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www.saplastics.co.za GAUTENG Lowrie Sharp t: (011) 793 4691 f: (011) 791 0544 c: 082 344 7870 e: lowrieplasticsmedia@absamail.co.za KZN Lynne Askew t: (031) 764 2494 f: (031) 764 0676 e: lynne@summitpub.co.za Printed by: Tandym Print, Maitland, Cape Town SA Plastics Composites + Rubber Technology is published six times a year and focuses on these industries in South and southern Africa. We welcome news, articles, technical reports, information in general and photographs about events and developments related to the plastics industry. The views expressed in the magazine are not necessarily those of the publisher. Views expressed are not necessarily those of the Plastics Converters Association, Institute of Materials or Association of Rotational Moulders either. Copyright: All rights reserved. ISSN number: 1684-2855 (ISDS Centre, Paris) Summit Publishing: CK 9863581/23 VAT reg: 4600187902

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Place your bets – The revellers ‌ err delegates at the Hosaf PET conference in May took a break from the technical sessions to try their hands at gambling at a Johannesburg casino. The blackjack table drew a lot of interest from the suitably attired punters and some won and some didn’t. But it was all play-play stuff as real money didn’t change hands. It has to be said, however, that only a few of the delegates appeared to have gambling experience, so the exercise may have been useful ‌ as operating in business these days certainly has a roll of the dice element to it

Back-up plan is absolutely necessary EXPECT the unexpected is a dictum often applied, not surprisingly, in advanced driving courses, but it could just as easily be applied to day-to-day business operation. One manufacturer recently received DWUDJLFVKRFNZKHQWKHFRPSDQ\œV¿QDQFLDOPDQDJHUSDVVHGDZD\ DWZRUNZKLFKZDVDYHU\GLI¿FXOWH[SHULHQFHIRUDOOFRQFHUQHG%XW WKHWUDXPDGLGQœWHQGDWWKDWSRLQWDVDOOWKHFRPSDQ\œV¿QDQFLDO systems were password-controlled. It’s obviously necessary to have VWULFW¿QDQFLDOFRQWUROVLQSODFHEXWEHDULQPLQGWKDWDQ\WKLQJFRXOG happen at any time, and if you’re running a business you need to have it under control on a day-to-day basis, so make sure you have a back-up plan at all times.

Engineering Plastics apology THE article in our last issue about AK Engineering Plastics in Vereeniging was incorrect. The company’s name is simply Engineering Plastics and we understand it has absolutely nothing to do with its former parent/partner company AK Stone Guards, even though it operates from the same premises. AK Stone Guards was for long one of the most successful converting RSHUDWLRQVLQWKHFRXQWU\DQGZDVRQHRIWKH¿UVWWREHFRPHLQYROYHGLQ the moulding of plastic automotive components – as its name suggests, producing stone guards for vehicles. But its location away from the main automotive assembly points may have made operation challenging. What was confusing for us is that there are several companies using WKHQDPH(QJLQHHULQJ3ODVWLFVEXWLQHYHU\FDVHZLWKDSUH¿[WRWKH name. Be that as it may, we understand that the Vereeniging business is doing well and that effective operational systems have been put in place which is making it more and more competitive, rekindling hopes that the halcyon days of former years are returning to the site.

Is our market really different? ANTON Hanekom of Plastics|SA, who has been caught in the ÂżOOHUFRQWURYHUV\FURVVÂżUHEHWZHHQUHF\FOHUVDQGVKRSSLQJEDJ manufacturers (see 6/7), advises that inquiries to trade associations LQRWKHUFRXQWULHVUHYHDOHGWKDWQRQHKDGH[SHULHQFHRIÂżOOHU loadings in shopping bags becoming problematic. Are we really different here in South Africa? Probably not, but we may be one of the only Third World countries where such a high level of postFRQVXPHUPDWHULDOLVEHLQJFROOHFWHGIURPODQGÂżOO*LYHQWKDWWKLV collection process is creating economic opportunities for many, it seems shortsighted for that operation to be stalled. BACKGROUND PHOTO: Roof frame for Roding roadster produced by T-RTM (thermoplastic resin transfer moulding) process by Forward Engineering GmbH of Germany won a design award at the JEC Composites show in Paris in March

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Temperature control units for water up to 90°C

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ASSOCIATIONS Entries open for SAPRO’s 2017 Recycled Plastic Product of the Year Awards

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INDUSTRY NEWS SA’s recycling industry jeopardized by excessive CaCO3 use Polywrap commissions high-tech Colines cast line Ampa Plastics back in business Sun Ace 6RXWK$IULFDUHFHLYH6$1$6FHUWL¿FDWLRQ Userve commissions 5 Tederics at Blue Belt… DPI Plastics commissions new HDPE pipe factory Bag Safe, keeping luggage secure Ren-Flex installs sophisticated digital press for IML labels Nuvo study shows impact of rubber imports on SA co’s SA’s oldest surviving Engel machine in good hands SA public-private partnership in composites skills development

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ON THE COVER In medical moulding, the stakes are high. The cost savings of a smaller and more straightforward mould build, containing the part’s undercut details within a single component, ensures part accuracy, optimal cooling, greaseless moulding DQGGUDPDWLFDOO\VLPSOL¿HGPRXOG maintenance. Read more on page 68 about Mould & Die Solutions’ Roehr Tool Solutions’ range of collapsible cores and expandable cavities in South Africa. www.m-d-s.co.za

• Clear arrangement of operating and indicating elements • Solid state relay (SSR) instead of heating contactor • All components exposed to water are made of non-rusting materials, hence long service-life • Achieves estimated 24% reduction in rejects and 20% increase in productivity

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COMMENT Master Plastics launch – Manley Diedloff of Master Plastics (centre) showed off his drumming skills at the company’s listing on the JSE’s AltX board in May, ably assisted by colleagues Dieter Kriesel of 3HQLQVXOD3ODVWLFVDQG0DVWHU3ODVWLFV¶¿QDQFLDO RI¿FHU6DORPH5DWOKDJDQH,W¶VEHHQTXLWHVRPHWLPH since a plastics, composites or rubber company has listed on the JSE, so hats off to Manley and company

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HE fallout from the plastic bag levy of 2002 continues, and it’s not a good story.

has been heightened. The fact that ‘fear and loathing’ now stalks the bag recycling sector is no understatement. What’s the point of this? The shopping bag There was optimism in some quarters at sector is highly visible (most consumers seem to the time, 15 years ago, when the bag levy believe that plastics are either bags or bottles) but legislation was passed and there were plans it’s a relatively small part of the overall tonnage for recycling and cleanups and job creation converted. No, the point is that a similar scenario and what knows else, but it all came to could so easily come to roost in your sector. practically naught. The bag manufacturers (IIHFWLYHOLDLVRQZLWKWKH'HSDUWPHQW paid the levies, heard next to nothing from RI(QYLURQPHQWDO$IIDLUVDQGRWKHU the administrators of that ‘fund’ and, perhaps Malaise government departments, which preferring to be left alone, kept quiet and has so far proved elusive for the sets in after continued operating peacefully. But quite a Washed up – The industry, may go a long way towards recycling of number of the convertors hit on the idea of high levels of calcium improving communication and setting FDUERQDWH¿OOHUEHLQJ LQFUHDVLQJ¿OOHUOHYHOVVSHFL¿FDOO\WKDWRI shopping us on a course towards genuine used in HD shopping bag calcium carbonate (CaCO3), which had a economic recovery and development. bags grinds LVPDNLQJLWGLI¿FXOWWR YHU\GH¿QLWHEHQH¿WWKH¿OOHUFRVWOHVVWKDQ Management of most companies recycle the bags, which to halt polymer, allowed extrusion and bag making in the industry seem reluctant the writer suggests is to continue as normal and, obviously, to engage with government a further unexpected reduced manufacturing costs. Over time departments and personnel, but there have FRQVHTXHQFHRIWKH OHYHOVRI¿OOHUFUHSWXSVWHDGLO\WRWKHSRLQW plastic bag levy of over a been some success stories. Take the current where some of the convertors were running decade ago VXJDUWD[SURSRVDO%R[PRUH¶V'DYLG'UHZKDV YHU\KLJKOHYHOVRI¿OOHUVRPHRYHUKDOIWKH engaged with various legislators in the process material content. Wouldn’t you too? and managed to achieve some real concessions. By default, 7KHRQO\SUREOHPLVWKDWLW¶VGLI¿FXOWWRUHF\FOHEDJVZLWKDKLJK he became the unexpected spokesman for the industry, CaCO3 content. Well, it is possible, but not if the collected bags simply because no one else put their hand up – or even QHHGWRSDVVWKURXJKDUHF\FOHU¶VZDVKSODQW,QWKDWHYHQWWKH¿OOHU reacted for that matter. There can be little doubt that a tax DQGFDUULHUPDWHULDOVLQNZKHUHDVSRO\ROH¿QVVXFKDV+'XVXDOO\ on sugar (for health reasons) is necessary, but for plastic ÀRDW7KLVLVDYHU\UHDOSUREOHPLQ6RXWK$IULFDZKHUHWKHEXON container manufacturers that posed a real threat for substantial RIUHF\FOHGVKRSSLQJEDJVKDYHEHHQUHWULHYHGIURPODQG¿OOVLWHV SULFHLQFUHDVHVRQ&6'SURGXFWVDQGPD\KDYHHYHQOHGWR DQGWKHZDVKVWDJHLVQHFHVVDU\6RWKHUHF\FOLQJRISODVWLF consumer rejection – which is obviously unwelcome to them. VKRSSLQJEDJV VSHFL¿FDOO\+'EDJV KDVJURXQGWRDKDOW Perhaps one way forward is to either engage more %XWWKDWLVRQO\KDOIWKHVWRU\$PDODLVHKDVVHWLQWKH enthusiastically with legislators, or ¿QG convertors do not want to concede, fearing that other bag someone in your company, or appoint manufacturers may not (and gain an advantage); relations someone who can and who is prepared between recyclers and convertors have deteriorated; to do so. Failure to do so may result in and relations among recyclers are also on edge. Like all burdensome legislation being foisted on us. manufacturing sectors, there is serious competition between recyclers too and, since the recycling of shopping bags was Martin Wells formerly an attractive market for some of the recyclers, that Publisher Martin Wells,

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THE South African Plastics Recycling Organisation (SAPRO) believes that South Africa’s mechanical recycling industry could be jeopardised E\PDQXIDFWXUHUVRISRO\ROH¿QSODVWLF products adding increasing levels of FDOFLXPFDUERQDWH¿OOHU to HD shopping bags. This follows the public outcry in April after it was revealed that many of South African plastic shopping bag manufacturers – who claimed their bags were recyclable – were adding high FRQWHQWVRI¿OOHUWR+'EDJVPDNLQJ LWGLI¿FXOW±DQGLQVRPHFDVHVHYHQ impossible – to effectively recycle. And recently SAPRO said it had come to its attention that convertors are also considering increasing the addition levels of CaCO3¿OOHUWRWKHPDWHULDOIRUPXODWLRQ RISODVWLFIXUQLWXUHEXFNHWVSDLOVDQG chemical drums. 3ODVWLFV6$¶V$QWRQ+DQHNRPFRQ¿UPHG

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project during 2015. The partners decided on using Italian technology: Van der Touw and Rabie liked Colines’ technical solutions. Colines has also succeeded in reducing production scrap to extremely low levels (the ALLrollEX system in fact ¾DXWRUHF\FOHVœDOOWKHWULP¿OP  One of the features of the ALLrollEX V\VWHPZKLFKLVSURYLQJPRVWEHQH¿FLDO is the automated thickness gauge control: Polywrap can now guarantee WKDWDOO¿OPVSURGXFHGRQWKHPDFKLQH have a maximum variance of just fractions of a micron, which was unheard of until just recently. Running at throughputs of up to 700kgs an hour, that’s no mean feat. ZZZFROLQHVLW

THE environmental affairs minister’s application for liquidation of REDISA has been described as a “hostile takeoverâ€? by REDISA director, Stacey Davidson. Effective from 1 June, the liquidation order sought by Minister Edna Molewa, ordered REDISA to ceased all tyre collections and allow the Department of Environmental Affairs to liquidate the organisation and wind up its affairs. Davidson said that REDISA denied all the allegations made by Molewa in support of the liquidation application and was shocked by the “gross misrepresentationsâ€? made by Molewa and the DEA. 'DYLGVRQDOVRFRQÂżUPHGWKDW5(',6$ was in the process of drafting papers to challenge the validity of the liquidation application and the provisional liquidation order that had been issued. Molewa said in an almost 200-page afÂżGDYLWLQVXSSRUWRIWKHOLTXLGDWLRQDSSOLFDWLRQ that she suspected REDISA of grossly mismanaging the organisations’ public funding to the value of millions of Rands. Davidson said REDISA were “dumbfoundHG´E\WKHDVVHUWLRQVPDGHLQWKHDIÂżGDYLW and claimed the DEA had all the documentation that clearly showed how the funds were Ă€RZLQJDQGWKHFRPSDQ\ZDVPDQDJHG Meanwhile, in a statement on 31 May by REDISA CEO, Hermann Erdmann, said that REDISA had no choice but to, for the time being, cease collections with immediate effect. REDISA will no longer collect waste tyres from registered collection points, including micro-collectors. However, REDISA depots will remain open, but will not be accepting any deliveries. Deliveries to processors will continue as scheduled until further notice. Erdmann said that REDISA was taking steps to secure the funding necessary to reinstate its collections.

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‘Turnaround’ process

battle, and more ‘TURNAROUND’ is a word often used in times of crisis and quite frequently – very frequently of late – in the manufacturing environment. And although the goals of the turnaround may be clear, what is not so clear is the major psychological battle that can play out in the process, for both management and staff. Several converting businesses have been facing this tough scenario of late, chartering through troubled waters with all the hallmarks of such a situation – high scrap rates, high product reject

Observation quickly revealed some unwanted surprises

levels, low staff morale and so on – being all too present. Years go by and, while trading conditions are favourable, businesses can put on weight in the form of additional equipment and, more relevantly, personnel. Easy trading conditions can create lethargy within an organisation and the dreaded V\PSWRPVRIRYHUFRQ¿GHQFHDQG unrealistic expectations. Then, when conditions change and trading becomes challenging, the reaction of people at PRVWEXVLQHVVHVLVWRDW¿UVWH[SHFW the unfavourable conditions to be a temporary situation that will pass and

for life to return to ‘normal’. But, when tough trading conditions continue and intensify, low levels of panic start setting in and spread insidiously throughout the business. Such a scenario has effected many companies in our industry and a large number have paid the ultimate price, namely closure and liquidation. A business’s balance sheet is the main focus of attention when this phenomenon prevails, with remedial action an obvious priority. But what to do, and how to do it? Here we look at the recent experience of a South African convertor, aimed at achieving a successful turnaround. Step One was to bring in consultants to

Sugar tax poses serious obstacle for container manufacturers, others Complicated matter of implementing tax on sugar 7+(SURSRVHGVXJDUWD[ZKLFKZDVÂżUVWPRRWHGLQWKHÂżUVWKDOIRI 2016, received virtually no reaction from container manufacturers, HYHQWKRXJKLILPSOHPHQWHGDVDWÂżUVWRXWOLQHGLWZRXOGKDYHOHGWR a substantial increase in the cost of carbonated softdrinks – and almost certainly had a negative effect on sales. David Drew, commercial director at Boxmore, took up the issue on behalf of his company in the apparent absence of any other reaction. As a result, he became the de facto representative of the entire PET container manufacturing sector in South Africa. What started out quite innocuously with the suggestion that a 20% increase on the sugar content of ‘sugary drinks’ be introduced would have resulted (at the current sugar bulk price of about R11/kg) in an increase of R23 per kilogram of sugar ‌ and led to a cost increase of 209% on the sugar content of the CSD alone. That sounded bad enough, but David’s calculations showed that on a one-litre drink that would have incurred an additional tax of R3.59 – in other words, a major price increase of the drink’s cost. For drinks with a higher sugar content, the tax component would increase proportionately more, an example being Oros: a 2-litre container of this beverage would have increased from R34,99 to close to R60, which would almost certainly have led to consumer rejection. Various interactions with the Health Department and Treasury have ensued, with Boxmore’s Drew being literally the industry’s only representative. Common sense appears to have prevailed. Drew and other interested parties argued that “the tax as previously conceived was far too high and was going to move retail prices far more than the 20% that government and NGOs believed was necessary to change behaviour, both of consumers and producersâ€?. “We indicated that as industry must adapt to survive (by 12

