MIDLAND, MICH. - Dow Plastics is planning to convert a Dowlex low density polyethylene plant at Dow's Tarragona, Spain, site to the production of polyolefin plastomers and elastomers. The plant will have the capacity to produce 125 million pounds per year and is expected to begin operating in April using Insite technology, according to Bob Sylvest, commercialization manager at Dow Plastics, Europe.
The facility primarily will supply Western and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Dow Plastics is a business group of Dow Chemical Co., based in Midland. Dow Plastics, Europe, is a unit of Dow Europe SA.
In other news, Dow's Auto-motive Materials & Services Group has received two prestigious automotive industry awards.
General Motors Corp., Worldwide Purchasing, presented the GM Customer Enthusiasm Award to the materials supplier for its contribution to the success of GM's 1995 sport utility vehicles the Chevrolet Blazer and the Jimmy Truck. Dow's Automotive Group also earned Outstanding Achievement Recognition and Quality Recognition awards, for exemplary performance, from Saturn Corp.
Company improves melamine technology
DONALDSONVILLE, LA. - Melamine Chemicals Inc. has filed patent applications covering its production of melamine.
Improvements extend its continuous, high-pressure, noncatalytic anhydrous process, called M-II, Fred Huber, president and chief executive officer of the Donaldsonville-based firm, said in a news release.
``Our laboratory testing of these improvements indicates that they can increase the melamine content of our M-II product from 97.5 percent to 99.5 percent plus in a commercial-sale plant. Currently, our M-II product is suitable for use in approximately 80 percent of all melamine applications,'' Huber said.
Monsanto to invest in Avalon Imaging
ST. LOUIS - Monsanto Co. has invested in Avalon Imaging Co. of Boulder, Colo.
Founded in 1987, Avalon produces in vision products for the plastics molding industry.
Its latest product, SafetyCycle II, visually monitors the mold during the injection molding process to prevent tool damage. In addition, the technology used in the system is capable of detecting quality defects in the finished part.
Avalon and Monsanto will work together to expand the marketing and sales of Avalon vision products by tapping Monsanto's sales and engineering resources.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Monsanto is based in St. Louis; Avalon has sales and marketing offices in Atlanta.
DuPont, Teijin form nylon production firm
TOKYO - DuPont K.K. and Tei-jin Ltd. have agreed to form a joint venture to manufacture and sell nylon products in Japan.
The new company, Teijin DuPont Nylon Ltd., will begin operations Oct. 1. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
The 50-50 venture will combine DuPont's experience in manufacturing nylon 6/6 with Teijin's marketing strength in Japan and its experience in producing nylon 6. Manufacturing will be at Teijin's Mihara plant in Hiroshima.
DuPont K.K. is based in Tokyo.
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Mitsubishi Corp. has established a new technical center in Cypress, Calif., and a satellite technical center in Columbus, Ind. Both facilities are geared to serve plastics injection molding customers.
Ametek Westchester Plastics Division opened a 110,000-square-foot warehouse at its plant in Nesquehoning, Pa. The warehouse at the custom resin compounding facility replaces one severely damaged during an ice and snowstorm. Ametek operates 32 plants in 12 states, plus Italy, Denmark, England and Mexico. It reported 1994 sales of more than $800 million.
Huls AG, based in Marl, Germany, completed an expansion at its Witten, Germany, plant designed to increase production capacity for high-molecular-weight copolyesters by 50 percent. HMW copolyesters are used in a variety of applications, ranging from adhesives in the textile and automotive industries to binders for industrial coatings and food-grade resins for can coatings.
Sonics & Material Inc., a manufacturer of ultrasonic plastics welding equipment and assembly systems, has opened a regional office in Naperville, Ill. The Danbury, Conn., company named Mark Caldwell its midwest regional manager.
Black Clawson Converting Corp. has opened a sales office in Manila, Philippines, for marketing converting equipment. The Fulton, N.Y., firm designs, makes and installs converting equipment for the flexible packaging, film, pressure-sensitive label and tape, carbonless paper and board-coating industries.