DANBURY, CONN.-Union Carbide of Danbury announced Jan. 21 it has completed its $260 million purchase of Shell Oil Co.'s polypropylene business. Union Carbide acquired Shell's Norco, La., PP facility and Shell's 50 percent share of Seadrift Polypropylene Co. in Houston. Carbide already owned 50 percent of that venture.
Included in the purchase were PP catalyst production and sales, supporting technologies and related research and development facilities at Shell's Westhollow Technology Center in Houston, which Union Carbide will lease.
Combined, the facilities can produce 800 million pounds of random and impact copolymer PP a year, according to the companies.
Shell of Houston agreed in 1995 to divest its U.S. PP business units in an agreement with the Federal Trade Commission related to the commission's antitrust concerns over the merger of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group's worldwide PP business with Montedison SpA of Milan, Italy.
That merger formed Montell Polyolefins, which is based in Hoofddorp, Netherlands.
Shell Oil is a unit of Royal Dutch/Shell Group of London and The Hague, Netherlands.
Boston Matthews Injection Molding Machinery Ltd. has named Central States Machinery of Xenia, Ohio, its representative in Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, western Pennsylvania and southern Indiana for its line of molding machines. Boston Matthews is based in Worcester, England, and has a North American office in Springboro, Ohio.
Cadillac Plastic and Chemical Co.'s Albuquerque operation has moved to a new facility. The address is: 3255 Candelaria N.E., Albuquerque, N.M. 87109; tel. (505) 345-2516, fax (505) 345-0154. Cadillac is a distributor of plastic stock shapes.
Laurel Industries' Specialty Compounding Division has completed the previously announced expansion of its Sharon Center, Ohio, plant. The 23,000-square-foot addition houses a new compounding line, offices and storage areas.
Witco Corp. has acquired the Singapore resins plant of Allied Resins & Adhesive Prod-uct(s) Pte Ltd. for an undisclosed sum. Witco will convert the plant, which produces epoxy products, to make higher-margin polyamide hardeners for epoxies and other resin products. The plant will serve the microcellular shoe and hot-melt adhesives markets, the firm said. Witco of Greenwich, Conn., had been serving its Pacific Rim customers from plants in Europe.
Measurex Corp. of Cupertino, Calif., has named Extrusion Systems Inc. of Markham, Ontario, a distributor in Canada of its ConceptOne system for on-line gauging and control of sheet, film and web processes.
Wellman Inc. completed Dec. 31 the previously announced acquisition of the PET packaging resin business of Akzo Nobel NV. Wellman of Shrewsbury, N.J., gains facilities in Emmen, the Netherlands, capable of producing 100 million pounds of PET annually. Terms were not disclosed.
Curbell Plastics, an Orchard Park, N.Y.-based distributor of sheet, rod and tube, has relocated its Philadelphia branch to New Jersey. The new address is: 844 N. Lenola Road, Moores-town, N.J. 08057; tel. (609) 778-1100, fax (609) 778-1131.
Paragon Technologies Inc. of Warren, Mich., has expanded its remanufacturing services to include the complete remanufacturing of injection molding presses and clamps. The firm also offers repair of servo and proportional valves, circuit boards, pumps, power supplies, cathode-ray tube screens, servo motors and encoders.
Eastman Chemical Co. of Kingsport, Tenn., on Jan. 1 combined its polymer modifiers business and its nutrition and formulation products business into one unit, Performance Chemicals. The consolidation allows Eastman to ``optimize its resources,'' the company said. The two businesses combined have about $350 million in annual sales.
Resin compounder and distributor Ashley Polymers Inc. of New York has relocated its international sales office within Houston. The new address is: 13231 Champion Forest Drive, Suite 110, Houston, Texas 77069; tel. (713) 537-8585, fax (713) 537-8383. The company, which handles nylon, polycarbonate, acetals, ABS and other engineering resins, is headquartered in New York.
Cyro Industries, headquartered in Rockaway, N.J., has named Leominster, Mass.-based Performance Polymers a national distributor of its line of molding compounds. ... Resin distributor Franklin Polymers Inc., headquartered in Broomall, Pa., said it has added precolored Santoprene thermoplastic elastomers to the lines of materials it offers.