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Washington Penn To Buy ExxonMobil's PP Compounding Business

By: Lilli Manolis Sherman 8. July 2014

Leading polyolefin compounder Washington Penn Plastic Company (WPP) has reached an agreement with ExxonMobil Chemical (EMC) to purchase and license assets of EMC’s North American specialty compounded PP business.

 

The move followed EMC’s earlier announcement to cease production of these products at its Specialty Compounding Center in Baton Rouge, La.  The 88-million lb/yr plant went into operation in 2008. Noting that the agreement will facilitate the transition of the impacted customers to Washington Penn, Martin Devine, president of WPP and COO of parent company Audia International says, “The product technologies are very complimentary, and offer some exciting new opportunities for our customers.”

 

This marks the second specialty PP compounding business changing hands this year. Last month, Ferro Corp. announced that it was selling its business of PP compounds and alloys/blends to A. Schulman.  Both acquisitions are expected to be completed before year’s end.

 

Meanwhile, “The Global Market for PP Compounds”, a study from U.K.’ AMI Consulting released just last month, is interestingly timed in view of the rate of structural change in the industry. AMI consultants cite the sale of these two North American specialty PP compounding businesses and also the fast change occurring in the Chinese market where the level of investment is running at high levels. This study segments the markets into NAFTA, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Middle East/Africa, by product family and by application. Within the automotive segment--the largest market for PP compounds, applications are split into interiors, exteriors and underhood. The 140-page report also shows the current global growth trends for PP compounds, with Asia leading at 45%, Europe with 30% and the Americas with 25%.

 

                                   The Global Market for PP Compounds

Global Market for PP Compounds

Want to find or compare materials data for different resins, grades, or suppliers? Check out Plastic Technology’s Plaspec Global materials database.

 

Aachen Center, Shuler Form Alliance To Develop Lightweight Automotive, Aerospace Components

By: Lilli Manolis Sherman 7. July 2014

Germany’s Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) will begin manufacturing composite components on a new composite press from Shuler by year’s end.

 

A collaboration in the field of lightweight production is underway between Germany’s Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) and metal and plastic forming equipment supplier Schuler. A new upstroke composite press with a force of 1800 m.t.  from Shuler will serve as a joint R&D development platform for the large-scale testing of new dies, lines, components or automation technologies. The tests will be conducted under production conditions and ensure that equipment is ready for start-up.

 

“We are very much looking forward to a long-term cooperation with Schuler…As a premium partner, Shuler will be able to use our holistic expertise and complete portfolio of services, as well as our international partner network which are constantly expanding,” says AZL’s CEI Dr. Michael Emonts.

 

Shuler’s CTO Joachim Beyer says this collaboration will help the company enhance its press technology and production processes for modern lightweight materials, noting that AZL’ significant expertise in production technology and materials science will take the company a major step forward.  For the further development of its press equipment, Schuler is focusing in particular on the areas of high-speed RTM, wet pressing and the processing of thermoplastics Academic and practical feedback from the AZL network is expected to help Shuler optimize its customer solutions.

For the mass production of lightweight components, such as in automotive and aerospace sectors, the main focus is on increasing productivity: cycle times of 2-3 min for the RTM process , or even less than 1 min for thermoplastic processing, help meet the requirements of OEMs—especially with regard to reducing CO2 emissions and improving their ecological footprint.

 

 

Want to find or compare materials data for different resins, grades, or suppliers? Check out Plastic Technology’s Plaspec Global materials database.

 

Celanese In Strategic Supply Deal For Deepwater Thermoplastic Composite Pipes

By: Lilli Manolis Sherman 2. July 2014

Celanese Corp. has devised an interesting multi-year strategic supply agreement with Airborne Oil & Gas B.V., the global leading supplier of spoolable thermoplastic composite pipe systems for deepwater offshore operations, for the development and supply of thermoplastic composite materials for these pipe systems.

 

Global composites business manager Michael Ruby says, “Our multi-year supply agreement demonstrates the Celanese commitment to meeting the needs of the oil and gas sector and supporting it future needs. It will ensure a supply of numerous, fully-qualified engineered materials that can meet the demand for oil and gas pipes.”

