Additives for Polymers (v.2012, #4)

The AURA™ infusion technology, developed by Bayer MaterialScience LLC (Bayer MS) to add custom colorants to plastics – and, in particular, its Makrolon® polycarbonate range [ADPO, October 2002] – has now been extended in association with Radco Infusion Technologies LLC to improve the ultraviolet (UV) protection of injection moulded or extruded polycarbonate parts. The company has licensed the technology exclusively to Radco Infusion for worldwide use.

New Jersey-based Cytec Industries Inc has introduced Cyasorb Cynergy Solutions® B877, its latest light stabilizer for plastics. The new product has been developed for applications in the building and construction sector. The stabilizer was unveiled at the International Polyolefins Conference 2012 in Houston, TX, USA, in late February and was also due to receive its Asian debut at the Chinaplas 2012 show.

In the USA, Arkema Inc has created a foam masterbatch designed specifically to work with the company's Kynar® and Kynar Flex® polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) resins, thereby offering ‘new performance options’ to its customers for these resin products, it says. The specialized masterbatch and accompanying foaming technology are the result of years of development work by the R&D group at Arkema's King of Prussia laboratory.

PolyOne Corp has expanded its range of colorants with USP Class VI certification by launching a new line of silicone colour dispersions for the healthcare industry. Globally available, the new Stan-Tone™ HC Plus palette of standard and custom colours is pre-certified to meet or exceed ISO 10993 and USP Class VI requirements in silicone-based applications, the company says.

Custom colour and additives firm Americhem Inc has introduced nShield™ antimicrobial masterbatches that inhibit the growth of odour-causing bacteria in synthetic fibre and plastics products. The company says that the products provide superior processing and long-lasting effectiveness at low levels against a wide range of microorganisms in a variety of applications, including apparel, filtration, synthetic turf, automotive interiors and other moulding applications.

Additives major Chemtura Corp used the recent UTECH Europe tradeshow in Maastricht, the Netherlands, to promote its polymer antioxidants, UV stabilizers and flame retardants for polyurethane applications. Highlights included the new Emerald™ series of flame retardant solutions and a new antioxidant package. The company's innovations in these areas were also discussed in two technical presentations at the parallel conference.

Switzerland's Clariant has further extended its recently introduced Mevopur® range of additives and colour masterbatches and compounds for the medical and pharmaceutical sectors [ADPO, December 2010 & November 2011] with the launch of permanent antistatic and lubricant systems for plastics. The company has been promoting the newly extended Mevopur line at a number of recent tradeshows in Europe and the USA, including Medtec Europe and MD&M.

Speciality chemicals company Lanxess AG is investing around €20 million to further expand cresol production at its Leverkusen site in response to growing global demand for the intermediate. It has also announced plans to invest in US biosuccinic acid producer BioAmber Inc as part of a private placement.

Oxo intermediates and derivatives specialist Oxea GmbH has started construction work on its new production plant in Oberhausen, Germany, with a cornerstone-laying ceremony in early February. Announced last year [ADPO, June 2011], the so-called Carboxylic Acid Plant 3 is slated to be built in record time, with start-up scheduled for late 2012.

BYK Additives & Instruments, part of Germany's Altana group, has opened a new laboratory in Dubai. The new facility is accommodated in Dubiotech, Dubai's ultramodern Biotechnology & Research Park.

German polymer additives specialist Baerlocher GmbH has established a Turkish subsidiary, Baerlocher Kimya. The new company will provide further local support for the growing polyvinyl chloride market in Turkey, and will focus its attentions on the PVC window profile and pipe markets in the region, Baerlocher says.

Netherlands-based AkzoNobel achieved a 7% increase in revenue to €15.7 billion in 2011, with all three business areas contributing. The company says that the growth was primarily the result of developments in pricing/mix (+5%) aided by a modest 2% increase in volumes. Net income from continuing operations was €469 million compared to €664 million in 2010.

For its fiscal year ended 31 December 2011, Clariant International Ltd reported sales of CHF7.37 billion (€6.13 billion), up 4% in domestic currency terms from CHF7.12 billion for 2010, thanks to the strength of the Swiss franc. In local currencies the increase in sales was 16%. Net income improved 24% to CHF251 million from CHF191 million in 2010. The improved performance was largely the result of the Süd-Chemie acquisition and the recent major restructuring undertaken by the company [ADPO, April & August 2011].

Colour management company Datacolor of Lawrenceville, NJ, USA, has released its reference-grade 45G handheld spectrophotometer, described as a high-accuracy instrument with integrated gloss measurement. According to the company, the Datacolor 45G excels in colour appearance evaluation of painted surfaces, plastic parts, package prints, automotive parts, commercial furniture and other manufactured goods.

German chemicals major BASF has announced that it is discontinuing the production of lead chromate pigments by the end of 2014 at the latest. Instead it says that it will concentrate worldwide on the production and marketing of alternative inorganic and organic products in the same colour range.