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CHANGE IS GOOD Changing to UltraPurgeÂŽ can increase your companies profitability.

CHEMICAL vs MECHANICAL. Make an informed decision.

Choosing the correct type of purge compound could potentially save a substantial amount of money by reducing downtime with faster change-overs, reducing scrap. Ultimately increasing the company’s profitability. A mechanical purge compound works by scrubbing the machine clean by means of an aggressive abrasive action. Conversely, a chemical purge compound cleans the machine by chemically breaking the bonds of the polymers and pigment that are to be removed from the machine. When this task is performed properly, the results are staggering, with long lasting financial benefits.


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KRONES of Germany premiered a direct printing system for printing on plastic bottles at Interpack in May. Digital direct printing enables users to print on uneven surfaces and container structures which was previously not possible with current labelling technology. With the new DecoType direct printing system, print heights of up to 200mm can be achieved using UV inks. In modularised, compact construction, the machine is suitable for empty plastic containers made of PET, PP or PE.

We’ve lost all access to bag levy funds THE industry has lost all access to the plastic bag levy. During the Buyisa-e-Bag era, the group’s board (which reported to the then Plastics Federation of SA) had access to the levy data and was able to monitor the situation. Since the disbanding of Buyisa, Plastics|SA (which took over from the Federation) however, has not been able to see the statistics on the levies, according to Plastics|SA’s executive director, Anton Hannekom.             A small portion is allocated to the Department of Environmental Affairs to do some of the work Buyisa was originally involved in (mainly implemented by the Department of Public Works). In reply to an inquiry, Hanekom said Plastics|SA had tried on numerous occasions to approach the Treasury and DEA to get more information and access the funds for the activities of the industry on the environment, recycling and sustainability, but with no success.

Fraud-busting seminar in UK SUCH has been the level of fear and loathing created by various material fraud incidents in Britain of late that the British Plastics Federation took the unusual step of hosting a seminar on the topic in May. The half-day BPF seminar was titled ‘Combatting Fraud in the Plastics Industry’ and addressed by the BPF president as well as two material suppliers, Plastribution and Matrix Polymers. Plastribution MD Mike Boswell said the UK plastics sector was             plastic raw materials is clearly attractive to criminals and, given the ease with which thermoplastics can be reprocessed and the      !         are also a matter of risk.â€? The most recent case in Britain involved the theft of an estimated 500 tons of material from a British convertor, Biesterfeld Petroplas. That’s a substantial quantity, to put it mildly. The main gist of the seminar was simple: the logical option for buyers is to work with reputable suppliers. Margins are currently so tight – due to the intense level of competition in the sector as well as high costs incurred in shipping and delivery (not to talk about security) – that your risks are substantially lower than going it solo.

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BELGOTEX Floorcoverings has furthered its â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;green journeyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; with the installation of an Erema INTAREMAÂŽ 1007 TE recycling line, making it the    

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The R5-million outlay for the INTAREMA technology thus enables Belgotex to reprocess all its production scrap, and manage the recycling process entirely in-house. Commissioning of the system included a two-day production trial run by Erema technicians on site, enabling the Belgotex team to get off to a solid start: the system is already processing about 200kg of material an hour. The machineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capacity is in fact nearly double that, and can process up to 4.5 tons per day.

Operating from a 100,000m² facility in Pietermaritzburg, Kwazulu-Natal, Belgotex is a family-owned manufacturer           %    %       grass. It operates the largest carpet mill in southern Africa. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Being vertically integrated is our â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Outputs are higher than previous competitive advantage. We control the Erema modelsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; entire manufacturing process, from raw Erema has been developing recycling material to distribution, technologies for the and now weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve added plastics processing Smart Start concept the recycling process,â&#x20AC;? industry since 1983. comments Kevin Walsh, The founding engineers makes system COO of Belgotex in designed a system remarkably easier to Pietermaritzburg, that combined, for operateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; KwaZulu-Natal. 

    â&#x20AC;&#x153;Recycling is aligned and compactor with with our environmental policy, saving an extruder, making it possible to cut, costs and lessens the strain on natural compact and extrude waste plastic in resources. Eremaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new equipment a single, continuous process. Waste is has taken the process into a whole new transformed into recycled pellets â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a dimension. valuable secondary raw material. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Instead of buying in virgin polymer, Now, three decades later, the the new machine will allow us to process â&#x201A;Ź117-million Austrian company holds ' 

     111 patents worldwide, has over production of needlepunch carpeting into 4000 systems in situ globally that high quality pellets that can be converted produce more than 14 million tons of  ` #Q   plastic pellets annually. It launched our waste for underfelt. Now we have the the INTAREMA technology at K2013 option to produce both,â&#x20AC;? adds Walsh. in Germany. Featuring a new core Nolan Naicker of Belgotex feeds excess %%  &'#*+/ÂŽ, which will be converted into high quality pellets that can be      ;#     was traditionally used for underfelt

The new Erema INTAREMAÂŽ recycling system at Belgotex in Pietermaritzburg features the intelligent â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Smart Startâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; operating concept, making operation remarkably straightforward and user-friendly

technology, the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Counter Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; system keeps material constantly circulating against the direction of the extruder. As a result, the machine can handle more material in a shorter time and is more independent in terms of the precompacting level of the material. It has a considerably larger temperature range, too, which means more productivity, %'    

   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Outputs are higher than the previous Erema models,â&#x20AC;? maintains Dean Toi, MD of Relloy, the SA agent for Erema. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Counter Current system creates the highest process stability through improved material intake, which ensures a constant high output over a broader temperature range. Also, the new Smart Start concept has fewer buttons, making it more user-friendly and, with the ability to store several recipes, guarantees that recipes are not lost, which makes it remarkably easier to operate; and the inclusion of ecoSAVEÂŽ motors makes it the only recycling machine on the market to offer up to 20% energy savings, resulting in lower production costs and reduced CO2 emissions,â&#x20AC;? added Toi.

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Global giants Alpla, Serioplast open plants in Johannesburg Kevin Walsh (Belgotex COO); Dean Toi (MD of Relloy SA); Wimmer Alex (seconded from Erema, Austria), Pierre le Grange and Barnabas Mkhatshwa (Relloy technicians); Kevin Anthony (extrusion production manager at Belgotex) and Clive Deacon (masterbatch manager at Belgotex)


~    include an integrated recipe management and the ability to service the machine remotely through a dial-up modem. Relloy does, however, employ

            support the Erema equipment locally. Relloy, based in Edenvale, Johannesburg, specialises in the refurbishment and replacement of all wearing parts for plastics processing machinery. It is the sole agent for Erema in South Africa since 2009, as well as in East and West Africa. There are 108 Erema machines locally installed for a diverse range of customers, including the likes of Transpaco, Gundle, Atlantic Plastics Recycling, Wingspan and other recycling companies. Relloy also represents other European concerns like Lindner (shredders), SML (cast and sheet lines), Tecnofer (wash plants) and Neue Herbold (granulators). The new INTAREMA technology has

proved a boon for Belgotex, allowing it to reduce PP scrap rates from its carpet production process to close to zero levels. In a further step, Belgotex last year took the decision to begin to produce its own power, and installed 1.2 hectares of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels in a R17-million investment that is expected will provide 5% of the factoryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual energy requirements. Boasting the largest rooftop solar plant in the country, Belgotex Floorcoverings is not only reaching for the stars, but also taking recycling a step further with the help of Erema and Relloy SA ;>?X  ; ;;;=

Kevin Walsh (COO of Belgotex), Dean Toi (MD of Relloy) and Kevin Anthony (production manager extrusion, Belgotex) with the impressive new system

THE arrival of the global converting groups Alpla and Serioplast in South Africa presents one of the biggest challenges for the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s packaging container manufacturers to date. Alpla, of Austria, and the Italian business Serioplast are in the process of setting up manufacturing plants in Johannesburg. Insiders estimate that the new competitors could take a large chunk of the blow moulded container market, possibly as much as R200-million a year. Alpla is one of the largest global packaging groups, with over 150 sites in 40 countries (make that 41 as of now), including plants in North and South America and Asia. It has been in operation since 1955, when the brothers Alwin and Helmuth Lehner established the company in Hard, Austria. 

    #    Q  laundry, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve progressed a lot since: Alpla turned over a massive â&#x201A;Ź3.11-billion (ÂąR43-billion) in 2013. Serioplast SpA was established in Bergamo, near Milan, in 1974. It operates plants in several European countries as well    

 [  where it started last year. It had a turnover of â&#x201A;Ź210 (about R3-billion) in 2012. Both groups are established suppliers to several of the top brand companies, including Unilever, Reckitts and Johnson & Johnson, all of who are active in SA and the southern African region. The arrival of the global players may have been partly as a result of a costing exercise conducted by Unilever in 2012, when packaging suppliers were invited to tender in the creatively named â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Operation Waterfallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. It seems the prices offered by the global businesses may have undercut those of the local suppliers. This is hard to believe as the local contract tendering process is already subjected to massive downward pricing pressure. But several factors are in play: Alpla, for example, apparently manufactures its own blow moulding machines, a strategy which could allow it to reduce overall costs. However, costs incurred during the plant set-up process will be high. One well connected source suggested such costs would have little impact on the European groups, and a glance at their annual turnover       #  Both the groups are already recruiting local staff, with at least two appointees being sourced from Johannesburg-based equipment suppliers. We understand the Alpla plant is going up in Wadeville and the Serioplast factory is taking shape Boksburg, adjacent to Unileverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s large centre there. / JUNE / JULY 2014 2014


Aerosud wins intâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;l contracts

for aircraft structural parts The structural parts are subjected to extreme performance testing for use in jetliners and hence have to be made to the highest standards

               AEROSUD, an aero-mechanical component manufacturer and systems developer in Centurion, is succeeding with the production of structural components for airliners         thermoplastics (CFRTP) technology. It has initial contracts from USAbased aeronautics supplier Spirit Aerostructures and is currently producing various structural brackets and clips that are used to connect the aircraft skin panels to the airframe of the new Airbus A350. The parts are being used by aircraft manufacturers such as Airbus and are subjected to extremely stringent testing, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a feather in Aerosudâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cap that it has succeeded in getting repeat orders from the initial production runs. The components, manufactured from sheet produced from PEEK (polyether ether ketone) or with continuous carbon          parts. The PEEK parts achieve high strength, low weight as well as

temperature and corrosion resistance, necessary for aircraft parts. The technology for the CFRTP process was developed at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. Dr Kjelt van Rijswijk, who studied composites at this university and who completed part of his degree at Stellenbosch University, remained in South Africa to head up Aerosudâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s composites research division. He has been instrumental in tutoring the skills and systems development for the process at the Centurion company, working closely with the CFRTP project team. The reinforced sheet is imported from Toho Tenax in Germany. Water jet cutting is used to cut out the initial shapes, which are then formed in a heated hydraulic moulding press using infrared heaters at 425°C. This is the stage of the process where Aerosud is excelling. After forming, the clips are trimmed and inspected for internal porosity and defects via

ultrasonic testing, before the approved   %#   Each aircraft contains several thousand clips, which means that traditional lay-up composite production processing with long curing times is not suitable here. CFRTP uses a rapid heating and cooling cycle to produce composite parts in a matter of minutes, which allows Aerosud to produce 2000 components per month on a single hydraulic press. Aerosudâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to create the complete production cell for these parts, including the intensive testing required, has also been utilised for the manufacture of CFRTP interior panels for the Airbus A400M, for which Aerosud developed the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest CFRTP press in-house. Aerosud will continue to further develop its CFRTP capability to make larger and more complex parts or even to produce CFRTP assemblies by welding individual parts together.

airpop â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a new name for a well-established material ÂŽ

EXPANDED Polystyrene has had many names in Europe: Styropor, Styrofoam, PSE, Piepschuim or Polyfoam â&#x20AC;&#x201C; to name just a few. The European EPS industry has put an end to this plethora of names and introduced a common for EPS: airpopÂŽ engineered air. But why give a new name to an internationally established material like EPS? Simply because the name airpop immediately brings to mind what the material is made of â&#x20AC;&#x201C; air, a lot of it, 98% to be precise. 8

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And just a tiny fraction is made of synthetic material, which expands to 50 times its own volume. Airpop represents an industry of approximately 200 mainly small and medium sized converters for moulded parts in Europe. They process about 300,000 tons of raw material into airpop moulded parts. Their main customers are producers of household applications, electronic technologies companies, the HVAC and the food industry.


Astrapak turnaround is underway          !   THE turnaround process underway at Astrapak must surely be one of     embarked on in the local plastics industry.

