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BASF expands production for amines at its Verbund plant  

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Ludwigshafen, Germany - BASF SE is significantly expanding its production capacity for about 20 specialty amines at its Verbund site in Ludwigshafen. The company will therefore invest a double-digit million euro amount in expanding current production facilities, which are planned to go on stream gradually by early 2017. The specialty amines are especially used for the manufacturing of coatings, lubricants, crop protection products and pharmaceuticals. With this investment, BASF strengthens its worldwide amine production network with plants in Ludwigshafen and Schwarzheide, Germany, in Antwerp, Belgium, in Geismar, Louisiana and in Nanjing, China. In March and April 2014, BASF announced the construction of two new multiple product plants for the manufacturing of specialty amines at the BASF Verbund sites in Ludwigshafen, Germany and Nanjing, China, where startup is planned for 2015. With about 200 different amines, BASF has the world’s most diverse portfolio of this type of chemical intermediates. Along with alkyl-, alkanol-, alkoxyalkylamines, the company offers heterocyclic and aromatic as well as specialty amines. The range is completed by an expanding portfolio of chiral amines of high optical and chemical purity. The versatile products are used mainly to manufacture process chemicals, pharmaceuticals and crop protection products, as well as cosmetic products and detergents. They also serve to produce coatings, special plastics, composites and special fibers. - * Email

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Wacker Elastosil turns 60  

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Munich, Germany - One of the best-known and most successful brands of Munich-based chemicals group Wacker is turning 60: On March 4, 1955, the company sought trademark protection from the German Patent Office for the name Elastosil. Since then, the number of different products bearing the registered trademark has grown to nearly 3000. ELASTOSIL® silicones are used in virtually all branches of industry, from automotive to aerospace. Wacker is celebrating this milestone with a website (www.wacker.com/elastosil60) dedicated to telling the brand's remarkable success story. Elastosil silicone rubber has been used to reliably seal joints for many years. It is used not only for building joints but also for joints in the household and industrial sectors. Employees are marking the 60th birthday of Elastosil on the group website www.wacker.com with a series of reports about the varied application areas, trends and innovations surrounding this silicone brand. The series opens with a welcoming address by Peter Summo, head of the Engineering Silicones business unit. “A trademark application was filed for Elastosil on March 4, 1955. Since then, this extraordinary technology has repeatedly provided the basis for high-performance, economical and sustainable products.” Elastosil silicones have become an essential, integral part of many applications due to their versatility and unique property profile. Whether for airbags, keyboards, safety and fire-resistive cables, mold-making, sealing and medical technology; silicone elastomers provide key benefits to manufacturers and end customers alike. The brand is also renowned for the role it plays in technical innovations that lead to new products and open up new opportunities for fabricators. One such example is Elastosil Film, the latest member of the brand family. This ultrathin high-precision film of silicone rubber is used in the production of novel sensors, actuators and generators. “Our high-precision silicone film, which is available as roll stock, opens up totally new application possibilities for the industry. We have only just scratched the surface,” says Summo. “Many products nowadays tend to come and go quickly. But not Elastosil. This is a brand you can rely on.” The brand name Elastosil, which is a contraction of “elastomer” and “silicone,” encompasses numerous silicone elastomers from the Wacker product range. Unlike silicone fluids or silicone resins, they are by nature elastic and rubber-like. While silicone rubbers constitute the largest group numerically, the brand portfolio includes other silicone grades, such as silicone rubber dispersions, silicone sealants and additives. The brains behind Wacker silicones and the man behind the Elastosil brand was the chemist Dr. Siegfried Nitzsche, who commenced his pioneering research into silanes and silicones at Wacker’s initial production site in Burghausen, Germany, in 1947. Over the years that followed, Wacker scientists developed a range of different silicone polymers and all kinds of crosslinking mechanisms as they systematically built up the comprehensive Elastosil portfolio. Silicone rubbers consist essentially of silicone polymers and fillers. They undergo high-temperature (HTV silicones) or room-temperature vulcanization (RTV silicones and liquid silicone rubber respectively) with suitable reactants, during which the uncured, flowable compound in a plastic state is transformed into an elastomeric rubber with a three-dimensional structure. Silicone rubbers are flexible at low temperatures as well as being resistant to heat and aging (UV, ozone, radiation). They are easy to process and have good mechanical properties that remain unchanged over a wide temperature range. Moreover, they have a neutral taste and a low environmental impact. As the properties of the silicone rubbers can be varied within wide limits, developers can tailor them to all kinds of applications and adjust them in response to growing technical requirements; this has been a key factor underpinning the success of the Elastosil brand. Aside from tried-and-true silicone sealants widely employed throughout the construction industry, the portfolio contains highly specialized rubber grades, such as extremely heat-resistant and high-tear-strength grades. Various self-adhesive, electrically conducting, low-friction and magnetic silicones are also available. The Elastosil range has a product to suit nearly every industrial application and every processing method, whether this be extrusion, injection molding or dispensing. Molded parts, profiles and tubing, joint seals, bonded components, coated surfaces and exact reproductions can all be made with silicone rubber. Elastosil silicone products are employed in all kinds of industrial applications. Their near-to unlimited potential makes them ideal for applications in many industries – such as automotive and mechanical engineering, electronics and electrics, textiles, baby articles, toys, domestic appliances and sports articles, as well as the construction industry. - * Email

