Thursday, June 25, 2015

Huntsman Acquires Tecnoelastomeri, a Producer of Polyurethane Elastomer

Huntsman Corporation (NYSE: HUN) announced that it has completed the acquisition of Tecnoelastomeri, a manufacturer and marketer of methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) based hot-cast elastomer systems and processing machines, based in Modena, Italy. 2014 sales revenue for Tecnoelastomeri was approximately $12 million. The purchase price was not disclosed. 

Hot-cast polyurethanes are used in many downstream applications, including bumper pads, coated conveyor belts, gears, rollers and wheels. These applications are used in the automotive, rail, oil and gas, mining and steel industries among others. Huntsman has supplied MDI for these applications for many years. 

Tecnoelastomeri markets its diverse product line globally under a number of well-known trademarks, including Tecnoelastomeri engineering urethane elastomers, Tecnothane polyurethane systems, Rithane specialty polyurethane systems, Castech polyurethane machines and Linthane specialty thermoplastic urethanes (TPUs). 

Commenting on the acquisition, Tony Hankins, President of Huntsman's Polyurethanes division, said: "We are very pleased with the acquisition of Tecnoelastomeri. The addition of its highly experienced team to our Polyurethanes business will significantly strengthen our offer to the growing, downstream hot-cast elastomer markets globally." 

"In the past few years we have strengthened our downstream capabilities and now have more than 25 facilities worldwide. These investments reflect our confidence in the long-term growth prospects for MDI-based urethanes." 

Source: Huntsman 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Polymer Failure & Defects: Case-Histories of Problem Solving

This uniquely practical and industry’s UN-RIVALED course, to be offered in Atlanta, GA, USA, SEPT 22-24, 2015, “Polymer Failure & Defects: Problem Solving Case-Histories” has been attended by 500+ participants with representation from premier global companies. A highlight of the course is the presentation of 50+ Case-Histories of $MM business impact via skilled investigation of problems; solutions backed by PATENTS, PUBLICATIONS in prestigious journals & documented COMMERCIAL VALUE. There will be a major presentation on “How to Identify Innovation Opportunities During Routine Technical Operations”. 

EXAMPLE #1: During occasional longer breaks, the extruder froze resulting in lengthy tear-downs & cleaning, thus adversely affecting the productivity. "Melt-Polycondensation" was established as the root-cause. Rather than changing the “near Impossible” manufacturing process for the plastic resin, a change in lubricant system with an unexpected catalytic effect, solved the problem. The Case-History leading to $10M+ in preserved business will be discussed including technical fundamentals & product development.

EXAMPLE #2: Multi-layered film upon shipping from Location-A to the Location-B shrank consistently by 0.5% along the TD creating "Nipping" problems during thermoforming. Upon returning the reject lots back to Location-A, only 0.2% shrinkage was identified, consistently. Both measurements were correct, although different. After understanding the root-cause, solution was based on handling the reversible effect of %RH differences at the A vs B locations and the irreversible effect of post-crystallization before slitting at Location-A.

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Conference:3D-Additive Manufacturing and BioMass for Sustainable Future

3D-Additive Manufacturing:
Fabricating Materials into Traditional & Complex Objects
MARCH 22-24, Miami Beach
3D Printing is reshaping the manufacturing
base and will be the 21st Century’s industrial
Why? In short, it can deliver "Real-Life Objects"
faster, cheaper and on-demand.
Prototypes can be rapidly fabricated and perfected without tooling limitations or wastage of materials
and manpower. All industries have the potential to be impacted by 3D printing including:
·         Defense
·         Medical
·         Aerospace
·         Automotive
·         Consumer Products
·         Architectural
·         Wearables
·         Customized Foods
For Conference details, call InnoPlast at (973) 446-9531 or visit our website:

BioMass for Sustainable Future:
Re-Invention of Polymeric Materials
FEB 9-11, Las Vegas
The U.S. Government has announced BIO-BASED materials as 1-of-3 emerging technologies for U.S. competitiveness. There has been a renewed spirit of innovation over the last 5 years in the field of Chemicals & Polymers based on BioMass vs traditional PetroChemicals. Join us on a journey through the world of “BioMass for Sustainable Future: Re-Invention of Polymeric Materials”; an adventure we have not seen in the chemical industry since the 1960’s and it is rapidly evolving!
For Conference details, call InnoPlast at   (973) 446-9531 or visit our website:

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Verdezyne Signs Agreement with Will & Co for Distribution of BIOLON™ DDDA in Europe

Verdezyne, Inc., a privately-held industrial biotechnology company focused on producing renewable chemicals, has reached an agreement with Will & Co, a sales and marketing firm for raw materials, semi-finished products, additives, and pigments, for distribution of Verdezyne’s first commercial product. The exclusive agreement is for sales and distribution of BIOLON™ DDDA (biobased dodecanedioic acid or “DC12”) in Europe, one of the world’s largest chemical markets. BIOLON™ DDDA will be produced at Verdezyne’s commercial-scale plant in Malaysia. The agreement secures off-take for over 25% of the expected plant capacity.

