Issuu on Google+

SAY YES TO PLASTICS Volume No. 59

MH/MR/N/200/MBI/12- 14

Issue No. 10

October 2012

Rs. 75.00


CONTENT

IN THIS ISSUE... 15...... AIPMA At Work 33...... Company News The Official Organ of The All India Plastics Manufacturers Association Estd. 1945

38...... Features

MH/MR/N/200/MBI/12- 14 Volume 59

October 2012 No. 10

...UK’s Plastic Industry says recycling targets 'unachievable'

Chairman - Editorial Board

Dr. Asutosh Gor

...Depreciating rupee hits Taiwanese equipment makers

Hon. Editor

Mr. Ajay Desai

...BPA is safe in food packaging says Health Canada

Members

Mr. A. E. Ladhaboy Dr. Y. B. Vasudeo

...Plastics to play key role in improved aircraft interiors

Editorial Co-ordination: Padmesh Prabhune, Dhruv Communications, Mumbai, Tel No: 00-22-2868 5198 / 5049 • Fax No : 00-22-28685495 email: dhruvpr@vsnl.net Published by Ms. Uma Gupta on behalf of the owners, The All India Plastics Manufacturers’ Association Plot No. A-52, Road No. 1, M.I.D.C., Andheri (E), Mumbai-400 093. Tel: 67778899 • Fax : 00-22-2821 6390 E-mail : office@aipma.net Website : http://www.aipma.net and printed by her at Dhote Offset Technokrafts Pvt. Ltd., Jogeshwari (E), Mumbai-400 060. Annual Subscription Rs. 1,000/Single issue Rs. 75/Views/Reports/Extracts etc. published in Plastics News are those of the

...Arabplast 2013 - Bringing the plastic and rubber industry to a higher platform

authors and not necessarily of the Editor. Furthermore except for copies of formal AIPMA communications no other matter in this journal should be

...“High Density Polyethylene Pipes (One Metre Outer Diameter) As Post Box”

interpreted as views of The All India Plastics Mfgrs. Association.

53...... International News

OFFICE BEARERS Dr. Asutosh Gor President

Mr. Manish Dedhia Vice President (West Zone)

Mr. R. K. Aggarwal Vice President (North Zone)

Mr. Hiten Bheda Hon. Secretary

Mr. Anil Bansal Vice President (South Zone)

Mr. Haren Sanghavi Hon. Jt. Secretary

Mr. Ashok Agarwal Vice President (East Zone)

Mr. Sanju D. Desai Hon. Treasurer

P L A S T I C S N E W S

57...... Business News 62...... Product News 67...... Technology 71...... In the News

5

O C T O B E R 2012


P L A S T I C S N E W S

7

O C T O B E R 2012


P L A S T I C S N E W S

8

O C T O B E R 2012


THE PRESIDENT SAYS riends it’s a great honour and privilege to be elected as President of The All India

F

Plastics Manufacturers’ Association which has a glorious history of 67 years of

service to the plastic industry. It will be my duty to carry forward the legacy and work for the betterment of the industry, along with the support of my team, and guidance from senior members of the managing committee. I look forward to continue the efforts of my predecessor, and create new opportunities for the growth of plastics. Last year has been truly phenomenal with AIPMA going global, successfully organizing Plastivision Arabia in Sharjah, UAE, Kenya Plast in Nairobi, Kenya. This not only proves the capability of our association, but it also means that Indian Plastic industry is ready to take centrestage in the world markets. Exhibitions are a gateway to showcase our technology and products to the consumers in both domestic and international market. We plan to scout further International venues to hold trade shows and expand the reach of our Indian manufacturers, involving local bodies as well as NRI’s who are running plastic industry to share their experience and knowledge. On the domestic front we are gearing up for Plastivision India 2013 under able leadership of Mr. Raju Desai and his PVI Team, who are working tirelessly towards making PVI 2013 a grand success. Satisfaction of exhibitors is the ultimate aim. Land bank has been created in various states, starting with Gujarat offering land at Dahej with many other states following, this shows that the State Govts. are proactive and we have been successful in bridging the gap between Government and the industry. Though this is just the beginning we intend to garner more support for our members. We are in the process of setting up AIPMA office in Kolkata along with purchase of own premise in Chennai, idea is to get closer to our regional members and have more better networking. To strengthen our resolve I would quote, in the words of Robert Kennedy “Others see things as they are, and wonder why? I see things as they are not, and say why not?” Wishing you all a very Happy Diwali and a Prosperous New Year ahead in advance with continuous good health.

Dr. Asutosh Gor president@aipma.net

P L A S T I C S N E W S

9

O C T O B E R 2012


P L A S T I C S N E W S

10

O C T O B E R 2012


FROM THE EDITOR'S PEN t the outset on behalf of AIPMA I congratulate

A

But unlike India, floating beds

Mr Arvind Mehta (our Arvindbhai) who is the

of papyrus, embedded in waste

first Asian and an Indian to be inducted in the CIPAD

plastic, are to be installed on

Executive Committee. At the CIPAD meeting held on

Kenya’s Lake Naivasha in order

11th October 2012, in Italy he was unanimously elected

to help reverse environmental

as Executive Director. We wish him good luck in all

damage. The German Travel

his endeavors.

company Rewe is funding the project.

Recently, European Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potočnik at the event Polytalk

Papyrus, which is a natural filter for dirty water,

organised by PlasticsEurope in Wiesbaden, Germany,

is capable of acting like a sewage treatment works,

said that “We need green economics and we need

according to Imarisha Naivasha, the Kenyan body

green economics in the plastics industry.” Expressing

coordinating the clean-up at a local level.Lake

his views to a gathering of business leaders from the

Naivasha is a freshwater lake of around 100 square

European plastics industry, representatives of the

kilometres and although once crystal clear and

green lobby and officials from European organizations,

surrounded by papyrus, it has suffered badly in the

Potočnik acknowledged the benefits of plastics, such

past 30 years. A major factor is that Naivasha has

as their light-weighting advantage in areas such as

been the fastest growing town in Kenya as a result

automotive and packaging.

of the bonanza of horticulture, cut flowers for export, which is now one of Kenya’s top three earners of

The moves towards innovation and sustainability

foreign exchange.

have set the challenge of how to make the most of plastics’ benefits without increasing environmental

The moral of the story is one cannot get away with

impacts.

only talking about innovation but to innovate, at times, one has to be critical as well.

On the other hand, the United Kingdom plastics industry has slammed the government over its position

I would like to thank all of you and the management

on its recycling targets. In a withering attack the

committee for this opportunity, it’s a pleasure to

industry said the government had “repeatedly ignored

be on the editorial board. We would try to take the

its warnings that its targets – set to rise from 32 percent

reins forward and maintain the momentum that our

currently to 57 percent by 2017 – are unachievable

preceding team had set up. Hope fully we would be

unless there is significant investment in the logistics

able to do it with everyone’s support.

of collection and recycling”.

Hon. Editor

Government attitude almost remains same. Though

Ajay Desai

we are not yet consuming Plastics like our counterparts

editor@aipma.net

abroad perhaps the story is the same in our country as well. P L A S T I C S N E W S

11

O C T O B E R 2012


RR Plast Extrusion Pvt. Ltd. & DRTS, USA Jointly Offers “Inline Round Drip Irrigation Pipe Plant”

THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE

We are the winners of the most prestigious

Fastest Growing Enterprise in Plastics Process Machinery and Ancillaries

Office / Administration B-3, Nand Jyot Ind. Estate, Safed Pool, Sakinaka, Andheri-Kurla Road, Andheri (E), Mumbai - 400 072. India Tel.: +91-22-4246 1500/01/03/04 Fax: +91-22-2850 9603 Email: info@rrplast.com Web: www.rrplast.com

• Sheet line • Drip Irrigation Pipe Plant • PE Pipe Plant • Compounding Plant • Recycling Plant

RR Plast

TOGETHER WE MAKE


AIPMA AT WORK

1st Managing Committee Meeting on 16th October, 2012 The 1st Managing Committee Meeting was held on 16th October, 2012. The following were elected as the new Office Bearers for the year 2012 – 2013 Position of the Elected Members President : Dr. Asutosh Gor Four Presidents of the Zones West Zone : North Zone : South Zone : East Zone :

P L A S T I C S N E W S

Office Bearers for the Year 2012 – 2013 Hon. Secretary : Mr. Hiten Bheda Jt. Hon. Secretary : Mr. Haren Sanghavi Hon. Secretary : Mr. Sanju Desai

Mr. Manish Dedhia Mr. R. K. Aggarwal Mr. Anil Bansal Mr. Ashok Agarwal

15

O C T O B E R 2012


P L A S T I C S N E W S

16

O C T O B E R 2012


AIPMA AT WORK

MCM on 16th October, 2012

P L A S T I C S N E W S

17

O C T O B E R 2012


AIPMA AT WORK

Mr. Arvind M. Mehta becomes the first Asian & an Indian to be inducted in the CIPAD Executive Committee r. Arvind Mehta, Past President – The All India Plastics Manufacturers’ Association, Past President – Plastindia Foundation, Chairman National Advisory Board – Plastivision India is recently inducted in the Council of International Plastics Association Directors (CIPAD) executive committee

rest each from Europe (Germany UK), Africa (South Africa) and Asia (India). Mr Mehta has already lead various leading Plastics Associations and has represented India on eminent International platforms. He is Past President of AIPMA, Past President of Plastindia Foundation and Chairman of National Advisory Board of Plastivision India 2013, at AIPMA.

M

Council of International Plastics Association Directors (CIPAD) is an international association which represents 64 plastics Association Directors acting in 49 countries from five continents and strives to maintain permanent ties and to establish an effective conference and communication network among Plastics Associations Directors throughout the world. Because of an increasingly global business, the coordination of the work of plastics Associations around the world on issues and programs of international interest is of eminent value to the future of plastics.

Its a Moment of Pride of Great Achievement for Indian Plastic Industry by Veteran, Visionary and Stalwart of Indian Plastic Industry AIPMA congratulates Mr Arvind Mehta on this achievement. Mr. Arvind M. Mehta has had the honor of being the first Asian & an Indian to be inducted in the CIPAD Executive Committee. At the CIPAD meeting in Italy, on 11th October 2012 he was unanimously elected as Executive Director out of four seats. This Committee will be headed by USA and

P L A S T I C S N E W S

18

O C T O B E R 2012


P L A S T I C S N E W S

19

O C T O B E R 2012


AIPMA AT WORK

66thAnnual General Meeting of Aipma on 28th September, 2012 in Aipma House, Andheri At 5.00 p.m. n 28th September, 2012 the 66th Annual General Meeting was held in AIPMA.

but also suggested that there is no need for all to travel for various international exhibitions. This step will reduce the expenses of the association.

O

Mr. Jayesh Rambhia addressed the members.

Mr. Arvind Mehta, Mr. V. Anil Reddy & Mr. Manoj Shah gave words of appreciation to all the members and the office bearers.

Ms. Umaa Gupta – Secretary General, readed out the points to be discussed in the meeting. The queries raised by the members were answered in the meeting.

Mr. Jayesh Rambhia felicitated Ms. Umaa Gupta – Secretary General, Mr. N. V. Raju on behalf of all AIPMA staff.

The accounts were discussed in the meeting.

Mr. Manish Dedhia gave Vote of Thanks.

Mr. Bhogilal Gandhi appreciated the team for their work

P L A S T I C S N E W S

20

O C T O B E R 2012


AIPMA AT WORK

P L A S T I C S N E W S

21

O C T O B E R 2012


AIPMA AT WORK

Indplas’12, 6th International Exhibition on Plastics Indplas’ 2012 – was Inaugurated with lighting up of lamp in hands of Chief Guest Mr. Janab Firhad Hakim – Hon’ble Minister Municipal Affairs & Urban Development, Govt. of West Bengal and Special Guest Mr.Alapan Bandyopadhyay – Principal Secretary Commerce and Industries & Municipal Affairs, Govt. of West Bengal. Mr. Rajesh Mohta President Indian Plastics Federation welcomed the Chief Guest, Special Guest and Guest of Honors and Mr.Amar Seth Chairman of Indplas’12 (Exhibition Organising Committee) addressed the Inaugural Ceremony followed by speech of Mr. Bipin Shah, President Plastindia Foundation. The Inaugural Ceremony ended with vote of thanks by Mr. Pradip Nayyar – Hon. Secretary Indian Plastics Federation. Total 300 Exhibitors occupied 9 Hangers, covering about 3000 sq. mtrs. area.

ndplas’12, 6th International Exhibition on Plastics was held during 5-8 October, 2012 at Science City Ground, Kolkata.

I

Marketing Team AIPMA comprising of Ms.Sanjeevan Kothare and Ms.Sapna Gupta performed marketing activities in Indplas’2012 under guidance of Co-Chairman PVI-2013 - Mr.Kailash Murarka, Mr.Harish Dharmsi & Mr.Jayesh Rambhia.

Indplas’12 is jointly organized by Indian Plastic Federation & Plastindia Foundation supported by DCPC, CIPET as well as IIP.

Majority of the stalls were visited by them & they explained the benefits of participating in PVI 2013. Brochures, tariff, registration forms and business cards were distributed to Exhibitors and visitors who were keen to participate in Plastivision India 2013.

AIPMA Stall in Indplas’12 Exhibition: Stall No. J-91 in Hall No. J occupied area of 9 sq.mtrs. From AIPMA Staff, Ms. Sanjeevani Kothare & Ms. Sapna Gupta had attended this Exhibition. They sold AIPMA Directories & CDs, Plastics News Magazine, enrolled AIPMA membership and also did excellent marketing for PVI-2013, with the help of Mr. Kailash Murarka, Co-Chairman PVI-2013. Mr. Arvind Mehta, M r. H a r i s h Dharamsi, M r. J a y e s h Rambhia, Dr. Asutosh Gor & M r. A s h o k Agarwal also attended the show and were in AIPMA Stall to receive dignitaries visiting us. P L A S T I C S N E W S

To maintain contact and follow up with prospective exhibitors, business cards, brochures were collected and have put them in the ever growing database of PVI- 2013. The team was successful in confirming 51 potential exhibitors with an approximate area booking of 494 sq.mtrs. For us, overall it was a very good experience.

22

O C T O B E R 2012


AIPMA AT WORK

Rajkot Exhibition Plastshow 2012 he exhibition Plastshow 12 was held during 29th Sep to 3rd October 2012 at Rajkot. The observations were as follows:

T

Over All Exhibitions – Stall Location was not good enough and was not according to the Layout plan provided to us. Response from Exhibitors was good. We have received booking for PVI 13 near about 100 – 130 sq Mtrs. and received some enquiries for the same. There were some exhibitors who would like to visit our Exhibition. Visitor Response was poor. Maximum visitors were from Micro, Small and Medium scale industries. They have asked for discounts in rate as it is very high. We have suggested them for MSME and Membership discounts for their benefit. There were some enquiries about Plastivision India 2013 participation and its benefits as we have explained them about the overall business market from all over the world.

website which will attract exhibitors & promote our Exhibition. There are many things that can be work out if we can have sit for a meeting with them.

Membership Inquiries: We have received 2 Cheques for Membership of Machinery Category, 1 for life Membership Rs 27529 and another for Annual Membership Rs 2809. We have received some more inquiries about AIPMA membership which hopefully will get convert.

We even had a word with Energy Plus Communications for advertisement in Magazine in barter system. They have various ranges of magazines with multiple sectors of plastics industry. We can get more mileage from their magazines for our event.

