BASF to start new production in China

(TradingMarkets) -- BASF SE, the world's biggest chemical company, announced yesterday that it would set up a dispersion plant in Huizhou, Guangdong Province, as part of a planned expansion in the fast-growing Asia-Pacific region.

The plant will make XSB dispersions for papermaking and acrylic dispersions used in coating, construction, printing, packaging, and adhesives, with a production capacity of 100,000 tons a year. The plant will procure raw materials from local companies to shore up the key BASF partners in the fastest-growing consumer market in Asia.

The company expects to put the new plant into production in the first quarter of 2012, but the detailed timetable will depend on government approval. The investment, according to the Germany-based company, is part of a development strategy in the Asia-Pacific region, which targets doubled sales revenue by 2020.

MRCMRC Reference

BASF. The share in the Russian market in 2008:
PS - 9.1% (GPPS - 5.9%, ABS - 11.4%, EPS - 10.6%).

Annual sales growth in Russia over the 5 years:
PS - 15%.

Imports by polymers processing technologies:
injection molding

German syringe production to be opened in Russia

(prw) -- Germany-based Farmar is planning to set up a plant for production of disposable syringes in Russia's Siberian Omsk region.

According to company CEO Jan Kostshevsky, the new plant will have capacity to produce up to 150 million disposable syringes each year and will compete with Chinese producers. Financial details were not disclosed.

Most of the syringes produced at the site will be sold within Omsk (where demand for syringes is estimated at between 33-35 million a year) and neighbouring regions.

The construction of the new plant is part of a major project being planned for Siberia, which aims to establish of an industrial cluster for production of medical equipment.

A PP resins plant at Omsk, which is scheduled to be launched later this year, is expected to provide raw materials for the Farmar facility.


Gurit introduces new line of PVC foams

(PlastEurope) -- Advanced composites producer Gurit has expanded its position in the materials market for rotor blades built using infusion technology through the introduction of the ⌠PVCell G-Foam family of structural foams. Developed and produced by Gurit's subsidiary in Qingdao / China, the range is used in the manufacture of wind turbine rotor blades for the local Chinese market where PVC foams are widely employed.

Development was originally started by China Techno Foam, which was acquired by Gurit in 2009. The development of the first material grade (G60 - 60 kg/m3) was completed by the end of 2009, and the material was successfully introduced to the market in spring. ⌠PVCell G60 is tested and fully qualified by classification agency Germanischer Lloyd. The development of additional grades G45, G80, G100, G130 and G200 has now been completed.


Chinese olefins plant starts operations

(LogisticsWeek) -- China Shenhua Coal to Liquid and Chemical Company has started the gasification unit at its coal-to-olefin plant in Baotou, Inner Mongolia.

The gasification unit is part of the company's Shenhua Baotou coal-to-olefins project will use GE's gasification technology to convert coal into synthesis gas (syngas).

Syngas will be used to produce methanol for conversion into olefins, a building block for producing polyethylene and polypropylene.

The project, is expected to produce 1.8 million tons of methanol a year when it reaches capacity, which will yield 600,000t of polyethylene and polypropylene.


RAL colours introduces new global industrial standard

(PlastEurope) -- The global industrial colour standard RAL (Sankt Augustin / Germany) has added a colour standard for plastics to its repertoire. The new range was developed together with masterbatch manufacturer Gabriel-Chemie.

Initially, RAL will offer the 100 most frequently used colours from its classic collection. Eventually, the scale of colours on offer will be extended to some 200 different shades, saving plastics processors the time and expenses in trying to reproduce RAL paint sample colours in plastics.

RAL Plastic samples consist of PP pieces with different surface textures and thicknesses, which allow users to gain a realistic impression on how their colours will work with different material applications.