Archive for December, 2000

Barlo: Planned takeover of Irish competitor

Friday, December 15th, 2000

European plastic sheet producer Barlo Group plc intends to takeover another competitor. It is planned to acquire Irish competitor Athlone Extrusions plc. for Euro 56 million. The company made a cash offer of 1.20 euros per share for the Athlone-based sheet and film extruder. Athlone Extrusions´ directors recommended accepting the offer, calling it “fair and reasonable.”

AMI : Sheet extrusion is challenging competing processes

Friday, December 15th, 2000

Market specialists AMI have now documented the continuing rise of one of Europe’s major plastics processing industries in their new guide on sheet extrusion. Sheet production now represents almost 10 % of European resin consumption and accounted for over 2,7 million tonnes of polymer in 1999. Last year polymer consumption in sheet extrusion applications enjoyed an increase in demand of 5,2%.
This dynamic growth is in part driven by the strong demand in most European packaging sectors. Demand was particularly high for polypropylene sheet, used primarily for chilled and prepared food packaging, which grew by more than 12% and is expected to top half a million tonnes during 2000. The increasing demand for PP sheet has largely been at
the expense of polystyrene and PVC.

Nevertheless, polystyrene still saw the highest consumption for sheet extrusion, accounting for over 1 million tonnes in 1999, as it is the dominant material for thermoformed packaging. Sheet extrusion is also one of the more profitable forms of plastics processing.

Palram: Opening of sheet plant

Thursday, December 14th, 2000

Palram Industries, Israel plans to open a polycarbonate sheet plant in Allentown in January. The new operation mainly will produce corrugated PC sheet and will boost Palram´s global capacity to 50 million pounds per year of flat, multiwall and corrugated PC sheet.

Atlantis: Acquisition of Extrusion Masters

Wednesday, December 13th, 2000

Atlantis Plastics Inc., USA has acquired Extrusion Masters Inc. in an effort to build Atlantis´ market share in extruded plastic parts for the recreational vehicle market. Atlanta-based Atlantis operates an extrusion plant about 10 miles away from the Extrusion Masters site in Elkhart.

Bayer: Expansion of PC capacity

Wednesday, December 13th, 2000

Bayer AG, Germany plans to expand its PC capacity to become the world´s largest polycarbonate maker by 2005 through a series of expansions in Texas, Thailand and China. The expansions will double the German chemical giant´s annual PC capacity from 1.4 billion pounds to 2.8 billion pounds.

Lamson: Purchase of conduit maker Ameriduct

Tuesday, December 12th, 2000

Lamson & Sessions Co., USA announces a US$65 million deal to buy Ameriduct Worldwide Inc., USA. Lamson & Sessions will pay US$54 million in cash and assume about $11 million in debt for the privately held company. The deal is scheduled to close by the end of the year.

Plastics Custom Research Services: New report on profile extrusion

Tuesday, December 12th, 2000

“An Econometric Analysis of the North American Profile Extrusion Business,” is a new report from Plastics Custom Research Services, USA. The report is based on a survey of 110 U.S. and Canadian profile extruders and features parameters such as sales per employee, per line and per plant, as well as value added derived from downstream or secondary operations . The company estimates that there is a total of roughly 700 profile plants in North America, employing nearly 45,000 people to run close to 4000 extrusion lines. They process over 5 billion lb of material and generate US$9 billion in sales. Over 80 per cent of the resin consumption is PVC and 63 per cent of the output is in building construction products. Siding is the leading application, followed by window and door components. The 178-page report costs $650 to profile extruders and $1300 to others. For more information, phone (336) 998- 8004.

Davis Standard: Woodtruder revolutionizes wood fiber composite processing

Monday, December 11th, 2000

An advanced composite extrusion system introduced by Davis-Standard, USA will change the way plastic/wood fiber products are being manufactured. Trade named as the Woodtruder, this new dual-extrusion system combines current wood fiber processing and plastics extrusion technology into one, highly efficient and cost-effective machine. “This extrusion system offers several commercial advantages and technological benefits, simplifying the wood fiber extrusion process,” said Dave Murdock, Davis-Standard’s Business Area Manager of Building Products. “Processors will now be able to use a greater array of basic polymers when processing wood fiber composite products while eliminating the expense of costly wood fiber drying and blending equipment.”

Set up in a tandem extrusion arrangement, the Woodtruder features a primary 28:1 parallel twin-screw extruder and a single screw, side-injection extruder. Gravimetric feeders convey the wood fiber composite at a controlled rate into the primary extruder. The first section of the primary extruder utilizes a unique heating and venting system to eliminate moisture from the wood fiber. The side-injection extruder, mounted mid-way through the primary extruder, separately heats and melts the desired polymer. Depending on the wood fiber-to-polymer ratio, the polymer is then injected at a controlled rate into the primary extruder. Since the polymer joins the fiber in a molten state, it encapsulates the wood fibers, resulting in a thoroughly mixed, high-quality composite of up to 80 percent wood fiber.
For more information about the Woodtruder, contact Dave Murdock at Davis-Standard’s primary manufacturing facility in Pawcatuck, CT, at (860) 599-6391

Du Pont: New Istanbul Ataturk Airport terminal uses laminated glass with Butacite throughout

Monday, December 11th, 2000

The new international terminal building in Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport uses 39,000 sqm of laminated safety glass incorporating DuPont Butacite PVB throughout. Sisecam of Istanbul, Turkey supplied the glass for the project. Technical Services Manager, Yucel Akyurek told LGN: “Laminated glass is used for the façade, roof and most of the interiors of the new terminal. The architect, Ebru Kantasi Behlil, specified laminated glass with azure blue Butacite for the façade (4 mm glass x 0.76 mm PVB x 4 mm glass) with IMF 70, Sisecam’s neutral, multi-functional, Low-E climate control coating. This gives 1.7 watts per m2 Kelvin U-value, 52% shading co-efficient and 70% light transmission, ensuring that the building is environmentally efficient - saving on air conditioning in summer and heating in winter. The airport terminal’s roof is made of a series of gently-sloping pyramids. While three sides of each pyramid are of opaque building materials, the third side is a double-glazed unit incorporating laminated glass (two panes of tempered glass with a 1.52 mm Butacite PVB interlayer). Laminated safety glass is typically required for the interior panels of overhead glazing by building codes throughout the world. The architect selected this solution for natural lighting with reduced glare.

Fife Corp.: Dual-Mode inspection for web printers

Monday, December 11th, 2000

Fife Corp., USA is offering a price break on combinations of its Scan-a-Web reflective viewer with the InSpectra video inspection system from its sister company, Talis International LLC. Mechanical inspection is used at start-up because it lets operators quickly view the entire moving web and because it sometimes can provide truer color images than video inspection. After print make-ready is done, video inspection takes over with its automated processing features and extremely detailed inspection capabilities.