Plastics News staff reporter Frank Esposito covered the following items from Plastics Encounter Cleveland, held June 19-21.
Polymer Resources adds Calif. sales rep
Custom compounder Polymer Resources Ltd. of Farmington, Conn., is seeing solid growth in its nylon compound sales and recently added a sales representative in California.
Nylon compounds are a small portion of PRL's 30 million-pound-per-year output but are expected to reach 40,000 pounds this year, double the 2000 total, said product manager Stephen Bruno.
With the new rep in California, PRL now has 10 nationwide.
PRL posted sales of $30 million last year. The firm operates five compounding lines in Hartford, Conn., and two in Rochester, N.Y.
Post-industrial nylon contains glass fiber
Nylon manufacturer Radici Plastics USA Inc. launched production of glass-fiber grades of its Heramid-brand post-industrial nylon at its Blacksburg, S.C., facility last month.
Radici updated the Heramid line to make inroads into the automotive, lawn and garden, and furniture markets, according to Massimo Cattaneo, who is president and chief executive officer of the company.
The new grades, available in nylon 6 and 6/6, are expected to offer improved chemical and heat resistance, Cattaneo said.
Clariant launches color compounding line
Clariant Masterbatches opened a new twin-screw color compounding line in Holden, Mass., earlier this year.
The line primarily will be used to make engineering-resin-based color concentrates for the electrical/electronic market, according to Mark Perlos, a senior sales representative in Clariant's Albion, Mich., office.
Easton, Md.-based Clariant, which ranks as one of North America's largest color compounders, also recently received several automotive approvals for use of its compounds in interior applications in a number of 2003- and 2004-model vehicles, said Perlos.