Ontario-based plastic, concrete wall systems supplier Nudura Corp. bought by U.S. firm

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Nudura Corp., a Barrie, Ont.-based maker of construction wall systems that use expanded polystyrene (EPS) and concrete, has been bought by Medina, Ohio-based industrial product supplier RPM International Inc., as per Canplastics.

The terms of the deal have not been disclosed. In a statement, RPM noted that Nudura has annual net sales in excess of USD40 million and that Nudura’s wall systems – known as insulating concrete forms (ICFs) – are a growth area in the construction materials market.

Pictured is one of Nudura’s insulated concrete forms (ICF) being installed. Nudura provides four series of ICF wall systems, consisting of foam boards made from expanded polystyrene and integral hinged plastic webs that hold both sides of the boards together. Concrete is then poured into the form to make an insulated concrete wall system. Photo Credit: Business Wire.

Nudura will operate within the RPM Specialty Products Group as a stand-alone operating unit of RPM’s Dryvit business, RPM also said.

Nudura provides four series of ICF wall systems, consisting of foam boards made from EPS and integral hinged plastic webs that hold both sides of the boards together. Concrete is then poured into the form to make an insulated concrete wall system. Nudura also offers a range of complementary building envelope products.

Nudura has three manufacturing plants and an extensive network of 260 locally based professional distributors in key North American markets. Its patented products are sold to design professionals, architects and contractors for residential and commercial applications. They are used to construct homes, schools, medical and commercial facilities, and other buildings that can benefit from the insulative and structural properties of ICF construction.

“Nudura is an excellent strategic fit that offers several key competitive advantages for Dryvit. Its product line will complement and expand Dryvit’s existing product offering, allowing for enhanced cross-selling opportunities,” RPM chairman and CEO Frank Sullivan said in the statement.

ACC announces Working Alliance with OSHA

MOSCOW (MRC) -- The American Chemistry Council (ACC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a new Alliance designed to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces operating with diisocyanate chemicals along the polyurethane value chain on 14 September 2018, according to GV.

Three groups from ACC will lead the work with OSHA: the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) and the Diisocyanates (DII) and Aliphatic Diisocyanates (ADI) panels.

The Alliance has three primary goals: raising awareness of OSHA’s rulemaking and enforcement initiatives, conducting training to educate employers, workers and OSHA officials on safety issues, and developing effective outreach and communication efforts to increase the visibility of the partnership and its goals.

"We’re thrilled to be working with OSHA on making American workplaces even safer, which has always been a top priority for CPI and ACC as a whole," said Lee Salamone, senior director of CPI. "Our partnership with OSHA will build on our strong foundation of product stewardship and outreach and will help us identify additional areas of emphasis so we can better target our activities."

According to the agreement, the Alliance partnership aims to provide members, occupational physicians, stakeholders and others in the polyurethanes value chain with information, guidance and access to training resources that will help them further protect the health and safety of workers.

"The chemical industry is committed to safety and this partnership supports our continuing efforts to enhance worker protection,Э said Sahar Osman-Sypher, director of DII and ADI. ЭThe partnership will work toward further educating workers and employers on how to use diisocyanates safely in their everyday working environment."

The agreement provides the framework for the two organizations to work together toward the previously mentioned common goals. The agreement also stipulates a timeframe of two years - through September 2019 - for the Alliance.

ExxonMobil adds new hub terminal, expands Global Base Stocks supply network

MOSCOW (MRC) -- ExxonMobil has announced it will open a new hub terminal for vessel and truck loading in Valencia, Spain in the first quarter of 2019, supporting the expansion of its global base stocks supply network, as per Hydrocarbonprocessing.

The expansion is part of ExxonMobil’s continued investment in its supply logistics readiness to support a robust Group I and II offer from its European refineries.

"The addition of the Valencia hub terminal represents our ongoing commitment to growing our Group I and II supply reliability," said Julia Ruessmann, basestocks & specialties sales manager, EAME. "This major step in the Rotterdam expansion journey will provide our valued customers with an efficient supply offer, as well as the highest standards in customer service and product integrity."

