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In this Edition
September 2011
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Lead Feature

Eliminating problems at the interfaces

Jan-Udo Kreyenborg

Through OEM supply, the family-owned companies of the Kreyenborg Group have been providing to the industry screen changers, gear pumps, pelletising systems and bulk material handling components as well as automation technology for 50 years now.

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Company News

SCG invests in Asri
Thailand's Siam Cement Public Company's subsidiary SCG Chemicals is taking up a 30% stake in Indonesian chemical company PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical (CAP). It will pay Baht13.5 million for this.
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Thai venture in European recycler
Having recently announced the building of PET bottle recycling plants in Thailand and the US, PET supplier Indorama Ventures Public is now venturing to Europe. It is acquiring the region's largest PET recycler, Wellman International from Aurelius, a Germany-based holding company.
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PU foam plant in China
In line with the growth of the automotive sector in China, Japan-based Bridgestone is investing US$11 million to build a plant to make moulded polyurethane foam for vehicle seats in Wuhan. The investment includes the cost of the building and equipment.
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Polyplex aiming for further growth
India's Ahmedabad city in Gujarat will be home to some 30 plastic manufacturers from Mumbai who will invest US$130 million in setting up in a plastic park coming up in Dahej. The companies are looking at saving costs by moving to Gujarat.
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CCL buys Mid-East labeller and plans expansions
Canada-based CCL Industries, a supplier of labelling and packaging solutions for the consumer products and healthcare industries, has bought a 50% interest in Dubai-based labeller Pacman-CCL. It paid US$18.5 million for the purchase. CCL is also planning a US$30 million expansion with a new facility in Saudi Arabia and Thailand.
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New US lubricant base stocks plant
ExxonMobil Chemical recently held a groundbreaking ceremony on its world-scale plant that will make 50,000 tonnes/year of synthetic lubricant base stocks. It is sited at the US company's integrated refining and chemical complex in Baytown, Texas.
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In Brief

Australian custom printer acquired
US-based 3D Systems has acquired Australian Formero, a provider of on-demand custom parts services and 3D printing solutions headquartered in Melbourne. The company plans to continue all Formero operations as 3D Systems Asia Pacific and offer its expanded range of 3D content-to-print solutions for prototyping. Formero also has a facility in Shenzhen, China, and through its wholly owned XYZ Innovation subsidiary, distributes 3D printers.


Ground breaking for additives facility
Germany-based BASF has broken ground on its multi-million dollar plastic additives facility at the Bahrain International Investment Park, with production of customer specific antioxidant blends (CSB) to start in 2012. The company said the investment was spurred by a supply agreement with Saudi Arabia-based Astra Polymer, a supplier of masterbatch, additives and compounds.



Materials News

Lightweight nylon foam for automotives
UK-based Zotefoams has unveiled a lightweight nylon co-polymer said to be the lightest nylon foam produced commercially, at 30 kg/cu m, for a wide array of automotive applications.
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Resins for hotter and more humid applications
Solvay Advanced Polymers has expanded its range of Amodel polyphthalamide (PPA) resins for automotive electronics applications.
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Prospects in Indian flexible packaging sector
India's flexible packaging industry is valued at US$3 billion a year and is expected to grow at 15% a year until 2015, according to a report from PCI Film Consulting.
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New polymer for lowering cost of lithium batteries
Researchers at UK-based University of Leeds have invented a new type of polymer gel that can be used to manufacture lithium batteries more cheaply, without compromising performance.
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BPA studies inconclusive?
Even with the bans on bisphenol A (BPA)-made PC bottles taking effect in Europe, Canada and Beijing, in a study on more than 3,400 Chinese adults, it was found that BPA levels are not associated with self-reported type 2 diabetes, says the US-based Annals of Internal Medicine. Elsewhere, the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC) says it had found that BPA levels in household dust collected in 12 countries were 570 times below the acceptable daily intake limit set by local regulations.
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Aiming for low-cost production of radiation detectors
Teijin Chemicals has launched a low-cost polyester-based resin that emits a blue fluorescence light when exposed to radiation. Known as Scintirex, it was developed with Kyoto University Nuclear Reactor Research Institute and the National Institute of Radiological Sciences in Japan.
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In Brief

Capacity expansion for Songwon
South Korean Songwon Industrial Group has expanded its antioxidant capacity from 55,000 to 70,000 tonnes ahead of time due to the consolidation of Songnox 1076 production into its new fully backward integrated Maeam plant. In addition, Songwon has introduced two enhanced physical forms of Songnox 1076: Songnox 1076 SB (semi beads) and Songnox 1076 CP (crystalline powder).



