B+B, Bezner start US sales company
SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Two German sister companies that make plastics recycling equipment have launched direct sales and service for North America, by forming B+B America LLC and Bezner America LLC in Spartanburg.
They had been selling through a sales agent.
B+B builds turnkey recycling plants to turn waste plastics back into flake for reuse, said Dirk Leiber, president of B+B America.
The U.S. recycling rate for PET bottles, the most-recycled plastic, was 29 percent for 2010, according to the American Chemistry Council and the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers.
“B+B and Bezner view the United States and Canada as being one of the upcoming markets for waste-handling and recycling equipment,” Leiber said. “America has a huge potential to grow in that area.”
The German firms are B+B Anlagenbau GmbH and Bezner Anlagen und Maschinenbau GmbH, both based in Ravensburg.
The turnkey systems include bale-breaking equipment and machinery to sort plastic by resin type and color, clean the material and grind it into flake.
Leiber said all the plastics recycling equipment is being marketed under B+B America. The U.S. firm has sales people in the South and Northeast and on the West Coast.
Sabic IP pilot making custom formulations
PITTSFIELD, MASS. — Sabic Innovative Plastics has opened a new 3,000-square-foot pilot plant in Mount Vernon, Ind., that officials said will allow the firm to more rapidly produce high-performance polymers.
The new area can be used to make custom formulations of Ultem- and Siltem-brand polyetherimides and Extem-brand polyimides, officials with Pittsfield- based Sabic IP said in a Dec. 19 news release.
Officials added that piloting work previously was done externally, but now will be integrated into product research and development and will scale up to commercial production.
The Mount Vernon site “has long been a hub for major innovation breakthroughs and [is] the source of 300 patents,” global high-performance polymers technology leader Sanjay Mishra said in the release.
Sabic IP ranks as one of the world's leading producers of polycarbonate — sold under the Lexan brand — and other specialty plastics. The firm is a unit of Saudi Basic Industries Corp. of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Hedman to pay $2M in asbestos lawsuit
BUFFALO, N.Y. — The State Supreme Court for Erie County in Buffalo has awarded $2 million in damages to a former plastics worker who contracted a rare form of cancer after being exposed to raw asbestos fibers supplied by a Canadian company in the 1960s and 1970s.
Gerald Failing, 66, of Niagara Falls, N.Y., worked for thermoset materials maker Durez Plastics in North Tonawanda, N.Y., from 1966-78. The plant made phenolic molding compounds using asbestos fibers supplied by Hedman Resources Ltd. of North York, Ontario, according to a news release from Lipsitz & Ponterio LLC, the Buffalo law firm that represented Failing.
“Dumping and mixing raw asbestos fibers gives rise to a great deal of airborne asbestos contamination, which also created visible dust in Mr. Failing's work area,” the release said.
In December 2010, Failing was diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that affects the lining of the abdomen and is caused by exposure to asbestos, according to the release. After a two-week trial, the jury assigned full responsibility to Hedman, the release said, ruling that the firm's actions “were taken with reckless disregard for the safety of others.”
Attempts to contact Hedman at a phone number listed for the firm in North York were unsuccessful. Officials with Durez in Novi, Mich., also could not be reached.
Durez now is owned by Sumitomo Bakelite North America Inc. of Manchester, Conn. That firm is a unit of Sumitomo Bakelite Co. Ltd. of Tokyo.
D.R. Joseph moves to larger Texas plant
ARLINGTON, TEXAS — D.R. Joseph Inc., which makes internal bubble cooling control systems for blown film, has nearly tripled its space by moving to a 15,000-square-foot building in Arlington — an investment of about $1 million.
The new operation is located in a former blown film plant with a high bay area, so it has room for up to three blown film lines. That will help D.R. Joseph and its customers conduct advanced research and development.
The company has built a modular production area inside the larger building, said Michael Pilolli, sales and service associate.
Production began in mid-November.
D.R. Joseph moved from a 5,700-square-foot building in nearby Grand Prairie, Texas, its home for the past 18 years. Both cities are near the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
The company, which employs 10, also makes width-control systems and offers machine-direction sealing technology that can make two smaller rolls from one large blown film bubble. In December, the firm sold its 1,000th IBC system.
D.R. Joseph's earlier building was not large enough to accommodate blown film equipment. Pilolli said the company will start with a single line and can add two more to meet increased business levels.
Having blown film equipment allows customers to work out pre-production bugs, conduct training and develop standard operating procedures, the company said.
Sumitomo Bakelite pursuing India plans
MUMBAI, INDIA — Phenolic resin and molding compounds manufacturer Sumitomo Bakelite Co. Ltd. of Tokyo is firming up plans for a foray into the Indian plastics industry.
The company plans to set up a manufacturing base in India and is open to options for entering into the Indian market. Henny Van Dijk, executive officer with the firm's high-performance plastics business unit for Europe and India, said the company is likely to make a decision by the first quarter of 2012.
“It could either be a joint venture with [a] local partner or independent subsidiary,” he said at the recent Automotive Plastics India 2011 show in Mumbai.
Sumitomo Bakelite President Shigeru Hayashi first expressed an interest in entering India in late 2010.
Phenolic resin is a key raw material in making auto parts for fuel systems, drivetrains, electrical motors and engines.
Intelligrated HQ site to expand, add jobs
MASON, OHIO — Intelligrated Inc., a manufacturer of material-handling equipment, plans to add 200 employees and double the size of its headquarters plant in Mason, a suburb of Cincinnati.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich and other state and local public officials joined Intelligrated executives to announce the expansion Nov. 21.
Intelligrated will build a facility in Mason, in the range of 60,000-90,000 square feet. Construction plans are being finalized.
Government agencies have granted an incentive package valued at about $15 million. The incentives will include an extension of Intelligrated's job-creation tax credit, state and local loans, property tax abatement and a state grant.
Intelligrated makes automated systems and robots for conveying and palletizing. Its end markets include retail and consumer products, food and beverage, apparel, converted paper, pharmaceutical, postal distribution and airport baggage handling. The company also makes warehouse control systems.
CEO Chris Cole and Jim McCarthy, president and chief operating officer, co-founded Intelligrated in 2001 after their former company, Pinnacle Automation Co., was sold to FKI Logistex Group Ltd. of Loughborough, England. They ended up buying back FKI's North American operations.
The 200 new jobs will include technical and engineering positions in research and development, system design and customer service.
Australia re-evaluates Japanese PVC exports
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA — The Canberra-based Australian Customs and Border Protection Service is looking at whether to continue anti-dumping measures it implemented to stop Japanese manufacturers from exporting PVC at prices less than the resin's normal value in Australia.
The measures currently apply to PVC exports from Japan and the U.S., but the anti-dumping measures for Japanese imports expire Oct. 21, 2012. ACBPS invited industry representatives Dec. 9 to respond to whether measures imposed on Japanese imports should continue for another five years.
Anti-dumping measures were first implemented in 1992 and re-imposed in 1997, 2002 and 2007.
About 30 percent of Japanese PVC exports from 2003-06 to all countries were at prices below domestic prices, according to ACBPS. Its previous inquiry determined that Australia's PVC market price exceeded Japan's dumped goods by 8 percent.
The service ruled in November that anti-dumping measures imposed on U.S. manufacturers exporting PVC to Australia should remain. Those measures were due to expire Jan. 22. ACBPS said that without anti-dumping measures, it is likely that dumped U.S. PVC would undercut other imports in the Australian market and significantly undercut selling prices.