Ides.com Web site offers search engine
LARAMEE, WYO. - For Web users tired of sorting through millions of listings, Ides.com has designed a vertical search engine to focus on plastic-related stories, technical documents and Web sites.
``All the information is free - like Google or Yahoo, but we only index plastic sites,'' said Nathan Potter, marketing manager of Ides.com, a plastics materials information management company in Laramee.
The new site had been in beta testing since August and was released for general use this month, according to Potter. It allows visitors to search for plastic materials by company, resin, supplier or processor.
Potter said his company already had a search engine for engineers and this was a natural extension.
Traffic to the site is trending upward, he said, with 78,000 users in January and 81,000 in February.
Battenfeld doubles staff at China office
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - Battenfeld Injection Molding GmbH is expanding its office in China into a full-fledged subsidiary and doubling its staff.
The Kottingbrunn, Germany-based company, which operates a sales office in Shanghai, plans to move its operations into a foreign trade zone and develop a wholly owned foreign enterprise by midyear, said Rainer Purzelmayer, sales manager for Asia, Africa and the Middle East. He was interviewed March 30 at the KoPlas International Plastics and Rubber show in Seoul.
The change will make it easier to move machines into China and issue receipts in Chinese currency, rather than having to do it in Hong Kong dollars, he said. Battenfeld expects to double sales in China in each of the next two years because of the new office, Purzelmayer said.
The company also plans to double its small staff, to 10, with the move. The new office later will become a showroom and spare parts facility, he said.
Battenfeld does not manufacture machines in China - Purzelmayer said the firm would have to pay hefty import duties on control systems and, in effect, would need to design a new machine because it can't locate Chinese suppliers that can deliver parts, such as laser-cut steel, to Battenfeld specifications.
But he said the company is studying making parts for its injection presses at a facility run by sister company Battenfeld Extrusionstechnik in Shunde, China.
ExxonMobil modifier can stand heat, cold
SINGAPORE - ExxonMobil Chemical Co. has launched a new polymer modifier, Elevast, for enhancing the performance of polymers in hot and cold applications.
Elevast will be packaged in drums and will be available soon, said Bruce A. Lundmark, new applications manager for synthetics at Houston-based ExxonMobil.
``These unique new modifiers can add value by extending both low and higher service temperatures, easily allowing fine-tuning of performance, and bring new options for intermaterial substitution,'' according to an ExxonMobil presentation at Flexpo 2006, held March 15-17 in Singapore.
The hydrocarbon fluids enhance polyolefins, elastomers and systems based on them, according to the release.