Archive for November, 2002

Certain Teed: Acquisition of Marshall Vinyl Windows

Wednesday, November 20th, 2002

CertainTeed Corporation, one of North America’s leading building product manufacturers, announced the acquisition of Marshall Vinyl Windows, Inc. of Corona, California. Terms of the sale were not disclosed. Founded in 1954, Marshall Vinyl Windows, Inc. manufactures vinyl windows and doors for distribution throughout California, Arizona and Nevada. Since 1992, Marshall has been an independent window fabricator for CertainTeed, taking the vinyl components manufactured by CertainTeed, then assembling and selling finished product under the CertainTeed brand name.
With this acquisition, CertainTeed now owns and operates four window manufacturing facilities. The others are located in Auburn, Washington, Richmond, Virginia and Nesquehoning, Pennsylvania. An additional facility, currently under construction in Lebanon, Indiana, will start production in 2003. CertainTeed also owns a vinyl component extrusion plant in Hagerstown, Maryland.

Dor-Moplefan-Shorko group: Acquisition of Trespaphan

Tuesday, November 19th, 2002

On October 30th the chairman of the Dor-Moplefan-Shorko group, Mr Z. Mor, executed agreements to acquire the Trespaphan Group (“Trespaphan”) from the German chemicals manufacturer Celanese AG with Bain Capital (“Bain”), a leading private equity firm. Following the acquisition the group of companies will be jointly owned by Dor-Moplefan and Bain.
The combination of Trespaphan, Moplefan and Shorko will create a leading worldwide producer of polypropylene (“PP”) films with approximately 10% global market share. The company will have combined production capacity of 250,000 tonnes, annual sales of approximately €500 million, 2200 employees worldwide and production facilities in Germany, Italy, France, Belgium, Mexico, South Africa and Australia. The newly formed company combines Shorko Moplefan’s film manufacturing capabilities with Trespaphan’s technical expertise in specialty films, to provide one of the world’s broadest PP film product offerings, serving all major end market applications.

Battenfeld: Automatic socketing machine with new heating system

Monday, November 18th, 2002

Battenfeld is the only supplier of complete extrusion lines for the pipe Industry worldwide to offer an extensive range of socketing equipment. The range includes automatic socketing units for PVC as well as PE and PP pipes with diameters up to 1,200 mm. Custom-made equipment for special applications is also available upon request.
Battenfeld socketing units of the KM-D series provide sophisticated technology for thermoforming plastic pipes, suitable for a great variety of applications. The equipment is designed for high output in line with the extrusion system. Simple operation, easy maintenance and quick change of tooling are special features of the socketing units. Their sturdy construction ensures a long service life.
With its newly developed AWIplus heating system, Battenfeld offers a high-performance alternative to conventional high-performance PVC socketing equipment, which usually has two warm-up stations. The pipe is warmed up within extremely short time by short-wave infra-red radiation, with perfectly even heat distribution and control of the heat supply by the pipe’s surface temperature. As a result, warming-up time can be significantly reduced without any risk of thermal damage to the pipe. Since the cycle time is thus minimized, only one warm-up station is required. This innovative, extremely energy-efficient heating system is available as an optional extra with all Battenfeld KM-D socketing unit models.

Clariant: Pigments and Additives “made in Asia”

Monday, November 18th, 2002

Asia is one of the most important growth markets in the world. Above average growth rates for paints and other coatings characterise this market. The growth potential for pigments and preparations are correspondingly good. Significant increase in demand for pigments and additives is forecast particularly for China because of the different degree of development of the coatings market compared to the established markets of Japan and South Korea.

Clariant is faced with a highly competitive market situation in Asia. Numerous regional suppliers and a series of global manufacturers form the competitive environment for the Pigments & Additives Division. The Division sees high growth potential for its products and has achieved above average growth rates here. Clariant has therefore decided to extend its market presence in the pigments and additives sector in Asia and to invest further in existing regional production facilities.

