Archive for April, 2004

Pipelife: 2000mm diameter HDPE pipes

Thursday, April 1st, 2004

Norwegian pipe maker Pipelife has ordered an extrusion unit to make HDPE pipes up to 2000mm in diameter. Germany’s Reifenhäuser is constructing the mammoth extrusion unit that is due to begin operating in June. The company said pipe diameters are presently limited to 1600mm.The larger pipes will mean plastic will be able to replace concrete and steel in effluent drainage and sea floor applications, according to Reifenhäuser. The extrusion line will have a single-screw extruder with screw diameter of 150mm and 33L/D length. Maximum wall thickness will be 135mm and the unit will weigh 50 tonnes in total.

Coperion: Symposium a great success

Thursday, April 1st, 2004

Round about 280 participants from Europe and rest of the world attended the Coperion Symposium on March 10 and 11, 2004 in Stuttgart. This response reflects the excellent reputation that Coperion, as world market leader in compounding systems, bulk materials plants, and components, enjoys among its customers. The lecture hall, which was full to capacity for every talk, was evidence of the great interest in the technical topics covered in the Symposium. The presentations in the Coperion Technical Center, which were followed attentively by the audience, served to deepen their knowledge of current topics such as PET direct extrusion, the manufacture of highly filled compounds, powder coatings and flame-retardant cable compounds, and the pneumatic conveying of pellets.
In his opening speech, Wolfgang-Dietrich Hein, CEO of Coperion Holding GmbH, noted that Coperion Werner & Pfleiderer can look back on a 125-year history of success. In the years around 1879 there was a spirit of industrial entrepreneurship in a very advantageous environment. Only ten years after the founding of the company, Werner & Pfleiderer was active all over Europe. Today Coperion is established as the technology and market leader worldwide in compounding systems and bulk materials plants. This is the result of the process technology and plant engineering know-how gained in the competence centers in Stuttgart, Weingarten, and Pratteln, Switzerland, which is based on experience with over 9,000 compounding systems and over 6,000 bulk materials plants. To this is added the worldwide sales and service structure with 21 locations in Europe, Asia, and America. The Group used the recent difficult economic period to set up this market-oriented organization for its global business. The booming market in China is particularly important. Coperion expanded its position there in compounding machines considerably by a cooperation with Keya in Nanjing and has now achieved a market share of 75 to 80 percent.
Coperion has brought together its expanded spare parts logistics, service packages, and training to form the Global Service business unit with about 220 service personnel at 15 locations worldwide. The E-Shop enables a considerably faster handling of spare parts orders and at the same time a drastic reduction in the customer’s spare parts inventory. The new automated spare parts warehouse with an up to 30% higher inventory ensures a 50% improvement in the availability of parts.
Global Trading is the logical outcome of the „one-stop shopping“ concept for the benefit of customers and trading partners. Global Trading includes sourcing and logistics services that create added value for compounding and bulk materials plants. The advantage for customers is that they can select and obtain the product they need from a range evaluated for suitability from usually two or three manufacturers, at favorable conditions – and work this out at Coperion with the contact person known to them.
A particular highlight of the program took place on the evening of March 10, when Coperion Werner & Pfleiderer held its 125th anniversary celebration. In a short speech, Wolfgang-Dietrich Hein was able to bring vividly to life the chequered history of the company founded by Paul Pfleiderer and Hermann Werner in 1879 – the year that Nobel prize-winners Albert Einstein and Otto Hahn were born, as well as the dictator Joseph Stalin. It started with kneading machines and bakery equipment machines, and Coperion Werner & Pfleiderer’s position today in the compounding (i.e., the kneading and mixing) of plastics goes back to the patent acquired in 1953 for the twin-screw compounder. The official part of the festivities was rounded off by greetings from Dr. Wolfgang Schuster, mayor of Stuttgart, Dr. Horst Mehrländer, permanent secretary in the Baden-Württemberg ministry of economic affairs, Ghuangzhi Liu, CEO of Coperion’s cooperation partner Keya, as well as from customers and suppliers. Then the culinary pleasures of the buffet and the wines from the area around Stuttgart, accompanied by live music, provided the ideal opportunity for informal and informative conversations late into the night.