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Sugar tax not so sweet – David Drew has been the industry’s only representative at the consultations between government and stakeholders in the softdrinks market with regard to the proposed sugar tax. He gave a presentation on the topic at the Hosaf PET conference in Johannesburg in May (see pages 28-29

protecting volume) some of the consequences of the tax would be an increase in the use of sweeteners and the reduction of pack sizes to mask the impact of the tax on shelf and limit the price increases,â€? said Drew. The response from treasury was the reduction to 2.1c/g, making WKHÂżUVWJPOÂľWD[IUHHÂśDQGFRQFHGLQJWKDWFRQFHQWUDWHSURGXFWV only be taxed at half the rate of ready-to-drink products. Âł7KLVLVREYLRXVO\DVLJQLÂżFDQWLPSURYHPHQWEXWOLWUHÂľYDOXHÂś brands would still see around 30% price increase on the shelf without reformulation or pack size reduction,â€? added Drew. “Lastly, because we believe implementing the tax will be H[WUHPHO\FRPSOLFDWHGDQGGLIÂżFXOWWRDXGLWWKDWLVWRGHWHUPLQH just how much sugar is actually in each product and how much of each is sold, we think that it would be much simpler to apply DWD[WRDOOLQGXVWULDOVXJDUDWWKHUHÂżQHU\JDWH “This approach would ensure that excess sugar in many other products (not just soft drinks) would also be taxed and as a result reduced/replaced, whilst making tax avoidance H[WUHPHO\GLIÂżFXOW´VDLG'UHZ The legislation drafting process has now been delayed, with further bargaining taking place, and implementation is planned for March 2018. Thanks to Drew for holding the torch for convertors around the country.


presents serious psychological department’s complement manage the process, shrunk to just three, with but that didn’t achieve Low levels of most of the mixing team the desired rescue – panic set in and redeployed elsewhere, at and cost a bit too. So spread insidiously least temporarily. the next step was to And the high rate of product go it alone, with a fairly throughout the return from customers did obvious need being to business not require any discovery, analysis all aspects of the problem was abundantly the operation. obvious to everyone, from production to “A surprising number of discoveries sales to accounts. Analysis showed the rate came to light within a short while,â€? said of return was unhealthily high, to the point the GM. where it was suspected that this could have Âł,WÂśVDOVRVXUSULVLQJZKDW\RXFDQÂżQG been caused by on-line sabotage. That out by just walking around the plant too was probably consistent with low staff and tidying things up,â€? he added. The morale and disgruntlement, and hence also QH[WVWHSZDVWRLPSOHPHQWVSHFLÂżF not surprising. housekeeping rules with several plant The presence of the owner, GM or layout changes being made, improved VSHFLÂżFDOO\DSSRLQWHGWUXVWHGLQGLYLGXDORQ safety measures and zero tolerance for WKHVKRSĂ€RRUDWDOOWLPHVLVDFKDUDFWHULVWLF littering introduced. of most of the successful converting 2QHRIWKHÂżUVWÂľGLVFRYHULHVÂśZDVWKDW operations around the country. What was the previous management had decided surprising was that the previous managers to mothball a sophisticated material did not see the need for this. mixing/blending plant. Rather than The next discovery was that virtually use the gravimetric systems to feed every operator in the plant had a full-time WKHÂżOPOLQHVWKHPL[LQJGHSDUWPHQW assistant. This led to the next step in the had swollen and was employing over turnaround, that of cutting staff numbers 40 individuals. Once the automated and by mid-2016 that was extremely OLQHZDVÂľUHFRPPLVVLRQHGÂśWKHPL[LQJ

necessary. This was the phase where the psychological challenge really set in, where emotional considerations had to EHSXWDVLGH$UJXDEO\WKHPRVWGLI¿FXOW aspect of the entire process, retrenching staff was a huge challenge ‌ but failure to do so could have undermined the process entirely and led to the demise of the business. There was no alternative: the hankies had to be packed away. &DOFXODWLQJDFFHSWDEOHWHUPVE\¿UVW ¾LQYLWLQJœYROXQWDU\UHWUHQFKPHQWDQG ZKHQWKDWZDVQRWVXI¿FLHQWWRWULP numbers forcibly, yet doing so in a manner that retrenched individuals who had a realistic chance to rehabilitate themselves afterwards, was a daunting step. Although the process is not complete, the business has retrenched over 100 of its staff, about 40% of its complement, on amicable terms. And the surprise is that tonnage turnover has fallen by a far lesser percentage – an estimated 20% – plus the scrap rate has come down and product returns have shrunk WRDFFHSWDEOH¿JXUHVPHDQLQJWKDW the operation has a far more realistic opportunity to survive – and maybe even thrive again.

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Ampa Plastics

back in business Rescue plan involving IDC sees Ampa back on track THERE’S usually no escape for a business when the liquidation notice goes out and it’s game over when the auction is advertised, no doubt, but that hasn’t been the case at Ampa Plastics Group. A virtually iconic name in the local plastics industry, originally known as Ampaglas, the company has been extruding sheet since 1973 and was the standard for extruded plastic sheet in Africa for over four decades. But it all came to a grinding halt in October last year when the doors at the $PSDKHDGRI¿FHLQ-RKDQQHVEXUJZHUH shut. The problem, as it invariably is in these VLWXDWLRQVZDV¿QDQFLDOVSHFL¿FDOO\WKDW $PSDœV¿QDQFLDOSDUWQHUVGLGQRWZDQWWR proceed further. Ampa CEO Trevor Zulberg UHTXHVWHGDGGLWLRQDOFDVKÀRZFDSLWDOIURP the shareholders to see it through a tough trading period. Unfortunately the shareholdHUV ¿QDQFLHUV IHOWWKHEXVLQHVVZDVEHWWHU off going into liquidation and the doors were shut soon after. All staff were barred from the premises in Elandsfontein the following day and were out on the street. Operating from various coffee shops in the Bedfordview area over the recent festive season, making very necessary use of his mobile, Trevor somehow managed to cobble a rescue solution together. Balancing on the tightrope with liquidators on the one hand and other major obligations such as staff considerations on the other, Zulberg was in a tight spot. The problems were formidable: Ampa was literally in the dwang, with debts exceeding 100 bar, plus it had been employing over 280 people. There were some positives though, if the business could get going again. These included the fact that the plant and equipment were in good condition and the core of the company’s staff remained committed, 14 JUNE / JULY 2017

and who at that stage were just hoping the business could be saved, but at the end of 2016 and early this year that looked extremely unlikely. Zulberg, the ex-Stallion Security, Tetrathene businessman, didn’t allow the obstacles to stall the recovery plan. Amazingly, he put together a rescue plan involving a large percentage of his personal funding, and some additional IDC work in progress funding. With this backing he was able to put in an offer to the liquidators in order to repurchase all the machinery that had been advertised in the local media. Then a new lease had to be negotiated with the landlord for the property in Tunney, Elandsfontein, and a settlement agreement needed to be reached with the majority union. Part of the offer to purchase was the continuation of the Ampa name so as to keep the usage of the brands that have become so well entrenched in the industry over the years. Thankfully this was all negotiated and accepted successfully and therefore it was literally a case of a new beginning and a new entity was formed. Huge legacy issues existed in the business, which was no surprise as it had been operating steadily for over four decades and had established itself as the preferred supplier for a range of plastic sheet types. But although Zulberg and some of the NH\VWDIIKDGEHHQWKURXJK³¿YHPRQWKVRI hell,â€? some positives began to emerge. “We have been able to cherry pick what we see as the best options,â€? said Zulberg, &(2RIWKH1HZFRVSHFLÂżFDOO\ZLWKUH gard to the product lines which offer most potential. It has gone back virtually to its

roots and is now manufacturing polycarERQDWHĂ€DWDQGSURÂżOHGVKHHWSRO\SURS WZLQZDOOVKHHW Âľ&RURSODVÂś DVZHOODV $%6+'33DQG367Ă€DWVKHHW And the bottom line is a lot less challenging too: break-even has dropped to less than a third of what it was when it was shut down last year. Staff numbers have reduced dramatically as well: in its heyday prior to 2014, Ampa employed over 400 people, but had fallen to 280 by 2016. Now, after restarting, Ampa is employing approximately 70 people, the most obvious result of ‘rightsizing’ the operation. The Ampa branch ofÂżFHVDURXQGWKHFRXQWU\ have also gone. The company is now supplying via distributors or direct to clients. “The process has been very challenging,â€? said Zulberg. “We’ve all personally changed ( hopefully for WKHEHWWHU DVZHOODVVWUD tegically and have learnt a lot during this process and as a result it’s made us more adamant to prove what we can achieve.â€? There is now a tangible sense of relief amongst the staff, particularly so after the barren festive season, and that looks like it’s being channelled into a new, driven market focus. That sense of relief was boosted at the time the doors reopened RQ$SULODQGZRUNĂ€RRGHGLQDJDLQ7KDW momentum from the earlier years may prove to be the most useful of the legacy issues that have built up around Ampa over the past 44 years. Ampa is working again with its network of distributors across Southern and West Africa and is also due to start working with distributors within SA.

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DPI Plastics commissions

new HDPE pipe factory

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14 extrusion lines and an installed capacity of 2 200 tons a month A NEW factory with 14 extrusion lines, and an installed capacity of 2 200 tons a month, was commissioned by DPI Plastics in March. Located adjacent to the existing Roodekop facility in Johannesburg, the new factory will produce HDPE pipe up to 1 000mm in diameter, and up to PN25 pressure class. The new factory is operational and consists of an entirely separate site that required new infrastructure such as cabling, power, water, stockyard, a laboratory and a raw-material store. Using only approved PE 100 raw material, the pipe will be manufactured in accordance with SANS 4427 (HDPE for water) and SANS 4437 (HDPE for gas). The new HDPE factory has 14 extrusion lines and an installed capacity of 2 200 tons a month

“Our production capability has tripled with the acquisition of these new machines,” said DPI Plastics Technical and Product Manager, Renier Snyman. The Durothene-branded size range that will be produced ranges from 16mm up to 1 000mm, in pressure classes from 3 to 25. Smaller pipes up to a diameter of 110mm are coiled in up to 100m lengths. ³2XUODERUDWRU\KDVPHOWÀRZLQGH[LQJ (MFI) and oxidation induction time (OIT) testers to perform critical quality tests on our HDPE pipes,” Snyman explained. DPI Plastics also has a recycling facility where internal scrap is reworked into pellets that are tested and reused. The latest addition enhances the

manufacturing capabilities of DPI Plastics, which already boasts the largest PVC pipe production capability in Africa. Commissioned in 1980, the Roodekop factory has 15 extrusion lines and an installed capacity of 2 700 tons a month. It produces PVC pipe in diameters from 50mm up to 630mm, and pressure classes from four to 25 bar - the only factory in Africa that produces 630-mmdiameter PVC-m pipe. DPI Plastics also has an injectionmoulding factory, with 18 injection moulders from 50 tons to 575 tons, and an installed capacity of 250 tons a PRQWK7KHIDFWRU\SURGXFHV39&¿WWLQJV from 40mm to 160mm, which are also

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Bag Safe Keeping luggage tamper evident and safe A NEW product being launched in South Africa is the Bag Safe – a cheaper alternative to plastic ‘wrapping’ – made from polyethylene. Jan Visser, who is considered the ‘father of the plastic envelope in South Africa’ and founder of Plaslope, is also the MD of Tamper Evident Security Solutions. Jan, who together with his business partner Kevin du Preez, developed the product and will be marketing the Bag Safe. Jan explained that the Bag Safe is a cheaper and simpler alternative to having luggage stretch-wrapped or shrinkwrapped at an airport. Jan and Kevin’s tamper-evident Bag Safe’s are made Locally developed, the Bag Safe is a cheaper using 120 micron PE and can accommodate printing on both and simpler alternative sides for branding purposes. Currently three different sizes to having luggage DUHSURGXFHGWRÂżWDPHGLXPDQGODUJHVXLWFDVHDVZHOODV stretch-wrapped or DWUROOH\GXIĂ€HEDJ shrink-wrapped at an “When travelling by air, the risk of items being stolen airport from luggage, as well as the risk that luggage is used for the piggy-backing of drugs from one country to another, is a very real danger,â€? said Jan. “Travelers then also have the hassle of standing in the queue at an airport to have luggage either stretch-wrapped or shrink-wrapped. This not only takes time but is expensive and adds to the anxiety of having to get to the check-in on time so that they do not PLVVWKHĂ€LJKW´H[SODLQHG-DQ “The Bag Safe is a DIY operation that can be performed at home or in your accommodation, prior to leaving for the airport. It is also a lot easier to remove than the stretch wrap. “We also include sequentially numbered sets of tamperevident security seals in the pack. This enables visual detection of any tampering that may have taken place at the time the luggage is removed from the airports ‘arrivals’ carousel. This will allow a traveler to report the matter before you even leave the arrivals hall,â€? he added. Contact Jan or Kevin on email at Jan@thebagsafe.co.za or Kevin@thebagsafe.co.za www.thebagsafe.co.za Currently the Bag Safe is available online at

Jan Visser, who is considered the ‘father of the plastic envelope in South Africa’ and founder of Plaslope, is also the MD of Tamper Evident Security Solutions

Incledon supplies 6km sewer pipe for Nelspruit project INCLEDON is supplying 6km of PE100 800mm steel-reinforced spirally-wound HDPE pipe for the Tekwane South integrated human settlement project in the Nelspruit area. The project will accommodate 722 Breaking New Ground (BNG) houses and walk-up units for 500 households. The sewer pipe forms part of the bulk infrastructure to be provided and will run from Tekwane South Extension 2 to the wastewater treatment. The pipe is made from reinforced polyethylene, formed by integrating HDPE with steel strips. The pipe itself is being manufactured by Amanzi Stairway of East London. The expected lifespan of the PE100 800mm pipe is 50 to 100 years, far in excess of any traditional sewer pipe. Due to its high ring-stiffness-to-weight ratio, the pipe is also much lighter than any comparable plastic pipe with equal ring stiffness. 22

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INNOVATE ADVANCE EXCEED NUVO™ Rubber Compounders is a bespoke rubber compounding company situated in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa and servicing both the local and global market. Equipped with a research and testing laboratory that far exceeds conventional standards together with the most advanced mixing equipment, innovation is at the company’s core. NUVO’s customer focused ethos and unabated pursuit of technological advancement has placed them amongst the world’s leaders in compounding science. With a personalised approach and decades of experience NUVO™ offer a rubber compounding solution of distinction.

NUVO™ RUBBER COMPOUNDERS Tel: 033 387 1330 35 Willowton Road, Willowton, Pietermaritzburg, 3201 Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa info@nuvorubber.com www.nuvorubber.com NUVO™LVDOHYHO%((FRQWULEXWRUKDV,62FHUWLˉFDWLRQ


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how rubber imports hammered SA co’s Non-tyre sector missed opportunity to grow, lost jobs during 15-yr period THE SCALE of the impact of imports from China on the South African rubber manufacturing industry has been far more severe than even the most skeptical of analysts may have originally believed. According to a study commissioned by Nuvo Rubber Compounders of Pietermaritzburg, the effect of Chinese rubber imports on the local sector over a 15-year period, from 1999-2014, resulted in WKHVHFWRUÂśVÂľWUDGHGHÂżFLWÂśMXPSLQJIURP5 ELOOLRQLQWR5ELOOLRQLQÂąWKLV equates to imports growing from 9000 to 40,000 tonnes tons per year. ,QZKDWZDVWKHÂżUVWVWXG\RILWVNLQG in South Africa in which the analysis split the rubber industry into tyre and ‘non-tyre’ sectors, a far clearer picture of the plight of manufacturers in the ‘non-tyre’ sector emerged. Non-tyre refers to technical rubber component manufacturers. Prior to the study, the non-tyre component manufacturers had been lumped with the far larger tonnage tyre sector and been almost completely overlooked. Dr Donal Ryan of Nuvo handled the comprehensive study. His analysis separated the direct effect of Chinese imports on domestic production and employment. Trade data from SARS and StatsSA and data from several rubber industry sources were used. A questionnaire survey of rubber component manufacturing companies who are members of the Institute of Materials

(IOM3) was also carried out. A number of the non-tyre rubber manufacturers also compound rubber material and supply this to the local market and in some cases export too, adding a slight further complication to the research process. $FFRUGLQJWR5\DQÂśVÂżQGLQJVLPSRUWV of non-tyre rubber components (usually mouldings such belting, hose, mining, transport and other sectors) climbed far more steeply during the period than that of tyres. In the year 1999, imports were minimal but had grown to over 30,000 tons/year by 2013 ÂąZKLFKLQFLGHQWDOO\ZDVDOVRWKHÂżUVW\HDU when imports began to decline slightly.

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The tyre sector also suffered due to the high rate of tyre imports during the period, but imports were sourced from other origins besides China. ³,PSRUWVLQWR6$KDGDVLJQL¿FDQWDQG negative effect on growth in domestic production in the non-tyre sector and on employment growth in the overall industry,� said Ryan (see Table 1).

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The table refers to the overall change in annual output in the tyre and non-tyre sectors between 1999 and 2014. For example, the annual domestic production in South Africa in 2014 was 25,000 tonnes higher than it was in 1999. This increase ZDVFDXVHGE\DQLQFUHDVHRI tonnes due to the domestic market demand and 19,000 tonnes due to export market demand. But imports had a negative effect of 30,000 tonnes meaning that imports effectively reduced domestic production by this amount. Note that the ‘imports effect’ outlined in 7DEOHLVIRULPSRUWVIURPWKHZKROHZRUOGÂą QRWMXVW&KLQDÂł)XUWKHUDQDO\VLVRIWKHHIIHFW of imports showed that Chinese imports DORQHGLUHFWO\GHWUDFWHGRYHUWRQQHV from domestic production in the non-tyre sector between 1999 and 2014,â€? said Ryan.

