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CONTENTS

Build up to K 2010

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In the News Industry Voice

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Charlie Crew, President & CEO, SABIC Innovative Plastics Dr Rudolf Staudigl, CEO, Wacker Chemie AG Dr Gautam Mukhopadhyay, Senior Vice President & Business Head, Shriram PolyTech Hermann Althoff, Senior Vice President, Engineering Plastics Asia Pacific, BASF S K Ray, Senior Executive Vice President, Polymers Business, Reliance Industries Ltd V B Lall, Director, SCJ Plastics Ltd

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Advancements in raw materials: Wheeling in new trends Dr Martin Baumert, Team Leader Product Development Automotive, Engineering Plastics - Europe, BASF

K Showcase

Sector Watch

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Market Trends 68

Paints & coatings: Novel polymers lead the way

Industry Update: Plastics in automotives Sector Analysis 74

Plastic solutions for auto manufacturers: Shifting a new gear Govind Ramakrishnan, Research Analyst - South Asia and Middle East, Chemicals, Materials and Food, Frost & Sullivan

Techno Trends

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Innovative plastics for automotives: Steering towards a new trend Umamaheswaran Venkatakrishnan, Automotive Director, Products, Marketing and Technology, SABIC Innovative Plastics

Market Scope 80

Trends in automotive plastics: The changing face of modern automobiles Mirisch Damani, Founder, Promoter & CMD, Zylog Plastalloys Pvt Ltd

Material Corner 82

Powder coating with PVDF: A protective shield ‘covering’ the damage Mandar Amrute, Market Development Leader, Arkema India

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Quality monitoring in injection moulded parts: Keeping a close watch

Injection Zone

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Y R Anand, Partner, Unimark

Management Mantras 90

ERP in SMEs: Managing growth in a seamless way Satish Radhakrishnan, Consultant, Savoir Faire Management Services Pvt Ltd

Report 94

Frost & Sullivan’s Performance Plastics Summit 2010: Endless opportunities in performance plastics

REGUL AR SECTIONS Editorial......................... 15

Book Shelf .................... 100

National News............... 18

Product Update............. 102

Asia News ..................... 24

Product Inquiry............. 113

World News................... 31

Advertisement Inquiry........ 117

Events Calendar............. 92

Product Index............... 120

Technology Transfer ......... 96

Advertisers’ List ............ 122

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K 2010 Special

Cover photo courtesy : Americhem, Car Advice, Daetwyler, European Bioplastics and PolyOne

Highlights of Next Issue Sector Watch : Injection Moulding Market Trends : Ancillary Equipment Curtain Raiser : K 2010 Note: ` stands for Indian rupee, $ stands for US dollar and £ stands for UK pound, unless mentioned otherwise


NATIONAL NEWS SEMINAR

K-Tron Process Group recently announced its collaboration with Omya, Maag Pump Systems, Fine Organics, Coperion and Automatik Plastics Machinery, to present two complimentary technical seminars entitled, ‘Compounding of Filled Polymers’, that offer plastics processors detailed information on key topics of prime importance to the plastics industry. These one-day-long seminars will be held at Ahmedabad and Mumbai. The seminar is targeted at general managers, plant managers, technology managers, production

engineers, purchasing managers and all those involved in the operation and selection of manufacturing equipment and raw materials for their plastics compounding operations. In this seminar, participants will have an opportunity to listen to experts in each of the fields and discuss their queries about how to improve their current operations utilising new technologies. The technical seminars will cover the latest developments in continuous feeding, mixing, pneumatic conveying, gear pumps & filtration units, and the supply of specialty fillers & pigments to the plastics industry.

CAPACITY EPANSION

in demand for PVC stabilisers in pipe segment. The company plans to double its capacity of one-pack stabilisers at its Indian facility by adding an additional 7,000 tonne capacity, which will be operational in two stages beginning December 2010. The investment of approaching Euro 1million will be for the

production of low dusting flake stabilisers, utilised primarily by PVC pipe producers. This expansion will help support the continued growth of irrigation and water management projects throughout the country. The Baerlocher Group of companies has 13 production sites around the world, with its headquarters in MunichUnterschleissheim while its research and development activities are carried out in Germany (Munich-Unterschleissheim), France (Marseilles), Italy (Lodi) and the United States (Dover, Ohio).

for Recognised In-House R&D Facility. The company is the first masterbatch manufacturing and exporting company from India to achieve this honour. By meeting all necessary criteria to achieve certification as a Recognised In House R&D Facility Centre, PBI has taken another key step in demonstrating its commitment to develop quality products and excellent services to all its customers in the domestic and global market. “We are extremely pleased to receive this recognition from DSIR. Receiving the recognition for In–House R&D facility from DSIR not only validates the high

standards PBI places on developing products and services, but is also a testament to our ability to serve the masterbatch industry with superior quality products and managed services to global enterprises,” said S V Kabra, CMD, Plastiblends India Ltd. PBI, a part of the Kolsite group, is one of India’s leading manufacturers & exporters of masterbatches and additive compounds for the plastics processing industry. Headquartered in Mumbai, the company has manufacturing, product development and application facilities located in Daman and Roorkee.

K-Tron Process Group to present seminar on ‘Compounding of Filled Polymers’

Baerlocher increases production capacity in India Baerlocher, a leading provider of additives for plastics parts headquartered at Munich, Germany, plans to install further capacity for the production of PVC heat stabilisers at its plant in Dewas, India. This local expansion aims to satisfy the growth

AWARD

Plastiblends India Ltd receives DSIR certification Plastiblends India Ltd (PBI), a leading Indian masterbatch provider, was recently awarded the DSIR Certificate

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NATIONAL NEWS AGREEMENT

GAIL, BCPL to market polymer products

GAIL (India) Ltd and Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Ltd (BCPL) have entered into an agreement for marketing all the polymer products produced from BCPL at Lepetkata, Assam. The agreement was signed GROWTH PLANS

AP petro-chem investment region to spur growth in Vizag, Kakinada The Andhra Pradesh Petroleum, Chemicals and Petro-chemicals Investment Region (PCPIR), coming up between Vizag and Kakinada, covering an area of more than 600 sq km, has high potential for triggering growth in the zone. Speaking at a round-table session on the PCPIR organised by the Vizag chapter of the Confederation of Indian Industry, B R Meena, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of the AP Industrial Infrastructure Corporation and Chairman, AP PCPIR, said, “Our PCPIR is much better placed in comparison with the ones proposed at Gujarat

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by J S Saini, GM - Petrochemicals Marketing, GAIL, and Rakesh Kumar Kamra, Director (Finance), BCPL, in presence of Prabhat Singh, Director (Marketing), GAIL, and J K Singh Teotia, Managing Director, BCPL and other senior officials. According to the agreement, GAIL will market 2,20,000 tonne of High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) and Linear Low Density Polyethylene (LLDPE) along with 60,000 tonne of polypropylene produced annually at the BCPL plant in Assam. GAIL will be marketing 7,80,000 million tonne of polymers per annum by FY 2012-13, according to company officials. Teotia claimed that the plant would be commissioned

and West Bengal. Its proximity to the Krishna-Godavari basin, with its huge gas reserves, is a great advantage. The spread of the AP PCPIR (600 sq km) as well as the coastline (140 km) are much larger and there is no problem with regard to water and power.” In the course of the session, Meena also revealed that the master plan for the AP PCPIR was being prepared. He further added that there was no need for concern on the environmental front as the State Government was preparing an exhaustive report on the related aspects and all steps would be taken to address the problem. An additional refinery of 15 million tonne capacity was proposed by an HPCL-led consortium near Vizag, besides the Visakha refinery of HPCL located there. The GMR Group is also setting up a refinery of a similar capacity in the Kakinada SEZ. The session was also attended by H E Jean-Joel Schittecatte, the Consul-General of Belgium as well as a delegation from Antwerp, besides other eminent government officials.

in year 2012. Soon after, the products will cater to the North Eastern market creating opportunities in the downstream sector and will positively contribute in the socio economic development of the region. BCPL will produce various ranges of polymers for different applications in sectors such as packaging film, roto, injection, raffia & blow moulding and will boost the supply of different end use products like water storage tanks, household items, housewares, crates, buckets & packaging materials, woven sacks for packaging of fertilisers & cement and containers for edible oil & chemicals in the North Eastern Indian states.

ACQUISITION

Bilcare acquires Ineos Films Ineos Group, based in Lyndhurst, England, has agreed to sell its global films business to the Indian company Bilcare Ltd, for about $ 132 million. The deal, which is to take place under German law between subsidiaries Ineos Films AG of Staufen, Germany and the newly formed Bilcare AG, will include only the films units of Ineos. The group’s PVC compounds and Barex resin units will continue to operate as part of Ineos, informed spokesman Richard Longden. “The Ineos Films business is no longer core to the Ineos Group as the company focuses its attention on its large-scale petrochemicals businesses,” said Iain Hogan, CEO, Ineos. “This acquisition is a paradigm shift in the pharma packaging space and a significant step towards creating a customer-centric company to deliver path-breaking innovations and establish global leadership,” remarked Mohan Bhandari, Chairman of Bilcare, in a news release.


NATIONAL NEWS

INVESTMENT PLANS

Ministry okays ` 1,54,512 crore investment proposal in 3 PCPIRs

In a major boost for investment in the petrochemical sector, the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers has approved a proposal of investments worth ` 1,54,512 crore in three regions under its flagship Petroleum Chemicals and Petrochemicals Investment Regions (PCPIR) policy. Under the policy launched in 2007, this is the first status report on committed investments approved by an inter-ministerial high-powered committee last week. The investment includes ACQUISITION

Huntsman to acquire chemical biz of Laffans

US chemical giant Huntsman Corp has announced acquisition of the chemicals business of Ankleshwar-based Laffans Petrochemicals Ltd. Huntsman expects the acquisition to be completed in the first half of 2011, but has not disclosed the financial terms. This will be Huntsman’s second

EXPORT PLAN

IOC plans to export polypropylene to Pak

Having commenced commercial production of polymers recently, the state-owned Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) has mooted a proposal to export polypropylene to Pakistan, which at present is being produced at its Panipat plant. According to sources in the refinery, the polymers would be exported

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` 44,812 crore for physical infrastructure development and the rest is projectspecific investments committed by various public and private companies in three PCPIRs — Visakhapatnam and East Godavari districts in Andhra Pradesh, Bharuch in Gujarat and East Midnapore in West Bengal. Investments in physical investments include a Viability Gap Funding (VGF) by the Finance Ministry to the extent of 20 per cent in each PCPIR except for West Bengal. The VGF scheme provides financial support in the form of grants, one time or deferred, to infrastructure projects undertaken through public-private partnerships with a view to make them commercially viable. The ministry has also taken the initiative of organising major trade fairs in Europe and Latin American countries like Brazil, Argentina and Mexico to attract foreign investment. The priority for this sector is to increase capacity so that the growing demand is met with domestic output, informed an official. acquisition in Gujarat in the last two years. Earlier, in 2009, it had acquired the Vadodara division of Metrochem Industries for Rs 240 crore. Once finalised, this acquisition will boost Huntsman’s sales in India to about $ 260 million, or 3 per cent of total sales. The company is developing its chemicals business in Asia to capitalise on the region’s rapid growth. With India emerging as a manufacturing hub, it is all set to cater to newer markets like Latin America and Middle-East. However, rupee volatility against dollar is a major concern for export-oriented industries. to Pakistan by rail or road across the Punjab border. The first commercial consignment was sent in May this year from the naphtha cracker unit which would be using 2.4 million tonne of naphtha every year. It would be supplied from IOC’s Gujarat, Mathura and Panipat refineries. The unit would also be producing 50,000 tonnes of ethylene along with polypropylene annually. The IOC already has a network across

GROWTH STRATEGY

GAIL puts JV with Reliance on backburner Gas utility company GAIL has put its plan to set up a mega-petrochemicals plant overseas in joint venture with Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) on the backburner. Instead, the state-run firm has decided to invest ` 8,200 crore on doubling the capacity of its unit in UP, even as it has posted a 35 per cent jump in the first quarter net profit. The agreement with Reliance was part of GAIL’s expansion strategy under which, the company wanted to set up one mega petrochemical unit in India and another abroad. RIL and GAIL had signed an MoU to jointly set up a gas-based petrochemicals plant on December 4, 2007 and the two firms were to float an SPV for the purpose and set a three-year deadline for starting work. However, since then, the demand for petrochemicals has fallen owing to the global economic slowdown. Company officials added that the board has approved doubling of the capacity of the company’s Pata petrochemicals plant in UP, to 900,000 tonnes a year, to be completed in about 42 months, although he claimed that GAIL will endeavour to commission the unit within 36 months. His statement came on the backdrop of the company’s net surging to ` 886 crore in the April-June quarter from ` 655 crore in the same period a year ago. The spike came about despite a five-fold rise in subsidy outgo on motor and kitchen fuels to ` 445 crore against ` 75 crore in the year-ago period. various states in the country and it has been banking on this to lead in polymer business. Besides Pakistan, IOC is also eyeing markets in Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, China and some of the European nations for exporting the polymer. IOC had recently entered into the polymer business which is dominated by Reliance Industries. The local plant has a capacity to produce 600,000 TPA of polypropylene.


ASIA NEWS NEW APPOINTMENT

Teknor Apex appoints Stanly Tan as MD of Singapore Polymer Corporation

Stanly LK Tan has been appointed as the new Managing Director of Singapore Polymer Corporation (SPC). The announcement was recently made by Bertram M Lederer, Executive Vice President, Teknor Apex Company, CERTIFICATION

PolyOne Suzhou achieves ISO 13485 certification PolyOne Corporation, a premier global provider of specialised polymer materials, services and solutions, recently announced that its Suzhou facility has received ISO 13485 certification for the healthcare market. This internationally recognised quality standard is tailored to organisations that manufacture medical devices, and specifies requirements for a comprehensive quality management system. Last year, PolyOne attained this certification for its GLS Thermoplastic

CAPACITY EXPANSION

New gassification unit set up at coal-to-olefins project in China A gassification unit has been set up at the China Shenhua Coal to Liquid and Chemical Co Ltd’s project in Baotou, Inner Mongolia with advanced coal gasification technology provided by GE. Full production is scheduled for Q4-2010. The gassification technology converts coal into a synthesis gas (syngas).

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SPC’s corporate parent. “Since SPC became part of Teknor Apex in 2001, there has been a dynamic synergy between our teams in the US and Singapore, generating an extensive two-way transfer of technologies and know-how,” said Lederer. “Stanly’s wealth of management experience in the plastics industries of China and South-East Asia will be of critical importance for guiding SPC during a time of growth and diversification.” Originally from Singapore, Tan has 19 years of experience in the Asian plastics business. He assumed the leadership of SPC upon the retirement of Cheah Sin Hua, who has been with SPC since it was founded in 1969 and was Managing Director at the time of its acquisition by Teknor Apex. Elastomers facility, also located in Suzhou. Said Dr Willie Chien, President, PolyOne Asia, “As market leaders, we are one of the first polymer suppliers in China to achieve this certification, which enables our healthcare compounds to meet, and exceed, our customers’ expectations while adhering to strict medical quality standards. This effort underscores our focus on customer needs as well as our commitment to providing the highest levels of quality and service.” ISO 13485 supplies the framework for a wide-ranging quality management system for the design and manufacture of medical devices. Specific requirements include control measures to ensure product safety, inspection and traceability systems for implantable devices and process validation for sterile medical devices. Syngas can then be used to produce methanol, which will be transformed into olefins. At full capacity, the project

NEW APPOINTMENT

Borealis executive board undergoes reshuffle Borealis, a leading provider of chemical and innovative plastics solutions, announced a reorganisation of its Executive Board. With the retirement of Henry Sperle as Executive Vice President, Middle East & Asia, on May 31, 2010, the organisational units previously reporting to him have been reassigned to report to the Deputy CEO, Herbert Willerth, with immediate effect. Herbert Willerth has worked for the former PCD for almost 30 years before

Herbert Willerth

its merger with Borealis. At the time of the merger, he was CEO of PCD. He was appointed Borealis Executive Vice President Operations & Procurement in 2000 and in addition Deputy CEO in 2008. “Herbert Willerth is an integral part of Borealis and even more of the industry as such,” commented Mark Garrett, Chief Executive, Borealis. “We are very happy that he will now support me and the Executive Board by not only ensuring a continuous strong focus on operational excellence in Europe but also supporting our growth projects in the coming years in close collaboration with our partners ADNOC and Borouge.” will produce nearly 1.8 million tonne of methanol for approximately 600,000 TPA of polyethylene and polypropylene. With five gasifiers and two spare units, this is one of the largest coal to olefins plants in the world. “The size and scope of this project is possible because of strong government interest in the development of larger coal-toolefins plants,” said Jason Crew, Director - Gasification Products, Asia, GE Power & Water.


ASIA NEWS PP PRICING

Propylene prices on bullish trend in Asia

The spot propylene market in Asia has been bullish, with prices spiking by $ 60/tonne since the beginning of last week after showing a weak performance during most of July, as per Chemorbis. The recent recovery in spot propylene prices was mainly due to growing supply concerns as a result of the recent shutdowns caused by consecutive fires which broke out at Formosa’s refinery and petrochemical complex in Mailiao, JV CANCELLED

BASF shelves plans of JV with Astra Polymer in Saudi Arabia BASF SE and the Saudi Arabia-based Astra Polymer Compounding Co Ltd have agreed to cancel plans for a joint venture (JV) for production of Customer-Specific Antioxidant (CSB) mixtures in the Middle East. The plans for JV were based on an agreement between Astra Polymer and Plastic Additives

EXTENDING REACH

China’s mould & die industry impacted by the economic meltdown Since 2000, China’s mould & die industry has grown by 15 per cent annually on an average, with its total output value ranking in the world’s third

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Taiwan. Crude oil prices also rose by $ 8.39/barrel since the beginning of July to reach $ 81.34/barrel, with the largest increase being posted in the last few days. Combined with rising upstream costs, greater demand from Chinese buyers helped China’s PP market to move up further this week, with regional and overseas producers revealing August homo-PP prices with noticeable increases to China of $ 80-90/tonne from their July levels. A regional producer, who had initially reduced PP offers by $ 20-40/ tonne for August, withdrew the decreases this week and made a $ 100-120/tonne increase on top of their prevailing prices. A trader reported purchasing August shipment cargoes from an Indian producer with a $ 90/tonne increase compared to the producer’s most recently done deal level. Business Unit of the former Ciba AG, which BASF acquired in 2009. Termination of the JV will have no impact on the existing tolling agreement between the companies to produce customer specific antioxidant blends for the region. John Frijns, Senior Vice President Plastic Additives - Europe/EAWA, BASF, opined, “We are convinced of the strategic importance of the Middle East Region and the need for a local production unit for customer specific blends. A thorough evaluation following the integration of the legacy Ciba Plastic Additives business into BASF has furnished new options that will deliver more value to both, our customers and BASF.”

place. The 2009 economic meltdown exerted a negative influence on China’s mould industry: the annual output was no more than 9.7 million sets with a y-o-y decrease of 24.8 per cent, while the export of mould contributed $ 1.843 billion, down 4.11 per cent y-o-y, as per research and markets. In terms of product structure, midand low-grade products dominate China’s mould market and face the problem of overcapacity, while large high precision products are fewer. Plastic moulds and stamping moulds are major products in the domestic market. In

MARKET GROWTH

Demand for biodegradable materials soars in China At present, there is a great demand for biodegradable materials both in China as well as globally. The quantity required by China’s packaging and catering industry alone totals more than 3 million tonne. The international market demands even more, with a 30-50 per cent y-o-y increase. China’s domestic demand in 2010 is expected to reach 13.437 million with a total market value of over

$ 150 billion, and about 20 million tonne globally. In recent years, the biodegradable materials industry has witnessed rapid developments. National policies have been devised to propel growth in the areas of biodegradable and abosorbable material industry by 2015.

terms of market share, the plastic mould holds 34 per cent in China while it is 40 per cent or more in developed countries. In terms of demand structure, moulds have been widely applied in many industries such as auto, home appliances, instrument, petrochemicals and light industrial goods. In particular, the auto industry has the greatest demand for moulds, followed by the home appliance industry. With a rise in the application of computer and network technologies, mould demand in the IT industry is expected to boom.


ASIA NEWS AGREEMENT

Saudi Aramco, Dow confirm site for proposed JV petrochemical

Saudi Aramco and Dow Chemical Co have confirmed Jubail Industrial City as the planned site location for their proposed joint venture (JV) petrochemical project. The decision followed an in-depth evaluation anticipated infrastructure benefits and various potential business integration opportunities at the location – the largest industrial complex of its kind in the world. Front-end engineering and design (FEED) work is expected to be completed in mid-2011. “The project is in progress. The commitment of both partners demonstrates the strategic importance of this project and the benefits of investing in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” said Abdulaziz Al-Judaimi, Vice President, Saudi Aramco. Jim McIlvenny, Senior Vice President, Dow added, “The project has and continues to benefit from the shared dedication and hard work of top talent from Dow and Saudi Aramco. The project team will continue to evaluate all variables that could impact the ultimate investment decision and the relevant stakeholders.” OPERATIONS RESUMED

Shell’s ethylene cracker in Singapore resumes operations The new ethylene cracker of Royal Dutch Shell in Singapore with 800,000 TPA capacity has resumed operations, after a brief disruption caused by a compressor trip, as per Reuters. It remains unclear if the

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SURPLUS SUPPLY

Gulf naphtha producers held up with surplus Abu Dhabi National Oil Co (ADNOC) plans to sell around 1 million tonne of naphtha for the October 2010 September 2011 delivery. Traditionally, the Gulf company has three yearly contracts: January-December, April-March and JulyJune. The October contract has been an addition this year due to additional naphtha supplies available after start up of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) train this year. ADNOC has an additional 150,000 tonne per month of splitter naphtha & some 100,000 tonne per month of paraffinic grade. This fresh offering coincided with Kuwait’s offer of 74,000 tonne for H1-September loading. Most North Asian buyers have also given up term contracts with Saudi Aramco, Kuwait Petroleum Corp and Qatar’s Tasweeq, compelling 1 million tonne of naphtha for July-August loading into the spot market recently, injuring market sentiments.

Naphtha cracks have retreated to a five-session low recently at $ 70.63 per tonne on expectations of abundant spot Middle Eastern barrels for September lifting. Sentiment was also hit by the failure to move some of the planned shipments to the United States, where stockpiles are also high. plant, was partially or completely shut, but it resumed operations around late the next day.

