Braskem develops sugar-cane-based PE
SAO Paulo, Brazil - Braskem SA is using sugar cane as the starting material for polyethylene.
The Sao Paulo petrochemical company converts sugar cane into ethanol. Then the firm converts ethanol into ethylene and, in turn, polymerizes that into high density PE resin. Braskem dubs its polymer ``green polyethylene'' because it is based on a renewable resource.
Braskem said it has invested about $5 million in the project and can produce enough HDPE for commercial development. Right now it is doing detailed technical work. By year-end 2009, the company expects to be operating an industrial-scale plant with annual HDPE capacity of 440 million pounds.
``This is an area in which Brazil has competitive natural advantages,'' Braskem Chief Executive Officer Jose Carlos Grubisich said in a news release.
The company foresees applications in industries such as automotive, packaging and cosmetics, since its material's properties are similar to HDPE manufactured from petroleum derivatives.
P&O adds coextrusion line, laboratory
DALTON, GA. - P&O Packaging LLC recently expanded its operations, adding a coextrusion line, a blown film laboratory and 10,000 square feet of new office and production space.
The company installed a WindmÃ¶ller & HÃ¶lscher coextrusion line, which P&O said can produce more than 1,100 pounds per hour of film in widths up to 110 inches. The line will allow P&O to make inroads into the high-end lamination-sealant, coating and converting markets. It also will increase its presence in engineered protective films
The company's new lab, directed by Dennis Turnage, will allow P&O to analyze and characterize products within 24 hours.
The company, a subsidiary of Viapack Inc. of New York, manufactures monolayer and coextruded polyethylene films. Viapack acquired the company in March 2006. P&O was formed in 1978 and operates in a 60,000-square-foot facility in Dalton.
KTP ups capacity to meet foil demand
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Kurz Transfer Products LP doubled the size of its Elk Grove, Ill., facility this year as part of an effort to expand its North American manufacturing and finishing capabilities.
The Charlotte-based foil manufacturer announced it had expanded facilities in Illinois and North Carolina and added new equipment in California.
``We are excited about these expansions. It is important for us to be able to service our customers quickly and efficiently,'' said Myron Werner, area sales manager for graphics foil products, in a news release. ``The expansion of central manufacturing and distribution warehouse plant and equipment will allow us to do just that.''
To meet increasing demand for foil products, the company boosted the Elk Grove warehouse's space to 15,000 square feet. The firm also added specialized finishing equipment.
KTP expanded and added new equipment at its Lexington, N.C., manufacturing facility, which now is 50,000 square feet. This marks the third expansion at the site and almost doubles its domestic foil production capacity. Lexington products include metallic and light-diffraction foils.
The company is part of Leonhard Kurz GmbH & Co. KG of Frth, Germany, which employs about 3,000 worldwide and has nine production facilities.
Kurz foils are used for packaging, greeting cards, credit and gift cards, appliances, cosmetics, textiles, furniture, automotive parts and security documents.
Quinn creates new packaging factory
DERRYLIN, IRELAND - Irish conglomerate Quinn Group has expanded its capacity in plastics packaging by launching a second extrusion and thermoforming plant in Ireland.
The Derrylin-based company, already a leading European producer of extruded clear plastic sheet, established a new 216,000-square-foot dairy products packaging factory in Ballyconnell, Ireland, earlier this year.
The new Quinn Packaging Ltd. plant has installed SML extrusion equipment for processing polypropylene, high-impact polystyrene and PET, and an in-line extrusion and thermoforming line supplied by SML and Kiefel Extrusion.
Production focuses on supplying thermoformed dairy-spread packaging for Ireland's Kerry Group plc, according to Richard Maguire, general manager for Quinn's insulation and plastics packaging businesses.
Quinn already runs a small dairy packaging plant in Newbridge, Ireland, formerly known as Sealcon Ltd., which Quinn inherited when it acquired Barlo Group plc of Dublin. It thermoforms and prints PP and PS packaging for dairy products.
Quinn Packaging products also include food trays, film and thin-gauge sheet.