Wacker opens new technical center in Istanbul

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Wacker Chemie AG is expanding its range of services in Turkey with official opening of a technical center for construction, textile and consumer-care applications in Istanbul, as per the company's press release.

The technical facility serves as an application and test laboratory for polymeric binders and silicones needed in the region’s construction, textile, household and cosmetics industries. By broadening its local expertise in application technology and service, the Group can now offer its customers and business partners even better local support.

Technical service engineers test regional products and formulations. The new laboratory focuses on polymeric binders used in construction applications such as tile adhesives and external thermal insulation composite systems (ETICS).

This new technical center is Wacker Chemie AG’s response to Turkey’s sustained economic growth. "Our customers' rising sales volumes are being joined by higher quality and service requirements, which we are now even better able to meet with our new local test facility," said WACKER Executive Board member Auguste Willems during the opening ceremony. The region’s construction industry, in particular, is experiencing an upturn, resulting in a growing need for advice.

WACKER’s new technical center is ideally positioned for this trend. The new facility enables, for example, testing of specific properties of tile adhesives and external thermal insulation composite systems (ETICS), the two key applications for VINNAPAS dispersible polymer binders from Wacker. It has, for example, modern laboratory equipment for analyses of viscosity and air-pore content or the curing time of fresh mortars. Furthermore, it offers the possibility of testing the properties of hardened mortars as required by various standards, such as EN 12004 or EN 13499. The properties that can be tested include adhesive, flexural and compressive strengths, as well as water-vapor permeability and impact resistance. Moreover, the new center is equipped to examine products under varying climatic conditions, for instance applying ETICS adhesives at low temperatures. "The new laboratory for construction polymers represents an important contribution on our part toward expanding modern construction materials in Turkey and adjacent countries," explained Hande Bucuklar, managing director of Wacker Kimya Ticaret.

The new facility also has a laboratory for silicones used in the textile industry. It allows in-depth studies to determine the thermal and shear stability, foaming tendency, gloss and color stability, as well as the water repellency or hydrophilicity of the products on offer and of customer formulations. Different formulations can be applied and tested in the new laboratory under realistic conditions, such as padding or exhausting. In addition, the equipment enables specific tests and formulations tailored to the needs of the local cosmetic and household-care industries. The laboratory is also well equipped for developing local formulations. For example, shampoos, creams or fabric softeners that contain Wacker’s silicones can be formulated to help customers with their development projects.

As MRC informed earlier, Wacker Chemie AG is expanding its existing production plants for dispersions and dispersible polymer powders in South Korea. In early November 2017, Wacker celebrated the official start of construction on the major project during a symbolic ground-breaking ceremony. The Group is building a new spray dryer for dispersible polymer powders at its Ulsan site, which will have a total capacity of 80,000 metric tons per year. The Munich-based chemicals company is also constructing an additional reactor for dispersions based on vinyl acetate-ethylene copolymer (EVA), which are needed as the raw material for the spray dryer to produce dispersible polymer powders.

Wacker Chemie AG is a worldwide operating company in the chemical business, founded 1914. The company is controlled by the Wacker-family holding more than 50 percent of the shares. The corporation is operating more than 25 production sites in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. The product range includes silicone rubbers, polymer products like ethylene vinyl acetate redispersible polymer powder, chemical materials, polysilicon and wafers for semiconductor industry.

GPPC to undertake maintenance at SM plant

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Grand Pacific Petrochemical Corp (GPPC) is likely to shut its styrene monomer (SM) plant for a maintenance turnaround, as per Apic-online.

A Polymerupdate source in Taiwan informed that the plant is planned to be shut for maintenance in mid-April 2018. It is slated to remain off-line for a period of around four weeks.

Located at Kaohsiung in Taiwan, the SM plant has a production capacity of 250,000 mt/year.

As MRC informed before, this year, GPPC conducted maintenance at this SM plant from mid-February to 9 April.

Grand Pacific Petrochemical Corp (GPPC) was founded in 1973. Starting with styrene monomer, commonly known as SM, GPPC and its subsidiaries have gradually broadened the product line to include SM, ABS, SAN, PS, and H2. Currently, GPPC has two SM plants with a total annual capacity of 330,000 metric tons, an ABS/SAN plant producing 80,000 metric tons per annum and a hydrogen plant with a capacity of 600 cubic meters per hour. In addition, two GPPC's subsidiaries, GPPC chemical and BC chemical, are engaged in the polystyrene (PS) production with a combined annual capacity of 100,000 metric tons. Anticipating the regional fast growth, GPPC invested in Grand Pacific Chemical (Thailand) Co., Ltd. and founded Zhenjiang GPPC Chemical Co., Ltd.(China) for the ABS production in 1991 and 1996, respectively.

