Fire-safety chemicals come under heat
Flame retardants have been developed, and are added to plastic products, to protect consumers from the risks of fires, yet studies suggest that even the newer forms of flame retardants can pose risks to the health of children. Flame retardants (FRs) are chemicals that prevent...
BASF to set up propylene plant in Texas; taking advantage of shale gas
German chemicals firm BASF says it has made progress in its plans to build a world-scale methane-to-propylene complex on the US Gulf Coast. The company has selected Freeport, Texas, as the potential site. It will use Air Liquide’s proprietary Lurgi MegaMethanol and Methanol-to-Propylene (MTP)...
Schulman to make largest purchase: buying Citadel for US$800 mn
Speciality chemicals maker A. Schulman is buying privately held Citadel Plastics Holdings for US$800 million to expand its speciality business, the biggest deal for the US company. Citadel Plastics, owned by private equity firms HGGC and Charlesbank Capital Partners, makes thermoplastic polymers and thermoset plastics. Based in...
Battenfeld-cincinnati offers new extrusion lines with FDC system
Pipe manufacturers aiming to be competitive in production these days need extrusion lines, which are powerful, flexible, and quickly adjustable, as well as cost-efficient in operation. Precisely these features are what the complete pipe extrusion line from battenfeld-cincinnati Germany has to offer, which was demonstrated for the first time at two customers’...
ON THE COVER: Italian and foreign exhibitors will display an array of machinery and solutions during the PlastMilan exhibition in Milan, Italy, against the backdrop of a slight growth of the sector, mainly due to exports