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India's natural rubber imports to rise, say industry officials  

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Kochi, India - The Economic Times reports, "India's natural rubber imports could rise nearly 18 percent to a record 500,000 metric tons in the next financial year, buoyed by rising local consumption and lower prices overseas, industry officials said. Higher imports by the world's second biggest consumer of rubber could support global prices, which have risen by more than a quarter since hitting their lowest level in more than five years last September. "The wide gap between local and overseas prices will ensure higher imports," George Valy, president of the Indian Rubber Dealers' Federation, told Reuters on sidelines of industry conference India Rubber Meet. India, which buys most of its natural rubber from Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam, is expected to ship in about 425,000 metric tons in the current financial year to March 31, he said. Rubber in India is available at $2.10 per kg, compared with $1.41 in Malaysia, prompting tire makers such as CEAT Ltd., Apollo Tyres BSE ­3.04 percent, JK Tyre and Industries , MRF Ltd and Balkrishna Industries to increase imports. "We are expecting the two­wheelers tyre segment to grow by 1,0­12 percent, passenger cars by 5­6 percent and commercial vehicles by 2­4 percent," Budhraja said. Tire makers, the biggest consumers of natural rubber, are expected to prosper from an increase in Indian vehicle sales amid optimism about the economy under the new government of Narendra Modi. A marginal rise in natural rubber prices in recent weeks could prompt farmers in the world's fifth ­biggest producer to resume tapping after some had suspended operations because of lower prices. "On the back of better prices and slightly better weather, we can see a 15 percent rise in production," Budhraja said. India could produce more than 800,000 metric tons of rubber next year, against about 700,000 metric tons this year, he added." - * Email

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Industrial Thermo Polymers acquired by Armacell  

