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Bayer MaterialScience to increase TPU production in India

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Mumbai, India – Bayer MaterialScience is planning to increase its production capacities in Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu India to meet the continued growth in demand for thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU). With the addition of a second TPU production line, the annual capacity of Cuddalore site will increase to 6,000 metric tons from its current capacity of 2,500 metric tons.The installation is expected to be completed by the 2nd quarter 2015. Marius Wirtz, head of the TPU Business at Bayer Materialscience, said, “As the only local TPU producer, BMS has been commited to the development of the Indian TPU market for over 18 years. The planned increase of our local capacity is an important milestone to continuously support our customer’s growth with custom-made TPUs in high quality and with short lead times.” Ajay Durrani, managing director and senior country representative – Indian SubContinent, Bayer MaterialScience Pvt. Ltd., added, “Bayer MaterialScience continues to see strong growth opportunities in India across all business units. There is considerable demand in the Indian market for TPUs which is driven by an increasing appetite for high-quality end products. With this, we are convinced that the Indian market has strong fundamentals to utilize the scale of investments in TPU.” Bayer pioneered the development of TPU applications in India in a wide range of industry segments and applications such as automotive, textile, shoe, castor wheel, cable sheathing, pneumatic tubing, solution coatings and adhesives. The company is the local market leader and offers a wide range of innovative TPUs from both Bayer’s local and global TPU portfolio. The Cuddalore site supplies TPU under Bayer’s trade name Desmopan to the Indian market as well as to customers in Europe. The company has recently received Environmental Clearance from the Ministry of Environment which is supplemented by a permit from the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB). - * Email

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Smithers Quality Assessments is celebrating 20 years of continuous ISO 9001 certification with four clients

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Akron, OH – Smithers Quality Assessments (SQA), a Smithers Group company and ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) accredited certification body, celebrated 20 years of continuous ISO 9001 certification with four clients. Since 1987, when the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) published its first quality management standard, the ISO 9000 series of standards has been recognized globally as the framework for a well-managed, customer-focused quality management system. “As an accredited ISO 9001 certification body, SQA is proud of the 20-year relationship we’ve had with ML Products, LLC, Specification Rubber Products, Inc., Stemco, and Struktol Company of America,” said Jeanette Preston, president, Smithers Quality Assessments. “We congratulate these companies for their steadfast focus on quality and on achieving certification continuously for 20 years. We thank them for being loyal customers.” The ISO 9000 family of standards addresses various aspects of quality management, contains some of the most well known standards and is the most popular series of standards. Five years after ISO 9001:1987 was established only, 2,059 companies in the U.S. were certified. Today, the ISO 9001 standard is being used by over 1.5 million organizations in 191 countries. “Over the last 20 years, our SQA auditors have been dedicated to helping us improve our business through ISO 9001 certification,” said Blair Downs, Quality/Continuous Improvement manager at Stemco. “Our relationship with SQA has helped Stemco become a better company. Their audits have been very effective and business oriented, with a focus on finding areas for improvement.” “SQA’s auditors are committed to helping our clients become more efficient and successful through the certification process,” added Preston. “Our customers often report reducing waste, developing more efficient processes and increased customer satisfaction, after achieving certification.” “Now, ISO 9001:2008 is an accepted standard for many manufacturers,” said Tony Carson, technical and quality manager at Specification Rubber Products, Inc. “Twenty years ago, achieving certification provided a competitive advantage and helped our company open doors to new business around the globe. Over that period of time, SQA has been a trusted partner and has helped us enhance our processes and performance.” “Our ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 certifications demonstrate to our customer base that we are focused on quality,” added Downs. “Stemco’s ISO 14001 certification proves to our customers, many of whom are focused on achieving a low impact, more environmentally friendly product, that we are committed to reducing our environmental manufacturing footprint.” “The ISO 9000 process we embarked on 20 years ago helped us create a structure and standard operating procedures, which we needed as a small business,” said Don Benedetti, quality control manager at Struktol Company of America. “We’ve used SQA auditors since the beginning because they have been honest, accessible and responsive to our needs while conducting a comprehensive audit.” “These four companies, in a diverse array of industries, were pioneers, when they recognized 20 years ago that the ISO 9001 certification would be a benefit to their companies,” said Preston. “The ISO 9001 certification process guides a company to document processes, discover efficiencies and take a new look at the business. Certification demonstrates a commitment to quality to customers and provides a certain level of trust.” As an early adopter, Tim Morris, president of ML Products LLC, shares that ISO 9001:2008 certification has provided his company with a competitive advantage. “The certification process helped us identify improved systems and create a roadmap to produce high quality products. Our SQA auditors have always been focused on an assessment that helped boost our performance.” - * Email

