DUSSELDORF, GERMANY — Partly in anticipation of the success of products such as the new VarioPac Disc System, Targor GmbH plans to convert a gas-phase plant in Wesseling, Germany, in mid-1999 to produce its Metocene metallocene polypropylene resins exclusively.
The unit will boast an annual capacity of about 132 million pounds, according to Christa Horn, European communications manager for the Mainz-based Targor, which was created in July 1997 when BASF AG and Hoechst AG merged PP resin operations.
The 1,600-employee firm is investing some 200 million deutche marks ($120.6 million) in the overall project, which also includes construction of two logistics centers, storage silos and the like, she said in an interview at K'98 in Dusseldorf.
Targor this year will produce nearly 22 million pounds of its metallocene PP materials at a BASF complex in Ludwigshafen, Germany.
VarioPac GmbH is using Targor's Metocene X 50081 antistatic injection molding grade for its new compact-disc packages. Targor says the metallocene material's excellent melt flow allows the wall thickness of the case's parts to be reduced by 30 percent, and further describes it as offering ``the stiffness of a homopolymer with the transparency of a random copolymer.''
At the K show Targor, whose portfolio includes a second injection molding grade, also introduced five new metallocene PP extrusion grades targeted at thin-film and fiber applications.