Archive for November, 2004

Clariant: Higher prices for pigments and additives

Thursday, November 11th, 2004

Effective December 1, 2004, the Pigments & Additives Division of Clariant, a global market leader for organic pigments and additives, will increase the prices up to 20 percent for products in its pigment and additive product portfolio. The main reasons for the price increase are the rising costs for raw materials, energy, and logistics.

Ampacet: New Masterbatches Increase Extrusion Productivity

Thursday, November 11th, 2004

Ampacet Corp., USA, recently introduced the Performance Plus line of color and additive masterbatches for injection molded, blow molded, and thermoformed products. These masterbatches reportedly have been shown to increase productivity by 15% to 40% through faster cycle times and reduced scrap. They reportedly increase output by as much as 100% in some extrusion processes. Applications range from large pails to lawn-and-garden products to consumer packaging (bottles).
Ampacet engineered the Performance Plus line to provide faster production rates and lower energy consumption by reducing viscosity at low shear rates for most polymers. Production costs are also lowered by delivering more consistent parts with improved additive and pigment distribution. These masterbatches also allow processors to lower processing temperatures, resulting in less degradation of polymers, pigments and/or additives.
“Performance Plus technology is not for every machine or application,” says Rich Novomesky, market manager. “That is why we offer an optimization process where we audit the equipment first, optimize that equipment to achieve the best possible productivity, and only then introduce Performance Plus masterbatches.”
Ampacet’s new line is said to be non-reactive, non-toxic, non-migratory, and safe for all applications requiring FDA approval. It is effective in unfilled or filled polymers. As an added benefit, Performance Plus color and additive masterbatches contain a unique purging quality, which further helps to speed changeover times and reduce scrap.

Technoplast: New profile tool eliminates vacuum pumps

Friday, November 5th, 2004

Toolmaker Technoplast has combined a drastic cut in tool weight compared with conventional solid steel tools, with improved cooling due to the hollow design in its new prototype Vision profile tool. The hollow structure improves the cooling, with a vacuum being created by the cooling water stream so that vacuum pumps may be eliminated in new installations.
The company said cooling over the entire profile can mean 50% cuts each in energy and water consumption. Managing director Rudolf Wessely says that the prototype tool will be installed at a customer after the K “as a standard tool to establish the real advantages”. Production of Vision tools is scheduled to start in mid 2005.
The company also announced at K2004 that its new PROFI-TEC downline equipment for profiles is available from stock with maximum eight weeks delivery time and may be offered as a complete PROFI-LINE using Cincinnati’s readily available Argos extruders. Under an agreement with Cincinnati, both companies are marketing PROFI-LINE on a worldwide basis.

Deceuninck: Purcahse of profile firm from Sabanci

Friday, November 5th, 2004

Deceuninck has further strengthened its position in Europe’s PVC window and profiles market with the acquisition of Turkey’s Winsa business for $8m (E6.2m), subject to approval of anti-trust authorities.
Established in 1998, Winsa is a division of Pilsa Plastik Sanayi, itself a subsidiary of HACI Omer Sabanci Holding. It is located in Adapazari, near Istanbul, and has a state-of-the-art compounding facility and extrusion capacity of 10,000tpa.
The business will be integrated with Deceuninck’s Ege Profil operation in Turkey, creating a market leader with projected capacity of 50,000tpa by the end of 2005.
The PVC window market in Turkey is growing rapidly and already is Europe’s third largest behind Germany and the UK. The growth is based on escalating construction activity as a young population aspires to home ownership, Deceuninck said.
Deceuninck chief executive Clement De Meersman said: “Winsa is the highly renowned brand name of Pilsa Plastik’s PVC window profiles and has rapidly gained a leading position in the Turkish market for PVC window systems. In addition, Winsa is very active in the export areas around Turkey.”
Winsa, which has a network of showrooms throughout Turkey, had sales of $21.5m (E16.8m) in 2003. Its acquisition by Deceuninck should be completed by the end of the year.

Cincinnati Extrusion: Sales of extrusion equipment in the US

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2004

SMS Plastics Technology group subsidiary Cincinnati Extrusion will begin sales of extrusion systems in the US from 1 January next year, putting it into direct competition with former owner Milacron in key markets including wood plastics composite (WPC) extrusion.
Cincinnati Extrusion marketing director Hans Berlisg says that the Austrian company was in the final stages of securing a 1,000 sq metre facility close to Cincinnati in the US, where it would centre its North American sales, service and assembly activities.
The US business will be headed up by Hans Matthesius, who was formerly head of Krauss-Maffei’s US extrusion machinery business. Recruiting of other sales and service staff is close to completion. Cincinnati Extrusion, which was formerly part of Milacron, was sold to SMS Plastics Technology in 1999. That deal included a five-year anti-competition agreement, which expires at the end of this year.
The move will put Cincinnati Extrusion in direct competition with Milacron in the fast growing US WPC extrusion marketplace and comes just two weeks after the US group – the number one player in US WPC extrusion – announced plans to market its WPC equipment in Europe.

MPM: Sales climb 10%

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2004

Mannesmann Plastics Machinery (MPM) has reported that the current year’s turnover has increased by 10% to E1.25bn compared with last year’s, but was cautious about prospects for the next year despite a 13% increase in orders.
Announcing provisional results for the 2003/2004 year at the K show yesterday, chief executive Pepyn Dinandt forecasted a similar turnover for next year. He said the strength of the Euro, and high oil and steel prices, would impact sales and profits.
The company raised sales to China by 75% to E95m, but this was likely to slow next year, as the Chinese economy is expected to cool down. Russian business did well too, with a doubling of turnover to E34m.
Top performer in the group was Kraus-Maffei (KM), which increased turnover by 14% to around E535m. KM’s growth had been evenly spread right across its injection moulding, extrusion and reaction (polyurethane) businesses.
Last week, two other MPM group members revealed their results at K2004. Demag Plastics Group sales increased by 10.1% to E343.5m and incoming orders were up 14.6% to E349.5m; Netstal’s turnover and incoming orders were both up 7%, with turnover expected to reach around E220m.
Dinandt said the new component supply factory in Martin, Slovakia, should be completed by the end of the 2004/2005 financial year.