ExxonMobil’s complete supply offer will be available from various hub terminals by vessel, truck or rail. Group II products will be available from Valencia in the first quarter of 2019, as well as from the Rotterdam, Vado and Liverpool supply hubs and distributors in Dubai and Durban.

Leveraging the regional presence and expertise of ExxonMobil Marine chartering, ExxonMobil will have the capacity to optimize shipments and deliveries between products and locations, providing the highest quality of service and an enhanced customer experience.

ExxonMobil will begin EHCTM production at its Rotterdam refinery following the completion of its hydrocracker expansion project at the end of 2018, with full commercialization of EHC50 and EHC120 targeted for the first quarter of 2019. In advance of startup, ExxonMobil continues to increase storage capacity and supply reliability and to collaborate with additive companies to provide maximum product coverage.

Once the Rotterdam project is complete, ExxonMobil will become the largest global Group I and Group II producer and the only supplier with significant base stock manufacturing assets across three continents.

As MRC wrote before, in October 2017, ExxonMobil Chemical Company commenced production on the first of two new 650,000 tons-per-year high-performance polyethylene (PE) lines at its plastics plant in Mont Belvieu, Texas.

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.

BP Whiting refinery to shut large crude unit this week

MOSCOW (MRC) - BP Plc plans to shut the large crude distillation unit (CDU) this week at its 413,500 barrel per day (bpd) Whiting, Indiana, refinery to begin an overhaul, sources familiar with plant operations said, as per Hydrocarbonprocessing.

BP plans to keep the 240,000 bpd Pipestill 12 CDU shut through late October for the planned overhaul, the sources said. Plans also call for a coking unit, another CDU and other units to be shut while Pipestill 12 is down.

As MRC reported before, British oil and gas company BP will increase investment in the United States after the lowering of tax rates under President Donald Trump, Chief Executive Bob Dudley said in early February, 2018.

BP has been present in Brazil for over 60 years, supplying fuels and lubricants, exploring for oil and gas, and developing biofuels. BP and Petrobras currently partner in 16 exploration blocks in Brazil and are both members of the Oil & Gas Climate Initiative, a voluntary, CEO-led initiative which aims to lead the oil and gas industry response to climate change.

Polymer-Technik Elbe celebrates company anniversary and capacity expansion

MOSCOW (MRC) -- The German rubber compounder Polymer-Technik Elbe GmbH (PTE) from Lutherstadt Wittenberg at the Elbe river celebrates its 25th anniversary and the inauguration of a new production line in October 2018, according to GV.

Rubber production in the Elbe region has a 120-year tradition and PTE successfully continues this tradition. Just in time for the anniversary, a significant capacity expansion is realised with the installation of an additional large mixer according to the company's own design. According to the company, the line, equipped with a 320 l kneader is one of the most modern currently available on the market. The new line enables more efficient technology with high quality for large volume products. The same concept is to be introduced in other production areas over the next few years and will provide a constant boost of innovation.

Parallel to the steady growth in sales of the PTE, the number of staff has also been increased in recent years. From 2012 to 2017, 125 new jobs were created worldwide in the Polymer-Technik Elbe Group, an increase of over 30 %. The company is also proud of its apprenticeship programme and welcomes four new trainees in the current year 2018/2019.

In addition, the focus will be on topics presented at DKT 2018 in Nuremberg: drinking water, automotive profiles, and fluoroelastomers. The three areas reflect the increased market requirements and are the pace setters for the company’s expansion strategy. The new rubber compounds are important additions to the product portfolio and will be available worldwide immediately.

The Polymer-Technik Elbe Group, headquartered in Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany, supplies a complete portfolio of rubber compounds from its plants in Wittenberg in Germany, Wuxi in China, and Lagos de Moreno in Mexico. Since its foundation in 1993, capacity has grown to 140,000 t/y. The tradition of rubber compounding in Wittenberg goes back to Gummiwerke "Elbe" AG in 1898. Today, almost all types of rubber, from natural rubber to fluororubber, are compounded according to the company’s own recipes and customers formulations and are constantly being further developed.

PTE has also recently expanded its activities in China and is now able to supply the growth market China more extensively than before in the newly founded joint venture with the Jihua Group, Beijing.