PITTSBURGH-Bayer Corp.'s Poly-mers Division has upgraded its appliance laboratory, buying new equipment to handle a range of proposed next-generation foam blowing agents, including gases and flammable liquids such as cyclopentane. The equipment was supplied by the Bayer unit Hennecke Machinery.
Customers can foam refrigerator and freezer door insulation at the lab using Bayer's in-house fixture or their own portable fixture.
Bayer is based in Pittsburgh.
Montell, Ipiranga sign Spherilene pact
PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL - Italian resin maker Montell Technology Co. BV and Brazil's Ipiranga Petroquimica SA have signed a license agreement for Montell's Spherilene ``swing'' gas-phase polyethylene technology.
Formerly known as Polisul Petroquimica SA, Ipiranga Petroquimica in Porto Alegre is a Brazilian joint venture between the Ipiranga Group and Hoechst Celanese Corp. of Somerville, N.J.
Ipiranga will use the Montell technology at its new plant, to be built in Triunfo, Brazil.
Production is scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 1998.
The plant will produce about 286 million pounds a year of linear low and high density polyethylene.
The company uses Hoechst technology to run two HDPE lines in Triunfo.
Once the Spherilene plant begins production, Ipiranga Petroquimica's PE facilities will total 1.1 billion pounds, according to Montell Technology, based in Milan.
DSM studies plans for LDPE facility
HERLEEN, THE NETHERLANDS - DSM Polyethylenes BV, a unit of the Dutch chemicals firm DSM NV, has signed a letter of intent with a joint venture of PTT Petrochem-ical Co. Ltd. and National Petro-chemical plc., to study whether to build an LDPE plant in Thailand to produce 440 million pounds of low density polyethylene a year.
Under their joint venture, PTT and National Petrochemical will hold a majority stake. DSM will handle marketing and sales outside Thailand. The LDPE plant would use DSM's High Pressure Tube process.
According to DSM, PE demand in the East Asian and Asia-Pacific markets is expected to average 8 percent annual growth for the next several decades.
By 2020, the Herleen-based DSM said, the region will reach a per capita consumption level of PE comparable with that of the United States and Europe in the early 1970s.
Conn. distributor merges branches
HAMDEN, CONN. - Commercial Plastics & Supply Corp. has consolidated its Connecticut branches in Bloomfield and Hamden into a single new 20,000-square-foot facility in Hamden, and moved its Washington state branch.
The firm, based in Bensalem, Pa., claims to be the largest independently owned plastics distributor network. It offers plastic sheet, rod, tube and film products. The company operates through a network of more than 70 service centers in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and the Caribbean.
The new Hamden center serves all of Connecticut and western Massachusetts. Its address is: 2 Hamden Park Drive, Hamden, Conn. 06517-3149.
In Washington state, Commer-cial Plastics moved its Seattle service center to Kent. The new facility is larger and more centrally located than the Seattle site. The address is 20015 89th Ave. South, Building G, Kent, Wash. 98031.
Bamberger Polymers moves division
CRANBURY, N.J. - Resin distributor Bamberger Polymers Inc. of Lake Success, N.Y., has relocated its Engineering Resin and Distribution Division from New Brunswick, N.J., to Cranbury.
The new address is: Bamberger Polymers Inc., Engineering Resin and Distribution Division, 101 Interchange Plaza, Cranbury, N.J. 08512.
Texas Gov. George W. Bush presented the 1996 Governor's Award for Environmental Excel-lence to Huntsman Corp. at an April 30 banquet in Austin, Texas. Huntsman was honored for its water-treatment technology. ... Automaker Volkswagen AG of Wolfsburg, Germany, has named GE Plastics of Pittsfield, Mass., Company of the Year for 1995. Officials of the Pittsfield company said this marks the first time a materials company has won the designation.