Honeywell is expanding research and development capabilities in the United States and China, the company announced June 19 at NPE 2006.
``These investments will allow us to continue to develop new products and customize our existing, broad additive offerings for our customers around the globe,'' noted Lincoln Germain, Honeywell's business director for specialty additives.
Honeywell will install two extruders in the program. At its Shanghai additives center, completed in early 2005, it will add a Battenfeld BEX 2-68-28v twin-screw parallel model with a 68-millimeter barrel. Honeywell's headquarters in Morristown, N.J., will receive a 35mm twin-screw conical machine in its laboratory there.
The newly announced expansions represent multimillion-dollar projects following several millions of dollars initially spent in Shanghai, said Michael Calicchio, global business manager of plastics specialty additives. Honeywell also recently upgraded its development center in Seelze, Germany. The firm makes additives in Colombia, Mo., and Orange, Texas.
Of Honeywell's annual $200 million plastics additives business, waxes account for about two-thirds of sales. Waxes are used as lubricants and process aids in PVC extrusion and other processes. In profile extrusion, for example, engineered wax blends can widen process windows, reduce plate-out, cut extrusion temperature needs and allow higher filler levels.
Honeywell announced at NPE more products in its Rheochem lubricants for PVC. It increased the number of standard formulations from four to 10 to meet wider demands.
``Our ability to customize lubricants as needed has allowed our customers to reach their business and production goals,'' Calicchio said at the Chicago show.
The new additives are aimed at existing tin stabilization systems and emerging calcium zinc systems.
Honeywell claims to have pioneered commercial production of low-molecular-weight polyolefin waxes more than 50 years ago.