The following additives news briefs were gathered by Plastics News Editor/Associate Publisher Robert Grace at the K show:
Milliken to make colorants in Europe
Spartanburg, S.C.-based Milliken Chemical will gain its first European production next year when it begins manufacturing its ClearTint colorants for polypropylene in Gent, Belgium. Due on stream by September, the site also will have laboratory facilities to make custom shades. The firm did not disclose investment or capacity figures.
Milliken Chemical, a division of fabric and yarn maker Milliken & Co., said its ClearTint products provide high clarity and deep shades for PP products and packaging. Polypropylene colored with ClearTint can be injection molded, thermoformed, extrusion blow molded or injection stretch blow molded.
Ciba shifts light-stabilizers production
A Ciba Specialty Chemicals Inc. plant in Puebla, Mexico, will absorb some of the production of two light-stabilizer additives that was lost when several explosions and a fire tore through the firm's Schweizerhalle, Switzerland, facility on July 26. No one was injured in the incident, which caused damage estimated by Ciba to be in the “tens of millions of Swiss francs.” Swiss authorities have blamed the explosion on an extremely slow reaction during a so-called, seven-week holding phase between two production campaigns.
Ciba has decided not to rebuild the plant and instead will shift production of the stabilizers to Puebla and to a plant in Lampertheim, Germany. Additionally, Ciba said it will invest 14 million Swiss francs ($8.54 million to convert an unused building at its Klybeck plant in Basel, Switzerland, into facility that will make two photoinitiators and their intermediate. About 150 employees will be affected by the changes.
Bayer expanding colorants production
Bayer AG said it will invest about 13 million euros ($11.7 million) at its Leverkusen, Germany, headquarters site to expand output of Macrolex light-fast and weather-stable colorants. The project will include integrating a new synthesis plant into an existing production facility. The additives are used in various applications, including in appliances, toys, sports equipment, PET bottles, automotive panels and telecommunications equipment.
Bayer uses a patented microgranulation system to produce the Macrolex in a virtually dust-free form that is said to make the colorants easier to handle and process.