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100t of PET-G ‌ and nowhere to go A RECENT inquiry from a local recycling concern queried how to sell or dispose of hundreds of tons of PET-G in the form of trays. No-one is buying it and no-one is recycling it. Tons of PET-G are being dumped as businesses do not know where to go with it. &KDQGUX:DGKZDQLMRLQW0'RI([WUX

pet, explained that it is important to make a distinction between PET-G and thermoformed trays (as described above) as PET-G is also used in the manufacture of bottles sometimes. Currently there is no collection and therefore no recycling of any thermoformed

products in South Africa, whether PET or PET-G. “The systemic problem highlighted here is the approach to the problem in that awareness has only been drawn to the issue after the pack has been produced (be it a tray or bottle). Conventional PET trays are more


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Survey Ryan then conducted a survey of rubber manufacturers and interviewed with 26 companies, yielding some interesting replies, including that felt the industry was in decline and 100% felt rising imports • 100% were a factor in this; • VXJJHVWHGODERXUXQUHVWDQGSRRUHI¿FLHQF\ZHUHDOVRIDFWRUV of companies have experienced increased output – over 80% • of38% who cited exports as a contributing factor; • 73% felt import duties should be increased; • 47% felt workforce skill level needs to be improved; and • 33% felt technology needs to be improved

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Ren-Flex installs sophisticated

digital press for IML

26 JUNE / JULY 2017

Only digital printer in Africa used for IML labels REN-FLEX of Johannesburg, the label manufacturing business in the Ren-Form group, has installed a highly advanced digital press for the printing of IML labels, taking it one step further towards its goal of becoming one of Africa’s top label manufacturers. The HP Smartstream Digital press for labels and packaging is the only digital printer in Africa being used for the production of IML (in-mould labelling) labels – and Ren-Flex JRWRIIWRDÀ\LQJVWDUWZLWKWKHQHZWHFKQRO ogy, achieving fantastic quality virtually from WKH¿UVWSURGXFWLRQUXQ The SmartStream printer, powered by Esko, can print at speeds up to 42m a minute, run a maximum web width of 740mm and print on media thickness from 10-250

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Presentations from across value chain at PET pow-wow WITH Hosaf’s PET output about to undergo an exponential increase, the timing of the company’s PET Conference in May was opportune ‌ but the focus was on developing understanding of the market dynamics and future technologies, rather than on sales. The new energy at Hosaf, now that the PET manufacturer’s group has been expanded by parent company KAP’s recent purchase of Safripol, was evident at the conference at the Hyatt Hotel in Johannesburg. Hosaf and Safripol, who until recently had relatively little to do with one another, are now on the same team as part of the KAP Chemicals group – which has virtually overnight become one of the biggest polymer manufacturing businesses in Africa, if not the outright leader. Besides Hosaf’s soon to be commissioned additional PET volumes which will see it increase output from 160,000 to 210,000 tons per annum, KAP Chemicals has capacities of 160,000 of HDPE and 120,000 tpa of polyprop from the Safripol plant at Sasolburg. PET is one of the success stories of the South African plastics sector, as a result of which it’s probably not surprising that between 60,000 and 80,000 tpa of the material has been LPSRUWHGDQQXDOO\ HVWLPDWHVRIWKHDFWXDO¿JXUHGLIIHU  The large and increasing capacity for PET in China and

SE Asia is a major feature of this market, according to the opening statement by Hosaf GM Daniel Schoeman: China is manufacturing about 7,3 million tons per annum and SE Asia about 6,1 million tpa, with material exports from this zone dominating the market internationally. The other main importers RI3(7LQ$IULFDLQFOXGH1LJHULD WSD (J\SW  WSD DQG7XQLVLD WSD  Dr Roeloff Botha, the comic ‌ err economic forecaster, then provided an analysis of the regional economic scene. Besides the many lighthearted moments, the fact that manufacturing as a share of GRP in South Africa has declined from over 20% in the 1990s, to less than 15% today, is VHULRXV5HFHQWVWDWVLQGLFDWHWKDWWKH¿JXUHPD\EHHYHQ lower and closer to just 12%. According to Botha, the main cause for this decline is imports from China (which is a problem that most countries around the world have had to FRQWHQGZLWKRYHUWKHSDVW\HDUV  Matt Tudball of ICIS, the polymer sector global analyst and forecaster, said the international PET market is characterised by excess capacity, and there’s more capacity coming onstream – particularly in China. Six new plants are under construction in China. South Africa is arguably a safe distance from China to After day one, delegates were bussed over to Katy’s Palace Bar in Sandton for an evening of gambling and entertainment. Most seemed unfamiliar with the process, so it was just as well that real money wasn’t involved

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Daniel Schoeman, GM of Hosaf, presented a summary of the company’s plant expansion in Durban

Keynote speaker, Dr Roelof Botha gave an economic outlook, ‘Better Future for South Africa,’ which was packed with anecdotes about the local political scenario

Neelin Naidoo of Mpact, Lyle Batchelor of Little Green Beverages and Johnny Magalo of Mpact were in good spirits Lorita Diem of Novara/REPI Colours and Alta Ingram of Coca Cola-Sabco Francois Agenbach and David Putterill of Quality Beverages 2000; Mohamed Darsot of Tin Can Man and Bernd Sass of Bowler PET

Matt Tudball of ICIS (the industry analysts/forecaster) gave a breakdown of the global PET market; Matt is based in London

Hosaf HR manager Avista Ramkissoon and Daniel Schoeman Cheri Scholtz of PETCO, in her presentation ‘Are we going to prevent Government Intervention,’ looked at how the PET container manufacturing industry has initiated collection and recycling programmes and created employment and opportunities in the sector, which may go a long way to gaining approval from government departments 3DFNDJLQJ6$ÂśV&KDUOHV0XOOHUKDGDPLOGERXWRI¾ÀX which may have resulted in a somewhat more subtle SUHVHQWDWLRQ&KDUOHVÂżQGVKLPVHOILQDQXQXVXDO situation at the Packaging body: previously he was competing with glass, metal and other packaging materials, now he’s having to defend them – all of them


local sector mitigate the threat of imports, but it has nevertheless up to now been the Chinese manufacturers’ seventh largest PET customer (accounting for 3,5% of China’s PET exports). With the new Hosaf plant in Durban due to be commissioned later this year, the potential for imports will almost certainly decline, while the opportunity for Hosaf to export material to convertors in Southern Africa will increase. The fact that the amount of time spent by women on domestic activities on average has fallen from four-and-a-half hours a day as recently as 1965 to just 45 minutes now is obviously a huge change, but it’s just one of several factors affecting the packaging sector, said Tom McLaughlin of Woolworths. Now a global player with something like 400 stores, Woolworths is committed to sustainability, but it’s not that easy to achieve. Woolies uses about 26,000 tons of packaging a year and it’s estimated that only about one-third of that is recycled, said Tom. And it’s still not clear who is actually responsible for the sustainable management of all this packaging. Woolies does ‘tracking studies’ of its products involving about 6000 customers every three months and some interesting observations have been made: 33% felt it’s the packaging manufacturers’ responsibility to deal with the materials; 23% felt the food or product manufacturers should; 21% felt the retailers should be responsible and 15% felt the municipalities should do so. According to Tom, however, there is still too much packaging which is not designed for recycling. Tom McLaughlin of Woolworths outlined how much the consumer landscape has changed, not least due to the fact that the average woman’s housekeeping ‘duties’ have been slashed from four-and-a-half hours a day to just 45 minutes – make you think hey?

Ashley Henry of Husky outlined some of the recent developments by the Canadian PET systems manufacturer, including a new barrier system and an offset neck proposal

Gambling winner – Victor Gomes of VM Bottle Printers & Fillers (right) received a prize for being the ‘best gambler’ during the diversion to Katy’s Palace, for which he won a weekend trip to a game lodge for two, presented by Hosaf business development manager Stephen Woolven. The ‘contest’ did not involve actual winnings, however,it was all play-play stuff, but Victor’s style won on the night

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The 250 ton and ES 5/10 12 ton Engel machines were both manufactured 49 years ago in 1968 and until recently, both were still operational. Operator, Isaac Mahlatsi, has been with Enterprise Plastics since 1985

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In operation for 49 years POSSIBLY the oldest Engel injection moulding machines in South Africa can be found at Enterprise Plastics in Robertville, Gauteng. The 12 ton and 250 ton Engel machines were both manufactured in 1968 (49 years old) and until recently, both machines were still operational and only recently taken ofÀLQHWRPDNHZD\IRUPRGHUQPDFKLQHU\WR LPSURYHHI¿FLHQF\FDSDFLW\DQGLPSURYH power saving. The 12 ton machine was

used to manufacture plugs, electrical connectors, etc, while the larger 250 ton machine was used to manufacture arm pads, piling spacers and larger components up to 400g shot weight. Enterprise Plastics has been supplying FRPSRQHQWVWRWKHRIÂżFHFKDLULQGXVWU\ since 1984, as well as products for the construction and mining industry and safety products for the industrial building sector. Over this time the company has developed a number of new products in conjunction with its customers. Because Enterprise Plastics manufacture locally, they are able to ensure a reliable and HIÂżFLHQWVXSSO\RIWKHVHLWHPV The company was originally started by Terry Crowe, well-known for his engineering technical knowledge and a senior member of the Plastics Institute of South

Africa (PISA). The company is now run by his daughter Jackie and son-in-law Bruce Barkhuizen. Enterprise’s other main products include the ‘Globrite’ lightweight demarcation safety barrier system, which it designed and developed. The barrier system was developed as a result of more stringent health and safety requirements in the construction and mining industries. The barriers components are lightweight and can be erected by a single person, that is obviously more cost effective and seen as a value-added feature in this application. Transport costs are also drastically reduced because of the compactness of the barrier in its knock-down form. Most importantly, the Globrite demarcation safety barrier is highly visible.

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Boxmore & PETCO creates jobs, drives recycling Critical to minimise the environmental impact of post-consumer PET DURING April, Boxmore Packaging and PETCO, the organization responsible for IXO¿OOLQJWKH6RXWK$IULFDQ3(7SODVWLF industry’s role of Extended Producer Responsibility, partnered to sponsor and KDQGRYHUZDVWHUHF\FOLQJWUROOH\VWR¿YH local PET (polyethylene terephthalate) collectors in the Harrismith community. In collaboration with Vans Buy Back Centre, PETCO and Boxmore have

LGHQWL¿HG¿YHEHQH¿FLDULHVIRUWKHWUROOH\V who will sell their PET to Vans Buy Back Centre. This arrangement will allow the waste pickers’ progress to be tracked and their need for assistance to be monitored. Those involved in this initiative are committed to helping these individuals reach their full earning potential, and to stimulate awareness around the importance of recycling.

“Our company is one of the biggest employers in Harrismith and therefore we are, both directly and indirectly, at least partly responsible for the socio-economic wellbeing of the community,� said Boxmore Harrismith factory manager, Neil Bresendale. “Also, as a leading provider of rigid plastic packaging, it’s critical for our business to minimise the environmental impact of post-consumer

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Composites Training Academy and SARETEC sign agreement THE Composites Training Academy has VLJQHGDQDJUHHPHQWZLWKWKH6RXWK$IULFDQ Renewable Energy Technology Centre 6$5(7(& DQGZLOOXVHWKHLUVWDWHRIWKH art facility as a base for the Academy. “We are extremely encouraged by this GHYHORSPHQWDVLWLVDÂżUVWDVIDUDVD public-private partnership is concerned in the composites skills development arena,â€? says Oliver Dawson who heads up the Composites Training Academy (CTA). The CTA is launching various Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Assessment programmes that will assist currently employed people in the industry who have years of experience, but no formal recognition for the skills and knowledge they have gained. The programmes, and support WKHUHRIZLOOEHUXQRQ6DWXUGD\VWRDVVLVW learners that are working full time. Naim Rassool, Managing Director of

6$5(7(&VD\VÂł6$5(7(&LVH[FLWHGLQ partnering with the Composites Training Academy and welcomes the use of our advanced composites laboratory trainLQJIDFLOLWLHVWRWKHEURDGHU6RXWK$IULFDQ industry.â€? Âł$QRWKHUÂżUVWIRUXVLVWKDWWKH&7$ZLOO be delivering skills interventions in Lagos, Nigeria from August 2017,â€? says Dawson. “The academy has delivered noncomposite related services in Nigeria for the past six years and there is a growing demand for us to invest further and to support the development of their composites aspirations as well. The composites industry in Lagos is developing quickly and our clients want to learn more, are open to advice and are welcoming of new technology and opportunities.â€? 7KH&7$ÂśV6KRS)ORRU0DQDJHPHQW training programme, like the RPL project,

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will commence in the third quarter of 2017. 7KHSURJUDPPHLVDLPHGDW)LUVW/LQH0DQ agement in composites environments, and the purpose is to assist department heads and supervisors to develop understanding and capacity in productivity, and how and why to control the quality, costs and scheduling objectives of the business. About CTA CTA is fully accredited with the Merseta (The Manufacturing, Engineering and 5HODWHG6HUYLFHV6(7$ DQGDEOHWRWUDLQ nationally across various application sectors. Our focus at present is on supporting industry to stabilize and standardize operations and then ultimately to grow off a solid base. Understanding WKHWHFKQRORJ\JDSVEHWZHHQWKH6RXWK African and International markets, and the need to “bridge these gaps�, CTA is actively

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PET. Driving recycling through job creation in this community is a win–win scenario that I’m proud to be associated with.� PETCO CEO Cheri Scholtz, said the project was an important one as PETCO believes small and micro-collectors play a crucial role in growing recycling tonnages in South Africa. “Thanks to their hard work, alongside

that of the remarkable network of dedicated people and companies we work with, 2 billion PET bottles were collected for recycling across South Africa during the course of 2016, growing the annual recycling rate from 52% of post-consumer bottle PET in 2015 to 55%,â€? she added. Boxmore is a founding member of PETCO, and last year Chief Commercial 2IÂżFHU'DYLG'UHZZDVDSSRLQWHGWRWKH board of directors. “Apart from this investment being the right thing to do, our industry cannot ignore the mounting necessity to encourage and educate South Africans about recycling. We DUHFRQÂżGHQWWKDWWKHVHEHQHÂżFLDULHVKDYH all the support to further develop this small business opportunity into something that will both grow in size and income,â€? said David. An additional 10 trolleys will be donated across two other communities where Boxmore branches are based.

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training, short courses and workshops for the renewable energy industry. The centre is funded by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) through the National Skills Fund (NSF). It receives substantial support from the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development through the South African-German energy programme (SAGEN), and is implemented by the GIZ, the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) and Green Cape.

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Entries open for SAPROâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2017

Recycled Plastic Product of THE South African Plastics Recycling Organisation (SAPRO) is inviting entries to this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Recycled Plastic Product of the Year Awards. The closing date for entries is Thursday, 10 August 2017. This is SAPROâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sixth prestigious competition, with the aim of acknowledging the wide variety of products that are locally manufactured using recycled materials. The Recycled Plastic Product of the Year $ZDUGVZDVKHOGIRUWKHÂżUVWWLPHLQDQG has been dubbed â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Oscars of the plastics recycling industryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. This biennial competition showcases the tremendous amount of ingenuity and creativity our local product designers have, and aims to encourage brand owners to seriously consider recycled plastics as a material of choice. Whether they are designing packaging or pallets, shoes or shopping bags, this competition has demonstrated that there is no limitation to where and how recycled plastics can be used. Winners of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s competition will be announced at a gala dinner in Gauteng during Clean-Up and Recycle SA Week from 11-17 September.

