New film production to open in Russia

(Regnum) -- Finland's Ab Rani Plast Oy started on Wednesday the construction of a plastic film extrusion plant in the Lemcon I-Park Kaluga industrial park being created by Finland's Lemminkainen in central Russia.

It will be the first company in the first private industrial park in the Kaluga region, where about 20 industrial productions and logistics centres are supposed to be set on 135 hectares.

The plastic film extrusion plant is scheduled to be launched at the end of 2011. Investment in the project amounted to 20 million euros.

Russian polymers market prospects will be discussed at Russian Polymers Summit on October 14, 2010 organized by ICIS and MRC. For more information please refer to Summit official web page.


BASF decleares polystyrene force majeure in Belgium

(PlastEurope) -- On 22 September 2010 BASF declared force majeure on High Impact Polystyrene "due to unforeseeable technical defects" during the restart of the production unit in Antwerp, Belgium. Since prior to this restart the production was shut down for a five weeks maintenance, the inventories are declining rapidly. BASF will not be able to fulfill all existing orders for delivery. Types concerned are "PS 486 M", "PS 485 I", "PS 454 C", "PS 495 F" as well as "PS ESCRimo". BASF expects a restart of the HIPS production within the next 10 days.


Borealis introduces new Executive Vice President for Base Chemicals

(Borealis) -- At today's meeting in Vienna, Austria, the Supervisory Board of Borealis, a leading provider of chemical and innovative plastics solutions, has appointed Markku Korvenranta as Executive Vice President for Base Chemicals. He succeeds Gerd Lobbert who assumes responsibility for the Polyolefins Business Group. Both changes will be effective on October 1, 2010.

Markku Korvenranta has over 20 years of experience with Borealis and its predecessor companies in various finance and business roles in Finland, Denmark, Belgium and Austria. In his most recent position at Borealis he was Senior Vice President Olefins & Sourcing responsible for the feedstock and olefins businesses as well as procurement. His recent previous leadership positions include Vice President Business Planning and Analysis and Vice President of the Business Unit Phenol and Aromatics. Between October 2006 and May 2007 Markku Korvenranta was acting Chief Financial Officer. He was born in Finland in 1966 and is married with three children.

⌠During his time with Borealis, Markku has gained broad experience in a variety of key roles in the financial and commercial arenas, says Borealis Chief Executive Mark Garrett. ⌠With his knowledge and capability, I am convinced he will help us to successfully drive this important part of our business forward. In addition, he will continue to lead procurement providing continuity in important supplier relations and ongoing development activities.

Borealis' Executive in CIS Roman Romanov is going to participate in Russian Polymers Summit on October 14, 2010, organized by ICIS and MRC. For more information please refer to Summit official web page.


Arkema declares two production force majeurs

LONDON (ICIS) -- Arkema has lifted two declarations of force majeure on supplies of butyl acrylate (butyl-A), methyl acrylate (methyl-A) and ethyl acrylate (ethyl-A), a company source confirmed on Wednesday.

The French major officially lifted the declarations on 20 September after bringing its plant at Carling, France, back up to full production levels.

Arkema declared force majeure on ethyl-A deliveries on 10 August after suffering problems with waste disposal at its plant.


First 50% PET recycable bottles produced and tested in UK

(prw) -- Belu has launched the UK's first water bottle with a 50% recycled PET content.
The bottled water company says the high recycled content of its new 500ml bottle represents a 46% carbon saving compared to its PET equivalent.

In a poll of 50 consumers of bottled mineral water which Belu carried out in August, 95% of people said plastic water bottles should be made from recycled materials and the same percentage of people would buy a product such as this.

The poll also showed that only 29% assumed that plastic bottles are made from recycled plastics.