Promotion of Plastivision India 2013 was done by visiting the stall personally and explaining them about the PVI 2013 exhibition by helping with Brochure, Registration Form & Tariff, AIPMA Membership forms.

We have visited an Exhibition of Kitchenware and Hardware which was just next to the Plast Show Exhibition. We even did promotion for Plastivision India 2013 by visiting the stall personally and explaining them about the PVI 2013. We will get 2 or 3 Stall booking from there as that show was very small and was not targeted only to plastic industry.

Some Directories and CD were sold We had a word with India Mart regarding the promotion and registration for PVI 13. They have suggested some benefits and deals for the promotion of our event. They have around 50,000 to 60,000 data of plastics industry to whom we can target. They can provide us good designing of

P L A S T I C S N E W S

Fahim Memon / Rajendra Jagtap Event Marketing, Plastivision India 2013

23

O C T O B E R 2012


AIPMA AT WORK

Kenyaplast 2012 Report Harish Dharamsi, Chairman – Keynaplast 2012 Co – Chairman – Plastivision India 2013 past experience. Machinery section was well attended and most of the exhibitors received serious enquiries. Exhibition attracted close to 7000 business visitors. Visitors were from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Oman.

enyaplast 2012 was held at KICC, Nairobi from 17th September 2012 to 19th September 2012.

K

Compack Kenya (Packaging Exhibition) and Kenya

On closing day, Hon. Joseph Kasure, Director General of External Trade, Ministry of Trade, Govt. of Kenya visited the show by 2.30 PM and talked to each & every exhibitor who were available at the stall and got the feel of their response and invited everybody to take part in next show! The exhibitors who displayed live machines could not only sell their machines but also got good orders. The main hall where non machinery people, trade associations & pharma people displayed also got excellent response. There were approx. 1,500 visitors on 1st day, more than 2,000 visitors on 2nd day and the 3rd day also witnessed good number of visitors. Out of total number of exhibitors 92 were from plastic industry, 80+ was from pharma industry making a total of approx. 175 exhibitors. In all the entire exhibition was successful in terms of business.

Pharma expo were held as concurrent events. There were 180 exhibitors all together accommodated in one indoor Hall and 2 outdoor hangers... The exhibition was inaugurated by H E Tanmaya Lal, Acting High commissioner of India at 10.00 AM on 17th. September 2012. High Commissioner has allotted only 20 minutes for the show but spent more than an hour and interacted with many exhibitors. Visitor response was much beyond expectations based on

P L A S T I C S N E W S

24

O C T O B E R 2012


AIPMA AT WORK The infrastructure of Kenyatta International Conference Centre Exhibition ground was excellent.

Lal, Acting High commissioner of India in presence of the authorities of Vibrant Gujarat Shri Vajubhai Vagasia, officers of The Kenya Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Kenya Packaging Institute. The MOU regarding bi – lateral promotion of plastic industry between India & Kenya was signed with The Kenya Chamber of Commerce & Industry a nd Kenya Packaging Institute. A I P M A g e n e r a t e d 11 n e w memberships, approx. 198 sq. m. Plastivision India (PVI) 2013 space and 4 enquires for land and 2 enquiries for Plastivision Arabia (PVA) 2014 space.

AIPMA has organised 43 number of delegation who stayed in Hilton Hotel which is 5 min walking distance from the exhibition ground. All the exhibitors were impressed by the hospitality of Hotel Hilton Management. The Indian food provided was also appreciated.

AIPMA Stall AIPMA had 24 sq. m stall in the main hall which was inaugurated H E Tanmaya

P L A S T I C S N E W S

25

O C T O B E R 2012


AIPMA AT WORK

IPI Conference Report AIPMA made interesting and informative presentations. Presentations of all the above Speakers were well received and appreciated by the participants.

PI organized a Conference on “Advances in Plastics Processing Technologies” on 18th September 2012 at Hotel Hilton, Nairobi, Kenya coinciding with Kenya Plast Exhibition jointly organized by The All India Plastics Manufacturers’ Association, Mumbai & KMG Business Technology, Ahmedabad.

I

This Conference provided a common platform to all the stake holders to exchange their notes and promote their products. Some of the Kenyan delegates evinced interest in IPI & its activities. Mr. B. Swaminathan representative of KMG Business Technology welcomed all the participants and Mr. Francis Pinto, Immediate Past Chairman of IPI addressed the audience and briefed them about IPI and its various activities. Mr. Suriyakant Shah of Blowplast, Nairobi was the Keynote Speaker and made an interesting presentation on current plastics industry scenario in Kenya. All the Technical Sessions were chaired by Mr. Francis Pinto, Imm. Past Chairman of IPI. All the participants actively participated in the Question & Answer session and their doubts and queries were ably handled by the Speakers & Technical Session Chairman – Mr. Pinto.

This Conference was aimed mainly to inform the innovative technologies, new advances and business opportunities available for Kenya.

This Conference was supported by Plastindia Foundation, GSPMA, AIPMA, Ferromatik Milacron, Windsor Machines, Prasad Group, Rollepaal, Konark Industries and KMG Business Group.

This Conference featured eminent Speakers from Indian Corporates. Various Speakers of the conference like Mr. Avadesh Manjanval from Ferromatik Milacron, Mr. Sanjiv Parikh from Prasad Group, Mr. Manoj Prakash from Windsor Machines Ltd., Dr. Flavio Sesia from Macchi SpA, Italy, Mr. Perry Eijhout from Rollepaal and Mr. Jayesh Rambhia from

P L A S T I C S N E W S

Around -50- local delegates attended the Conference. Mr. Vajubhai Vaghasia, Past President of GSPMA & IPI proposed vote of thanks and the meeting was followed by networking lunch.

26

O C T O B E R 2012


AIPMA AT WORK

Plasto – 2012 Launch Function on 24th August, 2012 he Launch function of Plasto 2012 was held in Pune at PYC Hall, Deccan Gymkhana on the 24th August, 2012 followed by Dinner. The function was well attended by more than 450 prospective Exhibitors and other dignitaries of the Industry. Mr. Sameer Kothari was host of the ceremony. He gave elaborate details of Plasto 2012 alongwith promotional film – “Polymerization of Earth” and declared that Plasto 2012 as one more feather in the cap of APP. He addressed the audience and appealed them to take this opportunity and explore their business gateways. Then he invited the dignitaries on the dais for lighting of lamp & unveil the logo of Plasto 2012. Mr. Arun Kumbhojkar – Advisory Committee Chairman welcomed the Chief Guest Mr. Warren Wilder – President, Polymers & Cracker Business – Reliance Industries Ltd. With a bouquet and a very special gift i.e. Puneri Pagadi.

Association, Mr. Arvind Goel – President, TATA Automotive Component Systems Ltd., Mr. Santoshi Mizutani – Managing Director, Japan Steel Works India Pvt. Ltd. (JSW), Mr. Kamlesh Sud – Managing Director, Niranjan Plastics, Mumbai with a bouquet and gifts. Mr. Amit Mehta, President addressed the audience and emphasized that apart from various renowned Organizations, Companies, National and International Plastics Associations supporting the event. Mr. Satyajeet Bhonsale, Chairman, Plasto 2012 also addressed the guest and the dignitaries on the dais and also ensure that there will be quality visitors to the show.

T

The Chief Guest & all the Guest of Honour present of the dais addressed the audience by saying that this could be a good step towards. Finally Mr. Anand Kumbhojkar gave Vote of Thanks. & thanked all the Dignitaries on dais and in audience and all present to make this function a success and requested all Companies in audience to participate in Plasto 2012. He finally requested to join for Dinner.

Mr. Satyajeet Bhonsle – Plasto 2012 Chairman, Mr. Amit Mehta- President APP & Mr. Anil Naik – Hon. Secretary collectively felicitated Guest of Honour Mr. Jayesh Rambhia – President, The All India Plastics Manufacturers’

P L A S T I C S N E W S

27

O C T O B E R 2012


P L A S T I C S N E W S

28

O C T O B E R 2012


P L A S T I C S N E W S

29

O C T O B E R 2012


P L A S T I C S N E W S

30

O C T O B E R 2012


P L A S T I C S N E W S

31

O C T O B E R 2012


P L A S T I C S N E W S

32

O C T O B E R 2012


COMPANY NEWS

Open House at Ferromatik Milacron India n its pursuit of New Product Development, Ferromatik Milacron India is pleased to announce “OPEN HOUSE”, an in-house event for demonstration of New Generation; Energy Efficient Injection Moulding Machines, which shall be conducted at its Ahmedabad Factory during October 11- 13 October 2012. Ferromatik Milacron India demonstrated; Maxima Servo 3200 T - India’s Largest Injection Moulding Machine to serve various End Application Segments viz. Automotive, Consumer Durable, etc.

I

Nova Servo Series (50 T to

200 T) - New Generation Energy Efficient Injection Moulding Machines to serve various End Application Segments viz. Writing Instruments, EET (Electrical Switches & others) & Medical, etc. Ferromatik Milacron Senior Management Team along with its key Sales & Technical Personnel were present to meet & showcase the machines. Ferromatik Milacron India has progressed well over the past few years with the Patronage of its Customers. It has consistently launched new products to enhance Productivity, Energy Efficiency &

Clariant to open second production unit for FR near Cologne lariant is opening a second production unit for the successful flame retardant (FR) Exolit® OP at the Hürth-Knapsack plant near Cologne. The established non-halogenated additive is used primarily in the electronics and electrical engineering (E&EE) sector. The new facility doubles the capacity for DEPAL (diethyl phosphinic acid aluminum salt)-based FRs. By doubling the DEPAL capacity in Hürth, the company is responding to the growing demand for safe and environmentally friendly FRs for plastics in the global E&EE market. Exolit OP (based on organophosphorous compounds) has been manufactured at the HürthKnapsack plant since the product line was launched in 2004.Exolit OP

C

P L A S T I C S N E W S

has proven successful as a halogenfree flame retardant , particularly for engineering thermoplastics such as polyamides and polyesters, and is used in switches, plugs, PC fans, and structural and housing components. Clariant has developed two new non-halogenated FRs in HürthKnapsack under the name Exolit EP specifically for the flame retardancy of epoxy resins. Alongside the Exolit OP and EP product families, Clariant also manufactures the Exolit AP flame retardant, which is based on ammonium polyphosphates (AP). This FR renders polyolefins fit for use in electrical and electronic items and increases the fire resistance time of steel/building structures.

33

Expansion of Range in terms of Machine Size. Ferromatik Milacron India is part of Milacron LLC, USA, a Global Leader in business areas of Plastics Processing Technologies, Metal Working Fluids and Precision Machining with group revenue in excess of US$ 750 Million supported by manufacturing credentials accrued over 130 years. FMI is the Leading Manufacturer of Plastics Injection Molding Machines in India serving the entire gamut of Plastic Applications at 40 countries across the world including USA

Westlake Chemical to expand ethylene capacity in Lake Charles in Q1-2013 estlake Chemical Corp announced plans to perform planned maintenance and an expansion of the Petro 2 ethylene unit at its complex in Lake Charles, LA in the first quarter of 2013. This expansion will increase ethane-based ethylene capacity by approximately 230 - 240 mlnlbs annually in support of the Company's ethylene integration strategy. The unit is expected to be down approximately 50 days for the work to be completed.

W

O C T O B E R 2012


COMPANY NEWS

UOP licenses methanol-to-olefins technology to Jiutai Energy O P, t h e w h o l l y - o w n e d subsidiary of Honeywell International, has licensed its methanolto-olefins (MTO) technology to Chinese company Jiutai Energy for conversion of methanol from coal into critical components necessary for plastic production. The MTO technology from UOP transforms methanol present in gasified natural gas or coal into ethylene and propylene which are the most essential components of packaging, plastics, films and other petrochemicals.

U

The annual capacity of the ethylene and propylene facility of Jiutai at Ordos City in the Inner Mongolia Province of

China is expected to be 600,000 tons. The project is scheduled to commence operations from 2014. Honeywell UOP will provide the specialty equipment, adsorbents, catalysts, training and technical services required for commissioning the project in addition to the licensed technology. China is known to possess huge reserves of coal. The United States Energy Information Administration estimates China to account for almost 50% of the global coal production. This makes coal an attractive alternative for China to use as raw materials in petrochemical production. The MTO technology facilitates this alternative

deployment instead of relying on the more costly petroleum. The MTO process was developed by UOP in conjunction with INEOS. The technology employs the proprietary catalysts developed by UOP to generate high yields of ethylene and propylene with the least possible byproduct production. Another benefit of the MTO technology is the flexibility offered to manufacturers in terms of quantity of ethylene and propylene that can be generated by modifying the plant design to suit the market demands. This is UOP’s second such commercial installation of the MTO technology in China.

Hengli Petrochemical opens PTA plant utilizing INVISTA technology N V I S TA P e r f o r m a n c e Technologies (IPT) and Hengli Petrochemical (Dalian) Co, Ltd celebrated the successful start-up of the first phase of Hengli’s purified terephthalic acid (PTA) project in Changxing Island of Dalian, Liaoning Province. The world-scale PTA plant utilizes INVISTA’s market leading PTA process technology, provided to Hengli under a license agreement.

I

INVISTA and Hengli signed the technology licensing agreement in May 2010. Construction of the plant started shortly after that date. In addition P L A S T I C S N E W S

to the licensing of its PTA process technology, INVISTA provided design, procurement, training and start-up services, and continues to provide commissioning service in support of the project.“We are proud to be a part of the celebration today, not just because of the successful start-up of this world-scale PTA plant, but also for a project of such scale completed on an accelerated schedule,” said Steve Kromer, senior vice president of IPT at INVISTA. “ The successful start-up represents a significant milestone in our relationship 34

with Hengli, as this is our first project together.” “We thank the support of the local government on the project. We also appreciate the high efficiency and professionalism of the Hengli project team and their close cooperation with our licensing team, all of whom have helped make this successful start-up possible,” said Kromer. With INVISTA’s innovative technology in PTA manufacturing, this project also signifies INVISTA’s commitment to supporting China’s development in the areas of advanced technology and value-added industrial developments.

O C T O B E R 2012


COMPANY NEWS

Taiwan auxiliary equipment maker Shini plans U.S. service center r o a d - b a s e d Ta i w a n e s e auxiliary equipment maker is setting up a warehouse and technology center in Atlanta, its first in North America, and is considering setting up a sales and service office in Germany. The Taipei-based company plans to open the 40,000 square foot facility in Atlanta in mid-2013 to help it cut lead times and better serve customers in North America, said Alan Chen,

B

overseas business and marketing director, at the Taipei Plas show that was held from September 21- 25 in Taipei. “Right now I think these are the two areas we are weaker in the U.S., service and lead time,” he said. “It’s a market we don’t want to miss. Of course China is still our biggest market but America is one of the key markets.” The company is one of the

largest makers of plastics auxiliary equipment in China, and has been expanding rapidly there in recent years. It currently plans to open a new factory in the western Chinese city of Chongqing in 2014. The company has a service office in Poland and is considering another sales and service office in Germany, although no decisions have been made, Chen said.

