Borouge starts hiring for its Innovation Centre

(Arabian Oil and Gas) -- Borouge's Innovation Centre is set to start operations at the end of 2011, with all the work progressing as scheduled according to Hu Wei, vice president of the pipe business at Borouge. Speaking on the sidelines of ArabPlast in Dubai, Wei said that US$70 million Innovation Centre is on track to start up at the end of 2011 and the company started the process of hiring talented people from all across the world/

The company said earlier that more than 50 international researchers and engineers will focus on innovations for compounding as well as innovative plastics solutions for the pipe, automotive and advanced packaging industries in close cooperation and partnership with Borouge's customers throughout the value chain.

Borouge will also establish a training centre for the Gulf Plastic Pipes Academy (GPPA) alongside the Innovation Centre in Abu Dhabi, thereby fulfilling its commitment to improving standards and the application of polyolefins for high quality pipe systems.


Biopolymers core part of DuPont-Danisco deal

(PRW) -- DuPont announced on 9 January that it had entered into an agreement to buy Danish enzyme and specialty food ingredients company Danisco for $6.3bn (┬4.8bn). If the deal goes through, US-based DuPont would pay $5.8bn (┬4.4bn) in cash and assume $500m (┬383m) of Danisco's net debt. DuPont said the acquisition would give it a leadership position in products that address global food challenges and that reduce fossil fuel consumption.

Chairman and CEO Ellen Kullman said biotechnology and specialty food ingredients ⌠have the potential to change the landscape of industries, such as substituting renewable materials for fossil fuel processes.

DuPont and Danisco's Genencor enzymes division already worked together to develop Sorona, a biodegradable polyester.

Bio-based plastics have grown to play an important part in DuPont's plastics portfolio. At K 2010, DuPont highlighted its progress in developing renewable products for the plastics industry, which it said reduced its dependence on fossil fuels and increased the efficiency of its energy use.


CKT to invest $20 million in new Brownsville, TX injection molding plant

(Plastics Today) -- Cascade Engineering's (Grand Rapids, MI) CK Technologies LLC (CKT) unit will invest $20 million in a new manufacturing facility in Brownsville, TX that will offer large-part injection molding for interior, exterior, and functional under-the-hood assemblies. A CKT spokesperson told PlasticsToday that the new plant, which is expected to create 121 jobs in 2011, will occupy a 1-million-ft2 former Titan Tire building and begin operations in the second quarter.

In addition to assembly equipment for secondary operations and chrome electroplating and painting in later phases, the operation will begin work with eight large-tonnage injection molding machines, ranging in clamp force from 2200-4400 tons, with an even larger press a possibility down the line.


Arkema speeds up PVDF project in China

(Plastics News) -- Arkema Group has announced plans to add capacity to its soon-to-open Kynar PVDF fluorinated polymer production plant in Changshu, China. The company announced on 6 January that it will increase production of the plant by 50% by mid-2012. The Colombes-based firm did not provide details about the plant's current or planned capacity.

The company said the additional capacity is needed to meet demand from customers that make electrodes for lithium ion batteries, backsheet for photovoltaic panels, and water filtration products.

Arkema had first announced plans to build the Kynar plant at its Changshu site in 2007, with the plant scheduled to come on stream in March 2011. Arkema also has Kynar plants in the France and the US.


Eastman exited PET business

(Plastics Today) -- DAK Americas LLC (Charlotte, NC) is expecting to close on its acquisition of Eastman Chemical Co.'s (Kingsport, TN) polyethylene terephthalate (PET) business by the end of this month, after completing the antitrust waiting period. DAK's purchase of Eastman's integrated PET and terephthalic acid (PTA) business, which was announced last October, includes three production facilities in Columbia, SC, covering two PET resin units and one PTA unit.

The transaction also includes intellectual property around Eastman's IntegRex PET and PTA technologies. The combined annual capacity of the PET production units is 675,000 tons, while the PTA unit's annual production capacity is 600,000 tons.