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Clariant announces 50 percent capacity increase for innovative Licocene performance polymers

By Karen Laird
Published: June 30th, 2014

As customers around the globe wax lyrical about Clariant's Licocene performance polymers, the company has announced that it is increasing production capacity by 50 percent at its facility on the Frankfurt-Höchst Industrial Park in Germany. The facility is currently designed to produce 20,000 metric tons of Licocene per year in a continuous closed cycle. The debottlenecking of Clariant's existing production line represents a low double-digit million Swiss Franc investment. The additional capacity is scheduled to come on stream in Q1 2016.

Bayer MaterialScience shutters Darmstadt site

By Karen Laird
Published: June 30th, 2014

As part of the worldwide consolidation of its business with sheets made of the high-performance plastic polycarbonate, Bayer MaterialScience has decided to close its site in Darmstadt, Germany, responsible for overall sales and for the production of Makrolon Multi. European customers will be supplied in the future by the plants in Nera Montoro, Italy, and Tielt, Belgium. The closure in Darmstadt affects 90 employees. The company says it will do everything possible to ensure that this step is conducted in a socially responsible manner.

Ineos to acquire BASF’s share in Styrolution

By Karen Laird
Published: June 30th, 2014

Styrolution, the global market leader in styrenics, is to become a wholly owned, standalone company within Ineos. Ineos will acquire BASF's 50% share in the company, which was founded in October 2011 as a 50-50 joint venture between the two global chemical giants.

Mexico and the U.S. favored for next major automotive plant expansions

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 30th, 2014

Three vehicle manufacturers recently announced a new plant and a major plant expansion in North America. On June 26, the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler announced jointly that their companies have agree to establish a 50-50 joint venture, the business entity that will oversee construction and operation of the new plant in Aguascalientes in North-Central Mexico. The new plant will be built in the immediate vicinity of an already existing Nissan plant and will have an annual capacity of 300,000 vehicles when fully ramped up.

Actega introduces medical-grade TPE free of animal-derived components

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: June 30th, 2014

Actega (Bremen, Germany) has announced the introduction of a medical-grade thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) that is entirely free of animal-derived components (ADCs). The ADC-free formula for the ProvaMed TPE family of materials is described by the company as a practical solution for customers in the pharmaceutical and medical sectors that must account for the origin of additives and other material components. The material also satisfies kosher and vegan-free requirements.

Evonik: More PA 12 capacity, new production processes alleviate supply fears

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 29th, 2014

Evonik Industries has expanded its polyamide (PA) 12 production capacity at Marl Chemical Site by 5,000 tonnes/year, thereby increasing the supply security of its Vestamid high performance polymer material.

Medical polymers market expected to exceed $17 billion by 2020

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 27th, 2014

Driven by the continued substitution of metals and glass in medical applications and growing demand from emerging economies, the medical polymers market is expected to reach a global value of $17.05 billion by 2020, according to a new study by Grand View Research Inc. (San Francisco, CA). Increased demand from an aging population for minimally invasive procedures, which typically rely on single-use polymer-based devices, is also driving this trend, according to the market research and consulting firm.

Double-sided and metallic IML for packaging captures brand owners’ attention

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 27th, 2014

Belgium-based Verstraete's innovative DoubleSided and metallic in-mold labels (IML) have captured the attention of a number of brand owners over the past year since its introduction. As brand owners continue to look for new ways to differentiate their products and reduce packaging costs, DoubleSided IML are labels that are printed on both sides, which creates additional space for information such as product use suggestions, contests or information mandated by law.

Thirty years of success attributed to good customer relations

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 27th, 2014

From three molding machines and three employees to 47 machines and 130 employees across two locations in 30 years is quite a success story in today's injection molding business. To listen to founder and president of Technical Precision Plastics (TPP), Jim Piermarini, tell the story of his company's growth, it sounded so simple. "Customer service," he said when asked by PlasticsToday to reveal the secret of his success.

Engel event in Shanghai highlights evolving medical manufacturing marketplace

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: June 27th, 2014

Now in its fourth year, the Engel med.con event in Shanghai has become a networking rendez-vous for China's plastics manufacturers working in the medical technology arena, according to the Austria-based maker of injection molding systems. More than 50 medtech experts participated in the event this year, held in late May at the company's technical center in the Xinzhuang Industrial Park in Shanghai.

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