BASF closing EPS plants in Malaysia and India iting overcapacity and low margins in the EPS market, German chemical firm BASF is closing down its Styropor EPS plants in Pasir Gudang, Malaysia, and Thane, India. The combined EPS capacity of the two plants is more than 100,000 tonnes/year. According to the press release these measures are part of its global strategy “to foster valueoriented growth and to ensure that the firm remains competitive in markets where it adds long-term value both to its customers’ businesses and to BASF.” In South America, in Brazil and Argentina, also the company is looking to divest its EPS operations. For the Styropor business in Chile the strategic evaluation is still underway. The Styropor business in South America has around 80 employees and an annual production capacity of 83,500 tonnes. BASF will seek solutions for the 55 employees, who are affected

C

P L A S T I C S N E W S

by the shut-down of the EPS plant in Thane. In April 2012, BASF announced an investment of INR 1000 crores to set up an integrated chemical

manufacturing hub at Dahej, Gujarat, which will house production facilities for polyurethanes, care chemicals and polymer dispersions.

Ticona sets record with LFRTs icona sites in Minnesota, Germany and China produced LFRTs at a record pace in the third quarter. Officials with Ticona in Florence, Ky., said the firm is benefiting from demand growth in auto, industrial, electrical/electronic and consumer markets.

T

Alleged safety violations at a PVC plant in Delaware and a pair of expanded polystyrene plant closings in Asia also are featured in this week's video. Formosa Plastics Corp. USA is facing almost $150,000 in fines from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for 16

35

alleged violations at its dispersion PVC plant in Delaware City. In Asia, BASF SE is closing EPS plants in Malaysia and India because of overcapacity for the material in that region. The company video wraps up with news that Solvay Advanced Polymers is increasing capacity for polyetheretherketone resin by 70 percent at its plant in Panoli, India. Officials with Solvay in Brussels said that demand for PEEK is coming from a variety of markets, including aeronautic and oil and gas exploration.

O C T O B E R 2012


COMPANY NEWS

Nature works increases production capacity eanwhile, PLA maker NatureWorks is increasing its capacity to 150,000 tonnes/year, using new equipment from Swiss firm Sulzer Chemtech. Cereplast Chairman/CEO Frederic Scheer has said the investment will allow the firm to restart its production schedule and access raw materials. The funding will also allow it to support its recently opened office in Hyderabad, India, where the firm sees interest from potential customers totalling more than 1,800 tonnes of its materials. The firm also posted a loss of US$6.3 million in the first half of the year, compared to the US$4.1 million loss it made in the same period in 2011. NatureWorks,

M

on the other hand, is increasing its production capacity and ability to make speciality products with proprietary equipment from Swiss manufacturer Sulzer Chemtech. The new equipment will be installed in early 2013 and will increase the site’s production capacity by 7%.NatureWorks says it will abe able to make speciality grades of high-performance resins and lactides based on its Ingeo-brand biopolymer. The new materials can be used in injection moulding applications and in fibres.NatureWorks owns patents to the process used to make the new materials, while Sulzer has exclusive worldwide sublicensing rights to the process

Natpack searching for distributors eener Plastic Packaging Group member Natpack is looking for distributors. Natpack was founded in 1997 under license from the German plastic packaging producers Weener Plastik AG, with the year 1999 witnessing its first production and supply of plastic packages. With a history of successful projects and winning the trust of its customers, suppliers and stakeholders, Natpack became a member in Weener Plastic’s Global group in 2003. Since then, Natpack's growth and development within the group have propulsed it to seek new international distributors

W

P L A S T I C S N E W S

worldwide. Natpack's products are manufactured in the company's state of the art production facility in Egypt, comprising four different manufacturing lines: tube extrusion, injection molding, blow molding, and injection blow molding. The company is a market leader in high quality rigid plastic packaging in the region for tubes, bottles, caps, deodorants, and more. Natpack is currently primed to expand operations globally and as such is seeking distributors for its products in Europe and North America, as well as on its home turf of the MENA region

36

Sinopec orders closure of two refineries and a petrochemical plant inopec Group, the parent of China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (Sinopec), has ordered the closure of two refineries and a small petrochemical plant in the southern province of Guangdong for environmental checks, according to Reuters. The two refineries, Sinopec Guangzhou Petrochemical Corp. and Sinopec Dongxing refinery have a combined crude processing capacity of 370,000 bpd. The petrochemical giant issued the order after a Chinese state television channel showed inspectors from the Ministry of Environmental Protection, and Guangdong’s provincial environmental protection bureau, berating the company for repeated regulatory violations, the South China Morning Post reported. “No one supervised [the companies] and asked them to correct [their wrongdoings] even though it was crystal clear that their pollution emissions were beyond national standards,” the SCMP cited the director of the bureau’s inspection office as saying.

S

O C T O B E R 2012


COMPANY NEWS

Lanxess acquires Bond- Laminates peciality chemicals firm Lanxess, known for its light-weight materials and green mobility concept for the automotive industry, has recently acquired German company BondLaminates GmbH, a manufacturer of custom-made plastic composite sheets that are reinforced with materials such as glass fibres. Established in 1997, Germany-based Bond-Laminates specialises in this composite technology sold under the brand TEPEX. Lanxess has already been working with Bond-Laminates since 2006 on several successful

S

projects with the automotive industry. “Lanxess is reinforcing its credentials as a premium supplier of innovative products that serve the growing trend of ‘Green Mobility’,” says Chairman of the Board of Management of Lanxess, Axel C. Heitmann. “We see tremendous potential for this composite technology as it spreads from the premium automotive segment to the wider market, " he adds. Over the last decade, automotive manufacturers have gradually shifted their focus from just using metals to using metals combined with plastics.

Kingfa records 30% low profit hina’s largest plastic compounder Kingfa Science & Technology reported 30% lower profit in the first half of the fiscal year, due to the slowdown in the markets it serves, which include the automotive, appliances and electronics sectors. The company sold a total of 442,200 tonnes of products during the first half, registering 11.3% year-on-year growth. Excluding the trading business, it sold 321,300 tonnes of plastic compound materials, about

C

4% higher than the same period last year. However, sales of its automotive materials rose 12%, against a backdrop of only a 3% increase in car sales in China. Kingfa is also on track with its 200,000-tonne/year automotive material project in Guangzhou and the 150,000-tonne/year recycled plastics project, which have started generating revenue. The company plans to achieve 1.2 million tonnes of compounding capacity by 2015.

3M adding to additives plant M Co. is adding equipment to increase capacity significantly for fluoroelastomer and polymer processing additives at its Decatur, Ala., plant. The company said the investment -for which no dollar amount was given -- will boost throughput and output capacity and should be completed by the second quarter next year. 3M fluoropolymers are used in automotive, aerospace, chemical processing and of other applications in the fluoroelastomer and polymer processing industries. The project is in response to high global demand for polymers, said Paula Hubbard, global platform leader, 3M Energy and Advanced Materials Division. The Decatur site is the largest fluoroelastomer manufacturing facility within St. Paul-based 3M.

3

Ironridge Technology invests US$5 million in Cereplast ccording to reports Institutional investment firm Ironridge Technology has invested US$5 million in American bioplastics manufacturer Cereplast, which has been beset with

A

P L A S T I C S N E W S

low sales and production stoppage. It will also allow the firm to expand in India. Experts say this likely to bring the company back in shape.

37

O C T O B E R 2012


FEATURES

UK’s Plastic Industry says recycling targets 'unachievable' he United Kingdom plastics industry has slammed the government over its refusal to move its position on its recycling targets, adding that ministers had no plan on how such targets should be delivered. In a withering attack the industry said the government had “repeatedly ignored its warnings that its targets – set to rise from 32 percent currently to 57 percent by 2017 – are unachievable unless there is significant investment in the logistics of collection and recycling”.

T

Speaking on behalf of the Plastics 2020 Challenge, Barry Turner, head of the Packaging and Films Association, said the onus was being put on packaging producers to ensure enough material was collected, when in fact it is local authorities which controlled collections.

“The fact is that, in the absence of resource-based recycling targets, there is no incentive for councils to invest in collection services – even less so when their budgets are already stretched to the limit,” added Turner. The plastics sector has also pointed to downward revisions by the Department for Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs of its estimates on UK recycling capacity “which, together with the difficulties in getting councils to step up their recycling efforts and the absence of material-specific targets on local authorities, make it impossible to achieve the required additional 520,000 metric tons of plastic for recycling needed under the government’s five-year target.” Philip Law, public & industrial affairs director of the British Plastics

Federation, said the government’s “ill thought out and fragmented approach” would see companies obligated to foot the bill for recycling that cannot be delivered. “This is a no-win for everybody, including the government, who will have to explain their failure in the future,” Law added. Jan-Erik Johansson of Plastics Europe also condemned the government’s approach. “As a Europewide organization, we are surprised at the continually shifting positions from the UK government with the result that our industry can only conclude they are not serious about working with everyone in the recycling chain to achieve effective, consistent and achievable results in this crucial area of sustainability,” he said

Depreciating rupee hits Taiwanese equipment makers Steve Toloken aiwan’s plastics machinery makers are worried about a 40 percent fall in their order books in India, one of their largest export markets, following this year’s sharp drop in the value of the Indian currency against the U.S. dollar.

T

Speaking at the Indplas 2012 show, held Oct. 5-8 in Kolkata, Taiwanese firms said the depreciation of the rupee has led to big drop in what had been full order books a year ago. But they are hopeful the currency will stabilize and Indian companies will resume capital P L A S T I C S N E W S

investment that they have put on hold. The Indian currency fell from 48.6 rupees to the dollar in early 2012 to 57.1 at the end of June, before recovering somewhat to its current level of almost 53 rupees to the American greenback. ‘‘We have exported a lot of machinery to the automotive industry in India, but due to the slowdown in the Indian automobile market from the beginning of 2012, orders have dropped by almost 40-50 percent from last year,’’ said Grace Lin, the Africa and India Manager for 38

Tianan, Taiwan-based Huarong Plastic Machinery Co. Ltd. Huarong exported 200 injection molding machines to India in the last three years, and has offices in Delhi, Pune, Ahmedabad and Bangalore. About 80 percent of its business is in the country’s automotive market. But the falling rupee has made its equipment more expensive for Indian firms, Lin said. She said the company has also been hurt by the closing of Indian

O C T O B E R 2012


FEATURES car maker Maruti-Suzuki’s plant in Manesar for almost three months, after violence broke out and workers burned down part of the factory. “The vendors of Maruti-Suzuki have been forced to shut down their operations and stopped sourcing machinery from us,” Lin said. The company is looking to new markets in India, including in-mold labeling and two-color injection machines, and also is supplying six machines to India’s Central Institute of Plastic Engineering & Technology (CIPET), the first by any Taiwanese company to an Indian government organization, she said. As well, business slowed down in 2012 for AFTA Technology Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of large Taiwanese press maker Fu Chun Shin, which has been selling equipment to India’s automotive sector for 25 years, including 10 machines making components for automaker Tata’s Nano car, said Diana Sung, a manager for Pune-based AFTA. ‘‘We are waiting for the Indian currency to stabilize against the dollar,’’ she said. Taiwanese equipment supplier Steady Stream Business Co. Ltd.

estimates that business is down almost 60 percent this year as its customers in the automotive industry have put projects on hold, waiting for the rupee to rebound. ‘‘We are hoping the worst is over,’’ said Vice General Manager Kenny Chen. The company, which supplies tooling, injection molding and equipment, is changing its strategy away from major cities like Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai to move deeper into the Indian hinterland. ‘‘We have now changed the strategy and shifted our focus to Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities,” Chen said. That’s a switch mirrored by other Taiwanese companies, said May Chien, director of business development for Pilatus International Co. Ltd., the Taipei, Taiwan-based marketing agent for the Indplas show. ‘‘India is big market for us and it cannot be ignored,’’ she said. ‘‘Therefore, we are looking for newer markets in the country. Earlier, we used to be more focused on the plastics shows organized in the cities of Delhi and Mumbai. Now we are focusing on the other parts of India.’’She said the

eastern regions of India could be a big market for Taiwanese companies in the near future. Taiwanese firms have also been helped by the Indian government decision to put anti-dumping duties of up to 174 percent on some types of injection molding machines imported from mainland China, Chien said. ‘‘We are working hard to maintain a good market for our machinery in India,” she said. Reflecting growing business in eastern India, the Taiwan External Trade Development Council, a government backed non-profit trade promotion organization, plans to open an office in Kolkata next year, said Chie Yien Huang, India director for TAITRA. Huang said trade between India and Taiwan had been on an upward trend for five years before it suffered in 2012 because of the rupee depreciation and the recession in the European Union. India was Taiwan���s thirdlargest market for plastic and rubber machinery exports in 2011, with Indian companies importing $95 million worth of equipment, up seven percent from 2010, Huang said. TAITRA brought 11 exhibitors to the Indplas show.

BPA is safe in food packaging says Health Canada Mike Verespej report by Health Canada says there is no health risk from exposure to bisphenol A in food packaging -- even though the Canadian government banned BPA from baby bottles four years ago.

A

P L A S T I C S N E W S

“Based on the overall weight of evidence, the findings of the previous assessment remain unchanged and Health Canada’s Food Directorate continues to conclude that current dietary exposure to BPA through

39

food packaging uses is not expected to pose a health risk to the general population, including newborns and young children,” said the Bureau of Chemical Safety of Health Canada in its report issued on September 27.

O C T O B E R 2012


FEATURES Studies by the Canadian government at the time the ban was put into place in October 2008 also had concluded the chemical was not likely a health risk. But it was still banned as a precautionary measure because some studies had suggested potential health risks from effects of low levels of exposure to BPA. In the United States, 11 states, the city of Chicago and four counties have

banned the use of BPA in polycarbonate baby bottles and sippy cups. All major baby bottle manufacturers that make products for the U.S. market agreed in 2009 not to make or sell baby bottles or sippy cups that contain BPA. This past July — in response to an industry petition — FDA agreed to exclude baby bottles and sippy cups from regulations that permit companies to use BPA in food-contact

applications. BPA is used to make polycarbonate and epoxy resins. The materials are used to line metal cans and are found in thermal printer paper and some dental composites and sealants. It is estimated that more than 8 billion pounds of BPA are produced worldwide every year.

Plastics to play key role in improved aircraft interiors Bill Bregar ommercial airline passengers will be in for a treat when they fly, as Boeing engineer Jim Griffing, President of the Society of Plastics Engineers, described sleek plane interiors with smooth, rounded lines and mellow lighting, speaking at the SPE Thermoforming Conference.He showed images of the designs for a cabin of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, sporting larger overhead storage bins and smooth, curving lines outlined with sleek lighting.

C

Thermoforming already plays a major role in sidewall panels and other parts, said Griffing, a 25-year Boeing veteran. One of his first projects at there was to analyze thermoformed parts for meeting fire requirements. Boeing has one thermoforming machine to make spare parts, and outsources the rest, he said. Boeing wants to improve the flying experience-and not just with more overhead storage space, to speed passenger loading and unloading. Passengers will notice right when they enter the

P L A S T I C S N E W S

plane. Right now, you have to squeeze past the crowded food and beverage area. But on new planes, the service counter will be set apart, in a restaurant-style island. Griffing said that lighting will change dramatically. The trend, he said, is to use lighter, white surface colors on the ceiling, and use blue lights, or other colors to set the mood overhead. The effects can be changed on long flights to offset jet lag, he said. “Our designers are really driving toward that white-white color,” he said. Airline designers would love to have translucent ceilings and luggage compartments, he said, but added that the materials will have to meet fire and heat release standards. Griffing said some suppliers are working on that application. Another wish-list feature for airline interiors: sidewall panels that incorporate the sound-deadening

40

insulation right inside the panel. Currently, the installation is installed first, covering wiring, then the thermoformed panel goes on top. That makes it hard to get access to the wiring for maintenance and to fix problems, often requiring crews to remove seats, he said. “We’d love to be able to snap these in and out,” Griffing said.He said first-class seats are a good opportunity for thermoforming, since airlines design special marketing there. Thermoforming also plays a key role in flight deck components, a critical area but one with low volumes. Griffing called flight decks “a great opportunity for thermoforming

O C T O B E R 2012


FEATURES Arabplast 2013

Bringing the plastic and rubber industry to a higher platform ven as Plastics and Rubber continue to find newer applications in day to day life, Arabplast occupies the pride of place of being one of the most popular trade show events in the United Arab Emirates, dedicated solely to the plastics and petrochemicals industry. Arabplast is fast becoming the benchmark for attracting valuable exhibitors and visitors with the assurance of better prospects and encouraging returns on investments.