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Rubber poised to rise as prices at five-year low cut output

Thursday, September 18, 2014

New York, NY - Bloomberg reports, "Rubber is nearing the bottom of a bear market that started in January and is poised to rise after its slump to a five-year low triggered output cuts in Thailand, according to a survey of 15 analysts. Futures on the Tokyo Commodity Exchange, down 64 percent from a record in 2011, will climb to 205 yen a kilogram ($1,910 a metric ton) by the end of the year, according to the median response from the analysts based in Tokyo, Singapore and Bangkok surveyed by Bloomberg News. That is 7 percent higher than prices on Tocom today of 191.5 yen at 12:12 p.m. local time. Rubber traded in Tokyo, Shanghai and Thailand all slid this month to the lowest levels since 2009. Growers in Thailand, the biggest producer, have begun felling older trees to cut supply and will reduce tappings after record-high prices three years ago spurred farmers to expand plantations. “Falling prices will accelerate Thai producers reducing output, raising the prospect that the surplus in the global market may shrink,” said Takaki Shigemoto, analyst at JSC Corp., a researcher in Tokyo. “Demand is healthy as global auto sales are set to reach a record high this year, boosting tire production.” The Thai government will promote cutting down trees to trim production and will utilize natural rubber stockpiles for road and flood prevention projects to run down its surplus, Petipong Puengbun Na Ayudhya, minister of agriculture said in a statement yesterday. Output from the country may drop as much as 30 percent because of falling prices, fewer tapping days, labor shortages and heavy rains disrupting plantation work, Perk Lertwangpong, president of the Rubber Holders Cooperatives Federation of Thailand, said September 10. “Rubber growers cannot survive with prices at this level as a price slump reduces monthly incomes by half,” Perk said in a phone interview. “We’ve been suffering from a price slump for a long time.” The global oversupply will shrink to 202,000 metric tons in 2015, down 46 percent from this year, the Singapore-based International Rubber Study Group said last month. China, the biggest user of the commodity, consumed 2.90 million tons of natural rubber in the eight months through August, up 6 percent from the same period last year, according to Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries. Chinese demand is forecast to grow 7.8 percent to 4.54 million tons this year, the group said this month. Falling prices could spur a switch by users in China away from compound rubber, a cheaper alternative made from a mixture of natural and synthetic materials. “Prices of natural rubber in China are falling to as low as those for compound rubber,” said Gu Jiong, analyst at Yutaka Shoji Co., a broker in Tokyo. “If this situation continues, demand will probably shift from compound to natural rubber.” Demand for rubber used in tires will increase as automobile production rises. Global sales of light vehicles are set to climb 4 percent to a record 90.5 million units next year, according to LMC Automotive Ltd., a research company in Oxford, England. Sales across Asia will expand 5.4 percent in 2015, the researcher said last month. Lower rubber prices are boosting earnings of tire makers including Bridgestone Corp. and Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., and reducing revenue for farmers from Ivory Coast to Vietnam and Thailand, the largest producer and exporter. Tokyo-based Bridgestone, the world’s largest tiremaker, expects that low rubber prices will help raise its operating profits by 50 billion yen for the year through December 31, up from an earlier forecast of 5 billion yen, chief financial officer, Akihiro Eto, said August 8. Rubber fell into a bear market in January as inventories in Shanghai climbed to a nine-year high. Rubber is the biggest loser among major commodities this year. Futures on the Tocom plunged 31 percent this year to settle at 190.2 yen on September 12. That is more than the 20 percent drop in corn, the worst-performing commodity among 22 tracked by the Bloomberg Commodity Index, which lost 3.5 percent over the same period." - * Email

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RTP introduces new conductive extrusion compounds

