Huls launches first independent PS unit
MARL, GERMANY—Huls AG, the chemicals offshoot of German oil giant Veba AG, has launched a new polystyrene resin producer, Styrenix Kunststoffe & Co. KG, the first of 12 independent subsidiaries Huls is forming.
In a major restructuring program designed to increase global competitiveness, Marl-based Huls has combined its PS units in Germany and Scandinavia to form Styrenix.
The new company, based at Marl, combines Huls' former PS business unit at Marl with those at Trelleborg, Sweden. It was launched formally Oct. 1.
Styrenix can produce 331 million pounds per year of PS resin and 165 million pounds per year of expandable PS at Marl.
The company also has a 154 million-pound-per-year PS resin plant at Trelleborg. The company also makes styrene and ethyl benzene at Marl.
Styrenix plans to raise its PS polymer capacity to 551 million pounds per year by the end of next year, a spokesman said.
The new firm employs about 500 and aims to achieve sales of some $314 million a year in Europe, Huls said.
Styrenix PS will be used in applications such as beverage and yogurt cups, compact-disc jewel boxes, toys, bathroom cabinets and packaging boxes.
Styrenix EPS is used predominantly for heat and sound insulation in construction.
DSM PP plant to use Amoco technology
GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY—DSM Performance Polymers will use Amoco's gas-phase technology at its planned 551 million-pound-per-year polypropylene plant in Gelsenkirchen.
The plant is due to come on stream in 2000. DSM Performance Polymers, Europe's fourth-largest PP producer, currently has total annual PP capacity of 1.65 billion pounds per year. The firm is based in Sittard, the Netherlands.
SPI joint committee targets safety issues
WASHINGTON— Representatives of injection molding press manufacturers and mold makers are joining forces to address safety issues, through the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc.
SPI's Machinery Division and Mold Makers Division have formed a joint safety committee to study potential hazards associated with molds used in injection molding machines.
The first effort for the committee, which began meeting earlier this year, is addressing safety requirements for attaching molds to the machines.
For more information, contact Walt Bishop, executive director of the Machinery Division. SPI is based in Washington.
Amoco boosting PSO capacity at Ohio plant
MARIETTA, OHIO — Amoco Polymers will increase its polysulfone capacity by 50 percent at the company's Marietta facility.
``Growing global demand for existing applications, as well as emerging applications, continues to be strong, largely due to our products' performance and value compared to competing materials,'' the unit's sulfone business manager, Rita Griffin, said in a news release.
Amoco also produces polyethersulfone and polyphenylsulfone high-performance engineering thermoplastics at the site. The plant's total capacity is 35 million pounds.
Separate production numbers for each material were unavailable. The cost of the expansion also was not released. Officials added they were not sure if the expansion would result in any new jobs at the site.
Monomer capacity at Amoco's Augusta, Ga., site also will be increased as a result of the polysulfone boost.
Sulfone polymers are used in applications requiring high-use temperatures, transparency and toughness in the medical, electrical, aerospace and plumbing industries.