CHICAGO (Sept. 19, 6:15 p.m. EDT) — Indian compounder Plastichemix Industries introduced at the NPE show in Chicago what it said is the first monocentrate for masterbatch manufacturing that can be used with a higher-molecular-weight polyethylene carrier.
The new process can make better-quality polypropylene fibers for carpets and other markets, with easier processing characteristics, said Devang Sheth, a partner in the Vadodara, India-based firm.
The company developed the new process over five years of trial-and-error research and will be patenting the process, he said.
“We did in-house research with our equipment, slightly modifying the equipment and getting the right grade of carrier,” he said.
The company sees the most market potential in Turkey, India and the Middle East, but will be pushing it in North America in a few months, he said.
Sheth also said the company is looking at buying a medium-size masterbatch facility in the Middle East by the end of the year. The company has four masterbatch plants in India, with total annual capacity of almost 40 million pounds, he said.