Oak Tree helps launch compounding sites
MONROE, MICH. — Oak Tree Consulting LLC recently completed work on a pair of new compounding plants in India.
Monroe-based OTC designed and installed a plant in Pune, India, for Alloy Polymers Inc. and a specialty compounding facility in Kashipur, India, for Flexituff International Ltd., OTC President Subodh Sharma said in a recent news release.
The Alloy plant has initial annual capacity of almost 9 million pounds. Richmond, Va.-based Alloy eventually may have more than 30 million pounds of capacity in Pune, Sharma said.
The Flexituff plant also has annual capacity of almost 9 million pounds. Flexituff, based in Pithampur, India, plans to install additional lines in the future.
For both turnkey sites, Sharma said, OTC started with feasibility studies and moved on to site selection, commissioning, launching and training.
Sharma said OTC plans to open an office near Pune this year.
OTC previously completed a polypropylene compounding plant in Altamira, Mexico, for LyondellBasell Industries. The 9-year-old firm also has done additional engineering work for Alloy and for Asahi Kasei Plastics North America of Fowlerville, Mich.
Informous improves lead-generation tool
COLUMBIA, MD. — A simple “thumbs up or thumbs down” strategy is helping Informous Inc. fine-tune the number and quality of sales leads that its website offers to packaging and plastics industry viewers.
The Columbia-based business-to-business content company unveiled its trademarked LeadIQ lead generation platform Aug. 16, according to President and CEO Len Ostroff, to provide a more interactive experience that allows for feedback.
“There are a lot of lead-generation companies out there that throw out as much information as they can — but it is not a lead unless there is someone who expresses a real interest in buying something,” he said.
The new platform allows subscribers to optimize their returns with a simple “thumbs up or thumbs down” process. This way, a customer screens out unwanted choices.
The new platform took about three months to develop, according to Ostroff. Packaging and plastics companies can post marketing and sales information for free. The search platform allows businesses to reach highly targeted audiences.
Informous said it has about 50,000 unique visitors per month. It uses a proprietary, Amazon-style recommendation engine, enabling visitors to find relevant products and popular searches. Content can be viewed immediately without the need for a download or registration.
UMass offering professional degrees
LOWELL, MASS. — This fall, the University of Massachusetts at Lowell will begin offering a professional master's degree in polymer science that will allow students to complete the advanced degree without writing a thesis.
The polymer science program is in UMass Lowell's chemistry department. Other new professional master's degrees are in pharmaceutical biochemistry, chemistry and atmospheric sciences.
UMass Lowell officials said the new programs will prepare students for 21st century careers using hands-on learning and exposure to new technology, and by offering the chance for international study.
Also new this fall: leadership options for graduate-degree programs offered jointly by UMass Lowell's Francis College of Engineering and the College of Management in plastics engineering and chemical, civil, environmental, energy, computer, electrical and mechanical engineering.
“It's kind of geared for people in the industry,” said Robert Malloy, chairman of UMass Lowell's plastics engineering department. He said the professional degree will be less research-focused and more business-oriented than a traditional program.
HF renames mixing unit: Farrel Pomini
LÜBECK, GERMANY — HF Mixing Group's Continuous Mixing business unit has a new name to highlight its well-known equipment brands: the Farrel Pomini unit.
Farrel Pomini makes extruders and continuous mixers and extruders for plastic and rubber, according to Steve Peterson, vice president and director of the unit.
Farrel Corp. of Ansonia, Conn., and Pomini SpA of Castellanza, Italy, are sister companies, both owned by L. Possehl & Co. mbH, a Lübeck industrial conglomerate.
Farrel and Pomini — along with Harburg-Freudenberger GmbH of Lübeck — make up the HF Mixing Group, which Possehl set up in 2010.
Possehl bought Pomini in 2007, then acquired Farrel in 2009.
Peterson said Pomini no longer makes new machinery for plastics, instead focusing on twin-screw extruders for rubber. But Pomini still provides spare parts for plastics processing equipment it has made in the past, he said.