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Thailand's prime minister bans rubber farmers' planned protest

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Bangkok, Thailand - The Bangkok Post reports, "Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan­o­cha has expressed growing frustration at southern rubber planters who plan a protest over falling prices on January 30, urging them to be patient while efforts are made to solve problems throughout the sector. Speaking to reporters outside Government House, Gen Prayut said the planned rally in Trang’s Sikao district by a network of rubber farmers from 16 southern provinces could not go ahead. He said he had ordered the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to negotiate with the network as well as check on people involved with Friday's gathering to see if they are real farmers or are backed by influential figures. There were many groups of rubber growers in the South, Gen Prayut said, and a body to represent all of them should be formed in order to hold talks with authorities and ensure that any decisions made are accepted by every farmer. “When rubber sheet is sold for less than 80 baht [per kilogram], they demand 80 baht. Now while we can only increase the price to 60 baht, they again ask for rubber latex prices to be 80 baht. They cannot keep asking like this,” the prime minister said. He said the government was trying to solve problems in the entire rubber system and the process would take time. It recently approved plans to use natural rubber to build roads and sports stadium floors to try to boost demand for local rubber and reduce market glut, while shoring up prices. “They should think hard about whether people in other occupations such as motorcycle taxi drivers and vendors are suffering hardship like them and why don’t they demand the same from government,” he noted. The network led by Saksarit Sriprasart announced on Tuesday it would stage a mass protest rally this Friday after postponing the plan from December to avoid the auspicious month and His Majesty the King's birthday on December 5. Saksit said farmers had tried to be patient but had suffered from tumbling rubber prices for a long time. He claimed the Prayut government did not care about the farmers. He expected more than 5,000 affected growers to attend the rally." - * Email

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Advanced Photonix introduces hand-held nondestructive thickness gauge

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Ann Arbor, MI - Advanced Photonix, Inc. announces the introduction of the T-Gauge SPG (single-point gauge), an addition to the T-Ray 5000 product family. This handheld accessory is targeted at measuring material thickness for quality control in the aerospace and nondestructive testing markets. The T-Gauge SPG is designed for at-line manufacturing environments and makes use of terahertz properties to non-destructively penetrate many opaque materials to allow measurement of layer thickness. The T-Gauge SPG can make layer thickness measurements with the pull of a trigger in single or multi-layer products made from a wide variety of materials such as plastics, rubber, paper, paint and other coatings. Incorporating fundamental technology advances developed by Advanced Photonix, and its subsidiary Picometrix, LLC, over the past 18 years, the T-Gauge SPG provides layer thickness resolution that surpasses that of other measurement tools. With a simplified user interface, the same tool can measure multiple product configurations, and with a variety of tips, even hard to access locations can be examined. "We are pleased to announce this addition to the terahertz product family which has recently begun shipping to the aerospace market for application on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. This product will be used to spot check layer thickness during production, which is complimentary to the recently announced handheld accessory product development contract with the US Air Force to assist in the assembly and maintenance of the F-35. The T-Gauge SPG will help us further penetrate the aerospace market and open up new markets where existing technologies have limitations, including measuring through air gaps or measuring products with varying substrate properties," according to Dr. Irl Duling, director of Terahertz Business Development at Advanced Photonix. The handheld tool is connected to a T-Ray 5000 intelligent terahertz control unit (TCU) that provides the optoelectronics that drive the T-Gauge SPG. The industrially ruggedized T-Ray 5000 TCU meets the high standards of speed and accuracy required for high-volume manufacturing as well as the advanced research laboratory (UL and CE marked). The T-Gauge SPG has been designed to meet the high standards of precision, portability, and ruggedness set by the T-Ray 5000. The T-Gauge SPG will be demonstrated at Photonics West in the Advanced Photonix booth number 401. The show is in San Francisco from February 10-12, 2015. - * Email

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ERRLAB: A common initiative to improve technical support to small and medium rubber enterprises in Europe

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Brussels, Belgium - On January, 26, 2015, the official signature of the European platform ERRLAB took place. ERRLAB, which means European Research and Rubber Laboratories, is a European informal network of laboratories for research and testing in rubber applications, established by France, Germany and Italy benchmark rubber laboratories (LRCCP, DIK, CERISIE, respectively), with the support of the rubber industry national associations (SNCP, WDK, Assogomma, respectively) and the European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers Association (ETRMA). More than 100 doctors, engineers and technicians highly rubber specialized are committed. ERRLAB objective is to share resources and expertise in order to provide an ever better and complete technical service to the European rubber manufacturing industry, with a special attention to small and medium enterprises, in the field of Environment, Health and Safety studies, research and development, testing and certification. Networking and cooperation can support the scientific and technological development of the rubber sector and the strengthening of the European rubber Industry towards the ever challenging safety and environmental requirements. - * Email

