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Chinese-based TPE manufacturer establishes North American headquarters

By Heather Caliendo
Published: September 18th, 2014

Polymax Thermoplastic Elastomers is American-owned, but the company saw its start thousands of miles away.

"The company began in China because it was the largest TPE market at the time and we continue to see robust demand within this market," a company spokesperson told PlasticsToday.

Since the establishment of the business in 2005 in China, Polymax TPE has designated a TPE Research and Development Center for Jiangsu Province and has become one of the top three TPE manufacturers in China, according to the company.

Bayer expands TPU facility in India

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 15th, 2014

Bayer MaterialScience (NMS; Leverkusen) is planning to increase its production capacities in Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu India to meet continued growth in demand for thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU)  elastomers. With the addition of a second TPU production line, the annual capacity of Cuddalore site will increase to 6,000 tonnes from the current 2,500 tonnes. Installation is scheduled by the 2nd quarter of 2015.

KraussMaffei Berstorff sees the plastic profile market recovering in Europe

By Tim Somheil
Published: September 15th, 2014

"We are noting an improved project situation both in the established markets in Central and Eastern Europe, but also from up-and-coming markets such as South America and the Near and Middle East," noted Peter Oswald, head of product management at the Munich-based company.

Oswald also noted stronger demand for complete systems. In addition to providing individual machines, the company has been developing complete extrusion systems for processing PVC into window profiles, as well as for processing polyolefin for technical profiles.

Highlander Partners announces the acquisition of Versatex Building Products

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 9th, 2014

Highlander Partners, L.P., a middle market private investment firm based in Dallas, TX, announced the acquisition of Versatex Building Products. Founded in 2003, Versatex is a Pittsburgh-based provider of cellular PVC building products serving both the new construction and renovation/remodel markets.

Elkhart Plastics launches new line of proprietary DEF tanks

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 25th, 2014

Elkhart Plastics manufactures several thousand DEF tanks each month and is excited to announce the addition of proprietary DEF tanks to its existing rotomolding capabilities.

"Adding proprietary DEF tanks, spill trays, and valve and venting systems to Elkhart Plastics' already extensive customizable offerings is a great way for our company to meet existing clients' needs, budgets, and timelines while reaching previously untapped clients and markets," said Jack Welter, CEO of Elkhart.

Study: global PVC demand to grow 3.2% annually through 2021

By Tim Somheil
Published: August 25th, 2014

Global demand for polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is expected to increase about 3.2% per year until 2021, according to market research organization Ceresana.

PVC is a key product of the chemical industry and, along with polypropylene and polyethylene, one of the most widely produced plastics. Approximately 39.3 million tonnes of PVC were consumed globally in 2013.

Polyurethane: Form meets function

By Lee Salamone
Published: August 14th, 2014

As a young architect, Frank Lloyd Wright worked for Louis Sullivan's architecture firm in Chicago. Sullivan is known for designing some of the earliest skyscrapers using steel-frame constructions. His famous adage, "form follows function," is still used by many architects who recognize the purpose of a building should be the starting point for its design. Wright later evolved the phrase to "form and function are one."

Study: global PVC demand to grow 3.2% annually through 2021

By Tim Somheil
Published: August 11th, 2014

Global demand for polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is expected to increase about 3.2% per year until 2021, according to market research organization Ceresana.

PVC is a key product of the chemical industry and, along with polypropylene and polyethylene, one of the most widely produced plastics. Approximately 39.3 million tonnes of PVC were consumed globally in 2013.

Plastic pipe demand expected to outpace all other materials

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 7th, 2014

The U.S. demand for pipe is expected to rise 7.3% per year to $63.5 billion in 2018, according to a report from The Freedonia Group. Gains will be driven by strong growth in crude oil and natural gas activity, as pipe is used extensively in drilling and oil and gas pipeline applications. Demand will also be supported by a projected rebound in building construction expenditures.

Chem-Trend invests $24 million in its China facility

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 6th, 2014

Chem-Trend, a provider in the development and production of mold release agents and casting lubricants, together with Klüber Lubrication, part of the Freudenberg Chemical Specialties business group, is investing in an expansion project at its Qingpu facility in China.

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