Machinery News

Lohia expands its product range
With three decades of experience and having delivered more than 700 tape extrusion lines supported by 30,000 looms processing over 1 million tonnes/year of plastics, Indian company Lohia Starlinger is an established player in woven fabric industry for flexible packaging. It is continuously innovating and recently introduced a new multifilament spin-draw wind line, tape winder and a circular loom.
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European associations gung-ho about industry
In spite of the dim economic outlook for China, both the German and Italian plastics and rubber machinery manufacturers have reported higher machine sales to China, albeit based on last year's results.
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Material-saving technology gaining interest
Germany-based Reifenhäuser Extrusion says it has sold several REIfill thermoforming lines with a production capacity of more than 1,500 kg/hour per line, indicating that there is growing interest in Southern Europe, Russia, Asia and in the Middle East. A benefit is that the technology allows up to 40% of PP and PS to be replaced with mineral fillers such as calcium carbonate and talc.
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PO pipe line first in Vietnam
Vietnamese pipe producer Tien Phong Plastic has become the first in Asia to use Austrian Battenfeld-Cincinnati's latest KryoSys pipe line for large diameter PO pipe extrusion.
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In Brief

Rajoo scores in Thailand
Indian blown film line supplier Rajoo Engineers has sold its first line in Thailand, to Bangkok-based Khun Sangserm Panutaiwat, a producer of shrink film, stretch cling film, liquid packaging film and films for making shopping and T-shirt bags. The REWT 4060/1600 OH mono-layer blown film line, with a line speed of up 90 tonnes/minute, comes complete with an oscillating haul-off system.



Environment News

Video from You Tube

PET bottles light up homes and make walls in Manila
Non-biodegradable plastic, which is becoming infamous now in an eco-aware society, is redeeming itself as the king material for practical yet sustainable technology: the solar light bulb and the plastic bottle wall.
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Scrap from the sea used for making bottles
Over in the US, Method, a household and personal care company, in partnership with recycler Envision Plastics has developed a new plastic material known as Ocean PCR. The company says the idea came from collecting plastic floating in the North Pacific Gyre and making bottles out it.
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Roll out the carpet made from 23,000 PET bottles
Japanese resin supplier Teijin says, for the fourth consecutive year, it has produced an eco-friendly Green Carpet made of PET bottles for the ecologically minded Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF), which will be held from October 22-30.
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Bottle solution for arsenic-contaminated water
With almost 100 million people in developing countries exposed to dangerously high levels of arsenic in their drinking water, and unable to afford complex purification technology, scientists are offering an inexpensive method for removing arsenic based on chopped up pieces of PET bottles coated with a nutrient found in many foods and dietary supplements. And what's more the technology uses discarded PET bottles.
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. Injection Moulding Asia

MuCell integration and fast mould change from Engel
Austrian injection moulding machinery maker Engel has entered into an agreement with US-based Trexel to deliver MuCell foam systems on a turnkey basis worldwide. Engel has also introduced an automatic mould changing system, said to enable mould changing in less than a minute.
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New owner for robot firm
Elexis, which owns German high-speed robot company Hekuma, has been bought by SMS, a German industrial conglomerate. SMS had already owned some shares and the final purchase gives SMS an 84.46% stake.
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US automotive company expands in China
US-based automotive parts maker Inteva's Chinese joint venture with Shanghai SIIC Transportation Electronic Company has opened an automotive door systems technical centre in Shanghai, China. The 50,000 sq ft facility includes a new sound chamber, extensive testing capabilities, an expanded engineering centre and an advanced development laboratory.
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Haitian sells more machines overseas
China's largest injection moulding machine maker Haitian International Holdings saw a sales growth of 14.8 % in the first half of the year. The Group had sales about RMB3.7 million, with record export sales of RMB988 million, representing an increase of 24.7%, mainly to Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe.
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