E

The show features more than 537 professional exhibitors and over 15000 visiting participants attend the show on a regular basis. Several interactive business meetings are also organized during Arabplast. The next hosting is scheduled in Dubai from 7-10 January 2013 at the Dubai Convention Center. Composite Arabia 2013, the first International Exhibition & Conference on Composite Material and Technologies, will also be held as part of Arabplast 2013. Talk of unstoppable progress in the Middle East and the first name that springs to mind would be Dubai, a flourishing Emirate of UAE. Companies from around the world have made their presence felt in Dubai. This nodal point for the entire GC & MENA region, is creating history across transnational borders as the hub for Asia, Europe & Africa.

robust local industry. The petrochemical industry in the GCC region has become a major investment opportunity for the Gulf states. GCC Plastics industry grows at 20% p.a. and it will become the world’s largest source for polyethylene and polypropylene resins with their estimated production rising to 31 million tonnes by 2015.

Representatives from export councils and trade associations also attend the show.

Exhibit Profile:

The Business Tours division of Orbitz Corporate & Leisure Travels consists of committed professionals and its USP lies in offering travel options to impress the most discerning business traveler - be it the small-time entrepreneur or the high brow.

• Materials, Chemicals & Auxiliaries • Plastic Packaging Machinery & Technology, Equipment & Services • Other Equipment for the Pre Processing Recycling • Post Processing Machine • Machinery & Plant for finishing, Decorating, Printing & Marking • Ancillary Equipments • Semi Finished Products, Technical parts & Reinforced Plastics • Plastic Finished Products • Parts & Components Visitors range from senior company executives, petrochemical and plastic manufacturers and suppliers, engineers, and retail agents, to professional distributors, finance experts and purchasing authorities.

For Arabplast 2013, Orbitz Business Tours offers thoughtfully worked out travel packages to suit independent travellers. The land arrangement group packages afford conveniently located 5, 4 and 3 star accommodation, buffet breakfast, dinners and daily transfers. To unwind, there’s a Dhow Cruise, Desert Safari with Belly Dance & Barbeque Dinner at the Desert Camp and a Dubai City Tour with Shopping. Hence businessmen desirous of benefitting from this global platform, should plan their business visit to Arabplast 2013 using Orbitz’s expertise and track record. After all, it pays to attend one of the world’s major plastics and rubber shows with India’s foremost trade fair travel company.

Arabplast is powered by

P L A S T I C S N E W S

Arabplast 2013 is therefore a not-to-be-missed event and warrants a business visit. When it comes to business travel to a major international trade fair, Orbitz is one name that instantly comes to mind.

41

O C T O B E R 2012


FEATURES

“High Density Polyethylene Pipes (One Metre Outer Diameter) As Post Box” Poorvi C. Desai

New Product and New Enduse Innovations For Entrepreneurs in Plastics Industry ew product as well as new enduse innovations in “Plastic Industry-Dawn Of Indian Industry” would bring in expansions related to each manufacturing process of plastics.

N

To share colours of knowledge amongst manufacturers of plastic products would lead to colours of rainbow of money in plastic industry with each manufacturer attain a safety net for his business. Plastics have grown from a mole to a mountain bringing in “Polymer-A Growing Plant Towards Fruition of Plastic Products”. New product as well as enduse innovations would help manufacturers achieve a safety net for their business for a period of above 15-20 years. These manufacturers would have the flexibility of jumping from one enduse to another enduse which would lead to a multiplication of endusers in his business. These new product and new enduse innovations would help in increasing the selling price of the final product which would lead to an increase of average selling price of the final product bringing in a higher net profitability and lower payback periods in comparison to existing business. An extremely high market

P L A S T I C S N E W S

For representation only potential of plastic products would bring in additional feather to the cap of existing business of manufacturers in Indian Industry. Plastics, coming out of its infant stage yesterday have moved towards a growing phase leading to a growing phenomenon today would continue to be “Plastic Industry-Dawn of Indian Industry”. Plastics to a new are few, plastics to a few are new. Plastics, to a common man is the most common amongst common man. Enduse innovations in plastics would help manufacturers manufacture products for new enduses without an investment on plant and machinery and also without much investment in marketing of the products with new enduse innovations. New product

42

innovations would help manufacturers to increase the product mix with an investment only in moulds and dies without any investment on plant and machinery and could manufacture products on the same plant and machinery. New product and new enduse innovations would make plastic rank as one of the top ranking material in agribusiness, building & construction, infrastructure and automotive enduse sectors helping plastic increase the per capita consumption from a single digit to triple digit in the country.

Plastics For Entrepreneurs Plastics would form a series of new product as well as new enduse innovations which would bring about O C T O B E R 2012


FEATURES a row of plastic units in series and parallel in the form of diversifications and expansions. To innovate is the job of innovators, innovations are due to the versatile characteristic of plastics. Plastics to a new are few, plastics to a few are new. Plastics, would open up to more and more number of new product as well as new enduse innovations of innovative people which would innovate the plastic industry which would bring in “Plastic Industry – Dawn Of Indian Industry”. Functions of plastics reflects the versatility of these products which has made these materials of science functional in the lives of common man. Functions of plastics makes these products an important ingredient in the lives of common man which helps endusers including common man to function effectively with these functions at various places - industry, household etc. Functions of plastics, would form new functions each day as new born functions with the birth of new product as well as new enduse innovations of innovative people. Functions of plastics with new product as well as new enduse innovations would bring about a high market potential of plastic products which would bring about a multiplication of functions of plastics with a multiplication of new product as well as new enduse innovations. Functions of plastics with new product as well as new enduse innovations would make plastics rank as one of the top ranking material in agribusiness, building & construction, infrastructure helping plastics increase the per capita consumption in each country. Functions of plastics would be

P L A S T I C S N E W S

carrier of liquids such as water, would be storage container for liquids such as chemicals and solids would make plastics an important ingredient in the lives of endusers including common man. Functions of plastics, which would be multiplied by new product as well as new enduse innovations would happen with the “New Creative Ideas” of creative people which would create more functions each day. Functions of plastics, would form a tie between plastics and entrepreneurs in the form of new product as well as new enduse innovations bringing in “Polymer-A Growing Plant Towards Fruition of Plastic Products”. To innovate is the job of innovators, innovations are due to the versatile characteristic of plastics. Plastics, to a new are few, plastics to a few are new. Innovations on plastics would form a new world of plastics, a world of imagination of unimaginative people bringing about unimaginative results. This world of imagination would make persons in plastics imagine about new product as well as new enduse innovations which would bring about a series of thoughts of innovative people as well as entrepreneurs who would implement these new product as well as new enduse innovations. To innovate is the job of innovators, innovations are due to the versatile characteristic of plastics. Plastics, to a new are few, plastics to a few are new. Innovations brings about a new thinking in the minds of persons in plastics who would think in a new direction of innovations which would also include entrepreneurs in plastic industry. A thought process of these technical persons in plastics would 43

make these people innovative people with which entrepreneurs would produce innovative products and innovative enduses in this plastic industry bringing in “Plastic Industry – Dawn of Industry”. Innovations would help in increasing the market potential of plastic products with lacs of tonnes of market potential which would help in increasing the per capita consumption of plastics in each country making plastics rank as one of the top ranking material in agribusiness, building & construction, infrastructure and automotive enduse sectors. Innovations begins with the thoughts of innovative people would be implemented by entrepreneurs and would be in use by endusers including common man. Innovations i.e. “New Creative Ideas” would be validated by machinery suppliers or manufacturers of products in the respective field or consultants of plastics. Innovations would form plastics industry, since existing products would face competition and would involve very low net profitability. New product as well as new enduse innovations would involve no fear of competition and would involve higher net profitability.

High Density Polyethylene Pipes (One Metre Outer Diameter) As Post Box New Enduse Innovations on High Density Polyethylene Pipes (One metre Outer Diameter) as Post Box would bring in a new material in postal O C T O B E R 2012


FEATURES systems. High Density Polyethylene pipes are waterproof, chemical resistant, corrosion resistant and full of longeivity. The life of High Density Polyethylene Pipes (One metre Outer Diameter) is between 50 to 100 years with 100% virgin material. High Density Polyethylene Pipes of one metre outer diameter with many new enduse innovations would help entrepreneurs increase their product mix helping these entrepreneurs bargain better during the supply of final products. This would help entrepreneurs increase their net profitability and lower payback periods. This would help existing manufacturers of one metre outer diameter manufacture their pipes on a single pipe extruder of one metre outer diameter which would bring in higher machinery capacity utilizations which would bring about efficient machinery capacity utilizations. This would help high density polyethylene pipes to increase the market potential which would help in increasing the market penetration of high density polyethylene pipes in each country. To innovate is the job of innovators, innovations are due to the versatile characteristic of plastics. Plastics to a new are few, plastics to a few are new. New Enduse Innovations on High Density Polyethylene Pipes(one metre outer diameter) as post box would make plastics rank as one of the top ranking material in infrastructure helping plastics increase the per capita consumption in each country which would bring in “Plastic Industry – Dawn of Industry”. These high density polyethylene

P L A S T I C S N E W S

pipes(one metre outer diameter) could be laid in the soil below the ground to avoid theft of high density polyethylene pipe by drilling and sawing. The postman could lift the letters from the underground postbox of one metre outer diameter through a plastic device. Such innovations on high density polyethylene pipes(one metre outer diameter) would bring about more innovations with a similar function helping plastics increase the per capita consumption in each country. To innovate is the job of innovators, innovations are due to the versatile characteristic of plastics. Plastics to a new are few, plastics to a few are new. Versatility of plastics would make plastics a new entrant in postal systems which would help in further increasing the volumes of entrepreneurs with the high volume business of high density polyethylene pipes of one metre outer diameter. Plastics and its innovations would be unbound with unbound boundaries which would unlock doors of money for entrepreneurs and unlock doors of money for endusers with products which involve longeivity as high as 50 to 100 years. This post box could be of black colour high density polyethylene pipe of one metre outer diameter with carbon black additive to give a good uv stability to high density polyethylene pipe of one metre outer diameter. This post box could be laid in vertical position under the ground to prevent theft of high density polyethylene pipe by sawing and drilling. High Density Polyethylene Pipes

44

of one metre outer diameter, a high volume business for entrepreneurs would bring in higher net profitability for entrepreneurs due to lower costs of production. The bottom of the post box made up of one metre outer diameter could be welded from bottom with an injection moulded lid made up of high density polyethylene and the top could be opened with an injection moulded lid made up of high density polyethylene. New Enduse Innovations on High Density Polyethylene Pipes (1 metre Outer Diameter) As Post Box would bring about long lasting products made up of high density polyethylene pipes. The life of large diameter high density polyethylene pipes made up of 100% virgin material is between 50 to 100 years. An injection moulded welded lid made of high density polyethylene could be fitted on one metre outer diameter high density polyethylene pipe which could be fitted with a lock. This post box made up of high density polyethylene pipe would be waterproof, chemical resistant and corrosion resistant which would be ideal for rainy season also. High Density Polyethylene, a versatile polymer as “able” material with its ability of forming versatile products such as high density polyethylene pipes would bring about high volume business for entrepreneurs and would also help entrepreneurs add one more feather to the cap of business of entrepreneurs. High Density Polyethylene as “versatile” material could form versatile product high density polyethylene

O C T O B E R 2012


FEATURES pipes which could be used for many enduse innovations on high density polyethylene pipes which would help in increasing the market potential of high density polyethylene pipes helping plastics increase the per capita consumption of plastics in each country and which would make plastics rank as one of the top ranking material in agribusiness, building & construction, infrastructure and automotive enduse sectors which would bring in “Plastic Industry – Dawn of Industry” and “Polymer – A Growing Plant Towards Fruition of Plastic Products”. High Density Polyethylene Pipes would help innovators innovate new enduse innovations which would be benefited to enduse sectors such as agribusiness, building & construction, infrastructure and automotive enduse sectors. High Density Polyethylene Pipes would bring about many enduse innovations due to it being produced in large diameters, which could be used for a long life between 50 to 100 years which would make these pipes omnipresent. Plastics to many was perceived as high density polyethylene pipes for drinking water and to many would be high density polyethylene pipes as versatile products for many enduse innovations on high density polyethylene pipes.

Indian Postal Service 1.

The Indian Postal Service with 155,333 post offices, is the most widely distributed post office system in the world

2

The postal service comes under the Department of Posts which is a part of Ministry of Communication and Information Technology under the Government of India

3.

The apex body of the department is the Postal Service Board

4.

The board consists of a chairman and six members

5.

The six Members of the Board hold portfolios of Pesonnel, Operations, Technology, Postal Life Insurance, Human Resource Development(HRD) and Planning functions

6.

The Joint Secretary and Finance Advisor to the Board is also a permanent invitee to the Board

7.

India has been divided into 22 postal circles, each circle headed by a Chief Postmaster General

8.

9.

Each Circle is further divided into Regions comprising field units, called Divisions, headed by a Postmaster General Other functional units like Circle Stamp Depots, Postal Stores Depots and Mail Motor Service may exist in the Circles and Regions

10. Besides the 22 circles, there is a special circle called the Base Circle to cater to the postal services of the Armed Forces of India. The Base Circle is headed by an Additional Director General, Army Postal Service holding the rank of a Major General (Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/Indian_Postal_Service) High Density Polyethylene

P L A S T I C S N E W S

45

Pipes(One metre Outer Diameter) As Post Box – Validation & Inputs from a High density Polyethylene Pipe Manufacturer in India 

With 4 kg/cm2 pressure – 145 kg/ metre & wall thickness – 47.7 mm to 55.1 mm



With 2.5 kg/cm2 pressure – 94 kg/ metre & wall thickness – 30.4 mm to 35.2 mm



Length of the High Density Polyethylene Post box made up of one metre outer diameter pipe – approximately 4 feet

1. Kindly note this is an innovation means a creative idea thought by Poorvi C Desai, proprietor service to plastic industry and not yet implemented. 2. However this creative idea has been validated either by machinery supplier, or manufacturer of the product in the respective field or consultant of plastics in india. 3. Each entrepreneur who intends setting up a new project has to initiate the implementation of this innovation, a creative idea while setting up a new project.

Conclusion New Enduse Innovations as well as New Product Enduse Innovations in plastics would help increase the per capita consumption of plastics making plastic rank as one of the top ranking material in agribusiness, building & construction, infrastructure and automotive enduse sectors bringing in “Plastic Industry-Dawn Of Indian Industry”.

