Additives for Polymers (v.2010, #7)

South Korean polymer additives major Songwon has announced the development of a new range of UV additive solutions. The new products, which are named Songlight® 2790 GR and 2930 GR, are 100% UV active systems consisting of synergistic blends of several additives, the company says. The new systems will receive their formal launch later this year at the K 2010 trade fair.

Masterbatch specialist Ampacet Corp has introduced an ultraviolet-light absorber (UVA) product for thin-gauge polyolefin film applications, which is designed to improve the protection of the packaged contents from UV light damage. The firm says its new masterbatch offers reduced additive migration problems compared to conventional UVA systems.

German company Tramaco GmbH, a member of the Rowa Group, has launched Unicell D 200 LK, a new azodicarbonamide grade specifically developed for plastisol processing. According to the firm, the new grade is ideal for use in the production of wall coverings and flooring.

Flame retardants manufacturer ICL Industrial Products (ICL-IP) has unveiled Polyquel™, a series of dust-free, eco-friendly, fully active polymeric flame retardants. According to the Israeli firm, these ‘next-generation’ products are an early success of a flame retardant development initiative launched by ICL-IP in mid-2009 as part of its commitment to develop a broad range of new, innovative and environmentally friendly chemical-based solutions.

In the USA, the Sustainability Additives group of Philadelphia-based Arkema Inc has added a new, clear impact modifier to its Biostrength® line of high-performance additives for biopolymers. Targeted for use in the extrusion, thermoforming, blow moulding and calendering of polylactic acid (PLA) and other biopolymers intended for food contact applications, Biostrength 280 impact modifier imparts toughness to PLA products while maintaining the clarity of the polymer, according to the company.

PolyOne Corp has announced the introduction of OnColor Complete™ Liquid Color Solutions, a ‘revolutionary, eco-friendly liquid colorant system’ that is claimed to help manufacturers of consumer goods, packaging, appliances and transportation products reduce their costs and improve performance with a new sustainable solution. The two-part system combines patent-pending metering technology from Maguire subsidiaries Riverdale Color Co and Clearfield Color, LLC with state-of-the-art liquid colorants and refillable containers from PolyOne.

Swiss antimicrobial specialist Sanitized AG has introduced Sanitized® PL 24-32 for the protection of soft polyvinyl chloride in applications such as floor coverings, coated textiles, synthetic leather and tarpaulins. The firm believes it is the first product to provide permanent protection against fungal and yeast infestations that also meets Oeko-Tex Standard 100, classes I to IV.

Rhode Island-based Teknor Color Co has recently developed a new series of colour concentrates for use with the bioplastic polyhydroxyl butyrate/valerate (PHBV). PHBV is a subclass of the polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) bioplastic family. With this latest addition, the company says it now provides fully bio-based colorants for the four most widely processed bio- and petrochemical-based biodegradable resins.

German speciality chemicals group Lanxess has started construction work on its first production facility in Russia, at Dzerzhinsk in the Nizhny Novgorod region. The plant will be operated by Lanxess subsidiary Rhein Chemie, which will produce rubber chemicals for the markets in Russia and the CIS countries.

In China, Chemtura Corp has opened a new Application Development Center (ADC) in the Nanjing Economic & Technological Development Zone. The ADC consists of a group of state-of-the-art laboratories serving as a technical centre of excellence for Chemtura businesses in the Asia-Pacific region, including agrochemicals, antioxidants/UV stabilizers, consumer products, flame retardants, petroleum additives and urethanes.

In Malaysia, Emery Oleochemicals is implementing a five-year growth plan to reinforce its basic oleochemicals business and grow in specialities such as polymer additives. The firm, which is a joint venture between Thailand's PTT Chemical International and Malaysian palm oil producer Sime Darby, currently generates about 75% of its sales from basic oleochemicals (such as fatty acids, fatty alcohols and glycerine) and aims to shift the balance in its product portfolio more towards high-margin specialities.

Japanese company Shinagawa Chemical Industry is reported to be expanding its production capacity for PVC stabilizers in Singapore and Malaysia.

The return to the steep rises in the costs of key raw materials, such as propylene and phenol-based materials, seen before the economic recession took hold has prompted manufacturers of flame retardants, pigments and plasticizers to amend their product pricing. All listed changes are subject to the terms of existing contracts.

Insilco Ltd, a subsidiary of Germany's Evonik Industries AG, has announced a capacity increase for precipitated silica at its production site in Gajraula, India. The company says that the additional capacities will be available by the first half of 2011 and will support the growing local demand, in particular from the tyre industry.

Canada's Optima Colour, based in Cambridge, Ontario, and Technical Colour Supplies of Wrexham, UK, have signed a partnership deal under the terms of which they will cross-market each other's materials and share customer lists, technology and formulations. Optima produces colour and additive concentrates and compounds, while Technical manufacturers colour and additive masterbatches.

Swiss speciality chemicals firm Clariant announced sales of CHF1.817 billion (€1.365 billion) in the first quarter of 2010 compared to CHF1.604 billion in 1Q 2009, an improvement of 13% in Swiss francs and 16% in local currencies as demand improved. However, sales were still clearly behind pre-crisis levels, the company says.

For the first quarter of 2010, Lanxess AG posted sales of €1.61 billion, an increase of 53% from €1.054 billion a year earlier due to the strong recovery in volumes. The company posted a net profit of €104 million in 1Q 2010 in comparison to a €14 million loss a year earlier.