The Pigments & Additives Division in Asia is currently represented by production facilities for powder pigments in Tianjin (China), Onsan (South Korea), Shizuoka (Japan) and two Indian plants in Thane and Roha. Pigment preparations are manufactured in India, Indonesia, Thailand, China and Korea. In the antioxidants sector the Division is working closely with Songwon Industrial, South Korea. Regional laboratory facilities in Australia, Kuala Lumpur, Japan, China, Korea and India provide technical support.
The Division is represented by local distribution networks in practically all Asian countries. Regional Management for India/Asia/Pacific is headquartered in Malaysia. Greater China and Japan are serviced via Hongkong and Tokyo. Clariant’s partner Songwon Colors is responsible for marketing in Korea.

Veka: Expansion of its Nevada plant

Monday, November 18th, 2002

Veka Inc., USA, is is investing nearly US$6 million to double capacity at its Veka West operation in Reno. Veka is completing work on the 55,800-square-foot expansion and will bring in 17 extrusion lines, said President Walter Stucky.

“Biodegradable Plastics 2002″

Thursday, November 14th, 2002

The international conference ‘Biodegradable Plastics 2002′ will be held on December 4-5 in Frankfurt / Germany. The programme focuses on the latest developments in the commercialisation of these high-growth polymers. Contact: Emap Conferences, tel: +44-207505-8564, Email: [email protected]

Crompton: Purchase of Hivalloy, Interloy from Basell

Thursday, November 14th, 2002

Basell NV, the world’s largest polypropylene maker, has sold its Hivalloy business and Interloy technology to Crompton Corp. of Middlebury. Interloy is a grafting process that Basell used to make Hivalloy resins, which are PP-based products aimed at enhancing long-term weatherability, gloss and color retention and other attributes in blends, film and fibers.

Cortec Corp.: Expansion of its blow-film plant

Thursday, November 14th, 2002

Cortec Corp. is planning a US$5 million expansion of its blown film plant as it attempts to become a major player in the emerging field of biodegradable films. The company is known primarily as a maker of vapor-phase corrosion inhibitors for stretch film. The move into biodegradable films was a side bonus that has turned into a full-time opportunity, said Bob Boyle, Cortec technical sales representative.

Boston Matthews: Purchase of Munchy

Tuesday, November 12th, 2002

Extrusion equipment manufacturer Boston Matthews has bought the assets of Munchy, which makes reclaim extruders. Munchy is moving from its Wallingford, Oxfordshire factory to Boston Matthews’ Worcester factory and production will start there immediately, retaining the Munchy name.
The takeover follows six weeks of discussions and was completed just as Munchy called in the receiver after a fall in sales in the USA. Although they operate in different markets there are many synergies between the two companies: the equipment they build is similar in nature, and Boston Matthews can see cost savings in building in-house many parts previously bought-in by Munchy; Boston Matthews has recently updated its 3D modelling system which should bring manufacturing economies to the Munchy machines; and both companies are active in export markets, notably the USA, where the interests of their agents do not overlap, so giving both machine ranges a greater presence.

PP use in pipes will grow fast

Tuesday, November 12th, 2002

PP will grow by 9% a year between 2001 and 2006, compared with the industry average of 3.1%, David Durand of Phillip Townsend Associates told Pipes 2002 in Brussels. This growth rate will enable PP to increase its share in Europe’s 3.6 million tonne thermoplastic pipe market. It currently holds 250,000 tonnes. According to Durand, the sewage pipe sector will be the highest growth area for PP with rates of up to 15% a year. The key drivers will include performance pipe economics, attitudes to PVC, especially in Nordic markets, as well as existing European experience of PP for pipe systems.

Peter Degenhart of Sabic Euro Petrochemicals forecast PP’s growth potential at 5.5% a year. In his view, the growth rates in the 9% a year area were experienced during the late 1990s. The key target markets for material from Sabic Euro Petrochemicals, formed through Sabic’s purchase of DSM, are hot and cold water, industrial, soil and waste water applications.

Wavin executive vice-president Henk Ten Hove gave delegates a cautionary view of prospects in the East European market. In countries such as Poland and Hungary, the governments are making spending cutbacks as they strive to meet financial targets for EU membership. The result, he said, was a fall in the construction index for the region this year. The figure was down by 1.1%, although Wavin remains confident that the growth will recover to about 7% if spending and support resume.