Australia to recycle more PVC containers
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA — More than 20 million PVC containers eventually are to be recycled nationally each year under a new federal plan in Australia.
The program, partly funded by a federal grant of A$500,000 (US$247,500), aims to recycle 25 percent of household PVC containers by 2003. Currently, only 5 percent of the 13 million pounds of PVC bottles produced in Australia each year are recycled.
The major recyclers in the program are Melbourne-based Australian Vinyls Corp. Ltd. and Peteron Plastics Pty. Ltd., and Sydney-based Hollywood Plastics Pty. Ltd. Those firms will share the plan's cost with the manufacturers that convert the recycled PVC into new products.
Rob Faulkner, Australian Vinyls general manager, corporate and environmental affairs, said the PVC is collected from curbsides and taken to the recyclers' plants. The PVC then is shredded, washed, frozen, milled and decontaminated. The recycled material is used in place of virgin PVC in storm-water pipes and fittings, floor tiles and pallets.
The program currently is operating only in South Australia. Robert Hill, federal environment minister, said it will be extended to other capital cities and some regional centers by 2003.
He said the plan will divert bottles from landfills and "trigger a dramatic drop in virgin PVC manufacture."
Competition a focus for SPI conference
KAMUELA, HAWAII — Identifying competitive and productivity challenges is the focus for the Western Region conference of the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc., May 15-18 in Kamuela.
Donald Duncan, president of Washington-based SPI, will moderate a program on staying competitive and taking advantages of business opportunities in a global economy.
Speakers include Peter Foss, president of GE Polymerland of Huntersville, N.C.; Larry Morrissey, senior director of global supply management for Redback Network Inc. of Sunnyvale, Calif.; Robert Shrouds, chief economist of DuPont Co. of Wilmington, Del.; and Charles Villa, executive vice president for business development with Trend Technologies Inc. of San Jose, Calif.
A separate program will tackle the conference theme from other perspectives.
Speakers include Sharon Beckett, president of Beckett & Beckett Inc. of Altadena, Calif., on strategic planning, marketing and communications analysis and Web strategies; Ed Constantine, executive vice president and co-founder of Lean Investments LLC of Coraopolis, Pa., on operations management, lean manufacturing and process flow; and Michael Urquhart, vice president of Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. of Bolton, Ontario, on financing, cost and feasibility studies and outsourcing and energy issues.
In addition, another panel will discuss global competitiveness for mold makers.
Fred Betke, president and owner of Delta Pacific Products Inc. in Santa Clara, Calif., is chairman of the conference committee.
Call (949) 261-6979, fax (949) 261-6959 or see www.spiwest.org for details.
PP plants sign on to Novolen process
HOUSTON — Process technology owned by Novolen Technology Holdings — a new joint venture between Equistar Chemicals LP and ABB Lummus Global GmbH — will be used in five new polypropylene plants between 2001 and 2003.
The five plants will be able to produce almost 2.5 billion pounds of PP annually. The largest of the five is a 1 billion-pound-per-year plant being built by NPIC in Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia, which is set to open in 2002.
The other four are:
A 500 million-pound plant built by Basell NV in Tarragona, Spain, for a 2001 start.
A 500 million-pound plant built by Proplico in Cartagena, Colombia, for a 2001 start.
A 175 million-pound plant built by Regal Petrochemical in Bandar Iman Khomeini, Iran, for a 2002 start.
A 330 million-pound plant built by MAS in Suez, Egypt, for a 2003 start.
Novolen, based in Mannheim, Germany, was formed in September when Equistar and ABB Lummus bought the Novolen-brand technology business from BASF AG's Targor GmbH unit. European regulators required Targor to sell Novolen before the merger of the chemicals businesses of BASF and Royal Dutch/Shell Group was approved.
Novolen Technology accounts for about 15 percent of global PP production.
As an independent PP licenser, Novolen will have "the freedom and flexibility to deliver all process and product developments ... directly to licensees with no lead time," according to Godofredo Follmer, the firm's general manager of licensing.