Additives for Polymers (v.2014, #2)

Germany's BrüggemannChemical has developed two new colour-stable, copper-based stabilizers for polyamides PA 6 and PA 6.6. Bruggolen® H3376 and Bruggolen H3386 are specifically tailored to meet the requirements of electrical and electronics (EE) applications, the company says. The new stabilizers improve resistance to short circuiting, or tracking, and provide long-term thermal and oxidative stabilization, Brüggemann claims. The company has also introduced a liquid activator for cast polyamides and a zinc-based vulcanization activator for rubber.

US speciality materials company Cytec Industries Inc unveiled the newest additions to its suite of Cyasorb Cynergy Solutions® stabilizers at the K 2013 trade fair in Düsseldorf, Germany. The new products address demanding applications in solar panel encapsulants, long-life greenhouse films and thermoplastic olefins (TPOs) in automotive interiors.

Germany's Rowa Masterbatch GmbH has developed Rowalid-LD masterbatches to make clear plastics, such as polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), polystyrene (PS) and polycarbonate (PC), cloudy while maintaining transparency, deflecting incident light rather than absorbing it. The company has also launched Rowalid-XR X-ray contrast and magnetically detectable masterbatches. The new products were unveiled at the K 2013 international trade fair last October.

Germany's BYK-Chemie GmbH has extended its product range with the introduction of two new additives that are reported to increase the scratch resistance of polyolefin-based surfaces and components.

A number of companies launched additions to their colorant product ranges at K 2013 last October. Among them, Clariant introduced its new LHC range of pigments and dyes with a controlled, low-halogen content, while PolyOne presented a new line of colorant concentrates for polysulfones. Birla Carbons launched a next-generation carbon black and Holliday Pigments showcased the latest extension to its family of ultramarine blue pigments.

Austrian-headquartered polymer additives firm Chemson has been purchased by Turkey's Oyak Group from private equity firm Buy-Out Central Europe II Beteiligungs-Invest [see ADPO, August 2008]. One of the largest industrial conglomerates in Turkey, with 2012 sales of US$15.5 billion, Oyak is already active in the plastics additives field through its Izmir-based subsidiary Akdeniz Kimya [ibid., March 2007]. The details of the acquisition agreement have not been disclosed.

Japanese polymer additives manufacturer Adeka Corp is expanding capacity for one-pack additive blends for polyolefins at its Adeka Al Ghurair Additives LLC (AAA) joint venture site located in Abu Dhabi [ADPO, June 2011]. Production capacity will be increased from 3500 tonnes/year to 6500 tonnes/year. The additional capacity is expected to become operational in mid-2014.

Titanium dioxide (TiO2) pigment firm Cristal has announced that all TiO2 products manufactured at its Yanbu facility in Saudi Arabia have transitioned from the Cristal product name to the TiONA® brand name, effective from October 2013. Packaging is also being changed as a result.

Speciality chemicals major Clariant intends to acquire Indian masterbatch business Plastichemix Industries. The firm is located in the state of Gujarat, with headquarters in Vadodara and four production facilities nearby in Rania, Kalol and Nandesari. The purchase extends Clariant's product portfolio and customer base. Elsewhere, the company is further boosting its masterbatches business with the opening of its first Project House and the launch of the HiFormer liquid range.

BASF SE is selling its Vinuran PVC modifiers business to Kaneka Belgium NV, a subsidiary of Japan's Kaneka Corp. The transaction comprises intangible assets and inventory but excludes the transfer of BASF production assets or personnel in Ludwigshafen. The purchase price and other financial details have not been disclosed. Subject to antitrust approvals, the transaction is expected to close in 1Q 2014.

The Inorganic Materials Business Unit of Evonik Industries has introduced Dynasylan® Silfin 201 and Silfin 202, the first products in its Silfin range to contain tin-free catalysts. The new additives can be used for crosslinking polyethylene with the Monosil® process for the production of high-performance cables. The company has also recently announced a new innovation drive.

For the third quarter of 2013, Germany's Lanxess reported an 88% drop in net income to €11 million on net sales of €2.05 billion, down 5% year on year. Sales volumes grew 9%, with all segments contributing, but this was insufficient to offset an overall price decline of 11%. This, coupled with negative currency effects and inventory reductions, resulted in a 26% fall in EBITDA pre-exceptionals to €187 million.

Switzerland's Clariant reported sales from continuing operations of CHF1.443 billion (c. €1.18 billion) for the third quarter of 2013, up 2% in local currencies (LC) due to higher volumes but 3% lower in Swiss francs compared to sales of CHF1.489 billion in the same period of 2012 as a result of negative currency effects. The company's net result from continuing operations rose substantially to CHF129 million in 3Q 2013 from CHF47 million a year earlier.

For the third quarter ended 30 September 2013, Chemtura Corp reported net sales of US$569 million and a net loss from continuing operations attributable to Chemtura on a GAAP basis of $44 million. For the same period in 2012, the company posted net sales of $546 million and net earnings of $22 million. Operating income declined 46% to $27 million in 3Q 2013 from $50 million the previous year.