ReifenhÃ¤user now sole Reimotec owner
TROISDORF, GERMANY ReifenhÃ¤user GmbH & Co. KG, already the majority shareholder of Reimotec GmbH, said it has acquired the remainder of the company.
Troisdorf-based ReifenhÃ¤user will buy the shares from the Morton-Finger family. The same applies for the motech GmbH company. Both motech and Reimotec are based in Abtsteinach, Germany.
Reimotec makes extrusion lines that produce technical monofilaments, artificial grass and strapping tape.
The former technical director at Reimotec, Jurgen Morton-Finger, will leave to join the management team of Morton Extrusionstechnik GmbH, a semi-finished products extruder.
Managing directors Anatoli Maximowitsch, technical administration, and Karl-Heinz Schaaf, commercial administration, will remain in charge.
Archway purchases distributor Ed Simal
ST. LOUIS Archway Sales Inc. of St. Louis has acquired specialty chemical distributor Ed Simal & Associates Inc. of Atlanta.
The purchase expands Archway's chemical distribution coverage on the East Coast and in the South, the company said.
Archway employs 85 and the acquisition adds five technical sales representatives, it said.
SolVin, Arkema end European vinyls JVs
BRUSSELS SolVin SA and Arkema Group are dissolving three vinyl resin joint ventures.
Solvay SA, which owns 75 percent of Brussels-based SolVin, said SolVin became sole owner of Vinilis SA in Spain, effective July 1. SolVin had owned 65 percent of Vinilis.
In addition, Colombes, France-based Arkema Group became sole owner of France's VinylFos SAS and VinylBerre. SolVin had owned 21 percent of VinylFos and 35 percent of VinylBerre.
The changes will help simplify SolVin's structure, said Enzo Morici, general manager of Solvay's vinyls business, in a news release.
Solvay just announced plans to sell its stake in Inergy Automotive Systems, its fuel-tank joint venture with Plastic Omnium SA.
Plarco to turn PLA back into lactic acid
EAU CLAIRE, WIS. Polylactic acid recycler Biocor LLC has chosen a new company, Plarco Inc., to turn the PLA resin Biocor recycles back into lactic acid.
EnviroGreen Solutions LLC in Eau Claire and Brussels-based Galactic are stockholders in the new venture. Galactic owns a proprietary chemical recycling system called Loopla that depolymerizes PLA through hydrolysis.
Plarco will be located at the facility used by WRR Environmental Services Co. Inc. and EnviroGreen in Eau Claire. EnviroGreen had been converting PLA into lactic acid for PLA maker NatureWorks LLC of Minnetonka, Minn.
NatureWorks is a minority stakeholder in Biocor and has agreed to purchase all the lactic acid made by Plarco.
Plarco's recycling process will help to create true cradle-to-cradle reuse of post-consumer and post-industrial PLA, said Plarco CEO Charles Terry in a statement. Our contractual relationships with both Biocor and NatureWorks and the trend toward greater use of biopolymers bode well for Plarco's sustained business growth.
Recycling industry veteran Mike Centers formed Biocor in January to buy and recycle PLA and expects to recycle at least 600,000 pounds by the end of the year. We have to start establishing a recycling network for PLA now so we don't miss out on the opportunity, he said.
Down the road, Centers said, Biocor plans to build its own plant to turn PLA into lactic acid.
Fluorocarbon proxy receives US patent
WATERVILLE, MAINE Biopolymer development firm Cerealus Holdings LLC of Waterville and the University of Maine in Orono on June 15 received a U.S. patent for Holdout, a bio-based alternative to fluorocarbon compounds often used in food packaging.
Our technology will finally enable consumers to access sustainable and biodegradable food packaging on a wider scale, Tony Jabar, Cerealus founder and CEO, said in a June 17 news release.
Holdout uses a corn protein, zein, to create a thermoplastic biopolymer coating for oil and grease resistance.
Copyright 2010 Crain Communications Inc. All Rights Reserved.