Pacur inctroduces PETG Foam made with Eastman Eastalite copolyester for rigid medical packaging

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Wisconsin-based extruder Pacur, LLC, is introducing its PETG foam, made with Eastman Eastalite copolyester, for medical packaging, reported Eastman on its site.

The opaque, extruded, multilayer product is a durable and cleaner alternative to high-impact polystyrene (HIPS) for opaque rigid medical packaging. Pacur collaborated with Eastman Chemical Company and thermoformer Tek Pak, Inc., to create and launch the new lightweight material.

"Medical companies are looking for materials that are easy to use and environmentally friendly while providing exceptional protection for their products," said Jim Banko, vice president of sales, Pacur. "Pacur PETG foam meets all of that criteria and more."

Eastman Eastalite copolyester is a styrene-free alternative to HIPS and other competitive products. It is made without materials of concern, including butadiene, bisphenol A, bisphenol S, ortho-phthalates or halogens such as chlorine or bromine. The material is compliant with select ISO 10993 requirements for medical device biocompatibility and applicable parts of ISO 11607.

"Eastman Eastalite copolyester resonates among processors and thermoformers because of its ease of processing and clean cutting," said Aneta Clark, market development manager, Eastman Chemical Company. "This is extremely important to us because it allows our value chain collaborators to gain efficiency in their production and even cut out some secondary processes. Through working with Pacur and Tek Pak, we are now able to provide these benefits to the market and demonstrate the potential of Eastalite in opaque medical packaging."

As MRC wrote before, in December 2014, Eastman Chemical Company announced the completion of its acquisition of Taminco Corporation, a global specialty chemical company, for a total of USD2.8 billion in cash and assumed debt. The acquired Taminco businesses are expected to be accretive to 2015 earnings per share by greater than USD0.35, excluding acquisition-related costs and charges, and to 2016 earnings per share by greater than USD0.60.

Eastman is a global specialty chemical company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With a portfolio of specialty businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. Its market-driven approaches take advantage of world-class technology platforms and leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction and consumables. Eastman focuses on creating consistent, superior value for all stakeholders. As a globally diverse company, Eastman serves customers in approximately 100 countries and had 2013 revenues of approximately USD9.4 billion. The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA and employs approximately 14,000 people around the world.
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Erdos Chlor-Alkali Chem to restart PVC plant after maintenance

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Erdos Chlor-Alkali Chem is in plans to restart its polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plant following maintenance turnaround, as per Apic-online.

A Polymerupdate source in Mongolia informed that the plant is likely to be restarted in mid-June 2015. It was shut on May 14, 2015.

Located in Erdos,Inner Mongolia, the plant has a production capacity of 400,000 mt/year.

As MRC reported before, another Chinese PVC producer - Inner Mongolia Yili - shut its PVC plant for maintenance turnaround on October 9, 2014. It remained off-stream for around one month. Located at Erdos in Inner Mongolia, the plant has a production capacity of 500,000 mt/year.

Besides, Guangzhou Tosoh took off-stream its PVC plant for maintenance turnaround on February 27, 2015. It remained shut for around one month. Located in Guangzhou, China, the plant has a production capacity of 250,000 mt/year.
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Arkema inaugurated thiochemicals platform in Malaysia

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Arkema has inaugurated the thiochemicals plant, which successfully came on stream in Kerteh, Malaysia, beginning of 2015, but was officially inaugurated on 4 June 2015 in the presence of the main Malaysian authorities, reported Arkema on its site.

This world-scale thiochemicals platform produces methyl mercaptan, a synthesis intermediate for animal feed, as well as dimethyl disulfide (DMDS). The facility strengthens Arkema’s position as the world leader in high added value sulfur derivatives, and is fully consistent with the Group’s growth strategy in Asia.

The construction of the new plant represented investments of some EUR200 million for the Group.

The Group confirms its strong expertise of the production process for methyl mercaptan, a sulfur intermediate that is key to the manufacture of the bio-methionine on the same site by Korean company CJ CheilJedang using an innovative biosourced process.

Furthermore, by doubling its DMDS global capacity, Arkema also sustains the steady growth of the petrochemicals and refining markets.

Arkema now operates world-scale thiochemicals plants in Europe, the United States and Asia.