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Winona, MN - RTP Company has expanded its line of conductive compounds to include those specifically designed for extrusion processes and applications. Produced on dedicated manufacturing equipment designed for the highest level of uniform carbon black dispersion, RTP explains it's conductive extrusion compounds provide consistent electrical conductivity, electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection and maximized physical properties. The company explains many applications require consistent ESD protection, excellent physical properties, and flawless surface appearance, even in thin extrusions. Physical properties and surface appearance are often compromised if the conductive carbon is not highly and consistently dispersed. In addition, thin extrusions require that carbon loadings are accurately controlled to maintain consistent conductivity over the entire extruded product. RTP claims that it has thermoplastic compounds that are engineered to meet these demands. "Extrusion compounds require special attention to both formulation and manufacturing details," said Neil Hardwick, marketing manager for Conductive Products at RTP Company. "RTP Company takes special care to select the correct polymer and fillers to provide the best results for customers. In addition, we have installed specialized manufacturing equipment globally to address the application demands of our extrusion customers." According to RTP, its extrusion compounds can also be engineered to provide the needed conductivity (both surface and volume resistance) as well as the required mechanical properties (tensile strength, tear strength, abrasion resistance, and durometer and flexibility for elastomers). These properties can be incorporated into a wide range of both elastomeric and rigid resin systems, including polyvinyl chloride (PVC), thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), thermoplastic elastomers (TPE), polycarbonate (PC), polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), polystyrene (PS) and acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS). - * Email

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BASF, Cargill and Novozymes achieved another milestone in bio-based acrylic acid

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Ludwigshafen, Germany - BASF, Cargill and Novozymes announced the achievement of another milestone in their joint development of technologies to produce acrylic acid from renewable raw materials. The team has demonstrated the successful conversion of 3-hydroxypropionic acid (3-HP), to glacial acrylic acid and superabsorbent polymers. Moreover they have selected the process for further scale-up. In August 2012, BASF, Cargill and Novozymes announced their joint agreement to develop a process for the conversion of renewable raw materials into bio-based acrylic acid. In July 2013, the partners successfully demonstrated the production of 3-hydroxypropionic acid (3-HP), one possible precursor to acrylic acid, at pilot scale. BASF initially plans to use the bio-based acrylic acid to manufacture superabsorbent polymers. Currently, acrylic acid is produced by the oxidation of propylene derived mainly from the refining of crude oil. “After just 18 months we have selected the preferred process to convert 3-HP into glacial acrylic acid. Now we are working full force on the set-up of a small integrated pilot plant until the end of this year,” said Teressa Szelest, senior vice president, Global Hygiene Business, at BASF. Together with the pilot plant for 3-HP, operated by Cargill and supported by Novozymes, this will further support BASF’s plans for fast market entry of superabsorbent polymers derived from bio-based acrylic acid. “We are pleased to see the project progressing with high pace and commitment towards commercialization,” said Kristian Bjørneboe, vice president, Business Creation and Acquisition, at Novozymes. “We are refining and pursuing options on how to move quickly towards commercial scale production of 3-HP to acrylic acid to meet market demands for consumer goods based on renewable raw materials. Meanwhile, strain and fermentation optimization towards commercial scale requirements is progressing steadily.” “Cargill came together with BASF and Novozymes to do what had not been done ever before. We have been working together for less than two years and we have made great progress toward our common goal,” said Jack Staloch, vice president of Research and Development at Cargill. ”It’s a great example of what can be accomplished when industry leaders with unique expertise in biotechnology and chemistry come together to create new innovations.” Superabsorbent polymers and other products derived from bio-based acrylic acid will be an innovative offer to the market and will meet consumer and industry demand for consumer goods based on renewable raw materials and sustainable supply chains. BASF is the world’s largest producer of acrylic acid, a high-volume chemical that feeds into a broad range of products, including superabsorbent polymers that can soak up large amounts of liquid, used primarily for diapers and other hygiene products. - * Email

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Saint-Gobain and Bieglo to exhibit at Fakuma Show