MACHINERY DEMAND

Demand for plastic injection moulding machine in China growing steadily

Plastic injection moulding machines account for the largest share in the total output of plastic processing machinery at 40 per cent in China and 50-80 per cent in Germany, Japan and USA as per a new research. However, the output experienced continuous downslide in both 2008 and 2009 by 10 per cent and 5 per cent respectively, owing to the global financial crisis. In 2009, the domestic demand of plastic injection moulding machine in China grew steadily, and the output increased by 9.2 per cent while the sales volume saw a 9 per cent hike. This can be primarily attributed to the fact that the market slowed down in 2008 and the cardinal number of the industry was relatively low. Moreover, the demand of downstream industries such as building materials, home appliances and electronic communications was on the rise. Further, the Government of China adopted a series of significant measures like domestic demand expansion, economic development promotion, industrial revitalisation planning, etc. Finally, the nation practised value added tax reform to encourage the equipment investment of enterprises. Industry sources say that the unit has been hit by occasional problems since it was commissioned in March with some parts being shut during its four-month operation. The plant is reported to be faced with operational problems ever since it started because the technology is relatively new and the equipment is very sensitive.


WORLD NEWS RESEARCH STUDY

WHEYLAYER Project completed halfway

The cooperative three-year-long industry driven research and development

study, the WHEYLAYER Project, started in November 2008, has now come halfway through. The project is aimed at replacing the currently used synthetic oxygen-barrier layers with whey protein-based coatings in food

packaging applications. At this stage, various samples consisting of whey protein-coated films and world premiere multi-layer laminates composed of an intermediate layer of whey protein coated on PET and then laminated with PE have been produced. EVOH and PVDC copolymers, which are commonly used oxygen barriers, while effective in minimising the permeation of oxygen, water vapour and odour, are characterised by their poor reusability due to difficulties in separating each layer for its individual recycling. Whey protein-coated plastic films have been proven to have excellent oxygen barrier properties at low to intermediate relative humidity, besides excellent adhesion to the substrate. In addition, active packaging solutions incorporating anti- microbials and anti-oxidants are being developed.

PCC announces standard and custom colours for PET product manufacturers

Kautex Maschinenbau has taken over international sales and service for Rikutec equipment. Both companies manufacture blowmoulding machines, but cater to different segments of the industry. They have collaborated on several projects in the past. The intended cooperation is not a joint venture and both companies will remain separate corporate entities. Rikutec, located in Altenkirchen, Germany, specialises in large capacity containers and heat storage tanks, in addition to IBCs and blow moulded kayaks & canoes.

extruder will be teamed with downstream systems furnished by PTi as part of a turnkey package. The company will also provide its TITANTM supervisory control system and UL approved electrical components for delivery throughout North America. Dana Hanson, President, PTi said, “We want to provide our customers with the ability to run production scale trials rather than having to scale up from a Plastics Color Corp (PCC), a leading supplier of colour concentrates and additive masterbatches for the plastics industry, has announced the availability of new colour and additive concentrates specifically formulated for manufacturers of PET products including pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, OTC and food contact applications. All new products conform to 21CFR. The company currently offers ambers, blacks & additional colours, all of which are strand cut and FDA compliant, besides meeting all US Pharmacopeia requirements for light

transmission in containers. Specifically, all masterbatches meet FDA compliancy conditions A-H and USP 26. The company recently went through a quality testing process to ensure compliance with these standards. PCC also produces custom colours as per customer requirements, including PET colours that contain various amounts of post-consumer regrind (PCR) and meet recycling standards. The development and testing of the new PET colours was done at PCC’s new Solutions Center in North Carolina, USA.

PTi formalises plans for ‘dryer-less’ demonstration

NEW ADDITIVES

Kautex takes over sales and service for Rikutec

small lab scale pilot line that can often provide inaccurate estimations and unfavourable results. This completely eliminates the uncertainties associated with a scale-up from a small laboratory line. It will truly provide customers with a proof-of-production result.” Since the introduction of HVTSE technology in North America, the company has been hard at work in the planning stages for this production scale demonstration line. Short-term interest in the technology has surpassed even utmost optimistic estimates. Energy savings are a tangible benefit. Compared to conventional and infrared drying processes, the total energy consumption using the HVTSE twin screw process reduces power requirements by as much as 35 per cent.

CAPACITY ADDITION

Aurora IL – PTi,a global supplier of single-screw sheet extrusion systems, recently announced that it has finalised its plans for the installation of a full production scale ‘dryer-less’ HVTSE twin screw sheet extrusion system capable of running a variety of resins including post consumer and industrial PET at rates in excess of 2500 pph (1,130 kg/hr). This process relies on Bandera’s patented High Vacuum Twin Screw Extruder (HVTSE) technology, which allows PET to be processed without the need for raw material drying and crystallising. The HVTSE extruder de-volatilises and de-moisturises the material as part of the extrusion process. The twin-screw

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WORLD NEWS

BUSINESS EXPANSION

Robinson utilises SABIC product in housewares

Kitchenware industry leader, Robinson Home Products has utilised SABIC Innovative Plastics’ eco-engineered Valox iQ resin for its new Green Street line of plastic kitchen utensils. A more sustainable, higher performance material than traditional resins, this resin utilises upcycled PET water bottles, diverting them from already bulging landfills. Equally important, this innovative product delivers the exceptional performance and quality that consumers demand in kitchenware, including heat and chemical resistance, US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

approval for food contact, and attractive appearance. This initiative from SABIC Innovative Plastics to invest in sustainable technologies helps companies like Robinson Home Products are aimed at achieving business success while promoting environmental protection. Bob Skerker, chief executive officer, Robinson Home Products said, “Valox iQ resin is now playing a critical role in enhancing the consumer appeal of these new utensils, helping us to strengthen our own eco-leadership position and grow our business.” Dennis VanPoppelen, Product Market Leader Americas, SABIC Innovative Plastics, revealed, “We are investing in a wide range of other sustainability solutions to give customers even more options for reducing their products’ environmental impact without sacrificing performance or aesthetics.”

DEMAND INCREASE

American PVC offers move up across the globe

Import PVC offers from the US had been raised in China by $ 30-40/tonne in the beginning of July, resulting in poor buying interest for this origin for the most part of July as the domestic market was on the decline and buyers were reluctant to secure cargoes with long transit times, as per Chemorbis. Chinese buyers have turned to nearby Asian sources to meet their requirements. After losing their competitiveness in Asia, prices of US origin will have a tough time moving higher now and they are set to remain stable at current levels, according

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NEW COMPOUNDS

Specialty compounds aid shift to plastics

To accelerate the trend towards replacing metals with high-performance, durable and versatile thermoplastic compounds, SABIC Innovative Plastics has collaborated with Swiss software maker KISSsoft AG. KISSsoft is now applying gear sizing calculations for 17 grades of SABIC Innovative Plastics’ LNP specialty compounds, including high-temperature, internally lubricated and fibre-reinforced grades. Now, engineers and designers can replace trial and error with validated data on parameters such as strength, temperature resistance and tooth flank wear to significantly streamline their gear design process. This new solution can help a wide range of industries, from healthcare and automotive to food services,

to players. Unlike China, buying interest for American PVC cargoes has been satisfactory recently in Italy. In Turkey, players have been reporting a good number of PVC offers from the US amid a lack of import offers from other origins, noticeably absent are European offers while Asian offers are considered unworkable. Recent offers for American PVC indicate a slight increase of $ 10/ tonne on the week on CFR Turkey basis. Offers in Egypt have also firmed up by $ 20/tonne. Buyers report that they cannot find lower offers from the country. Considering that local supplies are sufficient and their end product markets are set to slow down next month, buyers are wary of engaging in import purchases.

leverage the advantages of plastic gears to reduce system cost, greatly expand design freedom, reduce weight and deliver higher performance.

Avered Dr Stefan Beermann, CEO, KISSsoft AG, “Sizing calculations for metal gears cannot be applied to plastics because performance properties of plastics can vary with temperature. Incorporating the properties of a large group of SABIC Innovative Plastic’s high-end compounds into the calculation software has enabled KISSsoft to radically simplify the gear design process for cable car systems, construction equipment, Formula 1 race car transmissions and spacecraft.”

INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY

Dow announces technology breakthrough project

Dow Chemical Co recently announced a technology breakthrough project that will increase polyolefin elastomers manufacturing capacity at its production facilities in Freeport, Texas, USA and Tarragona, Spain. The capacity expansions, in conjunction with the new world scale specialty elastomers plant of the SCGDow Group in Thailand, which is currently under construction, will result in a net increase of 550 million pound, bringing Dow’s dedicated global capacity for polyolefin elastomers to nearly 2 billion pound. The company expects an increase in global demand for polyolefin plastomers and elastomers.


WORLD NEWS STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP

KraussMaffei enters partnership with Proper

Machinery maker KraussMaffei AG has entered a strategic partnership with Proper Group International, a major manufacturer of injection moulds, to deliver ‘turnkey solutions’ to the US polyurethanes market, according to a recent announcement from Germany-based KraussMaffei. As a part of the partnership,

KraussMaffei’s existing 25,000 sq ft facility in Novi will be moving to a new 50,000 sq ft Polyurethane Tooling and Technology Center in Warren, Michigan. The new facility will be adjacent to Proper’s headquarters and Tooling Technology Center. KraussMaffei claims that the new facility will have full service capabilities to design, build & validate foam tooling & punch tooling and perform spray skin trials as well as the company’s new multi-component process – the Skin Form process – a two shot moulding technology with a thermoplastic material in the first shot and a polyurethane in the second shot, the statement said.

INNOVATION

Plastic electronics could revolutionise computing Researchers at Ohio State University (OSU) claim to have created the world’s first functioning room-temperature plastic ‘spintronics’ device. Spintronics is a field of electronics dealing with controlling the spins of electrons to store information. The innovation is viewed as a possible replacement to traditional silicon flash memory and even processing electronics, being cited as using less space, processing data faster, consuming less power than semiconducting devices and running much cooler. OSU’s implementation of an organic spintronics device uses a thin strip of dark blue magnetic material made of the nano-structured vanadium poly[tetracyanoethanide] and layered with an iron-based ferromagnet. Lead researcher Professor Arthur J Epstein remarked, “Spintronics is not just a way to get more information out of an electron, but it is also about moving to the next generation of electronics. If we had lighter-weight spintronic devices operating at a lower energy cost, and if we could mount them on flexible polymer displays, users could just roll them up and carry them. We see this portable technology as a powerful platform for helping people.”

in sustainability and reductions in packaging-related CO2 emissions as key drivers. He said that the brewing industry was the major consumer of enhanced barrier PET bottles in 2009 across 33 countries, accounting for a total of 2.32 billion units. Juice and juice drinks accounted for 1.34 billion units

and water and soft drinks 280 million units. While acknowledging that the western European brewing industry has been slower to adopt PET than expected a decade ago, Schönwald felt this is no longer a pricing issue. Also, more than half of the enhanced barrier PET bottles consumed in Europe last year were produced using PET blends. Multilayer technologies accounted for 29 per cent to the market in unit terms and coating technologies – internal and external – a little less than 20 per cent. Coating technologies have made considerable headway in the beer sector.

Corning has announced that it plans to buy Plaslab, the holding company of French plastic labware maker Plastiques Gosselin. The deal is scheduled to close in the fourth quarter, though the terms were not disclosed. Plastiques Gosselin, based in Borre, France, makes sampling, testing & analysis products including Petri dishes, bottles, containers, tubes, bags and accessories. The business

will be integrated into Corning’s Life Sciences unit. “One way we create balance is by building a healthy portfolio of businesses in different markets,” said Peter Volanakis, President and CEO, Corning. He further added, “This acquisition would be consistent with our strategy to use our strong financial position to identify external growth opportunities that add to our product portfolio.”

DEMAND GROWTH

Weight saving drives barrier PET in Europe European demand for enhanced barrier PET bottles is set to grow from 3.94 billion bottles in 2009 to 6.3 billion bottles in 2014, according to figures from Jörg D Schönwald, Managing Director - Schönwald Consulting, a packaging industry research group. Speaking on this, Schönwald said, “For barrier PET we expect to see an average annual growth rate of around 10 per cent,” citing increasing interest ACQUISITION

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IN THE NEWS

Innovative PolyOne solutions to ‘make it possible’ at K 2010

During the upcoming K 2010 exhibition to be held in Düsseldorf, Germany, from October, 27 to November 3, 2010, PolyOne Corporation, a global leader in specialised polymer materials and services, will unveil a number of ground-breaking solutions that will help users build economic value and enhance their global competitiveness. The theme of the company’s exhibit, ‘Make It Possible’, showcases PolyOne’s customer-focussed approach to developing innovative & responsible solutions. The various innovative products of the company to be showcased at K 2010 will include: OnColor Complete™ liquid colour solutions; Smartbatch™ WPC for natural fibre composites; Edgetek™ AM flame-retardant, non-halogen compounds; OnFlex™ non-halogen, flame-retardant, non-phthalate TPEs; Edgetek™ XT BPA-free high performance blends that provide chemical resistance, strength and durability for consumer, healthcare and electronics applications; compound, additive and colourant solutions for photovoltaics; halogen-free ECCOH™ LSFOH compounds for nuclear power; and Trilliant™ HC healthcare compounds featuring base materials that comply with regulatory requirements, including USP Class VI, ISO 10993, and FDA.

‘Film festival’ provides perfect prelude to K 2010 SPF 2010, the annual Speciality Plastic Films conference organised by Maack Business Services, will be held at the Dusseldorf Hilton during October 2526 this year, two days immediately prior to K 2010.The programme for the

Rhodia announces novel composite material At a pre-show press conference dealing with K 2010 Plastics trade fair, Rhodia unveiled its latest innovations including the announcement of the development of a new polyamide high-performance composite material. This material which complements its existing Technyl® line of injection, extrusion and blow moulding products, represents a technological breakthrough in the area of thermoplastic composites. It is specifically designed for structural applications. Using its vast expertise in polymer and formulation chemistry, Rhodia has developed a unique 38

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TOPAS Advanced Polymers to showcase cyclic olefin copolymers at the K Show TOPAS Advanced Polymers will showcase its versatile line of cyclic olefin copolymers (COCs) at its stand in Hall 08A/C28 during the 18th International Trade Fair for Plastics and Rubber K show 2010. K show visitors will be able to learn more about the latest innovations in materials technology and application development. The company has also launched a dedicated K show website which provides the latest company updates. The unique manufacturing technologies to be exhibited by TOPAS include elastomeric materials, advanced compounds and resins with an HDT nearing 200°C. The TOPAS COC family consists of amorphous, transparent copolymers based on cyclic olefins and linear olefins. These new materials exhibit a unique combination of properties that can be customised by varying the chemical structure of the copolymer. TOPAS COCs provide high transparency, outstanding moisture barrier, high rigidity & strength, excellent biocompatibility and good electrical insulation. This strong performance range has resulted in many breakthrough applications in medical devices, diagnostics, food & pharmaceutical packaging, optics and electronics.

event features several world premieres. Currently in its 25th year, SPF is the premier event for the global plastics films industry, covering business and technology developments of key importance to companies working in all areas of food and non-food flexible packaging, as well as in technical films. This year, it will be unveiling numerous new developments in materials & processing technologies critical for film & sheet producers and users. At the event, delegates will get

important updates in key developments in polyethylenes, polypropylenes, plastomers and elastomers from market leaders like Borealis, ExxonMobil, Ineos, LyondellBasell, Mitsui and Polimeri Europa. Processors will also get their chance to make important presentations, several of them linked to sustainability issues. Finally, brand owners Procter & Gamble and Unilever will talk about their own developments and their implications for suppliers.

patented polyamide-based matrix, perfectly suited to continuous glass or carbon fibre composite materials. The high fluidity and specifications of this new resin ensure that it fully penetrates and impregnates the reinforcing fibres, thus providing the optimal interface required to meet the performance standards required by the semi-finished products. Available as pre-impregnated fabrics or plates, this new semi-finished product range surpasses existing thermoplastic composites in stiffness, strength, ageing and recyclability. “With this new material, Rhodia is set to open up new avenues of application for high-performance thermoplastic

composites. Its advanced technical specifications make it an alternative, not only to metal and aluminium, but also to existing composites products,” explained Vincent Lajotte, Marketing Director, Rhodia Engineering Plastics. Structural or mechanical reinforcement parts can rapidly benefit from this technological breakthrough. Also, it should help accelerate innovation in the transportation, construction and industrial markets.


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DSM to showcase industryleading portfolio of green thermoplastic technologies DSM Engineering Plastics will showcase its Eco solutions at K 2010. The company will be exhibiting in Hall 6, stand number B11. The key focus will be DSM Engineering Plastics’ complete portfolio of halogen free engineering plastics, developed for a wide range of high-performance applications. A market leader in high performance polyamides, DSM offers particular expertise in anticipating and proactively addressing market demand. Based on the company’s widely used, high performance polyamide,

Croda Polymer Additives to showcase green products Recognising the importance of packaging innovation and conforming to its theme of ‘better brands’, Croda is highlighting how its plastics additives can support branding through various material and process improvements. From eliminating the need for costly outer packaging to reducing carbon footprints, the company’s ranges of slip, anti-block, anti-fog, anti-static and UV protection

Chemtura to reveal additive innovations and growth plans at K 2010

Chemtura Corporation has announced that it will present its new additive innovations within its extensive line of flame retardants, antioxidants, UV stabilisers, polymerisation inhibitors and organometallic specialties for plastics, and describe some of the investments it is making in R&D, manufacturing expansions and in emerging markets at K 2010, at its stand in Hall 6, stand number E24. Visitors to Chemtura’s booth at K 2010 will learn more about

Stanyl, DSM has developed several halogen free materials. These include Stanyl ForTii, that extends the application range of current Stanyl products, Stanyl CR and Stanyl Highflow, high-flow capable Halogen Free grades that meet the industry standard J-STD- 079. These have been designed by DSM to meet specific customer needs. Jason Lee, Global Segment Manager, DSM Engineering Plastics, said, “DSM continues to support halogenated grades in parallel to meeting customer requirements and different transition schedules.” Next on offer is Arnitel® XG, a high-end materials solution developed to replace PVC in wire

insulations and cable jackets. It is a halogen free, flame retardant co-polyester that does not contain brominated flame retardants, chlorine or plasticisers. This product has been successfully commercialised for PVC replacement, meeting the stringent safety, reliability and aesthetic requirements for external wiring. It is also more eco-friendly as compared to PVC.

agents are helping to shape a greener and smarter packaging industry. Croda Coatings & Polymers will be co-exhibiting to promote its natural ingredients for engineering plastics at K 2010 in

Hall 7, at stand number B13. The company has a new ‘green’ brochure listing both its additives from biobased sources as well as additives for biopolymer applications. The effects to be exhibited include Speciality slip agent IncroMax 100, now available as an easy-to-use concentrate, Atmer™ 7510; UV protection Solasorb™ UV absorbers; Atmer™ anti-static agents; Atmer™ anti-fogs, Incroslip G slip & antiblock agents.

the company’s new Application Development Center in the Nanjing Economic & Technological Development Zone, that serves as the company’s technical centre of excellence for its businesses in the Asia/Pacific region. Chemtura’s Flame Retardants business will introduce a number of new additions to its portfolio of sustainable, highperformance flame retardants, as part of the company’s ‘Greener is Better’ programme, which is focussed on offering customers greener solutions without compromising on safety or quality. In response to customer demand, the company’s antioxidants & UV stabilisers business has created the innovative Weston® Liquid Productivity Platform and has further developed the company’s proprietary Non-Dust Blend® (NDB®) technology. Further,

its investment in manufacturing expansions, with a special focus on the emerging markets will also be a highlight. Chemtura Organometallics will be launching extensions to its broad range of catalyst components for the global polymer industry. The new products will carry the AXION® trademark, replacing the former EURECEN/EURENOR trade names for single-site catalyst components and donors for ZieglerNatta PP catalysts. It will also highlight expansions in production capacity to meet market demand. With JV partner Al Zamil, the business will forge its regional presence in the Middle East, building a world-scale metal alkyls plant in Saudi Arabia offering technological innovation to the growing polyolefins industry. The new plant is planned to come on stream in 2012.

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IN THE NEWS

Omya exhibits yet again at K

The year, 2009 marked the 125th anniversary of Omya’s foundation. This year, the company presents yet again, its full calcium carbonate portfolio to the global polymer industry at K 2010. Along with its extensive range of calcium carbonates and dolomites, Omya will also present its broad distribution product range.

At stand number D75 in Hall 6, the company will be promoting its depth of knowledge and expertise in all segments of the plastics market, from polyolefin & PVC, through to the thermoset, composites and rubber markets. Particular attention has been paid to the polyolefin sector where the trend of increasing calcium carbonate addition levels in more complicated polymers and processes has become more challenging, as it becomes increasingly difficult to achieve commercial and technical requirements. Omya has invested heavily in finding solutions for all these applications from blow and injection moulding through to all of the extrusion disciplines, using the Omyafilm® and Omyacarb® range of products. The PVC industry has considerably evolved in the recent years and Omya has persevered with integrity to beat the challenge of supplying this important market sector, with the Hydrocarb® 95 T material, said the press release. Environment has been of utmost importance within Omya. The company has always promoted the fact that calcium carbonate, when added to plastic products, reduces the carbon footprint of the overall plastic article. This has led to a strong development in environment friendly applications.

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Borouge and Borealis create new horizons at K 2010 Borouge, a leading provider of innovative plastics solutions and Borealis, a leading provider of chemical and innovative plastics solutions, will present their cutting-edge innovations, significant investments and dedication to sustainability at the global plastics exhibition, K 2010. Borouge and Borealis are among the world’s largest players in the plastics industry and backed by their committed owners, they are working in partnership to provide the global plastics conversion markets with access to pioneering technologies, excellent service and innovative products across a wide range of applications. “Borouge is currently tripling its annual manufacturing capacity of polyethylene and polypropylene to two million tonne, thereby laying the foundations to be a major supplier of innovative plastics solutions to the Middle East and Asian plastics industry,” said Craig Halgreen, Vice President,

Galata Chemicals to announce growth and investment plans at K 2010

Galata Chemicals, formerly known as Chemtura Vinyl Additives, plans to announce a series of initiatives at K 2010, including strong growth and investment targets, an increased focus on providing solutions to customer additive needs and the introduction of new products to be launched into existing & new markets. Greater investment in research & development, manufacturing facilities, technical support, sales, customer care and service levels together with product innovation and an increased focus to enhance channels into emerging markets are all in Galata Chemicals’ plan to achieve the company’s ambitious growth objectives. The company’s existing portfolio consists of trusted brands such as Mark®, Drapex®, Blendex®, Royaltuf®, Weston®, Mark® OBS and Markstat®.

