Dow and Teknor Apex working together on flexible PVC

By Frank Esposito
Senior Staff Reporter

Published: January 24, 2012 6:00 am ET

Related to this story

Topics Sustainability, Materials, Suppliers, NPE 2012

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (Updated Jan. 26, 8:45 a.m. ET) — Materials firms Dow Chemical Co. and Teknor Apex Co. are working together to make flexible PVC compounds using Dow’s bio-based plasticizers.

The two firms announced the agreement in a Jan. 23 news release. Pawtucket, R.I.-based Teknor now has exclusive North American marketing rights for flexible PVC compounds made with the Dow plasticizers, which are sold under the Ecolibrium brand name.

Teknor plans to introduce the new compounds at the NPE 2012 trade show in April and fully commercialize them later this year. Targeted uses include wire and cable construction applications, as well as footwear, flooring and profiles.

“Environmental stewardship is serious business at Teknor Apex,” vinyl division vice president Louis Cappucci said in the release. “We are committed to the development of innovative compounds utilizing sustainable resources.”

Teknor already has sent one shipment of the new compounds from its Pawtucket plant, Cappucci said in a Jan. 24 phone interview. The products also may be made at Teknor’s other U.S. plants as well as in plants in England and China.

“More of our customers are looking for green solutions,” Cappucci added. The project with Dow is separate from Teknor’s work to commercialize starch-based bioplastics, he said.

Dow’s relationship with Teknor “has provided Dow Electrical & Telecommunications with a unique opportunity to market beyond the power industry,” unit new business development director Thorne Bartlett said in the release.

Midland, Mich.-based Dow makes Ecolibrium using almost 100 percent renewable feedstocks. Companies using compounds with Ecolibrium may be able to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 40 percent, officials said.

In a Jan. 25 phone interview, Bartlett declined to specify which biomaterials are used in Ecolibrium, but he described its raw material as “a vegetable-derived, natural-based oil.” The plasticizer is made at two Dow production sites in the Midwest U.S., but Bartlett declined to be more specific.

Bartlett added that Dow chose Teknor for the partnership because of Teknor’s “really good focus on specialty applications.” He also said that Teknor “has a good reputation for making custom formulations for their customers’ needs.”

Dow ranks as one of the world’s largest plastics and chemicals firms, while Teknor is a major plastics compounder.


Comments

Dow and Teknor Apex working together on flexible PVC

By Frank Esposito
Senior Staff Reporter

Published: January 24, 2012 6:00 am ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

P&G adding label to help guide consumers in recycling

March 2, 2015 3:29 pm ET

Procter & Gamble Co. will help prompt consumers to recycle rigid packaging by joining the Sustainable Packaging Coalition's How2Recycle Label program.    More

Image

Lower oil prices will continue to impact PE, PP resin pricing

March 2, 2015 2:05 pm ET

Lower oil prices will continue to affect North American markets for polyethylene and polypropylene resin in the months ahead.    More

Image

Toyota says Mirai fuel cell sedan represents a 'new start' for the carmaker

March 2, 2015 11:55 am ET

Toyota Motor Corp.'s most advanced vehicle, a car that runs on hydrogen and emits only water, has had an ironically low-tech birth and has an equally ...    More

Image

BASF keeps innovating to drive customers

March 2, 2015 11:39 am ET

Materials giant BASF Performance Materials is keeping innovation alive with new products and processes.    More

Image

BASF earnings up despite 'disappointing economic development' for Europe

March 2, 2015 10:50 am ET

Chemicals giant BASF SE said Feb. 27 it had hit its goal for 2014, increasing earnings, “despite the disappointing economic development in Europ...    More

Market Reports

Flexible Packaging Trends in North America

North America represents about 30 percent of the global consumption of flexible packaging. Annual growth in this region is forecast at 4 percent during the next 5 years.

For more insight on growth opportunities, drivers of growth and the outlook for 2015, download this report.

Learn more

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Plastics in Mexico - State of the Industry Report

This report analyzes the $20 billion plastics industry in Mexico including sales of machinery & equipment, resins and finished products.

Our analysts provide insight on business trends, foreign investment, top end markets and plastics processing activity. The report also provides important data on exports, production, employment and value of plastics products manufactured.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

More Events