O C T O B E R 2012


P L A S T I C S N E W S

46

O C T O B E R 2012


P L A S T I C S N E W S

47

O C T O B E R 2012


P L A S T I C S N E W S

48

O C T O B E R 2012


P L A S T I C S N E W S

49

O C T O B E R 2012


P L A S T I C S N E W S

51

O C T O B E R 2012


P L A S T I C S N E W S

52

O C T O B E R 2012


INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Japanese plastic tsunami debris spotted in Hawaii plastic cube from Japan recently washed ashore in Hawaii. It is the first known piece of debris to wash ashore in Hawaii from the tsunami that rocked Japan in 2011.

A

According to reports a four-foot cube plastic bin is the first confirmed piece of Japanese tsunami debris to wash ashore in Hawaii, officials from the state said.The large plastic bin was found floating in the ocean near Waimanalo, Oahu on Sept. 18. Officials were able to confirm the bin belonged to Y.K. Suisan Co. Ltd. and was lost during the March 2011 tsunami. Barnacle and crab found on the debris were not found to be invasive in Hawaii and the

bin had normal radiation readings, officials said. William Aila Jr., chairman of the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, praised the Japanese government and officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for their quick work to help identify the piece of debris. "It is encouraging that our agencies and governments are working together so cohesively in identifying potential Japan tsunami marine debris," he said in a statement. There might be as much as two million tons of debris floating in the Pacific Ocean from the tsunami with the bulk of it expected to wash ashore starting in 2013.

FTC releases updated Green Guides he Federal Trade Commission has released its revised Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims, also known as its “Green Guides.” Earlier this month. It’s the first time in 14 years that FTC has updated the Green Guides. The publication is intended to make sure consumers get accurate advertising. The updates include new sections on the use of carbon offsets, “green” certifications and seals, and renewable energy and renewable materials claims, among others. “The introduction of environmentally friendly products into the marketplace is a win for consumers who want to purchase greener products and for producers who want to sell

T

P L A S T I C S N E W S

them,” FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz said in a statement. “But this win-win can only occur if marketers’ claims are truthful and substantiated. The FTC’s changes to the Green Guides will level the playing field for honest business people and it is one reason why we had such broad support.” FTC first introduced its guidelines in 1992 to address eight environmental marketing claims: general environmental benefit; degradable, biodegradable or photodegradable; compostable; recyclable; recycled content; source reduction; refillable; ozone safe; and ozone friendly. The new Green Guides also contain new sections on “free-of” claims and “non-toxic” claims. 53

San Rafael passes PS ban an Rafael is set to become the 57th community in California to enact a city-wide ban on extended polystyrene takeout packaging.The ban -which is scheduled to go into effect October 1, 2013 -- requires a second reading and vote which will be held the first Monday in October. It was initially approved at a City Council meeting on September 17 by a 3-0 vote with two members absent. Altogether, there are 52 cities in California with city-wide PS takeout packaging bans, and five counties in California that have PS bans that apply to unincorporated areas of those counties. In addition, 11 cities and counties in California have PS bans that apply only to government facilities and events. The San Rafael ban applies to all expanded PS containers including plates, bowls, trays, cartons, cups, lids, sacks, clamshells and hinged or lidded containers designed for one-time use. Meat packaging trays, food prepackaged outside of San Rafael, coolers and ice chests made from PS, and singleuse straws, utensils and hot cup lids are exempt from the ban. The city estimates that approximately 250 businesses in the city will be affected by the ban. San Rafael, with a population of approximately 55,000, is 18 miles north of San Francisco

S

O C T O B E R 2012


INTERNATIONAL NEWS

EU commissioner urges green future for plastics lastics have some important environmental advantages but the plastics industry can do more to reduce their overall impact, according to Janez PotoÄnik, European Commissioner for the Environment.“I believe in the future of the European plastics industry. But the time has come to be more critical of our use of plastics,” PotoÄnik said on Sept. 21 at the PolyTalk event organized by PlasticsEurope in Wiesbaden.The commissioner expressed his views to a gathering of business leaders from the European plastics industry, representatives of the green lobby and officials from European organizations.“We need green economics and we need green economics in the plastics industry,” he said. PotoÄnik acknowledged the

P

benefits of plastics, such as their lightweighting advantage in areas such as automotive and packaging. H o w e v e r, t h e m o v e s t o w a r d s innovation and sustainability have set the challenge of how to make the most of plastics’ benefits without increasing environmental impacts. “Future competitiveness will depend on doing more with less,” he said. One challenge is to improve plastics recycling in the European Union. While some countries have high recycling rates, others are sending too much plastic to landfill. PotoÄnik suggested incineration of waste plastics for energy recovery could constrain the supply of raw material for plastics recycling.

Liberal Democrats backs UK carrier bag tax he Liberal Democrats have voted in favour of a plastic bag tax at their annual conference in Brighton. The proposed level of the levy is 10p per carrier bag.The conference session that debated the tax was chaired by Councillor Justine McGuinness who said: "When you go to southern Ireland, where they have a plastic bag tax levy, you don't see plastic bags floating around in hedgerows and you don't see people just using them once because, of

T

P L A S T I C S N E W S

course, there is plastic bag levy. It has changed people's behaviour. "For me that is a sign of a very good policy indeed. In fact, seeing what has happened in southern Ireland has helped changed my own behaviour so I would urge you to support this motion because it is a policy that will effect change."Party officials claim that chancellor George Osborne is against the move although a Treasury spokesman claimed that this isn’t the case

54

China's Liansu opens joint venture plant in Ontario hina’s Liansu Group, the country’s largest plastic pipe maker, has opened a small joint venture assembly and production plant in Vaughan, Ontario, its first outside its home market, to supply window and door products to the North American market. Liansu, based in Foshan, Guangdong province, owns 65 percent of the Canadian joint venture, called Skyreach L&S Extrusions Corp., with the remainder owned by Skyreach President Saylor Huang and his family, a Liansu spokesman said. The 50,000 square foot facility, which employs 50, has only recently started operation and will focus mainly on assembling window and door products imported from Liansu’s operations in China, although it may have one or two extrusion lines, the spokesman said.Liansu is using the Skyreach brand name in North America. It manufactures its Skyreach products at factories in Changchun, Jilin province, and at one of several facilities near its Guangdong province headquarters, the spokesman said. The company, which is publicly-traded on the Hong Kong stock market, has more than a dozen factories employing 7,000 people in China.

C

O C T O B E R 2012


INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Industry says UK recycling targets 'unachievable' he United Kingdom plastics industry has slammed the government over its refusal to move its position on its recycling targets, adding that ministers had no plan on how such targets should be delivered.

T

In a withering attack the industry said the government had “repeatedly ignored its warnings that its targets – set to rise from 32 percent currently to 57 percent by 2017 – are unachievable unless there is significant investment in the logistics of collection and recycling”. Speaking on behalf of the Plastics 2020 Challenge, Barry Turner, head of the Packaging and Films Association, said the onus was being put on packaging producers to ensure enough material was collected, when in fact it is local authorities which controlled collections. “The fact is that, in the absence of resource-based recycling targets, there is no incentive for councils to invest in collection services

– even less so when their budgets are already stretched to the limit,” added Turner. The plastics sector has also pointed to downward revisions by the Department for Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs of its estimates on UK recycling capacity “which, together with the difficulties in getting councils to step up their recycling efforts and the absence of material-specific targets on local authorities, make it impossible to achieve the required additional 520,000 metric tons of plastic for recycling needed under the government’s five-year target.” Philip Law, public & industrial affairs director of the British Plastics Federation, said the government’s “ill thought out and fragmented approach” would see companies obligated to foot the bill for recycling that cannot be delivered. “This is a no-win for everybody, including the government, who will have to explain their failure in the

Papyrus for cleaning lakes in Kenya loating beds of papyrus, embedded in waste plastic, are to be installed on Kenya’s Lake Naivasha in order to help reverse environmental damage. The German Travel company Rewe, a partnership between UK-owned tea producer and flower grower Finlays and Dr David Harper, a senior lecturer at the University of Leicester, is funding the project. Papyrus, which is a natural filter for dirty water, is capable of acting like a sewage treatment works, according to Imarisha Naivasha,

F

P L A S T I C S N E W S

the Kenyan body co-ordinating the clean-up at a local level. Dr Harper said: “Lake Naivasha is a freshwater lake of around 100 square kilometres and although once crystal clear and surrounded by papyrus, it has suffered badly in the past 30 years. A major factor is that Naivasha has been the fastest growing town in Kenya as a result of the bonanza of horticulture, cut flowers for export, which is now one of Kenya’s top three earners of foreign exchange.

55

future,” Law added.Jan-Erik Johansson of Plastics Europe also condemned the government’s approach. “As a Europewide organization, we are surprised at the continually shifting positions from the UK government with the result that our industry can only conclude they are not serious about working with everyone in the recycling chain to achieve effective, consistent and achievable results in this crucial area of sustainability,” he said.

Plastic Pipe Institute and International Code Council working together rving, Texas based The Plastic Pipe Institute Inc. has signed a memorandum of understanding with the International Code Council creating a framework for the two organizations to work together on educational, technical, scientific, legislative and regulatory issues involving plastic pipe for plumbing, fire sprinkler and radiant heating and cooling systems, plus other construction applications. PPI is a trade association representing polyethylene and polypropylene pipe manufacturers. ICC is a code developer and product evaluator in North America. PPI and ICC will disseminate information and work together on issues related to codes and standards about plastic piping systems designs and installations.

I

O C T O B E R 2012


INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Hillenbrand Inc. to acquire Coperion illenbrand, Inc. has agreed to acquire the Coperion Group, Stuttgart, Germany. The transaction is anticipated to close by December 31, 2012, subject to regulatory approvals.

H

Hillenbrand, Inc. (Hillenbrand), is a US-based, strategic global diversified industrial company, publicly listed on the New York Stock Exchange and will acquire Coperion from Deutsche Beteilungs AG, a leading German private equity company. Coperion will be part of Hillenbrand’s Process Equipment Group (PEG). The PEG is a recognized leader in the design, production, marketing and servicing of equipment and systems used in processing applications for a wide range of industrial markets. Its three operating companies are K-Tron, which focuses primarily on feeding and pneumatic conveying

equipment; Rotex, a manufacturer of separation equipment, including gyratory and vibratory screeners and sifters; and TerraSource Global, which makes size reduction equipment, conveying systems and screening equipment, operating under the three brands Pennsylvania Crusher, Gundlach and Jeffrey Rader. “Coperion is an international market and technology leader with a remarkable global network – in manufacturing and engineering as well as sales and services. This acquisition will enhance Hillenbrand’s growth strategy and strengthens our position in key markets such as the plastics, chemicals, food and minerals industries. Both companies share a common vision of the future for the process equipment industry.” says Joe Raver, President of Hillenbrand’s Process Equipment Group.

Australian plastic and manufacturing events join forces ustralia's triennial plastics industry trade exhibition Ausplas -- the longest-running plastics event in the southern hemisphere -- is permanently joining Australia's manufacturing industry event, National Manufacturing Week (NMW).NMW organizer Sydney-based Reed Exhibitions Australia Pty. Ltd. acquired Ausplas from Melbourne-based Exhibition Management Pty. Ltd. on September 18. NMW is an annual event with alternating venues between

A

P L A S T I C S N E W S

Sydney and Melbourne. Ausplas will participate every three years, starting in May 2014. NMW Exhibition Director Paul Baker said organizers received positive feedback in 2011 after Ausplas was first held alongside NMW. Exhibition Management former owner and Ausplas founder John Kelly said Reed has a broad business reach, with strong ties to the mining industry, which would benefit Ausplas exhibitors seeking to broaden their customer base. 56

“For Coperion this change of ownership opens up new opportunities in markets beyond the plastics industry. It will also strengthen our business in the areas where we have been engaged in strategic execution over the past years: to reduce our dependency on the polymer industry business, expand our global sales and service network and product offerings, develop turnkey process solutions with our own system and process competence, and to improve earnings resilience. We look forward to this new partnership with the Process Equipment Group and their companies, ” says Guenter Bachmann, CEO of Coperion

ICA Fluor part of JV for new petrochem complex in Mexico luor Corporation announced that ICA Fluor, the industrial engineering partnership of Fluor and Empresas ICA, is part of the joint venture that was awarded a multi-billion dollar engineering, procurement and construction contract by Braskem Idesa.

F

The joint venture company, which includes Odebrecht, Technip and ICA Fluor, will design and build the new Etileno XXI petrochemical complex in the Mexican state of Veracruz. that will include a 1 mln tpa ethylene cracker and two high density polyethylene plants.

O C T O B E R 2012


BUSINESS NEWS

BPCL signs MoU to offer 51% to LG Total plans 1.2 bln Chem in proposed Kochi propylene unit euro investment in harat Petroleum Corporation (BPCL), which is setting up its first propylene unit in Kochi, said it was ready to offer 51% stake in the Rs 6,000 crore project to its Korean joint venture partner LG Chemicals. S Varadarajan, BPCL Finance Director said, “We have already inked an MoU (memorandum of understanding) with LG Chemicals for this project. They are looking at 51 per cent stake in the

B

JV (joint venture) and we are open to that. The new venture would be in place by December or January and the plant will be commissioned by the end of financial year 2017.” He said the propylene plant is part of the company’s proposed petrochemicals complex planned at Ambalamugal near Kochi, where it also has a 9.5 mln ton oil refinery.

Artenius España to be new subsidiary of La Seda De Barcelona he PET manufacturing business carried on by La Seda de Barcelona (LSB) at its production plant in El Prat de Llobregat (Spain) will be called Artenius España, S.L, with effect from October 1, 2012. All contracts with customers and suppliers of the PET business in Spain will be undertaken by the new subsidiary of LSB from that date

T

onwards. This new name of the PET business in Spain is part of the internal corporate restructuring process of the LSB Group, and complies with the resolutions passed at the latest General Shareholders’ Meeting held on 3rd May 2012. From now on, the new subsidiary Artenius España will also be in line with the different geographical names of the production

Antwerp refinery and petrochem complex otal plans to invest over 1 billion euros at its Belgian refining and petrochemical complex to boost its dieselmaking capacity and create costcutting synergies. According to Reuters this investment could bring Europe's largest refiner extra cash of US$500 mln a year. Total wants to focus on investing in its larger, integrated petrochemical and refining plants to maximize synergies, while keeping investment at other European plants to a minimum.

T

plants which Artenius (the PET and PET recycling division of LSB) has in other countries (Artenius Italy, Artenius Turkey or Artenius Greece), and thus reinforce and strengthen its brand image.

Assam Gas Cracker project to be commissioned in December 2013 onstruction work on the Brahmaputra Cracker & Polymer Ltd (BCPL), popularly known as the Assam Gas Cracker Project is underway in full swing. According to reports the project is likely to be

C

P L A S T I C S N E W S

commissioned by December 2013. Progress of the project has been disrupted by several factors, ranging from inclement weather, labour unrest to below par performance of contractors. The overall project cost 57

also has been revised to Rs 9,285 crore from Rs 5,460 crore. The cost escalation can be attributed to time over-run, technology and design change, rising construction costs etc.

