Archive for October, 2002

EuroWindoor: Cooperation with Russian window association

Monday, October 14th, 2002

The European Association of Window, Curtain Wall and Door Manufacturers, EuroWindoor, Germany, has signed a cooperation agreement with the Russian association of energy-efficient window manufacturers, APROK. This is intended to ensure that the rapidly growing Russian window market can be included in further developments within Europe. The aims of the agreement are to achieve membership of APROK in the individual European Associations responsible for the different materials involved, plus a joint project for coordinating European and Russian standards.

Dow Corning: Expansion of fluorosilicone capacity

Monday, October 14th, 2002

Dow Corning has significantly increased its fluorosilicone capacity with the start up of a new specialty silicone intermediates plant at its manufacturing complex in Midland, Michigan. The $16MM capacity expansion supports increased demand for its Silastic® brand fluorosilicone rubber (FSR), and ensures reliable long-term supply.
The new plant is designed to produce fluorosilicone intermediates with increased purity that results in higher strength of finished fluorosilicone rubber products, while ensuring lot-to-lot consistency and superior FSR performance. Typical applications for Silastic® brand FSR include automotive and aerospace fuel sealing systems, fuel resistant electrical connectors, and sensing diaphrams for emission control systems, among other demanding applications.

Uhde: Large scale VC facility in China

Friday, October 11th, 2002

The state-owned Chinese company Sinopec has commissioned Uhde GmbH, Germany, to plan what the company describes as China´s biggest-ever vinyl chloride (VC) plant. The facility, with a capacity of 400,000 t/year, is to be constructed in the vicinity of the Qilu petrochemicals company in the province of Shandong.

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Thursday, October 10th, 2002

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Borealis: Sale of French compounding unit

Thursday, October 10th, 2002

Borealis has sold its compounding unit in Cublize, France, to the plant’s management. The plant produces 15,000 tonnes a year of polyethylene, polypropylene and engineering polymers compounds for use mainly in the automotive and appliance industries. It has been named AD Majoris, and Borealis is to purchase compound grades not produced by its other sites.
Borealis’ European compound production will be focused now on its integrated sites at Beringen in Belgium and Schwechat in Austria. The Monza site in Italy will be developed as a non-integrated site.

SMS Folientechnik: Opening of new technical centre in Vienna

Thursday, October 10th, 2002

A 7-layer blown film line for high barrier films with thicknesses in the range of 40 to 160 µm is the heart of the newly built technical centre at the European headquarters of SMS Folientechnik in Vienna. ‘Europe´s most modern technical centre’ will be inaugurated with a first series of production tests for a Spanish customer. SMS Folientechnik is a subsidiary of SMS Plastics Technology in Germany.

DSM: Expansion of polyethylene fibre

Wednesday, October 9th, 2002

DSM is to expand its production capacity for Dyneema super strong polyethylene fibre, by at least 40 per cent by building two new production lines in the USA. They will have a combined capacity of 1,300/1,600 tons per year, depending on grade, and will start up in two stages in 2004.
It is also to build two new production lines for Dyneema UD ballistic sheet material, one next to the existing UD line in Greenville (operational since 2001) and one in Heerlen, the Netherlands, next to the existing five Dyneema yarn production lines and the existing UD production line. The four new lines will cost around Eur 100 million.
The new lines will raise DSM’s total capacity for Dyneema fibres to at least 4,500 tonnes and that for Dyneema UD to 2,000 tonnes.

SoftCalc: PDA software of Extrusion and Flexible packaging tools

Wednesday, October 9th, 2002

SoftCalc, Inc. introduces ExtruWiz a software program that enables fast calculations of different extrusion and flexible packaging equations for Palm-based platforms. The software allows engineers, operators, sales people and others a series of calculations like: weight, yield, price per area, production rate, roll diameter, etc. It also has a complete troubleshooting chart for extrusion as well as a database of over 800 definitions of plastic and flexible packaging related terms. It operates on all hand-held with the Palm operating system. It works in English and Spanish as well as standard and metric. More info:

EDI: Restructuring of EDI

Wednesday, October 9th, 2002

Minneapolis-based U.S. Bank today assumed ownership of the flat-die business of EDI in a transaction that ’substantially’ reduced EDI’s debt load and set the stage for expansion of its strategic investment program, according to EDI president and CEO Timothy C. Callahan.

EDI is a leading international supplier of dies and feedblocks used by plastics extrusion processors and web converters. Under the new legal name Extrusion Dies Industries LLC, EDI will continue to operate with its existing management and staff. In taking over the business from Butler Capital Corp. of New York City, U.S. Bank restructured debt stemming from a 1998 recapitalization, reducing the debt load by about half, according to Callahan.

‘It can only be good news for our employees and our customers that EDI now enjoys the support of a leading American bank that recognizes the ongoing value of our business and is fully committed to its growth,’ Callahan said. ‘We look forward to working with U.S. Bank to build on an enterprise that has maintained a positive cash flow even under the difficult credit arrangement and weak market conditions of recent years. In fact, we have already begun re-hiring skilled people in reaction to recent market demand.’

The restructuring will also enable EDI to accelerate an ongoing strategic program to establish regional service centers to provide international customers with sales, technical, and die-remanufacturing support, Callahan said. Such centers already operate in the United Kingdom, central Europe, and Japan.

Based in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, U.S.A., EDI employs 170 people there and at a subsidiary in England, Extrusion Dies UK. Through a worldwide network of agents, it sells half of its dies outside the United States. EDI was founded in 1972 and was acquired by Butler Capital Corp. in 1991.

W&H: Purchase of Klaus Reinhold Maschinen

Tuesday, October 8th, 2002

Windmöller and Hölscher, the German manufacturer of blown and cast film lines, has expanded its blown film portfolio by acquiring a neighbouring company. Klaus Reinhold Maschinen, which makes components for blown film lines, is also based in Lengerich. It has 95 employees and will continue to operate as an independent operation. W&H employs about 2,000 staff. The deal will be effective from 1 January 2003. Its value has not been disclosed.

W&H said that Reinhold has developed several technologies such as winders that it wishes to develop further. Reinhold also manufactures film- sizing cages, haul-off units and bag-making machines. W&H now intends to expand its activities in the extrusion sector, while Reinhold will focus on the retrofit business.