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KraussMaffei Berstorff to display a wide range of products at NPE 2015 in Orlando

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Munich, Germany - At the NPE in Orlando (March 23 to 27, 2015), KraussMaffei Berstorff is showing its wide range of products, presenting itself as a system provider for extrusion solutions in the American market, which is characterized by a revitalized demand. At the KraussMaffei Group trade show booth (West Hall Level 2 Hall A, Booth W903), you can see the latest C6 control system, the KM-3L RKW 74-250 IPC multi-layer pipe head, a QuickSwitch calibration basket for the in-line dimension change and the KME 60 XS single-screw extruder for manufacturing technical profiles. The C6 control system was introduced for the first time at the K2013 trade show, but now KraussMaffei Berstorff is introducing it to the American market starting at the NPE. "This premium quality control system is an intelligent combination of proven elements and innovative software components," explains Matthias Sieverding, head of Extrusion Technology in the USA. "Our customers have responded very well, particularly to the possibility of fast and reliable access management through non-contact identification by means of RFID readers," says Sieverding enthusiastically. "It can also easily be integrated into a central data acquisition system. If there is any disruption to production, parameters can be quickly adjusted and corresponding countermeasures can be introduced," Sieverding adds. At the NPE, KraussMaffei Berstorff will show the mobile version. "We are seeing an increased demand, particularly for solutions that can fit the term 'smart pipe'," Sieverding says. "With our spiral distributor pipe head, we are providing a very innovative, complex and flexible system, which the customer can use to produce according to requirements for a wide variety of applications. For example, our customers want to produce reinforced pipes with filled intermediate layers to save on material costs. But pipes with a durable inner layer are also increasingly in demand, for example, for drinking water applications with a high amount of chlorine additive. In addition, the concept—a combination of radial and helical coils—guarantees precise production of thin films at a minimum wall thickness tolerance." The KM-3L RKW 74-250 IPC exhibit is equipped with the efficient internal pipe cooling system, which, in addition to conventional external cooling, also cools the pipe from inside. By doing this, the processor can increase the output by up to 60 percent or, alternatively, reduce the cooling section by up to 40 percent. The QuickSwitch system for in-line dimension change at the touch of a button is quite popular because it reduces production and material costs while increasing the delivery availability. "Following the high sales successes in Europe, we are seeing a growing trend toward new investments in complete lines in the USA," Sieverding says. "Our technology provides enormous potential savings, such as lower standstill and changeover times, lower material costs, low capital lock-up and high delivery availability, even for small lot sizes." The KME 60 XS exhibit from the XS series stands as an example of how special materials such as TPE, TPU and POM are processed for manufacturing technical profiles. The machine, which was originally designed for standard pipe applications, can be optimally used specifically for small outputs, which are often desired particularly for manufacturing technical profiles. - * Email

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New market report on thermoplastic polyurethanes

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Dublin, Ireland - Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Global Thermoplastic Polyurethane Market 2015-2019" report to its offering. Thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPUs) are elastomers produced by thermoplastic methods. These are used in the Automotive, Footwear, Infrastructure, and Heavy Engineering industries because of their high tensile strength, abrasion resistance, and low temperature properties. They possess a number of physical properties that no other TPEs can provide. One of the major trends upcoming in this market is the increased investment in the R&D of thermoplastic polyurethane. The huge investment in R&D is expected to increase the efficiency of thermoplastic polyurethane, and hence increase its demand among end-users. According to the report, increased demand from the automotive industry is one of the major drivers of the market. Thermoplastic polyurethane is replacing the metals used in the manufacture of automobile parts because it is light in weight and has higher impact resistance. Further, the report states that lack of the required properties in thermoplastic polyurethane is one of the main challenges that the market faces. Properties such as limited service temperature, shorter shelf life, narrow hardness, and the drying required before processing are expected to pose a threat to the global thermoplastic polyurethane market. - * Email

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PolyOne reports record fourth quarter

