WILMINGTON, DEL. - DuPont Co. has started making Zytel nylon resins in Argentina at a polymer unit that can make $14.5 million pounds a year. The operation is at DuPont's fiber site in Berazategui, Argentina. Wilmington-based Du-Pont said it has spent $5 million and plans to spend another $4 million during the next two years.
About 80 percent of the plant's output will be exported to other countries in South America.
SALT LAKE CITY - Enron Liquid Services Corp., a subsidiary of Houston natural gas giant Enron Corp., plans to join forces with Huntsman Corp. to build a plant to make 1.5 billion pounds of ethylene a year.
Huntsman and Enron tentatively have picked Huntsman's Port Arthur, Texas, site for the plant. Both companies will own the venture equally, but Huntsman will operate the plant. Enron will supply natural gas liquids, used to make ethylene, through its extensive network of pipelines.
Peter Huntsman, president of the Sale Lake City resin manufacturer, said production should begin in 1999.
Enron is one of the world's largest integrated natural gas companies.
MAKATI CITY, PHILIPPINES - Green Planet Philippines Inc., a new subsidiary of San Diego-based Planet Polymer Technologies Inc., expects sales of about 100 million pesos (US$3.8 million) in the first year of operations in the Philippines, said Angelo Verdan, Green Planet chief executive.
The Makati City firm makes biodegradable and water-soluble plastic products for packaging, agricultural, food service and medical applications.
Publicly held Planet Polymer has global sales of about $200 million. The company's EnviroPlastic polyvinyl alcohol resin dissolves in water.
ANAHEIM, CALIF. - Anaheim-based SDC Coatings Inc., a supplier of abrasion-resistant coatings, is opening a unit to push end-use applications.
The unit, Applied Hardcoating Technologies Inc., will locate in a 36,000-square-foot facility in Henderson, Nev. There, special coating equipment designed by SDC will apply a range of coating systems using dip, flow, spin, curtain and spray techniques, to large plastic sheets and other parts.