DSM, China firm team on biopolymer plant
HEERLEN, NETHERLANDS - Royal DSM NV participated in a $20 million financing round in Chinese biopolymer maker Tianjin Green Bio-Science Co. Ltd. (China), to build China's largest plant for polyhydroxyalkanoates.
The Tianjin plant is expected to open in early 2009, with annual production capacity of 22 million pounds.
DSM, based in Heerlen, did not disclose how much it invested in the round of financing. The firms also will work together to develop new businesses in bio-based materials, DSM said in its March 5 announcement.
DSM said it sees opportunities to marry its background in new materials and biotechnology to push PHA in China.
``The transition from petroleum-based materials to bio-based materials is a major global trend,'' said Jiang Weiming, president of DSM China. ``With our expertise in biotechnology and in performance materials, DSM is excellently positioned to facilitate this transition.''
Jiang said the company sees promoting sustainable development as key to establishing a strong business position in China.
DSM said it sees opportunities for PHA in fibers, foams and films, and in markets such as automotive, biomedical and electronics.
Tianjin Green Bio-Science, based in Tianjin, said DSM would bring money and important research background in life science and material science.
``This cooperation will definitely speed up our growth and production of world-class biorenewable plastic products,'' said Lu Weichuan, general manager of Tianjin Green Bio-Science.
DSM made the investment through its DSM Venturing unit, which plans to invest up to 200 million euros ($315 million) by 2012 to develop new businesses in materials, nutrition and pharmaceuticals. The firm said China is a core region in that investment strategy.
DSM Venturing in December invested in Novomer Inc., an Ithaca, N.Y.-based maker of biodegradable polymers.
Diamond relocates, merges operations
AKRON, OHIO - Single-screw extruder maker Diamond America Corp. has moved from its plant in Tallmadge, Ohio, and merged its manufacturing facility with its sister company, Akron Tool & Die in Akron.
The new location will allow Diamond America to expand its laboratory, showcasing its pilot-sized extruders, dies and cutters, as well as boost the extruder manufacturer's machining capability.
Georgia Gulf enters additives business
ATLANTA - Georgia Gulf Corp. has entered the rigid vinyl additives supply business by forming a new division called Solucor.
Atlanta-based Georgia Gulf formally announced the formation of Solucor at a Feb. 13 meeting at its Bradford, Ontario, manufacturing facility.
The new division arises from the Reagens Canada Ltd. subsidiary that Georgia Gulf acquired as part of Royal Group Technologies Ltd. in 2006.
Solucor is offering process aids, lubricants, impact modifiers and tin-based stabilizers. The additives mainly were used by Royal Group, and then Georgia Gulf operations, in a range of extruded vinyl building products.
``Solucor additives have a solid track record of successful performance in their targeted applications dating back to their inception in 1994,'' Georgia Gulf Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Ed Schmitt said in a news release.
CFP plans to expand color-delivery system
ELK GROVE VILLAGE, ILL. - Colors For Plastics Inc. continues to grow its liquid color delivery system, with several already installed at customer locations and with plans to install at least two more by the end of the year.
Each system can deliver liquid color to as many as eight machines from a distance of up to 300 feet. Previously, color changes had to be done right at the injection molding machine in a process that was time-consuming and potentially messy, according to Ron Hulbert, national sales manager for Elk Grove Village-based CFP.
``The system can be installed right in the material-handling area,'' Hulbert said in a recent telephone interview. ``Some of our customers have more than one system running.''
Recently, CFP installed a liquid color system at Atlas Precision Molding Inc., an injection molder based in Arden, N.C. Switching to liquid color reduced Atlas Precision's materials and labor costs, Atlas materials manager Brian Pruitt said in a news release.
The CFP system also has allowed Atlas to feed its color from a basement level, creating space on its manufacturing floor and making it more attractive to new customers, Pruitt added.
The system was developed for CFP by technical service manager Mike Wernsing. Each system costs between $8,000 and $10,000. CFP can do part of the installation and some electrical work for customers as well, Hulbert said.
CFP has about 5 million pounds of liquid color capacity at plants in Elk Grove Village and in Spartanburg, S.C. A new twin-screw extrusion line was added in Spartanburg last year, while a new mixer was installed at the site in late 2006.
The company also makes a broad line of solid color concentrates.
More than half of CFP's sales are in the housewares market, with about 70 percent of its products based on polyethylene, polypropylene and polystyrene.
In 2007, CFP posted best-ever sales of $17 million.
PolyOne adding third color center in China
AVON LAKE, OHIO - PolyOne Corp. is building its third color development center in China, in Tianjin.
The Avon Lake-based compounder and resin distributor said Feb. 25 the center will serve markets in northern China and South Korea. The site will complement several existing PolyOne color centers in the country.
The small facility will have about 15 employees, but could become the foundation for a full-scale manufacturing site, as happened in Shenzhen, said Willie Chien, vice president and general manager of color and engineering materials for Asia.
The Tianjin center will let customers test color applications and will be able to handle small-scale production, Chien said.
Tianjin, a major manufacturing center close to Beijing, is seeing demand for packaging, automotive and other consumer products. Chien said PolyOne is putting a high priority on emerging markets, including China and India, though he declined to talk about additional plans.
Steve Newlin, PolyOne chief executive officer, told the Reuters news agency in February that the company may set up a plant in India, where plastics demand is rising 14 percent a year, compared with 10 percent in China.
Husky press added at Summerer center
BOLTON, ONTARIO - German mold maker Summerer Technologies GmbH & Co. KG has purchased a Husky injection press with 3,500 metric tons of clamping force for its new automotive window-glazing center.
The machine is a QTI (for Quadloc Tandem Index) injection-compression molding machine from Husky Injection Molding Systems of Bolton. The press has two injection units, so it can run two-component parts.
The 21,500-square-foot glazing center, located at Summerer Technologies' headquarters in Rosenheim, Germany, is available for customer trials.
Auxiliary equipment for the Husky QTI press includes two Kuka shelf-mounted articulating robots, a GWK temperature controller and a Motan Luxor ClearView drying system.
K-Tron unit acquires Rader for $15.9M
PITMAN, N.J. - K-Tron International Inc., which makes resin feeders, blenders and conveyors, said its Jeffrey Specialty Equipment Corp. subsidiary has purchased Rader Companies Inc., for $15.9 million
Pitman-based K-Tron is traded on Nasdaq. The purchase price included about $3.8 million to pay off Rader's bank debt.
Jeffrey Specialty Equipment makes size-reduction equipment, including crushers, feeders, chip sizer mills and hammer mills, in Woodruff, S.C.
Rader, based in Alpharetta, Ga., manufactures pneumatic conveying systems, screening equipment, and equipment for processing bark and wood chips for the pulp, paper and forest products industries.
On the plastics side, Rader makes the EDK feeder/delumper, which is used by the petrochemical industry to manufacture polypropylene and polyethylene.