Shell Oil donates patents to nonprofit
MENLO PARK, CALIF. - Shell Oil Co. of London has donated patents for its Carilon- and Carilite-brand polyketones to SRI International, a nonprofit research institute in Menlo Park.
Carilon is an aliphatic polyketone marketed as a replacement for nylon and acetal, particularly in the automotive market. Carilite is a thermoset marketed as a high-performance adhesive.
Shell launched Carilon production at a 55 million-pound-capacity plant in Geismar, La., in late 1999 but pulled the plug on the project less than a year later when it failed to find a buyer for the business. In 1998, Shell had announced to sell 40 percent of its chemical portfolio.
A previously opened Carilon plant in Carrington, England, closed in 2000 as well.
The technologies ``extend SRI's own work in polymers and polymerization catalysis,'' Curtis Carlson, SRI president and chief executive officer, said in a July 1 news release.
SRI hopes to license the technology in order to introduce new products.
Hamilton Avtec Inc. expanding, moving
MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO - Hamilton Avtec Inc. is moving to a bigger headquarters to expand auxiliary equipment production.
The Mississauga-based firm built a 24,000-square-foot facility elsewhere in Mississauga. Marketing specialist Santiago Correa said the equipment maker expects to complete the move by the end of August.
Hamilton Avtec's expansion will boost its Vectra product line, Correa said. The line comprises modular materials loaders for powders and pellets, new grinders that eliminate fines production and cost-efficient sprue pickers.
Correa said the new plant is 30 percent bigger than the company's current leased building. The extra space has a better layout for production and storage and allows a bigger technical center.