Rob Moore and Manley Diedloff have had to  $X        $           [\        /   departure of the previous CFO

changing people, structures and culture. Moore, who successfully ran Nampakâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plastics business in Europe before taking over the Nampak Flexibles Division back in South Africa, until October 2012, has applied straightforward logic on the ground to some of the problems in his new role at Astra, including major rationalisation at East Rand Plastics, closing Packaging Consultants in Durban (resulting in a loss of R28,3-million) and selling off of Alex White. Changes are also expected for at least four more of the group companies. JUNE / JULY 2014 2014

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Efficiency at the fore. High capacities have never been as easy to achieve as with the new INTAREMAÂŽ. Counter Current technology makes it possible. Because the extruder handles more material in a shorter time. And this means for you: constant, top throughput within a considerably larger temperature range. For more productivity, ďŹ&#x201A;exibility and process stability.


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And the good news from this challenging story is that, one year into the ambitious 2-year turnaround programme, Astrapak CEO Robin Â&#x201A;           Manley Diedloff appear to be achieving a positive outcome: results for the 12-month period ended 28 February showed a 3% increase in turnover to R2,53-billion. That was coupled with a headline earnings loss of R14,6-million from continuing operations for the year to February 28 as the results â&#x20AC;&#x153;were affected by substantial exceptional and non-recurring itemsâ&#x20AC;?. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s obviously a disappointing result, but in the situation in which they are operating could be described as limited damage. The increase in turnover was achieved, remarkably, against a 24% decline in activity in the Astrapak Flexibles business, down from R902,7-million for 2013 to

R640,5-million for the just-reported period. Polymer tonnage converted was down as well, 11% to 72,954 tons, due     %' # $ The very positive performance by the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rigids division helped offset this drastic decline. Net debt was cut from R522,1-million to R342,6-million, a decline of R179,5 million. The debt-to-equity ratio reduced from 41.9% to 29.6% â&#x20AC;&#x201C; constituting a reduction in one of the most worrying stats facing the group. The Astra management team has had to make tough decisions, but their goals remain clear, they reported at the results functions in Johannesburg and Cape #Â&#x201A; 

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big, automated roto system in Klerksdorp Operates far more rapidly than previous systems ATLAS Plastics, one of Southern Africaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top rotational moulding companies, has gone semi-automatic, and more   Â&#x203A; $  !               Â&#x201A;  `   Established in 1969 in Klerksdorp, North-West province, Atlas is one of the longest established roto moulding  

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GUESTS at the recent Moldex3D Technology Day hosted by Creative Factory were treated to a demonstration of the Moldex3D software, its innovations, tips and tricks on how to use it and gain the maximum performance from it. Guest speaker, Dr Victor Tsai, from CoreTech System Co, headquartered in Taiwan, pictured here with SA agent Louis Avenant of Creative Factory, detailed how the software could help in material selection, streamlining of product design and the development and the tool design process to eliminate any design constraints. He also explained how Shimano used Moldex3D to verify effective conformal           ## used the software in the car mount development of a PND product. Creative Factoryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Louis Avenant, said that as a solution to the plastics industry, Moldex3D provided a comprehensive analyzing tool to visualize and to predict the problems that could appear during manufacturing, enabling customers to â&#x20AC;&#x153;do the right thing at the very beginningâ&#x20AC;?. â&#x20AC;&#x153;From traditional injection moulding, injection compression moulding, compression moulding, to advanced manufacturing processes such as 2k moulding, powder injection moulding, co-injection, bi-injection, gas/water assisted moulding, MucellÂŽ, and IC-packaging, Moldex3D keeps providing   X  X      X    globally and locally,â&#x20AC;? he added. 12

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PlasLantic restarts big Welex co-ex line )     *  #    METALLURGIST Jannie van Tonder returned to South Africa after nearly 15 years abroad and, as he stepped off the plane, was met by a man who made him an interesting offer â&#x20AC;Ś the problem was he had to decide almost immediately.

Febe and Jannie van Tonder, who have started the sheet extrusion business PlasLantic in  } ? $ Bertie Potts, who virtually travelled with the line after it was purchased ~  $   year. The Van Tonders are new to the industry, plus the advantage of having good business    $    Potts being responsible for production

On offer was the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;opportunityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to take up a share in a project involving one of the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest and most sophisticated co-extrusion lines, the big Welex machine previously operated by Huhtamaki in Epping, Cape Town. When Huhtamaki decided to exit the plastics sheeting market in July last year, the machine was moved  %% % Â&#x201A;;Â&#x201E;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2021; $ and 900mm wide is being produced and, depending on requirement, large reels up to 1.2 tons supplied; here we line operator Envor Ahrendse with one of the large reels

from Epping to premises in Blackheath, Kuils River. The machine was lying in 101 pieces and the prospect of getting it running again got smaller each day.

The main investor in the project, entrepreneur Stephan Roux of Pretoria, was urgently looking for partners to invest in and manage the project. The spotlight fell on his cousin Febe and her husband, Jannie, a metallurgist by training who knew precious little about plastics. The Van Tonders had returned to South Africa after over a decade in Europe. Prior to returning to South Africa, Jannie had worked for The sheet line operates on a horizontal       X   

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through camps. In 2010, Nampak installed 150 new prototype bins allowing for separation at source. A total of 400 bins have been installed in the southern area camps since the commencement of the project.



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Rio Tinto Iron & Titanium for 22 years as a marketing specialist, spending eight years in Frankfurt, Germany and seven years in London. When Rio Tinto announced a major restructuring and downsizing of their headquarters in London in mid-2013, the Van Tonders decided that the time was right to return home and swap the corporate world for an own business. Jannie and Febe, an accountant, looked at the offer and were swayed by the fact that the whole production team from Huhtamaki, led by Bertie Potts, was on board too. Potts and his nine colleagues know the machine inside-out and were happy with the move to the site in Blackheath. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Without the commitment of Potts and the production team, among the best plastic extrusion operators in South Africa, we would not have invested in this project,â&#x20AC;? said Van Tonder. The Van Tonders took up the offered 60% share of the venture, named it PlasLantic and commenced assembling and re-building the machine in December last year. Recommissioning of the equipment took The MRF is a closed-loop system that allows for the separation of different materials on a conveyer belt that            Nampak contributed in excess of R4-million to the MRF facility, of which R800 000 was spent on a truck that enables the transfer of post-consumer packaging waste from the camps back to the facility for sorting.

place on 17 February and, after ironing out the expected teething problems, the operations have since been running stable on a 24/5 basis. A big plus is the fact that the site in Nebula Crescent, & $    #   the large machine (main extruder and two co-extruders), plus room for some expansion. The USA-built Welex line can produce sheet in three colours in up to  

&;;  ;  0.18 to 3mm at a rate of up to 750kg/ hr (15 tons/day), which makes it one of the highest output co-ex systems in the Southern Africa region. The machine can also produce laminated sheet. PlasLanticâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main focus will be on

~~     Â&#x20AC; polystyrene sheeting for the food industry. Care has been taken in the construction stage to meet the strict food industry hygienic requirements. The company is committed to implement the ISO 9001 Quality Management System and to obtain HACCP and BRC Food Standard Accreditations as soon as possible, said Van Tonder. PlasLantic, phone 021 905 1956

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        a pilot plastics-to-oil plant. The plant will be able to convert 500kg of plastic into approximately 500 litres of heating oil per day. Some of the oil will be used to power a generator, while the rest will be sold as heating oil in industrial processes. The City of Cape Town has signed an agreement with a Japanese consortium for the pilot plantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s establishment, with funding coming from a R10-million grant from the Japanese government to foster technology export from Japan. The development and testing of the plant will take place at the Kraaifontein integrated waste management facility. The pilot project will run for six months, after which it will be assessed and decisions will be made on its sustainability and affordability.

         QUITE why the National Association of Manufacturers of Electronic Components (Namec) should be engaging in settop box production# is unclear, but it certainly appears to be the case. Namec     #=   Skyworth Digital, building a production plant at the Dube TradePort near Durban. It has secured loans estimated at R60-million from government development agencies and is building a factory that will create work for about 250 people. Namec Technologies chief executive Vijay Pandey said, strangely, that â&#x20AC;&#x153;white companies were not prepared to give us a share of their company â&#x20AC;Ś thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why we went this routeâ&#x20AC;?. Namec would be purchasing components from Skyworth, which did not hold equity in the local operation, he added. The factory is expected to lie over 8000m² and produce about three million of the set-top boxes a year. Namec Technologies has apparently              interest groups and has also entered into an arrangement with the Durban University of Technology and is to send engineering students to China for training. The intention is for these young individuals to, in turn, develop a high tech laboratory at the Durban plant. (# Use of the term â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;productionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; or â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;produceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is relevant to SARS regulations. In this case the operation will effectively involve the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;assemblyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; of set-top boxes from mainly imported components, whereas a percentage of components will need to be either manufactured on site or supplied from other local manufacturers in order to qualify as a production entity.) JUNE / JULY 2014 2014

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IRPC produces an estimated 120,000 tons p/a of its Polimaxxâ&#x201E;˘ HDPE100 pipe grade materials at one of its plants in Thailand

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 Thailand and Southeast Asia. Besides its â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Polimaxxâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; range of HDPE100 pipe grade materials, where it has capacity of 120,000 tons p/a, the other Polimaxx materials it produces include polypropylene (475,000 tpa) and HDPE (140,000tpa). IRPC also produces a range of styrenics as well as, surprisingly, various ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) powders. Trevor Moroney of Emeraude SA, who co-hosted the seminar with IRPC, said there was a need for South Africaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s polyethylene pipe manufacturers to further entrench the market share built up over recent years by using high standard materials, such as those offered by IRPC. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The last thing the pipe sector needs is a bad reputation as a result of pipe failures,â&#x20AC;? said Moroney, who believes the Polimaxx PE100 materials compare favourably with the best available. The South African PE pipe market is estimated at 48,000 tons a year, and that tonnage includes increasing quantities

Pipe dreams â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The IRPC team from Thailand, with SA agent Trevor Moroney of Emeraude group, included Jaturong Woravitsurawattana (vice-president of the IRPC Petrochemical Business); Ms Promporn Sinsoke (export marketing manager); Veerajet Chirachariyavej (African Marketing); and Vanich Aphimanchindakul (pipe technical expert), at the pipe seminar in Rosebank in April

of pipe being supplied into Sub-Saharan Africa. But the biggest challenge facing the sector is the drastic material price increases over the past year: prices increased by about 38% from January 2013 to January 2014, taking into account devaluation of the Rand and an increase in the price of polymer. This has resulted in very tight margins, which is a problem for virtually all of the manufacturers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The industry needs a step change,â&#x20AC;? added Moroney, implying that high-performance plastic pressure pipe should achieve better selling prices, but the problem is how to achieve this? [  `   #      Paris, supplies a wide range of polymers and chemicals globally, with Africa being one of the markets where it is best represented.

