Additives for Polymers (v.2016, #12)

Polymer additives manufacturer Baerlocher has developed a novel technology that is taking the company into a new business area, the stabilization of recycled resins. The result of research and development at Baerlocher USA, Baeropol RST (resin stabilization technology) represents ‘the latest advancement’ in antioxidant technology, the company claims. It allows for the reduction or elimination of secondary antioxidant phosphites while maintaining ‘similar or improved resin properties’ through multiple heat histories, according to Baerlocher.

Swiss speciality chemicals firm Clariant has introduced Mevopur-LQ, a new family of liquid colour and additive concentrates for pharmaceutical packaging and healthcare applications. The range combines the benefits of the Mevopur ‘Controlled, Consistent and Compliant’ formulation and manufacturing approach with the company's Hi-Former liquid-vehicle technology [ADPO, February 2014], Clariant reports. In a separate development, the company has added a range of Mevopur colour masterbatches specifically for high-performance, spun-bond fibres used in medical applications.

Huntsman Pigments & Additives has launched Altiris® W400 pigment, a near-infrared (NIR) reflecting titanium dioxide (TiO2) pigment that, according to the company, can improve the thermal stability and durability of white, bright and light coloured plastics used in exterior applications such as window and door profiles, sidings, decking, soffits and fascias.

At October's K 2016 tradeshow, the Fire Retardant Additives business unit of Huber Engineered Materials introduced innovations developed by its recently acquired Martinswerk operation [ADPO, February 2016].

Special effect and performance pigments manufacturer Silberline, headquartered in Tamaqua, PA, USA, introduced its latest aluminium effect products for the plastics market at K 2016. Extra Sparkle Silvet® 600-10-E1 is reported to provide formulators with the ability to create ‘alluring’ low-opacity metallic effects in a wide range of polymers, while the new Silvet E series offers good opacity, hiding and brilliance at ‘a more economical price point’ for a variety of end-use applications including agricultural films, according to the company.

French company Arkema has introduced an additional impact modifier for engineering polymers such as polyamides 6 and 6,6 (PA6 and PA66). Orevac® IM800 is a grafted polymer formulated to speed up the manufacturing productivity of polyamide compounds while maintaining ‘excellent impact resistance and mechanical properties’, the firm reports.

An affiliate of global private equity investment firm H.I.G. Capital (HIG) has acquired Canadian company Dominion Colour Corp (DCC), a provider of high-performance colour pigment solutions and preparations for use in automotive and architectural coatings, consumer and industrial plastics, and speciality inks. The financial details of the transaction have not been revealed. HIG says it will work with the acquired company to further expand its product portfolio.

Dutch enterprise AkzoNobel has inaugurated two new speciality chemicals plants at its multi-site in Ningbo, China, that together represent a combined investment of €80 million. The company has also announced that a further €90 million is to be invested in building a new plant in Tianjin to serve its Polymer Chemistry business.

US firm Techmer PM, a producer of colour and additive masterbatches for plastics and fibres, has revealed plans to expand its production operations into Latin America with the establishment of a plant in Mexico. The company says that the facility will provide local service to its growing number of customers with operations in Mexico and Latin America.

UK-based colour and additive manufacturer Prisma Colour reports that it has completed its acquisition of two fellow British businesses, EmSar Polymers and Adam Polymer. Prisma, located in Glossop, UK, which also supplies concentrates to the rubber, plastics and surface coatings industries, says that the strategic acquisitions bring together ‘three innovative companies with complementary capabilities, product portfolios and operations’.

New York-based private equity firm American Securities is to acquire colorants and dispersions producer Chromaflo Technologies from Arsenal Capital Partners and Nordic Capital. The financial terms of the transaction, which was expected to close in November 2016, have not been disclosed.

German equipment manufacturer Coperion GmbH presented a modified version of its STS Mc11 twin screw extruder configured especially for masterbatch production at K 2016. With a screw diameter of 35 mm, the new STS 35 Mc11 features a series of improvements including a new die head specifically developed for demanding colour masterbatch applications, where flexibility and fast changeovers are high priorities, the company says.

For its fiscal 2016 fourth quarter ended 31 August 2016, A. Schulman posted consolidated net sales of US$604.6 million, compared with $674.0 million in the same quarter of 2015. The company experienced a quarterly net loss of $385.1 million on a GAAP basis due to an impairment charge of $401.7 million primarily related to its Citadel acquisition in fiscal 2015. In 4Q 2015, Schulman reported a net profit of $23.7 million.

Colour science specialist X-Rite Inc presented the new Ci7860 benchtop sphere spectrophotometer at K 2016. The newest member of the company's Ci7x00 family, the Ci7860 is described as ‘the industry's most advanced colour measurement instrument’. It reduces the margin of error when communicating colour specifications for plastics, coatings or textiles across the supply chain and ensures the highest level of colour accuracy and control throughout the entire production process, the company claims.