Global Communications, Borouge and Borealis. “With the high growth rates of these markets and an increasing number of converters from this region visiting the K Fair in Germany, we will be able to further develop the partnerships with our customers. In addition to increasing our production capacity, we are investing in our sales and marketing organisation, innovation capability and supply chain infrastructure, paving the way to be an innovative, responsive and reliable supplier for the future.” For the first time NOVA Chemicals, a leading producer of plastics and chemicals will join Borouge and Borealis at K 2010 fair. Together, the three independent companies will share a stand in Hall 6 at stand A43. New launches for the PVC market will include boosters to help optimise the cost performance profile of heat stabilisers in PVC formulations, new high performance heavy metal free organic based stabilisers for flexible PVC applications, new octyl tin stabilisers designed to replace existing butyl tin products, new REACH friendly liquid mixed metals for flexible and semi-rigid PVC applications, a new high performance epoxidised soybean oil plasticiser and new impact modifiers for PVC and engineering polymers. In keeping with the company’s general attitude towards care and responsibility for the environment, its new product development efforts will focus on delivering greener and more sustainable solutions. Galata Chemicals will continue to develope, manufacture and sell its full product line of tin stabilisers (methyl, butyl & octyl), liquid & solid mixed metals, liquid phosphite esters, epoxidised soybean oil, organic-based stabilisers, impact modifiers, thiochemicals and other intermediates. The company will be exhibiting at stand number E24 in Hall 6, at K 2010.


INDUSTRY VOICE

“The demand for environmentally responsible solutions is the ruling trend” Charlie Crew President & CEO, SABIC Innovative Plastics

Current demand-supply scenario of the global polymers industry and the key trends seen in the recent past The demand for engineering thermoplastics in India is quite high and continues to trend upward. Industries such as automotive, transportation, electrical & electronics, business machines, telecommunications and building & construction are among its primary growth drivers. Global demand for higher performing, lighter, stronger and more fuel efficient vehicles is in turn driving the increased use of plastics in critical automotive parts like fenders, interior applications, tailgates, hoods, steering wheels and energy absorbing bumpers. The introduction of fire retardant materials for bus and rail interiors will also continue to grow. No-paint solutions for consumer applications, plastics as metal replacement for lead, and the use of high-modulus materials for thin-wall casings in cell phones and other electronic devices will also further the use of high-end plastics. Fast growing sectors like healthcare should add significantly to these volumes.

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sectors and global geographies. A holistic approach to sustainability involves – not only considering alternative feedstocks such as recycled and bio-based materials, but also improving design productivity with high-performance materials that reduce weight in cars, improve energy efficiency in buildings or save materials through thin-wall design. In addition, we are also continually looking at process improvements in energy efficiency, water conservation and effective use of raw materials in our plants.

Various end-user sectors driving demand in the above industry segments The major sectors driving demand are automotive, transportation, consumer electronics, telecommunications, medical and building & construction.

Your expectations from K 2010 and preparations to leverage this platform SABIC Innovative Plastics has one of the broadest material portfolios in the global plastics industry and is committed to expanding this product offering to better serve its customers, thus enabling them to be more successful in supporting their customers’ requirements. We will showcase a number of our products and high-performance applications at K 2010, along with our other cuttingedge capabilities.


INDUSTRY VOICE

India is poised to become the third largest consumer of plastics in the world by 2012. Your vision and action plan for the Indian market India is a key growth region for us and will continue to be so. SABIC Innovative Plastics’ high-performance materials will contribute a great deal to the Indian economy. These include innovative high-end materials that have been designed to meet specific customer needs, such as compliance with industry & market-specific regulations or requirements, exceptional design flexibility, outstanding performance, superior quality vs competitive materials, excellent aesthetics and features with improved environmental performance ranging from recycled plastics to materials with a lower carbon footprint. We are currently adding new lines at our manufacturing facility in India and also building a new research

and technology centre in Bengaluru that will support all of the SABIC business units. Our commitment to our customers in India and elsewhere is solid.

Advantages that India offers besides lower costs in becoming one of the most favourable destinations for manufacturing India offers a highly trained and educated workforce, and a strong track record in polymer science achievements. Additionally, India offers tremendous growth opportunities as a country that can benefit greatly from what our thermoplastic resins, compounds, film and sheet products can offer. From a new & improved rail system, better, more fuel efficient cars to the development of its infrastructure and the demand for better healthcare & luxury products, the opportunities for growth in India are very strong.

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INDUSTRY VOICE

“The silicones market is growing at historic rates� Dr Rudolf Staudigl CEO, Wacker Chemie AG

Current demand-supply scenario of the global silicone industry and the key trends seen in the recent past

Silicones have a unique range of properties and are used in an increasing number of industrial applications. This explains why the demand for silicones has increased steadily over the years. The silicones market is growing at historic rates of around 3 per cent above the worldwide GDP and the growing number of innovations are continously broadening the scope of applications. Currently, the largest growth potential lies in Asia, where higher living standards are boosting demand for silicone products.

The trends witnessed in the raw materials & intermediates industry, over the last 2-3 years

The basic raw materials for producing silicones are silicon metal and methanol. Compared to 2008, the prices for these key raw materials fell significantly in 2009. Prices for electricity and gas were also lower. In 2010, pricing increased again considerably.

Various end-user sectors driving demand in the above industry segment

Silicones, which are already used for manufacturing LED and solar cells, will have a significant share in this. Another trend is the growing demand for more sophisticated consumer products in emerging and newly industrialised countries. This again offers several opportunities to the silicone industry. Due to their unique set of properties silicones often make a substantial contribution to high performance consumer products that other polymers cannot provide. The future end-user demand and market growth will be influenced considerably by certain 44

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macro-economical trends. One of these trends is the growing demand for energy efficiency. As prices for oil, gas and electricity rise, the need for energy efficient products and processing becomes more and more apparent. Silicones are set to serve these megatrends and facilitate unique & sustainable solutions for manufacturers as well as end consumers.

Your expectations from K 2010 and preparations to leverage this platform

We do have rather high expectations from K 2010. WACKER has exhibited at the K several times and is convinced that we will continue this success story this year again. We will present around 1000 silicone products, including several innovations which are being shown to public for the first time. One of them is a new silicone adhesive for plastic oil pans which will help to cut costs and weight of automotive polyamide oil pans significantly. Another example is our new SILPURAN silicone elastomer especially developed for the healthcare industry.

Your vision and action plan for the Indian market

In the past years, India has been one of highest growth regions for WACKER. The main target of our India strategy is long-term, profitable growth through providing added value to our customers from India’s key industries, eg, textiles, personal care, construction, coatings, adhesives and packaging. Important for our future growth in India are our Technical Centres in Mumbai and Kolkata, where we are working together with our customers to adopt and optimise products to local standards. We constantly invest in innovation and development of new products & solutions, quite often also jointly with our customers.


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“Competitive environment will demand higher cost-performance balance� Dr Gautam Mukhopadhyay Senior Vice President & Business Head, Shriram PolyTech

Current demand-supply scenario of the global polymer industry and the key trends seen in the recent past The current demand-supply scenario of the global polymer industry indicates that supply will be surplus until the early part of 2014. The Middle-Eastern region will become the leading exporter of polyolefins surpassing USA, Europe and Japan. In fact, both Europe and USA may become net importers. Good demand and growth in the Asia-Pacific region led to the recovery of global polymer consumption in 2009. India and China, the two major economies of this region, made significant contribution to this recovery. The Asia-Pacific region is expected to show polymer growth of 6 per cent with growth in India estimated to be more than 12 per cent. Due to rather flat growths in the developed economies, polymers are expected to show a modest growth of about 3 per cent globally.

The trends witnessed in specialty polymer compounds, over the last 2-3 years Among specialty polymer compounds, PC and PBT were the fastest growing in applications like electronics, car lights & glazing, and substitution of other plastics. Development of specialty polypropylene compounds showed immense growth and these are expected to make a significant impact on the established engineering plastics applications. Also, alloys and blends of different polymers made encouraging progress in new application areas.

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Various end-user sectors driving demand in the above industry segment These include sectors like automotive, aerospace, electrical and electronic appliance.

Your expectations from K 2010 and preparations to leverage this platform At K 2010, we expect to interact with all the leading raw material producers, processing companies and machinery manufacturers. Information about all the latest technical developments and future trends can be gathered here. We plan to send our team to K 2010 to harness this opportunity.

Your vision and action plan for the Indian market The plastics production capacity of India is around 15 million tonne per annum and is growing at an average rate of 12 per cent per annum. The entry of various players, including niche players would result in higher demand for plastics. Competitive environment will demand higher cost-performance balance. Also, as plastics form an important part of the Indian market, efforts must be made by the industry so as to maintain the best possible production and quality of polymers. Based on the requirement and scenario of the market, we plan to focus more on value added plastics that would provide cost competitiveness with effective performance.


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“India’s motor vehicle sales have been rising rapidly” Current demand-supply scenario of the polymers industry

Hermann Althof Senior Vice President, Engineering Plastics Asia Pacific, BASF

There is considerable growth potential in engineering plastics, especially within Asia. The main reasons for this are that many OEMs have so far not exploited the opportunities for metal replacement in automotives as well as in household appliances and many other applications. Engineering plastics markets were growing at healthy rates before the financial crisis last year. After a loss in Q1 2009, the demand for engineering plastics grew as a result of government stimulus packages to support the automotive industry. In 2010, material shortages for polyamide 6.6 base polymers continues. Besides, prices of other raw materials are increasing rapidly due to tight supply and there is a surge in market demand leading to an increase in prices of engineering plastics. Nevertheless, the strong demand is expected to continue.

The trends witnessed in the engineering plastics industry over the last 2-3 years

Growth in Asia will be driven by the increasing usage of engineering plastics in industry segments like electrical & electronics, construction and especially automobiles. Take the automobile industry as an example. Customers are demanding fuel efficient cars as oil prices are high and expected to rise further. Moreover, the price customers are willing to pay for a car is another challenge. A low price does not mean low quality. Consumers desire styling, safety and performance. These expectations are also putting pressure on the production cost of vehicles. India’s motor vehicle sales have been rising rapidly - topping 2.5 million in 2009 - and expected to rise by another 10-15 per cent in 2010. More cars put a

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higher burden on the environment making it necessary to tighten emission regulations and cut CO2 emissions. High oil prices coupled with increasing environmental awareness are increasingly focussing attention on the energy efficiency of automobiles. Lightweight construction, and thus the use of engineering plastics as a substitute for metal, plays a key role in this regard. The challenge in light weight construction is to balance performance and system cost. In the electrical industry, there is considerable interest in new environment friendly, halogen-free engineering plastics.

Your vision and action plan for the Indian market

For engineering plastics we have seen the fastest growth in India though the market size is not yet as large as some other countries in Asia. This could change as more OEMs, particularly in the automotive industry, establish plants in India.

Advantages that India offers besides lower cost in becoming one of the most favourable destinations for manufacturing

We expect the small car segment to grow and India is likely to become a manufacturing hub for small cars. Further with the vast engineering talent pool available in India, we see that more development activities will be shifted here. All this will lead to increased competition while technology, responsiveness and customisation for local requirements would become key success factors. BASF, with its global technology leadership and local engineering and development capabilities, is well positioned to be a lead supplier. In order to succeed, Indian manufacturers and suppliers need to accelerate the perception that ‘quality vehicles’ & ‘quality automotive components’ come from India, find their


INDUSTRY VOICE niches in the world vehicle market (perhaps small, inexpensive cars), manage their businesses on a worldwide scale, which includes global logistics, sales & distribution. As India’s auto companies continue to grow, they need to increase their scale while remaining financially strong.

Your expectations from K 2010 and preparations to leverage this platform For us, K 2010 is the

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platform for presenting our innovations to the key customer industries. Numerous high quality contacts with existing and potentially new customers give us the opportunity to speed-up market launches of new products and customer-oriented solutions significantly. An international press conference in June was a part of our preparation to draw attention on what our experts are going to present at K 2010.

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“The Indian polymer industry has reached an inflection point and will show accelerated growth in future� S K Ray Senior Executive Vice President, Polymers Business, Reliance Industries Ltd

Current demand-supply scenario of the global polymer industry The size of the global polymer industry is estimated at nearly half a billion dollar. The industry converts nearly 200 million tonne of polymers to a wide range of products, virtually meeting the needs of all sectors of the economy starting with the traditional agricultural sector, housing and healthcare to automotive, appliance, electronics, communication, aviation & space science. Emerging out of the worst economic downturn in decades, the industry has witnessed robust growth in 2009. Well coordinated stimulus packages by governments in major economies, robust demand in emerging markets and a reduction in energy and feed-stock costs have helped the industry negotiate this difficult phase. A new wave of globalisation, competitive advantages shifting to new geographical locations and an increased focus on sustainable development has had a major impact on the global polymer industry.

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accelerated growth in future. Increase in disposable incomes, boom in the automotive industry, galloping demand for the white goods, retail driven growth in packaging, a second green revolution in the making, focus on healthcare and a surge in building and construction industry have been driving demand for polymer products. We believe this will continue in the years to come as well. With high industrial production, burgeoning domestic demand and strong fiscal policies, Indian economy is on a high growth trajectory. GDP grew at 7.2 per cent during 2009, while it is expected to grow at around 9 per cent in 2010. Strong economic growth, favourable demography and a growing middle class are some of the factors that will put India on a higher growth trajectory. Capitalising on its manufacturing prowess, intellectual capital, new business models and breakthrough innovations, India has achieved sustained economic growth. The lower per capita consumption of polymers in India provides large head-room for demand to grow at a faster pace in coming years.

Advantage India In addition to being a profitable market, India offers a wellspring of human resource. A factor that gives the country a distinct competitive edge


INDUSTRY VOICE over the others is its skilled and English speaking workforce. Apart from its large pool of human capital, India is equally competitive in terms of raw materials, machinery and technology. The Indian polymer industry has shown robust growth in the past and is set to emerge as one of the largest consumers of polymers worldwide in times to come. It has the potential to emerge as a global sourcing hub for finished polymer goods due to an array of competitive advantages. Rightfully, the Government of India has placed increased emphasis on polymers through its National Petrochemical Policy.

Need of the hour Here, it is imperative to say, that the industry is facing a growing concern on the solid waste management front where plastic wastes attract disproportionate attention. There is an urgent need to reach out to all stakeholders in a proactive manner and dispel many of the myths surrounding this industry. In this endeavour, the global plastics community can come together and address these common issues in a united, efficient and effective manner.

Your expectations from K 2010 and preparations to leverage this platform K 2010 can be an excellent forum to launch these aforementioned initiatives. We expect the event to not only showcase developments in products and technologies but also a forum where such pan industry initiatives can take root though global networking of scientists, academicians and business professionals in these areas. K 2010 will provide a platform for the Indian polymers fraternity and their international counterparts, to discuss and display latest innovations in the field of plastics. The event will also showcase the status of the global industry in terms of market knowledge, polymer technology, advancements in the processing and finished plastic products. It will be a forum where diverse skill sets and industry knowledge are brought together under one roof. We look forward to K 2010 for the latest developments and innovations in the field of polymers.

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“The global demand and supply in the polymer industry is running neck to neck� V B Lall Director, SCJ Plastics Ltd

Current demand-supply scenario With innovations in the end-product sector created by a natural demand for improvement has led to continuous growth in the demand for improved polymers. The scientists are relishing this scene and introducing better properties in polymers to replace the conventional raw materials. The demand for commodity plastics, of course has a steady growth while the demand for engineering plastics is fast growing, primarily because of the growth in the automotive and allied industry worldwide. Today, major automotive parts are from the plastics family because of the improved inherent properties in various polymers. Simultaneously, the mould industry has also taken up the challenge and today there are superb technologies in mould making, keeping in account the individual properties of various polymers – the result a perfect product for the apt application. The global demand and supply in the polymer industry is running neck to neck.

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boosted the requirement for processing additives. Today, we have additives to give better clarity, strength, stability, processing aid to commodity as well as specialised polymers. With the introduction of specialised polymers, there is now a demand for processing additives to ease processing of polymers such as PS/ABS as also polyamides, polycarbonate, etc. Similarly, the growth in the auto sector and the focus on low fuel consumption vehicles has seen the use of polymers to replace conventional materials such as metals, etc. This has brought about introduction of specialised additives to again facilitate easy processibility of polymers for moulding of large sections such as bumpers, dash boards, etc, in the auto industry. The consumption of additives is still comparatively small in volume and therefore, many a times it may be uneconomical. However, the future holds great promise for this market.

Various end-user sectors driving demand Worldwide and especially in India, the demand for plastics by the end user sectors is growing. Apart from the auto sector, the FMCG market is growing at a tremendous rate. This can be majorly attributed to the noticeable change in the lifestyle of the average Indian owing to increased income.


INDUSTRY VOICE

There is a tremendous growth in the FMCG sector in cosmetics, home aids and ready to cook foods. Also, the laminated film sector is growing and has still a lot of life in it.

The FMCG sector has seen the signal and it has taken up the challenge to give the consumer a right product in the right package. There is a tremendous growth in the FMCG sector in cosmetics, home aids and ready to cook foods. The introduction of retail small pack specially in shampoos, flavoured tobacco/after mint, detergents, etc, has given a big boost to the laminated film sector and been a driving force behind increased demand for plastics. Also, the laminated film sector is growing and has still a lot of life in it. The steady economic growth has resulted in increased purchasing power resulting in substantial increase in consumption of polymers. Metal buckets and earthen vessels used for storage of water have given way to similar shaped bright coloured more hygienic plastic products. Today the FMCG and the auto sector are the big segments which are responsible for polymer consumption growth.

Your expectations from K 2010 and preparations to leverage this platform Once again the year of K is here, in fact we are just a month away from the premier trade fair of plastics & rubber. This is the one great showcase for new technologies, equipment, etc, for the plastic industry. The K 2010 promises to be a big learning medium for innovative growth and technologies in the polymer industry. It would showcase not only the new products but also energy saving processors, water conservation processors, new designs in conserving, the fast depleting natural resources, etc. It is the ‘Mecca’ for the plastics industry. I must admit that the Indian polymers market owes a lot to the K shows. Our machine manufacturers

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have come out with excellent replicas of foreign processing machines. The Indian technocrats comprise some of the world leaders in machine manufacturing in the areas of moulding, blow moulding, rotomoulding and multi-layer film processing. We are overbooked in exports for such machines.

Advantages that India offers India has become the nerve centre for international brands. Today, not only there are containers being moulded here but the entire process of making the product, its containers and assembling both into a package is being carried out within the country for global units. India is today being looked at as one of the most favourable destinations for manufacturing. Apart from the low-cost labour, the adaptability of new technologies by Indian entrepreneurs with low-cost processing machinery adds to the advantages seen by the international market. India is one destination where various industries join hands with educationists in practically upgrading technologies. In conclusion, the polymer industry globally is well on the path of growth but lot more innovations are still to come in. On the domestic front, with the advent of Indian Oil in the polymer industry and its expected growth in the North-East, the polymer sector is poised for far greater growth. The Indian industry is one which accepts challenges and is capable of fulfilling them. It has quite a large volume of in-house domestic consumption as well as major resource base for raw material. When the European market saw the downturn, the Indian market was not disturbed. In short, the future of the Indian polymer industry is brimming with bright prospects.


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Thermoplastic compound

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Resins

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Kuraray Europe offers ‘Mowiflex TC’ which is a novel thermoplastic compound, especially designed to meet the requirements of thermoplastics processing. It can be processed using conventional plastic processing technology, such as blown and flat film extrusion as well as injection moulding. It is soluble in water, forms clear & glossy films and shows high tensile strength, and can be processed as a single compound or as an additive to standard plastics such as PA and it allows for blow up ratios of up to 1:8. It is delivered as a ready-to-use product containing all the ingredients needed. Materials produced with this compound provide excellent weldability & bonding, are easily printable and have a low electrostatic surface charge. Additionally, the compound is colourable. Further, due to its excellent water solubility, it can be used as a temporary binder as well.

EVAL Europe NV offers 'EVAL™' EVOH resins which can help food producers and distributors achieve packaging reduction goals. One millimeter of 'EVAL' has about the same gas barrier properties as ten meters of LDPE. Used in very thin layers in multilayer packaging, EVAL’s outstanding barrier properties keep oxygen and odours out of packaging (while withholding atmosphere and flavour). This protects product quality and value, prolongs shelf-life without artificial additives and reduces waste. 'EVAL' adds real function to packaging, reducing environmental impact and generating savings throughout product life cycles. EVAL resins are recyclable, easy to use, and allow for innovative packaging design that is both reliable and safe in use. EVAL is widely used as a functional barrier in food, medical, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, agricultural and industrial packaging, and for environmental production in plastic fuel systems and construction materials.

Kuraray Europe GmbH - Frankfurt am Main Germany Tel: +49-69-305 35850 Fax: +49-69-305 35656

EVAL Europe nv - Antwerp Belgium Tel: +32 3 250 9733, Fax: +32 3 2509745 Email: info@eval.be

Microgranules

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Heubach offers ‘ H e u c o b a t c h ’ microgranules, which are specially designed to colour rigid PVC applications. Due to the tailor made carrier system of EVA and wax, the compound can be coloured in the mixer as well as directly on the extruder. This offers clean solutions even with frequent colour changes. The IR pigments exhibit the unique property of being able to reflect IR radiations therefore exhibiting significantly reduced heat build-up as compared to conventional black pigments. The IR pigments are available in a wide range of colour shades from yellow through to black and enable the formulation of not only architectural, building & construction coatings, tiles, plasters, etc, but also for automotive exterior and interior applications such us dash-boards, tanks, etc. Heubach GmbH - Langelsheim Germany Tel: +49 5326 52-0, Fax: +49 5326 52-213 Email: sales@heubachcolor.de 58

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Masterbatches

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Clariant International offers masterbatches. These include 'Remafin®' masterbatches for olefins, 'Renol®' masterbatches for engineering resins, styrenics and PVC, 'Cesa®' additive masterbatches, 'Hydrocerol®' chemical foaming and nucleating agents, 'Omnicolor®' universal colour masterbatches, 'EnigmA™' special effects, etc. The company will present its specific range of medical colour and performance masterbatches as well as compounds designed to help customers’ control risk in medical device manufacture and pharmaceutical packaging. The highlight will also be on 'Exolit®' OP product series additives, Licocene® PP, highly efficient external lubricants for PVC profile extrusion, and 'Hostavin® N 845' PP, a HALS-based light stabiliser offering outstanding colour stability for outdoor use, reduced fogging, lower VOC and improved odour. Clariant International Ltd - Muttenz Switzerland Tel: +49 2621 14351 Fax: +49 69 30586770 Email: dirk.eckert@clariant.com


K SHOWCASE

Engineering plastics

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DSM Engineering Plastics offers ‘Arnite’ (PBT, PET, and blends) highperformance engineering plastics that combine high strength and rigidity with excellent processing characteristics. As a result, Arnite PBT and PET are well suited for a broad range of automotive, electrical/electronic, appliance and industrial equipment applications. These exhibits good mechanical, electrical and thermal properties and offer resistance to chemicals. It finds key applications in automotives – connectors, sensors, exterior fittings, gear housings, brake booster valve bodies, bezels, etc; electronical - telecom & IT connectors, optical fibre tubing, bobbins, low voltage switch gear, E-motor parts, lighting & lamp fittings and consumer durables. DSM Engineering Plastics - KR Sittard The Netherlands Tel: +800 7466 3376 Email: info.dep@dsm.com

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Polypropylene

B+S Chemie offers polypropylene (PP). With its three sub-groups, homopolymer, copolymer & random copolymer, this plastic can be used for making packaging, various injection moulding articles, tubing, carpets, hard-top cases and bumpers. The PP homopolymer consists of monomer chains of one type. This results in a relatively stable and rigid plastic that is extremely heat-resistant. The PP copolymer joins various types of monomers in long chains, resulting in an extremely elastic material of the type that is frequently required in the automobile industry. The PP random copolymer contains components of ethylene in the polymer chain. This is a purely optical aspect; it creates a degree of transparency. This effect is in particular demand for packaging. The company also offers additives, which are chemical aids that increase the surface conductibility of plastics by binding water molecules. The static charge of plastics can be better neutralised when these surface-active molecules are added. B + S Chemie GmbH - Alsdorf Germany Tel: +49 2404 9889-0 Fax: +49 2404 9889-98 Email: info@bs-chemie.com

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Slip & anti-block

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Croda - Polymer Additives offers a range of slip & anti-block which are incorporated directly into the polymer during the extrusion process. These work by migrating to the surface as the polymer cools forming a solid lubricating layer at the surface, lowering friction, or reducing adhesion between contacting polymer surfaces and the polymer and other materials. The ‘IncroMax™' 100 & PS are speciality mould release agents for PET and PS polymers. 'IncroMax 100' offers improved surface lubrication for bottle preforms, lowering the incidence of scuff and scratch on surfaces, and allowing easier handling of moulded articles in automatic processing equipment. The product has no visible effect on PET colour, clarity or other physical properties, and has been shown to reduce friction and mould release force by up to 60 per cent. The 'IncroMax PS' offers similar mould release benefits in polystyrene applications. For all other polymers, the company offers 'IncroMold™' injection moulding process aids. These are specially formulated, food approved, internal mould release agents for plastics. They offer consistent mould release, cycle time improvements and downstream benefits to the moulded article which all add up to increased output and profits.