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The Polimaxxâ&#x201E;˘ PE100 polymers compare favourably with the best pipe materials available, according to Trevor Moroney of Emeraude, the local supplier for IRPC

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  ' and market allocation contraventions, to the Competition Tribunal. The commission released the following statement: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alvern Cables, South Ocean Electric Wire Company (SOEW), Tulisa Cables and Aberdare Cables, all suppliers of power cables, are charged with being involved in this activity from 2001-10. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Commission initiated the investigation in March 2010 and on 6 May 2010 conducted a search and seizure operation against the   `            '      of power cables to wholesalers, distributors and original equipment manufacturers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Amongst the affected customers are Bidvest Group (Voltex), ARB Holdings, Universal Cables, Trinity Cables, Powermac, Paragons, South Atlantic Cables and Electrobase. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was furthermore found that from about 2001 to at least end 2007, Aberdare agreed, with SOEW and Alvern respectively, to divide markets     

   would have regular meetings and telephone conversations to discuss power cable price adjustments. These meetings were sometimes held at coffee shops and took place as and # #       in prices of input materials. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Commission has asked the Tribunal to impose an administrative penalty of 10 percent of annual       involved, except for Aberdare â&#x20AC;&#x201C; which has been granted conditional leniency.â&#x20AC;? Now, we wonder, is meeting other individuals from your sector at a coffee shop a crime? Or did the suppliers of input materials only inform some of the cable

manufacturers, and these individuals had to actually phone their competitors to inform them of the price increase and, by the way, what are you going to do about this? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s impossible for convertors to remain unaffected by input material prices changes, just as itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s virtually impossible for material suppliers to affect the prices. Plus, yes, the price increases do come at exactly the same time. Why: because they originate from the main market, which is China in our case. Besides that, the prices are set weekly and sometimes even daily. Although we concede that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possible that the Competition Commission may have irrefutable evidence of collusion, in the form of documents and recorded conversations, but spotting some of the guys enjoying a morning cappuccino at the local bistro hardly constitutes collusion. It needs to be mentioned: people in any industry tend to meet each other and talk. Why: because most of the guys spend about 70% of their waking hours at work, and isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t it quite possible that they are very likely to meet other sales people as they go about your daily activities? One wonders why Aberdare has chosen to cooperate in this case? However, the Acting Commissioner, Tembinkosi Bonakele (since appointed commissioner), added: â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a regulatory body with a powerful mandate in our young democracy, we have a responsibility to ensure that the market place is free of anti-competitive behaviour including collusion which simply put, robs the citizens of our country who are the end users. We are grateful for those that cooperate and wish to encourage citizens to be part of alerting the Commission and providing us with invaluable information to help us uproot the unacceptable anti-competitive practices,â&#x20AC;? added Bonakele. JUNE / JULY 2014 2014


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# $   Manesmann Demag when he came to South Africa before starting Philip Maye Services (PMS) Plastics in 1989, servicing injection moulding machines in Johannesburg and Pretoria. As the business grew he soon found himself doing the same in Durban and Cape Town. Over the years the company has succeeded in adapting to    $   '        to strength. June 1994 saw a major growth spurt at PMS Plastics when Peter Wolber joined Philip and the company started selling new injection moulding machinery and equipment, beginning with LG Machinery. Their success was such that new premises had to be built  >]]];Â&#x201A;;     

&$   location. At the same time the company also started servicing clients in Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Nigeria. Today the company sells, services and repairs a range of injection moulding machines, blow moulding machines and auxiliary equipment for the plastics industry. The recent appointment of Candice Wolber â&#x20AC;&#x201C; with 12 yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; experience in the industry â&#x20AC;&#x201C; as sales representative will no doubt add a modern and fresh approach to the company. Caillan Pulvenis also joined recently as receptionist. Â&#x201A; $    !!       $  ;Q #    Â&#x20AC;#  with the company for 21 years. PMS brings major brands to SA An important chapter began for PMS Plastics when it was approached by various international vendors to resell and

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to say we are phasing out the single use plastic shopping bagâ&#x20AC;?. There is no doubt that litter is a massive problem in SA, with plastics most often being the most visible offender. However, are plastic bags the main culprit? The PET bottles, chip and food packets, bread bags, tin cans and cardboard food containers littering our roadsides and pavements are much more prevalent. So why target the plastic bag, rather than, say, plastics litter in general? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are targeting the single use plastic      


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Bio PET, Bio PA from FKuR FKuR presented a variety of bio-based materials at Interpack, one of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading trade fairs, in DĂźsseldorf in May. In addition to the Green PE (Bio-PE) from Braskem SA, FKuR now also distributes Evonikâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;s VestamidÂŽ Terra (Bio-PA) as well as Globio, a biobased PET. Differentiation from competitors is one of the main motivators for using bioplastics, according to Patrick Zimmermann, director for marketing & sales at FKuR â&#x20AC;&#x153;The immense product variety          

the producer to attract the consumerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attention. With our bio-plastics, we offer the possibility of communicating â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;uniquenessâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC; using the packaging,â&#x20AC;&#x153; said Zimmermann. For example, compostable bags and single-use catering items made from these materials can be disposed of together with food waste and organically recycled into valuable compost. Another exhibition highlight is the      

application for Bio-FlexÂŽ F 6611 which has been converted to a new heatresistant thermoformed food tray. These fully compostable trays are produced by Plastisud in Italy. The range of possible applications for compostable products is wide, for example as bags, pouches, nets and similar food packaging products. For durable, non-biodegradable products, FKuR can offer bio-based products such as Bio PE, Bio PET and Bio PA. These products have a favourable carbon footprint and can help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;drop-inâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; solutions, they have the same characteristics as their fossil-based equivalents and can be widely used in the packaging industry. Laminates of Bio PE with Bio PET  F %    

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Excitement of polymer nanocomposites Structures are unimaginably small ATTENDEES at the polymer nanocomposites evening presented by PISAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Northern branch in April got a glimpse into the intriguing mini world of these tiny but versatile polymer materials â&#x20AC;Ś or should one say a microscopic view? The presentation by Professor Suprakas Sinha Ray of the CSIR, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Excitement of Polymer Nanocomposites,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; appeared to be of great interest in the research community, with the majority of the delegates being from the academic sector.

The talk covered polymer nanocomposites (PNC) from science to commercialisation and give an overview of their capabilities. We are talking about incredibly small particles here: a nanocomposite is a microscopic particle of less than 1/100th of a nanometre The DST/CSIR National Centre for Nano-Structured Materials (NCNSM) is active in the research and development of nanostructures and their incorporation in polymers to form

polymer nanocomposites. At the centre world class researchers and state-ofthe-art characterization equipment are being used in the process of building processing infrastructure for application development. What is a polymer nanocomposites? In a PNC, the incorporation of nanostructures such as clays and other nanoparticles into the polymer has been achieved on the nano-level, so that

A nano-clay dispersed in PP (left, middle) and decorated with silver nanoparticles (right); note the scale bar: all of these nanostructures are about 10 000 times smaller than the diameter of a hair

New Plastics|SA radio ad focuses on recycling THE second radio advertising campaign from Plastics|SA will give listeners a lighthearted look at the â&#x20AC;&#x153;second lifeâ&#x20AC;? that is given to plastic products thanks to recycling. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Plastic recycling is serious business, but we are making sure listeners stay tuned in when the advert is broadcasted on national radio stations 5 FM, SAFM and RSG, by using a light-hearted and humorous approachâ&#x20AC;?, explained Monya Vermaak, marketing & communications executive at Plastics|SA. According to  #  !   ?0

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;With this advert, we tried to give examples of many different products that are made from recycling different kinds of plastic, including a cuddly pillow made from recycled PET, plastic timber furniture made from recycled       

recycling that closes the loop,â&#x20AC;? Vermaak explained.  Â&#x161;$%   

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$2.4 billion level by 2016. 5 *1* Q   Â&#x2C6; Sinha Ray said the Centre was making sure that South Africa has the capability to develop, test and commercialize PNCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s locally. It is presently focussing on the improvement of thermal, crystallisation, anti-bacterial and barrier properties of polypropylene and polyethylene in conjunction with synthetic clays. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We invite industry to collaborate with the centre to solve material problems and to investigate opportunities  7!      

applications,â&#x20AC;? said the CSIR researcher.



Plastics|SA shows its muscle at Two Oceans marathon Increased litter collection, recycling at â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most beautiful marathonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;


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IOMÂł education reaches another milestone Globalisation presents industries with both challenges and opportunities The â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Learnershipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; concept has become THREE years ago, the IOMÂł Executive       

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sustainable programme of technical promulgated by the changes to the education for the members of the BBBEE legislation. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Learnershipsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; are rubber industry in South Africa. This structured programmes of education programme needed to be relevant to and training and a successful completion the needs of the industry and to be thereof entitles the learner to a national recognized, for the claiming of training      7Â&#x2013;<


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employers of Welcome, Bheki and Dudu, to Multotech, for their support of Claudio and to Rubber Processors for their support of Donald. Both Claudio and Donald are members of the Rubber Industry Workers Co-operative Ltd,â&#x20AC;? said Dr Dave Duncan,     " ./        


programme can make a meaningful contribution to the education of your employees in the factory environment,â&#x20AC;? added Duncan.

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Donald, Welcome, Claudio, Bheki and Dudu are among the Learners who successfully completed Levels 1 and 2 of the programme, which included  

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solutions to end marine litter 2nd conference planned for June 2015 National Biodiversity Institute and the United Nations Environment Programme in bringing together marine debris researchers, natural resource managers, policy makers, industry representatives and the non-governmental community     %      

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coordinating actions aimed at reducing marine debris. He added that although it soon John Kieser, sustainability manager at Plastics|SA and organiser became apparent of the 2013 summit; Deputy Environmental Affairs Minister Rejoice that the objective of Mabudhafhasi and master of ceremonies Gregory Player

JUNE marks the anniversary of  Š$%!   %  6  3 

Summit at the SA National Biodiversity Institute at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. â&#x20AC;&#x153;African lessons to inspire local actionsâ&#x20AC;?          




Environmental Affairs, the South African

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Exhibition spotlights evolution of design through food

PETCOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stand at the exhibition

PETCO has been part of a design team exhibiting at Cape Townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Castle of Good Hope that traces the evolution of craft and design through food â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in particular, the vessels used for its preservation, storage, packaging and distribution. Cheri Scholtz, CEO of PETCO enjoying the exhibition The exhibition runs  8 Q > 34  6   until 12 October and is a manager) and Martin Wells (SA Plasticsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; publisher) collaboration between the Cape Craft & Design Institute (CCDI) The exhibition story is told through and Iziko Museums of South Africaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s installations and objects: a large group Social History Collections Department. of historic African, European and Asian 2    

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materials, we now store food in freezers, and recycling companies PETCO and plastic, cardboard, glass and vacuumSelect-A-Can. packaging.

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Huge increase in demand for polystyrene beads THE Polystyrene Packaging Council (PSPC) has developed a unique network that facilitates the trading of polystyrene beads through an online portal that has been created on the associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website.

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for cooking. Adri attributes this increase in demand to the weakening of the South African Rand against foreign currencies and

the high price of oil on global markets. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Crafters have had to pay in the region of R30 per kilogram or more for polystyrene beads manufactured from virgin material,â&#x20AC;? Adri explained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is very expensive for something that we could make available to the market at a fraction of the price. Postindustrial polystyrene is excellent quality, clean and white, and therefore ideal to be recycled into crafting beads.â&#x20AC;? PSPC has partnered with Isowall, supplier of protective polystyrene casings to major retailer such as Hirshâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Makro, by having an Acura granulator installed at the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gauteng premises. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As part of the extended producer responsibility, retailers also rely on Isowall to collect and remove the polystyrene packaging from their premises after the

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granulators at our Durban and Cape Town sites in the near future, in order to expand this network to the rest of the country.

PETCO celebrates 10 yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;


rate of 48% of post- consumer beverage PET, above the 46% target. Other highlights of 2013 include the growth in tonnage collected reaching 59,667 tons, an impressive 18.6% growth on 2012â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collection of 50,274 tons.. The outlook for 2014 Cheri Scholtz, CEO of PETCO, said 2014 will be a challenging year, with the world teetering on the edge of a global recession, rising energy and petroleum prices and an increased PET resin market size. â&#x20AC;&#x153;PETCOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s targeted collection rate of 48% for this year which equates to 64 000 tons, is ambitious and will be challenging. Having already collected the low hanging  # 4/    

increase collection volumes and gain access to clean, quality PET to provide feedstock for additional plant and new end-use in the form of Bottle-2-Bottle, now a reality in South Africa,â&#x20AC;? she added. Cheri stressed that there is an urgent

need for more innovation in the industryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s approach to bottle collections and infrastructure roll out, especially when it comes to the formation of public-private partnerships. 2014 is an election year and PETCO recognizes that the prospect of decisionmaking and implementation may be hamstrung. The delays in the approval of the Industry Waste Management Plan for Paper and Packaging are a concern. / Â&#x2030;     


that opportunities abound. Municipalities, collectors, retailers, industry and consumers forming partnerships, further end-market development and growing the spectrum of products made from rPET, development of novel collection systems, design for recycling and manufacturing innovation. In growing the Green Economy, the waste sector offers opportunities for community-based, labour-intensive job-creation initiatives and the absorption of relatively lowskilled workers.

