Lyondell Chemical Co., Houston, has agreed to sell its Millennium Inorganic Chemicals subsidiary in Hunt Valley, Md., the world’s second-largest producer of titanium dioxide. The buyer is National Titanium Dioxide Co., Ltd. of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, which has been producing the white pigment in that country since 1991. Its product is trade named Cristal. www.cristalarabia.com
Sumitomo Bakelite Group of Belgium has acquired Neopreg AG, a Swiss producer of long-fiber thermoset molding compounds. Neopreg makes Kinel and Neonite compounds of epoxy, melamine, polyimide, and bis-maleimide. Its products will be available here from Sumitomo Bakelite North America, Manchester, Conn. Neopreg will be integrated into Sumitomo’s Vyncolit N.V., subsidiary in Belgium. Tel: (860) 533-6674 • www.sumitomobakelite.com
Cleveland-based Glastic Corp., long-time molder and pultruder of composites, has been acquired by Rochling Engineering Plastics of Germany. Meanwhile, Core Molding Technologies of Columbus, Ohio, has ended its bid to buy another old name in composites, Premix Inc., North Kingsville, Ohio.
After selling its Battenfeld injection molding division to private investors in October, SMS GmbH in Germany announced another step in its withdrawal from the plastics machinery field with plans to sell most of its extrusion business to Triton, a European private investment firm. SMS aims to focus henceforth on metallurgical machinery. The deal includes Battenfeld Extrusionstechnik and SMS Extrusion Kempen in Germany; Battenfeld Extrusion Systems in China; American Maplan Corp., McPherson, Kan.; and Cincinnati Extrusion in Austria, China, and Erlanger, Ky. For now, SMS retains Battenfeld Gloucester Engineering, Gloucester, Mass.
Last month, Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd., Bolton, Ont., announced that it has initiated a review that will include the possibility of selling part or all of the company’s shares or forming a strategic combination with another company. This review is based on founder and chairman Robert Schad’s decision to consider selling his shares, which constitute more than 44% of those outstanding.
Roper Industries, Inc., Duluth, Ga., has purchased Dynisco LLC from Audax Group. Dynisco, headquartered in Franklin, Mass., supplies software, melt-pressure sensors, and a variety of polymer testing instruments. The acquisition includes Dynisco Polymer Test, located with Alpha Technologies (acquired by Dynisco in 2004) in Akron, Ohio; and Dynisco GmbH in Germany. Dynisco becomes part of Roper’s Energy Systems & Controls segment. Roper is a diversified industrial company involved in energy, radio-frequency medical, water, and other industrial sectors.
Dow Chemical, Midland, Mich., is gearing up for full-scale manufacturing of its new Infuse OBCs (thermoplastic olefin block copolymers) at Freeport, Texas, in the third quarter. The company recently completed its first large-scale developmental trial run of these novel TPEs, first unveiled last June at NPE 2006. The new production facility can also produce Affinity olefin plastomers and Engage olefin elastomers.
Lauded as a breakthrough in olefinic elastomers due to their unique block structure, Infuse OBCs consist of linear MDPE hard blocks and Engage-type ethylene-octene soft segments. They are said to deliver novel combinations of properties and processability at a use cost competitive with TPVs. TPUs, and styrenic block copolymers. Infuse OBCs are also said to offer performance advantages over EVA and flexible PVC. Tel: (800) 441-4369 •www.dow.com/infuse
Bayer MaterialScience AG in Germany has created a new umbrella organization for all of its polyurethane systems, called BaySystems. It is meant to distinguish between the PUR chemicals and systems businesses. Within BaySystems, Bayer will retain product brands such as Bayfit, Bayflex, Baydur, Multitec, etc. BaySystems North America is in Houston. Tel: (281) 350-9000 • www.bayer-baysystems.com
Four compounders are adding capacity:
Two suppliers of auxiliary equipment have joined forces to offer a broader portfolio. Novatec, Inc., Baltimore, and Advantage Engineering, Inc., Greenwood, Ind., have formed Auxiliary Systems Group (ASG) to provide single-source project-management services for procurement, installation, and technical support of complete auxiliary equipment systems. ASG can supply dryers, blenders, loaders, materials-conveying, and process-cooling equipment. It aims to sign up additional partners to provide robots, granulators, and more. ASG is located at Novatec’s site. Tel: (866) 252-6370 • www.auxsystemsgroup.com
The Society of the Plastics Industry, Washington, D.C., has launched the Medical Products Section of the Alliance of Plastics Processors (APP). It is open to processors, materials and machinery suppliers, moldmakers, and OEMs involved in medical products. For information, contact Karen Miles, assistant director of the APP. Tel: (202) 974-5247 • e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
M2M Holdings, parent of Made2Manage Systems, Inc., Indianapolis, has changed its name to Consona Corp. Consona ERP is the new name of the business unit supplying Made2Manage ERP software. Consona Industry Solutions includes the DTR business unit that supplies DTR Plastics, a specialized ERP solution.
Three more recent announcements join a host of projects worldwide to ease shortages of carbon fibers in the face of runaway demand growth of 15%/yr: