Archive for September, 2005

Enercon: Multi-language treatment comparison chart and interactive surface treating

Thursday, September 22nd, 2005

Visit Enercon’s exhibit (booth 3-C12D) to receive your free copy of Enercon’s Surface Treating Process Comparison Handbook which is printed in six different languages.
Discover the benefits of new Plasma3™ atmospheric plasma surface treatment for your most stringent applications. Plasma3™ has broken ground for long lasting treatment, treatment of difficult to treat substrates and advanced surface functionalization.
Enhance your knowledge of corona treating and treater roll/electrode configurations with our interactive equipment exhibit. Find out why Enercon’s Universal roll is the industry’s number one choice for reliable performance.
And learn how Enercon’s PowerFlame™ surface treaters set new standards for efficiency and repeatability.

AMI sees 2% growth in demand for plastic pipe

Thursday, September 22nd, 2005

A new guide to Europe’s 545 pipe extruders by market research group Applied Market Information, UK, estimates overall tonnage produced at 2.8m t for 2004. With around 56%, PVC accounts for the highest share, followed by PE with 36%. From 2005-2010, AMI expects European plastic pipe consumption to continue growing at around 2% a year. It says the new EU countries will provide an important stimulus, but Germany’s weakness is seen likely to continue.

KMB Seide: Completely merged into Berstorff’s film division

Wednesday, September 21st, 2005

KMB Seide Technology, set up in 2003 by Krauss Maffei and Berstorff when Berstorff took over sheet extrusion equipment specialist Adolf Seide Engineering, has now been merged completely into Berstorff’s film and sheet division and ceases to exist as a separate subsidiary. The Seide manufacturing facilities as Buchholz in Germany are being retained, but the technical centre is being transferred to Berstorff’s new film and sheet technical centre in Hannover. This enables Berstorff to carry out trials on complete installations of single or twin screw extruders and sheet calenders.

Dow Corning: Technical seminar at TPE 2005

Tuesday, September 20th, 2005

Dow Corning Corporation, a leading supplier of silanes and silicone products and services, will offer a technical seminar about silane-based technology for thermoplastic vulcanizates (TPVs) at TPE 2005 - The Eighth International Conference on Thermoplastic Elastomers in Berlin, Germany.
Valérie Smits, of Dow Corning’s Surface and Interface Solutions Center in Belgium, will present Wednesday, September 14, 2005, at 10:15 a.m. The paper, co-authored with Dow Corning’s Thierry Materne, reviews facts and data concerning organosilane technology as support for the development of new thermoplastic vulcanizates composites.
According to Smits and Materne, the use of resol resins and peroxide technology for the vulcanization of thermoplastics elastomers are two well-established technologies. “However, peroxide curing has some major drawbacks such as process stability, odor, color and toxicity issues; and resol resins technology suffers from moisture uptake and color issues,” said Smits.
Other technologies exist such as hydrosilyation crosslinking technology using silicon-based materials. Beside these well-established technologies, Smits explained, organosilane technology could be a user-friendly, tailor-made curative system for a variety of polymer matrices and performance requirements.
“Several advantages of organosilanes well known to the rubber industry are not yet exploited in TPVs,” she added. “As part of our commitment to innovation and research, Dow Corning is working with this technology to target the specific needs of thermoplastics vulcanizates. Our paper discusses several ways in which organosilane technology enables the combination of elastomer vulcanization, filler dispersion, and adhesion promotion.”
Smits, a plastic and rubber compounding senior specialist, leads the SISC’s Plastic & Rubber Application Cell where her responsibilities include the set-up and management of the Center’s plastic and rubber laboratory. Her work focuses on the evaluation and development of silane applications for the plastic and rubber market including dynamic vulcanization, crosslinking and filled composites using in-situ or pre treated fillers. Smits earned her degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Mons-FPMS (Belgium) in 1996 and held several engineering positions at Atofina for eight years before joining Dow Corning.

Pipelife: Full control of Hungarian joint venture

Tuesday, September 20th, 2005

Austrian pipe extruder Pipelife has taken full control of Pannonpipe in Hungary and its subsidiary Pipelife Romania, acquiring the 50% stake in the business owned by Pannonplast. Pannonpipe was established in 1990 as a 50:50 joint venture between Pannonplast and Pipelife. Norbert Speiser, chief operating officer of Pipelife Eastern Europe, said the venture was “very beneficial in the early stages of the market economy in Hungary”. The Hungarian and Romanian businesses had net sales of E39m last year and employed 300 staff. After a number of successful years, the business made a loss in 2004, according to joint-owner Pannonplast. Pannonplast said proceeds from the deal – the purchase price and consolidation of loans – would reduce net debt by E11.5m. It said it will now focus on its consumer packaging business.

Cincinnati Milacron : Biggest Conical Twin-Screw for Wood Composites

Monday, September 19th, 2005

What is said to be the world’s largest counter-rotating, conical twin-screw extruder for wood-plastic composites was shipped last year by Cincinnati Milacron. That model TC96 extruder, with screw diam. of 202 mm at the large end, tapering to 96 mm and 30:1 nominal L/D, is double-vented for high outputs with wood fiber. It runs wood-filled ABS, ASA, PP, HDPE, and PS at over 2000 lb/hr and wood-filled PVC at over 2600 lb/hr. Previously, the highest output of wood composite from a conical twin-screw was 1700 to 2000 lb/hr. With the new machine, Hughes increased its wood content from the prior 25% maximum to 30%. Milacron says the TC96 can process up to 70% wood.

Arla Plast: New multi-wall PC sheet plant for Czech Republic

Monday, September 19th, 2005

Arla Plast is building a new extrusion factory in the Czech Republic making polycarbonate multi-wall sheets. Construction at a green field site in Kadan, north-west of Prague, has already begun. Arla Plast managing director Leif Nilsson said the investment and working capital for the new plant would reach E7m. A new extrusion machine has been ordered from Breyer in Germany. It will be installed in October and production will begin in DecemberRobert Schatzl, previously production manager at Arla Plast in Sweden, will head the new company, named Arla Plast s.r.o. Multi-wall polycarbonate is mainly used in construction industry, for example in roof covers, skylights and conservatories.