Archive for June, 2001

FlexTech: New blown film line

Thursday, June 21st, 2001

FlexTech Packaging Ltd., USA, is doubling its blown film capacity by acquiring a second Alpine production line. The new line, with a seven-layer die, is part of a $5 million expansion the Cincinnati firm has under way. It also is adding an orienter and other downstream equipment and doubling plant space to more than 50,000 square feet, said President Bob Bellafronto.

Draiswerke: High speed Mixing/Compounding Machine

Thursday, June 21st, 2001

GELIMAT from DRAISWERKE enables companies to recycle and reuse the high cost ingredients of different polymers. GELIMAT is able to process most plastic materials with up to 70% filler degree in a matter of seconds while realizing huge savings in cost of production and time.
Reuse of recycled plastics as additives into wood products:
The extensive research and studies have shown that GELIMAT will open up the new age in wood industry. Extremely low cost recycled plastics are well mixed and further processed with wood flour/natural fibers and cellulose fibers by GELIMAT to manufacture
building construction materials.

Gelimat, High Speed Thermokinetic Mixer/Compounder, is able to mix and compound polymers with different wood products in less than 30 seconds compared to longer processing times with conventional plastic processing equipment. Gelimat is also able to
accommodate moisture content in the product whereas with the conventional systems you would need an additional drying system.

Gelimat will do everything that a twin-screw extruder does except from shaping.
Therefore, the only downstream equipment you would need after Gelimat is the shaping device such as Pelletizer or Short Barrel Extruder. Shorter processing time, less maintenance requirements, low capital investment, better dispersion and mixing quality and fully automated process control will come along with the use of GELIMAT.

Scanditronix Medical: Electron accelerator cable sheathing

Thursday, June 21st, 2001

Scanditronix Medical AB, Sweden has launched the electron accelerator „Betaline“ , originally developed for the sterilization of medical equipment, suitable for the radiation of cable sheathing. It is said that the radiation causes a crosslinking which leads to higher thermic, mechanical and chemical resistance. The process is already used by the swedish cable manufacturer Habia Cable Production AB. Advantages are the easy to use operation, space saving construction and a high safety standard.

SML/ Erema: Inline system from PET scrap to film

Wednesday, June 20th, 2001

SML Maschinengesellschaft mbH, Austria, and recycling specialist Erema have jointly developed an inline system for the processing of used polyester bottles into film and boards. The system combines all the processing steps as cleaning and granulating of the used bottles, melting and extrusion. The produced film meets the requirements of the American Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and the European International Life Science Institute (EU-ILSI).

GE Structured Products: Clean room expansion for Lexan films

Tuesday, June 19th, 2001

GE Structured Products Europe has increased its capacity for Lexan polycarbonate film at Bergen op Zoom in Holland. The new extrusion capacity is housed in a clean room and will make polished graphic films, textured films and in-mould decoration films.

PolyOne: Closure of compounding plant

Tuesday, June 19th, 2001

PolyOne Corp., USA, will close a rubber compounding plant in Kingstree, S.C., later this year in a move that eliminates 145 jobs and will save the company US$ 3,5 million annually. PolyOne plans to sell the Kingstree site. Some equipment will be sold, with the remainder moved to other PolyOne facilities. Thirty-five of the site’s 145 workers were laid off earlier this year.

Southern Pipe: US$ 7 million investment

Monday, June 18th, 2001

Southern Pipe Inc., USA will invest nearly $7 million during the next two years to expand its plastic pipe-making capacity. The company will add two extrusion lines to its facility by this summer. The plant currently houses five lines. By the time the seventh line is installed, the company will be processing more than 60 million pounds of resin annually, according to President Bob Mitchell.

Mannesmann Plastics Machinery: Two financial firms take the lead

Monday, June 18th, 2001

Two investment groups, Apax Partners & Co. Ventures Ltd. and Investcorp, are the finalists in the race to buy the world’s largest plastics equipment maker, Mannesmann Plastics Machinery AG, from Siemens AG, according to a German newspaper report. Meanwhile, plastics machinery maker SMS AG of Dusseldorf, Germany, is out of the running, an SMS executive confirmed.

Wright Plastics: Looking for potential buyer

Monday, June 18th, 2001

Wright Plastics Co., USA, has retained Equity Partners Inc. to seek a buyer for its polyethylene blown film and bag manufacturing business. Atlanta-based Wright shut down operations there and in Prattville, Ala., about six weeks ago after failing to meet sales and capacity goals. The firm laid off all 260 employees and hired Wye Mills, Md.-based Equity Partners to take bids.

Creanova: New PE wax as PVC lubricant

Friday, June 15th, 2001

A new low-melting polyethylene wax for use as a PVC lubricant or carrier for polyolefin color masterbatches reportedly features a higher crystallinity and hardness than other low-melting PE-waxes. Vestowax EP 118 from Creanova Inc., Somerset, N.J., has a low drop point (<219 F) and density (0.91 g/cc) plus medium crystallinity. This special combination of properties lets EP 118 wet pigments (especially phthalocyanine blue) better at low temperatures (about 230 F), without blooming or sweating in finished polyolefin products. This product is also said to be a highly efficient external lubricant for tin- and Ca/Zn-stabilized PVC compounds. It reportedly shows no plate-out tendency.