To encourage even greater participation and entries by local converters and innovators, this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s competition will have WKHIROORZLQJÂżYHSURGXFWFDWHJRULHVZLWK the overall winning entry will walk away with the SAPRO trophy for The Best Recycled Product for 2017. Products made from 100% post-consumer recyclate Products containing a percentage postconsumer recyclate Products made from recycled mixed materials Novel and Artistic products (articles made from discarded plastics products) $QGIRUWKHÂżUVWWLPHWKHUHLVDOVRDÂľ1HZ Ideasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; category - anything that can be made from recycled materials. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It does not have to be a product as yet, just the idea clearly explained on a poster, mock-ups or a good explanation,â&#x20AC;? $QQDEpFODULÂżHG Entry forms and competition rules can be obtained online from SAPROâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website. www.plasticrecyclingsa.co.za

Plastics|SA clean-up collects 39 tonsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; waste MORE than 39 000 kg of waste was collected by the Plastics|SA Clean-Up Crews along the routes used by athletes during the recent Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon. According to Douw Steyn, Director of Sustainability at Plastics|SA, the majority of the waste collected during these annual events is made up of plastic, which has a high recycling value. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We work hard to ensure that this packaging is kept out of the environment and off the streets by employing a clean-up crew of cleaners from Masiphumelele, Ocean View and 34

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Athlone. Many of the members of these clean-up crews have been working with us for the past 10 years on race days and are trained to quickly and effectively sweep the areas,â&#x20AC;? he explained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The organizers of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon in particular did an excellent job with their #GOGREEN campaign that was launched prior to the race. This is antilittering movement which, coupled with our waste management plan, offered a sustainable way to collect and process the non-organic waste which was generated during race week. All event waste will be recycled and transformed into approximately 500 Green Desks for needy schools in www.plasticsinfo.co.za

and around Cape Town, thanks to a partnership between the Wildlands Trust DQG32/<&2 3RO\ROHÂżQ5HF\FOLQJ Company),â&#x20AC;? Steyn added. The Plastics|SA Clean-Up crews were also responsible for collecting the waste generated by spectators attending the SA Navy Festival and the Cape Town Cycle Tour in March. To view the documentary about this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clean-up crews, click on https:// youtu.be/3vwTwDLbBFI


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Transitioning to a circular economy: What does this mean for SA? A new way to design products, services, businesses

Keynote speaker, Joachim Quoden, Managing Director of EXPRA, an international alliance of packaging recovery organisations, clearly presented the case for a Circular Economy and the key role Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) has in transitioning to a Circular Economy

SO MANY of humanityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most acute challenges â&#x20AC;&#x201C; from economic inequality to climate change to water scarcity â&#x20AC;&#x201C; seem to be getting worse instead of better. But what if we had a new way to design products, services and businesses that were good for people, the planet, and business? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the promise of the Circular Economy: moving from our traditional take-makedispose economy, to one where materials are continuously repurposed, creating new value and delivering long-term economic, social and ecological prosperity. To unpack what the drivers and levers are to shift towards this new economic model and what this means for South Africa, PETCO and GreenCape hosted a workshop in Cape Town in May entitled â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Transitioning to a Circular Economyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Keynote speaker, Joachim Quoden, Managing Director of EXPRA, an international alliance of packaging recovery organisations,

clearly presented the case for a Circular Economy and the key role Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) has in transitioning to a Circular Economy. This was followed by Sam Smout of GreenCape, interrogating how designers, manufacturers and users of packaging can effectively collaborate to optimise the performance of packaging, while minimising WKHULVNVRIVXSSO\FKDLQLQHIÂżFLHQFLHV/DVWO\ Dr Philippa Notten, Managing Director for The Green House, gave an overview of how Life Cycle Assessments can be used to support the Circular Economy. The presentations were followed by a panel discussion by the speakers alongside PETCO CEO, Cheri Scholtz. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Transitioning the Circular Economy into the mainstream will be one of the biggest creative challenges of our time. Now more than ever, we need to explore new ways to create sustainable, resilient, long-lasting value â&#x20AC;&#x201C; redesigning the world around us,â&#x20AC;? said Cheri.

SAPPMA & PPCAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S PIPES XI conference More than 35 world leaders in water infrastructure, engineering MORE than 35 of South Africa and the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top experts on issues relating to plastic piping, water infrastructure and engineering will be presenting at this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s PIPES XI Conference â&#x20AC;&#x201C; an annual event hosted by the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (SAPPMA). This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event, however, will be unlike any other event the association has ever hosted and promises to be an unforgettable experience. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are extremely privileged to be hosting our conference this year in conjunction with the Plastic Pipe Conference Association (PPCA). It will be a two-day event taking place on the 4th and 5th of September at Emperorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Palace Convention Centre. In addition to the line-up of top national and international speakers, this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s PIPES XI also sees at least 10 of the best papers which were presented at PIPES XVIII in Berlin last year, delivered to our local audience,â&#x20AC;? said 36

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Jan Venter, CEO of SAPPMA. Every two years, the PPCA plays host to the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biggest international pipe conference which takes place either in Europe or the USA. Venter H[SODLQVWKDWLWLVWKHÂżUVWWLPHLQKLVWRU\ that their spin-off conference, which is organised every alternate year, will be coming to South Africa. Topics that will be covered at this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event are varied, ranging from raw materials and additives to the life cycle and material design of plastic pipes. Installations, applications and rehabilitations as well as standards, WHVWLQJDQGFHUWLÂżFDWLRQDQGYDULRXV case studies will also be covered. The opening keynote address will be delivered by Dr Roelof Botha, a local economist of the GOPA Group, after which delegates can select to listen to presentations in two break-away sessions. International speakers presenting include:

Zoran Davidovski of Pipelife International (presenting on behalf of TEPPFA in Austria) on â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Main barriers to plastic pipesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Tony Radoszewski of PPI in the USA, on â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Manufacturing and Infrastructure in the Age of Trump Bruce Hollands of the PVC Pipe Association in the USA on â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Life Cycle assessment of PVC Water and Sewer pipe and comparative sustainability analysis of pipe materialsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Jean-Pierre De Grève of PVC4Pipes LQ%HOJLXPRQÂľ(YROXWLRQDQGEHQHÂżWV of PVC pipesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Dane Tallen of Baerlocher in Germany Dr Predrag Micic of Qenos, Australia, Rob SpekreĂżse of Rollepaal in the Netherlands Robin Bresser representing Borealis in Austria www.sappma.co.za www.pipesxiconference.co.za


New ISO 9001:2015 standard explained simply ISO operator breaks it down to make it more accessible the man, the introduction of ISO 90012015 has â&#x20AC;&#x153;changed the perception of quality and its meaning foreverâ&#x20AC;?. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is an evolution of the existing ISO systems to incorporate business principles and provide organizations with an overall tool to manage quality and business in an effective, combined system,â&#x20AC;? said Loga, who referred to SODVWLFVVSHFLÂżFDOO\LQKLVSUHVHQWDWLRQ which covered areas such as quality (obviously), customer satisfaction, risk, resource management, operational planning and control, design and development, control of externally sourced products and services and others. One area of special interest was that of improvements: in a situation where corrective action is taken, businesses should then factor in a review of the risk associated with the change. This is important in so far as continuous improvement is concerned: it requires the manager and team to â&#x20AC;&#x153;use the strategic plan to plan, measure,

Loga Govender (centre), the standards presenter, with PISA KZN chairman Bruce Naidoo, of Skyland, and Gan Naicker of Idwala, who is the branchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s functions organiser

review and re-set objectives,â&#x20AC;? said Loga. According to Bruce Naidoo, chairman of PISA in KZN, the Durban branch has adopted a new strategy which is to â&#x20AC;&#x153;assist companies to mitigate internal and external factors that could have an adverse effect on our economy and business performance,â&#x20AC;? in which respect Logaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presentation was a positive step. About 40 delegates attended, from both the plastics and rubber sectors. Refreshments and snacks were sponsored by PISA KZN. www.pisa.org.za

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A PRESENTATION on the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;New ISO Standard: Its Incorporation and Relevance in the Business Environmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; proved of interest to PISA members and guests in Durban recently. The presentation by Loga Govender paid particular attention to the plastics and rubber industries. Loga consults as lead auditor for ISO systems and product specialist for plastics. Prior to getting involved with ISO, Loga worked as a polymer chemist at British Industrial Plastics (BIP), which in the 1980s and early 90s was a strong business in South Africa. After that he worked as a tyre technologist at Dunlop Tyres; then as a laboratory manager at Sasol Fibres Division and most recently at the SABS, where he was the lead auditor for 14 years, specialising in the plastics DQGUXEEHUWHVWLQJ+HLVLVDIÂżOLDWHG with SAATCA (South African Auditor 7UDLQLQJDQG&HUWLÂżFDWLRQ$XWKRULW\  Loga discussed the difference between the old and new standards and what the system demands. According to


6DIHW\LVĂ&#x20AC;UVWDW Management takes the lead when it comes to safety

A LEADING proponent of health, safety and the wellbeing of its employees, DPI Plastics has maintained a Disabling Injury Frequency Rate (DIFR) of <1 for the past year, in accordance with OHSAS 18001â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s standard AS NOSA Five Star principles. As a recognised leading manufacturer RISODVWLFSLSHVDQGÂżWWLQJV'3,3ODVWLFV KDVEHHQ2+6$6FHUWLÂżHGE\ DEKRA, a leading global provider of DXGLWLQJDQGFHUWLÂżFDWLRQVHUYLFHV VSHFLDOLVLQJLQWKHÂżHOGVRIVDIHW\ environment and health. â&#x20AC;&#x153;During our last surveillance audit held on 2 June 2016, we had only one minor non-conformance, which emanated from the previous audit. This was closed immediately during the DXGLWDQGFHUWLÂżHGDVVXFKRQWKHVDPH day,â&#x20AC;? said Khanyiso Sihawu, Safety 2IÂżFHUDW'3,3ODVWLFVÂś5RRGHNRS Johannesburg manufacturing facility. All new employees undergo safety training during their induction. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is also very important that visitors to our manufacturing facilities

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familiarise themselves with our safety procedures, which is done by means RIDFRPSUHKHQVLYHVDIHW\OHDĂ&#x20AC;HWDQG animation video,â&#x20AC;? Sihawu adds. All departments hold Safety Toolbox 7DONVRQDZHHNO\EDVLVDVSDUWRIWKH safety drive at the manufacturer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This

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initiative helps us educate employees on various safety issues, especially the relevant legislation. We have also LQWURGXFHGVSHFLÂżFZRUNSODFHFKDOOHQJH initiatives.â&#x20AC;? DPI Plastics has introduced a system of near miss/safety observation reporting,

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High scoring team â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 7KHHYHUSRSXODU3ODVWRPDUN JROIWRXUQDPHQWWKHVRFDOOHGÂľWKPDMRUÂśDW -RKDQQHVEXUJÂśV5LYHU&OXELQ0D\VDZVRPH VHULRXVO\JRRGDFWLRQ+HUH3ODVWRPDUNÂśV=HOGD9LNRV SRVHVZLWKWKHZLQQLQJWHDP0DUN:KLWH 0DUN:KLWH 1LVVDQ -DSLH%UHLWHQEDFK %OXH%HOW *XVWDY0HUW] ,PSHULDO0RWRUV DQG)UHG2XGPD\HU $IFRP DQG 3ODVWRPDUN0':ROIJDQJ5DIIDOVN\7KHFKDPSVHDFK ZRQDQLPSUHVVLYHGULYHUIRUWKHLUGHHGVRQWKHGD\

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'3,3ODVWLFV which involved training all employees on the correct procedure to report unsafe workplace conditions or actions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our near-miss reporting card system serves as a means to encourage workers to report any deviations from safety best practice,â&#x20AC;? Sihawu explains. Other safety-related initiatives include the introduction of reverse parking as mandatory at Roodekop. The manufacturer has also introduced a 5S system as means of improving safety in the warehouse environment. This system encourages proper housekeeping, which Sihawu stresses is the basis of an effective safety strategy, including the factory. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At DPI Plastics, management takes the lead when it comes to safety, in order to stress that this is not only the responsibility of employees,â&#x20AC;? Sihawu elaborates. This is reinforced by company-wide slogans such as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Safety

is Everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Responsibilityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. DPI Plastics has a daily on-site FOLQLFDVZHOODVSURYLGLQJ\HDUO\Ă&#x20AC;X vaccinations for all employees. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Safety is an ongoing priority, as evidenced by the fact that safety meetings are held on a monthly basis as a means of continuous communication about safety issues,â&#x20AC;? Sihawu notes. These vital meetings are chaired by the Operations Director as a sign of commitment to the process by top management. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This means that any serious underlying safety issues can EHLGHQWLÂżHGLPPHGLDWHO\2XU0'DOVR drives the process by commencing all Exco meetings with safety as the initial topic.â&#x20AC;? In addition, DPI Plasticsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; manufacturing facilities in the rest of Africa have also adopted company-wide safety principles such as emergency procedures, the 5S system, reverse

parking, compliance with local legislation, and screening workers for early indications of non-occupational diseases. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a company, we have a vision of improving the safety and wellness of our employees continuously. Our vision of zero incidents is communicated constantly. In this way, we not only EHQHÂżWRXUHPSOR\HHVEXWDOVRERRVW our productivity and staff morale,â&#x20AC;? Sihawu concludes.

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People on the move Alistair Calder has joined the Sun Ace South Africa Board of Directors

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Sun Ace board appointment â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Alistair Calder has been appointed to the board of directors of Sun Ace South Africa, effective April. Sun Ace is a global supplier RI39&DGGLWLYHVZLWKLWVKHDGRI¿FHLQ -DSDQDQGRI¿FHVLQ6RXWK$IULFD.HQ\D South America, Europe, India, China, SE Asia and Australia. Alistair, who is based at the Sun Ace SA plant in Jet Park, is also the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s business development director. Benito Piccoli,IRUPHUO\RI(%)3ODVWLFV a sheet extrusion operation which closed, has joined Ampa Plastics Group in Elandsfontein. Harry Havenga has joined Extrupetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s marketing department where he has been appointed national sales & marketing manager responsible for all PET sales, including PhoenixPET®+DUU\EULQJV ZLWKKLPVHYHUDO\HDUVRIH[SHULHQFH

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Brent Grant has joined Prima Corporation in Lagos

LQWKHSODVWLFLQGXVWU\DQGZLOOOHQGKLV knowledge to this new role. Brent Grant has joined Prima Corporation in Lagos. Prima is the leading manufacturer of preforms and caps in West $IULFDIRFXVHGRQWKHEHYHUDJHLQGXVWU\ Established in 1965, Prima repositioned its business in 2005 to focus on the manufacture of preforms and closures. It has since established a position as the market leader in the sector with manufacturing sites in Nigeria and Ghana. Coke, 3HSVLDQG6$%DUHPDLQFOLHQWV 6$%LV QRZFDOOHG$%,Q%HY %UHQWZDVODVWLQ packaging in 2015 as divisional managing GLUHFWRURIWKH$VWUDSDN)RUPLQJ'LYLVLRQ Paul Nkunzi has joined Plastics|SA as D7HFKQLFDO7UDLQHUZLWKWKH.ZD=XOX Natal team in Pinetown. Paul was born in Pretoria, but completed his schooling LQ0SXPDODQJDEHIRUHJRLQJRQWRVWXG\

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SABIC group engages with convertors in region

The impressive venue for the SABIC dinner, the Rotunda at the Bay Hotel in Camps Bay, with customer guests from around the country attending

Gala dinner an opportunity to meet with one RIZRUOG¶VWRSSRO\ROH¿QVPDQXIDFWXUHUV SABIC group, as pointed out in Niall Marshall’s column this issue (page 56), is a massive Saudi manufacturing operation that LVRQHRIWKHOHDGHUVLQWKHJOREDOSRO\ROH¿QV market, with equally major shares of the world agrichemicals and steel sectors. But with all that might, it has built up its business through engagement with customers around the world. That certainly was the

case recently when SABIC hosted a gala dinner in Cape Town, with many of its key customers in the region invited. $OWKRXJKDVLJQL¿FDQWQXPEHURIWKH guests were from other industries, it was still a ‘Who’s Who’ of the local plastic converting market. The speeches were kept short and, after presentations from Kaapse Klopse and Zulu drummer bands, the rest of the

Dr Abraham Brink (second from right) of Karbochem with SABIC’s Anas Kentab, Uwaidh Al-Harethi, vice-president for innovation and business development; and Mr Al-Fageeh

evening was spent chatting and getting to know one another. The Saudi contingent comprised Abdulrahman Al-Fageeh, vice president for petrochemicals; Uwaidh Al-Harethi, vicepresident for innovation and business development; and Anas Kentab, vice-president for agri-nutrients. These gentlemen made a clear effort to engage with customers.