Contact: Derick Labuschagne Tel: 011 979 2766 Fax: 011 979 2424 Email:

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PETCO celebrates its 10th year of operations this year with many achievements under its belt: Providing 


support to PET recycling companies, creating an estimated 433 350 income opportunities for collectors, helping to establish 364 plastic recovery stations throughout South Africa, introducing Bottle-2-Bottle Recycling and diverting 630 380 tons of PET beverage bottles   


A highlight during 2013 was European Plastics Recycling Organisation (EPRO) General Meeting held in Cape Town which PETCO hosted. Fourteen nations were represented at an open colloquium entitled, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Global Partnership for Sustainable Recycling: Sharing, Dialogue, Actionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; that brought close on 200 delegates together. Provisional results for post-consumer PET recycling in South Africa in 2013 show that PETCO has achieved its targeted recycling rate with a collection

Momentum and growth over a decade of recycling


SAVA AGM sets tone for exciting developments in local PVC industry Local vinyls industry has a way to go to claim back markets and applications threatened by lack of awareness OUTGOING Southern African Vinyls Association (SAVA) chairman, Gary van Eyk, said the association looked back at the last four years since SAVAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inception, with pride. However, he added that the local vinyls industry still has a way to go to claim back markets and applications threatened by the lack of awareness of how the industry has transformed itself in recent years. Van Eyk was addressing the SAVA AGM held In Johannesburg in April. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Set against the backdrop of declining economic growth, a weak global climate and labour unrest, the timing of our efforts aimed at creating consumer       

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Eyk said. He added that part of SAVAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success lies in the fact that it has given a collective voice to its members. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whether we are sitting around the table engaged in talks with CANSA, are locked in discussions with retailers debating the merits of PVC packaging, or engaging with the green building industry, SAVA ensures that each member is heard and that the playing    

 #5  " Taking over the reins from Gary van Eyk as SAVA chairman is Dr Claus Maurer (Circuit Breaker Industries), who was introduced to the audience, along with fellow Board members, Maria Stephanou (SASOL), Alistair Calder (Sun Ace), Andy Halls (Floorworx) and George Dimond.

Dr Maurer said he looked forward to where the future of PVC in South Africa was heading. â&#x20AC;&#x153;SAVAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Product Stewardship Programme (PSP) has proven itself to be relevant and effective in tackling the sustainability challenges associated with    0  #5  "

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just as vinyls add value to our everyday lives, SAVA is clearly adding value to our industry. I am honoured to be part of this association with its many exciting projects that are in the pipeline for the coming year. We are looking forward to the rolling out of the VINYL. product label, which will add value to our members and further educate consumers about the sustainability and environmental impact of PVC, forging even closer cooperation with international bodies such as the PVC

Delanie Bezuidenhout shows off SAVAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;VINYL.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; product label, which will add value to SAVA members and further educate consumers about the sustainability and environmental impact of PVC

MedAlliance and the hosting of the Global Vinyls Council meeting and international conference in Johannesburg

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Thanking Gary van Eyk (outgoing chairman) for his service and hard work were Mark Holtes, SAVAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new chairman Dr Claus Maurer, Andy Hall and SAVA CEO, Delanie Bezuidenhout

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Gregg Heuer (Marley) won the prize for nearest to the pin 40 JUNE / JULY 2014

THE local plastic pipe industry has once again shown that they take their golf seriously at SAPPMAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 5th annual golf day that took place recently at the Copperleaf Golf Estate. Built on land once lived on by Ernie Elsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; grandfather and situated just outside Pretoria, Copperleaf is South % !   4   #   

signature Ernie Els designed golf course in South Africa. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event saw 76 players      #   QZ  

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said SAPPMA CEO, Jan Venter. Venter said the day was punctuated with a sense of camaraderie and fun, with the beautiful Magaliesberg backdrop adding to the relaxed atmosphere. A gala dinner held at the clubhouse concluded the dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities, during which various prizes were awarded: 1st place: Gradcoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jakes van der

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Bernard Tennant 3rd place: Protea Polymerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2nd team, consisting of Simon Morgan, Jehiel Lawrence, Justin Roberts and Ryno Strydom The prize for the longest drive was awarded to Joost Joubert (Gradco), while Gregg Heuer (Marley) won the

prize for nearest to the pin. SAPPMA thanked Marley Pipe Systems, Protea Polymers, DPI Plastics, MBT, Flo-tek, Fiberpipe, Extrupet, Plastics|SA and Water Africa for their generous sponsorships and support of their event.

Gradcoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Altus van Buuren and Joos Joubert, who made up the winning four-ball with Gradcoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jakes van der Merwe and Buks Botha


Delanie Bezuidenhout, CEO of SAVA, headed up a South African delegation of 10 leading role players in the local PVC industry who attended PVC 2014 in Brighton, United Kingdom

Sir Jonathon Porritt, Founder Director of Forum for the Future, delivered the opening address at PVC 2014

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said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were privileged to be able to attend a very full and varied programme of original papers covering all aspects of PVC â&#x20AC;&#x201C; ranging from formulation through to recovery and recycling â&#x20AC;&#x201C;    (Z;      ?:  #5  " The keynote address was delivered by the Honourable Sir Jonathon Porritt, founder director of Forum for the Future and perhaps best known for his championing of green issues and his advocacy of the Green Party of England and Wales. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have to know exactly what we mean by sustainability to be able to determine our journey towards itâ&#x20AC;Ś PVC has become the material that has provided me with a yardstick for   """5 $      " Although the international speakers all touched on a variety of different topics, the issues of PVC recycling and the need for the global PVC industry to shift its focus to all    Â&#x2030; 

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businesses â&#x20AC;&#x201C; including journalists and critics â&#x20AC;&#x201C; were two of the most prevalent themes that came across. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sophi McMillan of Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vinyl Council made an equally impressive case for recovering PVC in hospitals, showing how this could be a cost-neutral exercise, and therefore to     


Delanie said.


â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Edgelightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; light design with prism geometry sets new trends for brake lights Innovative light strips for the rear lighting system of the Porsche Macan COMPETENCE in lighting is both a demand and a challenge at Hella. Thus it is no coincidence that the staff at the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plant in Lippstadt, Germany, have set themselves the objective of being the preferred developer in the automotive sector when it comes to automotive lighting. For the new Porsche Macan, Hella developed a completely new rear lighting system with light strips for guiding LED light. The heart of the rear lighting system of the Porsche Macan is a thick-walled part made of PMMA, which is the so-called â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;light moduleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; or â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;light stripâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. This part, which has a highly  +    Â&#x2030; 

qualities for light guidance, required a new approach to tool and model making from the development partner Hofmann. The light module also required the    Â&#x2020;


standards in production quality. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Edgelightsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; are highly complex light strips for rear lighting systems, and are superior in design and precision

to conventional lighting systems. In combination with other individual parts, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Edgelightsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; are part of the safetyrelevant functioning of the brake lights in the rear lighting system of a vehicle. The design for the Porsche Macan which was chosen by Hella consists of three component groups: Two component groups which are screwed to an element (for lighting and the

Component groups from Hofmann â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Innovation for the distinctive rear lighting system of the Porsche Macan

direction indicator) and a brake light and/or strip-form signal function component. The rear light component groups consist of other components usually found in rear lights. This includes lenses made of PMMA in four colours (red transparent, grey transparent, black opaque and light red transparent), which are injection moulded using 3-step

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The â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Edgelightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; light module from Hella â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Moulded in PMMA, with high-quality external geometry with prism technology

Multi-component turning tool at Hella Slovakia Signal Lighting

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technology. The heavily tiered external contour of the upper light lens is unusual. Hella manufactures the seriesproduction â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Edgelightsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; from transparent PMMA on turning tools, as multicomponent parts, using a 2-step process. Each tool produces a left-hand and a right-hand component in each cycle,   0   0

using 2K technology. Here, the challenge for production is in the correct geometrical forming and absolute cleanliness of the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Edgelightsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, which is essential to allow the light

beams to shine with the desired intensity. After cooling down, the light modules are delivered as individual parts to the rear light production facility. To achieve the required light values, the thick-walled PMMA part, which is made of Altuglas HT121 or Plexiglass 8N, requires the highest standards in the 2K process for the seams. A further decisive factor is the highly complex â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;prism geometryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; for the entry and exit of the LED light. In the framework of tool development, it was the task of the tool making

company Siegfried Hofmann to develop a contour which would allow the maximum light output at the point of emission and at the same time be manageable from a production technology point of view. This applied not only to the manufacture of the series-production tools but also to the demoulding characteristics of the light module in the tool, as well as the manageability of the process in terms of strict absence of distortion. ##

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Thermoset materials for production of belt pulleys

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Hybrid pulleys made of thermoset combined with thermoplastics, elastomers LIGHTER weight with equal or higher performance â&#x20AC;&#x201C; this is the challenge facing the automotive industry, caused by the demand to reduce the emission levels and fuel consumption of motor vehicles. And this is why innovative, extremely hardwearing plastic parts of superior quality are becoming more and more important. Winkelmann Powertrain Components, a company based in Ahlen, Germany, recognized this trend at an early stage and has relied on thermoset materials for the production of belt pulleys ever since. Wittmann Battenfeld supplies the machines for this purpose. In the area of automotive parts, Winkelmann specializes in four product lines: drive system components, torsional vibration dampers, fuel distribution systems and belt pulleys. The companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s belt pulley production originates from sheet metal cold forming, one of Winkelmannâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s core competencies. In 1992, the production of plastic parts was introduced in addition to the belt pulleys originally made of steel and later of aluminium. In this context, three fundamental decisions   ]           

minerals was chosen as the material to be processed, this material was to be formed by a unique proprietary injectionstamping process specially developed for this purpose, with the registered trade mark WIN:DUR, and Battenfeld was to supply the injection moulding machines. /     


to BMW. Today, Winkelmann has already injection-moulded some 50 million belt pulleys for water pumps, hydraulic power steering pumps and camshaft drives. The company is one of the few manufacturers offering hybrid pulleys, which are made of thermoset combined with other materials such as metal, thermoplastics and elastomers. During the injection-moulding process, phenolic resin is

Belt pulley with ball bearings to drive an air-conditioning compressor

Thermoset toothed belt wheel for a camshaft drive with integrated setting device for adjustment of the camshaft (left) and toothed belt pulley prototype made of thermoset for a camshaft drive (right)

injected into the mould at low pressure to prevent orientation         " 7+#       

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maintained until chemical cross-linking of the phenolic resin has taken place. This process is responsible for the materialâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s subsequent dimensional stability under thermal stress. Thermoset belt pulleys are currently used in airconditioning compressors, water pumps and power steering pumps. Because of the enormous reduction in weight      # 9        

application in camshaft drive systems, crankshaft dampers or belt drive systems for power steering, which are currently still at the prototyping stage. Winkelmann currently operates its thermoset production plant in Ahlen with 23 injection moulding machines with clamping forces ranging from 100 to 150 t, all from Wittmann Battenfeld. KR Plastics represents Wittmann Battenfeld in South Africa, tel: 082 458 7579, Axel Neukirchen, thermoset product manager at Winkelmann, and Kai-Uwe Hilker, Wittmann Battenfeld salesman, in front of an HM 150 equipped for thermoset processing


Mpact to help cut logistics costs in poultry industry Mpact Plastic Containers has developed a new generation plastic chicken coop that is more rigid and can be used alongside the traditional crates

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Mpact product made from UV-stabilised PP, traditional crates made from HDPE MORE than a billion live chickens are transported across South Africa every year as they move along the production chain from broiler house to supermarket. In the process, hard-pressed producers   

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Plastic Containers, a division of JSE-listed paper and plastics packaging company, Mpact Limited, believes that the Groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s experience in providing high-quality and well-priced packaging across a variety of industries can support the continuing drive of poultry producers to wring every cent possible out of their cost base. Loutjie de Jongh, MD of Mpact Plastic Containers, says Mpact has developed a new generation plastic chicken coop that is more rigid and can be used alongside the traditional crates. The Mpact chicken coop conforms to the standards of returnable transport packaging (RTP), which makes it reusable over an extended period.

With a capacity of 12 live birds per crate, the Mpact chicken coop also conforms to the standards for transporting live birds that are set out the Code of Practice of the South African Poultry Association. The overall effect for poultry        " Unlike wood or carton, the plastic coops donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t absorb water and microorganisms, reducing the likelihood of disease as plastic crates can be easily washed. The birds are transported safely and stress levels are minimised, improving the quality of the meat. The chicken coops are manufactured at the Mpact Plastic Containers plant in Brits. The company also has ability to manufacture large volumes in the Western Cape. De Jongh says the Mpact product has far fewer moving parts than its traditional rivals with only three large parts: the base,

top lid and gate. Coops made according to the older process are held together with rivets. De Jongh notes that this not only creates a risk of contamination if these rivets break off, but the product is also less durable as it is not a one-piece moulding. The Mpact product is made from UV-stabilised polypropylene while the traditional crates are made from highdensity polyethylene. De Jongh says polypropylene is not prone to stress cracking, meaning that it is less likely to break as a result of continuous washing with hot water and detergents. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This coop is the product of Mpactâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s approach to innovation which looks beyond inventions to how we actually do things. We think very hard about how to improve processes in our own business and so we are able to understand how our products can play a supportive role in the processes of our customers,â&#x20AC;? says De Jongh.

