Additives for Polymers (v.2017, #3)

Indiana-based Holland Colours Americas Inc, a subsidiary of Dutch company Holland Colours NV, has launched The Natural Collection, a new bio-derived colorant line for use in cosmetic packaging and other commercial applications. The company claims to be the first to develop a colorant product range specifically for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and biopolymers in which the colour pigments are non-toxic.

US companies Sun Chemical Corp and Modern Dispersions Inc have both recently introduced new black colorants for plastics. Sun Chemical's latest offering is a black pearlescent pigment that is reported to provide exceptional lustre, sparkle and jetness compared to similar pigments currently on the market. Elsewhere, Modern Dispersions has launched ECOBlack, a new line of black masterbatches made from 100% recycled carbon black from post-consumer tyres.

German performance materials producer Merck has recently introduced a number of additions to its ranges of effect pigments for plastics. These include the latest member of its Xirallic® NXT family of alumina-based pigments, a new series for high-temperature applications and a 3D-effect technology developed in collaboration with PolyOne.

In Germany, colourists at Gabriel-Chemie have developed a series of ‘previously unachieved effects’ in plastics that emulate structures and surfaces found in nature, the company claims. These new effects include the representation of banded onyx, marble veining, oxidized metals and even concrete in numerous colour combinations, Gabriel-Chemie reports. They can be achieved in polypropylene (PP) and high density polyethylene (HDPE).

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Dutch firm Corbion introduced its Pationic® range of glycerol ester-based polymer additives to the Middle East market at Arabplast 2017 in January, focusing on expandable polystyrene (EPS) applications. In particular, the company highlighted the benefits of glycerol monostearate product Pationic 909 as an antistatic agent for EPS beads.

The North American operation of German plastics additives producer Baerlocher is to add a third reactor for the production of calcium, zinc, sodium and other metal soaps at its Highland Ridge Drive facility in Cincinnati, OH, USA. This major capital investment will increase capacity by 50%, the company reports. The new reactor is expected to be fully operational in June 2017.

Styrenic maleic anhydride (SMA) copolymer specialist Polyscope Polymers of Geleen, The Netherlands, has broadened its compatibilization technology portfolio with the introduction of coupling agents and chain extenders. The expanded product family will be marketed and sold under the tradename Xibond. In addition, the company's existing Xeran family of compatibilizers [ADPO, October 2014] will be integrated into the new Xibond portfolio effective from 1 March 2017.

Evonik Industries is to build its planned new US production facility for precipitated silica near Charleston in South Carolina. The company will invest around US$120 million in the world-scale facility, which is scheduled to be completed by mid-2018 and will create 55 jobs once in full operation. It will manufacture Evonik's Ultrasil brand of precipitated silica. The company says that the additional capacity will allow it to meet growing demand from the manufacture of energy-efficient tyres in North America.

Silanes and silicones manufacturer Momentive Performance Materials Inc has broken ground on a new manufacturing facility in Leverkusen, Germany. The company is investing approximately US$30 million (€28 million) to add dedicated manufacturing capacity for its NXT silane products in the European market. The new Leverkusen silane plant is expected to begin production in late 2017. Elsewhere, Momentive has acquired the operating assets of contract chemical manufacturer Sea Lion Technology, Inc, located in Texas City, TX, USA.

Swiss masterbatch producer Granula AG and Som Shiva (Impex) Ltd, an Indian plastics company, have formed a joint venture in India under the name Granula Masterbatches India Pvt Ltd (GMI) to produce and sell masterbatches in the local market. The new company will build a state-of-the-art masterbatch production facility equipped with the latest production technology near Ahmedabad, in the western state of Gujarat. According to Granula, production is projected to start in the second quarter of 2017.

In Mexico, AkzoNobel has significantly strengthened its global manufacturing footprint for organic peroxides by completing a €22 million expansion at its Los Reyes production plant. The new facility will produce Laurox brand organic peroxides, essential ingredients used in the production of plastics and rubber products. Applications for these chemicals include polymer modification, crosslinking of elastomers, curing of thermoset resins and optical polymers, flame retardant synergism, and the polymerization of various monomers.

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For full-year 2016, global speciality chemicals company Eastman Chemical Co posted net earnings of US$871 million, up about 2% from net earnings of $854 million achieved in 2015 [ADPO, March 2016]. However, the company's net sales declined by some 6.5%, from $9.65 billion in 2015 to $9.01 billion last year, primarily due to reduced selling prices and lower sales volume in the Fibers segment, which more than offset the higher sales volumes in all other segments.

UK-based Crain Communications Ltd has merged its Plastics News Europe and Plastics & Rubber Weekly brands, and has ceased publication of PRW. Previously, Plastics News Europe primarily served continental Europe while PRW served the UK. From 1 January 2017, Plastics News Europe will serve as the company's signature brand across Europe.