Abdulrahman Al-Fageeh (centre), vice president of SABIC’s petrochemicals business, with Anas Kentab, vice-president of its agri-nutrients division, Paul Gripper and Ivan Horowitz of MBT, its local polymers distributor, and Iyad Al-Garawi, GM of SABIC South Africa JUNE / JULY 2017 41

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TRAINING

JJ Precision Plastics aiming to JHWLWULJKWÃ&#x20AC;UVWWLPHHYHU\WLPH Routsis Training offers easily accessible online interactive training JJ Precision Plastics (JJ PP), an Astrapak company and a world-class injection moulding operation, knows that skills development is part of creating and implementing a continuous improvement culture, which they believe is core to maintaining their world-class status. This meant becoming a learning organisation, a process rife with challenges, most of which have now become opportunities with the range of online interactive training from USAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Routsis Training. For most organisations one of the biggest barriers to training is getting staff out of the workplace and into the training rooms, simply because resources are so limited. Added to this is the growing need for businesses to retain and uplift employees through consistent improvement and investment initiatives. 7UDLQLQJQHHGVWRVXSSRUWWKLVE\¿WWLQJ in with the individualâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s training time and allowing them to progress at their own pace, while not negatively impacting the RUJDQLVDWLRQ¶VZRUNÃ&#x20AC;RZDQGQHHGV Employee availability, production ZRUNÃ&#x20AC;RZPDQDJHPHQWDQGFRQWLQXRXV development and training that supports these elements are just a few of the reasons why JJPP, part of the Astrapak group, started using world-renowned interactive online training by Routsis Training. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Routsis Training offered easily accessible online interactive training that is internationally accredited and GHDOVZLWKDVFLHQWL¿FPRXOGLQJDSSURDFK´VDLG--33$VVHW Care Manager, Hardus Burger. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Employees could train GXULQJZRUNLQJWLPHDQGZHFRXOGVWLOOEHQH¿WIURPKDYLQJ WKHPLQKRXVHZKHQWKHQHHGDURVH´ Routsis Training provides easily accessible online training DQGHQVXUHVWKDWOHDUQHUVJHWPD[LPXPEHQH¿WE\IXOO\ engaging them in a hands-on and interactive method, using superior graphics, clear audio and in-depth footage of plastics manufacturing processes. Burger describes the scenario at JJPP: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Setters seemed to UHO\RQWKHµVKRWJXQDSSURDFK¶WRIDXOW¿QGLQJDQGVHWWLQJXS new moulds or even repeat moulds. We wanted to see that the VHWWHUVJREDFNWRJHWWLQJWKHEDVLFVGRQHULJKWDQGXVHVFLHQWL¿F PRXOGLQJSURFHGXUHVLQVHWWLQJXSPRXOGVDQGGRLQJIDXOW¿QGLQJ :HDOVRZDQWHGWRFUHDWHRQHVWDQGDUGLQWKHRSHUDWLRQ´ 42

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Not only are common issues during mould commissioning highlighted early on, but there is DEHQH¿FLDOLPSDFWRQHPSOR\HH morale too. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Setters are talking the same language and are able to assist each other. The candidates are very positive and discuss WKHLUOHDUQLQJRSHQO\ZLWKHDFKRWKHU´ Burger added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They could quite easily go WRDPDFKLQHWRFRQ¿UPVRPHWKLQJWKDWZDV learned and get back to the course without ORVLQJDQ\WLPH´ More about Routis Training in South Africa Routsis Training is at the forefront of technical plastics training worldwide and is represented and supported in Africa by Productive Services who have specialised LQSURYLGLQJIDFHWRIDFHDQGVKRSÃ&#x20AC;RRU training for more than 20 years. Jorge Silva, Managing Director at Productive Services, notes that the success that JJPP has seen from the online interactive training is really only the start of the journey: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am certain that their workforce will continue to achieve much more effective production through this training method, and we intend to HQVXUHWKDWE\VXSSRUWLQJWKHPDOOWKHZD\´ â&#x20AC;&#x153;The situation at JJPP is not unique: this solution can EHQH¿WDQ\RUJDQLVDWLRQZLOOLQJWRVWHSDZD\IURPWUDGLWLRQDO solutions and into the world of Online Interactive plastics WUDLQLQJ´VDLG-RUJH ³,WFDQVHHPGDXQWLQJDW¿UVWEXWRXUIRFXVLVRQVXSSRUWLQJ our clients each step of the process from needs assessment to employee selection, course selection and technical support. In Africa, this online training has already helped people acquire skills in plastics in Uganda, Zambia, Sierra Leone and others, so there is absolutely no reason why that FDQ¶WEHGRQHDQ\ZKHUHLQ6RXWK$IULFD´KHDGGHG There is no doubt that the impact of effective training on the ZRUNSODFHWKHZRUNÃ&#x20AC;RZDQGRQHPSOR\HHPRUDOHLVDOZD\V positive, and now this can be easily achieved without the risk and cost of removing a vital employee from the production environment. ZZZSURGXFWLYHVHUYLFHVFR]D


JEC Innovation Manufacturing processes for large series are growing in importance integration of automotive suppliers and the downstream THE JEC Innovation Awards for 2017 rewarded the best integration of raw materials producers,â&#x20AC;? said FrĂŠdĂŠrique Mutel, composite breakthroughs based on their technical -(&*URXS3UHVLGHQW &(2 LQWHUHVWPDUNHWSRWHQWLDOSDUWQHUVKLSVÂżQDQFLDO  Just as last year, a high number of submissions environmental impact and originality. came from the automotive industry, perfectly This year, the submissions for the Innovation illustrating the current market trends. Awards programme were impressive, both in Manufacturing Process improvement was also one of the quantity and diversity, and more importantly in most represented themes, highlighting the quality. processes for large importance of cycle time reduction. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Manufacturing processes for large series series are growing With 13 categories ranging from raw are growing in importance this year. This in importance materials to process, to applications in movement is expected to trigger a more YDULRXVÂżHOGVVXFKDVDHURQDXWLFVDXWRPRWLYH massive use of composites. Therefore, we could construction, marine and better living, the winning see a change of scale in our industry, particularly projects offer a complete overview of the composite in certain mass production sectors such as the value chain, and the many future opportunities that are automotive sector, for example, where the supply chain VWLOOWREHWDNHQLQWKHÂżHOGRIFRPSRVLWHV LVUHFRQÂżJXULQJWKURXJKPHUJHUVDQGDFTXLVLWLRQVWKHXSVWUHDP

Innovative composite fan system for aero-engines

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IHI Corp., together with its partners, developed an innovative lightweight comSRVLWHV\VWHPIRUIDQFDVHVDQGWKHÂżUVW thermoplastic composite structural guide vane (SGV). 7RLQFUHDVHIXHOHIÂżFLHQF\LQDLUFUDIW engines, the bypass ratio (ratio between WKHPDVVĂ&#x20AC;RZUDWHDWWKHHQWUDQFHRIWKH HQJLQHWRWKHPDVVĂ&#x20AC;RZUDWHHQWHULQJ the core) has to be increased. But this requires a larger fan case, which, if it was made with traditional materials, would greatly increase the weight of the engine DQGQHJDWHVRPHRIWKHJDLQHIÂżFLHQF\

Using composites for the primary structural fan case and SGV was the route IHI chose to achieve the required bypass ratio. Using its own developed materials, a thermoset for the fan case and a thermoplastic for the SGV, along with carbon ÂżEUHVLQERWKFDVHV,+,PDQDJHGRYHU 20% weight savings over previous-generation aircraft engines, thus contributing to further fuel consumption reductions. :LWKWKLVSURMHFWLWLVWKHÂżUVWWLPHWKDW thermoplastic composites are selected for primary structure parts in aircraft engines. The thermoplastic SGV are

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manufactured by prepreg cutting and layup at IHIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Soma factory, and the main advantage is that they show low delamination after high-velocity impact. The thermoset used for the fan case was also developed to show superior impact energy absorption against high-velocity impact, which is one of the main criteria for both these engine parts. This innovation was successfully applied to the Airbus A320neo, powered by the PW1100G-JM engine. This engine was FHUWLÂżHGE\)$$LQ'HFHPEHUZKLOHWKH $LUEXV$QHRZDVFHUWLÂżHGLQ'HFHPEHU 2015.


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Awards 2017 Automotive, Structural

Forward Engineering GmbH (Germany)

T-RTM The aim of this project is to develop the near-net-shape T-RTM (thermoplastic resin transfer moulding) process for high-volume production. This innovative process combines the advantages of thermoplastic resin and the design freedom offered by HP-RTM technology for complex parts. To demonstrate the process potential, a roof frame for the Roding roadster was re-designed, having in mind that the roof frame is a structural element for the car. The roof structure is made of a complex multi-preform part with hybrid textiles and integrated metal inserts, impregnated with a low-viscosity polyamide 6 (PA6) by HP-RTM. This low viscosity allows EHWWHULPSUHJQDWLRQRIWKHÂżEUHVDKLJKHU ÂżEUHYROXPHIUDFWLRQDQGWKXVLPSURYHG mechanical properties and an overall reduced wall thickness, which reduces material cost. To further reduce cost, the expensive FDUERQÂżEUHZDVSDUWO\UHSODFHGZLWK JODVVÂżEUHWKDQNVWRLQSO\K\EULGLVDWLRQ within a non-crimp fabric (NCF). As VXFKDORZDPRXQWRIFDUERQÂżEUHVLV

HQRXJKWRDGGVWLIIQHVVWRWKHJODVVÂżEUH layers. All these optimisations lead to a 16% material saving for the roof frame compared to epoxy resin RTM. To ensure a cost as low as possible, Forward Engineering also focused on the integration of metal inserts in order to ensure optimised load transfer and to minimise roof assembly costs in mass production. Two types of inserts are used in the demonstrator: Al-casted inserts treated for ideal matrix adhesion applied directly on the dry preforms, and steel-threaded inserts applied by river nuts. During the RTM process, an additional form locking due to overmoulding with pure resin occurs, and the resin also prevents galvanic corrosion.

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LG Hausys (South Korea)

LG Hausys developed a manufacturing process where the CFT, made of SRO\SURS\OHQHDQGJODVVÂżEUHVLV ÂżUVWSUHIRUPHGWRWKHGHVLUHGVKDSH and then overmoulded to form the ribs that will add rigidity to the rack. In WKHÂżQDOVWHSWKHIRUPHGURRIUDFNLV painted using a new surface treatment technology. The advantage of this project is that the technology was developed for high design freedom, enabling better

adaptation of the rack on the roof, which will help reduce the part cost for mass production across a broad range of vehicles. This innovation reduced the partâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weight from 3.8 kg to 2.76 kg, which represents a 28% reduction, while maintaining the required performance. This CFT roof rack is also EHQHÂżFLDOIURPDQDVVHPEO\SRLQWRIYLHZDV the number of parts is reduced to 1 from 5 in existing aluminium roof racks. Overall, compared to an aluminium roof rack, the cost is reduced by â&#x201A;Ź5.2/part.

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With increasing pressure on automobile manufacturers to reduce the carbon footprint of their vehicles, weight reduction is becoming a major prerequisite. The goal of this project is to reduce the weight and cost of a part that is traditionally made of aluminium and largely unnoticed in the composite industry. This innovation aims to reduce the weight and cost of a roof rack through the XVHRIDFRQWLQXRXVÂżEUHWKHUPRSODVWLF (CFT) composite. To achieve this goal,

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DESIGN ACCIONA ConstrucciĂłn SA (Spain)

Construction

Innovative composite panels for high-speed railway tunnel construction When the two 24km-long Pajares highspeed railway tunnels met the problem RIFRQWLQXRXVZDWHULQÂżOWUDWLRQRQDURXQG 30% of the total tunnel length, few of the available solutions in the market were able to solve the issue. The innovative composite panels developed by Acciona proved to be the best solution in this demanding construction work because they managed to meet all the technical challenges ZKLOHFRPSO\LQJZLWKWKHĂ&#x20AC;DPHUHWDUGDQW requirements associated with this type of application. The challenges of this innovation were diverse because of the many criteria that had to be met. From a mechanical point of view, the use of composites made it

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possible to meet the structural requirements while being thin enough not to change the tunnelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s diameter and being compatible with catenary systems. The GHVLJQĂ&#x20AC;H[LELOLW\RIIHUHGE\FRPSRVLWHV also enabled Acciona to develop a system with leak-proof joints and an anchorage system. The 9.2-metre-long panels ZHUHDOVRĂ&#x20AC;H[LEOHHQRXJKWRDGDSWWRWKH shape of the tunnel and its irregularities. Another concern in this project was the need to produce as many as 15,000 panels within the delivery schedule and to keep the cost of the composite panels as low as possible. To achieve this, Acciona opted for a pultrusion process and developed a low-cost resin injection V\VWHPDQGÂżEUHLPSUHJQDWLRQFKDPEHU

that were adapted to the viscosity of the Ă&#x20AC;DPHUHWDUGDQWUHVLQIRUPXODWHGIRUWKH project. This new system made it possible to produce one composite panel in 34 minutes on a continuous basis. The other advantages of composites in this application were their low maintenance and high corrosion resistance compared to traditional construction materials. Finally, the handling and installation of the panels in the tunnel were easy and fast thanks to the lightweight nature of the composite panels. To sum up and illustrate the size of the project: more than 15,000 panels were produced, covering about 200,000 square metres of tunnel for a total of 1,700 tonnes of composites.

IRT M2P (France)

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Fast RTM The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fast RTMâ&#x20AC;? project unveiled by the M2P research institute in June 2013 is the fruit of a collaborative initiative between Faurecia and key stakeholders in the French automotive industry. Pinette P.E.I. (compact press and loading/unloading system), Compose (innovative tooling for mesh FRPSRQHQWV 6,6( HIÂżFLHQWKHDW regulation system), Chomarat (optimal UHLQIRUFLQJPDWHULDOV +H[LRQ $UNHPD (reactive resins), and Renault, Faurecia +XWFKLQVRQ LQWHJUDWLRQDQGGHVLJQ  worked together to deliver solutions DQGGHYHORSDSURFHVVWRVLJQLÂżFDQWO\ reduce production time for mass manufacturing.

With its automated environment and state-of-the-art equipment, the Fast RTM platform can create composite parts in a record cycle time of just two minutes. The goal of the project was to develop a pilot line for mass production of automotive parts that could be scaled to other industries, such as aerospace, maritime, rail and even leisure. To ensure the traceability and quality of manufactured components, the platform is fully equipped to automate data collection,

measure energy consumption and integrate control systems. As a result, the process could easily be adopted by other industries that need higher production rates, such as aerospace, rail transport and all other transport sectors.


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DESIGN Voith Composites GmbH & Co. KG (Germany)

Manufacturing

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Faurecia (France)

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DESIGN VABO Composites (The Netherlands)

Marine

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Plug-and-playâ&#x20AC;? composite ship door Traditionally, ship doors are made of steel or aluminium, which is detrimental to weight but also to corrosion resistance. Corrosion being a threat and involving huge costs, it was only natural that some alternative would eventually make it to production. This innovation offers such an alternative, as VABO Composites developed a â&#x20AC;&#x153;plug-and-playâ&#x20AC;? composite ship door and hatches designed to replace the existing metal solution. The door and hatches are produced by RTM in a modular moulding system, which allows the production of several door dimensions at a lower cost. The core and post-production processing is done by CNC milling and all the other parts are assembled and checked in VABOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s workshop to ensure that the products can be used directly in yachts, cruise ships, commercial ships, etc. The advantages of this innovative ship door are obviously the fact that composite materials have great corrosion resistance and are lighter than metal â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a fully-equipped door with dimensions 1800 x 800 mm weighs less than 45 kg, i.e. approximately 60% weight saved versus the steel YHUVLRQÂąWKXVLPSURYLQJWKHEDODQFHDQGIXHOHIÂżFLHQF\RI ships. But composite doors also require low maintenance as no lubrication is needed and they include some additional functions. 7KHGRRUVVXFFHVVIXOO\SDVVHGÂżUHUHVLVWDQFHWHVWVDQG have excellent acoustic damping and insulation properties, meaning there is no need to add insulation as it is the case for aluminium and steel doors.

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+LAB - Politecnico di Milano University (Italy)

Smart manufacturing RIFRQWLQXRXVĂ&#x20AC;EUH composites: Atropos $WURSRVLVWKHQDPHRIWKHÂżUVWD[LVURERWLFDUPDEOHWR 'SULQWFRQWLQXRXVÂżEUHFRPSRVLWHVXVLQJWKHUPRVHWWLQJ resins. ,QWKHSURFHVVVXSSRUWLQJ$WURSRVWKHÂżEUHVDUH impregnated and drawn to the head of a numericallycontrolled machine that can place them in a precise and repeatable manner. Once extruded by the printing head, the material is irradiated by a dedicated UV lamp to quickly cure the resin. The choice of focusing on thermosetting resins with curing times shorter than one second makes it possible WRSODFHFRQWLQXRXVÂżEUHVDWVSHHGVRIDERXWPPVIRU now, thereby rapidly generating products characterised E\VLJQLÂżFDQWO\KLJKHUZRUNLQJWHPSHUDWXUHVFRPSDUHGWR conventional thermoplastic resins. To optimise the internal and external shape of the object, +LAB developed a slicing algorithm that can predictively plan the machine movements to place the reinforcing material where the maximum stresses appear LQWKHÂżQDOREMHFW)XUWKHUPRUHWKHDOJRULWKPFDQDOVR YDU\WKHÂżEUHPDWUL[UDWLRXSWRLQYROXPH:LWKERWK these characteristics, it is possible to obtain a lightweight and customisable part with optimised performance according to its use. The main strength of this project is the ability to control WKHÂżEUHGLUHFWLRQDVWKHSDUWLVSURGXFHGWRJHWWKHEHVW RIWKHÂżEUHVÂśDQLVRWURSLFQDWXUHWKDQNVWRWKHDOJRULWKP developed by +LAB. Thus, different parts with the same shapes can be produced and customised according to their in-service loads.


Better Living Brødrene AA (Norway)

Vision of the Fjords, Ship of the Year 2016 in Norway When Brødrene AA was commissioned to develop a ship for use on tourist excursions in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed fjord of NÌrøyfjord, it faced the challenge of combining mass tourism and the need to preserve the environment with an impact as low as possible. The solution Brødrene AA came up with was a ship with lots of external open spaces for sightseeing as well DVYDVWZLQGRZDUHDVDQGDQHI¿FLHQW catamaran design to reduce waves and wash on the shores of the fjord.