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Marley introduces MEGAFLEX dragline hoses for irrigation

PET bottle wins award


AN ultralight PET bottle from Krones was among the winners at this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s international iF Packaging Design Awards in the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;beveragesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; category. The innovative bottle is suitable for carbonated beverages and has a capacity of 500ml. It weighs just 9.9g â&#x20AC;&#x201C; making it 30 to 45% lighter than comparable PET bottles on the market. Energy and cost savings are achieved by dividing up the bottle into several functional areas with different wall thicknesses. Most of the PET material is located in the upper part of the bottle. The walls in the lower section, by contrast, receive only half as much material. Nonetheless, the bottle is reassuringly stable for handling and consumersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; use, thanks to its sophisticatedly ingenious container geometry in which the designers have left not a single square millimetre to chance. $    '   '  the special neck  &   in contrast to other PET bottles this one does not have a screwcap, but a tear-off ring-pull closure.

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Yogurt packaging 

  Giant food company Danone has launched a yogurt product line for men, in the somewhat unlikely market of Bulgaria. The successful concept is currently being expanded to other markets. Packaging partner Greiner Packaging emphasizes its clear positioning with stylish, sleeved cups. In a number of studies, Danone Bulgaria concentrated on the taste preferences of Bulgarian men in yogurt consumption. The  '  F  " "    with thick consistency, high fat content and a distinctive taste. Natural    #   Â?    of the product line, Danone for Men, which has been a success in the F     -#       Â?   Â&#x2026; # Straightforward, minimalist graphics appeal to the male aesthetic sense.


Breitsamer honey bottles % =Â&#x2026; "& healthy contents in convenient packaging

BREITSAMER & Ulrich GmbH & Co KG from Munich are among the leading honey bottlers in Europe. Their products combine tradition and quality and are sold in glass as well as in plastic packaging. Greiner Packaging International produces the new honey bottles for Breitsamer from PET, using the stretch blow moulding process. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We use our exclusive â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;kavoblowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; technology for this. It facilitates a highly      

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AusserwĂśger, head of the Kavo Division at Greiner Packaging. The look and handling of the bottle were improved. And thanks to the new base design, the packaging is more stable   


Honey in plastic bottles has some basic advantages in terms of convenience for daily consumption: It provides the consumer with hygienic and clean handling, as well as precise dispensing without dripping. The new dose cap with membrane plays an important role here. It is equipped with an integrated, tear-off tamper-proof band and is made of PP. Combined with a

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highest demands for precise dispensing of viscous products.

      Endures rugged metal-pounding use, bypasses lengthy post-moulding step A toughened nylon 6 compound from Teknor Apex Asia      %      % 

to injection mould tips for industrial deadblow hammers that withstand rigorous impact testing, even in their largest sizes and without need for lengthy post-mould conditioning in water. Deadblow hammers have tips that prevent damage to parts by absorbing the shock of the blow, while producing less noise than metal-tipped hammers and generating no sparks. Austmould produces 25-, 38-, 50-, and 60mm diameter nylon 6 tips for a customerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s range of cast aluminium hammers. When the customer reported that some hammers with the largest tips were failing 48 JUNE / JULY 2014

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increasing the impact resistance of the hammer tips by switching to ChemlonÂŽ 280 nylon 6 compound, whose notched Izod impact strength at room temperature (23 ÂşC) is 1,200 J/m â&#x20AC;&#x201D; more than six times greater than the nylon 6 material Austmould had been using. The Chemlon 280 compound passed moulding trials at Austmould on both its small and large injection machines, and even the largest tips easily passed the customerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s impact test. Using Teknor Apexâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ChemlonÂŽ 280 nylon 6 compound, the impact resistance of industrial hammer tips was strengthened to become six times greater than the nylon 6 material which was used before

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Chemical or mechanical purge compounds?

Ultra Purge chemical purging compound (beaker on the right) uses only half the amount of purge compared to mechanical purges (beaker on the left)

            DECIDING on what type of commercial purge compound to use is an important task for plastic processing companies. There is a choice of two different types of purge compounds, chemical and mechanical. Choosing the correct type of purge compound could potentially save a company a substantial amount of money by reducing downtime, scrap and the amount of commercial purge required. A mechanical purge compound works by scrubbing the machine clean using an abrasive material. Conversely, a chemical purge compound cleans the machine by chemically breaking the bonds of the polymers and pigment that must be removed from the machine. /      

purge compound over a mechanical purge compound include: reduced amount of purge needed (typically 2-3 times less), faster change-overs and reduced scrap, and some chemical purges, such as Ultra Purge, are 100% recyclable. It is recommended that plastic processing companies establish a testing protocol when deciding on the right purge compound to use that will compare all costs (downtime, scrap, amount of purge require) associated with purging their machine. A statistical analysis will allow for companies to decide on the best purge compound, ultimately increasing the   !    " Ultra Purge Ultra Purge is a leading provider of purging compounds for injection moulding, hot runners, extruders and other plastic machinery applications, manufactured by Moulds Plus International with production facilities in


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Italy, USA and Mexico. In partnership with major plastic resin, colorant, and machinery producers around the world, the company provides effective purging compounds for specialist industries, including: PET preform production Caps/closures Automotive plastic parts Plastic medical parts Packaging Houseware Blow moulding machine purging cost analysis For example, Ultra Purge 9015 is the

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down time by 79%. Plastichem is the agent for UltraPurge in South Africa.

The cost analysis chart represents a colour change of a black colour PP using no purging compound compared to using Ultra Purge CE-E grade on a 50mm screw blow moulding machine with a 5 litre accumulator


Styron unveils economical mixture of PC & ABS BMW, Mercedes-Benz choose Pulse GX Series for decreased density, low emissions and UV stabilizing technology STYRON, the global materials company and manufacturer of plastics, latex and rubber will participate in the 2014 international VDI Conference, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Plastics in Automotive Engineeringâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, highlighting its present focus on the numbers that count in engineering innovations and successful commercial collaborations of their Pulseâ&#x201E;˘ GX Series. Styron Automotive will focus in   

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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Self-healingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; plastic inspired by blood BBC News Science & Environment online reports that a new plastic that â&#x20AC;&#x153;heals itselfâ&#x20AC;? has been designed. Inspired by the human blood system, it contains a network of capillaries that deliver healing chemicals to damaged areas. The new material, created by     Â&#x203A;   2


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technology, BorPure MB5568 is designed particularly to complement the industryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s widening adoption of lightweight, standard short-neck closures (PCO 1881) that bring savings for the total packaging. The unique Borstar platform allows the tailoring of PE mechanical and         

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packaging and transport system. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s critical in the handling of chemicals, such as intermediates, carbon powder, plastics and resins, is the highest level of product safety of the goods being transported,â&#x20AC;? says David Dickinson of Tellap Distributors of Durban. Tellap, a patented light-weight recyclable pallet-free bulk bag, has been developed in response to global demand for a replacement to the conventional heavy wooden pallet. / 0# #   

recyclable Tellap system comprises a customisable polypropylene bulk bag

with two light-weight plastic sleeves. These high strength sleeves are integrated into the base of the bag to become the pallet, allowing a forklift to raise the bag from the base. No pallet is needed. Removing pallets form the logistic      # 

resulting in savings of between 8 and 10% per metric ton. The integrated sleeves, which act like outriggers on a canoe, increase stability during storage and transport, making the system safer for workers. Safe stacking three high, where legislation allows, uses limited space and enhances stability of the bags. Wooden pallets are a problem:

Companies seeking a strong, lightweight, recyclable alternative to the conventional bulk bag-wooden pallet solution now have a new safe and reliable option â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the Tellap pallet-free packaging system


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The end of smelly compost at the bottom of the garden


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BASF bio plastic bags help Kyalami residents with waste disposal project raw materials, tends to be brittle in its WHAT do people do with their castoff pure state. However, when combined food and kitchen waste? Some most  Â&#x2030; +#  Â&#x2030; +     

probably toss it out with the rest of their that can be used to manufacture a rubbish. This is certainly not the case variety of products, including bin liners. with the residents of Kyalami Estate In the controlled conditions of an in Johannesburg! They are part of an industrial composting plant â&#x20AC;&#x201C; high exciting project on biodegradable waste       #  

disposal. oxygen levels â&#x20AC;&#x201C; microorganisms such Biodegradable waste is the type of as fungi and bacteria break the plastic waste that gets broken down naturally down into water, over time by either carbon dioxide, and air, climate, moisture, International demand biomass. In other or soil â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in this words, they transform instance, kitchen for biodegradable the bag and the biowaste, vegetable plastics is on the waste into valuable cuttings, fruits and rise, with experts compost. food. At Kyalami, estimating an annual the Homeowners The Kyalami project market growth of Association, along The Kyalami project with Bio Waste around 20 percent in involves around 210 Technologies, are homes. Residents the next few years. using BASFâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ecovioÂŽ buy the ecovio bags bio plastic bags and and place their changing how waste can be used separated organic waste in the bags, and re-used. The ecovio bag is 100% which are collected weekly with the biodegradable and is made out of garden waste. The bagged waste is put cornstarch and other bio based content. through a mulching process and placed The key to ecovioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s outstanding in specialized Comp-O-Skip containers compostability lies in its composition. with the garden refuse. The sealed The material comprises a partly       


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BASF is pleased with the feedback received from the experiment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are looking at expanding the use of the bags to other environments; this process has shown that by simply using the product, people can contribute in a small way to sustainability,â&#x20AC;? said Delyce Ririe, BASF South Africa, sales & industry manager.

Tough polyols for top performance & sustainable PU coating solutions            PERSTORP, a world leader in specialty chemicals, invests 80% of its R&D into developing sustainable coating solutions with superior properties. The Middle East Coating Show (MECS 2014) in March provided the perfect opportunity to present how these innovative low-impact-high-performance coating technologies meet the regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs. The MEAF regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fast expanding infrastructure development projects, within construction and petrochemicals, are creating a strong demand for   


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200 ton TMC machine DARSIM Tool & Die recently installed a 200ton TMC high-speed servo injection moulding machine, custom built and commissioned by Maritime Marketing. Marc Gerasimo (pictured left), Maritime Marketing’s TMC product manager, said the machine was custom built for the manufacturing of thin walled packaging, in this case, thin-walled beer cups running at a 5,5 second cycle time. Dario Simoes (right) from Darsim Tool & Die said he was very excited about the performance and quality of their new TMC machine. Darsim specialize in tool making and custom moulding and the manufacture of thin wall packaging.

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… for speed, throughput, cold start-up

EXTENSIVE production-scale demonstration runs with a wide range of resins have shown that a new type of vacuum resin dryer introduced by Maguire Products, less than a year ago, achieves required dryness in just 35 minutes after a cold start-up. The Maguire VBD™ 150 vacuum dryer, originally rated for a throughput of up to 68kgs per hour, easily exceeds 90kgs per hour with hygroscopic materials such as ABS, acrylic, nylon, polycarbonate, polyetherimide and PBT. The ability of the dryer to deliver processready resin in just over half an hour is in sharp contrast with a

conventional desiccant dryer, which takes up to four hours to bring resin from a cold start-up to a condition of readiness for molding saleable product. Additional productivity enhancements are available with two features now available for the dryer: an ‘EasySlide’ mechanism that enables the vacuum vessel to slide out, giving ready access for cleanout; and an optional hopper extension whose 0.03m³ capacity extends the throughput of the dryer by 25%. The VBD vacuum dryer uses gravity to move material through three vertically arranged vessels, with the discharge of material from one vessel to the next controlled by slide-gate valves. From top to bottom, the vessels include a heating hopper that brings resin to a target temperature; a vacuum vessel in which vacuum reduces the boiling point of water, causing moisture within the pellets

Maguire’s VBD™ vacuum dryer is shown with hopper extension, which increases throughput by 25%. Components from top to bottom include: loader, hopper extension, heating hopper (with resin pellets visible inside), vacuum vessel, and retention/takeaway hopper

to volatilize and be forced out of the pellet into the low-pressure environment surrounding it; and a pressurized retention / take-away hopper that is continually purged by a membrane air dryer to maintain the target level of dryness until the material is discharged. Maguire is represented by Hestico. The ‘EasySlide’ feature involves the vacuum vessel, which slides out in the style of a drawer and is securely held in that position during cleaning

AMUT mini PRF sorting and pre-washing system improves quality of recycled PET Treats regrind material in dry state as long as possible AMUT Recycling Division has successfully commissioned a new MINI PRF sorting and pre-washing system at Wellmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Plastics Recycling company in Johnsonville, South Carolina, with a capacity of 6-7 tons per hour. The recyclerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s complaint about the decline in the quality of material to be recycled was Amutâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s incentive to design a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;pre-treatmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to feed PET bottle wash lines. According to AMUT, a couple of years ago between 20-25% of the material coming into washing lines was contaminated â&#x20AC;&#x201C; today it is more than 40%. Some causes include: PET used as a container for more than beverages more complex packaging design, including an increase in the use of inks multi-layer barriers, caps, safety seals, PET-G thermoformed trays Amutâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new MINI PRF sorting and 62 JUNE / JULY 2014

pre-washing system overcomes all the above issues and improves both          

plant. The MINI PRF system eliminates all contaminants from the dry bales using the Amut elliptical ballistic separator, leaving only the clean bottles to go through the sorting and pre-washing equipment. The de-labeller and prewash process prepares the bottles for the subsequent NIR sorters line. Amut is represented in SA by Plasquip.