Verdezyne’s BIOLON™ DDDA is produced more sustainably than traditional petroleum-derived intermediate chemicals and will be used to make engineering polymer resins, automotive parts, toothbrush bristles, cosmetics, fragrances, and more.

“This agreement with Will & Co is an important milestone for us because it reflects the strong demand for renewable chemicals and the demonstrated high quality of our product,” said E. William Radany, Ph.D., President and CEO of Verdezyne. “With a focus on serving customers, Will & Co is the perfect partner for us and we are proud to be associated with them. Having forged this mutually beneficial distribution partnership for a significant portion of our production capacity, we are even more excited to start producing BIOLON™ DDDA as soon as possible.”

Verdezyne’s plant, expected to open in 2017, is anticipated to have the capacity to produce over 10,000 metric tons of diacids annually, including BIOLON™ DDDA, drawing on Malaysia’s diverse and abundant base of plant-derived feedstocks.

“For some time, our customers have been asking us for an alternative to petroleum-derived chemicals, and Verdezyne’s BIOLON™ DDDA fits the bill perfectly,” commented Jacques van Lindonk, Managing Director at Will & Co. “We are excited to finally be able to offer them a biobased, versatile, sustainable chemical for such a wide variety of uses, at competitive prices. It is Will & Co’s focus to expand the product portfolio with biobased products, and through our cooperation with Verdezyne we take an important step forward.”

Source: Verdezyne


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

MCC and Suzuki Develop Plant-derived, Bio-based Engineering Plastic

Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation announced that MCC and Suzuki Motor Corporation have jointly developed a new grade of bio-based engineering plastic called DURABIO™, which was used (*) in the interior resin color panels of Suzuki’s new Alto Lapin.

DURABIO™, developed by MCC, is a bio-based engineering plastic made from plant-derived isosorbide. It features excellent performance as it offers higher resistance to impact, heat, and weather than conventional engineering plastics. Additional benefits include ease of coloring – DURABIO™ can be simply mixed with pigment to create glossy, high reflective surfaces – as well its hardness, enhancing durability and scratch resistance. These advantages eliminate the need for a coating process, thereby reducing emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from paints. DURABIO™ is one of the the world’s first bio-based engineering plastics to offer bacteria-shedding performance. Simply rinsing or wiping the surface with water removes virtually all traces of bacteria.

In 2013, MCC-developed DURABIO™ marked a world first when the bio-based engineering plastic was used in the interior color panels of the Suzuki Hustler. Recognizing the material’s excellent performance, Suzuki began focusing DURABIO™ in its development of coloring materials for automotive components, pursuing improvements in both performance and texture. MCC and Suzuki have now succeeded in developing a new grade of DURABIO™ that offers even greater resistance to impact and heat and lower-density (lighter weight) compared to conventional bio-based engineering plastics, thanks to polymer alloy technology. At the same time, the new grade of DURABIO™ maintains the earlier advantages, such as high resistance to scratching and weather, as well as bacteria shedding.

MCC and Suzuki are committed to ongoing joint development aimed at producing eco-friendly, high-value-added vehicles.

Source: Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation

Friday, June 5, 2015

Gerresheimer at MD&M East: To Present Transparent Plastic Components for Medical Industry

A pharmaceutical drug’s effectiveness depends on how it is packaged and administered. The active ingredients have to be safely packaged and precise dosage is essential, irrespective of whether the product is administered by physicians or the patients themselves. That’s precisely what the innovative and proven products on display in Gerresheimer’s booth 2133 at MD&M East in New York from June 9-11 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center do. 

Auto-injectors are one of the more recent products added to Gerresheimer’s comprehensive range, when it secured a contract for them from a leading American pharmaceuticals manufacturer. Gerresheimer was chosen as supplier as a result of its special expertise in injection-related products and applications and the scope of services it offers. The auto-injector is composed of fourteen plastic components and three metal parts. The plastic components are produced by Gerresheimer, and then made into two subassemblies for final assembly and filling on the customer’s premises. 

Gerresheimer’s range of prefillable syringes is further proof of its injection-related application competence. The syringes are made of glass and used around the world as packaging for pharmaceutical and biotech products. They are the first choice primary packaging material for vaccines and numerous other medications and also used for ophthalmic applications. Gerresheimer’s portfolio also includes ClearJect syringes made of COP (cyclic olefin polymer), a high-performance polymer, for special biopharmaceutical and oncological parenteral drugs. 
MultiShell Vial 

The MultiShell vial by Gerresheimer proves that excellent barrier properties and glass-like transparency can be combined in one single product. It protects its content by way of a sandwich or multilayer structure composed of cyclic olefin polymer plus a polyamide layer as an oxygen barrier. This protects sensitive pharmaceuticals against oxidation and water vapor, and the polyamide oxygen barrier increases their shelf life. Gerresheimer has established a commercial production line and offer 2, 5, 10, 15, 50 and 100 ml vials. The installation of a multifunctional, automated packaging line will enable the packaging of different vials from bulk to ready-to-use. 

Source: Gerresheimer