BASF to build new antioxidants plant in Singapore

(plasteurope) -- BASF (Ludwigshafen/Germany) is building a state-of-the-art antioxidant production line on Jurong Island, Singapore. No investment cost or capacity figures have been announced. The group said the new line will "strengthen the production focus" of its "Irganox 1010" additives at the Singapore site and will help meet demand from Asia and the Middle East.

When the plant is completed in 2013 it will absorb the production of Irganox currently located at Isohara / Japan. Along with Singapore and Japan, BASF also produces the plastics additives at Shanghai / China, Kaisten / Switzerland, McIntosh, Alabama / USA, Lampertheim / Germany and Pontecchio Marconi / Italy.

Asian subsidiary relocates to Batam

(plasteurope) -- To meet rising regional demand for plastic edgings and profiles, Surteco Asia – a member of Surteco (Buttenwiesen-Pfaffenhofen / Germany) subsidiary Dollken-Kunststoffverarbeitung (Gladbeck / Germany) – in May moved its production facility from Bintan / Indonesia to neighbouring Batam island.

The new site, located near Singapore, will ensure fast delivery times and sufficient production capacities, Surteco Asia said, although the group did not specify the plant’s exact output volume. The group did say that the new facility was set up with Japanese and Korean standard in mind. From Batam, Surteco Asia exports to 17 countries in the region, with a specific focus on printing and surface matching skills.

Surteco said the new plant affords sufficient space to allow it to expand production output in the future.

Full range of engineering plastics is now available directly in Japan

(plasteurope) -- Ticona Japan (Toyko) is now able to offer the entire range of the global group’s products to Japanese customers. Since moving to its new offices, the subsidiary of German engineering polymers group Ticona (Sulzbach) is in a position to directly sell all products in the portfolio except for "Fortron" PPS, said country director for Japan, Koji Ito.

“In Japan and the rest of Asia, Ticona is strategically positioning itself to deliver the right material to meet our customer application requirements and the right people to deliver the best solution fast,” said Ito. The company’s global reach, extensive portfolio, and engineering capabilities enable it to work with customers in Japan and Asia at any stage in their process, he added.

Mexican producer invested in its PET and polylactide production system

(chemmonitor) -- The Mexico-based company Site Plasticos started a project with investment in polyethylene terephthalate (PET)/polylactide (PLA) production system.

The investment is estimated at about USD 2.8 million. The system is from the US-headquartered major in high performance sheet extrusion machinery, PTi.

This investment will develop and expand the company’s business into a new area. Site Plasticos intends to produce material for thermoformed fruit containers.

The equipment will be delivered to the company in late summer of the current year.


Tetra Pak and Greencroft claim UK first with wine packed in cartons

(packagingnews) -- Packaging giant Tetra Pak and Greencroft Bottling Company, part of the Lanchester Wine Group, are claiming a UK first after packaging wine in cartons.

The news was revealed at the London International Wine Fair. Both firms state that the UK’s first facility for packaging wine in cartons will "bring benefits across the industry".

Last month, Tetra Pak revealed to Packaging News that it was eyeing food and wine markets and would be working with Durham-based wine bottling firm Greencroft.

Greencroft Bottling Company managing director Mark Satchwell said: "The Tetra Pak carton is a really credible alternative to the glass bottle. The materials are much lower cost and the final product is extremely space-efficient, meaning more products can be merchandised on-shelf, maximising return per square foot of selling space".