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Haitianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main factory, a massive facility over 100,000m² in Ningbo, China, is one of the largest in the industry worldwide. The group also operates plants in Germany, Turkey, South America and Vietnam, with the international success of their solutions playing a big part in the popularity of their machines

HAITIAN International, one of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest manufacturers of plastic injection moulding machines, was able    $  (   again in 2013, setting more records â&#x20AC;Ś as was the case in 2012. Turnover for 2013 was â&#x201A;Ź858-million, a 13.7% increase on the previous year. Overall the Haitian group delivered around 27,000 machines in 2013, far +    !    

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technology has made it a great success and is now a standard feature on other series. Nearly 80% of the machines sold last year were Mars units, equating

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to sales of 22,000 Mars units for the year. The 2013 result related to an 18% increase in sales of the Mars technology machines. The Jupiter Series with two-platen technology also posted enormous growth rates â&#x20AC;&#x201C; nearly 40% compared to 2012. Its â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Generation 2â&#x20AC;&#x2122; version has undergone a major revamp that met with great success during its presentation at Chinaplas in May 2013. Just how much Haitian considers the needs of the plastics industry is also evident in its offer to its customers to customize the Jupiter Series on request

with up to 88,000 kN clamping force. A Jupiter with 66,000 kN clamping force is the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest injection moulding machine to date. In the all-electric machines sector,  Â&#x2020;  Â  

its forward strategy with their top-selling Venus Series. The Venus is also setting records year after year: In 2013, more than 1,000 Venus machines were sold, which resulted in a 22% increase in turnover. Following the introduction of Venus Generation 2 at Chinaplas, demand even increased by 40% for the second half of 2013.

VACUREMA clear global market leader in plastics recycling Erema Vacurema

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or hopper, to separate loader systems with integrated dust collecting systems, multi station loader systems and central feeding solutions. 9  !       #      

a cleaner environment and saving of resources. Shini have developed dust separation and dust collection systems to integrate with the widely used hot air drying range. The hot air recycler series is intended to assist with the reduction of atmospheric dust contamination combined with the recycling of already heated air to reduce the energy consumption of the dryer by up to 40%. These relatively inexpensive systems are easy to install and produce immediate results. Shini have also developed a range of drying options, from standard hot air drying in capacities ranging from 12 to 8,000 litres, to dehumidifying drying systems from 30 to 1,200 litres. The range      4/  

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ovens and heatless drying systems. Their dehumidifying range catering for hygroscopic materials such as PET, PC, Acetal, ABS and Nylons, uses the honeycomb rotor method instead of the conventional desiccant bed method of drying at a dew point as low as -40 degrees C, which also reduces operational and maintenance costs. Cabletech Marketing is the accredited agent for Shini Plastic Technologies in South Africa


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performance. Compact Inline Crystallisation (CIC) makes Vacurema the only system on the market which is able to produce strand pellets. As around 80% of virgin material is produced in strand form, mixtures of repellets made using Vacurema and virgin material are now easier and actually possible. Represented in South Africa by Relloy

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Open source tool to meet the challenges of

metal to plastic substitution 4      #   &>     @ N>>   MMI Technyl Design is a technological solution powered by Digimat, an advanced material modelling platform developed and supported by e-Xstream. It allies an extremely comprehensive encrypted database exceeding 7,600 



of calculations when integrated with injection moulding process modelling. It accurately predicts the performance of injectionmoulded parts which, when replacing metals, ultimately contributes to weight reduction and part production costs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Working with Solvay we have developed and validated the technology to create a radically new business model aimed at boosting our customersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Engine mount developed with MMI Technyl Design for Trelleborg      

SOLVAY Engineering Plastics, a global leader in polyamide solutions, and e-Xstream engineering, an MSC Software Company, have formed a partnership to open source MMI1 TechnylÂŽ Design for automotive OEMs. MMI Technyl Design is an advanced simulation service that offers industry players a tool to meet the challenges of light-weighting, a key driver for metal replacement especially in the automotive industry.

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selection for metal replacement solutions offering lower production and part costs and, importantly, to speed up time to market,â&#x20AC;? said Roger Assaker, CEO of e-Xstream.

REP â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10 years of highlights Company expects a 20% increase in sales for 2014

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The long-awaited V510 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; With a closing force above 250 tons, the V510 will progressively replace the V59 of the G9 range

under the name â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;RT9â&#x20AC;&#x2122;. REP is now also Tung Yuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exclusive sales and after-sales service agent worldwide, with the exclusion of Asia. Tung Yuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s products include compression presses from 5 to 10,000 tons, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Rotocureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; conveyor belts, tyre vulcanizing machines and transfer presses. Tung Yu also offer a        

for composites and other advanced materials. REP will host an anniversary meeting in Corbas on 18 June at which visitors will have the opportunity to view the new horizontal 4-axis CNC machining centre manufactured by Toyoda which will be operational in September. This unit of more than 70 tons is equipped with a tool magazine which can house up to 570 cutting tools. It is designed to operate loads up to 5 tons and will allow REP to machine any part. Carst & Walker represent REP International in South Africa.

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REP International celebrates 10 years of successful injection moulding machine manufacture this year. With an increase in turnover of 10% in 2013, current orders point to an expected 20% increase in sales in 2014. Visitors at the FIP show in Lyons from 17-20 June will have the opportunity to

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Middle East carpet industry an interesting consequence of the polymer industry FEATURE

Export market for Iranian carpets estimated at $560 million


textiles industry is based primarily on locally produced cotton and wool. The importance of carpets in the Middle East is just as ancient. Historically many of the carpets used in the Arabian Peninsula and North Africa were either homemade or bought from merchants travelling the Silk Route. Today millions of square meters or hundreds of thousands of tons of carpets are produced in Saudi Arabia, U.A.E. and Egypt for local use and for export around the world.

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carpets of Aladdin but the handmade â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Oriental carpetsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; which had been highly valued from China to Spain and across the oceans for hundreds of years. In the 1950â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more than 5000 tons of Persian carpets were exported every year from Iran. Today the export market for Iranian carpets is estimated to be worth $560 million, providing The availability Polymer industry direct or indirect of polymer has aids development employment for around contributed to the of carpet industry 2 million people. How this industry development of large Hand-made carpets has developed and rugs are usually companies in the and grown is made from sheep or U.A.E., Saudi Arabia an interesting camel wool, cotton or and Egypt to produce consequence of the  " /  


polymer industry. machine-made were historically used Machine-made in their natural colours carpets for export. carpets, unlike or dyed using plant-, hand-made carpets, insect- or mineral-derived dyes but are 



increasingly coloured using synthetic such as polyester, nylon, acrylic or dyes. polypropylene. The machine-made The traditions of handmade carpets range includes everything from solid continues not only in Iran, but also in   0Â&#x2030;      &

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of Iran. of which can be mass-produced faster, The carpet industry in Turkey is cheaper and more consistently than worth $1.4 billion per year and plays an hand-made carpets. important part of the even bigger textiles The availability of polymer and the industry which also produces yarn, fabric fact that high tonnages of carpet can and ready-to-wear garments for local    +     

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over the last twenty years to produce machine-made carpets for export. This recent development of Arabian carpet manufacturing also highlights the difference between the industries in the different countries, particularly Turkey compared to Saudi Arabia: in Turkey carpets are typically made by companies who only make carpets. Dyeing, spinning and producing the various wool, cotton or synthetic yarns is done by other companies who specialize in these activities for the broader textiles industry located in the same geographical area. Carpets are sold to wholesalers and merchants for distribution and sale. In Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the U.A.E. less than ten large backward-integrated companies manufacture hundreds of thousands of tons of carpets per year,  0     

and yarn, colouring and stabilizing it, updating their designs and product ranges and doing their own international sales and distribution. Â&#x203A;  NÂ&#x2030; !   

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export, the success of the textiles industries is largely due to the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;magic &*  !" NIALL CAN BE REACHED AT: NIALL. MARSHALL@EVERSPRINGME.COM Dr Niall Marshall lives in Bahrain in the Middle East and works for Everspring Middle East, one of the largest manufacturers of polymer stabilisers, and X-ponent Three, which supplies a range of additives and pigments and provides technical and business consulting services


Next-generation series of pultrusion pelletizers High-speed models provide greater productivity for precision strand cutting REDUCTION Engineering Scheer of the USA, a leading global manufacturer of strand pelletizing systems, has redesigned its line of pultrusion strand pelletizers, launching a new highspeed series that is accompanied by an extensive range of unique enhancements. Reduction Engineering Scheerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new LFT Pultrusion Pelletizer delivers twice the rotational cutting speed of previous models, operating at 1200rpm and allowing for higher linear velocity. The pelletizer is available in eccentric and push/pull designs. The eccentric model adjusts the rotor to the bed knife while the push/pull model adjusts the bed knife support to the rotor. The eccentric model has a redesigned ring gear adjustment which allows for precision adjustment and easier accessibility. Meanwhile, the rotor on the push/pull version features a load

isolator mechanism which reduces sheer load away from the rotor bearing and allows for cooler operation. Both the eccentric and push/ pull models are mounted on a new slide rail system. The new LFT Pultrusion Pelletizer has a push distance A key improvement is the mounting of the adjustable gap cylinder on a stainless steel cover for easy adjustability. A position-locking lift between the nip point and the cutting arm connects the cylinder to the upper feed roll. Both models boast a cutting gap adjustment down to 12 microns point of less than laboratory model for one to two strands. 7.5cms, compared to over 12cms in Reduction Engineering also produces previous models. The reduced distance pulverisers and rotational moulding minimizes the uncontrolled strand zone equipment, and has supplied and ensures enhanced quality. machines in South Africa. Reduction Engineering Scheer offers  widths ranging from 25-70cms and a JUNE / JULY 2014


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industrial design Plastics, composites used to manufacture winning designs Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; DESIGN Award & Competition, the worldsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; largest and most diffused international design awards, has awarded 758 winners from 77 countries in 74 different design disciplines. However, we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expect you to wade through all the awards to        " 9!

done the sifting for you, and here we present the best of the winning designs using plastics and composites. The ultimate aim of the Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Design Award & Competition is to build strong incentives for designers, companies and brands from around the world to come up with better products, services       " %!

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Monster Lemon Juicer

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easy way of squeezing and juicing lemons by holding the lemon in between its â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;shellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and preventing the juice from splashing. The designer describes the juicer as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;a joyful !  "


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container that was more stable in a bicycle water bottle holder. The shape of the container also improves gripability with limited sight interaction. The textured surfaces also minimize slipping.

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Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware by Mehran Gharleghi and Amin Sadeghy, United Kingdom

Turf Rug Lounger Lounge chair

Gold award winner The intricate geometry and pattern of the table is derived from a basic â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Toranjâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, a mathematical pattern used in Iranian architecture; from which a smooth transition between two layers of strict geometric pattern is constructed. The generated form is manufactured using CNC milling technology on high density polyurethane. The table is very light and measures 180 x 100 x 80cm.

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one another. The round shaped rug uses the smallest possible private space. A small table can be set on the big dots on the dotted rug, creating a private space. Â&#x203A;   


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sitting experience. Each chair has its own belly button to lend a little bit of playfulness. They are small, lightweight, and portable. The chair is made from polyethylene using rotational moulding. Surfaces are sandblasted to create a smooth  "

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Ampoule illuminated vase

by Federico

Traverso, Italy

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and exploiting the roto-moulding world, the design aim was to create an item adapted for the industrial production process. /  


every surface completely cleanable.

