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.


DuPont introduces new Surlyn grade

(DuPont) -- DuPont has introduced new grades of Surlyn for the cosmetic packaging industry, which are capable of an array of forms, textures, colours and special effects, said the company.

The results achievable with the new Surlyn grades are well illustrated by the cap of the Oriens fragrance from Van Cleef & Arpels, a brand of Inter Parfums, said DuPont.

The bottle's designer, Joel Desgrippes, modelled its appearance on a ring from the company's jewellery collection, with the faceted, Surlyn cap mimicking the pink-orange-green spectrum of the tourmaline gem set within the ring.


RIL's Nagothane plant gets clean-chit

(plastemart) -- Reliance Industries' Petrochem plant at Nagothane has received a clean-chit from Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) in connection with allegations of harmful radiation emitting from the plant. As per a letter issued by AERB's Radiological Safety Division, radiation levels in the plant have been brought down to the acceptable limit by use of shielding and cordoning of the area and the propylene and polypropylene plants are also working safely. Medical examination of those working in the propylene and polypropylene plants is not necessary, since the general radiation levels observed in both the plants are very low.

Raigad Collector had issued a notice to the company seeking explanation on the issue after an employee complained of radiation from the plant, as well as approached the AERB to inquire about the suspected radiation in the plant.