Umeco to set up films production in China

(plastemart) -- Umeco plc, an international provider of supply chain services and advanced composite materials primarily to the aerospace & defence industries, announced that its Process Materials business has entered into a joint venture with its Chinese distributor Shanghai Leadgo Technology Co., Ltd.. The joint venture agreement is subject to approval from Chinese authorities, and is expected to be granted within the next two months. Umeco will have a 51% stake in the joint venture company - Shanghai Umeco Composites Co. Ltd., while Leadgo will have a 49% stake. The JV will establish a facility in Shanghai to manufacture vacuum bagging films for the rapidly growing Chinese wind energy market. The new facility should be fully operational by the end of 2011. Umeco estimates its total investment in the JV will be RMB28 mln (US$4.1 mln) comprising a cash investment of US$2.4 mln for its equity stake in the company and a US$1.7 mln shareholder loan facility. Leadgo will also make a similar investment and provide a similar loan.


Sasol starts ethylene maintenance

(plastemart) -- A planned maintenance outage of Sasol's ethylene unit to commence on September 24 will last through the middle of November. The outage is to allow for a large-scale turnaround, that will result in increased traffic in Westlake as well as some flaring during the beginning and end of the turnaround. Flaring is necessary to provide a safe means for clearing the unit. Following the turnaround, flaring will be necessary to bring the unit back to production capability. To minimize impact to the community, Sasol has scheduled the heaviest flaring during the daytime hours and will utilize a ground-flare, which significantly reduces noise and light impact.


LyondellBasell to extend polypropylene production in Italy

ROTTERDAM (LyondellBasell) -- With growing customer requirements for high-performance, specialty polypropylene (PP) products, LyondellBasell announced today that it plans to extend production and technology capabilities at its Spherizone PP process technology plant in Brindisi, Italy.

Scheduled for completion in 2012, an upgraded process design and capacity expansion will include the use of additional co-monomers such as hexene to manufacture products with the properties required by pipe, sophisticated film and healthcare applications. Plant capacity is expected to be increased by 50 KT, extending total capacity to 235 KT per year.

According to Anton de Vries, LyondellBasell's senior vice president, Olefins and Polyolefins, Europe, Asia and International, ⌠This project will enable LyondellBasell to better support the growing demand for higher-value, specialty PP grades.


Plastic injection moulder adds two 850-ton Cincinnati presses

(MarketWatch) -- First American Plastic Molding Enterprise, a leading plastic injection molding company, has added two 850-ton Cincinnati presses to its line up, one at its 39,000 sq. ft. facility in South Beloit, Illinois, and the second press at its 22,000 sq. ft. facility in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

Currently, First American houses a total of 24 horizontal presses ranging in size from 40 to 850 tons. They also have a 150-ton multi-station rotary dial vertical clamp press that was recently brought on line.


DSM announces two key management changes

(DSM) -- Royal DSM N.V., the global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company headquartered in the Netherlands, today announces two key management changes.

Mr. Anton Robek (1959), most recently President and CEO of DSM Melamine, will be appointed as Senior Vice President of DSM's Emerging Business Area (EBA) DSM Bio-based Products & Services with effect from 1 January 2011. In this role he will build on the success of this EBA, formerly named DSM White Biotechnology, and drive its further commercialization as outlined in the strategy: DSM in motion: driving focused growth'. Anton Robek will report to Mr. Rob van Leen, DSM's Chief Innovation Officer.

Mr. Volkert Claassen (1953), currently Vice President DSM White Biotechnology, has been appointed Vice President Strategy & Growth Options of the DSM Innovation Center and Vice President Strategy & Partnerships of DSM Bio-based Products & Services. Volkert Claassen has very successfully built the EBA DSM White Biotechnology into a launching platform for products and services in the areas of biofuels and biochemicals. His track record and extensive network in the biotechnology industry give DSM an excellent position to take this enlarged EBA to the next level.