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Cleveland, OH - Highlighted by several performance records and strong profitability expansion, PolyOne Corporation reported its fourth quarter and full year results. Adjusted earnings per share increased 38 percent to $0.36 for the fourth quarter of 2014, from $0.26 in the fourth quarter of 2013. GAAP loss per share of $0.16 in the fourth quarter of 2014 compared to earnings per share of $0.22 in the fourth quarter of 2013. Special items for the fourth quarter of 2014, the largest of which was the mark-to-market pension adjustment, resulted in a net after-tax charge of $47.5 million, or $0.52 per share. Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2014 was $869 million compared to $924 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. As expected, the revenue decline resulted from ongoing mix improvement, including the exit of unprofitable products associated with the Spartech acquisition and certain operations in Brazil, weaker business conditions in Europe, and unfavorable foreign exchange. For the full year, revenue in 2014 was $3.84 billion, 2% higher than 2013 revenue of $3.77 billion. This growth, combined with significant profitability expansion, led to adjusted earnings per share for 2014 expanding 37 percent to an all time record $1.80. GAAP earnings per share were $0.83 for the full year, versus $0.97 in 2013. "I am very pleased to report outstanding fourth quarter results which extends our streak to 21 consecutive quarters of strong double-digit adjusted earnings per share growth," said Robert M. Patterson, president and chief executive officer. "Our Specialty platform led the way with Global Color, Additives & Inks and Global Specialty Engineered Materials overcoming difficult economic conditions in Europe and a weaker Euro to deliver record fourth quarter operating income." "2014 was yet another great year in our company's history, underpinned by our unwavering commitment to our four pillar strategy and achieving our aggressive goals. Three of our businesses have already reached their 2015 margin targets with DSS and PP&S having line of sight to getting there this year," added Patterson. "Innovation and mix improvement continue to be at the heart of our specialty transformation as 44 percent of our specialty platform sales were from products introduced in the last five years." Bradley C. Richardson, executive vice president and chief financial officer said, "Our strong free cash flow for the year enabled us to repurchase 6.3 million shares of common stock and increase our annual dividend 25%. We also completed the acquisition of Accella, thereby accelerating growth in our Specialty platform." Richardson added, "With liquidity of $475 million and a net debt to EBITDA of 1.9x, we have ample financial capacity to pursue strategic acquisitions, invest in innovation and continue our share repurchases and dividends." Commenting on the company's outlook, Patterson said, "We remain focused on executing our strategy and providing exemplary service to our customers. With global markets for our products and services totaling approximately $40 billion in size and trends that favor our light-weight, high performance materials, we see tremendous growth opportunities to pursue and capture regardless of economic conditions." Patterson added, "I am confident we will deliver another year of strong double-digit adjusted EPS growth in 2015, and I look forward to further expanding on our Platinum Vision for 2020 with investors in May." - * Email

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New market report on acrylic acid and its derivative types

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Dallas, TX - MarketsandMarkets.com released a new report, "Acrylic Acid & Its Derivatives Market by Derivative Types (Esters/Acrylates - Methyl, Ethyl, Butyl, 2-EH, Polymers - Elastomers, SAP, Water Treatment Polymers, Other Derivatives), Applications & Geography - Global Trends & Forecast to 2019," published by MarketsandMarkets, defines and segments the global acrylic acid market with analysis and forecasting of volume consumed and value generated. The acrylic acid consumption is projected to grow from 5,570 KT in 2014 to 6,974 KT by 2019, at a CAGR of 4.60% during the same period. Browse 85 Market Data Tables and 53 Figures spread through 174 Pages and in-depth TOC on "Acrylic Acid & Its Derivatives Market". The report also defines driving and restraining factors for the global acrylic acid market with the analysis of trends, opportunities, burning issues, winning imperatives, and challenges. Some of the drivers include growing demand from the emerging markets and the increase in applications of super absorbent polymers. The acrylic acid and its derivatives market is experiencing moderate growth, especially in Asia-Pacific and North America, due to the increased applications of super absorbent polymers in diapers and training pants. The market is forecasted on the basis of major regions, such as North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World both by value and volume. The regional acrylic acid & its derivatives market is further segmented on the basis of derivative type and their major applications. The Asia-Pacific region was the world's largest market for acrylic acid & its derivatives, both, in terms of volume and value in 2013. China is the key consumer of acrylic acid and its derivatives in Asia-Pacific. Various expansions and new product developments in the acrylic acid & its derivatives industry and the growing applications of super absorbent polymers have in turn made the region a potential growth market for acrylic acid and its derivatives market. Expansion and new product development are the major growth strategies adopted by industry players. Most of the companies are engaged in expanding their existing facilities or are investing in research and development to develop new products to abide by the environmental regulation. The report forecasts value of the global acrylic acid & it derivatives market and its various sub-markets with respect to main regions namely, Asia-Pacific, Europe, North America, and Rest of the World. The report segments the global acrylic acid and it derivatives market by its derivative types and their subsequent end-use applications. - * Email

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