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Mebane, NC – Armacell, a leader in flexible insulation foams for the equipment insulation market and a leading provider of engineered foams, has signed a purchase agreement for the business of Industrial Thermo Polymers Limited (ITP), a leading manufacturer of extruded polyethylene foam products in North America. This transaction significantly strengthens Armacell’s market position and footprint in North America, especially in the pipe insulation business. This acquisition reflects another step in the continuation of Armacell’s internationalization and growth strategy. Furthermore, it firmly establishes Armacell in the new market segments of water toys and backer rods. The closing expected mid-March. “All of the product segments that ITP is active in, such as pipe insulation, backer rods and water toys, exhibit strong growth rates. The predicted rebound of the overall US construction market and the strengthening of the U.S. dollar, which both have a significant impact on the company´s sales, make ITP an attractive investment for us," explains Patrick Mathieu, CEO of Armacell International S.A. "ITP possesses decades of technology know-how in the production of extruded polyethylene tubes and profiles. We are looking forward to having such an experienced team on board.” "In Armacell ITP has found a successor with a global growth strategy, where it can leverage the production capabilities, specifically polyethylene extrusion, and know-how developed at ITP over the past 35 years,” says Steve Hartman, president of Industrial Thermo Polymers Ltd. “ITP also offers Armacell a strategic foothold in the Canadian market place. I am excited and confident that it will build on what we have created and be a great home for our people." ITP, which was founded in 1980 and maintains headquarters in Ontario, Canada, is a leading manufacturer of extruded polyethylene foam products in North America. Under the brand name Tundra, ITP manufactures products in a broad range of markets, including standard and self-sealing pipe Insulation, insulating foam filler and water toys. In addition, ITP is also North America's foremost manufacturer of sealant joint backer rod products for the waterproofing industry. In 2014, it generated revenue of approximately C$ 30 million. - * Email

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Eastman launching new amorphous polyolefin product grades  

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Kingsport, TN – Eastman Chemical Company plans to launch several new amorphous polyolefin (APO) product grades later this year. Changes being made at the Longview, TX, site for manufacture of these new APO product grades include upgrading capabilities to deliver molten product to our customers and improvements of existing equipment to handle new product production. With Eastman’s first new polyolefin product launches in several years, the company expects to offer butene-free innovative APO grades for use in the hygiene and packaging markets in the second half of 2015. These new products will meet global market demand for low odor and lower temperature sprayability. “Targeted innovation efforts based on market and customer insights have added newly-developed APO grades for hygiene and packaging to our portfolio,” says JP Kuijpers, Adhesives business director for the Adhesives & Plasticizers business segment. “In addition, we are enhancing our capability to deliver molten product to our customers, enabling them to reduce conversion costs dramatically.” Eastman has a long history of reliability and quality in the production of amorphous polyolefins for several markets, including hot melt adhesives, roofing, and flooring. With abundant ethylene and propylene feedstock available, and a fully integrated manufacturing position, Eastman’s polyolefins business is well positioned to deliver additional innovative products that improve the capabilities of olefin-based adhesives worldwide. - * Email

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Register now for Rubber Division March courses and take $150 off  

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Akron, OH - The Rubber Division, ACS is offering a $150 discount for March course registrations. $150 off member and non-member prices of the March course when you enter promo code Course-150 upon checkout. March course offering: Introduction to Compounding, Testing and Mixing of Elastomers, March 10-11; 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Hilton Garden Inn, Twinsburg, OH; March 12; 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - DuPont Performance Elastomers, Stow, OH and Kobelco Stewart Bolling, Hudson, OH. Visit rubber.org for more information. - * Email

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Camoplast Solideal receives Partner-level status with John Deere  

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Magog, Québec – Camoplast Solideal recently earned Partner-level supplier status for the second straight year with Deere & Company’s highest supplier rating in their Achieving Excellence program. Camoplast Solideal obtained Partner-level status because of its dedication to providing products and service of outstanding quality and because of its commitment to continuous improvement. “We are extremely honored to receive Partner-level status for the second year in a row,” indicates Jean-François Ferland, vice president and general manager, Agriculture, at Camoplast Solideal. “Working for a client like John Deere helps us elevate our game. Simply put, we want to be the best partner for our clients. Being recognized as such is proof that we’re on the right track,“ concludes Ferland. Camoplast Solideal is a proud full service supplier of agricultural tracks and track systems to John Deere. Suppliers who participate in the Achieving Excellence program are evaluated annually in several key performance categories, including quality, cost management, delivery, technical support and wavelength, which is a measure of responsiveness. John Deere Supply Management created the program in 1991 to provide a supplier evaluation and feedback process that promotes continuous improvement. - * Email

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