"This inauguration is a key event in the short history of Arkema and a very major step in its development. This plant represents a new highly promising growth platform for the future. I take this opportunity to congratulate our teams as well as our partners for this remarkable technical success", stated Thierry Le Henaff, Arkema Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

As MRC wrote previously, in 2014, Arkema, a France-based chemical manufacturer and the world’s second leading producer of organic peroxides, announced the construction of a new organic peroxide plant on its Changshu site in China. This investment will help double the site’s production capacity. By doubling its production capacity in China, Arkema will continue to support the strong growth in the organic peroxide market in Asia, a region in which the Group is also a producer in India, South Korea and Japan. The new Changshu plant is due to come on stream in early 2016.

Arkema with annual revenue of EUR6.7 billion is a leading European supplier of chlorochemicals and PVC. Kynar and Kynar Flex are registered trademarks of Arkema Inc. Arkema operates 11 organic peroxide plants on the three continents.
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PolyOne joins leading brands to eliminate hazardous chemicals discharge in textile manufacturing

MOSCOW (MRC) -- PolyOne has joined the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Group as an associate member. The Group is led by leading global clothing and footwear brands and is committed to steering the industry towards a goal to reduce discharge of harmful chemicals to zero by 2020, as per the company's press release.

"Bringing associate members on board with a strong track record of delivering specialty solutions broadens our technical knowledge base," explains Cheryl Kreindler, ZDHC Program Manager. "PolyOne has already brought innovative ideas to the table in regards to reducing water consumption and contamination, which are major challenges for the industry."

"PolyOne is committed to environmentally sound practices, services and solutions that deliver value for our customers and the wider industries we serve," added John Van Hulle, president of global color, additives and inks for PolyOne. "Our textile industry expertise means we can apply existing solutions, and potentially shape new ones, that can contribute to achieving the ZDHC Group’s goals."

As MRC reported earlier, in 2014, PolyOne Corporation announced the addition of new capabilities to its OnColor HC Plus portfolio. These expanded offerings add medical-grade LDPE, nylon, PEBA, PS and PVC to the globally available palette of specialty healthcare colorants, and are pre-certified to meet or exceed biocompatibility requirements for ISO 10993 and/or USP Class VI protocols.

PolyOne Corporation, with 2013 revenues of USD3.8 billion, is a global provider of specialized polymer materials, services, and solutions. PolyOne is a provider of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions with operations in specialty polymer formulations, color and additive systems, polymer distribution and specialty vinyl resins.
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Eastman Chemical joins Together for Sustainability

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Eastman Chemical Company has announced that it has joined Together for Sustainability (TfS) through the finalization and acceptance of its membership application. Eastman is the first US-based member of this growing consortium of companies supporting sustainable supply chains in the global chemical industry, said the producer on its site.

Founded in 2011, Together for Sustainability is a procurement-led initiative established by European-based multinational companies to drive improvements in sustainable procurement. Eastman is the thirteenth company to join TfS. Eastman’s Chief Procurement Officer (CPO), Mike Berry, represents Eastman on the TfS General Assembly as well as in the CPO Meetings. Additional representatives from Eastman will also serve as active participants in TfS.

"Embedding sustainability and collaborating along the value chain is an important theme among leaders of sustainability, and it is a key focus area for Eastman," said Godefroy Motte, Senior Vice President, Integrated Supply Chain, Chief Regional and Sustainability Officer. "We look forward to working with our peers and value chain partners through Together for Sustainability to influence change in the marketplace."

As MRC wrote before, Wacker aims to strengthen its commitment to sustainable business practices in the supply chain. To this end, in February 2015, the company now joined the TfS initiative. Established in 2011, the project is targeted on implementing a standardized global program for responsible procurement of goods and services in the chemical industry and improving the ecological and social standards of suppliers. After AkzoNobel, Arkema, BASF, Bayer, Clariant, DSM, Evonik Industries, Henkel, Lanxess, Merck and Solvay, Wacker was the twelfth company to become a TfS member.

Eastman is a global specialty chemical company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With a portfolio of specialty businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. Its market-driven approaches take advantage of world-class technology platforms and leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction and consumables. Eastman focuses on creating consistent, superior value for all stakeholders. As a globally diverse company, Eastman serves customers in approximately 100 countries. The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA and employs approximately 14,000 people around the world.
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