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The only solution that provided the required stiffness to realise the GHVLJQHUVÂśLQWHQWLRQZDVFDUERQÂżEUH reinforced polymers and carbon sandwich materials. All of the shipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s structural elements are made out of carbon sandwich laminates (decks, walls, stairs, ceilingsâ&#x20AC;Ś), including the 42-metre-long and 5-metre-high hulls of the catamaran structure, which are produced in a one-shot vacuum infusion process, thus making the Vision of the Fjord the largest commercial passenger

ERDWWREHEXLOWLQFDUERQÂżEUH6DHUWH[ provided the fabrics, Diab the low-weight core for the sandwich composite and 5HLFKKROGWKHUXEEHUPRGLÂżHGYLQ\OHVWHU The low weight of the sandwich laminates also enabled the ship to be propelled by electric motors with lower power, making it clean and silent. In this project, the use of composite materials was mandatory to be able to provide the required design while making the ship environmentally friendly in the process as well.

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Recurve bow riser This innovation is a new generation of ERZULVHUVPDGHRIFDUERQÂżEUHFRPSRV ite materials. Whereas the use of composites in bow risers is now quite common, this riser was made utilising an unconventional but stress-adapted design, making it up to 40% lighter than current solutions (carbon or aluminium) while also improving the PDVVVSHFLÂżFVWLIIQHVVE\DERXW compared to a reference riser made of aluminium. To be able to manufacture an actual part, IPF used the Tailored Fibre Placement (TFP) technology, a process

invented at IPF Dresden, to produce four preforms with a truss-like structure. With this highly versatile technology, IPF managed to demonstrate the capability of a variable-axis composite design. Because state-of-the-art composite manufacturing is mainly based on multi-axial design, the realisation of a stress-adapted design may be quite hard, if not feasible at all. The application of composite materials according to precalculated variable-axis directions can therefore lead to superior part performance, using the anisotropic QDWXUHRIÂżEUHVLQWKHEHVWSRVVLEOHZD\ and can help to use far less resources,

thus allowing for cost savings. Another important phase of the project was the development of the manufacturing process. Due to the partâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s complex shape, with various holes and inserts, the development of a closed pressurised RTM mould was not possible. Instead, a quasi-closed tool was manufactured with special inserts for resin inlet and areas for DLUSUHVVXUHHYDFXDWLRQ7KHÂżQDOFRQVROL dation process is basically a closed-mould infusion process, which helps to reduce the manufacturing costs as no RTM pressurisation device is required, without affecting the part quality.


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Digimat AM With the impressive growth rate of additive manufacturing $0 RYHUWKHSDVW\HDUVH;VWUHDPVHWXSDVROXWLRQWR help the AM industry transitioning from prototyping to actual manufacturing of composite parts. This innovation combines different software programs to offer solutions for materials development, process simulation and printed part performance. )URPWKHPDWHULDOVSRLQWRIYLHZH;VWUHDPZLOOSURYLGH WKHWRROV 'LJLPDW0)DQG'LJLPDW)( WRHQJLQHHU DGYDQFHGFRPSRVLWHPDWHULDOVVSHFL¿FDOO\IRU$0 5HJDUGLQJSURFHVVVLPXODWLRQ'LJLPDW$0LVDQ innovative software program fully dedicated to modelling the Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) and Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) printing processes for reinforced materials. 7KHJRDORI'LJLPDW$0LVWREHDEOHWR³SULQWULJKWWKH ¿UVWWLPH´E\RSWLPLVLQJWKHPDQXIDFWXULQJSURFHVVTXDOLW\ (minimising part deformation, for example) and by predicting WKHDVSULQWHGSDUWSHUIRUPDQFH The Digimat platform will also be able to simulate the printed partâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance as a function of the material and the printing process parameters such as tool or sintering ODVHUSDWK7KLVXQLTXHWRROLVDPDMRUVWHSIRUZDUGIRUWKH development and design of composite parts by AM, bringing WKHSHUIRUPDQFHDQGHI¿FLHQF\RI'SULQWHGSDUWVWRWKH OHYHOUHTXLUHGIRUWKHLQGXVWU\ Digimat is the only software on the market that will HQDEOHHQGXVHUVDQGSULQWHU2(0VWREULQJUHOLDELOLW\WR printed parts, thanks to warpage prediction, evaluation of many process parameters by simulation, eliminating the cost of the trial & error previously needed to optimise these parameters. Moreover, as the impact of the printing direction can be assessed, the numerical simulation reduces the need for many mechanical tests down to a few validations.

Covestro Deutschland AG (Germany)

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Desmocomp® â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a novel solution for composites One of the main concerns of building and infrastructure manufacturers regarding composite materials is their ability to withstand environmental degradation, and in particular UV light. To face this issue, Covestro developed the Desmocomp® matrix material. This polymer is based on aliphatic polyurethane (PU) and presents good weathering and UV resistance to SURWHFWWKHFRPSRVLWHIURPHQYLURQPHQWDOLQÃ&#x20AC;XHQFHVWKXV making the use of UV stabilisers, UV veils and protective coatings unnecessary. To provide a complete solution for exterior applications, Desmocomp® can also rely on the good mechanical properties of PU, such as dimensional stability (low WKHUPDOH[SDQVLRQFRHI¿FLHQW WKHUPDOLQVXODWLRQDQG JRRGFKHPLFDODQG¿UHUHVLVWDQFHDVZHOODVDQWLJUDI¿WL properties. First developed for the pultrusion process, one of the main processes used for composites in infrastructure, Desmocomp® can be used in open and closed moulds, DQGWKDQNVWRDQLQQRYDWLYHVLQJOHFRPSRQHQWV\VWHPLWLV easy to process and cost effective as no injection boxes, PHWHUPL[SXPSVRUDGGLWLRQDOLQYHVWPHQWVDUHQHHGHG JUNE / JULY 2017 53


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Design for safety, Completion of Asahi Kaseiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drivable concept car AKXYâ&#x201E;˘ JAPANESE corporation Asahi Kasei and GLM Co, an electric vehicle manufacturer, have completed a jointly developed concept car called AKXYâ&#x201E;˘ showcasing a wide array of automotive-related materials and technologies from various Asahi Kasei businesses, focused on contribution to safety, comfort, and the environment. Asahi Kasei and GLM began discussions and planning for development of the concept car in 2015. The car uses the electric vehicle platform of GLM to achieve a drivable design. The concept car further heightens appeal to customers by having a design based on the SUV, popular around the world. The name AKXY comes from Asahi Kasei X (multiplied by) You (the customer). AKXY is equipped with a total of 27 different Asahi Kasei materials, components and systems, most of them available for adoption

in mass-produced vehicles. These include engineering plastics to replace metal and enable vehicle weight UHGXFWLRQDUWLÂżFLDOVXHGHIRUVHDWV with superior comfort and an in-car communication system using speechprocessing technology. The car is also equipped with cutting-edge technology that has potential for commercialization in line with automotive industry trends for safe driving and accident prevention, including a contactless vital sign sensing system that is able to detect the pulse of drivers without their being aware of it, and CO2 sensors to monitor the in-car environment. AKXY was displayed at the Automotive Engineering Exposition 2017 Yokohama, from 24-26 May. The concept car will also be displayed at the Automotive Engineering Exposition 2017 Nagoya, from 28-30 June. www.asahi-kasei.co.jp/amm

Factory of Ideas Cologne-based designer creates piece of furniture based on Covestro materials GERMAN DESIGNER Thomas Schnur has created a one of a kind piece, named â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Factory of Ideasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, for this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interzum furniture supplier fair. The exhibit shows the transformation of a cloud structure into a seat, using a range of Covestroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s products, much of which is used throughout the furniture industry. Based on a cloud structure, which transforms into a seat, Schnur, aged 33, said he designed â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Factory of Ideasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; as he was intrigued by the potential of Covestroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s materials, having spent time researching and experimenting alongside the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Leverkusen application teams. An integral element in the design process was Covestroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cardyonâ&#x201E;˘ polyurethane foam, which is made using around 20% carbon dioxide. By incorporating CO2 to synthesize plastics, the company is helping to preserve increasingly scarce fossil resources while closing the carbon loop. Each element of Schnurâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s design incorporates a Covestro material. The wooden surface uses a waterborne polyurethane coating made from BayhydrolÂŽ and BayhydurÂŽ raw 54 JUNE / JULY 2017

materials, which provides a high level of protection and appealing appearance with low solvent content. The seatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fabric covers are made from INSQINÂŽ, another waterborne polyurethane technology invented by Covestro, XVHGWREULQJIXQFWLRQDOLW\WRDUDQJHRIFRDWHGÂżQLVKHG or printed textile materials. Colour, design, durability, breathability, waterproofness and pleasant hand feel are just some of these functionalities. The blue transparent cube protecting the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;cloudâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is made out of MakrolonÂŽ polycarbonate, an extremely robust, lightweight material with glass-like transparency. It is impact resistant even at extremely low temperatures. www.covestro.com


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FOR most people the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Middle Eastâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; polymer industry is in, well, the Middle East. What is noteworthy is when a Kuwaiti companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s progress report on the construction of its new â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;petrochemical plant in the Gulfâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is actually referring to a US Gulf Coast project rather than one in the Arabian Gulf, especially when similar statements are made by Saudi Arabian and Emirati petrochemical companies! It is worth examining how the Middle East petrochemical companies, and polymer producers, are going global. The best known of the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Middle Eastâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; polymer producers is SABIC, the third largest producer of polyethylene in the world as well as the fourth biggest polypropylene producer. SABIC, although listed on the Saudi Arabian Tadawal stock exchange and 70% owned by the Saudi Arabian government, is more than just a polymer producer. It is also one of the largest producers of ethylene glycol in the world; it produces a wide range of petrochemicals, agrichemicals and is one of the largest fully integrated steel producers in the world. But SABIC is probably best known as a SRO\PHUSURGXFHUDQGZDVWKHÂżUVW0LGGOH East polymer producer to expand its manufacturing base outside of the region with its acquisition of the petrochemicals business of DSM in 2002. This gave it PE and PP capacity in Germany and the Netherlands. The European polymer production footprint was expanded into the UK in 2007 by the purchase of the 56

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Huntsman Corporation plants in Teeside. The next big expansion step by SABIC was the acquisition of GE Plasticsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; polycarbonate and other engineering polymer production plants in the USA, South America, Europe and Asia. SABIC has also established polymer joint ventures with Sinopec in China, SK Global Chemical in South Korea and, more recently, is studying a potential FRDOEDVHGJUHHQÂżHOGSHWURFKHPLFDO complex with Shenhua Ningxia Coal Industry Group in China as well as a potential joint venture with ExxonMobil in Texas, USA to include an ethane cracker and two polyethylene plants. Even bigger than SABIC is the state-owned oil and petrochemicals behemoth Saudi Aramco with its 260 billion barrels of proven oil reserves (at $50/barrel that is worth $13 trillion!), 10 RLOUHÂżQHULHVLQ6DXGL$UDELDDQGYDULRXV joint ventures in China, Japan, Korea, ,QGLDDQGWKH86$7KHODUJHVWUHÂżQHU\ in the USA, Motiva Enterprises in Port Arthur, Texas, was a joint venture with Shell but became a fully owned Saudi Aramco subsidiary at the beginning of May 2017. Aramco has announced it will be investing up to $30 billion in Motiva DVZHOODVLQDFTXLULQJDGGLWLRQDOUHÂżQHU\ and petrochemical plants in the USA. Saudi Aramco is more an oil company than a polymer producer, only in about 2008 it started producing polymers at its PetroRabigh joint venture with Sumitomo. /DWHUWKLV\HDULWVSRO\ROHÂżQFDSDFLW\ZLOO more than double to 3.5 million tons per year when the PetroRabigh II expansion

plants come on-line, and its product range will be extended to include PMMA, PA6, EPR, TPOs and super absorbent polymers. Saudi Aramco has also signed a number of MOUs with Chinese companies including Norinco to study DSRWHQWLDOUHÂżQHU\DQGSHWURFKHPLFDO complex joint venture and with Aerosun for a reinforced thermoplastic pipe project. Another state-owned oil company with an interest in polymers is IPIC, the International Petroleum Investment Company established by the Abu Dhabi government. IPIC owns 64% of Borealis and also owns outright the Canadian polyethylene and EPS manufacturer Nova Chemicals, as well as the Spanish CEPSA oil and petrochemical company. Borouge, the 4.5 million ton per year producer of PE and PP in Abu Dhabi is owned by Adnoc (the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, the 12th largest oil producer in the world) and Borealis â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in other words by the Abu Dhabi government via IPIC and Adnoc. And Adnoc, via Borealis, is planning a to build an ethane cracker and a 650 000 tpa polyethylene plant in Port Arthur, Texas, in a joint venture with Total. And so it is not just Equate, the Kuwaiti polymer producer and petrochemical company that is looking beyond the Arabian Gulf to the US Gulf Coast. All the major Middle East petrochemical companies are expanding DQGWKLVJHRJUDSKLFDOGLYHUVLÂżFDWLRQZLOO make them even more important and LQĂ&#x20AC;XHQWLDODVJOREDOSRO\PHUSURGXFHUV and reinforce their presence in new markets in Asia and America.


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An exhaust trim made from the high-temperature stable and electroplatable copolycarbonate ABS copolymer Apec 150 PG

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High-temperature stable & electroplatable COVESTRO has developed a blend for fabricating chrome-plated plastic components that is extremely heatresistant and suitable for electroplating. Apec® 150 PG (plating grade) is based on a copolycarbonate and acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene copolymer (PC-HT+ABS). Its Vicat B softening temperature (ISO 306) is 146 Grad Celsius, or about 35 degrees higher than that of electroplatable standard polycarbonate/ABS blends. “The combination of high heat resistance and good electroplating properties is rare on the mainitiarket. It considerably expands the performance and application range of such materials in the production of chrome-plated design components,” explained Walter Köppchen, electroplating materials expert at Covestro. The high-tech material was developed in response to an idea by Gerhardi Kunststofftechnik GmbH for making the exhaust trim part from plastic. Based in Lüdenscheid,

Germany, the electroplating specialist had engineered a substitute for the part, usually fabricated from stainless steel, and needed a thermoplastic material that could be decoratively electroplated and also withstand the temperatures prevailing in the vicinity of the exhaust. 7KH¿UVWSURWRW\SHYHKLFOHVZLWK the plastic exhaust trim have already been out on the road to test the longterm performance. The objective is to soon establish widespread use of this innovative part in motor vehicles. Covestro showcased a prototype at the recent K2016 plastics trade fair in Düsseldorf. Smaller radii, integration of lighting effects The attraction of fabricating exhaust trim from a thermoplastic is that it weighs up to 50% less than its sheet steel counterpart. In addition, the plastic can be shaped much more easily than sheet steel to achieve tight radii and www.covestro.com

3D geometries. Furthermore, plastic provides greater design freedom in terms of colour and function integration. For example, LEDs could be integrated into the exhaust trim to enhance its appearance with lighting effects in combination with either selective twocomponent electroplating or Gerhardi Strukturchrom. The new blend displays high toughness, strength and rigidity across a wide range of temperatures. The thin metal coating deposited during the electroplating process adheres strongly to the plastic surface. “The plastic part easily passes the heat aging and cross cut adhesion tests that are so critical for automotive components.” Other potential “hot” applications in automotive engineering include visible, electroplated parts under the hood, such as logos, emblems, lettering and covers. There also good opportunities in the electrical/electronics segments, i.e. in the production of chrome-plated bezels, trim strips and ventilation grilles.


