Archive for January, 2007

Construction boosts PVC demand in China

Monday, January 8th, 2007

PVC demand in China is being driven up by 8.0% per annum largely due to the country’s construction boom, said Freedonia Group. The fast growth will take Chinese demand to 12 million tonnes in 2010, according to the research company.
Consumption grew to a level of 8.2 million tonnes in 2005, when China overtook the US to become the largest PVC market in the world. The country’s highly active construction sector accounted for 70% of PVC extruded products.
Use of PVC in pipes, windows and doors will continue to bolster the market, as China strives to reduce energy loss from buildings and to lower costs for production and maintenance. Extruded PVC demand is forecast by Freedonia to increase by 9.2% annually to reach 6.0 million tonnes in 2010.
China’s northeast region is experiencing the strongest growth in construction activity, leading to high demand for PVC.
The PVC packaging market is also coming through, Freedonia added. “Packaging will soon replace the consumer and institutional market as the second largest market, reflecting inroads by PVC into applications traditionally served by paper and metal,” it said.

Barrier films display clear benefits

Monday, January 8th, 2007

Growing consumer demand for convenient pre-prepared fresh foods, increased competition for buyer attention on the shelf, and an expanding interest in packaging reduction are all helping drive growth in the barrier film market.
“Food service applications are also driving a new trend toward the replacement of metallized films with clear films, which allow for easy identification and spoilage detection,” says Howard Blum, director of chemicals, plastics and materials at Kline Global Consulting and keynote speaker at EPN’s upcoming Barrier Films conference.
Transparent barrier films are also being recognised for their ability to add value to the “grab-and-go” foods packaging system, he says, allowing packaging designers to create products that really maximise on-shelf selling opportunities.
EPN’s third Barrier Films conference will examine the latest trends and technologies shaping this market. Wipak director of application development Reinhard Ruhland will discuss the challenge of realising new market opportunities, while SYBA Packaging executive secretary Vlado Volek will look at prospects in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Dynisco: Change of ownership again

Friday, January 5th, 2007

Polymer process measurement major Dynisco has been sold by venture capital owner Audax Group to Roper Industries of Duluth, in Georgia, for $243m. The deal, completed last month, ended two years of Dynisco’s ownership by Audax Group, of Boston, which had bought it from an affiliate of Madison Capital Partners.
Headquartered in Franklin, Massachusetts, Dynisco is a leading global supplier of software and measurement and control technologies to the polymer industry and was the first to design a transducer specifically used to measure the melt pressure of plastic during manufacturing. With this innovation the company developed measurement and control devices for a wide range of plastics manufacturing processes. The business also owns Alpha Technologies, whose quality control measurement systems are widely used in the global rubber industry.
Roper Industries is a $1.5bn company supplying engineered products for a range of industries including water, energy, radio frequency and research/medical applications. Dynisco will become part of Roper’s Energy Systems and Controls segment under current president Larry Klumpp.
In March of last year, Dynisco sold its extrusion business, including screen changers, pelletisers and pumps, to Xaloy, for an undisclosed sum.

Kuraray Plastics: Tarpaulin Sheet Made from Plant-Derived Plastic Developed

Thursday, January 4th, 2007

Kuraray Plastics Co., Ltd has developed tarpaulin sheet made from a corn-based, plant-derived plastic. The sheet, which helps to reduce CO2 levels, the cause of global warming, has been developed for environmentally conscious municipalities and corporations. The new plant-derived plastic tarpaulin sheet will be open to the general public at Eco-Products 2006, which was being held at the Tokyo International Exhibition Center (Tokyo Big Sight), from December 14 to December 16, 2006.
The conventional compound tarpaulin sheet comprises layered sheets that sandwich a polyester woven fabric base between plastic films. Stronger and more stain resistant than cloth and paper, the sheet will be adopted for use as a material in a wide range of fields, from advertising banners and point-of-purchase (POP) advertising, to safety signs and protective sheets used at construction sites.
The raw material of this new plant-derived plastic tarpaulin sheet is corn-based polylactic acid (PLA) resin. The base uses 100% PLA resin in place of polyester and the film is made from 70% PLA resin. PLA resin ,which is a hard material ,provides suitable plasticity for tarpaulin sheets when combined with Kuraray Plastics’proprietary acrylic thermoplastic elastomers.
The use of biomass, a carbon-neutral material that is more effective than fossil resources in reducing the increasing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere, has been growing rapidly in recent years.
Last month, Kuraray Plastics also launched a tarpaulin sheet that generates significantly less CO2 during incineration, in keeping with Kuraray Plastics’existing lineup of environmentally responsive products that contribute to measures combating the depletion of oil reserves and global warming.
Special features
• Uses eco-friendly, plant-derived plastic
• Equivalent performance (strength, printing properties) and texture (plasticity, feel) to conventional tarpaulin sheets
Applications
• Material for everyday use: notebook cases , bags,all types of covers and cases, etc.
• Advertising-related: ad banners, hanging displays, flags,tapestries, POP, etc.
• Construction-related: safety signs, protective sheets used at construction sites, tent awnings, etc.

Klockner Pentaplast and Alba: PET-Recycling-Pilot Project in Eisenhuttenstadt

Thursday, January 4th, 2007

Klockner Pentaplast and ALBA, Germany, have agreed to jointly invest in an integrated PET-bottle recycling pilot project to be located in Eisenhuttenstadt, Germany. The 5 Mio € newly formed company, PET-CO GmbH, will be managed by the Klockner Pentaplast Group. PET-CO will use proprietary technology transferred from Klockner Pentaplast/Americas to use recycled PET bottles for the manufacture of PET film for food, general-purpose thermoforming, and boxmaking packaging applications, as well as other technical applications. The investment by kp in a recycling plant is a step towards sustainable business practice and a voluntary action towards fulfilling the 36% recycling target specified in German packaging regulations.
ALBA-Wertstoffmanagement GmbH, a subsidiary of ALBA Group, will have the responsibility for the collection and sorting of PET beverage containers. The 1.500 m² plant will produce 15.000 tons of flake and create 30 new jobs. The PET-CO pilot plant will start up in the first quarter of 2007. The facility will operate to the same high-quality standards that are practiced in kp film production facilities (ISO 9001:2000). All raw materials will meet national and European regulations/standards for consumer and safety requirements.