Solvay enters skin care market with acquisition of Dhaymers in Brazil

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Solvay announces today that it is acquiring Dhaymers, a Brazilian manufacturer of specialty esters, entering the skin care market and expanding its presence in industrial lubricants and mining industries in Latin America, said the company in its press release.

Solvay's Global Business Unit Novecare has been strengthening its foothold in fast-growing market segments in Latin America. The customized product portfolio of Dhaymers complements Novecare’s acquisition in April of the specialty chemical assets of Erca Quimica and further increases production capacity.

Through Dhaymers, Solvay Novecare will extend its home & personal care (HPC) portfolio with ingredients for skin care products for consumers in Brazil, which is growing fast as the world’s third largest HPC consumer, and across Latin America. The specialty esters produced by Dhaymers are also used to make emulsions for mining and in lubricants for the metal working industry.

"With Dhaymers, Solvay Novecare bolsters Novecare's portfolio, its locally produced technology and production capacity to supply domestic and export markets," said Emmanuel Butstraen, President of Solvay Novecare. "Our expansion in the region reflects our commitment to support our customers and will accelerate Solvay Novecare's growth in Latin America."

Dhaymers is located in Taboao da Serra, 20 km from Sao Paulo city and its sales reached more than € 8 million in 2013.

As MRC wrote before, this summer, Solvay SA and Ineos Group AG gaven a name to their chlorovinyls joint venture, Inovyn, as the two firms prepare the launch of the company by the end of 2014. The new company will officially open following divestments by both companies required by the European Commission. Until completion, Solvay and Ineos will continue to run their businesses separately.

Solvay S.A. is a Belgian chemical company founded in 1863, with its head office in Neder-Over-Heembeek, Brussels, Belgium. The company has diversified into two major sectors of activity: chemicals and plastics. Solvay supplies over 1500 products across 35 brands of high-performance polymers – fluoropolymers, fluoroelastomers, fluorinated fluids, semi-aromatic polyamides, sulfone polymers, aromatic ultra polymers, high-barrier polymers and cross-linked high-performance compounds.

Milliken and W.R. Grace introduce new next-generation catalyst and additive technologies for PP producers

MOSCOW (MRC) -- W. R. Grace & Co. and Milliken & Company have announced that their advanced technologies, used synergistically, are enabling polypropylene (PP) manufacturers to develop new and differentiated resin portfolios featuring enhanced clarity, cleanliness, processability and mechanical performance, said the producers.

Grace’s CONSISTA C601 PP catalyst, the first sixth-generation non-phthalate-based catalyst and a drop-in solution for the widely used UNIPOL PP process, enhances performance and processing of homopolymers, random copolymers and impact copolymers. With random copolymers made from CONSISTA catalysts combined with Milliken’s next-generation Millad NX 8000 clarifier, customers can achieve additional benefits including glass-like transparency and faster cycle times.

"Combining our CONSISTA catalyst with Milliken’s innovative additives yields results that are much more than the sum of these two technologies," said Ella Chen, UNIPOL PP Licensing global market director. "Together, our solutions address a broad spectrum of resin manufacturers’ requirements, from higher melt flow to lower-temperature processing for cycle time reduction. Major manufacturers are already taking full advantage of the synergies between our two offerings to produce new polypropylene grades that target consumer demand for clarity, safety and sustainability. This collaboration is another example of our longstanding, successful partnership with Milliken."

Several UNIPOL PP process licensees are leveraging the Grace and Milliken technologies to produce resins that meet the stringent requirements of their customers.

CONSISTA C601 catalyst imparts a market-leading balance of impact and stiffness to enable lightweight, thin-wall designs. The technology enables the production of random copolymers with improved taste and odor performance for food contact applications. The CONSISTA catalyst enables faster cycle times by increasing melt flow rates, while its broader molecular weight distribution improves the mechanical and processing attributes for a variety of applications.

When new generation Millad NX 8000 clarifier and CONSISTA catalyst are combined in random copolymers with a high melt flow rate (MFR), they enable up to a 36 percent reduction in haze over previous generations to provide a high transparency, bright appearance and high gloss in molded parts. Simultaneously, the Milliken additive also allows PP to be processed at significantly lower temperatures of 190C to 200C, a reduction of up to 40 degrees compared to less-advanced clarifiers. These cooler temperatures shorten cooling times and increase productivity by facilitating mold release.

Another combined benefit of the Grace and Milliken technologies is enhanced sustainability.

As MRC informed previously, US plastics additives supplier Milliken plans to double production capacity for the "Millad" NX 8000 clarifying agent for polypropylene (PP) at its Allen facility in Blacksburg, South Carolina by 2015.

November 2014 ethylene output in Japan dips 1.7% from November 2013

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Japanese ethylene production in November 2014 fell 1.7% from November 2013 to 588,400 tons, said Plastemart, citing data from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry showed.

The month-on-month change from October 2014's 533,100 tons was 6.4%. Two plant shutdowns were seen in October 2014, none in November 2014.

We remind that Japan's ethylene production in September dropped 16.1% from August and 4.4% year on year to 492,100 mt.

Clariant raises prices for polymer additives products

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, has announced a price increase for its polymer additives products, reported the company on its site.

Effective January 1, 2015, prices for plastics and coatings products will be increased up to 10% as a result of higher costs.

The increase will affect selected products within the Light Stabilizer, Antioxidant, Process Stabilizer and Antistatic portfolios.

As MRC wrote previously, last year, Clariant introduced AddWorks, its new brand for polymer additives solutions. AddWorks, application oriented solutions specifically designed by segments of the plastics industry.
AddWorks LXR, a new range of polymer additives designed to provide particular effects in a wide variety of applications.

AddWorks are developed by matching the needs of companies engineering technologies for polymerization, polymer producers, compounders, and even converters. They address customer requirements in a comprehensive but specific way.

Clariant AG is a Swiss chemical company and a world leader in the production of specialty chemicals for the textile, printing, mining and metallurgical industries. It is engaged in processing crude oil products in pigments, plastics and paints.

Sinopec Maoming to shut MEG plant in China

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Sinopec Maoming Petrochemical is likely to take off-stream its monoethylene glycol (MEG) plant, reported Apic-online.

A Polymerupdate source in China informed that the plant is likely to be shut early next week for maintenance turnaround. The plant is likely to remain off-stream for around one month.

Located at Guangdong province in China, the plant has a production capacity of 105,000 mt/year.

As MRC informed before, Shanghai Petrochemical restarted its No.2 MEG plant in China following a maintenance turnaround on December 3, 2014. It was shut for a maintenance turnaround on October 17, 2014. Located in Jinshan, Shanghai, the No.2 MEG plant has a production capacity of 380,000 mt/year.

We remind that Nan Ya Plastics restarted its No 3 MEG plant in Taiwan on November 3, 2014. It was under a month-long maintenance turnaround. Located in Mailiao, Taiwan, the plant has a production capacity of 360,000 mt/year.