PTS and FPL ink technical collaboration for high-tech compounds

MOSCOW (MRC) -- A new technical collaboration and licensing agreement between two compounding companies, Formulated Polymers Limited (FPL) in Chennai, India and Polymer Technology & Services LLC (PTS) in Murfreesboro, TN, USA, will expand the availability of PTS compounds in Asia, particularly South East Asia, as per PTS press release.

The agreement was signed in April by FPL Joint Managing Director Sekar Venkateswaran and PTS President Tom Hooper. PTS compounds are already manufactured in China.

"With this collaboration, FPL will have the capability to offer processors supplying the electrical and electronics industry in India and across South-East Asia an expanded range of Underwriters Laboratory-approved flame retardant products," says Hooper. "This is an important step in our strategy at PTS to reach those processors around the world demanding high performance UL-compliant flame retardant compounds." PTS now has its own or licensed manufacturing operations in the USA, Europe, China, and India.

Founded in 1992, PTS specializes in the supply of innovative flame retardant compounds - all featuring UL Yellow Cards - based on polycarbonate (branded as TRISTAR), polybutylene terephthalate (PBT), PC-based blends, and ABS. These compounds are already used around the world, most frequently in electrical devices, by many key players in the field. Under the agreement with FPL, PTS will transfer its technology for over 40 UL certified products.

FPL was established in 1993, with a strong focus on development of application-specific engineering plastic compounds. Since then, it has developed over 400 compounds based on a wide range of polymers. These are branded as Formpoly. With these products, FPL is already supplying several important OEMs. "Collaboration with PTS makes a lot of sense for these OEMs, since they will now have a wider choice of materials from a single, local, source," says Hooper. "In fact, some of them even encouraged it."

Both FPL and PTS also have technical collaboration agreements with Eurostar Engineering Plastics in Fosses, France, under which they produce and distribute Eurostar’s range of STARFLAM flame retardant polyamides; this encompasses over 120 UL-certified products.

We also remind that, as MRC reported earlier, one of India's leading manufacturers of colour & additive masterbatches and compounds - Plastiblends India Limited, plans to expand its manufacturing capacity by setting up a production plant in Gujarat. In 2015, the company identified land near Palsana, Surat to setup new manufacturing unit. The expansion will be funded mainly through internal accruals. Plastiblends also acquired part of the land and started construction of manufacturing facility which will be commissioned in phased manner. Currently, Plastiblends, a part of Kolsite Group of Companies, has manufacturing facilities at Daman and Roorkee (Uttarakhand).

ExxonMobil expands Exceed XP performance polymers portfolio

MOSCOW (MRC) -- ExxonMobil is expanding its Exceed XP portfolio with the introduction of new grades that deliver exceptional performance advantages for resin converters and end-users in applications that include films for soft-shrink and food lamination packaging and greenhouses, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

These grades, Exceed XP 6026 and Exceed XP 6056, provide outstanding processability with enhanced toughness, flex-crack resistance, sealability, balanced shrink performance, and good optical properties. For converters, the high melt strength of these polymers promotes greater bubble stability and improved output.

Exceed XP allows converters to cost-effectively fabricate films for extreme protection and preservation in a range of applications that include:

Soft-shrink packaging film with the controlled holding force and toughness for high integrity wrap, overwrap and bundle packaging solutions that help brand owners protect delicate and irregularly-shaped products from manufacturer to end-use. This includes food products like pizza, meat and cheese; delicate products including bathroom and kitchen tissues; and, irregularly-shaped products such as office supplies, stationery items, and air filters. Using Exceed XP, converters can enhance their business through new opportunities, more stable operations, and simplified formulations. They can use existing extrusion equipment, including monolayer lines, for a market which previously required investment in new machinery.

Food packaging films, including pouches and bags with the extreme toughness and sealing performance that enable brand owners to protect frozen or dry foods, meat and cheese products from production to consumption. The melt strength and toughness of Exceed XP provide film downgauging opportunities while performance is maintained. The performance and processing capabilities of these Exceed XP grades allow converters to simplify product inventories, which can lower costs.

We remind that, as MRC informed previously, in mid-February 2016, US petrochemical producer ExxonMobil Chemical completed the start up process of its 820,000 m tpa ethylene complex in Beaumont, Texas. The Beaumont complex has two equal-sized steam cracking units with total combined ethylene capacity of 820,000 mtpa. "Operations are normal and we anticipate no impact to production," spokesman Todd Spitler said in confirming market reports of a successful restart. The unit shut January 21 after an area wide power outage. The startup process started within a week of the outage. The Beaumont cracker has an ethylene capacity of 900,000 tonnes/year.

ExxonMobil is the largest non-government owned company in the energy industry and produces about 3% of the world's oil and about 2% of the world's energy.


A. Schulman to expand with new sheet molding compound production line in Europe

MOSCOW (MRC) -- A. Schulman, Inc., a leading international supplier of high-performance plastic compounds and composites, has announced that it will expand its compounding capacity with the addition of a new sheet molding compound (SMC) production line in Germany, said the producer on its site.

