Plastics News reporter Frank Esposito gathered the following briefs at K 2004, held Oct. 20-27 in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Ube Engineering adds nylon plant in Spain
Ube Engineering Plastics SA has opened a nylon 6 and copolymer plant in Castellon, Spain.
The new plant has an annual capacity of 22 million pounds. Plans are in place to triple that capacity in the next few years, officials said.
Castellon-based Ube also is building a research and development center there that will be completed by the end of 2005. The center is expected to develop applications for the firm's nylon 6 and 12 materials.
Dyneon THV grade for emission compliance
Dyneon LLC has introduced a grade of its THV-brand fluoropolymer that's aimed at helping automakers comply with U.S. emissions for hydrocarbons.
Oakdale, Minn.-based Dyneon said the grade provides low permeation rates and is a suitable barrier layer in gas and diesel lines. It also can be processed with a variety of elastomers and used in flexible hose lines.
Korea's SK Chemicals has new TPU grades
SK Chemicals of Seoul, South Korea, has commercialized new grades of its Skythane-brand thermoplastic polyurethanes.
The TPUs are available in color masterbatches and flame-retardant and low hardness grades. They're approved by the Food and Drug Administration for dry-food conveyor belts and by footwear makers.
Degussa AG offering new liquid color line
Degussa AG of Darmstardt, Germany, is offering new liquid color products for in-line plastics.
The materials are being marketed under the Polytrend name and are geared toward in-line metering for injection molding or extrusion. Officials said the materials can benefit processors by allowing them to minimize inventories while providing color flexibility.