For over a year, a small number of processors have been offering a new look in PET bottles—with a shiny, vacuum metalized coating that lets color show through. It’s a new unbreakable alternative to glass for cosmetics, perfume, and personal-care products. “Metalized PET continues to gain in popularity as manufacturers search for less costly but beautiful packaging alternatives,” said David Kettler, president of the International Div. of TricorBraun, St. Louis, one of the few suppliers of these bottles. The metalized coating can be applied to any size or shape, Tricor-Braun notes.
(314) 569-3633 • tricorbraun.com
A former executive of leading sheet producer Spartech Corp. has started a company aimed at helping small to mid-size processors optimized their resin purchases. Mathelin Bay Associates LLC, with offices in St. Louis and Berlin, Germany, was launched by Phillip Karig, who most recently was v.p. and chief procurement officer for Spartech and has overseen annual resin-purchasing budgets of $750 million. “We recognize that the situation of every plastics processor is unique, so we do not present a ‘one-size-fits-all’ resin-buying solution,” said Karig. “Our focus is to supply processors in North America and Europe with insightful and impartial market advice and alternatives—the essential information to make an informed purchase in the short term or to plan long-term procurement strategy. In recent years, the plastics market has experienced enormous change,” Karig added. “Price increases have become more frequent and larger, and are being implemented on shorter notice. Collectively, these changes have reduced the purchasing leverage of plastics processors and severely pressured their profit margins.”
(314) 630-8384 • mathelinbay.com
Galata Chemicals, Southbury, Conn., is the new incarnation of the former Vinyl Additives division of Chemtura Corp., Middlebury, Conn. It continues to sell the Mark, Drapex, Blendex, Royaltuf, Markstat, and Weston brands of organotin and mixed-metal heat stabilizers, epoxy plasticizers, phosphites, lubricants, impact modifiers, processing aids, and antistats. Galata also markets Actafoam and Celogen blowing agents and Fomrez tin catalysts for polyurethanes. The firm will introduce several new products at the K 2010 show in Dusseldorf next month (see p. 27).
(985) 783-6201 • galatachemicals.com
The SPI Bioplastics Council, Washington, D.C., which formerly consisted of nine suppliers of biopolymer resins and additives, has gained a tenth member, Nypro Inc., a leading global custom injection molder based in Clinton, Mass.
(202) 974-5200 • plasticsindustry.org
Two Rhode Island compounding firms have added capacity, and one moved to larger quarters. Teknor Apex Co.’s Vinyl Div., Pawtucket, R.I., is adding a new flexible compound line this month at Fountain Inn, S.C., with capacity for 30 million lb/yr. It incorporates special mixing technology said to yield vinyls with improved melt elasticity for film, sheet, profiles, and wire insulation. The company is also converting a line at Brownsville, Tenn., that was dedicated to flexibles into one that can make either flexibles or rigids. This will accommodate a growing number of customers who use both kinds and prefer supply from one facility.
In addition, Cool Polymers, Inc., has moved from Warwick, R.I., to a larger facility in N. Kingstown. The 40,000-ft2 plant meets growing demand for the company’s CoolPoly thermally conductive compounds and new Xyloy injection moldable metal alloys.
(401) 725-8000 • teknorapex.com
(401) 739-7600 • coolpolymers.com