Resins and additives

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Cytec Industries Inc offers advanced liquid coating resins and additives. The low environmental impact waterborne and solventborne resins are used in high performance coating systems. It includes new, innovative low VOC and HAPS-free resin technologies as well as already well established binders, additives, crosslinkers, catalysts and solvents. These liquid resins and additives serve a wide range of coatings markets, which include decorative, automotive, packaging, industrial metal, plastic and wood, as well as specialty applications in the tyre industry, sanitary and pools. Cytec Specialty Chemicals - New Jersey USA Tel: +1-973-357-3100 Email: custinfo@cytec.com

Adhesives

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Ta Haw Enterprise Co offers plastic additive. The company specialises in black masterbatches/colour masterbatches and various functional additives in engineering plastics field. The company also offers anti-foam, flexibiliser, whitening masterbatches, nucleating clarifying agent, calcium carbonate, perfume masterbatches and smell neutraliser. The masterbatches are made from high quality pigments, with high performance additive and are used in injection moulding, blowing moulding, extrusion, tablet pumping, etc.

Heubach Dynea Erkner offers A s W o o d ® adhesive systems for parquet and interior panels. In parquet production, using AsWood adhesive solutions allow the lowering of the pressing temperature by approximately 20°C without losing any performance characteristics such as bond quality or water resistance when compared to more traditional pressing parameters. The reduction of pressing temperature has a positive effect on the quality of the final product due to reduced internal tension within the sandwich parquet (less warping) and less dry-out of face layers and backing veneers. A temperature reduction as such also has great effect on the energy consumption of a production line and could therefore result in noticeable production cost savings for the producer. These are also well suited for production of fire resistant interior panels such as decorative or acoustic wall/ceiling panels. The final products conform to the SS 02 48 23 (NT FIRE 004) standard, making them especially well suited for public buildings such as conference centres or concert halls.

Ta Haw Enterprise Co Ltd - Taichung County Taiwan Tel: +886-4-2680 5221, Fax: +886-4-2680 4440 Email: tahaw2001@yahoo.com.tw

Dynea Erkner GmbH - Erkner Germany Tel: +49 3362 72214, Fax: +49 3362 72633 Email: kornelia.heep@dynea.com

Croda - Polymer Additives - East Yorkshire United Kingdom Tel: +44-1405-860-551, Fax: +44-1405-861-767 Email: pa-europe@croda.com

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Thermoplastic elastomer

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Elasto offers ‘Mediprene’ thermoplastic elastomer for medical applications. All Mediprene grades are based on medically approved raw materials. It compliances with FDA, European Pharmacopoeia, ISO 13485 and USP Class VI. It has fast processing cycle times and offers good resistance to fluids used in the healthcare environment. It does not emit toxic fumes on burning. The features include adhesion to engineering thermoplastics, tactile, dry touch features, translucent and highly transparent grades; PVC, silicone & latex-free; flexibility/elasticity according to application need, etc. Elasto - Amal Sweden Tel: +46 532 6075-00, 44 161 654 6616 Fax: +46 532 6075-99 Email: info@elastotpe.com

Fluoropolymers

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AGC Chemicals Europe offers high performance fluoropolymers. The 'Fluon®' ETFE has excellent processability and good heat resistance. The mechanical and electrical insulation properties are also outstanding. It is available as pellets and powders. In pellet form it is suitable for extrusion and injection moulding. When supplied as powder it can be used for rotational moulding and electrostatic coating. Applications of 'Fluon®' ETFE include wire and cable coating for automotive applications, robotics and electronic equipment, coatings and linings for chemical equipment, tubes, films, sheets, tape and parts for the semi-conductor industry. The Fluon® LM-ETFE has better thermal stability, heat resistance, stress crack resistance and is more flexible and transparent than standard ETFE. It can be moulded at a wider range of temperatures due to its improved thermal stability and lower melting point. Applications include multi-layer fuel hose, filter media, wire and cable, valves housings, film and sheet. The 'Fluon®' colour concentrates are a full range of colour masterbatches suitable for ETFE, high flow ETFE, high flow FEP and PFA. These are available in red, brown, orange, pink, violet, yellow, green, blue, black, grey & white and are supplied in the form of cylindrical pellets. AGC Chemicals Europe Ltd - Lancashire United Kingdom Tel: +44 1253 861 957 Fax: +44 1253 861950 Email: info@agcce.com September 2010 | Modern Plastics & Polymers

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Nylon 6 polymerisation

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Zig Sheng Industrial Co offers nylon 6 polymerisation. The company also offers PA 6, PA66 and PA66/6 engineering compound for injection and extrusion industries. The major products of the company include fast moulding grade, GF, MF reinforced, impact modified, toughness improved, flame retardant, special function request and customer-made products. It also offer quality products with FDA, RoHS and UL 94 certificate approved. Zig Sheng Industrial Co Ltd - Taipei Taiwan Tel: +886-2 2555 7151 Fax: +886-2 2559 0101 Email: bruce_lin@ zigsheng.com

Acrylic

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Asia Poly Industrial Sdn Bhd offers standard range of coloured acrylic. This is available with a variety of tinted/transparent, translucent and opaque colours. Single and double side matt finishing are also available upon request. The standard series sheets come with standard UV stabilisers for both indoor and outdoor applications. The 'Artic' series is developed specifically for users seeking to implement a greater sense of sophistication, lighted attractiveness and an overall distinctive appeal. This series comes in a variety of colours and thicknesses, and are available in single side matt or double-side matt finishing. The sanitary grade cast acrylic is produced by advanced cellcast method. It is mainly used in the field of sanitary applications in the manufacturing of bathtubs and shower units. It is resistant to wear and tear, such as cracks and chips, besides most household and domestic chemicals, which makes it easy to maintain. The cast acrylic sheets are available in all standard sanitary colours. Asia Poly Industrial Sdn Bhd - Selangor Malaysia Tel: +60 3 3342 2567 Fax: +60 3 3342 8320 Email: info@asiapoly.com.my 62

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Additives

Italmatch Chemicals offers ‘Phoslite’ halogen free additives. These are also highly effective flame retardant due to the high phosphorus content, characterised by high thermal stability. These are compatible with most organic polymers, are non-toxic and fully colourable (white powders), and can be used in engineering polymers thermoplastics, particularly in PBT, PC and PC alloys as well as in polyolefins and polyamides. The company also offers red phosphorus masterbatches which can be used in glass fibre reinforced polyamide applications. Italmatch Chemicals S p A - Genova Italy Tel: +39 010 642 082-10, Fax: +39 010 46953-01 Email: sales.dpt@italmatch.it 8a Hall 0 D12

Antiblocking agents

A Schulman Inc offers antiblocking agents. In all kind of plastic films for flexible packaging & industrial applications, antiblocking properties are very important for further handling, converting and retail. Plastic layers tend to stick together. The addition of an antiblocking agent creates space between two plastic layers (surface roughness) preventing so-called blocking. Antiblocking agents are mostly used in multilayer structure films, in order to achieve the best benefits. Some antiblocking particles also act as non-migrating slipping agents. The company’s thermoplastic additives and colour concentrates improve the appearance and performance of resins to meet exact specifications. It provide additives to enhance BOPP; blown or cast film; sheet and profile extrusion; blown & injection moulding; and thermoforming applications. Masterbatches are available in PE, PP, PS and special engineered resins like PET & nylon. A Schulman GmbH - Kerpen-Sindorf Germany Tel: +49 2273 561-0, Fax: +49 2273 561-350 Email: aschulman@de.aschulman.com

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SECTOR WATCH

With the platform of K 2010 barely a few days away, it is time to review and analyse the changes that have impacted the world since its previous edition. More importantly, there will be wide array of opportunities from raw material perspectives through new applications and processes to the equipment needed for the time to come. Also, as the emphasis on recycling only grows stronger day by day, it will be interesting to watch the evolution of this new phase in sustainability. Read on‌

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his year, with the K 2010 fair ahead, there are several brand-new polymers and compounds on display directly from our research and applications labs. New properties emerge from deeper insights into the microscopic structures of various polymers. Through this knowledge, it is also possible to combine single, specific properties and thus, to arrive at further new products within the combined property spectrum.

Mission innovation Our plastics research units, together with the application development units, are constantly looking for new products to better fulfil customer needs. ‘Better’ in this context refers to the ability of reducing costs, energy consumption, CO2 emissions or to find and enable new applications. Metal substitution is a constant challenge for innovative engineering plastics like Polybutylene Terephthalate (PBT) and Polyamide (PA).

Emerging application areas In the field of engineering plastics, the automotive industry will remain the most innovative application area. However, other fields of mobility such as trains & air planes too, are increasingly making use of high-end engineering plastics like PA or polyesters. Alternative energy generation like photovoltaic or other solar technologies will make use of temperature-resistant, strong and tough materials as well. Also, medical technology will have increasing significance because of the global demographic developments.

Processing technologies Injection moulding will remain the most relevant processing technology for engineering plastics such as PBT and PA. Among the new features of

injection moulding, there are activities all around Water Injection Technology (WIT) and Gas Injection Technology (GIT). A recent trend is to combine gas or water with a projectile, thereby improving the smoothness of the inner walls of the injection moulded parts. In order to generate hybrid structures, organo-sheets (continuous-filament reinforcements) are combined with overmoulding. And finally, the new technology of variable-temperature moulds may lead to new & improved surface properties.

Biodegradability The question is, what purpose can biodegradability in a polyester have? In durable applications like the automotive industry, biodegradability is not a desired quality. Therefore, biodegradable materials are not recommended for this application. However, in packaging applications, biodegradable materials may be of high interest. Since there are huge amounts of organic waste that can be disposed hygienically and energyefficiently via industrial composting. In order to achieve this objective, the bio-waste has to be collected in bags that are biodegradable themselves. Here, biodegradable polyesters like Ecoflex® or Ecovio®, a blend of Ecoflex® and Poly Lactic Acid (PLA), both from BASF are a good option.

New grades This year we have come up with a remarkable number of new engineering plastics, mainly PBT and PA grades. Among them are: Ultradur® Lux, a newly developed PBT which has, compared to all marketed PBTs, made a tremendous jump to better IR-laser-transparency and will now make possible better laser welded PBT parts. Ultramid® Structure LF is BASF’s first long-glass-fibre-reinforced polyamide. It has been presented to the technical public in June 2010 for the first time and will be discussed in detail at the K show. The remarkable property of components moulded from Ultramid Structure LF is their strong fibre skeleton which yields them a new level of strength. Ultramid® Endure: In the face of increasingly challenging demands, it is becoming even more difficult

Possibility of making PA non-hygroscopic There are already polyamides available which have reduced water uptake as compared to classical PA 6 or PA 66. One of them is BASF’s Ultramid® Balance, based on PA 6.10. Moreover, this material is based partly on renewable resources. In many applications, where the change in (electric) properties in humid environments is causing problems, PBT is a very effective alternative.

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to replace metal with polymeric materials, especially in the hot area near the engine. Highperformance plastics are frequently ruled out because of the system costs. On the other hand, the performance capability of the remaining plastics no longer satisfies today’s requirements. With the new PA specialty grade Ultramid® Endure, researchers at BASF have now succeeded in finding a way out of the dead end. The material is a glass-fibre-reinforced PA that combines very high resistance to heat aging (operating temperatures up to 220°C, temperature spikes up to 240°C) with the good processability of PA 66. Owing to this combination of characteristics, it is now possible to produce, at justifiable system costs, under-the-hood components that are exposed to very hot air

and in this way contribute to a significant weight reduction. This jump in heat performance has been achieved through a new stabilisation system. Moreover, flow-improved PA 6 (Ultramid B High Speed) and new PA 6.10 grades are available. Not to forget Ultrasim, BASF’s proprietary simulation tool to predict the component behaviour reliably, by taking into account the (anisotropic) fibre orientation in the moulded component. Without such tools, high-end applications of engineering plastics will not be possible in the future. Dr Martin Baumert is Team Leader - Product Development Automotive, Engineering Plastics Europe at BASF SE. He can be reached at email: sabine.philipp@basf.com


MARKET TRENDS

Paints and coatings

Novel polymers lead the way There is no denying the fact that the coatings industry worldwide is indebted to the state-of-the-art methods in polymer technology. Today, companies are rapidly adopting new materials and their applications, in order to incorporate consumers’ growing emphasis on novelty, efficiency and appeal. Annabel Dsouza traces the trend‌

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he structural and functional advantages of polymers offer surplus avenues for application in paints and coatings. In the burgeoning Indian economy, it is no surprise that this industry alone is worth more than Rs 49 billion with decorative paints accounting for about 75 per cent and industrial paints contributing the remaining 25 per cent. Asian Paints and Kansai Nerolac are among the Indian leaders in these segments respectively. With rapid urbanisation, easy availability of home loans and quick income cycles in Indian households, it follows that the housing sector is where the maximum demand for paints comes from. Emulsions are growing more popular than distempers as customer awareness increases. Paint processors are working towards strengthening communication and networking among interior designers, architects, contractors, etc. This aims to build a feedback mechanism which will, in turn, optimise the production process. Most of the technologies in the area of paint polymers are indigenously developed as foreign formulations mostly do not suit Indian climatic conditions. Modifying these systems is not economically viable for Indian companies. Hence, imports do not threaten the decorative paints industry. In case of industrial paints, most Indian players have collaborated with global companies for cutting-edge technology and international market accessibility.

Raw materials The most important factor in the paints and coatings industry is raw material. Petroleum-based products are indispensable in the manufacture of paints. These account for almost 50 per cent of the raw materials which makes the paint business highly sensitive to crude oil prices. Titanium dioxide, as a raw material, consumes 30 per cent of the total paint manufacturing cost. The demand for long-lasting polymers like solvent-free silicone resins and heatresistant silicone resin emulsions is soaring. However, availability of resins, especially acrylic- and methacrylicbased monomers and their resulting price fluctuations, continues to impact the industry immensely. A silver lining to this is the polymer additive industry that is playing a larger role with regard to adhesion, open time, flow, foaming, as well as resistance to microbes, corrosion, and UV damage. Binder systems for polymers offer considerable scope for innovation. The WACKER group, a Munichbased polymer processor, has recently introduced SILRES速, which are specialty polysiloxanes that serve as binders or hardeners for paints and coatings. An alkoxy silicone resin intermediate called SILRES速 IC 232 acts as a shield against weathering when used in formulating organic binders.

Decorative paints As the health hazards of VOCs and

Indian paint industry

Industrial paints 25%

Decorative paints 75%

Total market share held by 2 key segments Source: ACMIIL Research

heavy metals are a major concern, the industry is observing an increasing demand for emulsion polymers that have low residual monomer level and almost zero odour. In response to the market trend of polymers with high durability and quality finish, paints are being designed for rough terrain where frequent wet washing may be required. They also provide specific freeze-thaw properties suitable to consumers in extremely cold climates. A good example of such innovation is that of vinyl acetate/ethylene resins EcoVAE速 405 and 408 from Celanese Corporation. These paint polymers offer Exterior Thermal Insulation Systems (ETIS) and fire retardant behaviour when used as exterior plasters. Outdoor performance is further enhanced by providing reduced dirt pick-up and fading.

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Along with processing, OEMs are also looking at ergonomic techniques in packing, conveying and storage with zero discharge of effluents. In soft segment paints, high performance polyurethane is being applied for protective coatings in wood and leather surfaces, cast elastomers, TPUs, etc.

Industrial paint polymers are engineered to provide conductive and anti-static properties, infrared reflectance, visible camouflage and chemical agent resistance. Colour accuracy is another concern as these coatings are mostly subjected to rough conditions which may alter the appearance of the product.

Industrial paints

Eco-friendly solutions

It is important to note that industrial paints require high endurance, customisation and cost-effective advantages. The surge of multi-national players in this domain has brought about an increase in the scope for surface-specific polymer technology. Thus, there seems to be tremendous potential in the industrial coatings sector. Akzo Nobel is among those companies that cater to the coating demands of military equipment, marine technology and aircraft.

Environmental consciousness being the changing norm, paint polymer processors are orienting their R&D towards lead, chromium and arsenicfree emulsions. Bio-based raw materials are on the rise while nanotechnology offers better solutions in the green zone. Stanford Research Institute has found that conventional vinyl acetate/ethylene paint products can be modified as per the supply-stable vinyl technology. Therefore, they have a lower carbon footprint than traditional resinbased acrylics. Innovations like these are widely accepted by the market especially in North America, India and China. As companies strive towards achieving compliance with stringent environmental regulations, research in polymer science appears to be the only way out. However, green concerns cannot afford to inhibit the performance of paint polymers and compromise on customer appeal.

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Decorative paints Interio wall finish Exterio wall finish Enamels

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Industrial paints Powder coating Other industrial paints

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often plagued by poor workmanship producing materials of inferior-quality, resulting in economic damages. As a precaution against counterfeiting, producers have been investing in R&D to combat this menace. Apart from RFID, holograms & barcodes, fluorescent dyes have been used to individually tag paints so as to avoid theft, falsification and manipulation. Since these tags cannot be separated from the paint, manufacturers have greater quality control in terms of chemical composition, degree of dryness and thickness of the coat during the application process. These are material-specific solutions, which make it impossible to imitate the brand, thus providing increased security. It must be noted that besides obstacles and challenges, industry players are investing heavily in technology and networking for optimum results. Involvement of enduser customers is being encouraged to analyse the changing patterns in market acceptance. There is an increase in number of company tie-ups, in order to share technical know-how and latest developments. Companies are even looking towards a substantial change in brand identity and introducing online services. The adventurous approach of consumers has encouraged the industry to take greater strides in terms of new textures, bold shades and designs. These are indeed signs of optimism and growth within the polymer paints and coatings sector in India.


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Plastics solutions for auto manufacturers

Shifting a new gear Worldwide, plastics are rapidly replacing steel as the preferred material in various industrial segments, and more specifically, in the automotive sector. While plastics have been used in automobiles since the 1940s, the use of plastics and polymer composites in automobiles is typically viewed as a modern innovation. This is mainly because most of the plastic materials used in automotives today are recent developments. These modern plastics have benefitted automobile appearance, performance and safety to a huge extent in the last decade. Govind Ramakrishnan

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he focus on the use of plastics in the automotive industry has particularly increased since mid-2008, when the credit crunch and resulting recession began to drastically impact automotive sales and production. While the effects of the recession were not felt that strongly in the Indian automotive sector, it served as an early wake up call for them. Globally, the long-term trends for plastics usage are still very strong, driven primarily by the urgent need to reduce the environmental footprint of travel. This is best enabled by increasing the amount of lightweight plastics used in automotives, as lighter vehicles allow lower fuel consumption and hence, lower emissions. This is especially true in the case of the passenger vehicles segment, which is the largest consumer of plastics among all automotives. Plastics, despite their fast growth in passenger vehicles, still account for only 11 per cent of the total average weight of a vehicle. This indicates the vast potential that still exists for future growth of plastics in passenger vehicles, which is expected to happen, irrespective of the effect of the slowdown on vehicle production. In fact, the potential is even more in emerging economies such as India and China, where the average plastics usage per vehicle is much lower than that of Europe and the US.

In India, however, while the environmental footprint is a concern, the plastics segment of the automotive sector is driven by a demand for lowcost cars with high fuel efficiency. Thus, cost effective, lightweight plastics substitute for steel and iron, wherever possible in the automotive sector.

The popular choice The main plastics used in an automobile in India are Polypropylene (PP), Polyurethane (PU), Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), Polyamides (PA 6 to PA66), and other engineered, high performance plastics. Of these, PP is most widely used due to its easy processability, recyclability & low density, which contributes to further weight reduction and low cost in comparison to competing materials. PP also offers a cost advantage to automotive Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) over its substitutes, while maintaining most of the characteristics required for the desired application. The global PP for passenger vehicles market stood at approximately 2,700 kilo tonne in 2009, while the Indian PP market in the same year was a paltry 60 kilo tonne. This is mainly attributed to two factors. Firstly, India is still a growing market for automotives, while developed markets such as North America, Europe and Japan have already reached maturity. Secondly, the global PP consumption in passenger vehicles is 50-55 kg per vehicle, while in India the figure was


SECTOR ANALYSIS Growth opportunities by application type (World), 2008-2015

Brazil 2007 2008 2009 2010

2.63m 2.95m 2.68m 2.76m

11.8% 9.0% 3.0%

Western Europe 2007 16.13m 2008 13.05m 19.1% 2009 11.13m 14.7% 2010 11.62m 4.3%

Russia 2007 2008 2009 2010

Eastern Europe* 2007 4.46m 2008 4.35m 19.1% 2009 3.89m 14.7% 2010 11.62m 4.3%

South Korea 2007 4.05m 2008 3.64m 2009 3.11m 2010 3.42m

Iran 2007 2008 2009 2010

India 2007 2008 2009 2010

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Fig 2: Production volumes of light vehicles (world), 2007-2010 Key:* Eastern Europe in the chart does not include Russia. Note: Light vehicles include sales of passenger cars, crossover cars, sports utility vehicles, multipurpose vehicles, pickup trucks and minivans. All figures are rounded. Base year is 2008. Source: Frost & Sullivan

much below average, around 30 kg per vehicle.

