Recycling machinery manufacturer Erema to invest in a new Customer Test Center

(Plastics Today) -- Plastics recycling machinery manufacturer Erema is making a major investment in a new Customer Test Center at its Austrian headquarters, according to Andreas Dirnberger, Erema's vice president of sales. As he explains, this investment enables us to separate trial runs for customers or prospective customers from trial runs for internal research and development. Currently Erema runs approximately 400 technical tests and experiments for customers per year.

Inside the test center will be available seven complete recycling plants. In-house recycling of film waste, collected industrial waste recycling as well as post consumer recycling applications such as PET bottle-to-bottle recycling will be ready to be tested after the opening of the new Customer Test Center.

Erema (Ansfelden, Austria) last year introduced its TVEplus Systems, and Dirnberger says the company already has placed 30 TVEplus Systems throughout the world. Another 40 of the systems are under construction based on orders through the end of this coming August.


Samsung intends to complete the NGL project in Dhahran

(Arabian Oil and Gas) -- South Korea's Samsung Engineering revealed the USD 2.76 bln cost of its engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) packages for Saudi Aramco's Shaybah NGL (Natural Gas Liquid) project in eastern Saudi Arabia after sigining the deal at a ceremony on Monday at the Saudi NOC's headquarters in Dhahran.

This NGL facility will be located 800 km south east of Dhahran in Shaybah, and is expected to secure feedstock supplies for the kingdom's hydrocarbon business. The complex will produce 750.000 barrels of oil per day, process gas of 2.400 MMSCFD and recover 200.000 barrels of NGL per day.


Japan's JX to restart naphtha cracker by end-March

(Reuters) -- Japan's JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corp, an oil refining unit of JX Holdings, said on Tuesday it expects to restart its quake-hit Kawasaki naphtha cracker, with ethylene production capacity of 404 KTa, by the end of March.

The cracker has been shut since a magnitude 9.0 quake hit northeastern Japan. A company spokesman said product shipments were continuing.


Klockner Pentaplast acquired PP and PS films commercial activities from AMB

(Klockner Pentaplast) -- The Klockner Pentaplast Group announced today that it
has acquired the polypropylene (PP) and polystyrene (PS) mono- and multi-layer rigid films
commercial activities from AMB s.r.l. (San Daniele del Fruili, Italy) for an undisclosed sum. PP and
PS mono- and multi-layer rigid films are used primarily in food and thermoforming applications.
AMB will continue to operate the San Daniele del Fruili, Italy, facility for the production of its other
product lines.

The Klockner Pentaplast Group is the world's leading producer of films for pharmaceutical,
medical device, food, electronics, and general-purpose thermoform packaging, as well as printing
and specialty applications. Founded in 1965 in Montabaur, Germany, Klockner Pentaplast has
grown from its initial facility to 19 current production operations in 11 countries.


PET imports to Russia in February grew by three times

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Import supplies of PET to Russia in February 2011 grew more than by three times compared to January and made 34.2 KT, according to MRC DataScope. Despite growing prices for PET, in February import supplies of PET increased by 27 KT. It has been a maximum parameter of PET imports since July 2008.

Some changes also happened in the structure of import supplies. The main suppliers are still producers from South Korea and China. Last month imports from these countries grew to 14.6 KT and 13.3 KT respectively. At that supplies from Germany and UAE considerably grew.

Russian companies haven't worked before systematically with Indian producer of PET - JBF Industries. Last year overall imports of polymer from this producer made only 2.3 KT while this February PET supplies from this company plant in UAE has exceeded 4 KT.