ACG presents packaging for pharmaceutical industry

(process-worldwide) -- ACG Worldwide presents new technology for manufacturing, packaging and R&D solutions for the global pharmaceutical industry. The company issues new solutions for the blistering and packaging of pharmaceuticals.

The company boast to be among the very few suppliers of complete technology for manufacturing, packaging and R&D solutions for the global pharmaceutical industry. This year, ACG introduces the B 45 blister packaging machine for thermoforming films, cold forming packaging materials and multiple lidding foils.

The B 45 operates at 45 cycles per minute for PVC-ALU blisters and 35-cycles/per minute for ALU-ALU blisters with large format area. It incorporates a fully cGMP balcony type design, which was designed for easy access for operation and cleaning, the manufacturer says. It is designed to meet the Pharmaceutical Industry's GMP and regulated market audit needs. According to ACG, the B 45 ensures fast changeovers and has an integrated camera system for online blister inspection.

Petkim posts Q1 loss on high oil prices

(Reuters) - Turkish petrochemicals maker Petkim posted a first-quarter loss of USD4.6 million, with rising oil prices more than offsetting higher sales.

"High prices for raw materials put pressure on product prices ... in the first quarter, and margins were negative, especially in January and February," chief executive Hayati Ozturk said.

Sales at Petkim, owned by Azerbaijani state oil company Socar, rose 28 percent to 1.21 billion lira in the first three months of the year. It made a 77 million lira profit in the 2011 period.

Crude oil prices have risen amid worries the West's dispute with Iran over its nuclear programme would disrupt global supplies. Petkim said it spent USD15 million in the first quarter to expand capacity, improve efficiency and for planned maintenance.


Teijin Techno to produce mass-producible aramid nanofiber

(polyestertime) -- Teijin Techno Products Limited, a Teijin group company producing advanced aramid fibers, announced today its development of the world's first mass-producible aramid nanofiber to offer reliable heat and
oxidation resistance together with high quality.

Until now, aramid nanofibers have been produced only in laboratories, so this first commercially viable product represents a significant step forward in the evolution of this promising new material. Teijin Techno Products' nanofiber, which is uniformly sized with a diameter of just several hundred nanometers is based on Teijin's proprietary Teijinconex heat-resistant meta-aramid.

It will be marketed in the form of nonwoven sheet for separators in lithium ion batteries (LIBs). Commercial production is targeted at 2014.


Husky completes Injectoplast sale

(canplastics) -- Bolton, Ont.-based Husky Injection Molding Systems announced that it has completed the sale of Injectoplast, the former closure injection molding operation of KTW, to Austria's Alpla.

The sale agreement was announced 24 January; the terms of the deal have not been disclosed. Injectoplast was a division of KTW, a closure mold maker Husky acquired in early 2011.

At the time of the KTW acquisition Husky announced it would be divesting of Injectoplast due to potential conflicts with its existing injection molding customers.

BASF's Freeport site to install new ammonium sulfate crystallizer system

(process-worldwide) -- Officials at BASF's Freeport, Texas, site announced that the site will soon begin construction of a new, 160,000 ton per year ammonium sulfate crystallizer system at its caprolactam plant. This is a joint project with American Plant Food Corporation, Galena, Texas, a customer of BASF.

Once completed, the crystallizer will refine high-quality ammonium sulfate, a by-product of the caprolactam manufacturing process and a key component in plant fertilizer sold by American Plant Food. Construction of the crystallizer system is expected to take six months to complete and will cost about USD 8 million. The project will employ 20 construction personnel and will create 30 jobs off-site for local companies.

"This provides BASF and American Plant Food with a unique opportunity to gain significant benefits for both parties," said Chris Witte, Senior Vice President and General Manager of BASF's Freeport site. "It is an excellent example of finding innovative uses for by-products and reducing waste in our manufacturing processes - as well as helping our customers succeed."