Toyota first to use plasma-coated polycarbonate of Sabic in rear quarter window

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Toyota’s special edition 86 GRMN sports car is the first production vehicle to feature a rear quarter window in polycarbonate (PC) material with a plasma-coat solution designed to deliver the highest level of durability performance, as per the company's press release.

The car’s rear quarter window is injection molded with LEXAN resin, an optically clear and lightweight-enabling PC material from SABIC. The window is about 50% lighter compared to a conventional glass solution.

Until now, manufacturers have produced rear quarter windows in PC using wet-coat only solutions. Depending on vehicle type and passenger position, wet-coat solutions can meet industry requirements for weatherability and abrasion resistance at that window location. In some cases though, a higher level of performance is required to meet driver visibility needs.

Because Toyota wished to achieve regulatory requirements at a global level, the Japan-based OEM turned to EXATEC plasma technology from SABIC. This flexible glass-like coating is deposited on top of a base wet coat to enhance performance. Applying this advanced coating made it possible to meet Toyota’s high quality requirements.

SABIC contributed materials and development expertise to the 86 GRMN window program.

"We are proud to have supported Toyota and its Tier suppliers with this first-to-market, plasma-coated rear quarter window on a very special car," said Scott Fallon, SABIC’s automotive business leader. "No other technology is available today with the same level of durability for PC-glazed windows than this plasma solution. It is a good example of the superior value that we can deliver to today’s automakers as they strive to build light, stylish and well-finished vehicles."

EXATEC plasma coating technology from SABIC can make it possible for PC-glazed windows, where regulations allow for their use, to meet legislated driver visibility requirements.

For larger PC-glazed surfaces like backlights and sunroofs, weight savings of up to 50 percent can be possible, helping automakers to improve fuel efficiency and lower emissions.

The 86 GRMN rear quarter window is Toyota’s first use of SABIC’s plasma-coat solution for a commercially available vehicle.

We remind that, as MRC reported earlier, in 2014, SABIC announced two LEXAN sheet solutions for aircraft interiors. These innovative, new offerings - clear LEXAN XHR2000 sheet and LEXAN LIGHT F6L300 sheet - will help provide solutions to airlines’ quest for differentiated cabin interior designs while also helping to take out significant weight, resulting in a more fuel efficient aircraft. Design engineers will benefit from these lightweight, durable materials which can help to reduce system costs, offer ease of fabrication and comply with the industry’s strict regulatory standards.

Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Sabic) ranks among the worldпїЅs top petrochemical companies. The company is among the worldпїЅs market leaders in the production of polyethylene, polypropylene and other advanced thermoplastics, glycols, methanol and fertilizers.

Valspar expands packaging operations in Singapore

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Valspar Corp. says that it is expanding production capacity at its facility in Singapore to meet increased demand for its food and beverage packaging coatings products in Asia/Pacific, said the company on its site.

The expansion is expected to come online in 2017. Valspar says it is the leader in coatings for metal packaging. The capacity increase will enable the company to manufacture higher volumes of both existing and new technologies, including non–bisphenol A (BPA) coating solutions for the food and beverage markets.

On 28 June, Valspar shareholders formally approved the Minneapolis, Minnesota-based paint manufacturer’s planned sale to Sherwin-Williams in a deal expected to close by the end of Q1 2017. Cleveland, Ohio-based Sherwin-Williams plans an USD11.3bn acquisition.

As MRC informed earlier, in May 2015, Valspar agreed to buy Quest Specialty Chemicals' automotive refinishing business and an industrial coatings business.

Valspar is the No. 1 metal packaging coatings solutions provider in the world. Across all of Valspar's packaging solutions, the company adds value to can makers, end makers and brand owners through its technology leadership, regulatory expertise and best-in-class technical service. Valspar provides complete packaging solutions to reduce costs, improve performance and protect the quality of brands and products.


DuPont celebrates new machinery at its technical centre in Meyrin

MOSCOW (MRC) -- DuPont Performance Materials recently unveiled a new 3D suction blow moulding machine - model ST Aspi Seco by ST Blow Moulding - at its European technical centre in Meyrin, Switzerland, as per GV.

According to DuPont, the project included the installation of a USD 1.1 million 3D suction blow moulding machine for the production of Hytrel and Zytel blow moulded air ducts, as well as a rubber injection moulding press and moulds for Vamac rubber sleeve and moulded air ducts.

The investment is the outcome of a strategic collaboration with S. T. Soffiaggio Tecnica S. r. l., a machine manufacturer based in Switzerland and Italy. DuPont says it has been working closely with S. T. Soffiaggio Tecnica over the past eight years to design the technology to respond to automotive customers’ challenges and give shape to smart design capabilities to effectively replace metal and reduce car weight.

The new machine is suitable for the production of parts with materials in monolayer, coextrusion or SeCo (Sequential Coextrusion). It is equipped with two 60 mm extruders, two accumulator heads with 1 liter and 1.5 liter, respectively, and a coextrusion head. This is already the second blow moulding machine supplied by St Blow Moulding, after the first was delivered in 2010.

One of the drivers behind the expansion of the technical centre is the increasing customer demand for lightweight polymers that offer good performance and are cost-efficient, says DuPont. In addition, the air duct market is growing rapidly to meet the need for turbo-charged engines that help the automotive industry comply with ever more stringent emission reduction requirements, says the company.