 

The company already plays an important role in helping to ensure efficient offshore operations via engineered materials used in thermoplastic composite pipe. A good example is the flexible pipeline system for Airborne that incorporates Celstran CFR-TP (continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastic composite) technologies, which is suitable for use in flowlines, downlines, jumpers, intervention lines, risers and other offshore pipe systems.

 

The durable, spoolable, lightweight composite pipe systems designed and manufactured by Airborne, have high mechanical strength to withstand the extremely high pressures and tensile loads of deep-sea offshore operations, and combine and excellent chemical stability with very good resistance to fatigue, aging and permeation. The absence of corrosion reduces maintenance costs, and the smooth inner bore improves the pressure performance. These pipes are made in a fully-automated manufacturing process and can be made up to several kilometers of length in one product.

 

Celstran CFR-TP offers the widest range of matrix materials available in the composites industry, and numerous reinforcing fiber options. These composites can be tailored to meet specific dimensional and application requirements for robust, lightweight and corrosion-resistant parts that require: superior performance vs. metal and metal alloys; significant reduction in lifecycle costs compared to metal; outstanding mechanical properties—low weight with high rigidity and toughness; high impact and notched impact strength; very low creep and warpage; resistance to interlaminar crack propagation; and very good resistance to high temperatures.

 

Want to find or compare materials data for different resins, grades, or suppliers? Check out Plastic Technology’s Plaspec Global materials database.

 

 

Molder PMT Named Manufacturer of the Year

By: James Callari 2. July 2014

Plastic Molding Technology Inc. (PMT) was named was named Manufacturer of the Year at the 10th Annual Manufacturing Leadership Summit, held June 6, in Palm Beach, Fla. The El Paso, Tex. injection molder was named the top honoree among companies with revenues of less than $1 billion, and also received the Operational Leadership Award and the Sustainability Leadership Award.

 

PMT was selected based on its development and implementation of transformative projects that demonstrated innovation and best practices. PMT earned the Operational Leadership Award for its commitment to wide-ranging continuous improvement programs, which have yielded measurable results and contributed positively to quality, service, and overall company performance. PMT’s ongoing sustainability initiative has focused on reducing energy consumption and operational waste through various strategies, including the development of proprietary technologies that reduce the amount of electricity used by molding presses.

 

 “We are honored to receive these awards, which reflect positively on the entire plastics industry as well as our many PMT team members, who helped develop and implement the programs that earned us this recognition,” said Charles A. Sholtis, PMT’s CEO and owner (pictured). “These honors simply reinforce that the plastics industry is at the forefront of best practices in manufacturing.”

 

PMT was nominated by IQMS, Paso Robles, Calif., whose enterprise resource planning software solutions were said to have helped to power the injection molder’s initiatives related to both continuous improvement and sustainability.  

  

amerimold marks record event

1. July 2014

A record 2,919 registrants representing 41 states and 29 countries participated in the amerimold tradeshow and technical conference, organized by Plastics Technology publisher, Gardner Business Media, Inc..

 

Held at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Mich., amerimold’s included more than 135 exhibitors displaying products and services used for injection molding as well as designing, building, and maintaining molds.

 

The 2014 technical conference consisted of three mold-making central tasks: engineer, build, and maintain. More than 50 industry experts presented on topics ranging from mold design and additive manufacturing to automated die/mold machining and advanced mold maintenance.

 

The 2014 event, included the introduction of Thermoplastic Composites Conference for Automotive (TCC Auto). Presented by CompositesWorld and Plastics Technology, the debut technical conference connected automotive manufacturers, advanced materials companies and injection molders, discussing trends for automobile light weighting and cost reduction.

 

Two annual amerimold traditions provided networking offerings at this year’s event. The “Top 10 Reasons to Be a Moldmaker,” were announced onsite via a limited edition “Top 10” t-shirt. On the event’s opening evening, attendees and exhibitors came together at the annual Leadtime Leader Award ceremony and networking reception.

 

amerimold will co-locate with Molding 2015 at Rosemont, IL’s Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, June 17-18, 2015. Earlier this year, Gardner announced the acquisition of the Molding conference earlier this year from Executive Conference Management.




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