Montell touts Adflex as PVC replacement
FERRARA, ITALY — Montell Polyolefins' Catalloy specialty polypropylenes have potential to replace flexible PVC in uses ranging from cling film to geomembranes to dashboard coverings, according to Paolo Galli, president of Montell Technologies in Ferrara.
Montell's Adflex resin, when coextruded with very low density polyethylene, can outperform PVC in shrink film, said Galli, who added that Catalloy-produced geomembranes have been used successfully at a Delaware landfill since 1996.
PP consumption in Western Europe increased by 4.4 billion pounds between 1988 and 1995, with 12 percent of that growth coming from PVC replacement, according to Galli.
Huntsman expands capacity for Reflex
ODESSA, TEXAS — Huntsman Chemical Corp. has added 25 million pounds of compounding capacity in Odessa for its Rexflex-brand flexible polyolefins.
The compounding plant, which is a joint venture with Orion Pacific, added the new capacity in March, according to technical manager John Bonser.
Huntsman's base production capacity for Rexflex in Odessa is 50 million pounds. Rexflex is competing with flexible PVC in such markets as medical bags, laminations and film.
Brunswick expands equipment, space
BRUNSWICK, MAINE — Reinforcement fabric maker Brunswick Technologies Inc. is investing $2 million for a proprietary, second-generation, high-volume production machine and a 25,000-square-foot addition to its Maine headquarters plant.
The BTI-built machine, being located in an existing, 50,000-square-foot facility, will have annual capacity of 4 million pounds and require eight more workers by year's end. The machine features single-step processing of engineered composite materials as wide as 150 inches for marine, industrial and transportation applications, and should be operating in mid-July.
BTI expects the addition to be complete by September. It will install three machines with annual capacity of 10 million to 15 million pounds. The BTI-developed equipment will need 25 workers at full production in about three years.
BTI also has a manufacturing operation in Andover, England, which it acquired in March, and in Seguin, Texas, which it purchased in October.
Mold maker Axio II moves to bigger shop
PRINEVILLE, ORE. — Axio II Mold & Engineering Inc. has opened a 2,880-square-foot molding-making shop in Prineville after relocating in mid-June from Hillsboro, Ore.
John Reis founded the job shop in 1993 and operated in 2,400 square feet until moving 150 miles to a ``drier part of Oregon'' and an area with a school-to-work program at the high school level.
Reis sees an opportunity to train workers with mechanical knowledge from agricultural and lumber endeavors.
The firm employs two and operates a computer numerically controlled Monarch VMC75 machining center; two sinker electric discharge machines, one each from Hansvedt and Charmilles; four grinders; and three manual mills.
Axio molds are used to make electronic equipment, irrigation accessories and truck and aviation parts.
Machine maker Nokia becomes Nextrom
LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND — Swiss cable machine maker Nokia-Maillefer, after buying four equipment companies in the past two years, now has a new name: Nextrom Technologies.
Nokia-Maillefer, based in Lausanne, had 1997 sales of $322 million and profit of $7 million. It changed its name in April.
Nextrom is organized into three global business groups — telecom, energy and plastics — that reflect its machinery business. That business comprises extrusion systems for making wire and cable, including fiber optics; blown film; and pipe, conduit and tubing.
Nokia-Maillefer has been on a buying spree in recent years. About two years ago, it bought Ceeco Machinery Manufacturing Ltd. of Concord, Ontario; Syncro Machinery of Perth Amboy, N.J., and FME of Sao Paulo, Brazil. In 1997, the firm bought Italian blown film equipment maker Dolci Extrusion SpA, based in Milan.
In North America, Nextrom is based in Norcross, Ga.
Battenfeld adds line at Mass. tech center
GLOUCESTER, MASS. — Battenfeld Gloucester Engineering Co. Inc. has installed a new seven-layer line at its headquarters technical center in Gloucester.
Battenfeld Gloucester said the line has been tested extensively on nylon and ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer. The system, which features the Optiflow LP Die, can run many other barrier and specialty resins, such as metallocene-based polyolefins and Phillips Chemical Co.'s styrene-butadiene K-Resin.
The company also introduced a simplified roll-removal unit for stretch film. It accommodates rolls ranging up to 12 inches in diameter.
In cast film news, Battenfeld Gloucester said carbon fiber shafts are now standard on all high-speed winders for cast film.
Plastic Equipment Marketing Services Inc. of Deer Park, N.Y., has become the exclusive U.S. sales representative for two Italian companies: ICMA San Giorgio SpA of Legnano, which makes co-rotating twin-screw extruders, and Gamma Meccanica srl of Bibbiano, a supplier of water ring pelletizers, feeders and reclaim systems. ... Sterling Inc. of Milwaukee, has started remanufacturing old Sterlco water or hot-oil temperature control units. ... Worker training products supplier A. Routsis Associates Inc. of Dracut, Mass., has released a new, free CD-ROM showing eight of its programs. ... Process Control Corp. of Atlanta announced an upgrade package for its original MW gravimetric blender for extrusion. ... Key Filters Inc. of Woonsocket, R.I., claims the 16-inch continuous screen changer it has shipped to an unidentified North American customer is the largest such product ever made.