Your Business In Brief - May 2008

New Custom Compounder for Medical & Consumer MarketsArkadia Plastics, Inc., New Britain, Conn., is an 18-month-old custom compounder of a broad range of thermoplastics, with an annual capacity of up to 10 million lb.

New Custom Compounder for Medical & Consumer Markets

Arkadia Plastics, Inc., New Britain, Conn., is an 18-month-old custom compounder of a broad range of thermoplastics, with an annual capacity of up to 10 million lb. Founder and president Kostas Geargacopoulos says the company initially focused on medical-grade compounds, particularly for tubing, but has expanded to serving a broad range of consumer markets. Arkadia has 2.5-in. and 3.5-in. single-screw extruders, a 58-mm twin-screw extruder, and underwater pelletizers. In its laboratory are a 1-in. single-screw, a melt indexer, and instruments for measuring surface hardness and ash and moisture contents.
Arkadia compounds alloys, colors, fillers (radio-opaque and others), flame retardants, antimicrobials, UV stabilizers, and other additives. It offers a line of soft modified TPUs in Shore A hardness from 40 to 65. It also compounds virtually all common types of thermoplastics, both commodity and engineering types, including TPEs. It handles orders as small as 25 lb.
(860) 612-0556 •


Ferro Restructures Plastics Businesses

Cleveland-based Ferro Corp. has restructured its plastics business into a new Polymer Specialty Materials (PSM) group based in Independence, Ohio. Within that group, Ferro has consolidated several businesses into the new Engineered Polymer Products (EPP) unit. EPP has consolidated its sales groups, standardized procedures, and formed multi-functional business teams to offer customers a broad basket of products through a single point of contact. Ferro EPP offers mineral- and glass-filled compounds, color concentrates, TPEs, and custom compounding/formulating.

The other two PSM units are Rigid Polymer Applications and Flexible Polymer Applications. They supply liquid colors, unsaturated polyester gel coats, and plastics additives. Ferro now has a single telephone number for inquiries on all PSM products. For more information visit Ferro's PT Online Showroom


Dyneon Buys Hitech Polymers

Dyneon LLC, Oakdale, Minn., has acquired Hitech Polymers Inc., a specialty thermoplastic compounder and toll compounder in Hebron, Ky. Dyneon gains blending, alloying, and formulation capabilities that will accelerate product development in its fluoropolymers and Dynamar PPA processing aids for polyolefins. For more information visit Dyneon LLC's PT Online Showroom


Huber Sells Clay Business

Huber Engineered Materials has sold its kaolin clay business in Macon, Ga., to IMin Partners, a private-equity firm in Fort Worth, Texas. Now called KaMin LLC, the clay business remains at the Macon location. For more information visit Huber Engineered Materials' PT Online Showroom.


Techmer Buys Accel Color

Techmer PM, Clinton, Tenn., has acquired Accel Corp. (also known as Accel Color) of Avon, Ohio. Both firms produce color and additive concentrates. Accel has plants in Ohio, Illinois, California, and Tennessee. Techmer also has a facility in California. “Accel strengthens our national manufacturing presence by giving Techmer two well-established sites in the Midwest, which will be added to our nationwide network,” said Techmer president and CEO John Manuck. He noted that Accel also brings proficiency in producing small orders of custom color concentrates. “Transaction velocity and small-order capability are increasingly important to North American molders who have been battered by global competition,” Manuck added. For more information visit Techmer PM's PT Online Showroom.


Pergan Renames Peroxides

Pergan GmbH of Germany, which acquired the Marshall, Texas, organic peroxide plant from Chemtura Corp. last August, is changing the trade names of some of its products. The former Chemtura and Witco operation is now Pergan Marshall, LLC. It will retain familiar Hi-Point and Quickset trade names for ketone peroxides but all others, including former Esperox and Espercarb, will be converted to the Pergan Group trade names of Peroxan, Pergaprop, and Pergacross. For more information visit Pergan Marshal LLC's PT Online Showroom.


Biodegradable PGA Resin For Barrier Bottles

Kureha PGA LLC, Charleston, W.Va., a new unit of Japan’s Kureha Corp., broke ground in April for a plant that will make polyglycolic acid (PGA) resin, a biodegradable thermoplastic polyester that offers exceptional oxygen and CO2 barrier for multilayer PET bottles. The facility in Belle, W.Va., is scheduled for completion in early 2010 and will have a capacity of 8.8 million lb/yr. Kureha currently has a pilot plant in Japan. Before now, there has been no cost-effective, high-production technology for PGA, which has been limited to high-value uses like medical sutures.

PGA is based on glycolic acid, which occurs naturally in plants and the human body. However, Kureha’s PGA is made from natural gas. The new resin, tradenamed Kuredux, boasts 100 times greater gas barrier than PET and is targeted for three-layer bottles for carbonated soft drinks and beer. Bottles reportedly can use as much as 20% less PET and retain barrier performance with just 1% to 2% by weight of PGA, according to Kureha. So although PGA will cost 10 times as much as PET, cost reductions may be possible. No tie layers are required in the PET/PGA/PET construction. PGA also provides two to three times greater barrier than MXD6 amorphous nylon. And unlike EVOH, it reportedly doesn’t exhibit a dramatic fall-off in barrier performance under high humidity. PGA reportedly will not interfere with PET recyclability because PGA degrades quickly and completely during reprocessing. PGA also is claimed to meet European compostability

In Europe and Asia, Kureha sees opportunities to replace MXD6 nylon in barrier beer bottles. Other possibilities are films and thermoformable sheet. (304) 344-3317 •