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DuPont introduces one-step moulding technique DUPONT Performance Materials has introduced an innovative use of DuPont Surlyn® ionomer resins to achieve a one-step frosted effect for cosmetics caps, bottles and jars. This effect is achieved VWUDLJKWIURPWKHPRXOGWRHQDEOH¿QHGHWDLOVSOHDVDQWWDFWLOH quality and consistency without a need for a secondary process. The unique properties of Surlyn® enable it to FRS\¿QHLQWULFDWHGHWDLOVRIDPRXOGWRDFKLHYHDKLJK gloss design with an entirely, or partially, frosted appearance. By applying this frosted effect in the mould, 6XUO\QRIIHUVLQFUHDVHGSURGXFWLRQHI¿FLHQF\DQG lower cost for manufacturers looking to achieve this effect for their packages. Surlyn offers the transparency of glass, without the fragility, and also can be IURVWHGIDFHWHGRU¿QLVKHGWRREWDLQVSHFLDOHIIHFWV or coloured to create elegant translucency. It allows the use of many different decorative techniques for cosmetics, including metallization, hot stamping and lacquering. Some unique effects that can be created with Surlyn are marbling, bubbling, glittering and suspended animations. Its warm and silky touch is coupled with functional

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Reduce risk, liability over the course of a medical mouldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lifetime MEDICAL parts have different requirements than other moulded articles and as a result tooling engineers over the years have pioneered new mould materials, coatings and mould maintenance practices. )RUH[DPSOHDW\SLFDOOXHUÂżWWLQJ FRPSRQHQWIRUPDNLQJ OHDNIUHHFRQQHFWLRQV LVXVHGIRUPDNLQJDVHFXUHOHDN proof attachment with tubing connections in medical devices and other instruments. These small connectors frequently have undercuts and, when they do, can create considerable FRVWDQGULVNLPSOLFDWLRQVIRUWKHPRXOGLQJRIWKHVHSDUWV However, practices are evolving and tooling engineers have begun using a single, expanding cavity component as an alternative to slide mould traditions of the past. Containing the partâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s undercuts within an expandable cavity, results in a mould that is smaller and simpler, with less moving parts. Design time is reduced and mould construction hours are less. With a smaller mould, lower hourly moulding machine rates result, and when a mould is less complex, it is easier and less costly to properly maintain. Now these advanced mould components are available local from Mould & Die Solutions, the South African tooling equipment supplier which represents Roehr Tool Solutions of the USA. Slide moulds require lubrication, introducing opportunities for part contamination, while an expandable cavity requires no such grease. And rather than nesting round parts within long slides, more conformal cooling and a more balanced runner system can be achieved Eliminating side actions enables a simplerto-maintain tool to be run in a greaseless environment

by using a component that forms the part concentrically. Expandable cavities are constructed in an expanded position, PHDQLQJWKDWGXULQJPRXOGLQJWKH\DUHSXOOHGEDFNDJDLQVWD VWULNHUULQJDQGFROODSVHGLQZDUG)RUHMHFWLRQWKHFRPSRQHQWLV staged forward, which allows the segments of the expandable cavity to expand outward. This releases the undercut and the part LVWKHQUHDG\IRUHMHFWLRQ7KH\DUHFRPPRQO\VWDJHGIRUZDUG during mould open to enable the fastest possible cycle time. Success with expandable cavity system ([SDQGDEOHFDYLWLHVFDQVRPHWLPHVEHDSURMHFWVDYLQJ VROXWLRQDVLWZDVIRU0LNH5RFNZHOORI&DSH)HDU0RXOG  Tool of North Carolina, USA. Cape Fearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s customer required two hot runner moulds with undercuts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the moulds was fairly simple except for some undercuts, but the second mould turned into a bear,â&#x20AC;? said 0LNHÂł,WKDGDORQJWKLQFRUHUXQQLQJWKURXJKWKHFHQWUH undercuts on the inside that required the expandable cavities, undercuts around the outside that required slides, and, to top it all off, it had a 0,04mm vent hole in the face.â&#x20AC;? The complexity of the second mould wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the only criterion that had to be met, but there were also space FRQVLGHUDWLRQVDQGDWLJKWGHOLYHU\WLPHWRWKLQNDERXW â&#x20AC;&#x153;The expandable cavity system was really the only option,â&#x20AC;? 0LNHQRWHVÂł:HKDGZRUNHGZLWKVHYHUDOFROODSVLEOHFRUHVLQ the past and have always been quite happy with those, so I ZDVFRQÂżGHQWWKHH[SDQGDEOHFDYLW\V\VWHPZRXOGZRUNMXVW as well. The beauty of the expandable cavities is that there is really no way to crash the mould.â&#x20AC;? 7KHSURMHFWZDVDVXFFHVVDQG0LNHVD\VKLVFXVWRPHU ZDVYHU\VDWLVÂżHG ,QPHGLFDOPRXOGLQJWKHVWDNHVDUHKLJK7KHUDPLÂżFDWLRQVWKDW are on every tooling engineerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mind can cause one to default into EXLOGLQJWKHQH[WWRROPXFKOLNHWKHODVWWRRO+RZHYHUEH\RQGWKH cost savings of a smaller and more straightforward mould build, containing the partâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s undercut details within a single component ensures part accuracy, optimal cooling, greaseless moulding and GUDPDWLFDOO\VLPSOLÂżHGPRXOGPDLQWHQDQFH7KHVHDGYDQWDJHV UHGXFHULVNDQGOLDELOLW\RYHUWKHFRXUVHRIDPRXOGÂśVOLIHWLPH Mould & Die Solutions represents Roehr Tool Solutionsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; range of collapsible cores and expandable cavities in South Africa, tel: 010 410 5350 or 021 555 2701 www.m-d-s.co.za


Vacuum resin drying for wider range of moulding, extrusion /RZHURSHUDWLQJFRVWLQFUHDVHGHIÂżFLHQF\JUHDWHUFRQWURO A NEW vacuum resin dryer from Maguire Products enables more moulding and extrusion processors to obtain the substantial advantages of vacuum dryers over conventional desiccant systems, LQFOXGLQJORZHURSHUDWLQJFRVWLQFUHDVHGHIÂżFLHQF\ and greater control over the drying process. The VBDâ&#x201E;˘ 300 vacuum dryer achieves throughputs of up to 136kg per hour, which is double the capacity of the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s VBD 150 model. While the VBD 150 is sized for the throughputs of many injection moulding machines and of small extrusion lines like those for medical tubing, the new VBD 300 model opens the EHQHÂżWVRIYDFXXPUHVLQGU\LQJWRDEURDGHU range of applications. Maguire also offers the VBD 1000 dryer for high-volume operations. In comparison with desiccant dryers, the VBD vacuum dryer consumes 60% less energy, dries resin in one-sixth the time, and substantially reduces the heat history to which polymer is exposed. The speed with which the VBD system removes

moisture makes properly dried polymer available for production only 35 minutes after a cold start. Like other VBD models, the VBD 300 dryer is a gravimetric system that employs load cells that precisely monitor the weight of material at two critical points, making possible precise control over material consumption and documentation RISURFHVVFRQGLWLRQVIRUFHUWLÂżFDWLRQWR customers. VBD vacuum dryers use gravity to move material through three vertically arranged stages of the drying process, with the discharge of material from one stage to the next controlled by high-speed slide-gate valves with an accuracy per dispense of +/- 4 grams. Represented in South Africa by Hestico (Pty) Ltd www.hestico.co.za www.maguire.com JUNE / JULY 2017 69

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Automation from Wittmann â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a winning solution %HQHÂżWVLQFOXGHUHSHDWDELOLW\LQFUHDVHGVDIHW\ RENYMED, with a production plant in Baldwin Park, California, is an industry leader in the moulding of specialty products for the medical market. Automation systems from the Wittmann *URXSÂżWWKHLUQHHGVDQGKHOSHGWKHP improve their process. RenyMedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s facilities are impressive â&#x20AC;&#x201C; their state-of-the-art facility in Baldwin 3DUN&DOLIRUQLDLVFHUWLÂżHG,62 7KH\KDYHRYHUHPSOR\HHVZRUNLQJ RQLQMHFWLRQPRXOGLQJPDFKLQHVLQ DP2IDFLOLW\WKDWLQFOXGHVDP2 cleanroom. RenyMed prides itself on its capabilities. They are a fully integrated moulding shop, building moulds and then moulding the parts. Many of the MREVWKDWWKH\JHWDUHRQHVWKDWZHUH attempted at other moulding shops and IDLOHG7KHQHHGLVWREHĂ&#x20AC;H[LEOHDQG adaptive, which means they also need production equipment that can move as quickly as they do. And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the point

where the Wittmann Group comes in. Âł:HÂżUVWEHFDPHDZDUHRIWKH :LWWPDQQ*URXSDWWKH.6KRZLQ DĂźsseldorf, Germany, where we saw an integration of one of the Wittmann robots RQD:LWWPDQQ%DWWHQIHOGWRQLQMHFWLRQ PRXOGLQJPDFKLQH´VD\V6WHYH5DLNHQ 5HQ\0HG3UHVLGHQWÂł2XUHQJLQHHUV were impressed, and had a vision of XVLQJWKHURERWVWRLPSURYHQRWMXVWRXU process but our employee safety. We went for it and have been using their robots ever since.â&#x20AC;? Flexible design with a vision for quality $QRWKHUPDMRUUHDVRQIRUWKHSXUFKDVH of these robots was that it simply made the most sense with RenyMedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s space and the application they needed them for. Because of this, RenyMed has a necessary awareness of space use. 7KH\ÂżWDVPXFKPRXOGLQJSRZHUDV they could into their cleanrooms, and they wanted a robot that would be equally space-conscious.

Wittmannâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s robots were the only robots that RenyMed tested with a low HQRXJKFHLOLQJKHLJKWWRH[HFXWHDIXOO stroke inside of their cleanroom. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Witmmann Battenfeld was very helpful with solutions when we presented problemsâ&#x20AC;?, said Raiken. Âł7KH\PRGLÂżHGWKHURERWWREHWWHUÂżWLQ the room. We told them what we needed and where it needed to reach and they WULPPHGWKHUDFNDQGSRVLWLRQHGLWWRÂżW SHUIHFWO\7RGD\LWÂśVUXQQLQJ´ RenyMed also worked with Wittmann Battenfeld to integrate vision into the robots. After connecting with a camera supplier to get the right operating system, they designed and built a custom end-of-arm tool for their robots to be able to pick the part out, take a photo when the robot has the part, allows the mould to close, and then takes two more photos on each end to inspect the part dimensionally and make sure it is a full compliant part. This quality

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Premium-quality cosmetics packaging EVER Rich Fountain (ERF) based in Taichung, Taiwan, is a leading Taiwanese manufacturer of premium-quality FRVPHWLFVSDFNDJLQJ,QDGGLWLRQWRORFDOO\SURGXFHGLQMHFWLRQ moulding machines, the company uses state-of-the-art LQMHFWLRQPRXOGLQJWHFKQRORJ\IURP:LWWPDQQ%DWWHQIHOGRQ LWVSURGXFWLRQĂ&#x20AC;RRU ERF is an all-in-one supplier of packaging solutions and offers its customers worldwide a complete service portfolio including counselling and design, mould technology, production and printing of the products using latest technologies such as metallizing, vacuum anodizing, hot stamping, screen printing, UV varnishing or soft-touch coating. The companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s product range includes airless pump bottles made of PP and PET, double-walled airless bottles, ORWLRQGLVSHQVHUV3(7*DQG33H[WUXVLRQPRXOGLQJERWWOHV 33DQG3(7FUHDPMDUVSLSHWWHVDQGPDQ\RWKHULWHPVLQ PMMA cream jar â&#x20AC;&#x201C; left: coloured inner SDUWULJKWÂżQLVKHGMDU

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View of the RenyMed automation system: Wittmann robots working on the RenyMed injection moulding machines at their plant in Baldwin Park, California, USA

control feature was custom designed and built and has performed as designed, with RenyMed moulding over a half million shots without a single complaint. The Wittmann Battenfeld robots have allowed RenyMed to inspect 100% of their parts and have also resulted in other EHQHÂżWVWKDWFRPHZLWKDXWRPDWLRQ (repeatability, increased safety). This, plus the controls that allow for easy handling, has helped RenyMed move even more quickly with each changing project and continue to succeed at the â&#x20AC;&#x153;hard stuffâ&#x20AC;? that keeps coming their way when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too much for everyone else.

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Ipex to host Open House in SA to launch Innovation Centre in August IPEX, the South African representative for Wittmann Battenfeld, will host an Open House from 21-23 August to mark the opening of its new Innovation Centre. The Open House will be held at Ipex premises at 55 Trump Street, West Selby, Ext 4, Johannesburg, from 10am to 6pm each day. Presentations will be held at 11am and 3pm. The presentation will include robotics and automation, cost per part, energy HIÂżFLHQF\DQGDSSOLFDWLRQHQJLQHHULQJLQFOXGLQJ&HOOPRXOGDQG&RPELPRXOG â&#x20AC;&#x153;We will have a 110 ton IMM with robot showcasing Wittmann 4.0, loading and dosing equipment, as well as the full integration of all the auxiliaries into the HMI of the machine, using Wittman 4.0 software,â&#x20AC;? says Ipexâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sean Kleingeld, Wittmann Battenfeld Product Manager. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We will also have a separate robot which will be there for training purposes for clients who want to send their operators for training.â&#x20AC;?

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formats in no more than was also eager to 21 days. On the other minimise the weight The new line has hand, the customer of the bottles it had to upgrade the was producing and increased output line, taking up no more to switch to more rates by 3 000 room in a facility where modern packaging bottles per hour for Ă&#x20AC;RRUVSDFHZDVDOUHDG\ formats. at a premium. Within this type of all packsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; formats. The new line has installation, which increased output rates covers everything by 3 000 bottles per hour for all packsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; from bottle conveyors right through formats. This increased productivity to the palletiser, the connection means that Carola can now produce between the lineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s various pieces of greater volumes to tighter deadlines, equipment is vitally important. Output enabling the company to respond to performance is largely determined spikes in demand while reducing the E\WKHHIÂżFLHQF\ZLWKZKLFKWKHOLQH stock managed for this purpose by an handles increases in speed as well external storage provider. as stoppages. The project at the The most crucial stage of the project, Carola-RibeauvillĂŠ factory presented the team in Gebo Cermex with several the dismantling of the existing line and the assembly of the new equipment, other challenges. On one hand, the took place well within schedule and company had to change everything the restart proved successful for all within a complete production line formats, which now includes packs of without creating a supply problem 6, 8 and 24 bottles. Production speed for the water producer. This meant was quickly ramped up and within a that Gebo Cermex had to replace all month the whole line was running at the equipment and get the entire line OLQHHIÂżFLHQF\$OOWKHPDFKLQHV back in operation at full speed in all


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tables between the machines. Format changeovers on the new line are also PXFKPRUHHIÂżFLHQWWKDQWKH\XVHG to be. Sidel in South Africa, tel: 011 466 2230, email: henri.attias@sidel.com www.gebocermex.com

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Quality Pipe Manufacturers of HDPE pipe Think big, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inkuluâ&#x20AC;? is Gabriel Reddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s motto, who started the new pipe manufacturing business Inkulu Plastic 3LSHVLQ+DPPDUVGDOH.=1$QGVHOOLQJLWPLQG\RX7KHÂżUVWSLSHVSURGXFHGDWKLVQHZFRPSDQ\ZHQW GLUHFWO\IURPPDFKLQHWRWKHEDFNRIWKHGHOLYHU\WUXFNÂąZLWKRXWHYHQWRXFKLQJWKHIDFWRU\Ă&#x20AC;RRU Inkulu Plastic Pipes leased a 3440m2 factory in Hammarsdale. Inkulu Plastic Pipes has not looked back since, and the machines DUHQRZUXQQLQJ7KHFRPSDQ\KDVDOVRDFTXLUHG6$%6FHUWLÂżFDWLRQ*DEULHOÂśVWKLUGPDFKLQHDUULYHGLQ$XJXVW*DEULHO believes in always making a plan and satisfying his clients and keeping them happy. His success is due to the support and the good wishes of his very loyal customers and suppliers. Products include: HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) Pipes, LDPE (Low Density Polyethylene) Pipes, PP (Polypropylene) Pipes and Fabricated Fittings

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Successfully expanding offering for production of large, complex instrument panels AS a specialist in the production of high-quality car interiors, Keifel has launched the latest generation of vacuum thermoforming machines for the production of instrument panels. The In-Mould Graining process (IMG) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; either in the form of IMG laminated onto a substrate part, or of a foam-backed IMG moulded skin â&#x20AC;&#x201C; has become increasingly popular and produces high-quality surfaces on instrument panels with a homogeneous structure as well as good haptics. When it comes to their forming areas, the two machines are identical. The difference is that one is explicitly designed for WKHSURFHVVLQJRIÂżOPPDWHULDOLQUROOVZKLOHWKHRWKHUFUHDWHV ÂżOPEODQNVIURPWKHVXSSOLHGUROOVRIÂżOPPDWHULDO7KHXVHRI prefabricated blanks is also possible. The IMG guarantees uniformly moulded surfaces, even for distinctly three-dimensional forms. The desired grain is only applied to the surface in question in the thermoforming process. The machine lower table is a servo motor-driven swivel table with a swivel angle adjustable in increments of 7.5° up to a maximum of 90°, and offers ideal ergonomics for the user, taking account

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Starlinger: Unabated interest in odour reduction during recycling Homogenous regranulate quality and permanent odour reduction SINCE Starlinger recycling technology presented its technology for odour reduction in post-consumer recycling in 2016, it continues to be in high demand: a customer already ordered the second recycling system equipped with it. Post-consumer plastic scrap often contains migrated substances from food, cosmetics or cleaners, which cause an unpleasant smell during the recycling process. But also residues of monomers, oxidation or hydrolysis, as well as decomposition products (VOCs â&#x20AC;&#x201C; volatile organic compounds) can be the reason for unwanted smells in recycled granulate. Depending on the polymer type, source or type of the odour, its intensity, and the VSHFLÂżFDWLRQVRIWKHSURGXFHGUHJUDQXODWH Starlinger recycling technology individually adapts the recycling and odour reduction process according to the needs of the recycler. It basically consists of the stages material preparation, degassing, and post-treatment. 74

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Material preparation: the SMART feeder heats and homogenises the input material until the ideal operating point is reached. Highly volatile odours are already extracted during this process. Degassing: the C-VAC degassing module after the extruder increases the melt surface by 300 %, thus achieving an extremely high degassing HIÂżFLHQF\7KLVUHVXOWVLQSHUPDQHQWO\ removing also deeply embedded odours. Post-treatment: The odour extraction unit at the end of the process gives the UHJUDQXODWHWKHÂżQLVKLQJWRXFKHV+HUH the most persistent odours are reliably extracted and removed permanently. With Starlingerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s odour reduction technology, recyclers of post-consumer plastic scrap have the opportunity to turn their input material into a high-grade secondary resource: excellent and homogenous regranulate quality and permanent odour reduction ensure the

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Fig.1: Capsules made of a 7-layer composite foil are the modern way of storing coffee in portions. 7KHÂżOPFRPELQHVEDUULHU properties and recyclability

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INFO: Multi-layer foil coffee portion capsules Which foil structure? A 7 layer compound foil is used for the coffee capsules. Its central layer consists of EVOH (ethylene vinyl alcohol co polymer). It forms the oxygen barrier and is embedded on both sides via adhesion promoter layers of recycling material (punching waste). Coloured polypropylene layers (homo polymer and co polymer) are additionally applied as cover layers.

