These news briefs were collected by Plastics News senior reporter Frank Esposito during K 2007, held Oct. 24-31 in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Polymer-Chemie adds PVC plant in Russia
German compounder Polymer-Chemie GmbH expects to open a new PVC compounding plant in Tula, Russia, by mid-2008.
The plant will have annual capacity of 110 million pounds and is designed to meet growing demand for plasticized and unplasticized PVC in the Russian construction market, according to officials at Polymer-Chemie, based in Bad Sobernheim.
The plant will operate under the Tula Polymer name.
Polymer-Chemie, which operates 330 million pounds of compounding capacity in Bad Sobernheim, also recently launched new grades of glass-fiber reinforced PVC for high-strength components.
Zeon builds on COCs, improves TPE grades
Zeon Chemicals LP has added new compounds to its lineup.
The company said it has upgraded its Zeotherm-brand thermoplastic elastomers by improving vibration dampening and flexibility.
An additional new TPE grade can be used in isolator cuffs on turbo-diesel air-intake ducts.
Louisville, Ky.-based Zeon, a unit of Zeon Corp. of Tokyo, also introduced fully transparent grades of cyclic olefic copolymer resin.
Earlier this year, the company added almost 7 million pounds of COC capacity at a plant in Kurashiki, Japan.
By mid-2008, a second COC plant will open in Kurashiki with annual production of almost 30 million pounds, according to Zeon.