"DuPont’s investment stands for its commitment to cutting-edge technology developed in Switzerland to serve global customers" said Patrick Schriber, Director General DuPont Switzerland. "DuPont is a key actor for cutting-edge innovation in Geneva, fully committed to local development projects," added Pierre Maudet: "I am pleased DuPont continues to see the value in having the centre in Meyrin, and developing innovative new products here."

"We look forward to using the 3D processing machine to further tailor our products from design to production. Being able to customise the plastic processing has meant we can address the needs of the customer and deliver unique solutions. Our emphasis on design, materials and processing solutions reflects our holistic approach to collaborating with customers," said Olivier Magnin, Technical Director at DuPont European technical centre of Meyrin.

As MRC reported earlier, Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont Co., two historic giants of U.S. industry, will join in an all-stock merger of equals that’s the first step in a plan to create three new highly-focused businesses. The deal, the largest ever in the chemicals industry, will create a USD130 billion company that combines products from both Dow and DuPont in the areas of agriculture, commodities chemicals and specialty chemicals to create the new businesses. The agreement, percolating since at least February, comes after two years of pressure from activist investors who argued that shareholders of both companies would realize greater value if they were broken up.

DuPont is an American chemical company that was founded in July, 1802. The company manufactures a wide range of chemical products, leading extensive innovative research in this field. The company is the inventor of many unique plastics and other materials, including neoprene, nylon, Teflon, Kevlar, Mylar, Tyvek, etc. DuPont was the developer and main producer of Freon used in the production of refrigeration equipment.

Arkema reports changes in its Executive Committee

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Effective 1st September 2016, following Bernard Pinatel’s departure from the Group, Christophe Andre and Vincent Legros will be joining Arkema’s Executive Committee, said the producer on its site.

Responsibility for the High Performance Materials segment will be split into two: Christophe Andre will be appointed Executive Vice President Technical Polymers and Performance Additives (filtration, organic peroxides and photocure resins activities). He will also be in charge of digital affairs within the Group. Vincent Legros will be appointed Executive Vice President Specialty Adhesives (Bostik).

Alongside Thierry Le Henaff (Chairman and Chief Executive Officer), Arkema’s Executive Committee will therefore comprise three operational Executive Vice Presidents: Marc Schuller (Industrial Specialties and Coating Solutions segments), Christophe Andre (Technical Polymers and Performance Additives) and Vincent Legros (Bostik), as well as four functional Executive Vice Presidents: Luc Benoit-Cattin (Industry), Bernard Boyer (Corporate Strategy), Michel Delaborde (Human Resources and Communication), and Thierry Lemonnier (Finance).

As MRC reported earlier, on 6 July, Bostik, the specialty adhesives business line of Arkema, developed its cementitious product manufacturing capacities, based on its world-class Polymer Modified Binder (PMB) technology, with the opening of a new plant in Helsingborg, Sweden. As a leading global adhesive specialist for construction, consumer and industrial markets, Bostik is extending its presence to serve growing market demand in Northern Europe and the Baltic region.

Bostik develops high-performance and high-value-added bonding and sealing products for the nonwoven, industrial, construction, and consumer markets. Bostik employs about 4,900 people across 48 production facilities - 18 in Europe, 10 - in North America, 8 - in Asia, 6 - in Australia and New Zealand, 2 - in Africa, and 4 - in South America.

Arkema is a leading European supplier of chlorochemicals and PVC. Kynar and Kynar Flex are registered trademarks of Arkema Inc.

Solvay and Suzano Papel e Celulose to build integrated hydrogen peroxide unit at pulp mill site in Brazil

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Solvay and affiliate Peroxidos do Brasil and have agreed to build an integrated hydrogen peroxide production plant at Suzano Papel e Celulose's pulp mill site in Brazil, said the company on its site.

The proposed facility in Imperatriz city in the Brazilian state of Maranhao will use Solvay's myH2O2 technology that has been developed for installation at remote customer premises.

Under the terms, Suzano will deliver hydrogen feed-stock, utilities and site services for the facility.

Suzano Papel e Celulose CEO Walter Schalka said: "We believe that this technology will help us to be more competitive and efficient, as it will allow us to reduce costs in the purchase of an important input that we bought from another state.

"The forecast volume includes our increased capacity, which will be implemented in 2017." The hydrogen peroxide produced at the plant will be used for pulp bleaching.

"It will allow us to reduce costs in the purchase of an important input that we bought from another state."
The facility in Imperatriz will be managed from Solvay's peroxides plant in Curitiba.

Solvay Peroxides Global Business Unit president Georges Crauser said: "Solvay's first myH2O2 agreement shows the unmatched scope of our hydrogen peroxide technology capabilities, ranging from building and operating these small satellite units to mega units with a capacity exceeding 300kt per year.

"The unique and flexible myH2O2 units save logistics needs, reuse resources that are readily available on-site and thereby substantially benefit the environment."

Solvay is currently in talks with customers at remote locations across the world for installation of its satellite myH2O2 plants.

As MRC informed earlier, in May 2016, Solvay signed a definitive agreement with Brazilian chemical group Unipar Carbocloro to sell its 70.59% stake in Solvay Indupa.

Solvay, with a market share 27%, is the second largest PVC manufacturer in Europe, after Kerling with 29% of the market. Solvay is headquartered in Brussels with about 30,900 employees spread across 53 countries. It generated pro forma net sales of EUR12.4 bn in 2015, with 90% made from activities where it ranks among the world’s top 3 players.