TEMPE, ARIZ. - Fiberite Inc. plans to make an epoxy-preimpregnated, foam-core material that boat builders and others can use for layup applications instead of relying on unsaturated polyester resins that emit styrene monomers. ``We will use proprietary equipment and some unusual technology that will allow us to reach into new markets including marine,'' said John Beard, strategic planner.
Fiberite said March 15 it signed a letter of intent for a license from the technology development group Ligustica SA of Lugano, Switzerland, and will set up initial production in Tempe. The license covers the technology and equipment, now in Europe, to make a low-cost epoxy prepreg, a highperformance foam core material and support materials.
Fiberite, based in Tempe, makes continuous fiber thermoset and thermoplastic ad-vanced composite materials and thermoset chopped-fiber molding compounds.
Mold maker Paragon boosts plant space
Paragon Die & Engineering Co. is adding 12,000 square feet to its 125,000-square foot facility in Grand Rapids, Mich. The mold-making company is also adding another large spotting press to increase capacity.
Ralph Swain, president of Paragon, said the company specializes in molds for automobile facias, bumpers and body panels, but has the capability to build smaller molds also.
Paragon employs 150 and operates three shifts daily.
On May 1, RDN Manufactur-ing Co. Inc. will increase engineering and order service by 400 percent in its new 40,000 square foot office and lab facility in Bloomingdale, Ill. The building will support the firm's extrusion process. RDN, based in Wood Dale, Ill., also works with custo-mers to develop equipment, ad-vanced turnkey extrusion systems and innovative tooling.
Olin Corp. and Geon Co. announced plans recently for a chlor alkali plant at Olin's MacIntosh, Ala., facility. The initial plan is to produce 500 million pounds of chlorine and 550 million pounds of caustic soda per year, eventually increasing capacity 60 percent. Geon will consume all of the chlorine produced by the project and Olin will be responsible for marketing the caustic soda. Geon is based in Avon Lake, Ohio; Olin is headquartered in Norwalk, Conn.
The Epoxy Products and Intermediates business unit of Dow Chemical Co. plans to expand epichlorohydrin capacity by late 1998. Dow plans to add 250 million pounds of EPI by expanding facilities in Freeport, Texas, and Stade, Germany. EPI is a raw material for the production of epoxy resins, synthetic glycerine and specialty polymers. Dow is based in Midland, Mich.
Cleveland-based BFGood-rich Specialty Chemicals has created an electrostatic discharge materials business unit. The new unit will add fully compounded alloys to its portfolio besides the previously marketed additives. Compounds and additives now will be marketed under the trademark of Stat-Rite polymers.
Eastman Chemical Co. of Kingsport, Tenn., announced March 12 it will participate in a joint olefins project. With Eastman aboard, the anticipated size of the proposed plant now is estimated at 2 billion pounds. Startup of the facility is expected in 2000. Other companies in-volved are Lyondell Petro-chemical Co., Quantum Chemical Co. and Union Carbide Corp.
Effective today, Rheochem Technologies Inc. will increase the prices of hydrocarbon wax lubricants used as additives for PVC and other plastics by 2 cents per pound. The increase is due to higher raw material and transportation costs, the Watchung, N.J., firm announced. ... Albe-marle Corp. of Baton Rouge, La., announced the completion of the sale of its alpha olefins, poly alpha olefins and synthetic alcohols businesses to Amoco Chem-ical Co. for about $500 million.