O C T O B E R 2012


BUSINESS NEWS

Jacobs Wins Contract for Three SUPERCLAUS® Units from PETRONAS acobs Engineering Group Inc. (JEC) has received a contract from PETRONAS, the state-owned oil company of Malaysia, to develop a basic engineering package for three sulfur recovery units (SRUs). Officials did not disclose the contract value, however noted the basic engineering services are being provided from Jacobs’ Leiden office in The Netherlands. Jacobs is licensing its proprietary SUPERCLAUS® technology to PETRONAS for the SRU project. Jacobs introduced the SUPERCLAUS technology in 1985; there are now over 200 licensed units in operation worldwide. The technology

J

offers a number of highly valued performance features in areas such as reliability, sulfur recovery levels, sulfur emissions reduction and simple continuous operation. PETRONAS’ new, three-train sulfur plant is part of the Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (RAPID) Project site in the state of Johor, Malaysia. Through RAPID, PETRONAS is establishing an optimally configured, integrated refinery and petrochemical complex that focuses on production of high, value-added petrochemicals. This involves building a refinery to supply naphtha and to produce gasoline and

UAE’s Fujairah to explore for oil, plans petrochemical plan he United Arab Emirates sheikhdom of Fujairah, an oil storage and trading hub on the Indian Ocean, is exploring for crude and may seek investors for a petrochemicals plant according to a report from Bloomberg. Fujairah is conducting seismic surveys to find potential deposits at both on and offshore locations, Salem Kelil, technical adviser to the local government, said at a conference. The emirate has drilled three wells and hasn’t found any oil yet. One of the U.A.E.’s seven sheikhdoms, Fujairah is nestled between the Persian Gulf state’s Indian

T

P L A S T I C S N E W S

Ocean coast and the Hajar Mountains, the source of stones used to create the artificial islands off the coast of richer neighbor Dubai. Fujairah’s location outside the Strait of Hormuz energyshipment chokepoint has helped it attract international oil traders and fuelstorage tank operators to the emirate. Abu Dhabi’s government-owned International Petroleum Investment Co. plans to build an oil refinery in the emirate. That facility will produce about 70,000 barrels a day of naphtha, a refined product that may be used as feedstock in a future petrochemical plant, Kelil said 58

diesel that meet European clean fuels specifications. The petrochemical complex is designed and developed to produce ethylene and olefins that are used in downstream plants to produce petrochemical derivatives. Jacobs Group Vice President Robert Matha stated, "We are very pleased to work again with PETRONAS and to provide our technology in support of its goals for long-term growth

ONGC sells naphtha cargo for a premium of 15% ndia's state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp has sold a 35,000 ton naphtha cargo scheduled for October 16-17 loading from Hazira to Gunvor at about US$39/ton above Middle East quotes on a free-on-board (FOB) basis. This represents a nearly 15% hike when compared with a previous deal, according to Reuters.

I

Experts say the sale has been concluded at a time when traders expect supplies to tighten on firm demand and lack of new European shipments coming to Asia next month after more than 350,000 tons were booked for arrival in the East.

O C T O B E R 2012


BUSINESS NEWS

Commercial production begins at Saudi Polymers audi Polymers Company (SPCo) and its joint venture partner, National Petrochemical Company (Petrochem), with its manufacturing facility located in Al-Jubail, Saudi Arabia, begins commercial production. "This is an exciting time for the SPCo team, and we are proud to report we've safely achieved start-up and commercial production for our new facilities," said Mike Zeglin, executive president of Saudi Polymers Company. The integrated SPCo petrochemicals complex includes world-class operating units that are capable of producing Ethylene (1,220 kmta), Propylene (440 kmta), Polyethylene (1,100 kmta), Polypropylene (400 kmta), Polystyrene

S

(200 kmta) and 1-Hexene (100 kmta). In addition to direct sales to serve local Saudi demand, SPCo will manufacture products to serve growing world demand outside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through its exclusive distributor, Gulf Polymers Distribution Company, utilizing Chevron Phillips Chemical's global marketing network. SPCo is a limited liability company incorporated in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that is owned 65% by Petrochem, a joint-stock company incorporated in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and 35% by Arabian Chevron Phillips Petrochemical Company (ACP), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chevron Phillips Chemical.

Wilmar Group to invest over US$250 mln in petrochemical refinery in East Java ingapore-listed conglomerate Wilmar Group plans to invest over US$250 mln in a petrochemical refinery in Gresik, East Java. Arya Persada Indonesia, a subsidiary of Wilmar, is reported to have filed an application to access a governmentincentive tax holiday for the planned investment. Wilmar will begin the construction on the new plant as soon as the government grants the tax holiday, and commence production by 2016.

S

P L A S T I C S N E W S

Under the tax holiday arrangement, introduced in August last year, any company intending to invest at least Rp 1 trillion (US$104 mln) that deals in base metals, machinery or telecommunications equipment, or in pioneering industries such as oil refining, petrochemicals and renewable energy, would be eligible. The tax holiday — an exemption from income tax for a certain period of time — is available to local and foreign firms

59

Eni inks deal with Honam Petrochemical on South Korean Elastomeric Plant ersalis, Eni's chemical subsidiary and global leader in elastomers, and Honam Petrochemical Corporation, one of the major petrochemical companies in South Korea, have signed an agreement for the development of an elastomeric production plant at its Honam facilities in Yeosu (South Korea). The new site will use Versalis' proprietary technologies and will have a production capacity of about 2,00000 tons of elastomers annually, which will be delivered primarily on the Asian markets.

V

The start-up is planned by the end 2015. Versalis will provide its engineering services, commercial development skills and technical assistance while Honam will provide the primary raw materials, operative sites and existing structureThe agreement signed in Milan by the CEO of Versalis, Daniele Ferrari, and the CEO of Honam Petrochemical Corporation, Sooyoung Huh, sets the basis for the creation of a joint venture, the goal of which is to strengthen Versalis' position on the global market, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region

O C T O B E R 2012


BUSINESS NEWS

Coca-Cola tie up with JBF Industries for bio-glycol ingredient he Coca-Cola Co. has formed a partnership with JBF Industries Ltd. to further expand production of the plant-based material used in the company’s PlantBottle packaging. To support this partnership, the Mumbaibased JBF Industries Ltd. will build the world’s largest facility to produce bio-glycol – the key ingredient used to make PlantBottle packaging.

T

The facility, which will be located in Sao Paulo, Brazil, will produce the ingredient using locally sourced sugarcane and sugarcane processing waste. Both materials meet The Coca-Cola Company’s established sustainability criteria used to identify plant-based ingredients for PlantBottle packaging. These guiding principles include demonstrating improved environmental and social performance as well as avoiding negative impacts on food security. Construction on the new facility is expected to begin at the end of this year and last for 24 months. At full capacity, it is estimated the facility will produce 500,000 metric tons of material per year. By using plant-based materials instead of non-renewable materials, the facility will remove the equivalent of 690,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide or the equivalent of consuming more than 1.5 million barrels of oil each year. The supply partnership will help CocaCola continue its leadership in bringing renewable, lower-carbon plastics to the marketplace and move the

P L A S T I C S N E W S

Company closer to its target of using PlantBottle packaging technology in all of its plastic bottles by 2020. “The benefits of sustainable innovation are only fully realized when commercialized and put in the hands of consumers. In 2009, we introduced the world to our PlantBottle package – the first recyclable PET plastic bottle made partially from plants,” said Ronald

J. Lewis, vice president and chief procurement officer at Coca-Cola. “Today, Coca-Cola has sold more than 10 billion PlantBottle packages around the world that are less dependent on petroleum and have a lower carbon impact. We are pleased that our partnership with JBF Industries Ltd. will help us further expand global production.”

UK investment trust buys US plastics companies aledonia Investments plc has, in partnership with Nova Capital Management, purchased five companies, including plastics firms, from Wichita, Latshaw Enterprises Inc. for 26 million pounds ($41.9 million) in cash. The companies include Wescon Plastics LLC, a Wichtabased custom injection molder, and Coast Wire & Plastic Tech Inc., a Carson, Calif.-based maker of custom electronic wire and cable products.

C

Other companies included in the deal are Wescon Products Co., MC Electronics Inc. and Anderson & Forrester Inc. The five businesses have aggregate sales of around $90 million and employ more than 450. Equity financing for

60

the acquisition was provided by Caledonia and Nova, with the former investing $42 million and GSO Capital Partners, part of private equity firm Blackstone, and PNC Bank providing the debt financing. “The businesses are cash generative and our investment has been structured so as to provide a running yield from year one,” said Duncan Johnson, a portfolio manager at Caledonia. Tom Leader, an investment partner at Nova, added: “This transaction represents our fourth deal in North America, a region in which we are continuing to see strong deal flow and are looking to increase our presence going forward.”

O C T O B E R 2012


BUSINESS NEWS

EPPC plans to raise US$450 mln for 25% expansion at Port said gyptian Propylene and Polypropylene Company (EPPC) is exploring various means to raise upto US$450 mln to invest in expanding capacity of its propylene and polypropylene complex at Port Said. Capacity is planned to be expanded by 25% from 400,000 tpa to 510,000 tpa within two years, the

E

company's chairman told Zawya. New investors will be invited to subscribe to the company's shares in order to raise the paid-up capital, in order to fund the expansion. The company mulls issue of new shares to expand the shareholder base or issue rights shares to existing shareholders.

Onex close to a deal to buy KraussMaffei nex Corp. of Toronto is close to a deal to buy German plastics machinery maker KraussMaffei Group. According to reports Onex, a diverse private equity firm, exited and re-entered the plastics machinery market last year.

O

Odisha government to sign MoU with IOCL's for Investment in Paradeep PCPIR

It sold its stake in Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd., and then turned around late in the year to acquire extrusion equipment supplier DavisStandard LLC.

expected to attract investments to the tune of Rs 2.74 lakh crore. However, to avoid further delays the Odisha government has decided sign an MoU with the Oil majors. In the absence of any written commitment from IOCL on its role as an anchor investor for PCPIR, it seems that the other investors are not coming forward.

Experts say a deal could be announced any time. KraussMaffei of Munich is owned by private equity group Madison Capital Partners. Earlier reports said Madison hoped to get as much as 700 million euros ($910 million) for KraussMaffei, the world’s largest producer of plastics machinery.

Oman Oil Company to invest US800 mln to set up petrochemicals plant at Sohar

Recent speculation suggested an unnamed Chinese machinery company was negotiating to buy KraussMaffei. Onex, Canada’s largest buyout firm, is a conglomerate that typically buys leading companies and holds them for several years with intentions to sell them after their value has appreciated.

The Odisha government had decided to ink an MoU with IOCL to stipulate timeline and milestones for commissioning the Rs 28,000-crore refinery project of IOCL proposed at Paradeep that is being delayed for various reasons. Indian Oil Corp Ltd (IOCL) was the proposed anchor tenant of the PCPIR at Paradeep, Odisha state. The PCPIR hub is

m a n O i l C o m p a n y, t h e wholly Omani government owned energy investment vehicle, has announced plans to invest around US$800 mln to set up a major petrochemicals plant at Sohar

O

P L A S T I C S N E W S

Industrial Port. With a capacity to produce 1 mln tpa), the project will manufacture Purified Terephthalic Acid (PTA) and Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET).

61

O C T O B E R 2012


PRODUCT NEWS

Proco introduces first take-out system with integrated deflasher and leak tester he industry’s first integrated take-out system which incorporates a deflasher and leak testing system for space savings and reduced cost has been launched by Proco Machinery Inc., a leading supplier of automation systems for the plastics container industry.

top flash is removed. In the same station, a special optional spin trimmer is also available to spin off any dome flash that exists. After deflashing, a specially designed articulated vacuum conveyor extends into the deflasher and retracts with the container in an upright orientation

“Our new technology has taken the take-out system to a new level, providing a reduced footprint and substantial cost savings, since processors don’t have to purchase all three machines separately,” said John McCormick, president of Proco Machinery. The company’s patentpending Robopik Plus, which is an upgraded version of Proco’s original Robopik model, accommodates a wide range of shuttle extrusion blow molding (EBM) machines (including Bekum H style) without modification or adjustment. The Robopik Plus takes the container and transfers it directly from the deflasher where the tail and

. The container is then leak tested on this same conveyor. The integrated system permits the use of only one set of tooling (unlike two sets required for the previous system) and also facilitates easy changeovers. The Robopik Plus is not limited by shape or size; it can also handle tottle-type containers with any number of mold cavities. Container heights can range from approximately two inches to 15 inches.

T

The unit is designed to keep pace with the cycle time of extrusion blow molding machines. The new take-out system boasts an upgraded control

system with a color touch screen and the capability to store job recipes for easy recall. The Robopik Plus utilizes many of the same components as the previous model and offers similar durability, reliability, and easy-to-use features. Scrap collection is easier with one common scrap conveyor to collect both tail flash and neck flash instead of two in the original system. The integrated system has just two servo drives and fewer moving parts for easier maintenance. The new system features a more convenient conveyor height of 34 inches, making integration with other equipment easy to implement. Proco Machinery offers the new system globally and is currently working on a number of successful projects at both domestic and global custom blow molding facilities

Closed Loop and Kobusch launches recycled PET flakes ecycler Closed Loop and thermoformer Kobusch have launched a range of food and beverage packaging for use at sports venues that contains post-consumer plastic waste. The range will initially include both pint and half-pint PET cups, which incorporate a minimum of 50% recycled PET flake, supplied by the Closed Loop plant in Dagenham, East London. Mark

R

P L A S T I C S N E W S

Durston, European foodservice sales manager for Kobusch, said: “Kobusch is fully committed to the use of postconsumer material in single use foodservice packaging to reduce the use of virgin resource and has worked with Closed Loop Recycling to achieve this since the Dagenham facility opened in 2008.” A venue-based waste collection will see that discarded cups 62

returned for recycling in what Chris Dow, CEO of Closed Loop Recycling, described as a “perfect example of the closed loop philosophy in practice”. “It is also evidence that only by working in partnerships of this kind, can we ensure all parties in the supply loop are fully engaged in trying to achieve the Holy Grail in packaging,” he added

O C T O B E R 2012


PRODUCT NEWS

Eastman introduces new Polyethylene Terephthalate grade for EBM s the leader of innovative specialty copolyesters, particularly extrusion blow molding (EBM) resins, Eastman Chemical Company announces the addition of Aspira™ One polymer to its portfolio of resins.Carrying resin identification code 1 (RIC 1), Aspira One is tailored specifically for EBM processes and packaging applications such as clear handleware and large-size bottles. As a new polyethylene terephthalate (PET) polymer, it provides an optimal balance of recyclability, product performance, production efficiency and aesthetics versus alternative polyester resins available to the EBM market. Aspira™ One polymer boasts four key attributes desired by leading bottle converters and brand owners: sustainability, design flexibility, bottle strength and process efficiency on existing EBM platforms. The polymer is sustainable,

A

as it is compatible in the PET recycle stream and therefore carries RIC 1. Aspira One received resin recognition from the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers (APR) in July 2012 for meeting the PET Bottle Critical Guidance Document protocol. Aspira™ One enables the design of unique, clear and glossy containers, such as handles, through holes and other innovative features that can only be obtained by the EBM process. For bottle performance, the material offers robust toughness and is free of bisphenol A and halogens. The crystal-clear clarity of Aspira One allows consumers to see the contents of their packages, providing valuable product differentiation and shelf appeal. In contrast with other polyester resins for EBM, Aspira™ One is an amorphous, melt-phase produced material, offering an improved EBM experience versus alternatives.

Because Aspira One pellets are not crystalline or solid-stated, they can be dried and processed at lower temperatures than other PET resins. This lowers energy usage, improves melt quality and minimizes thermal degradation of the polymer. Another feature is that crystallization of bottle flash regrind is not required, because Aspira One pellets are amorphous and thereby compatible with the regrind in a dryer setup. Finally, Aspira One does not melt fracture at high extrusion rates, giving it high clarity on all EBM platforms. “Aspira™ One polymer provides the straightforward solution leading converters and brand owners are looking for,” said Ron Salati, global market development manager, specialty plastics packaging, Eastman. “In fact, major global beverage companies are expected to use Aspira One bottles starting in 2013.

