Archive for August, 2006

Atlantis Plastics: Linear Stretch Film Announces a Strategic Capacity Expansion

Friday, August 11th, 2006

Atlantis Plastics is continuing with its strategic capacity expansion program and announces the start up of a new production line at its Tulsa, Oklahoma production facility. The new production line became operational in July and represents the third phase of a comprehensive investment program designed to upgrade and add capacity in support of Linear’s value added product lines. The first and second phases, now complete, have resulted in strategic capacity addition through company-wide optimization of all production lines. Earlier in the year, the Company announced the addition of a new production line at its Fontana, California facility.
‘We continue to demonstrate our investment in the stretch film market by introducing state of the art technology and equipment upgrades. The Linear goal is to provide our customers with expanded capability for our ‘Advantage’ product line, which already leads the industry in offering the broadest range of products, conventional and high performance, with the fewest number of SKU’s,’ commented Todd Robinson, Technical Director.
Atlantis Plastics, Inc. is a leading U.S. manufacturer of polyethylene stretch and custom films and molded plastic products. Stretch film is used to wrap pallets of materials for shipping or storage. Custom film is made-to-order specialty film used in the industrial and packaging markets. Atlantis’ injection molded and profile extruded plastic products are used primarily in the appliance, automotive, agricultural, building supply and recreational vehicle industries.

Trelleborg: Acquisition of Kawneer Rubber and Plastics

Monday, August 7th, 2006

Trelleborg’s (STO:TRELB) acquisition of the North American company Kawneer Rubber and Plastics has now been completed. Kawneer Rubber and Plastics (KRP) has annual sales of approximately SEK 90 million with about 40 employees. KRP manufactures polymer sealing products, such as extruded profiles, mainly for the construction and transportation industries. The company has production operations in Bristol, Indiana.
Trelleborg’s acquisition of the protective suit operations, UAB Trella, from Lithuanian company Svytis has also been completed as of July 31, 2006.
Trelleborg is a global industrial group whose leading positions are based on advanced polymer technology and in-depth applications know-how. Trelleborg develops high-performance solutions that seal, damp and protect in demanding industrial environments. The Trelleborg Group has annual sales of approximately SEK 24 billion, with about 22,000 employees in 40 countries. The Group comprises five business areas: Trelleborg Automotive, Trelleborg Wheel Systems, Trelleborg Engineered Systems, Trelleborg Building Systems and Trelleborg Sealing Solutions.

British Polythene Industries: Investment in new co-extrusion facility

Monday, August 7th, 2006

British Polythene Industries subsidiary bpi.films has spent £1m on a new co-extrusion line in response to increasing demand for products made by the process.
The firm’s Scunthorpe manufacturing facility was refitted to incorporate the new line, and all operating staff were trained in how to work it.
Customers are increasingly demanding co-extruded film because of its economic, performance and downstream benefits, according to bpi.films.
Sales manager Julie Enefer said: “This new machine is testament to our continuing development of products and services to meet customer needs. It is important to keep up to speed with changes in the industry, and the new three-layer co-extrusion machine enables us to do so.
“We made sure we invested in the best machine available to ensure our products remain of the same high quality. It has been an extensive implementation process but we have already seen the results.”

Trelleborg: Acquisition of Kawneer Rubber and Plastics

Friday, August 4th, 2006

Trelleborg’s (STO:TRELB) acquisition of the North American company Kawneer Rubber and Plastics has now been completed. Kawneer Rubber and Plastics (KRP) has annual sales of approximately SEK 90 million with about 40 employees. KRP manufactures polymer sealing products, such as extruded profiles, mainly for the construction and transportation industries. The company has production operations in Bristol, Indiana.
Trelleborg’s acquisition of the protective suit operations, UAB Trella, from Lithuanian company Svytis has also been completed as of July 31, 2006.
Trelleborg is a global industrial group whose leading positions are based on advanced polymer technology and in-depth applications know-how. Trelleborg develops high-performance solutions that seal, damp and protect in demanding industrial environments. The Trelleborg Group has annual sales of approximately SEK 24 billion, with about 22,000 employees in 40 countries. The Group comprises five business areas: Trelleborg Automotive, Trelleborg Wheel Systems, Trelleborg Engineered Systems, Trelleborg Building Systems and Trelleborg Sealing Solutions.

