LCC Polytar to invest for the production of polyolefin sheets

(plastech) -- LCC Polytar, one of the most important plastics processing companies in the Russian Republic of Bashkortostan, is investing in a KraussMaffei Berstorff system for the production of polyolefin sheets.

The system will shortly come on stream in Salavat, the location of the company's head office. Polytar, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Russian Gazprom Neftechim Salavat Group, is planning to press ahead with the latest plastics processing technologies in the region.

The complete production line featuring the KraussMaffei Berstorff KME 150- 36 B/V single-screw extruder as the key component has a modular design which permits gradual retrofitting at any time to increase processing flexibility. "We attach maximum priority to a modular line concept with which we can easily manufacture different end products since we can attain an enormous leading edge with a wide range of products", emphasized Alexei Vitaljevitch Nikolayev, Director of Polytar. "We are also totally impressed by the processing engineering expertise of KraussMaffei Berstorff."

The system will initially produce 2.5-meter-wide polyolefin sheets up to 40 millimeters thick. In the next phase the customer can process polystyrene, acrylonitrite butadiene styrene and thin sheets (with a thickness ranging between 0.5 and 2 millimeters).

Polytar refines the pipe materials produced in the parent group Gazprom Neftechim Salavat into premium quality end products such as films, geotextiles or highly impact-resistant polystyrene sheets, e.g. for the packaging industry, primarily for the domestic market or for sale in CIS states. Around 7,500 tonnes of polymers are processed annually - and the trend is still upwards. Polytar is planning, for example, to extend production capacities, increase the product portfolio to include other extrusion areas and construct a new technology center in Salavat.

Henkel announces price increases on industrial automotive and metals products

(prnewswire) -- Henkel announces North American price increases on industrial products for the automotive and metals industries. The increases are a result of ongoing escalation of raw material and energy costs. Product categories that will be affected are adhesives, sealants, lubricants and surface treatment products.

The first increases were implemented in January, and the remaining will take into effect throughout 2012 based on product type. Increases will vary by chemical platforms, and customers will be notified directly and in advance to any pricing changes. Henkel feels compelled to take this step in order to further ensure delivery of the same high quality product and service standards expected by its customers.
Henkel operates worldwide with leading brands and technologies in three business areas: Laundry & Home Care, Cosmetics/Toiletries, and Adhesive Technologies. Founded in 1876, Henkel holds globally leading market positions both in the consumer and industrial businesses with well-known brands such as Persil, Schwarzkopf and Loctite. Henkel employs about 48,000 people and reported sales of USD20.07 billion and adjusted operating profit of USD2.27 billion in fiscal 2010. Henkel's preferred shares are listed in the German stock index DAX and the company ranks among the Fortune Global 500.


SK Group and partners to build USD1.1 billion petrochemical plant in China

(news.szenergy) --Korea-based petrochemical company SK Global Chemical Company has signed a deal with Sinopec Sichuan Vinylon Works (Sinopec SVW), a Chinese state-owned energy and petrochemical firm, and British Petroleum to build a CNY7 billion (USD1.11 billion) integrated petrochemical plant in Chongqing, China.

The consortium will build an integrated 1,4-butanediol (BDO) and acetic acid project at Chongqing Changshou Economic and Technological Development Zone, in the northeastern part of Chongqing city by the Yangtze River. The scope of the work involves construction of a 600,000 tons per year acetic acid plant, a 200,000 tons per annum 1,4-Butanediol (BDO) plant as well as associated facilities.

The plant is anticipated to consume 440 million cubic metres of natural gas per year. Construction of the plant has been divided in to multiple phases. The plant is slated for completion in 2015. The companies have completed feasibility study on the project and are awaiting approval from the Chinese Government.

The acetic acid plant will be built by Yaraco, a joint venture of BP, SVW and Chongqing Energy Investment Group (CEIG), while the new BDO plant will be jointly built by SK and SVW.

Customer sectors for technical textiles in Russia grow

(textination) -- Russia's light industry has been decreasing since years. There are only a handful of specialty textile manufacturers. The bulk of the merchandise is imported.

It is the same with technical textiles. Demand is expected further to rise, because in the coming years the expenditure for health care and production volume in the automotive sector will increase. The construction industry also looks towards better times. That should bring German manufacturers of technical textiles ample orders.

The demand for chemical fibers and yarns in Russia is expected to grow in the years 2010 to 2013 by one third. This Russian experts have predicted mid-November 2011. As a result, sales of man made fibers is expected to increase to 186 130 t and to 133 600 tons of chemical yarns in 2013. Domestic production covers the national needs with just 46%. The balance needs to be imported.


Elevance Renewable Sciences and Arkema to develop and produce renewable polymers

(arkema) -- Elevance Renewable Sciences Inc. and Arkema announced today a global partnership for the development and production of renewable specialty polymers.

Elevance is providing novel, differentiated, functionalized renewable starting materials, including the company's 9-decenoic methyl ester, from their bio refineries.

Arkema has a long and well-established background in the field of bio-based specialty polymers. By combining their expertise, both companies will work on the development of a range of specialty bio-based polymers based on Elevance specialty methyl ester intermediate.

"Arkema's position as producer of high-performing bio-sourced technical polymers is a natural fit for our unique specialty chemicals," said Andy Shafer, executive vice president of sales and market development for Elevance. "We are pleased to be partnering with them in this important market for both of us".

"Our partnership with Elevance offers Arkema the strategic opportunity to expand our current feedstocks for biosourced raw materials and to strengthen our leading position on the fast-growing bio-sourced polymer market with increased capacities for our customers globally," said Jean-Luc Dubois, Scientific Director, for Arkema.