Web tool helps grocers recycle rigid plastics ew online tools designed to help grocery stores recycle more of the large bulky rigid plastic containers used in the backrooms of their deli, bakery and seafood departments are now available on a new website created by the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers. “Many grocery chains have excellent recycling programs already in place,” said Steve Alexander, executive director of APR. “Our new program makes it easy for grocers to strengthen their sustainability efforts by recycling more of the plastics they use every day.” The free online tools include a how-to-guide, worksheets to evaluate

N

P L A S T I C S N E W S

potential cost savings and revenue, three educational videos, technical assistance, and training materials that can be customized. These are available at www.recyclegroceryplastics.org Two successful six-month pilot programs -- the second one completed in April -have the industry optimistic that it can capture more of that material, which is estimated to be 354 million pounds annually just among medium and large supermarket chains. The Recycle Grocery Rigid Plastics initiative -partially funded by the plastics division of the American Chemistry Council -- could become yet another way to collect polypropylene and high 63

density polyethylene, and provide more material to recyclers scrambling to meet the increasing demand for recycled resins.Because many stores already have programs that recycle cardboard and plastic film, expanding those programs to also include plastic containers could be a logical extension, said APR, whose members have more than 90 percent of the post-consumer plastic processing capacity in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The project will be unveiled Oct. 4 at the Sustainability Summit in Washington, put on jointly by the Food Marketing Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Association. O C T O B E R 2012


PRODUCT NEWS The pilot programs in the Northeast -- done at some of the stores of the Stop & Shop Supermarket and Hannaford Supermarkets grocery chains -collected items such as rectangular fish containers, large pharmaceutical stock bottles used to fill individual prescriptions, floral bins and containers, large frosting pails, oyster buckets, salad bar containers, and butter cream and doughnut glaze buckets that are used behind the scenes in grocery stores. The pilot programs found that the grocery chains both saved disposal costs and were able to sell the material that was collected. In addition, it found that stacking containers by size also sorted them by resin type. About half the containers are PP and about half are HDPE.

Both chains are exploring implementation of full-scale programs to collect plastic containers at all of their locations, said APR.“Recycling plastic containers clearly plays a role in our zero waste strategy,” said Christine Gallagher, manager of corporate responsibility for Ahold USA, which owns Stop & Shop. “Throwing away recyclables is like throwing away money. Waste diversion programs like this can generate cost savings by reducing trash volume. Our stores end up paying less to have their trash removed because there is less to throw away.” “Hannaford has a long tradition of stewardship,” said George Parmenter, manager of sustainability for Hannaford Supermarkets. “Recycling

rigid plastic containers is an important part of Hannaford’s efforts to move toward zero waste and to reduce our carbon footprint, This work hits that sustainability sweet spot, where what’s good for business meets what’s good for the planet.” In addition, FMI and GMA are eager “to engage grocers to do this on a large scale over the next two to three years,” said Ted Brown, owner and partner in Portland, Maine-based Brown Sustainability Solutions Inc., when he discussed the pilot programs that he managed for APR earlier this year. “There is a lot of material, and grocers are interested in the potential opportunity to aggressively collect it.”

AVAILABLE: INJECTION MOLDING MACHINE FOR JOB WORK Finding the right source for your injection-molded thermoplastic parts is as easy as selecting Adept Custom Molders With PRAMUKH POLY PRODUCTS, you are guaranteed professional quality assurance standards, state-of-the-art technological equipment, and innovative, cost-efficient manufacturing techniques. LOCATION: Survey No.166-P, Dadra-Nagar Haveli,Naroli,Silvassa ( U.T.) Machine Specification 1. Model Make Clamping Force Space Between TIE Bars (H X V)

: : : :

UG-850 UBE Machinery Corporation Ltd., Japan 850 Ton MM : 1060 X 1060

2. Model Make Clamping Force Space Between TIE Bars (H X V)

: : : :

UN-420 Taiwan Union Plastic Group. 420 Ton MM : 700 X 650

Sincerely, your comments to have PRAMUKH POLY PRODUCTS been of service to you would be highly appreciated. PRAMUKH POLY PRODUCTS: 6, Laxmi Bhuvan, 3rd Golibar Road, T.P.S. III,Santacruz (E), Mumbai : 400055. Phone : 26195965/26195967/26178662  Fax : 022 – 26160374 E-MAIL : info@pramukhpolyproducts.com / pramodvaghela@yahoo.com Contact Person : Mr. Pramod Vaghela, Mobile : 09820423958

P L A S T I C S N E W S

64

O C T O B E R 2012


PRODUCT NEWS

Cast films produced on chillroll lines PP/PE/PET 



Highest possible flexibility by quick change cassette. Ultra tight product tolerances with excellent overall gauge control. Meets current trend in multilayer cast films (5 & 7 Layers). Shortest product changeover times to make different structures. Adjustment of melt velocities depending on throughputs by individual profile adjusters. Balancing of assymetrical structures. Low residence time & no dead areas in the die.



High quality winding and inline slitting.

    

Cast films produced on chillroll lines PP/PE/PET COMPACT

MIDEX

MIDEX

Line Width

1600-1900 mm

2000-3200 mm

3000-5500 mm

Line Speed

250 m/min

250,350 m/min

250 m/min

Throughput PO

500-600 kg/h

600-1100 kg/h

>300 kg/h

1-7(9)

1-5

Number of layers 1-7(9) Resins

PP, PE-LD, PE-LLD, adhesves, PP, PE-LD, PE-LLD, adhesves, PP PA6, EVOH, EVA, ionomers, filler. PA6, EVOH, EVA, ionomers, filler.

Products

CPP, CPE, barrier film, stationery CPP, CPE, barrier film, stationery CPP, CPE, barrier film, stationery film, metallised films, twist wrap, film, metallised films, twist wrap, film, metallised films, twist wrap, breathable stretch film. breathable stretch film. breathable stretch film.

Winder Systems

WF-DO3 Rotary arm winder

WF-DO1/DO2/DO4 Rotary arm winder

Turret winder (parent rolls)

For more info please contact: Reifenhauser (India) Marketing Limited Mumbai, Maharashtra Tel: +91 22 - 2686 2711 Fax: +91 22 - 2686 2722 E-mail : info@reifenhauserindia.com P L A S T I C S N E W S

65

O C T O B E R 2012


PRODUCT NEWS Portuguese Casfil continues its success story – with Brückner at its side

Casfil now takes another step forward and invests in a new BOPP film production line confident to further strengthen our excellent, during many years hard-earned market position.”

asfil - Indústria de Plásticos, S.A. is Portugal’s leading producer of fine flexible plastics films. The family-owned company manufactures BOPP, CPP, LLDPE and barrier films for various applications in the Portuguese packaging, industrial, agricultural and medical sector – but also for their strong export business. Casfil now takes another step forward and invests in a new BOPP film production line.

C

Ferreira Pinto, President & Owner of Casfil (left) and Peter Mertes, Senior Sales Manager Brückner Maschinenbau, shake hands on the new joint project

The positive experience from their last BOPP project made Casfil to team up with Brückner again and to order a comprehensive turnkey package. The production line itself has a working width of 8.7 meters, a production speed of 525 meters per minute and an hourly output of 6,350 kilogram. Ferreira Pinto, president & owner of Casfil says: „With our new BOPP project we will be able to satisfy the growing market demand in our inland and export markets. This long sighted investment perfectly fits into our strategy: to supply highest quality film, manufactured on first class equipment with utmost productivity and minimized energy consumption. Together with our long-term partner Brückner we are

From left to right: Raimund Lichtenstein, Project Manager Turnkey, Brückner Maschinenbau, Ferreira Pinto, President & Owner, Casfil, Miguel Pinto, Vice-President/R&D and Production Manager, Casfil, Peter Mertes, Senior Sales Manager Brückner Maschinenbau, are happy to continue a successful partnership Contact Karlheinz Weinmann Brückner Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG, Königsberger Str. 5-7, 83313 Siegsdorf Phone.: +49-8662-63-9278, Fax: +49-8662-63-9101 karlheinz.weinmann@brueckner.com www.brueckner.com

P L A S T I C S N E W S

66

O C T O B E R 2012


TECHNOLOGY

Advances in recycling for the electronics sector esearch has addressed the mounting problem of polymers from the electronics sector entering the waste stream. An EU-funded research team investigated a fully recyclable polymer and has developed new moulding methods for components.

R

The 'Eco-efficient designs for end-of-life, anti-counterfeit electronic device recovery' (Separate) project worked on the water-soluble polymer polyvinyl alcohol as one possibly suitable material. Non-toxic and biodegradeable, polyvinyl alcohol is a polymer where the degree of hydrolysis, hence the number of units

and the molecular weight determines the processability. The Separate team found that a polymer, PVAXX, can be dissolved in 30 seconds using a batch dissolution process and can be speeded up using ultrasonics. Moreover, the polymer can be reused and injection moulded without significant loss of properties. A novel over-moulding technology was developed using the polymer and fully encapsulated modules for a smart card application were produced. The team also developed semi-encapsulated electronic components for a contact and non-contact smart card, a memory

stick and a calculator case. Separate deliverables were industrially validated. A robotic simulation of the injection moulding, handling and subsequent testing of the memory sticks was developed. To study the industrial scale, another simulation using a counter current washing principle was chosen to minimise water and energy use. The impact of Separate technology will be a decrease of the amount of electropolymeric waste discarded in Europe. As a result, there will be less organic pollutants and heavy metal water pollution

NREL to produce ethylene via photosynthesis cientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have demonstrated a better way to use photosynthesis to produce ethylene, a breakthrough that could change the way materials, chemicals, and transportation fuels are made, and help clean the air. NREL scientists introduced a gene into a cyanobacterium and demonstrated that the organism remained stable through at least four generations, producing ethylene gas that could be easily captured. The organism – Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 – produced ethylene at a high rate and is still being improved. The laboratory demonstrated rate of 170 milligrams of ethylene/liter/day is greater than the rates reported for the photosynthetic production by microorganisms of ethanol, butanol or

S

P L A S T I C S N E W S

other algae biofuels. The process does not release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Conversely, the process recycles carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, since the organism utilizes the gas as part of its metabolic cycle. Ethylene is the most widely produced petrochemical feedstock in the world. But currently it is produced only from fossil fuels, and its production is the industry’s largest emitter of carbon dioxide. Steam cracking of long-chain hydrocarbons from petroleum produces 1.5 to 3 tons of carbon dioxide for every ton of ethylene produced. The NREL process, by contrast, produces ethylene by using carbon dioxide, which is food for the bacteria. That could mean a savings of six tons of carbon dioxide emissions for every ton of ethylene

67

produced -- the 3 tons that would be emitted by tapping fossil fuels and another three tons absorbed by the bacteria. NREL principal investigator, Jianping Yu, says it’s the difference between using old photons and new photons. Ethylene from old photons is the ethylene produced from fossil fuels, derived from photosynthetic organisms that captured the sun’s energy millions of years ago. The NREL process uses new photons that are currently hitting plants, algae and bacteria capable of producing fuels directly. NREL turned to a different cyanobacterium, Synechocystis 6803, which scientists had been researching for a long time, knowing how to change its DNA sequences. They manipulated the sequence to design an ethyleneproducing gene to be more stable and more active than the original version. O C T O B E R 2012


TECHNOLOGY This process resulted in an organism that uses carbon dioxide and water to produce ethylene, but doesn’t lose its ability to produce ethylene over time. The product ethylene is non-toxic to the producing microorganisms and is not a food source for other organisms that could potentially contaminate an industrial process. After the culture reaches maximum growth, it’s possible that it could keep producing for months at a time,

said Rich Bolin, who is a member of NREL’s partnerships group. The ethylene gas it produces naturally leaves the organism, spurring the organism to keep producing more. The ethylene would be produced in an enclosed photobioreactor containing seawater enriched with nitrogen and phosphorous. The ethylene gas would rise and be captured from the reactor’s head space. It could then undergo further processing,

including a catalytic polymer process to produce fuels and chemicals. The continuous production system improves the energy conversion efficiency and reduces the operational cost. NREL is initiating discussions with potential industry partners to help move the process to commercial scale. Interested companies include those in the business of producing ethylene or - transportation fuels, as well as firms that build photobioreactors

TEC mixes processes for big, complex parts lastics Unlimited Inc. have tried a process that combines thermoforming and composites processing to make large, complex parts, according to President Terry Kieffer. “One of our biggest advantages was that we didn’t know anything about it,” he said in a presentation at the SPE Thermoforming Conference in Grand Rapids.

P

Members of the Kieffer family, who had their roots in framing, started Plastics Unlimited in 1993.

The following year, they bought a composites fabrication firm. The rest is history, as Plastics Unlimited patented the process called TEC, or tool-less engineered composites.Terry’s son, Travis, explained the process that makes very strong parts that a highgloss finish. He showed a video of a dropped cinderblock bouncing harmlessly off a thermoformed part. Travis Kieffer, chief operating officer, said that, in the TEC process, the thermoformed part acts as the mold, for

the composites resin infusion process. You can mold right into the part some strengthening components, such as fiber-reinforced plastic profiles, foamed parts and metal inserts, fasteners and wood stiffeners, he said.“TEC can be as strong and as stiff as metal, and way lighter than metal,” Travis Kieffer said. Plastics Unlimited has made large parts for several markets, such as hoods for earth-moving machines, panels for trains, parts for food-service, aeronautics and military markets.

Engel highlights technology ngel Machinery Inc. of York, Pa., explored that market through an Oct. 2-4 symposium at its Corona technical center addressing issues in the molding of thermoplastics and liquid silicone rubber for medical applications. Engel’s Joachim Kragl explained a process-control system — iQ weight control — that derives essential process parameters from a

E

P L A S T I C S N E W S

machine’s screw position and injection pressure curves.

Engel Austria GmbH in Schwertberg, Austria.

Engel says the system compensates for short- and long-term quality deviations and results in sustained improvement in repeatability.The idea originated with Georg Pillwein, a physicist and project engineer in the process development technology department at family-owned parent firm

The iQ concept for part weight control is “one of the top five developments in machine software for repeatability in the last 10 years,” said Kragl, director of advanced molding systems and processing for Engel North America in York.

68

O C T O B E R 2012


TECHNOLOGY

Weyerhaeuser introduces THRIVE™ composites eyerhaeuser Company, a global leader in cellulose fiber technology and sustainable forestry, announced the launch of a proprietary, patent-pending form of thermoplastic composite that uses sustainably sourced cellulose fiber as a reinforcement additive.

