Jorgenson and D-S launch testing firm
HOUSTON - Killion Laboratories, a partnership between Jorgenson Machinery Corp. and Davis-Standard Corp., plans to launch operations by March 15.
Emery Jorgenson, president of Jorgenson Machinery, said the polymer testing company will be in a 4,300-square-foot, leased facility in Houston.
The company will handle cast film, blown film, sheet and coextrusion for companies that want to develop new products or resins.
Jorgenson said Killion's capabilities are in demand.
``For example, a company called us and they had a blown film line. To develop a new product, they would have had to use the line and tie it up all day long,'' he said. ``This way, they can send 10 pounds and we can run it in a couple of hours and not tie up their main line.''
Killion will start with three extruders, ranging in size from 1-1½ inches.
Simon Dominey, manager of specialty systems for the Filter and Killion business groups of Davis-Standard, said the Killion brand has a long history in product development.
``We're just trying to recapture that same spirit of experimentation and discovery,'' Dominey said.
He noted that Davis-Standard does provide opportunities for screw design and development at its headquarters in Pawcatuck, Conn., but the new site will enable companies to test end products.
The lab will be open to all, not just Davis-Standard customers, Dominey said.
Jorgenson Machinery is a 20-year-old sales and marketing firm that integrates surface inspection, specialty extrusion systems, surface cleaning and materials-handling systems for industries including resin, film, converting, electronics and medical.
Davis-Standard designs and manufactures extrusion systems and process controls.
CTI sells magazine to publisher Gardner
CINCINNATI - The company that publishes Plastics Technology magazine has expanded in plastics by acquiring MoldMaking Technology magazine.
Gardner Publications Inc. bought the magazine and the MoldMaking Expo trade show and conference from Communication Technologies Inc. of New Britain, Pa., according to a Nov. 5 news release from Gardner.
CTI launched MoldMaking Technology in 1998. Cincinnati-based Gardner bought Plastics Technology in 2000.
BASF AG expanding compounding in Asia
LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY - Fueled by annual growth of 8 percent in the Asian engineering resins market, BASF AG is building a compounding plant in China and adding more than 30 million pounds of compounding capacity in Malaysia.
The plant in China will be at an existing BASF site and will have annual capacity of almost 100 million pounds. It is expected to be operating by the end of 2006, officials with Ludwigshafen-based BASF said in a recent news release.
In Pasir Gudang, Malaysia, a compounding capacity expansion will bring that site's total annual capacity to almost 100 million pounds. That project should be completed by the second quarter of 2005. The combined cost of both projects will be at least 10 million euros ($13.2 million).
Both plants will produce compounds based on BASF's Ultramid-brand nylon and Ultradur-brand polybutylene terephthalate. BASF said it has a goal of generating 20 percent of its chemical sales and earnings from the Asia-Pacific region by 2010.
Part of the compounding plants' raw material needs will be met by a 135 million-pound-capacity PBT plant set to open in Kuantan, Malaysia, in early 2006. That PBT plant is a 50-50 venture between BASF and Toray Industries Inc. of Tokyo.