DESIGN Lighting Products & Projects

Louvre light Light

by Natasha Chatziangeli, Greece

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Food Feeder Plus

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Avoiding death by meetings â&#x20AC;&#x201C; putting life back into work Managers need to become masters at conducting meetings that have drama and context CHANCES are that you are on your way or coming back from a meeting right now. Was it successful? Will it be a drag? Are you looking forward to it? Are you wondering when the meetings will stop and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have the time to do some real work for a change? Managers are spending more time in meetings than ever before, time that is matched by an ever-growing dissatisfaction with what these meetings produce. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve somehow come to accept that meetings are usually painful and unproductive and a necessary evil of the collaborative and productive organisational engine. Meetings themselves are of course not inherently bad. They are an essential and vital part of a healthy and dynamic organisation. The fact is though bad     Â&#x2030;   


who run them and left unchecked take a more devastating toll on a companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success than we would like to acknowledge. What happens in meetings â&#x20AC;&#x201C;        Â&#x2039; Â&#x2030;  !

happening in the wider organisational culture and offers us vital indicators of the future success of the business. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If someone were to offer me one single piece of evidence to evaluate the health of an organisation, I would want to observe the leadership team during a meeting.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Patrick Lencioni.

do the same by putting the right issues Fortunately, for those organisations â&#x20AC;&#x201C; often the most controversial ones â&#x20AC;&#x201C; on that are willing to challenge the notion the table at the beginning of the meeting. that meetings are beyond redemption, By demanding that their people wrestle it is possible to transform tedious and with those issues until resolution has debilitating gatherings into productive, been reached, they can create genuine, focused and even energizing sessions. compelling drama, and The key to improving prevent their audiences meetings, however, The solution to bad from checking out, or has nothing to do with meetings is not to checking mail, as so better preparation, eliminate them, but often happens. agendas or minutes. rather to transform To address the Context and purpose problem, leaders them into meaningful Unfortunately, no amount need to transform the and engaging of drama will matter if commonly held view of leaders donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t create the activitiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; meetings and apply a right context for meetings few basic guidelines. and make it clear to team members why /         

the meeting is taking place, and what to understand why they are so bad. There is expected of them. To create context, are two basic reasons. First, meetings lack leaders must differentiate between different drama. They are boring. Second, most types of meetings. Too often they throw meetings lack context and purpose. They every possible conversation into one long are a confusing mix of trivial administration, staff meeting. This creates confusion and  Â&#x2030;  #      

rigid review, all of which creates unfocused, frustration among team members who struggle to shift back and forth between meandering and seemingly endless tactical and strategic conversations, with conferences, with little resolution or clarity. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what we call â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;meeting stewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x201C; everything little or no resolution of issues. But be warned, by creating context, thrown in one pot and a few clueless cooks leaders might just have to have more wondering why itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so bad. meetings. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right, more meetings! Not Create genuine, compelling drama necessarily more time in meetings; but          



that clearly stick to their purpose and that makes meetings more agenda. In fact, teams should ideally be engaging â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and less boring. having four distinct meetings on a regular The key lies in identifying and basis. These include the Daily Check-in, nurturing this. Directors and the Weekly Tactical, the Monthly Strategic screenwriters learned long ago and the Quarterly Off-site Review.    Â&#x2030;    

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approximately an hour to 90 minutes in length, give or take 20 minutes, and should focus on the discussion and resolution of issues which effect near term objectives. Ironically, these work best if there is no pre-set agenda. Instead, the team should quickly review one anotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s priorities and the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s overall scorecard, and then decide what to discuss during the remainder of the meeting. This will help avoid wasting time on trivial issues and focus only on those things that are truly relevant and critical. Having the discipline to identify and postpone the discussion of more strategic topics, is the key to making these tactical meetings work. Moving strategic discussions into a focused forum keeps the weekly cogs of the business moving while the big thinking on important issues is not lost. 3. The Monthly Strategic is the most interesting kind of meeting for leaders, and the most important indicator of a companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strategic aptitude. It is the         #

those that will have a long-term impact on the business. These issues require more time and a different setting, one in which participants can brainstorm, debate, present ideas and wrestle with one another in pursuit of the optimal long-term solution. Each strategic meeting should include no more than one or two topics, and should allow roughly two hours for each topic. 4. The Quarterly Off-Site Review is an opportunity for team members to step away from the business,



a variety of issues: the interpersonal performance and cohesion of the team, the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strategy, the performance of top-tier and bottom-tier employees, morale, competitive threats and industry trends. These can last anywhere from the better part of a day to two full days each quarter. The leaderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commitment Now you are probably thinking: â&#x20AC;&#x153;How am I going to get my work done if Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m spending all of my time in meetings?â&#x20AC;? There are two ways to answer this. First, adding up all of the time that these meetings require amounts to approximately 20% of a leaderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time. Ironically, most leaders spend even more time on meetings anyway, particularly if they factor in the hours of sending e-mail, leaving voicemail and roaming the corridors to clarify issues that should have been made clear during a      "

Second, leaders need to ask themselves a basic question. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What is more important than meetings?â&#x20AC;? If they say â&#x20AC;&#x153;salesâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;e-mailâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;product designâ&#x20AC;?, then maybe they should reconsider their roles as leaders and go back to an individual contributor position. If you think about it, a leader who hates meetings is a lot like a surgeon who hates operating on people, or a symphony conductor who hates concerts. Meetings are what leaders do. The solution to bad meetings is not to eliminate them, but rather to transform them into meaningful and engaging activities. Managers need to become masters at conducting meetings that have both drama and context. People must want to come to them and stay in them because they address real issues, solve real problems and they are always moving the organisation forward. Mastering this

skill is the fastest and most meaningful way for a manager to leverage his value and position in the organisation. The fact is that, as dreaded as the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;mâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; word is, as maligned as it has become, there is no better way to have a fundamental impact on an organisation than by changing the way it does meetings.

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Elastomer compatibility ratings anytime, anywhere Online selection guide from DuPont Performance Polymers ONE of the most frequently visited online elastomer selection guides â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the DuPont Chemical Resistance Guide (CRG) Âź              Â&#x2030;  

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stock or the manufacturing lead time. A download section offers access to all the technical data and operating manuals. The online shop also offers the user regular special offers and online discounts. Thanks to the multifaceted search function, new products and the corresponding accessories can be found quickly and easily. A simple structure with large pictures of the products enables the   1               

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The third section, Elastomer Products from DuPont, provides extensive performance data on our products, particularly DuPontâ&#x201E;˘ KalrezÂŽ and VitonÂŽ. Performance information and ratings are available in various temperatures and additional chemicals. The CRG is provided free of charge from DuPont Performance Polymers (DPP) on the DuPont website. Users click on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Access Chemical Resistance Guideâ&#x20AC;? at for registration and immediate online access.


Solar Impulse

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AROUNDWORLD THE NEWS WORLD Extensive use of Bayerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s high-performance insulating material BaythermÂŽ Microcell was made in the cockpit of the craft, further improving: the plane will need to   Â?    40°C at night and plus 40° during the day

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of capacity expansions at Gulf Stabilizers Industries (GSI), the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s joint venture in Al JubaĂŻl, Saudi Arabia. Once completed, the production capacity of hindered phenolic antioxidants, AnoxÂŽ 20 and AnoxÂŽ PP18 and, phosphite antioxidant AlkanoxÂŽ 240 will double to 10,500 tons. GSI have also said that plans are underway to expand production capacity of the AnoxÂŽ NDBÂŽ product line to 24,000 tons per annum to meet growing customer demand for a range of new, higher performing products. GSI is a joint venture between Addivant and Zamil ChemPlast, one of Saudi Arabiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading industrial manufacturing companies.

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Fraud-busting seminar Following recent incidents of material fraud in the UK, the British Plastics Federation hosted a seminar on the topic in May. The seminar, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Combatting Fraud in the Plastics Industryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, was addressed by two material suppliers, Plastribution MD Mike Boswell and Matrix   !     $ 9

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ENGEL Holding GmbH, the Austria-based maker of injection moulding machines and robots, will open a second plant in China â&#x20AC;&#x201C; an operation in Changzhou to make injection presses, auxiliary equipment and drive systems, according to Chinese government and press reports. Government reports from China say the factory will be able to make 300 presses a year and generate sales of more than $80 million. Gerd Liebig, Engelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s marketing   #    4


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a 215,000-square-foot building. The government said the investment is worth $43.4 million.

Croda rates in sustainable top 100 CRODA International Plc, the specialty chemical company, has been listed as one of the top Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World for a second consecutive year. Croda was ranked 28th in the Global 100 listing. In its tenth year, this index has come to be recognised as the gold standard in corporate sustainability evaluation. It assesses 12 quantitative indicators     # 


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AROUND THE WORLD Lanxess concludes pilot phase of butyl process LANXESS has successfully concluded the         

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Elastomers life cycle assessment project THE International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers (IISRP) has initiated a project to conduct the life cycle assessment of four major elastomers, including ESBR, SSBR, BR and SBS, with more than 30 plant sites participating in this global project. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a major initiative for the IISRP and one that we have focused our resources on to provide more information on the environmental impact of SR production,â&#x20AC;? said James McGraw, CEO of the IISRP.


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of major structural change with the emergence of two major power houses with sales in excess of $1 billion: Jindal Poly Films based in India and Tahgleef Industries headquartered in Dubai. Jindal Poly Films takeover of ExxonMobil Chemical Films, completed in 2013, creates a group with the largest nameplate capacity for BOPP at over 400,000 tons with assets based in Europe, the USA, as well as being the largest producer in India. Taghleef has similarly built a global position through the acquisition of various heritage

businesses in Europe and North America. In 2012 it completed the takeover of AET Films in the USA and only recently has announced another acquisition in Europe with the takeover of Derprosa in Spain. Despite these impressive moves, these two businesses still account for less than 10% of global production and are likely to be overtaken â&#x20AC;&#x201C; on a volume basis at least â&#x20AC;&#x201C; by Chinese producers over the next few years. The investment in capacity       F 


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Big growth in numbers at Chinaplas

Many Western visitors at the show purchase either manufacturing equipment or moulded goods

8 #          A NUMBER of records were set at the recent Chinaplas show in Shanghai. The 28th edition of Asiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest plastics and rubber fair ran in Shanghai on 23-26 April and attracted 130,370 visitors over the four days, up 14.26% on the event last year in Guangzhou. It also sets a new record since its debut in 1983. With the exhibition becoming increasingly international, the number of overseas visitors soars by 19.73% to 36,841 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; accounting for just over 28% of total visitors. Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand and Russia were among the best represented countries.

The number of domestic visitors remained strong at 93,529 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; an increase of 12.24%. Ada Leung of Adsale Exhibition Services, organiser of CHINAPLAS, said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The continuous rise of overseas   Â&#x2030;     

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get from CHINAPLAS can support the changing needs of their business and enable them to stay competitive.â&#x20AC;? Over 3000 exhibitors from 39 countries participated at the show, with over 400 being new to the show. In addition to occupying all 17 exhibition halls at the Shanghai New International Expo Center (SNIEC), 13 additional outdoor halls and six exhibition suites were also set up at the Central Square of SNIEC to cope with the ever increasing number of exhibitors, resulting in a total exhibition area over 220,000m².

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)/8YZ [\/8YZ    *   THE BEKUM group is one of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading producers of blow moulding equipment for plastic container packaging worldwide. The centrepiece at the German companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exhibit at Interpack in May was its fully-electric Eblow machine generation. Plastic packaging and containers can be economically produced on the single- and double-station blow moulding machines of the electric Eblow and hydraulic Hyblow series. Bottles and containers with capacities of between 3ml and 20 litres can be manufactured, depending on the machine type. This makes an output rate of more than 100 million containers possible a year, depending on the size. Modern production technologies, such as the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;tandem blowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; method, which enables simultaneous blowing from top and bottom from one extruding parison, are ideal for producing packaging of up to 330ml at very high volumes, such as for drinkable yoghurt and ActimelÂŽ bottles. The combination of great precision and high structural rigidity in the Eblow series ensures improved product quality and process reliability, as well as energy   

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First Propak East Clariant introduce Africa Conference â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Figaro Effectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; runs successfully THE recent Propak East Africa Conference organised by VDS Media was an inaugural success. The platform highlighted numerous local and international speakers featuring developments and growth in the East African packaging, printing, plastics and converting industry. The conference at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre in Nairobi on 2 April was attended by about 70 delegates from the Southern and Eastern African packaging and converting market segments. Delegates were most energized by the presentations by Jospeh Nyongesa, (secretary-general of the Institute of Packaging Professionals Kenya) on the East African printing and packaging market; Martin Mutura (commercialisation manager at Coca Cola, Central, East & West Africa) titled â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Trends, Opportunities and Threatsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;; and Hasit Patel (CEO of the Ramco Group) on â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Key to 4         F!" The East African convertor panel discussion was a clear success as speakers engaged and shared relevant input into current, market related issues and challenges that face the industry. Jolanda van de Spreng, MD of VDS Media was most enthusiastic with the feedback and results of the conference platform and said that â&#x20AC;&#x153;East Africa is the place to be!â&#x20AC;?

