Techcopound invests in PP compounds

(Kunsthoffe) -- TechnoCompound GmbH, Bad Sobernheim, Germany, is investing in an additional facility for production of long glass fiber-reinforced polypropylene (PP) compounds. This will increase overall production capacity by 10,000 tpa to a total of 60,000 tpa. The start of construction is targeted for the first quarter of 2011, with production slated to begin already in the summer of 2011.

According to information from the company, the facility is necessary to satisfy the growing demand especially for odor-and low-emission PP compounds (brand name: TechnoFiber PP-LGF) for production of instrument panels, door modules and other components in the automotive sector. Double-digit growth rates are anticipated in the long term.


CBL restructures its business in China

(prw) -- Faced with rising costs in China and sluggish markets overseas, one local factory's reaction - building a facility inland and adopting sophisticated lean manufacturing techniques - shows how some companies are adapting to the new business climate.

CBL Group, which operates a 500-employee injection moulding and metals factory in Guangzhou, is being hit by both rising costs, with prices for some components rising more than 30 percent, and by continued uncertainty in its core North American market.

So the British-owned company has responded by completely revamping its operations to bring in lean manufacturing, building a new $8m factory in central China's Hubei province to cut costs, and targeting emerging markets like China, India and Africa.


Supreme Petrochem declares force majeure for its PS exports

(plastemart) -- India's number one polystyrene maker Supreme Petrochem, has declared force majeure for its exports after Mumbai port was closed due to collision of two ships. Up to 100 containers of polystyrene targeted for export markets remain stranded at the port. This backlog of cargo will take 2-3 weeks to clear from the port. Though the port is expected to reopen this week, priority will be given to facilitating imports of essential fuel oil and coal for the state of Maharashtra's power generation requirements.

Transfer of PS export shipments is being considered to Kandla port or Mundra port in the event of further delays from Mumbai. Kandla is at a distance of 800 km from Mumbai and Mundra is 400 km away, hence, surface transfer of cargo will result in time delay as well as further transportation costs.


Flextronics automotive plant closed in Hungary

(prw) -- Electronics contract manufacturer Flextronics is closing its automotive components plant in Mor, Hungary with the loss of around 340 jobs.

Work at the Flextronics Automotive plant, which was acquired by the company earlier from the Alcoa subsidiary AFL Stribel, is set to be moved to another Hungarian Flextronics operation at Zalaegerszeg, and to China.

The company has offered the workforce jobs at Zalaegerszeg which is 200km away to the west, but local press reports that only a fraction of the redundant employees are likely to take up this option. The Mor layoff is planned to take place in staged before March 2011.


Braskem reports fall in profit in Q2 2010

(plastemart) -- Braskem has witnessed halving of its profits in Q2-2010 due to the positive impact the Brazilian real's appreciation had against the US dollar on last year's results. The Brazilian petrochemical company's Q2-2010 profit fell from R$1.1 bln in Q2-2009 to R$45 mln, while Q2 net revenue rose to R$6.5 bln from R$3.6 bln. Ebitda rose 43%, to R$1.040 bln from R$566 mln, while the Ebitda margin rose to 16% from 15.3%.

The company posted a R$78 mln loss in H1-2010 against a R$1.1 bln profit in H1-2009. Net income tumbled 96% in Q2 because of a surge in financial expenses. Despite a surge of 77 percent in net revenue fueled by higher resin prices, Braskem's debt-servicing swelled after the company paid off some tax and other liabilities.The difference between income from financial operations and financial expenses including debt servicing yielded a shortfall of R$575 mln, compared with a surplus of R$1.2 billion a year earlier.