PP imports to Ukraine up by 3% in January-October 2017

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Overall imports of polypropylene (PP) into the Ukrainian market decreased in the first ten months of 2017 by 3% year on year to 100,500 tonne, as per MRC's DataScope report.

October PP imports into Ukraine rose to 11,100 tonnes, compared with 9,300 tonnes in September; the main increase accounted for the supply of homopolymer PP raffia grade. Overall imports of propylene polymers reached 100,500 tonnes in January-October 2017, compared to 97,800 tonnes a year earlier. Demand for all PP grades increased, but PP block copolymers accounted for the greatest growth.

The structure of PP imports by grades looked the following way over the stated period.

Last month's imports of homopolymer PP to the Ukrainian market grew to 8,600 tonnes from 6,600 tonnes in September. The main increase in deliveries fell on polypropylene from Saudi Arabia and Russia. Imports of homopolymer PP into the country over the ten months reached 76,600 tonnes, up 3% year on year.

October imports of PP block copolymers into the country decreased to 1,100 tonnes, which practically the same as in September. Local companies kept their demand for injection moulding and pipe propylene copolymers at high level. Imports of PP block copolymers into the country were about 10,800 tonnes in January-October, compared with a little more than 10,000 tonnes. Local pipes producers accounted for the greatest increase in demand.

October imports of PP random copolymers into Ukraine decreased to 1,100 tonnes against 1,500 tonnes in September, with decrease in purchases provided by local producers of pipes and injection moulding products. Overall imports of PP random copolymers reached 11,300 tonnes in January-October 2017, whereas this figure was 11,100 tonnes a year earlier.

Total imports of other propylene copolymers over the reporting period were 1,800 tonnes, compared with 2,000 tonnes in the same time a year earlier.


PE imports to Ukraine down by 5% in January-October 2017

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Overall imports of polyethylene (PE) into the Ukrainian market dropped in the first ten months of 2017 by 5% year on year to 204,500 tonnes. The greatest increase in demand occurred for high density polyethylene (HDPE), according to MRC DataScope.

October imports of polyethylene to Ukraine practically remained at the level of September and reached about 19,100 tonnes, local companies increased purchases of HDPE and low density polyethylene (LDPE). Overall PE imports decreased 204,500 tonnes in January-October 2017, compared to 216,400 tonnes a year earlier, on lower demand for LDPE and HDPE, while demand for other ethylene polymers increased.

Structure of PE imports over the reported period was as follows.

Last month, imports of HDPE into the Ukrainian market increased, and some local companies actively built up additional stocks of pipe and injection moulding HDPE. October HDPE imports into the country were about 6,900 tonnes, compared with 5,900 tonnes in September.
Overall HDPE imports decreased to 81,500 tonnes in the first ten months of the year, compared to 101,000 tonnes a year earlier. The most reduction in imports accounted in the film HDPE, resulting from the resumption of local production.

October LDPE imports grew to 6,000 tonnes from 5,600 tonnes a month earlier, with Russian producers accounting for the main increase in shipments. Overall LDPE imports exceeded 55,500 tonnes over the stated period, down by 1% year on year.

Last month's LLDPE imports were 4,900 tonnes, compared to 6,400 tonnes in September, with stretch films producers accounting for a decrease in demand. Overall LLDPE imports grew to 54,200 tonnes in January-October 2017 from 48,100 tonnes a year earlier. Producers of film products and large items, produced by rotational moulding, accounted for the main increase in demand.

Imports of other PE grades, including ethylene-vinyl-acetate (EVA), totalled 13,300 tonnes over the stated period, compared to 11,400 tonnes a year earlier.


PET Technologies opens new production plant in Ukraine

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Blow moulding machinery supplier PET Technologies has opened a new production facility in Chernihiv, Ukraine to mark its 18th birthday, said Plasticsnewseurope.

The Neunkirchen, Austria-based supplier of blow moulding machinery, moulds, filling lines, PET bottle design and service, said the new site housed office and production spaces, including a 7.000 sq. m PET stretch blow moulding hall.

The company said it would be producing its automatic PET stretch blow moulder APF-Max, with output up to 14 000 bph, at the site.