THOMPSON, CONN. - Mold maker Ivanhoe Tool & Die Co. Inc. has purchased a 500-ton Engel injection molding machine customized for closure molding. The Engel press replaces a 350-ton Van Dorn Demag machine. Ivanhoe also has another press, a 300-ton Van Dorn Demag. The Thompson company uses the presses to test molds.
The new press is outfitted with a special high-flow unscrewing package, integrated into the machine.
Huntsman to hike butadiene production
HOUSTON - Huntsman Corp.'s $10.8 million expansion and modernization project will increase butadiene production by 50 million pounds, to 770 million pounds, the Houston-based firm announced May 11.
The focal point of the project at the Port Neches, Texas, plant will be installation of a new hydrotreating system and the simplification of the solvent system, the company said in a news release.
Huntsman-the former Texaco Chemical Co. - produces ethylene, propylene, ethylene glycol, ethylene oxide, propylene glycol, butadiene, cyclohexane, MTBE, surfactants, amines and other specialty chemicals.
Huntsman sells its butadiene to companies whose products include tires, hoses, nylon and ABS.
Tosh to build Indonesion PVC plant
TOKYO - Tosoh Corp. has announced plans to build a second Indonesian PVC plant.
The Tokyo-based chemical manufacturer said the plan was prompted by a soaring Japanese yen and demand for PVC resin in Indonesia.
Demand there is projected to reach or surpass 600 million pounds this year, which is 80 million more than the combined production capacity of the three PVC plants now operating in the country.
Demand, largely for cables, conduit, pipes and interior materials, has been climbing at double-digit rates for the past few years, the company said.
The plant is expected to be in operation in May 1997 and have an annual production capacity of 154.3 million pounds.
The new facility will be built and operated by P.T. Satomo Indovyl Polymer, a joint venture financed 25 percent each by Tosoh and trading giant Sumitomo Corp. The balance will be funded by Indonesia's Salim conglomerate.
Curbell opens new distribution center
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Curbell Plastics, a distributor of plastic sheet, rod and tube, has opened a new distribution center in Orchard Park.
The company will employ 16 at the 15,000-square-foot facility, which will house a warehouse, cutting room and retail showroom.
Curbell Plastics is a division of Curbell Inc. of Orchard Park.
Uniroyal moves Southwest sales office
MIDDLEBURY, CONN. - Uniroyal Chemical Co. of Middlebury will relocate its Southwest sales office from Dallas to Geismar, La., the site of its largest production facility, effective May 30.
The move will strengthen the communications link among customers, field sales and production and support groups, said Joseph T. Callaghan, sales director for Uniroyal's Chemical and Polymers Division.
The company's manufacturing site in Geismar produces Royalene ethylene propylene diene monomer.
Shell plans porject at MEK plant in La.
NORCO, LA.-Shell Chemical Co. of Houston expected to complete maintenance work this month on its methyl ethyl ketone plant in Norco, to boost MEK production 5 percent a year.
The multimillion-dollar project involves process changes, equipment renewals and reliability improvements, the company said. These changes, along with others planned during the next 12 months, will bring total plant capacity to 285 million pounds a year.
MEK is used in a variety of applications such as vinyl and acrylic coatings, and in adhesives.
Mitsui Co. acquires ownership of Seiki
CAMARILLO, CALIF. - Mitsui Co. Ltd., based in Tokyo, has acquired ownership of Seiki Corp. of Yonezawa, Japan.
Seiki, a manufacturer of hot-runner systems consisting of patented, dual-heater probes and controllers, is represented in North America by Seiki Spear System America Inc., with offices and manufacturing facilities in Camarillo.
Terms were undisclosed, and no changes in personnel are expected, said Seiki Spear spokesman Richard J. French.