The new line will be operational by the end of 2017. Furthermore, in order to address increased demand from its European-based customers prior to operation of the new line, the company has opened an inventory facility in Slovenia.

The new production line will allow A. Schulman to produce its entire range of glass and carbon fiber sheet molding compounds in Europe, including its Quantum Engineered Structural Composites portfolio. Quantum products utilize glass and/or carbon fibers in combination with advanced chemistry systems to meet the most challenging application requirements in key markets such as automotive, aerospace and energy.

The company recently announced Quantum Forged Preg, its next generation composite material that utilizes continuous carbon fiber; designed for applications requiring exceptional strength and stiffness while maintaining high-end look and feel. The company already produces bulk molding compound (BMC) in Germany, so the expansion further enhances A. Schulman's approach of being a complete composites solution provider worldwide.

"The additional compounding capacity will address the continued growth in high-performance composites," said Frank Roederer, senior vice president and general manager, U.S. and Canada and Engineered Composites. "With this investment, A. Schulman is offering standard formulations worldwide with the level of high quality our customers have come to expect."

"This investment is indeed aligned with the expansion of our product portfolio, and in particular with our focus on offering carbon fiber Quantum technology in Europe to meet our customers' needs for light weighting," added Mercedes Alonso, managing director, Engineered Composites, Europe, Middle East and Africa. "With an output of up to 4,000 tons per year we are able to offer enough capacity for years to come."

As MRC informed previously, in February 2016, A. Schulman announced additional PPS compounding capacity at its Kerpen engineered plastics plant in Germany. Thus, the company added two new production lines at the Kerpen plant. In addition to the two twin screw extruders, the company had invested in a fully automatic packaging line.

A. Schulman is a global plastics supplier, headquartered in Akron, Ohio, and a leading international supplier of high-performance plastic compounds and resins, which are used as raw materials in a variety of markets. A. Schulman has 33 manufacturing facilities globally. A. Schulman's fiscal third-quarter earnings fell 69% amid continued sluggishness in European markets and higher-than-expected costs in Latin America, where the company has been consolidating its Brazilian operations. A. Schulman reported net sales of approximately USD2.4 billion for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2015.

Technip awarded contract to supply furnaces in an ethylene plant in Russia

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Technip has been awarded by Public Joint Stock Company (PJSC) Kazanorgsintez a contract to provide engineering and procurement of three proprietary SMK grassroots furnaces at Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan, Russia, said Technip on its site.

The furnaces will be part of the ethylene plant at the site. This project is another step in Kazanorgsintez’ ongoing cracking furnaces replacement program and confirms the long-standing relationship between the two companies.
In 2007 and 2015, Technip supplied SMK double-cell cracking furnaces to Kazanorgsintez with successful start-up and operation. This furnace type is particulary suitable for cracking high-capacity, low-cost ethane and propane gas feedstock. Technip’s operating center in Zoetermeer, The Netherlands, will execute the project, which is scheduled for mechanical completion in 2018.

Stan Knez, President, Technip Stone & Webster Process Technology, commented: "We value our long-standing relationship with Kazanorgsintez and their continued trust in Technip, the world’s largest ethylene licensor and contractor. Our SMK coil technology has been applied in more than 100 installations around the world and is recognized for giving clients reliable, flexible and highly selective solutions to improve operational efficiency."

Earlier in May Technip and FMC Technologies agreed to merge combining the two in an all-stock transaction. Technip noted in its report the merger is on track and during June, the two companies signed the official merger agreement and received the conclusion of the U.S. antitrust review.

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CPC Corporation brought on-stream No.4 cracker in Taiwan

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Taiwan’s state-owned CPC Corporation has restarted its No. 4 cracker following a maintenance turnaround, according to Apic-online.

A Polymerupdate source in Taiwan informed that the company has resumed operations at the plant on October 14, 2016. The cracker was taken off-line for a planned maintenance on October 6, 2016.

Located in Linyuan, Taiwan, the cracker has an ethylene capacity of 380,000 mt/year and propylene capacity of 193,000 mt/year.

As MRC informed before, CPC Corp is resumed operations at its residue fluid catalytic cracker (RFCC) unit following on September 3, 2016 following an unplanned outage. The unit was shut on August 16, 2016 owing to a technical glitch. Located at Dalin in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, the RFCC has a production capacity of 400,000 mt/year.

CPC Corporation, Taiwan, is engaged in the exploration, production, refining, procurement, transportation, storage, and marketing of oil and gas. The company provides fuel oil, including automotive unleaded gasoline and diesel fuel, low-sulfur fuel oil, marine distillate fuels, marine residual fuels, and aviation fuel; petrochemicals, such as ethylene, propylene, butadiene, benzene, para-xylene, and ortho-xylene; liquefied petroleum gas products comprising liquefied petroleum gas, propane, butane, and a propane/butane mixture; lubricants, motor oil, industrial oil, grease, and marilube oil; SNC products, including petroleum ether, naphtha, toluene, xylene, crude octene, methyl alcohol, normal paraffin, viscosity-graded asphalt cement, and sulfur; and natural gas.