Additives for Polymers (v.2007, #10)

Swiss speciality chemicals producer Ciba is unveiling a wide range of additives and pigments for the plastics industry at October's K 2007 show in Düsseldorf, Germany, the world's largest trade show for plastics and rubber. Launches include coloured and effect pigments, pigment preparations, antioxidants and stabilizers.

At the K 2007 show, RAG subsidiary Degussa AG, headquartered in the show's home city of Düsseldorf, is introducing a range of additives to improve the properties of polymers and optimize plastics manufacturing processes. These include new Degalan® processing aids for PVC and a range of new pigment blacks for liquid systems.

Sachtleben Chemie GmbH of Duisberg, Germany, is to unveil innovative anti-aging additives for special polymer applications at the K 2007 show.

Techmer PM, headquartered in Clinton, TN, has launched a new additive masterbatch formulated with a highly efficient heat shield. PM13335 is designed for use in polyethylene films and is targeted at agricultural, construction and even automotive applications.

At K 2007, DuPont Performance Elastomers (DPE) will extend its proprietary Z Technology™ range for plastics masterbatchers and producers of extruded sheet, films and other thin-walled structures with the launch of Viton® FreeFlow™ Z110 and Z210 process aids for polyolefins. The company will also use the show to celebrate the commercialization of Viton A, which led to the creation of the fluoroelastomers industry.

Advanced materials company Pacific Particulate Materials, Ltd of British Columbia has devised super-slick, ball bearing-like cermet additive alloys for polymeric composites and nanocomposites. According to the company, the additive alloys offer superior strength and ultimate long service-life in extreme high-stress environments for polymeric composites used to manufacture purpose-built mechanical parts.

Cincinnati-based inorganic pigment specialist Shepherd Color Co has introduced Precise™ pigments, a new product line of extremely durable pigments designed specifically for colouring fibres and thin film applications.

Germany's Heubach has developed a new range of complex inorganic coloured pigments that reflect near-infrared radiation (NIR). The range is targeted particularly at construction and automotive applications.

California-based JDSU has introduced ChromaFlair® ColorShift Glitter, a new colour-shifting flake that gives plastics, paints, coatings, textiles and packaging the ability to exhibit a wide range of hues when viewed from different angles. The effect is produced by the interference of light reflected from an array of ultra-thin layers.

US/Australian private equity firm Resource Capital Funds (RCF) IV LP has acquired New York-based wollastonite specialist Nyco together with its subsidiaries and affiliated companies. Under the new ownership, Jay Moroney returns to Nyco as president and CEO, a position he held between 1990 and 1998.

Philadelphia-based acrylic polymer additives major Rohm and Haas and Chinese PVC additives producer Weihai Jinhong Polymer Co have started operations at their joint venture company, Jinhong Rohm and Haas Chemical Company (JinHaas). The opening ceremony was held in August.

Holland Colours NV, headquartered in Apeldoorn, has announced its intention to discontinue the production of lead pigments in Hungary from 1 January 2008. The decision follows a careful strategic review of this business, the company says.

Velsicol Chemical Corp of Chicago is expanding production capacity at its Chestertown, MD, plant for its Benzoflex® benzoate ester plasticizers, Admex® polymeric plasticizers and Velate® product ranges. The company plans to add 8000 tons of new production capability beginning in the fourth quarter of this year.

Netherlands-based Akzo Nobel has reported revenues of €2.69 billion for the second quarter of 2007, up 2% from €2.62 million for 2Q 2006. The refocused company posted a 24% improvement in EBITDA for the quarter to €367 million as it continues to realize the benefits of its global growth strategy.

ShengdaTech Inc, a Chinese manufacturer of nano-precipitated calcium carbonate (NPCC) and coal-based chemicals, has completed the addition of 40,000 tonnes/year of NPCC capacity at its factory in Shengda Industrial Park, Xianyang City, Shanxi Province.

Chemtura Corp, headquartered in Middlebury, CT, USA, reported a net loss of US$2 million for the second quarter of 2007 compared to a net profit of $1 million for the same quarter last year. The 2Q 2007 result includes a loss from continuing operations of $30 million, income from discontinued operations of $3 million, and a gain on the sale of discontinued operations of $25 million. On a non-GAAP basis, the company achieved net earnings of $43 million for the quarter.

New Jersey-based Cytec Industries Inc posted a net profit for the second quarter of 2007 of US$54.8 million on net sales of $864 million. Included in the quarter is an after-tax net restructuring charge of $1.8 million. Net earnings for 2Q 2006 were $48.5 million on net sales of $853 million.

Buss AG of Pratteln in Switzerland is unveiling a new high-performance MX Kneader generation at this year's K 2007 event. This further development of the universal Buss MKS Kneader is optimized for the processing of high-grade polyolefin-based cable compound and the production of special masterbatches, the company says.

Demand for flame retardants in the USA will rise by 3.0% per year, from 992 million lbs (450 000 tonnes) worth US$827 million in 2006, to 1.2 billion lbs valued at $1.15 billion in 2011, according to a new study from Cleveland-based Freedonia Group. Increasingly stringent fire codes and flammability requirements, especially in the building materials and consumer products areas, will drive gains, the report finds.