Archive for September, 2002

New PC sheet association

Thursday, September 12th, 2002

Five companies this week formed the European Association of Manufacturers of Polycarbonate Sheet (EAMPCS). The association aims to study market trends, lobby for consistent standards and promote environmental and health and safety standards among its members. The founding members represented at the association’s inaugural meeting in Zurich were Estrusione Materiali from Switzerland, Germany’s Makroform, General Electric Plastics from the Netherlands and Paltough Industries and Polygal Plastics from Israel. The foundation members elected Makroform’s Pierre Colle as president and Bernd Springler of GE-SPE as vice-president.

Borealis: Customer event about creating value in the plastic pipe business

Thursday, September 12th, 2002

Borealis, Europe’s leading supplier of specialist polyolefin products for the pipe industry, organised a major event for its customers near its Marketing & Development Centre in Stenungsund, Sweden, on September 4 and 5. The event featured expert speakers from major gas and water companies, contractors, consultants and communities across Europe, as well as from Borealis. This created a fertile environment for useful discussions about how to create more value for everyone in the European Utility business. Polyolefin pipe systems offer leading-edge and often unique solutions to engineering challenges and enjoy faster growth than those made from competing materials.

As one of the speakers, John Tonen from Advantica Technologies said, “The two days have been very interesting and enjoyable and have included many constructive discussions. I am pleased to see that Borealis is taking a lead in creating value both for its customers and the end-users.”

The pipe business is one of the core businesses within the Borealis group. This long-term commitment was underlined by Borealis’ investment in the new Borstar PE pipe facilities with a production capacity of 225,000 tonnes that have recently come on stream in Stenungsund, Sweden, to meet the ever increasing demand for superior bimodal pipe products. 450,000 tons Borstar capacity had come on stream as a JV between ADNOC and Borealis in Ruweis, Abu Dhabi. In addition, Borealis has invested heavily in dedicated and experienced people to help grow the market, promote and broaden knowledge about polyolefin pipe solutions and develop new products.

Georg Fischer: JV for fluoroplastics pipes and fittings

Wednesday, September 11th, 2002

Georg Fischer AG, Switzerland, and Simona AG, Germany, will establish a 50:50 joint venture for the production of “high purity” pipes and moulded components made from fluoroplastics at the existing Simona production site at Ettenheim, Germany. The new company is to start operations on 1 July. Simona will then cease independent marketing of “pureplus” piping systems for clean room applications and focus on its standard business in chemical and technical apparatus and plant engineering. Georg Fischer is a conglomerate company with a 15% share in Simona AG.
The expansion of the high purity segment for customers in the semi-conductor, life science and pharmaceutical industries is in line with the strategy of the Georg Fischer piping systems group to further expand its market position as a supplier of piping systems for industrial applications, the gas and water utlity sector and household installation.

Seipp France: Extrusion systems for PE and PVC pipes

Wednesday, September 11th, 2002

SEIPP France, over the last 30 years, has developed complete extrusion systems for production of PE and PVC pipes. The range of pipes that can be produced with SEIPP’s standard machines go up to 1000 mm. SEIPP manufactures high performance die heads, calibrating sleeves, calibration tanks and haul-offs. Integrating Weber extruders enables SEIPP to offer state-of-the-art complete extrusion lines. Significant customer benefits include high level technical advice, proven reliability, high productivity and efficient customer support. All recent developments in SEIPP’s calibration tanks and haul-offs have been aimed at minimising maintenance while optimising process parameters stability. For example, SEIPP has used for years exhaust pumps on its vacuum tanks while giving up traditional electrovalves and water level sensors. This results in perfectly constant spray flow and vacuum level, as well as in reduced maintenance. The same target was reached in haul-offs when SEIPP replaced the pulling chains with rubber pads with last generation belts with high grip cover. Vibrations have been eliminated, pulling force has been increased and maintenance time and cost have been significantly reduced.

Danapak and Teich: Green light for flexible packaging merger

Tuesday, September 10th, 2002

EU competition authorities have given the go-ahead to plans by Danapak of Denmark and Teich of Austria to merge their Danish and UK flexible packaging operations. The merger includes Danapak’s Flexible operation and Teich’s Corona Packaging unit in Denmark and the Teich Flexibles units in Derby and Dundee in the UK. It will create a business with sales of around €105m. Teich will own 60% of the company, which will be headquartered in Odense in Denmark and will be called Danapak Flexibles.

Sealed Air: new facility for medical packaging

Tuesday, September 10th, 2002

Sealed Air Corporation, USA, announced plans to build a new manufacturing facility to support worldwide growth of its medical packaging product line. The new state-of-the-art facility will be located in Duncan, South Carolina, on the site of the Company´s Cryovac operations. It will produce Sealed Air´s line of pharmaceutical container materials and delivery systems and is designed to supply markets throughout the world including Asia, Europe and the Americas.

Schaetti AG: Hot-melt equipment with flat die

Thursday, September 5th, 2002

Since many bonded fabrics may not be exposed to elevated temperatures after coating, hot-melt coating is often the preferred method for applying adhesives to the webs. Steatite AG,Switzerland, offers hot-melt equipment with flat film die and engraved roll technology. Besides low exposure of the substrate to high temperatures, the advantages of the process include the fact that it may be used with nonslip adhesives, long-lasting adhesives, self-adhesive coatings and crosslinkable polymers. Hot melts can be applied to almost all substrates, with less adhesive being required in comparison with conventional processes.

Krauss-Maffei: 36D extruder for Italian pipe manufacturer Sirea

Thursday, September 5th, 2002

A new generation of counter-rotating twin-screw extruders from Krauss-Maffei, Germany, with a 36D processing unit was presented to the public for the first time at K 2001 in Düsseldorf. Within half a year, the Munich-based machine-maker received over 40 orders for this new extruder type.
The first 36D high-performance extruder shipped in May this year, bound for the fiercely contested Italian market, and another is on the books. A KMD 114-36D model was shipped to the company Sirea Srl. (Barbiano). This owner-run company was set up over 40 years ago and now has 74 employees. With sales of more than EUR 21 million in 2001, Sirea is one of the leading manufacturers of PE and PVC pipes and fittings in Italy.

EREMA: Patented recycling technology for PET

Wednesday, September 4th, 2002

The PET bottle has been so successful because, inter alia, recycling processes for returning the empties to the cycle again were developed in good time. The Austrian company EREMA (Ansfelden/Linz) recognized at an early stage that there was a need for appropriate recycling machines and so devised its highly economical, patented VACUREMA technology. To accommodate the unusual characteristics of PET recycling, the patented VACUREMA technology was modified and new features were added. It is notable for its low energy requirements and comparatively low capital investment. For the production of fibres or thermoforming sheets, the VACUREMA system can be used on its own; crystallising, pre-drying or granulation are superfluous.

Next Generation Films: New blown film line

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2002

Next Generation Films Inc., USA, has added an Alpine blown film system to expand its polyethylene packaging film capacity. The Lexington company began running the three-layer line in early August, said David Frecka, chief executive officer and owner. The firm spent more than $1 million on the line and related machinery. Frecka said his company probably will order another film line soon, for installation in about a year.