CLEVELAND - OM Group Inc., a producer and marketer of metal-based specialty chemicals, has acquired the plastic additives business of Lubrizol Corp. The purchase enhances OMG's position in metal carboxylates, the main building block for PVC heat stabilizers. Financial details were not disclosed.
OMG entered the PVC heat stabilizer business in 1993 with its PlastiStab-brand line of mixed-metal, liquid and powder heat stabilizers for flexible PVC.
TCS named importer of pruging compound
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Texas-Carolina Sales Corp. of Charlotte has been named North American importer for a new, highly concentrated, purging compound for plastic extruders.
The new Polypurge is a non-abrasive purging compound composed of tiny granules that clean plastic extruders between color changes and shutdowns. It also has shown removal of charred polymer from the extrusion screw and die.
The primary market for Polypurge is to the plastic extruders and film blowing industries. The company said it plans to add complementary products to its line within the next two years.
DTM Corp. obtains European patent
AUSTIN, TEXAS - DTM Corp. of Austin was granted a European patent that covers technology embodied in the company's Sinterstation 2000 System.
The system uses technology that rapidly creates three-dimensional models, prototypes, and prototype molds and tooling from computerized design files and digitized data.
A key advantage of the process over competing technologies is its ability to use a variety of materials, including polycarbonate, standard nylon, fine nylon and investment casting wax, the company said.
Premiz Inc. receives awards for products
NORTH KINGSVILLE, OHIO - Premix Inc. received three Composites Institute Awards of Excellence for products it developed and manufactured for Corning Inc., Black & Decker and the Ford Motor Co.
The North Kingsville-based company makes composite materials used in appliances, automobiles and other products.
Premix won an award in the consumer goods category for the cover and separator tray used in Corning's ``Visions Heat-a-Meal'' products. The firm won a second award in that category for a wall-mount base and skirt on a Black & Decker iron.
In the automotive category, Premix won for hood scoops for the 1994 Ford Mustang.
3D Systems reaches distribution accord
VALENCIA, CALIF. - 3D Systems Corp. has signed a distribution agreement with Robtec SA to market 3D's stereolithography systems for rapid prototyping and manufacturing in Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay.
Headquartered in Montevideo, Uruguay, Robtec will provide a sales demonstration center for 3D's products and function as a stereolithography service bureau where models and prototypes can be built rapidly for customers on the 3D Systems' installed StereoLithography Apparatus 250-40.
3D Systems develops, makes and markets stereolithography systems to a variety of industries including aerospace, automotive, computer, electronic and medical.
Schulman finishes Eastman unit deal
AKRON, OHIO - A. Schulman Inc. has signed an agreement to acquire the compounded polypropylene product line of Eastman Chemical Co.
No financial details of the transaction were disclosed.
Schulman said it will assume Eastman's sales commitments and continue to supply compounded PP to Eastman's customers. Manufacturing of the products will be transferred from Eastman's Kingsport, Tenn., facilities to Schulman's plants in Ohio, Texas and Canada. Manufacturing assets are not included in the transaction.