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Paris, France - From October 14 to 18, in Hall B4 - Booth #4113 at the Fakuma show in Friedrichshafen, Germany, Saint-Gobain Seals and Bieglo will be showcasing the Meldin 7000 product (thermoset polyimide material). The Fakuma show offers a comprehensive overview of all plastics technologies, from raw materials and basic shapes, manufacturing and distribution, to injection molding and extrusion technology or thermoforming. Reaching its 23rd exhibition, with around 1,700 exhibitors and over 44,000 visitors from 119 countries, Fakuma represents the biggest event in the plastics world this year. Saint-Gobain Seals Since its appointment in the beginning of 2013 by Saint-Gobain Seals, Bieglo has been responsible for distributing the Seals’ Meldin 7000 product line in Germany and surrounding countries. The partnership has broadened Saint Gobain’s scope of customer service and availability for this product line in Europe. John Biesterfeld, CEO of Bieglo, said, “In many high-performance applications, metal replacement is an ongoing topic and we continue to push the borders with our portfolio of high-performance polymers. Saint-Gobain Seals’ Meldin solution has been a very effective addition to our product range of PEEK, polyethersulfone and long-chain polyimides. Dimensional stability, chemical and temperature resistance of the Meldin product are making applications possible in areas where no other polymer solution could be applied. We are committed to supporting Saint-Gobain Seals by making their innovative product more readily available to the German market.” Meldin 7000 Materials, Saint-Gobain Seals The Meldin product line consists of the most complete range of thermoset polyimide and engineered thermoplastic materials available on the market today. These materials are available in compression or injection molded and machined components as well as basic shapes for customization and design flexibility. Among the different grades, Saint-Gobain Seals’ Meldin 7000 series is a leading high-performance polyimide product, developed for highly demanding wear, friction and temperature applications such as thrust washers, seal rings and bearings. These materials are also well-suited for structural component applications requiring extreme electrical or thermal insulation properties, high purity, low outgassing and outstanding chemical resistance. Some recent application examples include: Meldin OmniGasket seals for aircraft deicing systems, Meldin seal rings for automotive transmissions, and Meldin bearings for launch vehicles such as Falcon 9, Altas V and Delta IV. Meldin 7000 Components: Hot Runner Nozzles The Meldin 7000 product to be featured at the Fakuma show is widely used in many different applications in the aerospace or automotive market but also as a component in industrial machinery such as hot runner nozzles in injection molding machines. When a polymer is being processed by injection molding and has a high melting point (over 250°C), not many materials on the market can be used in the application. Without melting, keeping rigidity at high temperatures and being wear resistance (even with abrasive polymers), Meldin 7001 material is a very strong choice for the application as it provides excellent thermal insulation between the melted polymer and the metallic hot runner, preventing the melted material from sticking and facilitating color change. - * Email

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Milliken to showcase ultra clear PP-based commercial applications at Emballage 2014

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Ghent, Belgium - Leading polyolefins additives supplier, Milliken, will reveal the secret to high-performance, attention-grabbing thermoformed packaging that is both resource- and cost-efficient, with a showcase of Ultra Clear PP-based commercial applications at its Emballage 2014 booth #6C088. Ultra Clear PP clarified with Milliken’s Millad® NX™ 8000 series sets a new clarity standard for PP that is comparable to glass-clear materials. Addressing the trend for efficiency and consumer appeal, Ultra Clear PP is at the forefront of delivering exceptional aesthetics and lowest weight potential for thermoforming and sheet packaging, alongside further sustainability-related benefits. Millad NX 8000 gives PP a clarity boost that overcomes the traditional undesirable milky appearance of PP in thermoforming, thereby creating highly-attractive transparency similar to PET for sheet and thermoformed applications such as meat trays, clamshell containers and lids. Ultra Clear PP also offers important performance benefits such as mono-material packaging, easy seal, chemical resistance, impact resistance and heat resistance. The material’s excellent heat resistance further extends application opportunities by enabling microwaveability and hot fill capability. Proven statistics support Ultra Clear PP’s productivity improvements, energy savings, low carbon footprint and cost-efficiency compared to alternative plastics. For example, at-booth samples will demonstrate its ability to offer a 17.8% weight saving compared to PET based food trays, with possibilities to produce 70 trays from 1kg of PP compared with 57 trays from 1kg of PET. “Ultra Clear PP based food trays can be recycled, unlike multi-material or multi-layered PET trays which are normally not recycled and therefore end-up in landfills. Mono-material PP trays are easy to recycle and the recycled PP is suitable for use in further applications such as automotive, furniture, containers and appliances,” comments Sami T.K. Palanisami, Milliken’s Marketing & Sales Manager Plastic Additives. Following the promise of exceptional clarity for PP, at Emballage 2014 Milliken will turn its attention to the achievement of UV protection for PET packaging. ClearShield® Colorless UV Absorbers create a new UV protection performance standard for PET that extends the shelf life of packaged materials and protects brand image for food, beverages and consumer products. Approved for food contact applications by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)*, ClearShield also overcomes the deficiencies of traditional technologies, including unwanted color, migration, bloom and plate-out - * Email

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