WILMINGTON, DEL. - DuPont Co. has started full-scale production of liquid crystal polymers at a new plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. The plant will produce Zenite LCP resins to be used in injection molded parts for electrical, electronic, automotive and other applications, said Tom Gill, director for engineering polymers - Americas.
Following extensive field evaluation and product tailoring, Zenite LCP made its debut in mid-1994.
Parts made of Zenite LCP resins are characterized by their high temperature performance, exceptional dimensional stability, resistance to a wide range of chemicals, excellent dielectric properties and inherent flame retardance, according to the company.
Separately, DuPont and China Worldbest Development Corp. recently broke ground for their joint venture to manufacture and market Lycra-brand spandex in China.
The venture, in which DuPont will have a 90 percent stake, is building a 4.4 million pound plant in Qingpu, near Shanghai. The plant is to begin production in 1997 and will be the third facility to manufacture Lycra in the Asia Pacific region.
DuPont is based in Wilmington.
DSM acquires Huls' UP resin business
ZWOLLE, NETHERLANDS - DSM Resins BV has taken over the unsaturated polyester resins business of the German chemical group Huls AG.
The takeover concerns only know-how and market shares, and production activities will be transferred to various DSM Resins sites in Europe, the company reported.
The acquisition of Huls' unsaturated polyester resins business represents another step toward reinforcement of one of DSM Resins' core activities - the production of unsaturated polyester resins. It will enable DSM Resins to improve its positions in this field in Europe and especially in Germany, the company said.
DSM Resins, headquartered in Zwolle, is one of Europe's leading producers of unsaturated polyesters.
Firms to promote EnviroPlastic resins
PRINCETON, N.J. - Am-Re Serv-ices Inc. and Planet Polymer Technologies Inc. have hooked up to promote EnviroPlastic resins, which are engineered to improve plastic products while reducing solid waste.
Planet Polymer of San Diego, a specialty chemical company formed in 1991, developed EnviroPlastic resins for the consumer disposable, agricultural and advanced packaging markets.
Princeton-based Am-Re Serv-ices is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Re Corp., which, through its wholly owned subsidiary, American Re-Insurance Co., is a direct provider of treaty and facultative reinsurance and related services.
TP Composites, Arco ink distribution deal
ASTON, PA. - TP Composites Inc., a compounder of engineering thermoplastics, has formed a distribution agreement with Arco Chemical Co. for that company's Dylark engineering resins.
TP Composites will focus its efforts on fulfilling small quanity and custom color needs, the company said.
President Ronald B. Taylor said the addition of styrene maleic anhydride, either as an alloy or a neat resin, to his company's product offering provides additional design flexibility for his customers.
He said Dylark resins will find additional use in appliance, business machine, electronic and medical applications.
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Parkinson Machinery & Manufacturing of Esmond, R.I., and its affiliate firm Key Filters Inc. of Webster, Mass., recently moved to a new 50,000-square-foot facility in Woonsocket, R.I. Parkinson manufacturers winders, rewinders, slitters and web handling equipment for the plastics industry. Key Filters makes melt filtration equipment for the plastic processing and recycling industries. The two companies employ 65.
Innovative Plastic Systems of Bondsville, Mass., recently acquired a 12,000-square-foot facility for its plastics machinery rebuilding and remanufacturing operations. It also provides machinery replacement parts, field service, in-plant training, and maintenance and evaluation programs.
The hot-runner controls portion of American MSI Corp. is now MSI Controls Inc. for the North American market and MSI Controls Ltd. for the European market. American MSI Corp. will remain as the holding company for both MSI Controls Inc. and MSI Controls Ltd.
Plastics & Packaging Corp. of Cedar Grove, N.J., is handling all domestic and foreign marketing for L.R. Equipment Corp. of Beaverton, Mich., which recently introduced its QTC Series of rule die thermoformers. ... Black Clawson-Sano, the Amelia, Ohio-based maker of blown film machinery, has named Hank Abella of Catoosa, Okla.-based Extrusion Concepts as its sales representative in the southwestern United States.