DuPont: Entira™ Strong Enhances Performance of Oriented Polypropylene and Polyester

Friday, August 4th, 2006

DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers has announced that it is introducing DuPont™ Entira™ Strong, a polymeric
additive that helps improve the performance and processibility of tapes, filaments and films made out of oriented polypropylene and polyester. The addition of Entira™ Strong, even at loading levels as low as 2 to 3 percent by weight, delivers a multitude of performance-enhancing features ranging from increased hot drawability and tenacity to reduced dusting and splitting.
“We are very pleased to be introducing Entira™ Strong as the second product in an innovative new family of modifiers that DuPont launched earlier this month,” said Todd Becker, global market manager, DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers. “Not only will Entira™ Strong help processors enhance product performance to better meet end-user needs, it will give them the potential to improve their bottom line.”
Studies have shown that dry blending 2 to 3 percent by weight of Entira™ Strong with a base resin enables the stretch ratio to be increased 20 to 30 percent above standard levels, with no reduction in elongation at break. The higher molecular orientation will lead to a tenacity increase and enable manufacturers of geotextiles, flexible bulk containers and multifilaments to consider down-gauging as a means to achieving cost savings without compromising product performance. Entira™ Strong also reduces dusting, which minimizes blocking and wear on equipment, and helps create a better work environment. And, by reducing splitting, Entira™ Strong helps increase productivity because there are fewer breaks during weaving and strapping operations.

Additional advantages of using Entira™ Strong include: improved softness and smoothness for geotextiles and flexible bulk containers, which makes sewing easier and reduces wear from abrasion; and increased filler acceptance, which helps reduce costs by allowing the use of higher levels of low-cost fillers.

Polyhose: Purchase of Additional Davis-Standard Extruders

Friday, August 4th, 2006

Polyhose India Pvt. Ltd. recently purchased three 2.5-inch (65mm) Euro Blue extruders and one 90mm rubber extruder from Davis-Standard, LLC to support its growing hose manufacturing operation. Polyhose, based in Chennai, India, will use the machines to support additional capacity at its two newly completed factories, one for plastic hose and one for rubber hose. The company manufactures in excess of 12 million meters (39.4 million feet) of thermoplastic, industrial and PVC hose annually. This includes hydraulic hose, airless paint spray hose, high pressure jack hose, fire reel hose, spiral thermoplastic hose, polyurethane hose, PTFE hose and others.
Polyhose presently makes all of its plastic hoses including those with nylon, PP, PUR and PTFE on a 2.5-inch (65mm) Davis-Standard Mark extrusion system with a 30mm co-extruder. The new Euro Blue extruders will be used for manufacturing F-PVC garden hose. The company’s current rubber plant operates 120mm and 90mm Davis-Standard rubber extruders with venting capabilities for processing hydraulic pressure rubber hose. The new 90mm rubber extruder will help augment this operation, including the production of higher I.D hose and spiral hose beginning this year.
The company has one of the most modern manufacturing facilities in all of Southeast Asia, and one of most developed networks of dealers and OEM assemblers. Polyhose products are sold throughout Europe, Asia and North America.
For more information about Polyhose, visit www.polyhose.com. For more information about Davis-Standard’s extrusion sales and service in India, contact Gerhard Folie at [email protected]

Arkema: Rilsan® PA11 Bio-plastic for Gas Pipe Receives Award from French Ministry of Industry

Thursday, August 3rd, 2006

The ‘Rilsan® PA11 for Gas Pipe’ project has been selected amongst 41 projects and has been awarded an ‘Innovation for the Environment’ medal by the French Ministry of Industry. The medal was presented to Arkema on June 29th by Dr Yves Chauvin, 2005 Nobel Prize for Chemistry.
Rilsan® Polyamide 11, a unique high performance bio-plastic, has been developed by Arkema into natural gas transportation and distribution piping applications. Rilsan® PA11 Gas Pipes are replacing high density polyethylene (fossil based) and metal pipes when pressure, corrosion or cost of installation constraints are not met by these materials. Rilsan® PA11 allows to use a gas pressure which is 50% higher than for high density PE, and to reduce methane emissions by a factor of 30 thanks to its superior barrier properties. Additionally, Rilsan® PA11 Gas Pipes offer all the low-cost benefits of plastic pipe versus steel pipe, thanks to lower installation costs and higher corrosion resistance (excellent slow crack and rapid crack propagation resistance; no cathodic protection needed).
Rilsan® Polyamide 11 is produced from renewable, non-fossil castor seeds, through a unique process developed by Arkema. Widely used in the most demanding markets, Rilsan® PA11 provides an outstanding level of safety, durability and versatility for highly technical applications.
Arkema’s Technical Polymers serve the global transportation, electrical and electronics, sports, oil and gas, and other industrial and consumer markets.
With global brands like Rilsan®, Pebax® and Platamid®, unique products like Rilsan® polyamide 11 and leading capacities in Rilsan® polyamide 11 and 12, Arkema’s Technical Polymers business unit differentiates itself in the industry by providing its customers with global coverage and superior regional service from production facilities and research sites in Europe, Asia, and the USA.
A global chemical player, Arkema consists of 3 coherent and balanced business segments: Vinyl Products, Industrial Chemicals, and Performance Products. Present in over 40 countries with 18,400 employees, Arkema achieves sales of 5.7 billion euros. With its 6 research centers in France, the United States and Japan, and internationally recognized brands, Arkema holds leadership positions in its principal markets.

