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July 20, 2006

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Processor acquires pipe technology from Solvay

Polyethylene (PE) pipe processor Egeplast Werner Strumann GmbH & Co. KG (Egeplast; Greven, Germany) has acquired the HexelOne reinforced plastic pipe processing technology developed by plastics and chemicals supplier Solvay (Brussels, Belgium). Egeplast is Europe''s fourth largest extruder of PE pipe.

The HexelOne process allows extrusion of multilayer reinforced pressure (25 bar and higher) pipes in 180-1200 mm diameters using a single material. The financial details of the agreement, which cover the transfer of technology, production equipment, and know-how to Egeplast, will not be disclosed.

HexelOne reinforced HDPE pipes consist of two smooth extruded inner and outer layers, which sandwich a layer of alternately wound, mono-oriented HDPE film cut into tapes. These increase pipe pressure resistance. The technology can be adapted to most existing extrusion lines. (For more on HexelOne, see January 2005 MPW).

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