Colorcon and BASF to collaborate for development of future film coating systems

(BASF) -- Colorcon, Inc. and BASF have announced a collaboration for the development of future film coating systems using Kollicoat Smartseal 30 D, and a new Colorcon pre-formulated additive.
Colorcon has developed a pre-formulated additive system for use with Kollicoat Smartseal 30D which enables efficient preparation and application of this polymer in taste masking applications. The pre-formulated additive lowers the number of materials to be dispensed by 50% and reduces the preparation time by almost 40%.

⌠We have chosen Kollicoat Smartseal 30 D, because it is the best-in-class reverse enteric polymer for taste masking, said Kamlesh Oza, General Manager Film Coating at Colorcon. ⌠Kollicoat Smartseal 30 D is the first water-based dispersion having both taste masking and moisture barrier properties. It was developed to simplify and accelerate aqueous film coating operations, and opens new doors for formulating tablet, pellet, and particle coatings. Our collaboration to develop the additive will bring batch-to-batch color consistency, performance, speed and simplicity enabling easy reconstituting of the film former in pharmaceutical coating operations while maintaining functionality.

Colorcon is a world leader in the development, supply and support of formulated products for the pharmaceutical and nutritional industries. Its core businesses include film coatings, modified release technologies, functional excipients and tablet design services.


S-Oil's newly expanded Onsan plant in Ulsan officially opened

(Plastemart) -- S-Oil's newly expanded Onsan Plant in Ulsan has been officially opened. The project, which doubled the plant's petrochemicals production capacity to 1.7 mln tons, was completed in April and the expanded facility went into commercial operations in May. This was followed by the stabilization period, during which the company ensured that all systems were running as intended.

⌠The new facilities are the starting line for S-Oil's future, not the final destination, and we will expand our business territory to petrochemicals downstream and further to solar energy business of manufacturing poly silicon, Subaey said. The 1.3 trillion won (US$1.1 bln) expansion project pushed up the company's annual capacity for producing petrochemicals such as paraxylene and benzene from 1.24 mln metric tons to 2.46 mln tons.

In addition, the Onsan facility's daily crude oil refining capacity has also increased to 669,000 barrels from the previous 580,000 barrels. ⌠S-Oil exports about 60% of its petrochemical products and is now positioned as the largest paraxylene supplier in the region thanks to new capacity addition. On the back of solid demand growth in China and Asia, which make up 79% of global paraxylene demand, S-Oil will create stellar economic results with over 20% growth in operating income, the S-Oil CEO said.


Deceuninck lowers outlook as slowdown bites

(Reuters) -- Belgian PVC window frame maker Deceuninck lowered its outlook on Thursday, saying the global economic slowdown had caused consumers to delay insulating their homes. While previously forecasting 2011 revenue would remain flat, the group said it now expected a decline of 3-4 percent. "What we're seeing is an entire softening of the market, which is very typical in an industry like ours which is cyclical," Chief Executive Tom Debusschere told a conference call.

Shares of Deceuninck fell as much as 5.3 percent in early Thursday trading, compared with a decline of about 1 percent in the Belgian Midcap Index , of which it is a constituent. Deceuninck said it still expected a net profit for the full year as raw material prices had stabilised.

The group makes PVC-based products for the construction industry, such as motorway walls to block traffic noise, made from recycled PVC.

The group said demand was weakest in the U.S. and central and eastern Europe, while revenue rose in Germany and Turkey.


PTA prices in Asia hit an 11-month low

(ICIS) -- Purified terephthalic acid (PTA) prices in Asia hit an 11-month low and may continue falling, dragged down by declining values of feedstock paraxylene (PX), accompanied by slowing demand from the downstream polyester sector, industry sources said on Friday.

Spot PTA prices fell $60-65/tonne on 20 October to $1,080-1,120/tonne (┬788-818/tonne) CFR (cost & freight) CMP (China Main Port), levels last seen in early November 2010, while PX prices fell by $82/tonnne to $1,473-1,483/tonne CFR Taiwan/CMP, according to ICIS.

Panic-selling caused by sharp falls in PX values drove spot PTA prices down on Thursday, with values in the PTA futures market declining 6%. PTA offers declined as traders attempt to liquidate long positions, market sources said.

Decreasing export orders for China's major textile products on the back of continued weakness in the US economy and the debt crisis in the eurozone, as well as rising cloth inventory at Chinese factories, has dampened buying interest for polyester products, translating to much weaker consumption of PTA, industry sources said.

This week, the sales-to-output ratio of most polyester plants in China has declined to 50-70% in the past month from around 100% in early September.


GPPS imports to Russia grew by twice over the three quarters

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Over the three quarters of 2011, the Russian companies increased general-purpose polystyrene (GPPS) more than by twice compared to the same period in 2010, according to MRC DataScope.

Over the nine months of 2011, import supplies of GPPS to the Russian market made 32,600 tons, which was 113% more than supplies over the same period last year.

The main share of GPPS supplies in 2011 was from the South Korea (44%) and Belgium (28%). This year BASF increased supplies to the Russian market to 15,500 tons which makes 47% of total imports of the polymer.

The Russian market potential as well as competitive price from the foreign producers allowed to increase a share of imports in separate sectors of processing.