Keller Plastics: “Green” products with Profile Extrusion Services

Thursday, August 3rd, 2006

Keller Plastics, a leading custom profile extruder and a division of Keller Products, Inc. of Manchester, USA, announces new extrusion services in the area of Green Chemistry. The company has recently developed a family of extruded profiles that utilize primarily recycled plastics, both Post Industrial Recycled Materials (PIR) and Post Consumer Recycled Materials (PCR), and has also begun utilizing biodegradable materials in extruded profiles. Applications that are good candidates for these materials include building and construction products, office supply products, and point-of-purchase displays.
‘Green Chemistry is the future, and we want to lead the way in this area,’ said Jim Decknick, VP Sales and Marketing for Keller Plastics. ‘New plastics applications that utilize a once-used plastic material are gaining in popularity, as is the desire to reduce waste in landfills.’
Keller uses two types of recycled plastics for this ‘green’ extrusion, depending on the customer’s preferences and proposed applications. The first formulation utilizes a PCR material that is extremely tough and durable, while the second formulation uses ABS and alloys of ABS from electronics scrap and other sources. These recycled (non-PVC) materials are extruded into profiles that exhibit excellent impact strength, good flexural strength and modulus, and good colorability, according to Decknick.
Biodegradable Profiles Under Development
The other ‘green’ project underway at Keller involves investigating biodegradable materials and alloys in three categories, again depending on customer needs and preferences:
• Materials that degrade naturally over a period of months in landfills
• Materials that undergo degradation upon exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light
• Alloys of materials that range from flexible to fairly rigid.
Biodegradable profile applications include new packaging designs and outdoor recreational products.

Egeplast: Mono-material reinforced pipe technology

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006

German PE pipe manufacturer Egeplast Werner Strumann has acquired Solvay’s HexelOne mono-material reinforced plastic pipe technology. The two companies have declined to release financial details of the agreement, which covers the transfer of technology, production equipment and know-how from Solvay to Egeplast. The HexelOne process was developed at Solvay’s research and development campus at Neder-over-Heembeck in Belgium for production of large diameter pipes for water and gas distribution networks. The technology, which uses polymer orienting techniques to create a high-strength and lightweight mono-material structure, can be used for pipes ranging from 180 to 1,000mm in diameter. Capable of handling pressure ratings of 25 bar or more, it is said to be suitable for utility applications as well as for transport of fluids in the manufacturing industry. Egeplast is the fourth largest manufacturer of PE pipes in Europe.

Werner & Pfleiderer: Appointment of Mr. Pöschl as CEO

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006

With immediate effect, Dipl.-Ing. Wolfgang Pöschl has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Coperion Werner & Pfleiderer GmbH & Co. KG, Stuttgart. In this new position, Pöschl will also manage the Competence Center ‘Compounding & Extrusion’, which
this world market leader in the development and manufacture of twin screw extruders operates at its two sites in Stuttgart/Germany and Nanjing/China. Pöschl now reports directly to Manfred Eiden, the Chief Executive Officer of Coperion Holding GmbH. Wolfgang Pöschl is an internationally experienced marketing manager with outstanding knowledge of the market at both general and specific levels.
Wolfgang Pöschl, born in 1957, studied process engineering at the University of Stuttgart. He joined what was then Werner & Pfleiderer GmbH, Stuttgart, in 1983. After working as a process engineer in the company’s Engineering Plastics Division, he transferred to the Machine Sales Division in 1989. At the beginning of 1999, he was appointed Head of the Business Unit
Chemical Technology and Food Extrusion.