Global trends Globally, interiors account for the largest consumption of plastics, roughly 52 per cent of all plastics going into automotives, while exteriors comprise 31 per cent. The rest of the plastics in automotives go under the hood of the vehicle. The under-thehood segment is the quickest growing of the three segments due to the low level of plastic penetration here. However, opportunities for metal substitution are harder to convert in this segment as compared to others, due to the tough environs of engine compartments. This segment will require high R&D investment as well as high performance plastics for substitution.

Innovation and development Intensive R&D from major plastics suppliers has been one of the main driving forces behind expanding plastics in automotive applications over the last decade. Industry majors such as DuPont, DSM and Dow have well established automotive divisions,

enabling a focussed approach to this segment. Similarly, the expansion of PP has been driven by major producers of PP such as LyondellBasell and Borealis, who manufacture a wide range of grades of plastics for automotive markets. Similarly, niche polymer producers such as Victrex have actively followed metal substitution opportunities resulting in drastically increased usage of their plastics in automotives. Driving these innovations are government initiatives in the form of incentives or punitive fines, in order to reduce per vehicle environmental footprint as well as increase driver and pedestrian safety. For instance, one of the world’s material majors is currently in the process of developing a new thermoplastics-based material, to substitute for steel in the vehicle body. This is expected to result in increased cost efficiency for the automotive OEM, as well as further weight reduction of the vehicles. It is also looking to substitute with plastics used in automotives, thereby making segregation and recycling of plastics in automotives cheaper and more feasible. Other than this, Japanese

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car maker Mazda has teamed up with Hiroshima University in the quest for second generation PP bioplastics as a substitute for the current PP used in automotives. Also, Propex Fibers is looking to use its patented ‘hot compaction’ process to produce high performance thermoplastics for a wide variety of applications, including automotives.

Outlook Globally, the automotive plastics sector appears well on its way to recovery, along with the automotive sector. Plastic in this segment is expected to grow at a Compounded Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 4.9 per cent until 2015, to a volume of 8,500 kilo tonne. In India, one can expect a much higher CAGR of about 10-11 per cent until 2015, owing to a rapidly growing automotive industry, with the passenger vehicle PP market alone expected to reach 180 kilo tonne. To sum up, as long as automotive OEMs are looking to reduce costs and produce light-weight vehicles, plastics in automotives is likely to see robust growth. Govind Ramakrishnan is Research Analyst - South Asia and Middle East, Chemicals, Materials and Food at Frost & Sullivan. For further details, email: anishc@frost.com September 2010 | Modern Plastics & Polymers

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Innovative plastics for automotives

Steering towards a new trend As automotive designers and manufacturers continue to focus on weight reduction, cost control, improved performance and innovative styling, materials & applications being targeted to achieve these goals are constantly expanding. Read on for an insight into the latest trends in plastics usage in automotives that represent the shift from materials that have so far been the norm. Courtesy: jobwerx

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he growing array of specialty and commodity plastics that have been developed for new application areas in automotive interiors, lighting, glazing, structural components, etc have driven the growth of the market for innovative materials for use in automotives. The creative use of plastics is accelerating as OEMs and tiers find new opportunities to replace traditional materials across their existing product lines and also to leverage plastics in various components in the latest electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs).

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high demand for moulded-in colour Polypropylene (PP) for use in Instrument Panels (IP), door panels and interior trim. Long glass fibre PP is also seeing increased usage in retainers of soft, skinand-foam instrument panels. Although historically reserved for high-end, luxury vehicles, these soft IPs are being developed at the small and mid-size levels, indicating that demand for long glass fibre PP will continue to grow. Although IP retainers are trending away from Polycarbonate/AcrylonitrileButadiene-Styrene (PC/ABS) towards PP, the former still remains popular for painted hard trim due to its high flow, high impact strength and good heat resistance. Particularly as designers look for new cost-out and weight-out alternatives, it is important to design


TECHNO TRENDS trim components with thinner-wall sections while ensuring compliance with interior crash safety standards. The balance of properties delivered by a PC/ABS grade such as Cycoloy* XCY620 resin from SABIC Innovative Plastics can help engineers design for these requirements. Steering wheels are a new focus area for plastics. Typical steering wheels, comprising a die-cast magnesium or aluminium armature overmoulded with flexible urethane foam, have remained basically unchanged for years. Drawbacks include lack of package space for integration of electronic components, inability to attach components and restrictions on new styling such as advanced shapes & innovative aesthetics. Using injection moulding to process materials is a fresh approach to steering wheel design. Designs featuring a hollow rim reduce weight and mass, besides providing space for electronics. Compared to die casting and finishing, injection moulding offers greater design flexibility,

avoids secondary operations and streamlines production while reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the manufacturing process. Resins offering moulded-in custom colour impart improved aesthetics to auto interiors and avoid the cost of secondary painting and coating operations. Special effects, such as metallic looks, textures and patterns, can be moulded into components for a distinctive appearance at a cost-effective price. A great example can be found in the 2010 Ford Mustang IP trim panels. This moulded-in-colour solution is a unique styling enabler while reducing costs and emissions associated with the painting process.

Exteriors Lightweight, tough plastics are becoming the material of choice in auto fenders as well as an ever-broadening range of auto body components. Not only do plastics cut weight by up to 50 per cent compared to steel, but they also provide greater freedom to create complex

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designs and to improve overall safety and performance. Further, conductive materials such as Noryl* GTX resins allow body panels to be electrostatically on-line painted without the need for a conductive primer and deliver high-quality painted aesthetics. Pedestrian safety is a key application area where plastics can make a major difference. By increasing the flexibility of auto fenders compared to steel,

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plastics can help provide excellent head impact energy absorption in pedestrian incidents, as well as recovery of the fender from minor collisions. North American OEMs are evaluating the Global Technical Requirements (GTRs) for pedestrian safety bumper systems – historically a European requirement – and considering designing to meet them. For example, the SABIC® STAMAX long glass fibre PP resins, have been used extensively by European automakers to replace steel in such key components as front-end modules, door modules, underbody shields and other structural and energy management systems.

Lighting An accelerating trend in automotive lighting is its migration into the vehicle interior in areas such as illuminated sill plates, centre consoles and door trim panels. Specialty resins, already used extensively in headlamps and other exterior lighting, are finding new applications as lighting becomes an important interior design element. Materials such as the transparent, virtually unbreakable Lexan XHT PC copolymers from SABIC Innovative Plastics offer thermal and colour stability in the high-temperature headlamp environment, and can be metallised for a highly reflective appearance or used in clear, tinted bezels that have become a fashion statement. Direct metallisation without the need for a coating or the alternative of moulded-in colour both help reduce production costs when using this material. For example, Hella, a leading Tier 1 auto lighting supplier, created a metallised headlamp bezel and a clear, ice blue-tinted bezel for two 78

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major European car manufacturers with the help of this material. It enabled Hella to create distinctive lighting that can stand up to the exceptional performance demands of today’s high-intensity halogen, xenon and light emitting diode (LED) bulbs, as well as ultraviolet (UV) light and humidity.

Glazing An important application area for weight reduction is automotive glazing. Replacing glass with lightweight PC glazing contributes to better fuel economy and lower emissions, and increases design options. However, the PC must be coated for abrasion resistance. SABIC Innovative Plastics’ Exatec business, a leader in coated PC glazing solutions, is making this technology more practical and accessible in two important ways. Exatec recently partnered with ULVAC, a vacuum technology company, to make turnkey, mass-production systems for plasma-coated Lexan PC glazing available. Further, Exatec is scientifically evaluating the effects of surface wear on PC glazing using either wet coat or both wet coat and plasma coating technologies, including conducting long-term road evaluations.

Hybrid and hybrid electric vehicles Although hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicles can reduce fuel consumption and emissions, the additional weight of battery packs – up to 300 kg (approxiately 661 lbs) on a mid-sized car – can undermine environmental benefits. In order to reduce weight, plastics can replace steel

in different applications such as battery housings, an approach that is already being taken by leading global auto manufacturers. For instance, Noryl and Noryl GTX resins from SABIC Innovative Plastics offer lower initial mould shrink and warp; lower moisture uptake that minimises dimensional and mechanical property changes; and a lower and more stable Coefficient of Thermal Expansion (CTE). These high-end properties help keep the performance of the battery pack system stable regardless of potential changes in environment such as temperature, humidity and load. In HEVs, the higher the voltage, the more important electromagnetic interference/radio frequency interference (EMI/RFI) shielding becomes to control potential interference from electronic components such as inverters, electronic control units and battery management systems.

Conclusion Automotive manufacturers continue to face unrelenting pressure in the areas of regulatory compliance, global competition and cost control while striving to meet the demands of their clients. Converting from glass, metal and other traditional materials to plastics or creating entirely new components from plastics can help OEMs and tiers find answers to all of these challenges. Ongoing innovations in materials and technologies offer new solutions for virtually any auto component, from large body panels to the smallest connectors, and from the headlamps to the rear window. Umamaheswaran Venkatakrishnan is Automotive Director - Products, Marketing and Technology at SABIC Innovative Plastics. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in automotive engineering (1986) from HCE, India and a Master’s degree in Plastics Engineering (1991) from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. He serves on the board of directors of SPE Automotive division. Email: agodfrey@ahminc.com


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Trends in automotive plastics

Imparting an all new look Since decades, the global automotive industry has been a driver – pushing the technology envelope – constantly enhancing the performance of materials to meet the ever changing needs of the customer; considering safety, environment, comfort, aesthetics and economic dynamics. This article presents an insight into the latest technological advancements in the plastics materials used in automotives, and the trends therein. Mirisch Damani

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lobal automotive OEMs today, very clearly define the key requirements expected from automotive materials. Primary specifications among these include mechanical, physical & thermal properties. The second is part performance standards including functional characteristics, aesthetics, environmental, safety and statutory compliance. These two factors are thoroughly reviewed before starting formulation design, leading to the selection of the base resin, type and level of impact modifier, percentage of reinforcing agent such as talc and of course, the most important and critical being the additive package and pigment package. Polypropylene, over the period, has gained significant technological & commercial importance,

as one of the largest selling materials in a compounded form for automotive interiors, exteriors, under-the-hood and chassis applications - from low cost cars to premium luxurious automobiles.

Trends in material requirements and part performance Today, the global car concept is well in place with common material specifications, irrespective of where the vehicle is assembled, parts are produced or the car is sold. The materials are required to comply with the global norms set by the automotive OE – that have considered the extreme environmental conditions of the planet – right from the heat of the Sahara desert, to the extreme cold of Siberia – thus effectively resulting in a single specification for a wide spectrum of functional characteristics. Automotive materials are expected to now comply with stringent part quality & performance requirements. These can be categorised as follows: Automotive interiors Head form impact Knee bolster (ECE 21) Above belt Line (FMVSS) Side impact energy management systems Air bag deployment – no splintering Automotive exteriors & body parts Low temperature ductility at -30°C Low wall thickness components – excellent impact/stiffness balance Low CLTE – Gap & Flush No tiger stripes / tiger marks / flow marks – excellent aesthetics

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MARKET SCOPE Under the hood components & chassis parts High heat stability – long term heat ageing Copper resistance Excellent balance of stiffness at elevated temperature NVH properties

Addressing safety and quality concerns Besides part performance and quality criteria, compliance to environmental, safety & health requirements are also specified by OEMs specifically for in-cabin environment. Global warming is driving automotive OEs to rethink the conditions inside a car cabin, while exposed to sun and heat for long durations. A car kept out in the open, with an ambient temperature of around 40°C can make the closed cabin temperature to rise as high as 95°C, as a result of green house effect depending on external factors of wind, humidity and direction of parking with reference to the movement of the sun. Considering such extreme climatic conditions, the material is formulated to retain its thermal properties – ensuring consistent part quality and performance. To withstand such harsh environment and climatic conditions, the additives such as long term heat stabilisers, UV stabilisers, anti-oxidants and other chemicals used in PP compound formulation are required to provide a higher level of performance. However, a combination of several additives in a polymer system can lead to the formation of complex molecular structures that can adversely affect interior cabin environment, resulting in stickiness/ tackiness, surface distortion, high VOC emission, fogging, odour and so on. RoHS and REACH compliance is now a global norm for all materials – irrespective of its use. Materials & chemicals that have been scientifically proven to cause harm to humans and animals – some cancerous – are systematically eliminated from usage. A perfect balance of the type of polymer and dosage & type of additive

selection in a formulation play a very important role in complying to part quality and performance criteria and environmental & health considerations. Multinational OEMs pay special attention to automotive interiors as incabin interiors are a highly influencing criteria for selection and purchasing of a vehicle. While sitting inside the cabin, the occupant must feel comfortable and pleasant – mentally at ease. Design, colour, texture, fit, finish and overall look of the interior enhance the driving pleasure. Excellent quality plastics parts in auto interior results from a balance and combination of right material composition, process or part fabrication technology along with right selection of texture & colour that would provide an aesthetically appealing interior cabin. New generation materials have been developed to impart a rubbery/ leathery feel, with low gloss, which when coupled with the right texture and colour, provide an excellent overall feel & appearance.

Technology pushes development Indian OEMs are now waking up to using more plastics in their vehicles, thereby achieving substantial weight reductions and better fuel efficiencies. High performance thermoplastics are now being used to replace sheet metal and aluminium die casting components wherever they can meet performance criteria. Hybrid polypropylene compounds are making substantial inroads in such areas with applications such as filters, under the hood troughs/trays, pedal clusters, air intake manifolds, front end modules, door modules and so on, through new process technologies such as in-line moulding.

Rounding up The automotive industry, over the past several years, has witnessed significant changes in customer expectations, environment concerns and safety requirements. This has led to a continuous push in the technology

envelope of the materials used in automotive interiors – especially the workhorse polymer – Polypropylene (PP). With major breakthroughs in new polymerisation techniques, additive & pigment systems – the consumption of PP compounds in automotives has grown to over 80 per cent by weight and over 60 per cent by value. Over the past decade, consumption of TPEs, TPOs & PP compounds in Indian automobiles has also substantially increased from an average of 20 kg per vehicle to over 50 kg per vehicle today. Over the years, Indian cars, regardless of the size/price segment, are increasingly seeing new levels of luxury inside the cabin/cockpit. This is provided by higher consumption of plastics, providing better aesthetics, soft feel, with use of textile/leather inserts, metallic/wood grain finishes and two tone interiors. With several new launches expected in next three years, the Indian automotive industry is expected to reach a volume of over 5 million vehicles by 2015. In this context, material technology would remain a key growth driver to satisfy the ever growing consumer demand in terms of safety, comfort, aesthetics, quality and performance of plastics interiors. Mirisch Damani is the Founder, Promoter and CMD of Zylog Plastalloys Pvt Ltd. He holds a BSc in Chemistry from University of Bombay and an MS in Polymer Science from University of Akron, Ohio, USA besides an MBA from Indiana University, USA. E-mail: a.damani@zylogplastalloys.com September 2010 | Modern Plastics & Polymers

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Powder coating with PVDF

A protective shield ‘covering’ the damage It has been more than 25 years since PVDF was first used in powder coating applications in the US. PVDF is often preferred due to its excellent chemical resistance and good mechanical properties. With the recent development of Kynar® ADX resins, one can opt for primer-less PVDF coating very easily. This article presents a general understanding of the basics of powder coating and the application of PVDF polymers therein. Mandar Amrute

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owder coating is a type of coating that is applied as a free-flowing, dry powder. Unlike conventional liquid paint, powder coatings do not need a solvent to keep binder and fillers together in liquid form. The most common technique to apply powder coating is to use an electrostatic spray gun and then cure the coating with the help of an oven. Curing will allow the powder to melt and form a skin-like layer over the surface. The most common application for which powder coatings are used is for covering industrial metal parts to protect them against corrosion and chemical etching, thereby increasing their life. In this respect, PVDFs present an effective option, owing to their resistance to chemical action. The process of powder coating is done in three successive steps. The steps involved are:

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methods. The selection of the method depends on the size and the material of construction of the part to be powder coated, the type of soil to be removed and the performance requirement of the finished product. Chemical pre-treatments involve the use of phosphates or chromates in submersion or spray application. These often occur in multiple stages and consist of degreasing, etching, de-smutting, various rinses and the final phosphating or chromating of the substrate. The pretreatment process not only cleans the surface, but also improves bonding of the powder to the metal. Another method of preparing the surface prior to coating is known as abrasive blasting or sandblasting and shot blasting. Blast media and blasting abrasives are used to provide surface texturing and preparation, etching, finishing and degreasing of the products. While selecting a blasting medium, the most important properties one needs to consider are: Chemical composition and density Particle shape and size Impact resistance

Step 2: Powder application processes The most common way of applying the


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•Kynar® Innovative (patented) process for grafting reactive group

•Kynar® ADX

Figure 1: Preparation of Kynar® ADX

This method is generally used when the desired thickness of coating is to exceed 300 micrometre. Electrostatic fluidised bed application, another method of powder application, uses the same fluidising technique and the conventional fluidised bed dip process, but with much less powder depth in the bed. An electrostatic charging media is placed inside the bed so that the powder material becomes charged as

the fluidising air lifts it up. Charged particles of powder move upward and form a cloud of charged powder above the fluid bed. When a grounded part is passed through the charged cloud the particles will be attracted to its surface. The parts are not preheated unlike in the conventional fluidised bed dip process.

Step 3: Curing The sprayed powder is exposed to an

Figure 2: PVDF lined tank for handling 96 per cent sulphuric acid – welded system

powder coating to metal objects is to spray the powder using an electrostatic gun, or a Corona gun. The gun imparts a positive electric charge on the powder, which is then sprayed towards the grounded object by mechanical or compressed air spraying and then accelerated towards the workpiece by the powerful electrostatic charge. There are a wide variety of spray nozzles available for use in electrostatic coating. Thereafter, the object is heated, and the powder melts into a uniform film. When cooled, this layer forms a hard coating. It is also common to heat the metal first and spray the powder onto the hot substrate. Preheating can help to achieve a more uniform finish but can also create other problems, such as runs caused by excess powder. Powder can also be applied using specifically adapted electrostatic discs. Another method of applying powder coating, called the Fluidised Bed method, is done by heating the substrate and then dipping it into an aerated, powder-filled bed. The powder sticks and melts to the hot object. Further, heating is usually required to finish curing the coating. September 2010 | Modern Plastics & Polymers

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elevated temperature, due to which the powder begins to flow and form a layer on the substrate. The cross linking agent present in the powder will react at this elevated temperature and will form the bond with substrate. In order to achieve the desired degree of curing, one has to consult the powder manufacturer as curing temperature and time vary according to the type of powder used for coating. One can use standard convection cure ovens or infrared cure oven for the typical powder coating process.

PVDF in powder coating PVDF is preferred over other plastics mainly due to its excellent chemical resistance. Many factors can affect a material’s chemical resistance. These include, but are not limited to, exposure time, chemical concentration, extreme temperature & pressure, frequency of temperature & pressure cycling, attrition due to abrasive particles and the type of mechanical stress

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imposed. Some of the key properties offered by PVDF are excellent chemical resistance, good mechanical properties, toughness and easy process ability. However, one must consult the resin manufacturer and chemical resistance data for the PVDF resin before using the recommended specific grade for a particular application. Kynar® ADX, a new family of PVDF homopolymers and copolymers containing a chemical reactive group, is an innovative product based on Arkema patented technology and the latest entrant in the league. The key features of this material include its reactivity providing direct adhesion with many substrates and metals like steel, aluminium and copper.

Making standard methods easier

The Kynar ® ADX product range has been developed to allow primer less powder coating by standard methods including: Dip coating in fluidised bed Electrostatic spraying Hot spraying For any type of powder coating, it is generally recommended to prepare the surface by degreasing followed by grit blasting (G17 steel grit typical) or chemical etching. Application of primer is not required. Once the surface preparation is done, the part needs to be preheated. This step is a must to ensure good adhesion between the powder and the substrate. The preheating time and temperature depend on design, metal thickness & coating thickness desired. Recommended preheating time is 4 to 10 minute at 340 – 360°C for thin parts and up to 30 minute at 300–340°C for massive parts. This material is well-suited to standard powder coating processes. Dip coating in a fluidised bed needs to be done in a well-ventilated area, with air exhaust near the top of the tank. The surface temperature of the hot part should not exceed 350°C for contact with the resin. The hot part

is dipped into the fluidised powder for 2-6 second. One can achieve typically 200–500 micron thickness and up to 1 mm for massive parts. For electrostatic spraying, one can use a negative (-80V to –100 V, typically) as well as positive voltage in the spray gun. A hot air circulated oven is recommended with good ventilation typically with air speed upto 3 m/s. The coated part is cured in the oven up to 10 – 15 minute at 240 – 270°C depending upon the thickness of the part and type of the metal. One can easily get thickness of 80–120 micron per application and additional layers can be applied as per the requirement. A maximum thickness up to 3 mm can be easily obtained.

The preferred choice

Kynar® ADX powder provides ease of processing without compromising on the properties of PVDF homopolymers & copolymers. Hence, it is a material of choice in many applications like anti corrosive and chemical resistant coating for reactors and vessels in the chemical processing, offshore and chemical handling industries. Additionally, it is also a preferred option for the coating of stirrers & vessels in the pharmaceutical and medical industry.

