association (MPMA) has received a RM3 million grant from the government for its Talent Development Programme (TDP), to create an innovative workforce and to drive ODM instead of OEM production in the country. Meanwhile, the sector had a turnover of RM15.8 billion in 2010, an increase of 8.2% over the previous year.
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PTT strikes high for bioplastics
Thai chemicals supplier PTT is aiming to be listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), which comprises organisations with environmentally friendly processes throughout the business, once it starts up operations of its polybutylene succinate (PBS) and polylactic acid (PLA) plants.
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Materials News

Chinese supplier to use coal to produce chemicals
The methanol-to-olefins technology offered by US firm Honeywell will be used by China's Wison (Nanjing) Clean Energy Company to produce 295,000 tonnes/year of ethylene and propylene at an existing coal chemical complex in the country.
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New acrylate monomer for clear coats
German chemicals company BASF has introduced a high-performance hydroxypropyl carbamate acrylate (HPCA), a crosslinking acrylate monomer, said to shorten the processing time for the manufacture of carbamate-based polymers.
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Vespel extends part lifespan
DuPont has expanded its Vespel SCP polyimide family with a new product for extended part life in sealing and bearing applications, especially in non-lubricated high-friction environments suited to the polymer's heat and pressure resistance capabilities. Key industries for the shapes include analytical instrumentation, medical devices, aerospace and energy and material handling.
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API walking tall with its latest TPE
Italian TPE supplier API is walking tall with its latest product that is targeted at the production of clogs of the kind worn in hospitals by healthcare staff but can be used in all types of footwear.
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Firms joint team up to improve PU panels
US-based Dow Chemical and Italian machinery supplier Saip Equipment are undertaking a project aimed at boosting the profile of PU panels in the construction industry. Known as cedepa (Continuous Panel Development Centre or Centro de Desarrollo del Panel en Continuo), the project is an industrial-scale line fully devoted to testing and prototyping activities.
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PEEK into custom skull implants
Having supplied its PEEK polymer to over 3 million implanted devices over the last ten years, US-based Invibio Biomaterial Solutions has another feather in its cap with Kelyniam Global using it for its Custom Skull Implants (CSI),
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In Brief

Mitsui's PU facility in China
Japan-based Mitsui Chemicals has started up its PU facility in South China. The system house, its sixth in Asia, manufactures and distributes PU foam materials and provides technical service to clients. It will supply automotive materials (mainly seat cushions) to mainly Japanese automotive manufacturers in South China and also support development of new materials.


General purpose plasticiser
With the pressure for alternative plasticisers to DOP and DINP, Oxea has expanded its Oxsoft phthalate-free and non-VOC plasticiser range with the addition of a product for automotive, construction and food applications. Oxea is also extending its current capacity for plasticisers to 700 tonnes/year and is planning further significant capacity extension. Within the Oxsoft plasticiser portfolio Oxsoft GPO plays the role of a good all-round performer, making it perfectly suitable as a general purpose plasticiser, says the company.



Machinery News

Companies set up in China
Japanese machinery maker Nissei Plastic Industrial and German temperature control systems provider Single Temperiertechnik have set up offices in China.
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Amut expands into waste treatment
Italian machinery maker Amut, which makes extrusion, thermoforming and recycling equipment, has acquired Comer Engineering and is setting up a a new company to manage the recycling of urban solid waste.
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Rajoo introduces machinery for PP non-wovens
Envisaging further growth in the PP spun bond and melt-blown non-woven fabrics, Indian extrusion machinery developer Rajoo Engineers has added on machinery for this to its portfolio.
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Davis-Standard stretch film line to Indonesia
US-based extrusion machinery supplier Davis-Standard has sold its second stretch film line to Singapore-based Golden Swan's Indonesian subsidiary, PT Dwi Indah.
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Conair boosts downstream extrusion equipment output
Citing more manufacturing area, a smoother workflow arrangement, and additional production capabilities, US supplier of auxiliary equipment Conair is expanding its Michigan facility for downstream extrusion equipment.
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. Injection Moulding Asia

Speed to market for batteries for electric vehicles
Batteries are the key technology for the electromobility of the future. As such over the next five years, German company BASF will be investing a three-digit million euro sum in R&D and the production of battery materials. In the US, Dow Chemical has set up a joint venture with Japanese Ube Industries to make formulated electrolytes for lithium-ion batteries.
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Colouring up electronics
Laser Direct Structuring (LDS) materials supplier Mitsubishi Engineering-Plastics has introduced full colour grades for electronics applications, doing away with the traditional blacks and greys.
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DMS sets up in Asia
Mould components supplier DMS North America has expanded to Asia, by locating its sales office and warehouse distribution in Hong Kong and Dongguan, China, respectively.
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