MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO - DuPont Canada Inc. will expand its modified polymers operation at Corunna, Ontario, by installing more twin-screw extruders next year. The operation's business manager, Bill Smith, said it has about C$100 million (US$73 million) in annual global sales. Its products include adhesive layers for food packaging, plastics tougheners and compatibilizers, and corrosion-resistant coatings.
Smith said the Corunna plant will invest about C$5 million (US$3.7 million) to boost capacity by about 25 percent, but he would not reveal production figures. It will purchase twin-screw equipment from an undisclosed European company, he said in a telephone interview from DuPont Canada's Mississauga head office. Smith expects the expansion will be in commercial production in September 1997. DuPont completed a previous expansion and modernization in Corunna early this year.
The modified polymers business upgrades a variety of polymers by reactions such as grafting. It has been growing for several years because of a strong technology base and ability to market throughout parent firm DuPont Co.'s global network, officials noted in a news release.
ULSAN, SOUTH KOREA - BASF AG's joint venture in South Korea plans to expand its ABS production capacity at Ulsan by October 1997 for an undisclosed cost.
Hyosung-BASF Co. Ltd. will boost Ulsan's capacity to 418 million pounds per year from the current 88 million pounds, which BASF said will make the facility the largest ABS plant in the world. Tongyang Nylon Co. Ltd. owns 51 percent of the venture, with BASF holding the rest.
BASF spokeswoman Diane Actman said Ulsan's expansion will use her firm's new technology, which consumes less water for emulsions. BASF also said the process is more economical.
BASF installed the new polymerization technology in an expansion at Ludwigshafen, Germany, that was scheduled to begin operating by the end of September. Ludwigshafen's annual capacity will rise to 418 million pounds for ABS resin and other styrene copolymers such as styrene acrylonitrile and acrylonitrile styrene acrylate resins.
The firm recently announced a new specialty styrene copolymers plant for Altamira, Mexico, to supply North American customers. Actman said BASF has scheduled startup of the 300 million-pound-per-year plant for the second quarter of 1998.
MIDLAND, MICH. - Dow Chemical Co. plans to build a polycarbonate plant in Stade, Germany, to boost its presence in the European market.
Dow also announced Sept. 19 that it signed a long-term agreement to supply an undisclosed amount of PC resin to DSM Engineering Plastics of Sittard, the Netherlands.
Dow spokeswoman Leslie Hatfield said DSM will use the PC in its compounding operations and that Dow and DSM will market their PC products independently. Hatfield said the agreement is a toll production deal for some of Stade's output.
Hatfield did not disclose cost of the new plant, Dow's second in Stade. When it begins operations in 1999, Stade's PC capacity will exceed 231 million pounds per year. Dow did not disclose its current capacity there. Its global capacity will rise to more than 440 million pounds per year with the new plant, the Midland-based firm said in a news release.
Bill Ray, Dow's European commercial director for engineering resins, estimated global growth of PC to be 5-10 percent annually.
AVON LAKE, OHIO - Geon Co. lowered its third-quarter profit estimate because of a decline in cash margins in PVC resins and vinyl chloride monomer manufacturing problems.
The Avon Lake-based producer of PVC and compounds announced Sept. 18 it expects profit to be 10-20 cents below second-quarter 1996 earnings of 40 cents per share.
PVC resin margins - selling price minus cost for chlorine and ethylene - have eroded from the second quarter despite good customer demand. Costs for the feedstocks increased during the first two months of the third quarter.
Also, the company's announced July 1 price increase of 4 cents per pound failed to go into effect in either July or August.
Geon's newly expanded LaPorte, Texas, VCM plant experienced problems associated with new equipment installed earlier this year. As a result, VCM production is at less than full capacity, and operating costs increased because of higher-than-anticipated purchases of VCM.
nAdvanced Polymer Compounding of Carpentersville, Ill., received certification from the American Association of Laboratory Accreditation. Advanced Polymer is a contract manufacturer and compounder of specialty technical and engineering plastic materials.
nCancarb Ltd. on Sept. 5 opened a C$14 million (US$10.2 million) expansion of its carbon black plant in Medicine Hat, Alberta. The 20 million-pound-per-year expansion increases the firm's production capacity by a third. The thermal-process carbon black facility has been ISO 9002 certified.