Spotlight on beverage, food manufacture at Drink Tech Africa VDS Media conference and seminar organiser will present a specialised event, Beverage & Liquid Food Manufacturing and Marketing in Africa, at Drink Tech Africa at Gallagher on Tuesday 24 June. The mini-conference, which takes place during the SAITEX/Africaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Big 7 show at the Midrand centre, is presented jointly by VDS and Exhibition Management Services. Devoted to development and growth in the African beverage industry, the event will look at the beverage value chain scenario      # 


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packaging, machinery and end usage. Drink Tech Africa will cover the bottled water, carbonated drinks, beer, wine & spirits, milk and liquid dairy scene, as well as liquid food, fruit juices, energy, wellness drinks and entire beverage market. The conference programme includes presentations on: Industry Overview of the African

Beverage Market; Trends fueling the international & domestic beverage market; Adding value to beverage packaging: who is in the drivers seat? How to improve recyclability: challenges & opportunities facing the beverage and liquid food industry; 2014: Year of revitalised beverage Â&#x2030;  Âż Maximising your marketing potential: An insight into the success factors encompassing the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;most valuableâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; beverage brands; Beverage consumer trends: Key    Â&#x2030;  

purchasing behaviour; and Innovative new product development: Creating beverages      " The programme includes a water and brandy tasting side show, sponsored by SANBWA. Conference fee is R2500 per delegate. For info, contact VDS Media: Jolanda van de Spreng, phone +27 76 424 0831.

VDS Media has generated a creative and useful programme for the food & beverage conference to be held at Drink Tech Africa on 24 June

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Trio in East Africa â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Trioplastics, the Krugersdorp   4(4J1    sheets, commenced its drive into sub-Saharan markets with its exhibit at the Propak East Africa show in Nairobi in April. Here we see Trio sales director Mike Wright early one day at the well positioned stand. Trioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   "  '  =   applications and attracted much interest at the show. Trio also presented its recently launched â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Black Blocksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;  &  "     "  PVC. These blocks are used in cooling towers and water    #

A HIGHLIGHT at Interpack for Clariant was the introduction of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Figaro Effectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; masterbatch â&#x20AC;&#x201C; captivating, random swirl patterns that bring life to plastics. Developed at Clariantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ColorWorksÂŽ, the new dynamic line of multicolour masterbatches are used in combination with a proprietary, patented, multilayer moulding process to create levels of opacity, translucency, gloss and special effects that achieve unprecedented artistry. Another highlight is the new generation HydrocerolÂŽ masterbatches for lighter plastic packaging. Hydrocerol chemical foaming agents reduce the amount of plastic needed to make packaging without compromising performance or aesthetics. Packaging weight can  " -Â&#x160;       &

Â&#x2026; "    and compliance with requirements for direct food contact. Lighter weight packaging also reduces shipping costs and fuel consumption.

COMING UP AFRIMOLD IN OCTOBER AFRIMOLD, which was to take place during the first week of June, will now be held from 13-17 October, when it will be held in conjunction with South African Automotive Week at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand. The co-hosting of these leading manufacturing trade shows was agreed recently: the events complement each other and their co-habitation will boost value to industry participants and create a more powerful showcase of South Africa’s manufacturing capability.

INTERESTING PROGRAMME FOR POLYOLEFINS EVENT INSIGHTS into PE and PP markets in all regions will be the focus at the 22nd annual Polyethylene-Polypropylene Chain Global Technology and Business Forum, PEPP 2014, on 25/26 June in Zürich, Switzerland. Keynote speakers include Koos van Haasteren, executive vice-president of SABIC Europe; Ajay Shah, vice-president of Reliance Industries of India; and Daniele Ferrari, president of Versalis of Italy. Shah’s topic will discuss the ‘Asia outlook and requirements for polyolefins,’ while Ferrari’s address is titled ‘Europe’s changing polyolefins landscape’. PEPP is organised by IHS group. Delegates from at least 16 countries, and growing, are expected. IHS experts will present a pre-conference industry workshop on 24 June on ‘Commercial Impact of Olefins and Polyolefins Technologies: Cost Competitiveness, Market Dynamics and Trade’.

OLEDS SUMMIT IN ‘FRISCO THE 16th annual OLEDs World Summit is to take place from 16-18 September in Berkeley, California, just outside San Francisco. OLEDs (organic light-emitting diodes) are widely used in the lighting and display areas. Presentations are to be given by LG Display, Novaled, BASF, Acuity Brands Lighting, Konica Minolta, DuPont Displays, Solvay, Panasonic, Visionox, BOE and Philips Lighting. The focus will be on the future of the OLED industry, specifically on the increasing use of OLEDs in living rooms, cars, workplaces and everywhere else.

PROPAK WEST AFRICA PROPAK West Africa, from 2-4 September, will take place at the Eko Hotel and Convention Centre in Lagos, Nigeria. Now in its second edition, it is the leading packaging, printing and plastics exhibition in the region, providing an international platform for suppliers of the industry to promote their products and services attracting senior buyers. The event runs in conjunction with Print Expo 88 JUNE / JULY 2014

West Africa, Pro-Plas West Africa, Pro-Label West Africa, Food Processing West Africa, and Digital Printing West Africa. This event is dedicated to suppliers involved in the packaging, food processing, plastics, printing and labelling industries and offers a unique prospect to get a foothold in the fastest developing West African market.

MORE MARQUEES FOR ELECTRA MINING AN EXTRA two marquees have been added for Electra Mining to make up for the expected level of interest. About 38,000 delegates are expected to attend South Africa’s top mining show, which is also one of the country’s most popular trade shows. Electra Mining takes place at Nasrec from 15-19 SEPTEMBER. The marquees are in addition to the total space utilized at the 2012 edition of the show.

GLOBAL PLASTICS SUMMIT IN CHICAGO THE second annual Global Plastics Summit (30 September-2 October in Chicago, USA) brings together, in one event, the major stakeholders, thought-leaders, industry analysts, processors and executive decision-makers from the global plastics and polymer community to share insights on the industry’s future. Presented by research group IHS Chemical and the USA Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI), the 2013 edition of the event drew over 300 delegates representing 170 companies and 17 countries. Key business presentations last year included Braskem IDESA, Dow Plastics, LyondellBasell and Versalis, with technical presentations from Albemarle; Borealis Polyolefine; Clariant; Erema; Farmamak; Husky Injection Molding Systems; Kraiburg TPE; Milliken and Sumitomo Demag.

INTERPLAS UK BRITAIN’S Interplas show is expected to draw over 400 exhibitors and possibly more than 12,000 delegates when it runs from 30 September-2 October in Birmingham, England. Interplas used to be regarded as one of the top global industry event, but in recent times it has focussed mainly on the British market. Held every three years, the exhibition will be co-locating with corresponding design and manufacturing shows including TCT Show + Personalize, Sensing & Instrumentation, Micro Nano Mems and the PPMA Show. Interplas is organised by Rapid News Communications Group.

PLASTICS ELECTRONICS CONFERENCE IN FRANCE THE Plastic Electronics Conference and Exhibition, the only event that combines the printed, flexible, organic and inorganic large area electronics (OLAE) industry with traditional

electronics manufacturing, runs in Grenoble, France, from 7-9 October. This show offers the opportunity to explore the business opportunities offered by heterogeneous integration of plastic and traditional electronics, enter into strategic partnerships and develop the products of the future. The traditional electronics supply chain is experienced in complex integration and provides a key vehicle for the industrialization and wide commercialization of plastic, flexible and organic electronics. The Plastic Electronics exhibition zone is fully integrated in the different segments of SEMICON Europa 2014 from equipment and materials to applications and components (new).

COMPOSITES AND ADVANCED MATERIALS EXPO THE CAMX (Composites and Advanced Materials Expo) organised by the American Composites Manufacturing Association (ACMA), from 13-16 October in Orlando, Florida, USA, can be characterised as slightly more ‘technical & applied’ conference and expo. It is considered the ideal place to learn more about composite manufacturing in a way that can be implemented the next day in one’s own workshop. 2015 CAMX will take place in Dallas, Texas (26-29 October 2015).

PROPAK CAPE: MORE EXHIBITION SPACE MONTHS before the show, exhibition floor space for Propak Cape 2014 was fully sold out … prompting the organisers to extend the size of the show! More stands are now available. The show, which runs from 21-23 OCTOBER, is aimed at businesses involved in packaging, food processing, plastics, printing, labelling, pharmaceuticals and wine manufacturing equipment.

EUROMOLD 2014 ESTABLISHES NEW DIRECTIONS IN GLOBAL ENGINEERING EUROMOLD 2014 is being held from 25-28 November at the Frankfurt am Main Exhibition Centre. Following 58,673 visitors from 83 countries and 1,056 exhibitors from 37 countries in the year 2013, EuroMold 2014 is striving to set new records. “Sustained high demand among exhibitors and visitors from the key global industries such as automotive and mechanical engineering, aviation and aerospace, electronics and medical technology makes EuroMold the leading marketplace for ground-breaking ideas and innovative solutions for global engineering,” said Dr Eberhard Döring, exhibition director.

Picking up both the Sustaining Life Award and the Grand Prize was the rear door assembly for the new Renault Twizy electric car, made by Walter Pack Igorre of Bizkaia, Spain. The small door, with a single brake light, is   '    #  are ABS and polycarbonate/ABS.

A NUMBER of interesting winners emerged from the Society of Plastics Engineersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Global Parts Competition held during the SPEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S ANTEC conference/exhibition in Las Vegas, Nevada, which ended 1 May. Walter Pack Group was chosen as the grand prize winner in the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Plastics for Lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; competition for a rear door assembly developed for the Renault Twizy electric car. The winner in the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Protecting Lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; category was Plasan Carbon Composites        N´0F !   ';Q?

Dodge SRT Viper vehicle. Plastic Technologies Inc of Ohio won the Quality of Life category for its BrightPakÂŽ â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;rigid liner in bottleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; containment system, designed by ATMI Inc. It also won the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Improving Lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; category for this entry. The annual ANTEC event is the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest plastics technical conference, consisting entirely of original, peerreviewed presentations on a variety of topics relevant to todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s global plastics industry. ANTEC 2015 will be co-located with the NPE2015 exposition in Orlando, FL and will take place on from 23-27 March.

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Injection Moulding World Forum

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

FIP Solution Plastique

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Lyon Eurexpo, France

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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Brazucaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ball!

Specialty plastics help provide perfect shape, top quality, outstanding properties now comprises just six panels, all absolutely symmetrical. Previously, 12, 16 or even 32 panels were typical. But the fewer elements that make up a ball, the better it can be controlled. High-tech in the cover The good condition of the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Brazucaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is due in part to the know-how and a series of specialty materials from Bayer MaterialScience. The ballâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s      


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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;BRAZUCAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is the term Brazilians use to describe a positive attitude towards life. One thing that certainly is essential to this sense of national pride is playing soccer! So â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Brazucaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is an apt name for the new,  





summer in the South American country. The colourful product from sporting goods manufacturer adidas is based on specialty plastics that help provide a perfect shape, top quality and outstanding properties. Over 600 professional players have intensively tested the ball â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a new record for adidas. Everyone is pleased with the result: Ball control has been improved, and the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Brazucaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is even more stable and rounder than its predecessors. Furthermore, the surface

Unique class 5

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safety glove

JUST like cyclists have accepted the need for bicycle helmets, both professional and recreational ice-skaters are looking increasingly for greater levels of protection. Dutch company, Hunter Sportswear has launched its latest innovation: a safety glove for ice-skaters with the highest - class 5 - cut resistance. The glove represents a breakthrough in hand safety. It offers users the highest level of cut resistance, combined with a high level of comfort. Thanks to its light weight, the glove is able to provide wearer comfort comparable to 92

watertight. The individual panels of the colourful cover are bonded in a special process. The adhesive itself is based on a waterborne dispersion from Bayer MaterialScience. Bayer MaterialScience has extensive experience in material development for soccer balls, with its partnership with adidas dates back to 1986. The two companies last joined forces two years ago to create â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Tango 12â&#x20AC;&#x2122;, the match ball of the European Championship. %     


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and that isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to change any time soon. The existing agreement with the FIFA was recently extended to run until 2030. And Bayer MaterialScience is happy to play along again.

that of standard sports gloves. The enabling technology behind the new glove is breakthrough DyneemaÂŽ Diamond /  #         3$6

Dyneema. The key feature is that the yarn has a cut resistance twice as high compared to regular High Molecular Polyethylene yarn, which can be achieved without the use of glass or steel. Gloves         


stiff, making them uncomfortable to wear. Hunter Sportswear introduces unique class 5 safety glove for ice-skaters made with DyneemaÂŽ

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