References 1. “Powder Coating”- Mario S Pennisi, Principal Consultant - Penlia & Co 2. “Next Generation Chemical Tanks”Dave Seiler, Mandar Amrute, Lonnie Bryant, Chemical Engineering World, December 2009 3. “New Materials and Multi-Layer Rotomolding Technology for Higher Barrier Performance Rotomolded Tanks” - G O’Brien, R Partridge, B Clay, Rotoplas’04 4. “ Kynar ® ADX Properties & Performance” by Arkema Inc

Mandar Amrute is the Market Development Leader at Arkema India. Email:mrute@arkema.com


INJECTION ZONE

Quality monitoring in injection moulded parts

Keeping a close watch

Maintaining uniform process conditions in injection moulding is the key to making precise parts. Since the process occurs in the mould, it has to be monitored, controlled and documented there. A frequent dilemma for plastic parts moulders is how to monitor and control the quality of the parts, preferably by on-line measurement systems. This especially applies to outsourced parts. In this context, the use of temperature and pressure sensors in the cavity is an effective solution. Y R Anand

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igh-quality injection moulding machines usually have good quality measurement systems built into the machine. But these, at best, measure the machine functions and try to regulate the part quality. There is no attention paid to what is really happening to the plastics melt and how it is behaving in the mould. This is even more acute in case of outsourced parts. The major problem faced by large outsourcing programmes is the consistency of the parts produced by multiple vendors. In the increasingly competitive world, there is severe pressure on part price along with quality. In this trade off, the consistency of parts could end up being compromised on. Since every moulder might not have the same type of sophisticated machines (outsourced or produced in-house), the same mould can produce different results on different machines. It could also vary depending on the experience of different operators, even at the same moulder. Another factor affecting part quality is the variation in the melt-flow index (and hence the behaviour) of plastics from batch to batch and at times, within the same batch. After so many improvements in production methods and processes, there is still inadequate

understanding of the term ‘closed loop’ injection moulding in a vast majority of cases. There are solutions at hand to ease this problem. Monitoring what is happening inside the cavity by way of sensors for pressure or temperature (or both) and using these to make the switch from injection-speed to holding-pressure will ensure consistent part quality. This is in spite of external forces or raw material variations. These require the use of pressure or thermal sensors and also some systems to use these signals to control the switchover point in different cavities or different points within a large cavity. It is not enough to place sensors and simply hope for the best. The control system (like a black box) will play a vital role in quality control. There are several sensor manufacturers such as Priamus, Kistler, RJG, etc. It is important to choose a supplier who offers complete solutions and not bits and pieces of hardware. It is important to choose systems which can deliver consistent parts in each cavity and every shot. There are multiple benefits to using sensors for quality control. These include: Reducing material wastage by eliminating over packing Avoiding short fills Consistent weight and dimensions (irrespective of machines used)


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Balancing hot runners dynamically Avoiding costly off-line inspection Reduction of secondary process steps Avoiding weld line problems Controlling sequential injection process for larger parts

Functional principle of switchover to holding pressure Classical switchover to holding pressure by cavity pressure sensors utilises a fixed pressure threshold value to initiate where the switchover takes place. Yet, the viscosity and its constant variation play a major role. Changes in viscosity represent changes in volumes. If the viscosity of the material changes during production, the process is strongly influenced. Therefore, with fixed-level pressure switchover, the moulded parts are either ‘under or over moulded’ and are subject to variations. In contrast, automatic switchover based upon flush mounted cavity temperature sensors at the end of the flow path, gives an instantaneous indication of the melt front. An external signal for switchover is sent to the moulding machine within 4 millisecond, only when the mould is volumetrically full. Any material viscosity changes are automatically compensated for. The cavity temperature sensors can be placed in the flow path, such that the switchover signals can be optimised using this delay option. In case of a blocked nozzle, for example, the melt will not reach the cavity temperature sensor. This can be ascertained by a good system, and the bad part due to the blocked nozzle can be automatically contained. So far, a lot of focus in closed loop injection moulding is via the cavity pressure measurements. Intelligent use of temperature sensors can often be advantageous over pressure sensors, and at lower costs.

A common misconception

to holding pressure, they are located just ahead of the end of the flow path. In one technical solution patented by Priamus System Technologies AG of Schaffhausen, Switzerland, a switch signal is immediately generated. This is used by the injection moulding machine to switch over to holding pressure automatically. Switching over to holding pressure automatically eliminates the need to optimise with filling tests, since the melt front is always recorded independent of machine settings. It even compensates changes in the machine settings, for example, the injection speed and the resulting changes in melt volume. Thus, mould setups and process optimisation are considerably more robust, less subject to problems and easier to handle than by the classic procedure. A European moulding company compared various switchover techniques over a longer period of time. It found that in cases where a cavity temperature sensor cannot be located at the most favourable position, the switch signals can be optimised with the aid of delay times. Dimensional variations in the Courtesy: Lerner & Associates injection mould parts turn out much smaller during mould setup, both in terms There is a similar connection between constant machine settings and of deviation as well as variety when this natural variations in melt viscosity (which switchover method is used rather than happens due to batch variations) or the conventional switchover methods. Another European moulder had when regrind is processed or due to the influence of humidity. In other words, problems when processing glass fibre materials (PPA-GF33), every process variation in injection reinforced moulding alters melt flow behaviour especially with variations in humidity and consequently with and with permanently set switchover content viscosity. Since automatic switchover thresholds, leads to greater or lesser deviations. When the variations are compensates viscosity variations, it extreme, this leads to unfilled cavities or enables them to eliminate the sorting of parts by hand. By the conventional overfilled parts. method, 5 to 10 per cent was the usual A case for temperature sensing percentage of rejects, whereas with In contrast to pressure sensors, automatic switchover, over 600,000 temperature sensors detect a sudden were produced without a single reject. temperature increase within milliseconds, Noticeable variation in screw position at ie the arrival of the melt at the position the point of switchover was observed as of the sensor. For automatic switchover a logical consequence of this method. Contrary to popular belief, the most constant machine setting possible does not necessarily lead to consistent moulding of part weight and dimensions. The classical switchover methods are based on screw position or cavity pressure. They normally use a permanently set switchover threshold optimised during mould set up. Here, the switchover to holding pressure is at the highest possible volumetric filling. In such cases the settings cannot be changed without undergoing another series of set-up parameters, since any change in injection speed also changes the injection volume. This results in resetting the switchover pressure or point.

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This more than compensated for the additional investment on the sensing and signalling equipment used for this production.

The opening and closing of shut-off nozzles In injection moulding, detecting the melt front in real time is of great significance, not only for automatic switchover to holding pressure, but also for many other applications. Only when the melt position is actually known, can it be utilised for regulation and control functions. This is hard to do by measuring cavity pressure, since certain pressure has to be built up before the switchover point is reached, ie, before sending a signal for the shut-off nozzle to open or shut. A cavity temperature sensor detects the melt front automatically. When the melt reaches the sensor, the temperature rises quickly, so that the position of the melt is always known, regardless of ambient influences or alterations of viscosity. Thus, shut-off nozzle opening and closing can be regulated. Moreover, this can be done automatically by a switchover signal, generated either when the sensor position is reached, or by using delay times. This method can have practical applications, eg, for detecting, moving and regulating weld line positions, for automatically opening shut-off nozzles in sequential injection moulding or for ventilating cavities automatically via an automatically triggered venting core. In many cases, it is not possible to predict the exact melt position or the end of the flow path due to complex

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Contrary to popular belief, the most constant machine setting possible does not necessarily lead to consistent moulding of part weight and dimensions. parts geometry. It is also possible for the melt position to shift due to various machine settings. In family moulds, for example, it is often impossible to make all cavities fill simultaneously. For such cases, special controllers can release a switchover action on either the first or the last signal. Depending on the application, this makes it possible to prevent the parts from overfilling (‘first signal’) or ensures that all parts or zones are completely filled (‘last signal’)

Balancing and controlling the hot runner Contrary to popular belief, even hot runner moulds are subject to natural variations caused by changes in ambient influences as well as by differences in mould temperature or melt viscosity. That is why injection moulded parts necessarily differ in consistency, weight and dimensions. Without active hot runner control, there are natural limits to the precision of any process. The hot runner can be controlled by automatically detecting the melt position in the cavity and adapted via nozzle temperatures in the hot runner. Most errors are systematically detected and automatically corrected. The original idea for this control used cavity pressure, instead of cavity temperature sensors. The functionality of the method could thus be demonstrated in the simple case of a multi-cavity mould with identical cavities. This principle had clear limitations. Hot runner balancing was thus based on a pressure increase, which, by contrast with cavity temperature, is not transformed into a signal prior to the compression phase, ie, long after filling and switching over to holding pressure. Thus, control

based on melt position is impossible when cavity pressure sensors are used. Many applications, such as melt flow control in car bumpers, or when processing fluid silicon cannot be implemented without knowledge of the actual melt position. The shrinkage and final dimensions of the moulded parts depend largely on mould tempering and temperature distribution on the mould surface. These parameters, in turn, can only be detected and regulated by cavity temperature sensors. Priamus system ‘fill & cool’ enables both the balancing and control of a hot runner system, as well as automatic control of mould temperature. An easy to use pass controller breaks new ground for injection moulding process control. Independent on how moulded parts are manufactured, if the cavity pressure and the cavity temperature of the moulded part and the viscosity of the melt are within a defined monitoring window, a good part is produced. If the values are outside this window, the bad part is automatically identified and if necessary, rejected.

Conclusion The use of cavity pressure & temperature sensors and their intelligent use for process control is quite new in India and the knowledge to apply this is rather meagre. However, it does have bright future prospects, and with reasonable investments, it can fetch handsome results to moulders as well as end users in terms of consistent quality, independent of local conditions. Y R Anand is a Partner of Unimark - a company that sells and services machines for plastics processing, tool making, micro electronics and wire mesh welding. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Mysore, a Master’s degree in Production Engineering from IIT, Kharagpur and has worked for over nine years in manufacturing industries in Mumbai. He has been with Unimark since 1980. Email: anand@unimark.in


MANAGEMENT MANTRAS

ERP in SMEs

Managing growth in a seamless way For an SME, which often begins as a tiny cluster of few workers, growth in size and business volumes invariably bring along its own host of complications. In this context, implementation of ERP systems comes as a welcome solution to resolve these complexities as well as an opportunity to review, identify and rectify existing loopholes in the system. Courtesy: Compendium

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ost SMEs are privately held companies & decision making is mostly owner driven. Further, an SME that grows in size & volume of business also grows in terms of complexity of operations. For instance, initially the company might have started as a small operation with a few employees, no separate departments, few vendors, few product offerings and a relatively smaller client base to take care of. However, as the company grows it realises that the operations have become more complex owing to factors like material receipts from multiple vendors, issues to several different departments and sales of multi-product range to a variety of customers. While previously,

mere administrative control on source and use of finance was enough to ensure sustained profitability, it has now become harder to obtain information pertaining to: Unnecessary drain of financial resources Priority areas seeking attention Which investment can form a competitive edge

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Finding a solution The SME owners in general prefer focussing on interaction with customers directly and tapping market demand. Internal operations, while closely controlled, normally involves getting second hand information from a right-hand key operational person. Information of this sort can tend to be biased in nature. Lack of time prevents the owner from taking true stock of the operational situation. Thus, a need for remote based better decision making process, enhanced coordination and greater responsiveness is now felt in this growing concern. The time value of information flow is now a premium. With results, the perceived need of investments in IT has moved from the administrative role to operational role.

Improved strategic decisionmaking

Increased customer responsiveness

Need for a common platform Process improvement Adopting ERP Data visibility Operating cost reductions

Ross and Vitale (1998), define six common motivations for manufacturing units to adopt an ERP system (which is a mixture of Operational and competitive roles of ERP)

Owners of SMEs are usually most anxious about the last three elements,on which the first three elements have a direct impact. Persons in charge of operations are made directly responsible for process improvement & cost reduction by the owners. They are usually the most

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insistent on the need for first element. Usually, it roots from the frustration that the complex systems and poor information flow generate. The operation in-charge anticipates an improved and real-time data visibility that can aid better operational decision-making. Today, ERP is considered as the priced tool for the company’s otherwise deemed chaotic working.

costs for the department, increased utilisation & efficiency of departmental resource while the staff function will chiefly look to minimum user interface and easy data entry or user friendliness. Taking the one dimensional view of a select stakeholder only during ERP implementation has proven to be costly for many companies and has resulted in poor integration.

Action charter for becoming ERP compliant

Defining company strategy

Listing the achievable information expected from ERP is an important step at this stage. When heavy expectations from ERP are thus being built-up by the environment around, penning down of the various deliverables help ground the concerned internal ERP stakeholders in reality. A comprehensive listing of the different needs provides a strong base of the divergent needs of different stakeholders. The expectations of deliverables are usually different for each of the stakeholder groups with some common elements and some opposing elements also. These are discussed as below: Owners: They are more likely to define deliverable elements that address reduced inventory, reduced operational costs, improved quality and increased customer responsiveness. Operational heads: They may focus on elements that highlight enhanced coordination, data visibility, data integrity, on a realtime basis and forecasting features to be more responsive to sudden change in plan. Departmental heads: They may focus on reducing operational

Listing down of deliverables serves as a common platform for debating on the true need of the company as a whole. In other words, the very act of adopting ERP might serve as the first true debate on the company strategy. As the various group of stakeholders argue to ensure satisfaction of their needs wherein measures of performance are safeguarded, the onus automatically shifts on the management or owners to verbalise & elaborate more about the direction that the company seeks to move and which ERP needs are truly congruent with this expected change. As a direct result of this debate, strategy of the company is revisited and realigned. A cross functional team is established representing all different stakeholders. Now the list can be prioritised to the satisfaction of all the concerned stakeholders as vital elements, essential elements and desirable elements. Vital elements may refer to those deliverables that is a must for the ERP to satisfy if the company has to satisfy the strategy defined. Desirable elements may refer to elements that seek to automate relatively nonconsequential activities. It is relatively easy to identify and mark elements as vital or desirable. Essential elements


MANAGEMENT MANTRAS can then be defined as that grey zone of elements that can improve performance marginally yet this information flow is not so vital that it would impact the strategic vision negatively. In other words, cost of delayed or slow information flow can be absorbed. An ERP design that is able to address most of these elements without any additional expense can be considered as most suitable. For example, the purchase department of a company might have an essential listed element that wants the ERP to reflect on the vendor rating of a chosen vendor during orderentry stage to reduce time taken to determine the vendor rating of supplier separately and then entering into the order-entry screen. The perceived slow information flow due to moving through multiple screens causes a slight increase in data entry time and is a cost that can be absorbed by the company. Normally, it is the essential-items list that causes the maximum debate during ERP selection.

In effect with change Underlining the ERP expectations of all the stakeholders other than owners will determine the reward and punitive system. When ERP is implemented for the first time, each of the processes comes under a microscopic scanner automatically. Every stakeholder becomes aware that his action is liable to be recorded as data in the ERP. This serves as the boon or bane for effective ERP usage depending on the reward & punitive culture existing in the company. In a company where the focus is on blaming one particular person for the problem highlighted in the ERP rather than finding solutions, internal stakeholders tend to provide

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obscure data. With multiplication of such obscure data inputs, ERP soon ends up losing its transparency and gives poor information that negatively affects the company as true deliverables cease to be met by ERP. Hence, implementing ERP also represents a cultural change management that must seek to move from the traditional approach of assessing blame and attitude of pinning the blame on someone to focussing efforts on treating the problem as a clue that helps identify the shortcomings in the process and offers a chance to correct & permanently rectify it. People tend to improve what is measured without improving the underlying performance that is sought. When the blame is measured, people focus on diverting blame and reducing blame on self rather than address the true problem. On the contrary, when true problems are addressed & measured, the processes of the company reflect a marked improvement. The management must address inculcating this shift in attitude from within first and then hold several training sessions for the other stakeholders to assuage their fears, so that data entered in the

ERP is not obscure. For most of the large companies, this is normally the most difficult aspect of the ERP implementation that results in either amazing returns or very poor returns from investment in ERP. However, for an SME that is run more like a family concern, this change is much easier to address. For SME, the challenge is more with training manpower in operating ERP and retaining the trained employee.

References 1. ‘ERP- Making it happen’ - Thomas F Wallace & Michael H Kremzar 2. ‘Race’ - Eliyahu Goldratt 3. ‘Re-thinking

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Measurements’ - Marshall W Meyer Satish Radhakrishnan is a Consultant with Savoir Faire Management Services Pvt Ltd. Savoir Faire develops cost information systems to support pricing, outsourcing and control decisions using the cost excellence (CE©) model. Applying cost management methodologies and lean thinking to align process to customer value, Savoir Faire helps firms across sectors to improve their bottom line. Email: sfgroup@vsnl.com

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EVENTS CALENDAR

National

Pune

Ahmedabad

Maharashtra Nov 19-22, 2010 Auto Cluster Exhibition Ctr, Chinchwad

Gujarat Dec 10-13, 2010 Gujarat University Exhibition Hall

Indore

Madhya Pradesh Jan 7-10, 2011 Maharaja Shivajirao School Grd, Chimanbaug

Chennai

Tamil Nadu Mar 11-13, 2011 Chennai Trade Centre

India’s premier industrial trade fair on products and technologies related to Machine Tools, Hydraulics & Pneumactics, Process Machinery & Equipment, Automation Instrumentation, Packaging & Auxiliaries, IT Products, Electrical & Electronics, Material Handling and Safety Equipment.

Mumbai

Maharashtra February 17-19, 2011 Bombay Exhibition Centre

Concurrent Shows

One of the largest advanced design and manufacturing events in India featuring Machine Tools, Hydraulics & Pneumactics, Process Machinery & Equipment, Automation Instrumentation, Packaging & Auxiliaries, IT Products, Electrical & Electronics, Material Handling and Safety Equipment.

International PackTech India 2010 An exhibition and conference for the packaging & processing industry to be held along with drink technology India; November 18-20, 2010; at Bombay exhibition Centre, Mumbai For details contact: Himanshu Gupta Messe Düsseldorf India Pvt Ltd 1, Commercial Complex 2nd Floor Sarita Vihar, New Delhi 110 076 Tel: 011-2697 1745 / 1056 Fax: 011-2697 1746 Email: guptah@md-india.com

International Conference on Electroactive Polymers: Materials and Devices This conference is specifically designed to give insights into the rapidly growing market of electroactive polymers with respect to the applications in various engineering sectors; November 21-26, 2010; at Surajkund, New Delhi

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For details contact: Infomedia 18 Ltd, Ruby House, 1st Floor, J K Sawant Marg, Dadar (W), Mumbai 400 028. Tel: 022-3003 4649/51 Fax: 022-3003 4499 Email: shamal@infomedia18.in

For details contact: Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Kharagpur, West Bengal Tel: 03222-255 221 Fax: 03222-255 303 Email: rishu_chandras@yahoo.com Website: www.icep2010.org

Plast Show

The unique feature of this expo is the presence of the entire spectrum of plastic & rubber products manufacturers from tyres to tubes, hoses, industrial components, extruded profiles, moulded goods, latex articles etc.; Dec 0306, 2010; Akota Stadium, Vadodara, Gujarat For details contact: Sunline Infotech Rajkot, Gujarat Tel: 022-2850 3932 Email: sunlineinfotech@gmail.com Website: www.plastexpoindia.com

Plastivision India 2011

This event is being designed to help exhibitors and visitors discover the potential markets. It will be the 8th in the series of national exhibitions and seminars organised by AIPMA; January 20-24, 2011;

at Bombay Exhibition Centre - NSE Exhibition Complex, Mumbai, Maharashtra For details contact: Sanjivini Kothare All India Plastics Manufacturers’ Association, Mumbai Maharashtra Tel: 022-2821 7324/7325 Fax: 022-2821 6390 Email: marketing@plastivision.org, info@plastivision.org, office@aipma.net Website: www.aipma.net

PU TECH 2011

The event will focus on diverse opportunities in the polyurethane industry which is one of the rapidly growing industries in India and has registered double digit growth during the past five years; March 09-11, 2011; at India Expo Centre & Mart Ltd, Greater Noida For details contact: Indian Polyurethane Association Chennai, Tamil Nadu Tel: 044-2499 5923 Fax: 044-2499 5923 Email: admin@pu-india.org Website: www.pu-india.org


EVENTS CALENDAR

International China Plastics Exhibition & Conference

JEC Composites Show Asia 2010

This tradeshow will unfold innovations in plastics machinery & ancillary equipment and will serve as a platform for business networking in South Asia; September 03-05, 2010; at Taizhou International Convention & Exhibition Center, Taizhou, China

This show aims to build on the enormous growth potential of the composite industry across the region by introducing innovative, marketready solutions enabled by composite materials; October 12-14, 2010; at Suntec - International Convention & Exhibition Centre, Singapore

For details contact: Taizhou International Convention Exhibition Center Tel: +86-576-82531122 Fax: +86-576-82531016 Email: china_pec@yahoo.com.cn Website: www.china-pec.com

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Asiamold An international trade fair for mouldmaking, tooling, design and application development; September 1517, 2010; at Poly World Trade Center Expo (Pazhou), Guangzhou, China For details contact: Guangzhou Guangya Messe Frankfurt Co Ltd Guangzhou, China Tel: +86 20 3825 1558 Fax: +86 20 3825 1400 Email: asiamold@china.messefrankfurt.com Website: www.asiamold-china.com

Plastec Midwest A leading regional trade fair for the international plastics community, Plastec is considered to be the natural venue for machinery manufacturers interested in international expansion for their products throughout the world; September 28-30, 2010; at Donald E Stephens Convention Centre, Rosemont, USA For details contact: Canon Communications Los Angeles, USA Tel: +310-996-9495, 310-4-454200 Fax: +310-4-454299 Email: plminfo@cancom.com Website: www.cancom.com

For details contact: JEC Composites Paris – France Tel: +33 (0)1 58 36 15 00 Fax: +33 (0)1 58 36 15 15 Email: exhibitors@jeccomposites.com Website: www.jeccomposites.com

K 2010 A premier exhibition that will provide the latest and the best in plastic materials for all manufacturing and processing industries alike. The unique feature of the expo is the presence of the entire spectrum of plastic & rubber products manufacturers; October 27-November 03, 2010; at Dusseldorf Exhibition Centre, Germany For details contact: Messe Dusseldorf GmbH Messeplatz Germany Tel: +49-211-4560900/4560175 Fax: +49-211-4560668/4560740 Email: k-online@messe-duesseldorf.de Website: www.k-online.de

Arabplast This event will offer an unique opportunity to the Middle East plastics & rubber Industries. It is designed to help exhibitors and visitors to discover the potential markets around Middle East, Asia, Africa & CIS countries; January 8-11, 2011; at Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre

For details contact: Jeen Joshua Al Fajer Information & Services Dubai, United Arab Emirates Tel: +971-50-8535820 Fax: +971-4-3403608 Email: alfajer@emirates.net.ae Website: www.arabplast.info

European Coatings Show 2011 The European Coatings Show plus adhesives, sealants and construction chemicals is one of the leading exhibitions for the international coatings and paints industry held every two years. The aim of this exhibition is to bring together all the professionals under the one roof; March 29-21, 2011; at Exhibition Centre, Nuremberg, Germany For details contact: NürnbergMesse GmbH Messezentrum, Nürnberg Germany Tel: +49 (0) 9 11. 86 06-0 Fax: +49 (0) 9 11. 86 06-82 28 Email: ariana.brandl@nuernbergmesse.de Website: www.european-coatings-show.com

INTERPLAS 2011 An international event aimed at serving the European polymer industry, which will feature the latest machinery & equipment for processing and converting polymers; September 27-29, 2011; Birmingham, United Kingdom For details contact: Reed Exhibitions Companies Surrey The United Kingdom Tel: +44 20 8271 2134 Email: rxinfo@reedexpo.co.uk Website: www.reedexpo.com The information published in this section is as per the details furnished by the respective organiser. In any case, it does not represent the views of Business Insights •Technologies•Opportunities

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REPORT

Frost & Sullivan Performance Plastics Summit 2010

Endless opportunities in performance plastics As technological innovations in high-end plastics come of age, the industry is entering into advanced avenues and expanding its presence in existing ones. The Executive MindXchange, hosted recently by Frost & Sullivan, with the theme ‘The Performance Plastic Summit 2010’, took this attempt a step ahead through its crucial insights.