W

Called THRIVE™ composites, the product will initially be used in household goods and automotive parts. In addition, THRIVE can be used in a variety of composite plastic applications, including office furniture, kitchenware, small and large consumer appliances, and other industrial goods. THRIVE composites offer several advantages over materials reinforced with short glass fibers or natural fibers such as sisal, hemp and kenaf. The product is available in masterbatch form for custom compounders and ready-to-mold thermoplastic pellets for molders. "THRIVE composites are economical and widely available, and they are low mass yet demonstrate excellent tensile strength and flexural properties," said Don Atkinson, vice president, marketing and new products for Weyerhaeuser's Cellulose Fibers business. "These composites can improve molding cycle times up to 40%. Products made with THRIVE require less energy to produce and can reduce wear and tear on processing equipment when compared with those containing abrasive short glass fibers. These substantial benefits create significant advantages for companies looking to reduce their carbon footprints while enhancing performance and P L A S T I C S N E W S

productivity." THRIVE composites are currently available as cellulose blended with polypropylene with both high and low melt flow indices. Because cellulose fibers are compatible with various "workhorse" polymers, Weyerhaeuser plans to expand the THRIVE line of products beyond polypropylene to a range of hydrocarbon and nonhydrocarbon polymers. "THRIVE products readily absorb dyes and offer excellent flowability and thin-section fill, providing manufacturers with considerable design flexibility," Atkinson said. "In addition, THRIVE composites are produced using a proprietary process that allows control of the dispersion of cellulose fibers within the polymer matrix. This allows for a smooth surface finish, which opens up new opportunities for the use of natural fibers in composite plastics. Conversely, if manufacturers prefer the fibers to be visible, they have that option as well." In addition to enhanced design aesthetics, THRIVE products demonstrate consistent performance characteristics from batch to batch, which isn't always the case with other natural fibers. And the cellulose fiber in THRIVE composites is sourced in part from some of the 20 million acres of forestland that Weyerhaeuser manages to third-party sustainability standards, ensuring a readily available global supply from a trustworthy source. "Using composites with cellulose fibers makes sense," said Dr. Ellen Lee, plastics 69

research technical expert of Ford Motor Company. "Their excellent thermal stability allows us to extend the range of potential automotive applications for natural fiber materials. With increased use of these renewably sourced materials, we can significantly reduce the environmental footprint of our products while accruing a variety of benefits across our entire supply chain." We y e r h a e u s e r w i l l u s e i t s substantial pulp manufacturing facilities and well-established global logistics channels to produce and deliver the product to customers around the world.

Thermoformable sheet for better FST performance in aircraft o help global aerospace customers comply with increasingly stringent standards for flame-smoke-toxicity (FST) performance of interior aircraft components, SABIC has introduced new next-generation LEXAN™ XHR 5000 (extremely low heat release) sheet for aircraft window shades. LEXAN XHR 5000 sheet is designed for multilayer window shade systems requiring advanced FST properties and opacity. Not only does this industry-leading solution meet demanding safety requirements, it also helps improve comfort in the cabin environment with a highquality appearance and enhanced room-darkening properties.

T

O C T O B E R 2012


TECHNOLOGY

'Active grille shutters' find way into production cars he North American auto industry is adding another piece of technology to its stable of fuel-sipping parts.

T

“Active grille shutters” place a louver system behind the thermoplastic front grille of cars. Those louvers open and close as needed to improve performance by either directing cool air to the engine when it is under increased demand, or close to improve aerodynamics. The active grille systems are gaining acceptance in North America, building on an established use in Europe, said Magna International Inc. Aurora, Ontario-based Magna has launched production of its active grille shutter program on U.S.-made cars, debuting on Chrysler Group LLC’s

2013 Dodge Dart and the Dodge Ram 1500 pickup, Magna announced in an Oct. 2 news release. The shutters are also set to appear on four more upcoming vehicles in the near future.

“Nearly every passenger vehicle introduced in upcoming years will have some kind of active shutter system,” predicted Bob Brownlee, president of Magna Exteriors and Interiors

Advances in recycling for the electronics sector esearch has addressed the mounting problem of polymers from the electronics sector entering the waste stream. An EU-funded research team investigated a fully recyclable polymer and has developed new moulding methods for components.

R

The 'Eco-efficient designs for end-of-life, anti-counterfeit electronic device recovery' (Separate) project worked on the water-soluble polymer polyvinyl alcohol as one possibly suitable material. Non-toxic and biodegradeable, polyvinyl alcohol is a polymer where the degree of hydrolysis, hence the number of units

P L A S T I C S N E W S

and the molecular weight determines the processability. The Separate team found that a polymer, PVAXX, can be dissolved in 30 seconds using a batch dissolution process and can be speeded up using ultrasonics. Moreover, the polymer can be reused and injection moulded without significant loss of properties. A novel over-moulding technology was developed using the polymer and fully encapsulated modules for a smart card application were produced. The team also developed semiencapsulated electronic components for a contact and non-contact smart

70

card, a memory stick and a calculator case. Separate deliverables were industrially validated. A robotic simulation of the injection moulding, handling and subsequent testing of the memory sticks was developed. To study the industrial scale, another simulation using a counter current washing principle was chosen to minimise water and energy use. The impact of Separate technology will be a decrease of the amount of electropolymeric waste discarded in Europe. As a result, there will be less organic pollutants and heavy metal water pollution

O C T O B E R 2012


IN THE NEWS

Oil India Ltd-IOC partnership acquires 30% stake in shale gas asset in Colorado he Oil India Limited – IOC partnership has acquired 30% stake in Carrizo Oil & Gas’ Niobrara shale gas asset in Colorado for US$82.5 mln. OIL will hold 20% stake, while IOC will hold 10% stake in the asset. Headquartered at Houston, Carrizo is engaged in the exploration, development, exploitation, and production of oil and natural gas, primarily in the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas, the Barnett Shale in North Texas, the Marcellus Shale in Appalachia, the Niobrara Formation in Colorado, the Utica Shale in Eastern Ohio, and in proven onshore trends along the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast regions. Carrizo is also actively developing its oil discovery known as the Huntington Field in the UK North

T

Sea. In 2011, GAIL India through its US subsidiary GAIL Global (USA) Inc. acquired 20% stake in Carrizo Oil and Gas’s Eagle Ford shale acreage for Rs 312 Cr. In 2010, Reliance Industries entered into a shale gas JV with USbased Carrizo Oil and Gas Inc for a 60% stake in Marcellus Shale acreage in Central and Northeast Pennsylvania for US$392 mln. RIL had also bought a 40% stake in Atlas Energy Inc's Marcellus Shale acreage for US$1.7 bln in April,’10. Around 32,500 trillion cu. ft (tcf) of shale gas reserves have been identified globally. The US is the leading producer of shale gas, with the fuel accounting for 17% of its domestic gas production.While there

are no official estimates of shale gas reserves in India, according to oilfield services provider Schlumberger Ltd, the country has shale gas reserves of between 300 tcf and 2,100 tcf. The north-eastern states and the Cambay basin are believed to have shale reserves. India’s growing dependence on energy imports, there is emerging interest in tapping alternative energy sources such as shale gas and gas hydrates. Recently, Essar Energy PLC's subsidiary Essar Exploration & Production Limited sold 50% stake in Vietnam's offshore gas block 114 to ENI International B.V. GAIL India was planning to buy stake in the 10 mln ton LNG plant at Vladivostok on the Pacific coast in Russia.

Slavin uses social-media to keep plastics dialogue honest acebook and Twitter may seem alien to small manufacturers, but they are in a good position to deliver the truth about plastics, said Chandler Slavin, who scans social media for Dordan Manufacturing Co., her family’s custom packaging thermoformer.

F

responds. She brought her message to the SPE Thermoforming Conference in Grand Rapids, delivering a rapidfire speech September. 24 that summarized the history of plastics and the “new packaging world order” of social media.

Slavin, who began working for Dordan after graduating from college three years ago, has become a noted authority on social media. She blogs, tweets and posts on Facebook.

The Internet may seem to be dominated by people who can shout the loudest, but Slavin said the broad middle ground of people are willing to listen to industry, and consider science-based arguments.

She scans the Internet for people taking cheap shots at plastics, and

But, she said, the big trade associations face a disadvantage in

P L A S T I C S N E W S

71

the blog-a-sphere. “People can look at them and already think they have a built-in bias,” she said. “With our industry, we’re family-owned. We’re medium-sized. We have a little bit more, I guess, of legitimacy.” Slavin is sustainability coordinator and marketing manager for Dordan, in Woodstock, Ill. She thinks plastics trade associations should work together more closely, but said putting out the industry’s message about plastics, and countering critics, comes one person, one company, at a time.

O C T O B E R 2012


IN THE NEWS

RIL and Russia’s SIBUR in JV to construct a butyl rubber plant in Jamnagar eliance Industries Limited (RIL) and SIBUR, Russia‘s largest petrochemical company, is expected to construct butyl rubber plant in next six months in Jamnagar.

R

The joint venture Reliance Sibur Elastomers Private Limited was formed in the beginning of 2012, although the project was announced earlier in 2010 during a visit of former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev to India. RIL holds a 74.9 percent stake in the joint venture, while SIBUR enjoys 25.1% share. While Reliance will construct the plant, SIBUR will provide the technology. SIBUR will handle implementing the technology,

launching the plant, and training Indian engineers and workers. The subsidiary recently opened an office in Mumbai to coordinate the Jamnagar project and find some new opportunities in Indian petrochemical industry. The Jamnagar butyl rubber plant is expected to be launched in mid-2014. The facility will have a production capacity of 100,000 tpa. About 75,000 tons will be supplied in domestic market, according to the current demand volumes. The rest may be exported to other Asian countries where demand for butyl rubber is also high. Investing US$450 million, the joint venture expects to reach a turnover of US$700

ONGC, GAIL keen to pick up stake in Kochi petrochemical project ccording to a report Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) and GAIL (India) are keen to pick up a stake in the Rs.5,000crore Kochi petrochemical project being executed by Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) in joint venture with LG Chemicals of South Korea. Currently, LG will hold 51% stake and BPCL the remaining 49%. The project will be built along with the Rs.14,500 crore expansion of the Kochi refinery from 9.5 mln tons to 15.5 mln tons by 2015-16. As part of this project, it would be establishing a petrochemical fluid catalytic cracker

A

P L A S T I C S N E W S

to generate 500 tmtpa of propylene. This would offer BPCL a launch pad for diversification into petrochemicals. Completion of the project would be dovetailed into the refinery expansion project. The project is expected to be completed by December 2015, and commissioned by March 16. Kochi refinery’s new units would include a 10.5 million-tonne crude distillation unit, a 2.2 mln ton fluid catalytic cracker (FCC) unit, a 4.3 mln ton diesel hydrotreater, a 3 mln ton vacuum gasoil hydrotreater and a 3.84 mln ton delayed coker. The FCC will produce about 2.15 mln tons of propylene

72

million in the first year of production. Reliance Sibur Elastomers will be the first manufacturer of butyl rubber in India. At present India’s demand for butyl rubber is created mainly by the tyre industry and is fully supplied by imports from North America, Central Asia and European countries, including Russia. However, having the world’s largest oil refining-cum-petrochemical site in Jamnagar built by Reliance in the last 10 years and having the combined capacity of 62 mln tons opens a new opportunity of domestic production of butyl rubber.

Sahara Petrochemical says signs US$107 mln annually. riyal credit facility ahara Petrochemical Co has signed a 3 year medium-term revolving credit facility with Saudi Investment Bank for 400 million riyals (US$107 mln), as per Reuters.

S

The facility is to give standby support both to the company's working capital and to aid future investments.

O C T O B E R 2012


IN THE NEWS

Out-of-state bottles cost California recycling program alifornia had a 100 percent return rate for cans last year and a plastic containers’ rate that reached 104 percent. But with a little more than 8.5 billion recyclable cans sold in California and 8.3 billion redeemed, it’s just not realistic, the Los Angeles Times reported.

C

The reason is that the state’s recycling redemption program has led to increased recycling fraud to the tune of at least $40 million a year and could exceed $200 million with semi-trailers full of cans and bottles crossing the border from surrounding states, the newspaper said. During a three-month period last summer, the California Department of Food and Agriculture found that 3,500 vehicles, including 505 rental trucks filled with cans,

brought in used beverage containers through the state’s 16 border stations. California is the only state in the region, besides Oregon, that has a mandatory container deposit program. The state charges 5 cents for most cans and bottles and 10 cents for larger containers (24 ounces or greater). Even though only products sold in California are eligible, the approximately 2,300 privately run recycling centers are not usually concerned that the aluminum or plastic is coming from surrounding states such as Arizona or Nevada, the newspaper said. “The law says California has to make it easy to recycle … so [for] anyone with a devious mind, it’s so easy; they can just go right in,” Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy

Student competition promotes recycling en students at Buxton Community College have been awarded prizes in a recycling competition organised by local mineral water brand Buxton and recycling organisation Recoup. The competition prompted hundreds of students design posters aimed at encouraging fellow pupils, staff and the wider community to recycle more. The two first-prize posters were chosen because of their colourful, artistic designs and clear messaging, said the organisers. One of the one winning designs will be featured in local schools while the

T

P L A S T I C S N E W S

other will be on display at key locations around Buxton. Luke Cox, Recoup’s project officer, said: “By working so closely with schools, such as Buxton Community School, to install recycling bins on site, we are already seeing an increase in recycling levels – it’s just become a daily habit for staff and students alike. “This competition has proved just how passionate young people can be about these issues and we’re confident that if our children are motivated to recycle more, everyone will reap the benefits, now and in future

73

Dave Chapman, who has investigated fraud rings in recent months, told the newspaper. To help curb the influx, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law last month that will require people importing more than 25 pounds of aluminum or plastic or 250 pounds of glass to declare at the border what their purpose is and the source and destination of the recyclables, the newspaper said.

New panel set up to oversee affairs of Haldia nnually. Petrochemicals a little over three months after taking control over the ailing Haldia Petrochemicals Ltd, the West Bengal Government said that a Committee of Secretaries has been set up to oversee the affairs of the company. A Committee of Ministers is already looking into the company’s functioning.

A

The Committee of Ministers set up earlier has already submitted its recommendations for reviving the company. “Now, the Government approved the setting up of a Committee of Secretaries which will monitor the implementation of the measures recommended by the committee of Ministers.”

O C T O B E R 2012


Mamata Machinery. ....................................................................................................................................... cover Madhu Machines & Systems ...............................................................................................................inside cover Anupam Heaters...................................................................................................................................................3 Polymechplast ......................................................................................................................................................4 GMS Plastic Machinery. .......................................................................................................................................6 Ferromatik Milacron. .............................................................................................................................................7 Flamingo Additives. ..............................................................................................................................................8 Plasto 2012.........................................................................................................................................................10 Organisation of Plastics Processors of India ......................................................................................................12 RR Plast ...............................................................................................................................................Index Page Boolani Engineering ...........................................................................................................................................16 9th PlastiVision India 2013 .................................................................................................................................28 AIPMA Industrial Land ........................................................................................................................................29 Kabra Extrusion Technik Ltd.. .............................................................................................................................30 AIPMA MSME Cell .............................................................................................................................................31 Plexpo 2013........................................................................................................................................................32 Garodia Impex. ...................................................................................................................................................37 Vodafone. ...........................................................................................................................................................47 Reliance Polymers..............................................................................................................................................48 Society of Plastic Engineers ...............................................................................................................................49 Vora Packaging. .................................................................................................................................................50 Merit Polyplast ....................................................................................................................................................51 Reifenhauser India Ltd. ......................................................................................................................................52 Pramukh Poly Products ......................................................................................................................................64 Mipalloy ......................................................................................................................................Inside back cover Rajoo Engineers ................................................................................................................................... Back cover

P L A S T I C S N E W S

74

O C T O B E R 2012


P L A S T I C S N E W S

75

O C T O B E R 2012


Registered with Registrar of Newspapers under RNI No. 22731/72

Posted at Patrika Channel Sorting Office, Mumbai 400 001

Postal Registration No. No. MH/MR/N/200/MBI/12-14

Posting date : 25th - 26th of every month

Date of Publication: 25th of every month (as per declaration in Affidavit form)

P L A S T I C S N E W S

76

O C T O B E R 2012


Plasticsnews