WESTON, ONTARIO - Royal Plastics Group Ltd. has acquired Rubbermaid Inc.'s 50 percent interest in their joint venture, Royal Rubbermaid Structures Ltd. Royal will rename the firm Royal Outdoor Products Inc. Royal and Rubbermaid began marketing Royal's patented PVC garden storage sheds in June 1995, and announced the split Oct. 9.
Royal will gain two former Rubbermaid employees who have marketed the storage sheds.
In a statement, Rubbermaid Chairman Wolfgang R. Schmitt said: ``While we believe that the Royal shed is being well-accepted by consumers, we have concluded that each company's interests will be best served by amicably pursuing individual strengths in outdoor products.''
Royal is based in Weston and Rubbermaid is in Wooster, Ohio.
PLYMOUTH, MICH. - Plastipak Packaging Inc. announced Oct. 4 that the Food and Drug Administration has issued a ``no objection'' letter for Plastipak's new Exxi-Pak bottle made with a layer of post-consumer PET.
The Plymouth-based blow molder will introduce Exxi-Pak at the InterBev '96 trade show in Houston Nov. 18-20. Production should begin in the first half of 1997, the company said.
According to Plastipak, the manufacturing process laminates an inner layer of virgin PET to an impermeable middle barrier layer and a third, outer layer of recycled PET.
The company said the FDA determined that no significant amount of impurities can migrate from the recycled layer to inside the container.
Plastipak Packaging is the fifth-largest blow molder in North America, according to Plastics News data. The company's sales were $386 million for the fiscal year ending Oct. 28, 1995.
WASHINGTON - Tom Walsh has resigned as executive director of the Plastics Pipe Institute, a unit of the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc., which represents manufacturers of polyethylene pressure pipe.
SPI named Richard Gottwald as the new PPI executive director. Gottwald had been assistant technical director of SPI, handling building codes and standards and other issues.
Walsh said he resigned from SPI in July.
Walsh was named executive director of PPI in mid-1994 after the retirement of longtime director Stan Mruk. His background was in pipe and resins at Solvay Polymers Inc. in Houston.
Walsh said he never permanently relocated from Houston to Washington, where SPI and PPI are based. He said when he left SPI, he wanted to return to industry, but got busy with consulting assignments. He has founded Walsh Consulting Services, covering plastics and petrochemicals, including pipe and sheet extrusion, injection molding and blow molding.
SPI President Larry Thomas said the decision for Walsh to leave PPI ``was done with the mutual interest of all and to the mutual benefit of all.''
Gottwald did not return a telephone call for this story.
SPI moved the Plastics Pipe Institute from Wayne, N.J., to SPI's Washington headquarters after Mruk retired.
LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY - Hoechst AG and BASF AG announced Oct. 10 they intend to form a 50/50 joint venture company to merge their polypropylene businesses in Europe.
The venture will be the second largest PP producer in the world, with annual production capacity of more than 3.1 billion pounds. BASF of Ludwigshafen, will provide production plants in Wilton, England; Rozenburg, the Netherlands; and Tarragona, Spain. Hoechst of Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany, will provide plants in Knapsack, Germany, and Tarragona, plus the Tarragona plant it operates jointly with Repsol Quimica SA of Madrid, Spain.
Headquarters for the joint venture will be located in Germany. Neither Hoechst nor BASF produces PP in North America.
BASF also will provide the new company its PP technology licensing business and the production and marketing of catalysts for PP production. Also, a joint venture between BASF and Royal Dutch/Shell Group will become a toll-manufacturing operation for the new company.
The new company will be second in PP production only to Montell Polyolefins of Hoofddorp, the Netherlands.