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rost & Sullivan hosted an Executive MindXchange at The Westin Mumbai Garden City on August 9, 2010. The theme of the event was ‘The Performance Plastic Summit 2010 – Trends and Advances in Performance Plastics’. The MindXchange highlighted some of the most valued properties of performance plastics - high heat resistance, chemical resistance, dimensional stability, strength and light weight. These properties make performance plastics more fuel efficient than conventional materials like metals and thermosets. This trend is likely to drive the demand growth of performance plastics by 25 per cent by 2015.

Commodity plastics, rather than the specialty segment, are more popular in the Indian market, owing to the price sensitivity of the Indian customer. Besides ensuring affordability, there needs to be increased awareness about the benefits of specialty plastics such as its design flexibility, ease of processing and the overall reduced lifetime cost. “The global market for specialty plastics has shown considerable growth with continuous product and application development. The Indian market for performance plastics is still a very small percentage of the global market. Lack of product awareness, availability issues, high

Event highlights New innovations in specialty plastic - An R&D perspective Auto OEM perspective on use of plastics for improved vehicle performance Ultrasim™ techniques Acceleration of metal replacement in automobile for regulatory compliance and weight reduction How can high performance plastics meet the changing consumer needs in electrical - Improving product Enhance product functionality and product aesthetics Necessity and advantages of using performance plastics in the automotive industry Intelligent solutions for electrical and electronics Need and challenges of using performance plastics in the electronics segment

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REPORT

The proceedings evoked rapt attention among the audience

price, smaller base of end-user industries, are some of the factors that have restricted the growth of this market. This scenario is likely to change with changing consumer needs and an increase in the number of end-user industries, coupled with the functional and regulatory compliance norms that these plastics are required to meet,� said Mamta Wadhwa, Senior Director - Chemicals, Materials and Food Practice, Frost & Sullivan, South Asia, Middle East and North Africa.

Automotive and electronics industry Currently, in India, there is greater consumption of plastics in the commodity segment compared to that in the specialty segment. Introduction of better products is creating more opportunities for performance plastics in various new segments. Automotives implement newer technologies like automatic window systems, electronic seat adjustments, climate control, etc, which make extensive use of specialty plastics. Precision and insulation material being imperative in electronics, highperformance plastics find extensive application. Regulations mandating elimination of certain hazardous materials from electronic devices and the need to replace metal with a light weight material are expected to drive the demand for the performance plastics industry.

Interest in key issues affecting the industry is quite evident

Potential in the healthcare segment Medical devices offer great scope for high-end plastics application in India. Currently, the demand is negligible since most finished products are imported. Conventionally, medical devices were strictly restricted to metals. However, contemporary technology offers many advantages over traditional modes of production. Despite increasing acceptance of plastics by this industry, there is still enormous scope for replacement of metals by performance plastics. These plastics can provide various functional improvements at lower costs while meeting biocompatibility requirements. Recent research in plastics material technology shows that there are new materials which can withstand rough handling, multiple cleaning, disinfection and sterilisation cycles without significant loss of properties. This also opens up new opportunities in single-use as well as multi-use and reusable devices.

A confluence of stalwarts Eminent speakers at the summit included Dominic Britto, Principal Consultant, Materials Practice, Frost & Sullivan; Dr Sanjay Charati, Director Technical, Solvay Specialties India Pvt Ltd; Vikas Bawa, Deputy General Manager, COE Trim Engineering, Mahindra & Mahindra,

Automotive Division; M S Saravanan, Market Development Manager, BASF; Dr Simon Ting, Market Development Manager, ARKEMA Shanghai Technical Polymers Development Branch; Prashant B Vairagi, Asst General Manager, Plastics Technology Switchgear Design and Development Centre, Electrical and Electronics Business Group, Larsen & Toubro Ltd; Dr Milind Mhalgi, Senior Manager, Materials and Product Valuation, TACO Group; S Krithikumar, Manager Sales, BASF and D Madhusudhana Rao, Assistant Manager - New Product Development, Amara Raja Electronics Ltd. BASF-India was the Silver Partner for the MindXchange while Modern Plastics and Polymers, Chemical Weekly, ET Polymers, Bizxchange.com, Plasticbiz360.com, Plastemart.com, Popular Plastic and Packaging, Industry 2.0 and Polymerupdate.com were the media partners for the event. The event saw a confluence of some of the most significant names in the industry. It focussed on the key issues, new developments and processing requirements in the Indian specialty plastic industry and served as an ideal platform for leaders & experts to interact, share technical knowhow & exchange dialogue with the rapidly growing end-user markets like automotives, electronics and healthcare.

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TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER

Technology Offered As part of our endeavour to spread the technology culture, this section provides a means to promote and facilitate exchange of select technologies. We strive to bring together suppliers of such technologies with suitable users for negotiations and industrial collaboration. Conversion of batch-poly plant to C P plant A company from China is interested in providing consultancy for the modification of batch-poly plant to C P plant like polyester plant, polyester chip or direct spinning. Areas of application Chemical fibre and plastics Forms of transfer Turnkey

Plastic recycling technologies using organic and inorganic compounds An Iranian company offers plastics recycling technologies using organic and inorganic compounds. This idea is based on the principle of water electrolysis in which sodium chloride is kept in proximity of turpentine/pine oil and plastics. Areas of application Plastics recycling Forms of transfer Others

Plastics recycling technologies An Iranian company is willing to provide plastic recycling technologies using urea and ammonium carbonate and synthetic ammonia. Areas of application Plastics recycling

Forms of transfer Technology licensing

Polyester chip plant A company from China offers polyester production plant, polycondensation plant, polymerisation line, hot melt adhesive plant (500-5,000 tpa), polyester chip plant (2,000-1,50,000 tpa) and film grade polyester plant (2,000-1,50,000 tpa). Areas of application Polymerisation and fibre lines Forms of transfer Technology licensing and turnkey

Pilot plants production

for

small-scale

An Indian company offers pilot plants for laboratory or small-scale production purpose. The plant consists of a spinneret, metering pump, spinning beam, candle filter, extruder unit, godet unit, PP multifilament plant manufacturer, singlescrew extruder machine or melt flow index tester machine for masterbatch industries. Areas of application Plastics, textiles, etc Forms of transfer Sub-contracting, turnkey, etc

Rotational moulding of plastics A manufacturer of rotational moulding

machines from India offers plant and machinery for constructing water storage tanks and other hollow plastic parts. Areas of application Chemical storage tanks, water storage tanks, material handling trolleys, pallets, containers, etc Forms of transfer Others

Recycling of PET wastes into polyester polyols A Czech Republican company is offering the technology for recycling of PET wastes (plastic PET bottles, X-ray films, etc) to produce polyester polyols. The process consists of the following steps: Collection of PET wastes, sorting out & shredding of collected PET wastes, simple chemical process of glycolysis & esterification, and production of polyester polyols. Areas of application Chemicals industry: Polyester polyol is a base material for the chemistry of polyurethanes, especially the production of polyurethane foams, which are primarily transferred into energy saving and insulating materials Forms of transfer Technology licensing, others

Share Your Technology Propositions The mission of Modern Plastics and Polymers is to spread the technology culture. We offer you an opportunity to participate in this endeavour by publishing the best technology ideas. Technology developers/sellers are invited to furnish the techno-commercial details (with environmental benefits, if any) for publication in the Technology Transfer column of Modern Plastics and Polymers. R&D organisations, technical consultancy organisations and individuals assisting small and medium enterprises send the relevant literature, indicating the scope & services and the areas of specification. Contact: Modern Plastics and Polymers Infomedia 18 Ltd, ‘A’ Wing, Ruby House, J K Sawant Marg, Dadar (W), Mumbai 400 028. Tel: 022-3024 5000 l Fax: 022-3003 4499 l Email: spedit@infomedia18.in

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Technology Requested Disposal and plastics waste

recycling

of

A Polish firm seeks the technology for dry processing of all kinds of plastic waste or a magnetic processing method in the electrostatic field. The technology should allow sorting of all kinds of plastic materials, hay-silage foils, PET, HDPE, PVC, etc, by excluding dangerous waste. Specific technical requirements include initial cleaning without the use of water, sorting of all kinds of plastic materials after cleaning in a closed system, and a maximum processing capacity of 10,000 tonne of waste per annum. Areas of application Plastics industry, waste recycling, waste management Forms of transfer Others

Lab-scale non-woven monofilament plant

and

An Indian company is looking for a labscale, non-woven and monofilament plant in a single station. Areas of application Plastics Forms of transfer Others

Plastics recycling technologies A Sri Lankan company is seeking the latest plastics recycling technologies, especially for automatic sorting, washing, metal detection, granulation process system, washing plants, crushers, extruders, etc. Areas of application Plastics recycling Forms of transfer Others

Polyacetal resins A Gulf-based organisation wants to promote projects in the chemicals and petrochemicals sectors in GCC countries. It is looking for technology suppliers for the manufacture of polyacetal resins. Areas of application Chemicals/petrochemicals industry Forms of transfer Feasibility study, know-how, equipment, turnkey plant, joint venture

PP/PET strap processing An Indian company is seeking the technology for PP and PET strap processing. Areas of application Packaging industry Forms of transfer Others

Recycled PET polyols plant

polyester

A Poland-based company specialising in recycled PET polyester polyols manufacturing, is looking for an alternative proposal of design and engineering of bigger (approximately 25 ktpa) production plant. It plans to start with proper quality recycled PET flakes being delivered in big bags. Hence, the company needs a complete package offer for this service. Areas of application Plastics and polymers industry Forms of transfer Others

Recycled technology

plastic-making

A company based in Vietnam is seeking the technology to recycle plastics.

The diameters of recycled plastic granules should range from 120 to 200 mm, while the capacity of the production should range from 150 to 300 kg/hr. Areas of application Raw materials for making plastic products Forms of transfer Others

Road filling materials road maintenance

for

An Indian company requires the technology to make materials by transforming waste plastics that gels uniformly with road materials. This is for filling potholes in roads. It also needs the know-how regarding products that are made from waste plastics like jumble strips, speed breakers, etc. Areas of application Road transport Forms of transfer Others

Utilisation of natural rubber in asphalt A Pakistan-based company needs knowhow regarding utilisation of natural rubber in modified asphalt covering. It needs the following information: Standards and specifications guiding the use of natural rubber in modified asphalt; appropriate proportion of natural rubber in mixture & handling of the operation; additives needed; and details of improvement in the asphalt properties by using natural rubber. Areas of application Rubber industry Forms of transfer Others

Information courtesy: Information courtesy: Dr Krishnan S Raghavan, In-Charge, Technology Transfer Services Group, United Nations Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT), APCTT Building , C-2, Qutab Institutional Area, New Delhi 110 016, Tel: 011 - 2696 6509, Fax: 011 - 2685 6274, Email: krishnan@apctt.org, Website: www.apctt.org

For more information on technology offers and requests, please log on to www.technology4sme.net and register with your contact details. This is a free of cost platform provided by APCTT for facilitating interaction between buyers and seekers of technologies across the globe. After submitting technology offer or request to this website, you are requested to wait for at least two weeks for receiving a response from a prospective buyer / seeker through this website, before contacting APCTT for further assistance.

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BOOK SHELF

Polyurethanes as Specialty Chemicals: Principles and Applications Author : Timothy Thomson Price : ` 10,222

Chemistry and Technology of Emulsion Polymerisation Editor: Price

: A M van Herk : ` 9,702

Looking beyond the traditional applications of polyurethanes (PUR), this book presents a different approach to polyurethane chemistry by examining a range of new research and products for both environmental and medical remediation applications. This book is also the first in its field to provide useful design tools for product designers to customise the foam surface. The author examines extraction methods and biodegradability of polyurethanes for removing pollutants from air & groundwater and for sanitation/wastewater treatment. He also explores the behaviour of polyurethanes in a biological environment, covering a broad spectrum of applications that includes artificial organs, chelating agents for pharmaceuticals, and delivery systems for skin care products and cosmetics. The in-depth treatment of biochemical processes and cellular interaction includes tissue response, cell adhesion, 3D cell scaffolding for cell propagation, the immobilisation of enzymes, and the production of proteins. Other topics of interest include agricultural applications and the use of PUR as an analytical/diagnostic system for testing toxicity without the use of animals. Further, this book explores conventional PUR physical structure and its composites – emphasising on formulations, reticulated foams and hydrophilics – as versatile models that can be used for specific design objectives.

By carefully explaining the principles of the reaction, based on well-designed experimental investigation, this book provides a practical and intuitive explanation of emulsion polymerisation. It enables the user to understand and control the interplay of both chemical and physical properties including polymerisation kinetics and dispersion stability. It is a know fact that emulsion polymerisation produces high value polymers in a low cost, environmentally friendly process. The drive to develop environmentally benign production methods for polymers has resulted in widespread development and implementation of the emulsion polymerisation technique. In addition, when combined with novel polymerisation mechanisms the process can give rise to a range of polymer products with particularly useful properties. This book explains the process and mechanisms. Further. emulsion polymerisation is a complex process, governed by the interplay of both chemical and physical properties including polymerisation kinetics and dispersion stability. Successful industrial application relies on understanding and controlling those properties. Written for research chemists, technologists and engineers in the polymer, fine and specialty chemicals industries, and in university or government laboratories, this book can be particularly valuable to those early on in their careers. The comprehensive and straightforward coverage will also ensure it is an important resource for advanced courses in emulsion polymerisation.

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PRODUCT UPDATE

Blown film line

Agitator seals

K a b r a Extrusiontechnik offers blown film line. The three-layer blown film line has 2 x 55 mm grooved feed extruders and a 65 mm extruder for the outer layer. The outer extruder is connected with European PIB liquid injection pump. The plant is equipped with a 300 mm Kabraflex die head and cooling ring. The film is wound on a back to back dual station load cell controlled duplex winder with latest design, which ensures uniform film tension during entire operation. The monolayer film plant with liquid PIB technology are being used for producing stretch cling film. The advanced PIB technology imparts stickiness to the cling film helping it to effectively cling to the product to be wrapped.

Technomech Engineering offers ‘SMS 5000 Series’ agitator seals, which are specially designed for agitators, reactors, mixers, autoclaves, driers, etc. For higher temperature applications, the seal assembly has a jacketed chamber that circulates chilled water, in order to bring down the temperature. Also, normally chilled/plain water is passed through the cooling coil of Thermosiphon to bring down the temperature of compatible barrier fluid circulated in seal housing to maintain the continuous cooling. Bottom portion of seal housing is also designed with heat trapping jacketed cooling to reduce the temperature around the bottom seal face. For higher pressure application, balance seals are used. The total assembly is precisely inspected and assembled in factory.

Kabra Extrusiontechnik Ltd Mumbai - Maharashtra Tel: 022-2673 4822-25, Fax: 022-2673 5041 Email: nivedita@kolsitegroup.com

Technomech Engineering Mumbai - Maharashtra Tel: 022- 2678 9468 Fax: 09867 09809, 09773 496551 Email: technomech .seals@ gmail.com

Rheometers with simulation software Malvern Aimil Instruments offers ‘Rosand’ range of capillary rheometers, bundled with Windows™ based simulation software 'Flowmaster™' developed by Compuplast. These bench-top and floor-standing rheometers measure the flow properties of polymers with market-leading precision, providing a sound basis for the construction of truly representative process models. The simulation software makes it easy to use the data to simulate extrusion, and other polymer processing operations, cutting the requirement for expensive, time-consuming pilot scale trials. The rheometers provide the requisite material data to the simulation software so that the latter can develop a simulation that accurately reflects process behaviour. The simulation software allow accurate representation of the complete die or screw extrusion process, including cooling, a suite of module options simplifying plant specific model development. Malvern Aimil Instruments Pvt Ltd Navi Mumbai - Maharashtra Tel: 022-3918 3596 Fax: 022-3918 3562 Mob: 98673 68075 Email: soloni.gosalia@malvernaimil.com 102

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Melt flow indexer Multiflo Instruments offers 'Model 4000' series melt flow indexer for plastic processing industry for rheological testing manufactured by Dynisco, USA. It features and benefits are advanced microprocessor design, ASTM D1238 and ISO 11332005 testing standards, self-diagnostics & comprehensive statistical capability, simple push-button RTD calibration, smart keys for easy programming, bright 4-line by 20-character vacuum fluorescent display, Windows™ software for test database and analysis. The 'LMI 4000' melt flow indexer utilises a powerful 32-bit microprocessor to provide test parameter control, self-diagnostics and digital calibration. The on-board computer controls and displays temperature to ±0.1°C using a unique PID control algorithm. Four melt indexer models are offered in the advanced 'Dynisco LMI 4000' series, each with features designed to meet specific application requirements. Multiflo Instruments Pvt Ltd Navi Mumbai - Maharashtra Tel: 022-2778 0880, Fax: 022-2778 0882 Email: sales@multifloinstruments.com Website: www.multifloinstruments.com


PRODUCT UPDATE

Plastic brightner/shiner Plast Fine Polymers offers plastic brightners/shiners/ whitener for natural transparent, colours and milky white end products. This is used for adding clarity and gloss finish to natural transparent polymers. It imparts a shining bright finish to end products. This brightner/whitener removes yellowness and dullness from the end product, making it super milky white. This product is used in virgin, second, dull natural or milky white sutli, ropes, twine, reprocess granules, HDPE-LDPE-PVC pipes & profiles, box strap, PET jars, spoon, container, carry bags, liners, sheet, yarns and other end products. One of the primary advantages of this product is that it also saves excess use of white pigments and titanium dioxide for opaque end products. Plast Fine Polymers Ahmedabad - Gujarat Tel: 079-6524 2332 Mob: 098255 87152 Email: plastfine@indiatimes.com

Rotary vacuum pumps Acmevac Sales offers ‘series LVV’ sliding vane, oil lubricated type rotary vacuum pumps. Design of the lubricating system positively feeds minimum quantity of oil to important points. The oil from the exhaust is baffled, collected and returned to the oil chamber. Heat treated fibre vanes are used in these pumps in place of steel vanes. The advantages are silent running and negligible wear on stator, end covers and rotor slots. These pumps are fan cooled and driven by a V-belt that eliminates vibrations. The complete unit with motor and base plate is suitable for mounting inside the equipment. All the models in the LVV series can be modified to suit specific requirements. Acmevac Sales Pvt Ltd Mumbai - Maharashtra Tel: 022-2837 5837, Fax: 022-2836 4977 Mob: 09223388105 Email: acmevac@vsnl.com Website: www.acmevac.com

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PRODUCT UPDATE

Extruders Steer Engineering offers ‘Alpha series’ co-rotating twin-screw extruders. These extruders are robust and created to be a workhorse based on well accepted technology (Do/Di=1.49 and specific torque >11.3 Nm/cm3). Apart from easy to maintain open construction, they are offered with many modern features. The application of these extruders are in mineral filled polymers, colour & carbon-black masterbatches, polymer blends, melting, homogenising, etc. The 'Alpha' machines come in laboratory, pilot-plant and production models and in various sizes, capable of outputs in excess of several thousand kg per hour. Steer Engineering Pvt Ltd Bengaluru - Karnataka Tel: 080-2372 3310 Fax: 080-2372 3307 Email: info@steerworld.com Website: www.steerworld.com

Transducers & transmitters A d i n a t h Controls offers melt pressure transducers and transmitters from ONEhalf 20, Canada. It provides an electronic signal, which is proportional to the measured pressure and allows the transducers to operate at process Wheatstone BridgeBonded strain gauge design, ensuring high accuracy, reliability and repeatability. These transducers & transmitters are available in two distinct accuracy grades, general purpose grade accuracy (nonlinearity) of better than 0.5 per cent FSO, laboratory grade feature accuracy (non-linearity) of better than 0.25 per cent FSO. It is fully compatible with the industry standard wiring pattern and colour coding, and utilises the 6 pin Bayonet connector. The pressure ranges from 0-1,500 psi to 0-15,000 psi, mounting 1⁄2 20 UNF thread or M18 x 1.5. The company also provides 25 ft interconnecting cable with the mating connector. Adinath Controls Pvt Ltd Gandhinagar - Gujarat Tel: 02764-286 573 Fax: 02764-286 574 Email: info@adinathcontrols.com 104

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EPE sheet line Rajoo Engineers offers ‘Fomex Repe1490-115 / 2100’ tandem extrusion physically foamed EPE sheet line. It features high pressure gas injection pump, volumetric masterbatch dosing unit mounted on hopper block, melt pressure transducers, hydraulic continuous screen changer with micro processor based circular temperature controller units, static charge eliminators, automatic winders, etc. The ‘Fomex-S’ EPE sheet line comes with 90mm/38D/75 kW primary melting extruder with hopper loader and 115 mm/30 D/56 kW secondary cooling extruder. The maximum sheet width is of 2,000 mm, sheet thickness range from 1 to 6mm, and the line speed varies from 10 mpm to 80 mpm and has an output of 200 kg/hr. Rajoo Engineers Ltd Rajkot - Gujarat Tel: 02827-252 701, Fax: 02827-252 700 Email: info@rajoo.com Website: www.rajoo.com

Flameproof motors NBE Motors offers flameproof motors for use in process industries that pose hazardous environments. The flameproof enclosures consist of mechanically robust study cast iron parts to withstand internal explosion. The output rating and mounting dimensions conform to the specifications of IEC standards. The stator winding is of Class F insulation. Further, a cylindrical shaft extension is equipped on motors, which can be driven by coupling or spur gearing. The stator winding is wound with polyester enamel round wire of high strength and then treated with the progress of vacuumpressure impregnation (VPI) to make them solid. The rotors are of cast aluminium and are dynamically balanced so that the motor operates smoothly. The stator and rotor cores are laminated with high-class electrical steel sheet that offers high permeability. The motors are fitted with low vibration and low noise bearings, while the fans are made of cast iron. NBE Motors Pvt Ltd Ahmedabad - Gujarat Tel: 079-2274 0467/0546 Fax: 079-2274 1196 Email: info@newbharat.com September 2010 | Modern Plastics & Polymers

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Continuous screen changer

Vacuum dehumidifying dryer

Rajhans Plastic Machinery offers cassette type continuous screen changer for processing of thermoplastics extruders. It is available with special adaptors for die and barrel side as per the specifications, hand trolley for mounting the screen changer and spare screen packs and heaters. The screen changer filters the plastic material and removes impurities thereby preventing damages to the die & barrel and hence increases the life of the machine. The application of continuous screen changer is in masterbatch plant, filler plant, pipe plant, texurising plant, mono filament plant, multi-filament plant, box striping plant and special design for PVC.

Yann Bang Electrical Machinery Co offers vacuum dehumidifying dryer. It is equipped with a vacuum drying system, which shortens the drying time, saves energy, and decreases waste and increases production by drying the accurate fixed volume of resin and lowering down the boiling point for a lower pressure environment. The lower pressure environment helps to dry resin faster with less moisture. Moreover, continuous drying in small volume in each batch can ensure efficiently drying and avoid the moisture of resin return.

Rajhans Plastic Machinery Pvt Ltd Ahmedabad - Gujarat Tel: 079-2583 0003, 2589 5852 Fax: 079-2589 1838 Email: exports@rajhansindia.com

Yann Bang Electrical Machinery Co Ltd Taichung - Taiwan Tel: +886-4-2271 6999, Fax: +886-4-2271 1988 Email: yb@yannbang.com Website: www.yannbang.com

Cast film line Bakubhai Ambalal offers cast film line manufactured by SML Maschinengesellschaft. It is provided with a material feeding dosing system, extrusion unit, chill roll unit, thickness measuring unit, corona unit, edge trim re-feeding system, winder and control system. This system is used for feeding materials using a pneumatic system. The extrusion unit comprises of extruders equipped with barrier screws and are driven by water cooled AC-drives with increased power for higher output and improved melt quality. The chill roll unit is used for the adjustment of length and height, while the thickness measuring unit is used for the regulation of automatic die, which operates with a radioactive KR-85 sensor. In the edge trim re-feeding system, the first edge trim cutting is arranged upstream of the corona treatment unit to avoid damage to silicon treatment rollers. The second edge trim cutting is arranged upstream of the winder. All the trims are sucked to a mill and then to a vertical scraptruder that feeds the flakes directly to the feed opening of the main extruder. The cast film line comes with three different winders that are specially developed for winding the CPP-film - one is a horizontal sliding winder, while the two others include turret winders. In addition, the system is equipped with a clear alarm menu, recipe administration, and a short-time & long-time trend system. Bakubhai Ambalal Mumbai - Maharashtra Tel: 022-2579 1702, Fax: 022-2579 1713 Email: sonar@bakubhaiambalal.com

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PRODUCT UPDATE

EOAT/gripping systems Neejtech India offers End of Arm Tooling (EOAT)/gripping systems manufactured by Gimatic SpA. The company produces pneumatic components for handling like grippers, rotary actuators, linear actuators, etc. The advantages of these products are that each point of the part is attainable, and the company develops special elements to solve customer's problems. Other advantages include specifically developed profiles, high flexibility, etc. The company offers more than 200 patented products. The products are also manufactured as per customised applications. The product manufactured by the company includes robothand (EOAT), grippers, vacuum cups, sprue cutters, air hands, air nippers, quick changers, tilt units, modular clamping systems etc. It is used in robots as end arm for applications in industries like automotive, packaging, medical, etc. Neejtech India Ahmedabad - Gujarat Tel: 079-2656 1312 Mob: 98250 40231 Email: sales@neejtech.com

FRP round cooling towers Harrison Cooling Towers offers FRP round (bottle shaped) cooling towers in capacities ranging from 5 to 600 TR in single cell. These cooling towers are made from fibre-glass and isophthalic resin. The bottle shaped body is designed for optimum performance and to minimise dead air pockets. Cast aluminium impellers are aerodynamically designed to give high efficiency. The cooling tower shell is made of FRP segments, which make it easy to assemble and dismantle. Since FRP is resistant to chemical fumes, the cooling tower can be installed in corrosive environment. A digital fan controller is provided as an optional accessory. High efficiency FRP fans can be provided in place of cast aluminium fans on request. These cooling towers are used for dissipating heat in air-conditioning and refrigeration plants, process plants, diesel gensets and compressors, plastic moulding machines, deep drawing presses, etc. Harrison Cooling Towers Pvt Ltd Mumbai - Maharashtra Tel: 022-2888 5256, 6440 5777 Email: harrison@vsnl.com September 2010 | Modern Plastics & Polymers

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Micro PLC Omron Automation offers 'CP1E' series micro PLC for OEM manufacturers. The all-in-one package PLC, with models for high speed counters, pulse outputs and built-in serial port (CP1E-N) provides solution for machine builders with approximately 20 to 160 I/O points. The CPUs can be connected to a computer via USB cable and support software with ‘smart input’ intuitive operation for faster programming. Two types of CPU units are available:- the E-type basic CPU unit is economical with basic functionality and the N-type application CPU unit supports programmable terminal connection, position control and inverter connection. Omron Automation Pvt Ltd Bengaluru - Karnataka Tel: 080-4072 6400, Fax: 080-4146 6403 Email: in_enquiry@ap.omron.com

Co-rotating twin-screw extruders STEER Engineering offers ‘Mega Series’ co-rotating twin screw extruders with proven capability and consistent performance quality. These offer complete interchangeability of parts and high levels of compatibility with other extruder lines (Do/Di = 1.55, and specific torque = 13 Nm/cm3). The application includes fibre grade polyester, polyethylene masterbatches, polymer blends, automotive compounds, short fibre

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reinforced thermoplastic compounds and many other specialised applications. These machines are available in laboratory, pilot-plant and production models and in various sizes, capable of outputs in excess of several thousand kg per hour. The ‘Mega Series’ are available in 32, 40, 50, 58, 70, 92 and 133 mm sizes. STEER Engineering Pvt Ltd Bengaluru - Karnataka Tel: 080-2372 3310, Fax: 080-2372 3307 Email: info@steerworld.com

Paste Speedfam (India) offers die polishing paste, valve grinding paste, lapping paste and diamond pastes. This paste is availiable in 5 gm syringe packing and typical applications and is used in extrusion dies and mould cavities, among others. The valve grinding paste developed for valve grinding applications furnish scratch-free finishing, besides exhibiting good cutting properties. It is available in extra coarse, medium coarse and fine grade in 400 gm pack. The lapping paste suits a variety of lapping operations to attain high stock removal & efficient finishing quality. It is available in particle sizes ranging from 75 micron to 3 micron. The diamond paste is used for polishing of hard surfaces to attain a mirror finish. Speedfam India Pvt Ltd Navi Mumbai - Maharashtra Tel: 022-2769 2621, Fax: 022-2769 2869

Extrusion coating lamination plant Ocean Extrusions offers extrusion coating lamination plant, which is used to manufacture various substrates required for PP/HDPE woven fabric, non woven fabric, paper poly coating requirements, etc. The machine consists of unwinder turret or mechanical type, corona treater with anchor coating and extruder of 75 mm with 28:1 screw ratio, coat hanger type die, laminator unit with 120 mpm line speed, sandwich unwinder, winder turret or surface type, AC control panel cabinet and heating panel cabinet, etc. It is used to laminate woven sack PP/HDPE fabric coating for fertiliser bag, plastic raw material bag, cement bag, chemical product bag, food packing like rice bag, flour bag, jumbo bag, sugar bag, agriculture bag and general purpose bag. Ocean Extrusions Ahmedabad - Gujarat Tel: 079-2290 2200, 3299 4554 Email: oceanextrusions@gmail.com


PRODUCT UPDATE

Accessories for hydraulic system

Resins

Elesa and Ganter India offers ATEX line of accessories for hydraulic system such as plugs, breather caps, oil sights and oil level indicators. The main feature of these accessories is conformity to Atex European Directives 94/9/EC (as per suitable marking on product) that makes them suitable for environments with risk of explosion (for equipments in Group II, category 2GD). The black technopolymer plugs come with NBR synthetic rubber flat packing ring. The breather caps are available with technopolymer splash guards with NBR synthetic rubber flat packing ring. The HGFT ATEX oil level indicators with black technopolymer threaded body comes with transparent technopolymer window while the GN 743.6 oil level indicator have aluminum threaded body and ESG glass window.

Genesis Nutech offers 'Styrosun速' resins, which are weatherable, high-impact, styrenic polymers specifically designed for use in outdoor application. The key advantages of 'Styrosun速' resins are the retention of physical properties after outdoor weathering and very low dielectric loss factor (telecommunication devices). The features of these resins include good mechanical property retention, low water absorption, practical toughness and rigidity, lowest dielectric loss factor for satellite antennas, good seawater resistance and cold impact resistance, high colour stability, good colour dispersion, coatable & paintable. These resins are used in satellite housings and receiving dishes, telecommunication devices and antenna applications, wide array of construction applications, caravan windows and ventilation screens, signage panels (foamed and non-foamed), wood plastics, gardening applications and maritime and military applications.

Elesa and Ganter India Pvt Ltd Noida - Uttar Pradesh Tel: 0120-472 6666, Fax: 0120-472 6600 Email: info@elesaganter-india.com

Genesis Nutech Pvt Ltd Mumbai - Maharashtra Tel: 022-6798 7595 Fax: 022-2555 5070 Email: info@genesisnt.com

Zipper pouch making machine XL Plastics offers multi-servo standup and zipper pouch making machine. It is equipped with a multi-servo system, whereby each sealing and cooling system is actuated by an individual servo system. This results in optimum seal strength and quality as the dwell/seal time remains constant even at higher speed. The machine is used for making multiple stand-up and zipper pouches for food packaging, vacuum pouches, oil pouches, etc using barrier film. It can also be used for all combinations of laminated film (PE-PET/PE, PET/ALU, PE-PA, PE-PP/PP as well as unlaminated multilayer film). It has four shaftless unwinders, which can feed four separate films. All the four films can be run in register with the photocell. XL Plastics Vadodara - Gujarat Tel: 0265-263 8125 Fax: 0265-263 8661 Email: Info@xlplastics.com September 2010 | Modern Plastics & Polymers

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PRODUCT UPDATE

Extruder screws and barrel

Dispensing system

Shree Valinath Engineering offers extruder screws & barrel, which include single or twins, parallel or conical, barrels - plain bore or grooved feed for plastics processing plants like PVC pipes, profiles, mono & multilayer films, filaments, sheet, lamination, compounding and others in the range from 18 mm to 180 mm diameter. The geometry of the screw is designed according to processing demands and is made to exact specifications. The screw and barrel are made from wear resistant nitriding steel. Nitride hardeness is maintained up to 67 to 70 HRC with high-level of polishing having close clearance and exacting machining tolerances for screw and barrel. The company also undertakes refurbishing programme for screws and barrels.

AM Spa offers ‘Servo-Flo® 801-HV’ positivedisplacement, two-component meter-mix dispensing system manufactured by Sealant Equipment & Engineering. It is designed to apply small precision beads and small metered shots of precisely mixed resins and provides longer bead lengths and/or an increased quantity of metered shots. The servo-motor design provides consistent and repeatable bead profiles and a change of flow rate during the dispense cycle. The fixed-ratio design improves production rates, product quality and reduces manufacturing costs in micro-dispensing applications. This dispensing system is designed to provide a variety of preset material-dispensing profiles and dispense results ranging from 0.2 cc up to 18 cc at 1:1 ratio. It can dispense precisely mixed materials for different part configurations in batch or random processes. It can be preset to vary the flow rate during dispensing in automated, indexing, XYZ-motion and robotic processes. The control accepts operator preset material profiles or electronic commands from the automation.

Shree Valinath Engineering Ahmedabad - Gujarat Tel: 079-2019 6852 Mob: 98254 00397 Fax: 079-2766 1962 Email: prashant_in@hotmail.com

AM Spa Mumbai - Maharashtra Tel: 022-26489074, Mob: 98339 32265 Email: anjanitewari@amspa.org

Bag conversion system

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Lohia Starlinger offers bag conversion system, which is a highly advanced automated high-speed bag conversion machine for producing bottom folded and sewn woven sack from rolls of tubular woven fabric for conventional bag application. The machine is equipped with servo and PLC control. This machine is the most appropriate solution to reduce manpower and space requirement. The company also offers Lohia 'baby lofil', the multifilament spin-draw wind machine, which is ideal for the production of small batches of polypropylene multifilament yarns for captive consumption and special applications. The automatic winders, PLCbased process control, compact and modular designs are the salient features of this operator-friendly, ergonomically designed machine. Lohia Starlinger Ltd Kanpur - Uttar Pradesh Tel: 0512-304 5100, Fax: 0512-304 5299 Email: sales@lohiagroup.com


PRODUCT UPDATE

Spray guns

Pouch making machines

Rohan Standox Autolack offers a variety of spray guns manufactured by ITW Industrial Finishing, UK. These spray guns are robust, lightweight and have increased finger room & an ergonomic design. The guns use a wide range of EPA compliant air caps that deliver atomisation and can handle all types of solvent, water-borne, high solid and 2K materials. The high capacity air passages with a separate balanced air valve provide an unrestricted flow of compressed air through the gun body. These guns are used in industrial applications for spraying all types of materials and are used in various industries including automotive, wood, metal, plastics, ceramics, pharmaceutical and composites. The guns are available in a wide selection from high end electrostatic & airless systems to the conventional types.

Primo Pack Machines offers pouch making machines. The company also manufactures combination of centre seal and three side seal pouch making machine to make centre seal, centre seal with side gusset, two/three side seal pouches, agarbatti pouches with perforation, off centre, centre seal, pouches with side flap insertion. The multi function pouch making machine is used for making stand up pouches, zipper pouches, etc. These machines convert laminated film into empty pouches and are suitable for companies having their own lamination and printing facilities.

Rohan Standox Autolack Mumbai - Maharashtra Tel: 022-6580 3331-2, Fax: 022-2353 5122 Mob: 98215 60828 Email: sales@spraytec.net

Beryllium copper forgings

Primo Pack Machines Pvt Ltd Ahmedabad - Gujarat Tel: 079-2284 1684/2282 1896 Email: info@primopack.com The information published in this section is as per the details furnished by the respective manufacturer/distributor. In any case, it does not represent the views of Business Insights •Technologies•Opportunities

Vijay Commercial House offers beryllium copper forgings. These are highperformance plastic mould tooling materials. These products have combined properties of high thermal conductivity and hardness that result in substantial economic and production benefits for plastics processing moulders and tool makers. Some of the benefits include rapid heat transfer, faster cycle times, low processing cost & low mould fabrication cost. The beryllium copper forgings are used in automotive (injection), consumer products (luggage, toys), electronics (computers, connectors), medical (hospital equipment, testing equipment), containers/caps (trash cans, etc) and in injection/blow mould applications. These are also used in full core & cavity injection mould/blow mould, core pins/wear plates, etc. It also offers forged, machined-to-print copper alloy, beryllium copper & aluminium bronze products in hard-to-find and custom-made sizes, besides designing pieces up to 4,000 lbs, (1,800 kg) with short lead times. Vijay Commercial House Mumbai - Maharashtra Tel: 022-2201 7128, 2203 8204 Fax: 022-22016629 Mob: 98212 36275, 98202 99360 Email: berylliumindia@gmail.com September 2010 | Modern Plastics & Polymers

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o Rotary cutters..............................................

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Accessories for hydraulic system ........... 109 Additive masterbatches ......................... 14 Additives.............................................. 62 ADEA - automotive dealership excellence awards ................................ 72 Adhesives ........................................... 60 Agitator seals..................................... 102 Air bubble film plant .......................... 105 Air bubble sheet plant .................... 10, 57 Air chiller............................................. 23 Air-conditioner parts ............................. 25 Air-hot dryers ................. Front inside cover Antiblocking agents .............................. 58 Arc welding ......................................... 61 Arcylic ................................................. 62 Bag conversion machines................87, 110 Band saw ............................................ 61 Bed knives ........................................... 21 Beryllium copper forgings ................... 111 Bio degradable masterbatches .............. 14 Black & colour masterbatches ............... 14 Blenders ........................ Front inside cover Blending unit ....................................... 25 Blown film line ................................... 102 Brine chillers ...................................... 103 Cast film line ............................10, 57, 106 Clean room products ............................. 7 Cluster facia ........................................ 25 CNC ..............................Back inside cover Co-extrusion die .................................. 10 Co-extrusions blown film plant.............. 10 Colour masterbatches .......................... 29 Compact chiller ............................. 11, 23 Complex multi-part assembly .................. 6 Connectors. ......................................... 25 Continuous screen changer ................ 106 Control valve ....................................... 83 Core cutter machine .......................... 119 Co-rotating twin-screw extruders ......... 108 Counters & power supplies ..................... 3 Crystallised hopper dryer ...................... 86 D punch machine ................................. 119 Dehumidified air dryer..............11, 23, 25

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Dehumidified dryers ....... Front inside cover Dispensing system .............................. 110 Disposable sheets/articles ........ Back cover Doctoring rewinder machine ............... 119 Door trims ........................................... 25 Double shaft gear box.......................... 41 Drum type slitter rewinder machine ..... 119 Dryers ........................... Front inside cover Electric injection moulding machine gearboxes ................................................. 5 Encoders ............................................... 3 Engineering Expo ........................... 47, 97 Engineering plastics.............................. 59 EOAT/gripping systems....................... 107 EPE sheet line .................................... 105 EPS cup making machine ..................... 82 Equipment for plastic processing ............. 9 Ethyl vinyl acetate ............................... 67 Exhibition - Plastivision india 2011...... 112 Extruder machine ................................... 8 Extruder screws & barrels.................... 110 Extruders...................................... 85, 104 Extrusion blow moulding machinery....... 51 Extrusion coating lamination plant. 89, 108 Extrusion coating lamination plant... 10, 57 Extrusion machinery.............................. 17 Extrusions dies ................................... 105 Flame retardant masterbatches............... 14 Flameproof motors............................. 105 Fluoropolymers .................................... 61 FRP round cooling towers ................... 107 Fully automatic strapping plant ............. 57 Gear box ..........................................41, 71 Geared motor...................................... 71 Gears.................................................. 41 Granulator .............................. 11, 23, fic Gravimetric blender ............................. 11 Gravure printing machine films ............. 66 Grinder ............................................... 23 HDPE pipe plant ..................................... 10 Head lamps & tail lamps...................... 25 Heart valve frames ......................... 49, 59 Heater, cooler, mixers and spares........ 105

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Helical speed reducer........................... 41 High cavitations ..................................... 7 High density polypropylene (HDPE)........ 67 High speed mixer................................... 8 HM/HDPE/LDPE/LLDPE ........................ 57 Hopper dryer ....................................... 23 Hopper loader ............................... 11, 23 Horizontal machining centre.............................Back inside cover Hot air dryer.................................. 11, 25 Hot runner nozzles ............................... 82 Iml technique............................................ 7 Industrial control & sensing devices ......... 3 Industrial cooling systems ................... 103 Infomedia18 B2B magazine........ 101, 123 Injection moulding - general................. 43 Injection moulding - multi-component ... 43 Injection moulding - vertical ................. 43 Injection moulding machine...................... .... 12, 13, 27, 33, 77, 79, Back gate fold Injection moulding machine.................. 25 Injection moulds................................... 43 Inspection cum siltter Rewinding machine ............................ 119 Inverter air plasma cutting machine....... 61 Inverter/variable frequency drives ............ 3 Knobs & switches .................................... 25 Lab mixers ........................................... 105 Lamination/coating machine ............... 119 Lathes.............................Back inside cover Level controllers ..................................... 3 Liner low density polypropylene ............ 67 Loader........................... Front inside cover Low density polypropylene ................... 67 Masterbatches...................................58, 88 Material storage................................... 11 Measuring & monitoring relay ............... 3 Medical moulds ..................................... 7 Melt flow indexer ............................... 102 Metal separation .................................. 19 Micro drives......................................... 30 Micro PLC ................................... 89, 108 Microgranules ...................................... 58

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Milling centres ................Back inside cover

PP/HDPE rafffia tape lines .................... 57

Slip & anti-block .................................. 60

Mono-layer blown film plant ................. 10

PP/HDPE/PET box strapping plant ......... 10

Smoking shelter ................................... 61

Motion controls...................................... 3

PP/HDPE/PET monofilament plant ......... 10

Spares ................................................. 21

Mould changing systems....................... 83

PP/PPTQ film plant .............................. 10

Special refrigeration equipment........... 103

Mould temperature controller.......... 11, 23

PPTQ plant.......................................... 57

Spindles............................................... 61

Moulding............................................... 7

Precision moulding ............................... 25

Spray guns ........................................ 111

Moulding automation ............................. 6

Programmable logic controllers............... 3

Sprockets............................................. 41

Moulding automation systems ............... 85

Programmable terminals ......................... 3

Stack moulds ......................................... 7

Moulds.................................................. 8

Proximity sensors .................................... 3

Styrene acytonitrile (SAN)...................... 67

MTC.............................. Front inside cover

Pulveriser ............................................... 8

Switching relays...................................... 3

Multi-component moulds ........................ 7

PVC braided hose plant ....................... 35

Synthetic string plant (sutli plant) ........... 10

Multi-functional tig/arc/air plasma ........ 61

PVC suction hose plant ........................ 35

Technical moulds ................................... 7

Multi-layer blown film plant ............ 10, 57

Quick connectors .................................... 63

Temperature controllers .......................... 3

Multi-station......................................... 43

Quick die change system ..................... 83

Thermocouple .................................... 84

Nylon & polymerisation........................... 62

Quick mould change system........... 63, 83

Thermoplastic alloys ............................... 4

Oil/coolant coolers ............................... 103

Raffia tape lines...................................... 10

Thermoplastic compounds ................ 4, 58

Panel air-conditioners ........................... 103

Resins ........................................ 62, 109

Thermoplastic elastomer ....................... 61

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Resins and additives ............................. 60

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RFID...................................................... 3

moulding machine ................................. 8

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Pelletiser (dry cut strand type) ................ 21

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Timers ................................................... 3

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Robots..................... 53, Front inside cover

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PET box strapping plant........................ 57

Rock n roll machine ............................... 8

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Plastic additive ..................................... 60

Safety light curtains ................................ 3

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Plastic brightner/shiner ....................... 103

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Plastic conveyor belt............................... 8

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Plastic textile and machinery ................. 45

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Vacuum loader .................................... 25 Ventilators.......................................... 107

Plastic whiteners ................................... 86

Self adhesive tapes............................. 107

Polymer conveyer belt........................... 23

Separating magnetic &

Vertical machining center.Back inside cover

Polypropylene....................................... 59

non-magnetic metals ............................ 19

Vibro screens ......................................... 8

Polypropylene (PP) ................................ 67

Shaft mounted speed reducers .............. 41

Vision sensors ........................................ 3

Polystyrene (PS) .................................... 67

Shaft type slitter rewinder machine ...... 119

Water chillers..................................... 103

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) ........................ 67

Single mill pulveriser .............................. 8

Web aligner unit ................................ 119

Pouch making machine ................ 87, 111

Single screw and barrel ..................... 105

WFR.............................. Front inside cover

PP and PE ........................................... 55

Single screw and barrel with

White masterbatches ............................ 14

PP glass filled compounds .................... 14

grooved sleeves ................................. 105

Worm reducer gear box ....................... 41

PP mineral filled compounds................. 14

Single screw extruder gearboxes.............. 5

Worm reducers .................................... 41

PP/HDPE-semi automatic strapping plant...... 57

Single shaft extruder gear box............... 41

Zipper pouch making machine ........... 109

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