WORLDWIDE, up to 2.5 billion cups of coffee are drunk every day. Much of this is prepared from coffee powder capsule portions in coffee machines. Due to the necessary oxygen barrier to prevent ageing of the coffee due to oxidation, these capsule portions consist of either aluminium or a plastic composite foil with an integrated oxygen barrier. Since 2015, the latter have been produced by Greiner Packaging in KremsmĂźnster, Austria (Fig.1). For this purpose, a sustainable production concept was developed together with the peripheral equipment manufacturer motan and the Austrian agent Luger. With this concept, the punching waste left over after punching out the deep-drawn capsule bodies is completely fed back into the 7 layer extrusion line in accordance with all quality limits. As coffee is a natural product it is subject to an oxidative ageing process, in particular when exposed to the open air and moisture. In particular,

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Greiner Packaging produces coffee capsules from barrier plastic As mentioned at the beginning, the portion containers consist either of aluminium or plastic, both made of deep-drawn foils. However, without evaluating which is the better packaging solution, there is a VLJQLÂżFDQWGLIIHUHQFHEHWZHHQWKHWZR alternatives. Whereas an aluminium foil is a good barrier against almost all H[WHUQDOLQĂ&#x20AC;XHQFHVWKHUHDUHRQO\YHU\ few plastics which are gas tight and aroma tight. EVOH, an ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer, offers the best barrier properties against both oxygen and Fig. 2: The 7 layer barrier foil which comes out of the extrusion machine runs directly into a multi-cavity deep drawing and punching machine. The remaining punched frame and any bad parts produced are then fed directly into a cutting mill (in the background at the end of the machine) and fed back into the production line from there

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IN New York City â&#x20AC;&#x201C; ranked among the top 10 loudest cities in the world â&#x20AC;&#x201C; noise is a constant. The din in restaurants soars over 90 decibels, and subways rushing across the city register more than 80 decibels. Since the end of March and running until 2 August, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum offers a serene and silent escape: the PSAD Synthetic Desert III. The art work, conceived by Doug Wheeler, realised by the Guggenheim Museum, and sponsored by BASF Corporation, manipulates sound, light and space in a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;semi-anechoic chamberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; designed to suppress all but the lowest levels of ambient sound. The installation

makes use, in part, of the technology of sound suppression that is normally applied to experiments and tests in the realm of sound engineering. The roomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s OLJKWLQJDQGFRQÂżJXUDWLRQDUHDOVR designed to induce an optical impression RILQÂżQLWHVSDFH:KHHOHUFRPSDUHV the visual and acoustic impression of Synthetic Desert III to his own experience in the deserts of northern Arizona where near-silent conditions SURIRXQGO\LQĂ&#x20AC;XHQFHWKHYLVXDOVHQVDWLRQ of distance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Silence as we know it measures at 30 decibels, and Wheelerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s semi-anechoic chamber will measure in the range

of 10-15 decibels â&#x20AC;&#x201C; so quiet it could be possible to hear your own heartbeat,â&#x20AC;? said Doyle Robertson, an expert on melamine foam for BASF in North America. The exhibitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s anechoic properties are partly enabled by a product known as %DVRWHFWÂ&#x160;DĂ&#x20AC;H[LEOHRSHQFHOOPHODPLQH foam with high sound absorption properties. Basotect is used in an array of architecture, construction and industrial

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Accolades for Amcor in DuPont Packaging Awards 2017 AMCORâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S customer-focused approach and accomplishment in collaboration and innovation has been recognised three times over by the 2017 DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation. The global packaging company received a gold award in the Technological Advancement and Responsible Packaging categories for its Ventoâ&#x201E;˘ coffee packaging; silver for the 20-ounce VitaminwaterÂŽ bottle in the Responsible Packaging category; and â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in partnership with Crown

+ROGLQJV,QFÂąDJROGDZDUGIRU3HHOÂżWÂ&#x152; in the Technological Advancement and Responsible Packaging categories. The PET Vitaminwater bottle uses two Amcor innovations to improve performance, while weighing less than convenWLRQDOKRWÂżOOFRQWDLQHUV7KHEDVHRIWKH bottle features Amcorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s PowerStrapâ&#x201E;˘ technology to strengthen its structure and LQFUHDVHYDFXXPDEVRUSWLRQGXULQJÂżOOLQJ The sidewall incorporates the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ActiveHingeâ&#x201E;˘ technology to further improve rigidity. Besides reducing the weight of the package, these technoloJLHVDOVRLPSURYHODEHOOLQJHIÂżFLHQF\DQG stacking strength. A second award was given for Vento, Amcorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s high-performance laminate for ground coffee and whole beans. The innovative packaging allows coffee proGXFHUVWRFDSWXUHWKHĂ&#x20AC;DYRXUDQGDURPD

of freshly roasted coffee without the need for hard valves, extra machinery, and extra processing steps. Vento maintains barrier integrity and product freshness, weighs less, and has a reduced carbon footprint compared to coffee packaging with hard valves. It removes the need to purchase and apply traditional valves, and allows coffee to be packed immediately after roasting with no additional equipment or steps. 7KHWKLUGKRQRXUHGSURGXFW3HHOÂżWÂ&#x152;ZDV developed by Crown Holdings Inc. using $PFRUÂśV&DQ6HDO3UR3HHOÂżWLVGHVLJQHG for dry-food markets to address demands for greater convenience, reduced packaging weight, and increased product protection. Amcorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CanSeal Pro is a revolutionary Ă&#x20AC;H[LEOHPHPEUDQHZKLFKDOORZV3HHOÂżWWR use less metal while maintaining performance DQGIXQFWLRQDOLW\6XVWDLQDELOLW\EHQHÂżWV include the elimination of the rigid steel ring typically required in double seaming applications, making the container 16% lighter than conventional foil seam cans.

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Addivantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Weston 705 stabiliser has passed the FDA tests, even after it even further tightened its scrutiny on infant formulation using the most stringent screening procedures for this application

applications. Through a blend of chemistry, art and architecture, the Guggenheim presentation will feature 400 pyramids and 600 wedges of Basotect covering the FKDPEHUÂśVĂ&#x20AC;RRUZDOOVDQGFHLOLQJ

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New Avery Dennison complete compliance AVERY Dennison Label and Packaging Materials has created a new set of tools designed to help customers choose products that are fully compliant with regulations. Complete Compliance is about working with converters and brand owners â&#x20AC;&#x201C; supporting them in meeting all necessary regulatory demands. &HUWLÂżFDWHVDQGVWDWHPHQWVDUHFUXFLDO for Avery Dennisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s customers and the company has created an online application. It can generate immediate customized compliance statements for

ADDIVANT, a world leading supplier of liquid phosphite antioxidants for plastics, has received formal approval from the US Food & Drug Administration for the use of its nonylphenol-free stabiliser WestonÂŽ 705 in infant formula and human milk plastic packaging. It covers the use of Weston 705 at levels up to 2000 ppm in multiple types of polymers for repeat use articles intended for infant formula and breast milk, as well as in polymers intended for use with powdered infant formula.

converters, which can be downloaded straight away. Support extends beyond immediate application needs; Reliable, complete and up-to-date compliance information can be found on the new Complete Compliance portal. The portal covers a large amount of information on the various (EU) regulations, and also links to a number of compliant portfolios including food and direct fatty-food approved products; British Standard (BS) 5609 labelling; and the current listing on SVHC, such as BPA-free materials. Avery Dennisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s &RPSOHWH&RPSOL DQFHLVDERXWZRUN ing with converters and brand owners â&#x20AC;&#x201C; supporting them LQPHHWLQJDOOQHF essary regulatory demands

A SCOTTISH engineer-entrepreneur is developing a method of using waste plastic as a binding agent in asphalt â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in order to replace the bitumen used conventionally. According to Futurism, a BBC website programme, Toby McCartney wants to use recycled plastic instead of bitumen, which is derived from oil, to repair some of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 40 million kilometres of road. The idea would solve more than one problem: poor road quality, the continued use of fossil fuels and the waste plastic epidemic. His Scottish start-up company, MacRebur, mixes waste plastic into asphalt to create roads that last longer and are less prone to getting potholes. McCartneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mix replaces most of the bitumen with plastic pellets. Bitumen, a material extracted from oil, is widely used as a binding agent in road construction. The pellets are made from plastic scrap WKDWLVPDLQO\GHVWLQHGIRUODQGÂżOOV7KH plastic waste pellets are then mixed with the usual stone aggregate and a small amount of bitumen at the asphalt plant. The process is exactly the same, so new equipment is not required, says McCartney. He has persuaded two English councils to start using their local waste plastics to build their roads this way. He says these roads are cheaper to make and last longer than conventional roads. If heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right, he may be putting us on the road to a cleaner planet. JUNE / JULY 2017 81

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The largest concentrated solar complex in the world in the Moroccan desert will produce enough energy to power over one million homes by 2018. By the end of its construction the complex will cover an area of about 30km² and produce energy of roughly 500 Megawatt

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STAGE one of the three-phase construction project of the Noor solar complex in Morocco was set in motion in February 2016. Innovative solutions based on the BASFâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s global knowledge and experience is used in the construction of the concentrated solar power system â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a more complicated process to install than the widely used photovoltaic panels. Several BASF products were used in the construction of this project such as concrete admixtures, grout, mortars, seal-

Lanxess expands PA production in Antwerp LANXESS is to further strengthen its integrated production complex for polyamide and precursors for plastics in Antwerp. With an investment of roughly â&#x201A;Ź25-million this year, the specialty chemicals company will primarily implement measures to IXUWKHUHQKDQFHHIÂżFLHQF\ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our integrated production complex in Lillo is the backbone of our global business for high-tech plastics. Given the trend toward lightweight construction in the automotive industry, for example, this is a major future market. Therefore we are continuously strengthening the competitiveness of this site. In total, our company 82 JUNE / JULY 2017

ants, and joint water-resistant sealants. The requirements for the construction of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest solar plant were YDULHGDQGYHU\VSHFLÂżF7KHPDWHULDOKDG WRFRQIRUPWRFRQVWUXFWLRQVSHFLÂżFDWLRQV and provide high early strength development. It was also necessary to take into consideration the desert area where the complex is being built, namely sand, clay, and high temperatures. BASF MasterGleniumÂŽ Sky 671 superplasticiser provides a new generation of

concrete with extended workability at high temperatures and ensures high strength and stability of the mirrorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; structure. Due to the productâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good stability and resistance to exterior conditions and reaction to sand, it maintains the high mechanical performance of the concentrated solar power system.

Lanxess has made substantial investments in polyamide and caprolactam production at the site in Lillo, Antwerp since 2004

Rapid Granulatorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s major investment for full control of US production

has invested more than â&#x201A;Ź300-million in Lillo since 2004 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a sum that shows our ÂżUPFRPPLWPHQWWRWKLVVLWH´VDLG0DWWKLDV Zachert, chairman of Lanxess group. The announcement was made on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of caprolactam production at the site. Caprolactam is a key precursor for the production of high-tech plastics. Besides the automotive industry, these plastics are also used in electrical and electronics applications. In recent years Lanxess has focused on building a balanced value chain for its hightech plastics production operations, which absorbs the lionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s share of the intermediates produced for captive use. A milestone on that strategic path was the construction of a world-class polymerization plant with an annual capacity of 90,000 metric tons connected directly to the caprolactam production facility. Since its start in summer 2014, the polyamide is shipped from Antwerp to Lanxessâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s global network of compounding facilities, where it is further processed into the high-tech plastics.

RAPID Granulator is making one of its biggest investments in decades to bring US production back under its full control. The company says this is a major move in its most important market. Rapid will begin in-house production of its full product range of equipment for granulating and shredding plastics in Pittsburgh, early in the second quarter of this year. The subject of a multi-million dollar spend by the Swedish company, the 6000-m² facility will also include a 325-m² showroom, wareKRXVLQJDQGRIÂżFHV Rapid was acquired by Swedish company, Lifco, just over two years ago. US production has continued uninterrupted at the previous ownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s operations, but now Rapid is taking everything back in-house. The new facility, situated close to Pittsburgh DLUSRUWZLOOKDYHVXIÂżFLHQWVSDFHWRVKRZ case all of Rapidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wide range of equipment for granulation and shredding of plastics production waste and for recycling of postconsumer material. www.rapidgranulator.se

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Ensinger of Germany buys Next Composites of Switzerland ENSINGER of Germany, a manufacturer of compounds for lowIULFWLRQGH¿QHGHOHFWULFDOPHGLFDO and related sectors, has taken over Next Composites of Switzerland. The small company operating from near Zurich develops thermoplastic ¿EUHFRPSRVLWHPDWHULDOVROXWLRQV Its customers use these composite materials to create prototypes and also to put complete production lines into operation. Ensinger alUHDG\RIIHUVVHPL¿QLVKHGSURGXFWV PDGHRIKLJKO\¿OOHGFDUERQ¿EUH composite material; however, the process technologies from Next Composites will enhance the range

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SONGWON Industrial has opened a new Technology Innovation Centre in Korea. Songwon says that the new centre will support innovation and will enable the company to take another key step forward in entering new business areas with high value and sophisticated technology. Located on the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Maeam site in South Korea, the centre encompasses 32,000m² and is currently three stories high. However, keeping an eye on the future, the facility has been especially designed with future expansion in mind and is constructed to allow the company to add WZRPRUHÃ&#x20AC;RRUVODWHUDVUHTXLUHG7KHQHZIDFLOLW\ will host both R&D, Global Application Community and Technical Service. It will enable the organization to leverage the synergies between the groups, consolidate Songwonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s technologies and support the complete development of new SURGXFWVIURPWKHGHVLJQSKDVHWR¿QDOFXVWRPHU applications. The centre will support the needs of the existing and new Songwon businesses and includes analysis labs, synthetic rooms, clean rooms, kilos lab scale rooms, polymer processing and application labs. www.songwon.com

From feathers into biodegradable plastics THE European poultry industry throws away more than three million tons of feathers from poultry slaughterhouses each year. It is an LPSRUWDQWNHUDWLQVRXUFHWKDWHQGVLQODQG¿OOV or is incinerated but which could be the source of different high added-value products, such as fertilizers, bioplastics, biocomposites, additives for biodegradable packages and coatings for the fabrics industry. Aimplas, the Plastics Technology Centre, participates in the European project KARMA 2020, which aims at developing innovative processes to extract the keratin from the poultry litter. For that purpose, under the coordination of CIDETEC and with the participation of a total of 16 partners from 10 different countries, research work has begun to design this innovative valorization process.

Fish processing, municipal solid waste gets second life 5(67UDZPDWHULDOVIURPWKH¿VKSURFHVVLQJ industries and the organic fraction of municipal solid waste will have a second life as plastics, EDUULHUSDFNDJHVHGLEOHFRDWLQJVDQG¿UH retardant additives Aimplas is coordinating the European project DAFIA whose objective is recovering the organic fraction of municipal solid waste and marine rest UDZPDWHULDOVIURPWKH¿VKLQGXVWU\WRREWDLQ new products and additives of high added value. 7KLVSURMHFWLQYROYHVWKHGHYHORSPHQWRIÃ&#x20AC;DPH retardants, barrier packaging and edible coatings H[WHQGLQJWKHVKHOIOLIHRI¿VKDVZHOODVFKHPLFDO substances to produce new plastics from renewable resources, among others. www.aimplas.com JUNE / JULY 2017 83

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BASF presents â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Material Selection 17/18â&#x20AC;&#x2122; '\QDPLFDOO\DGDSWLQJFRDWHGSODVWLF¿OPVIRUJHRPHWULHVRIWKHIXWXUH â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;MATERIAL Selection 17/18â&#x20AC;&#x2122; is the second material trend book by BASF that offers a global perspective on trends and materials, and innovative plastics solutions that help customers face these trends. The trend book was developed jointly by the designfabrik® experts in Tokyo, Shanghai and Ludwigshafen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We do not see trends as singular phenomena but as a chain of developments. Two main trends emerge as a result of this chain reaction: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Morphologyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Mindfulnessâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. We believe that they will be PDMRUO\LQÃ&#x20AC;XHQWLDO´VD\V$OH[+RULVEHUJHU designfabrik Ludwigshafen, BASF. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With this study, we offer customers a way to PDWHULDOLVHWKHVHWUHQGV´ The trend study is exclusively available to designers and other creatives of customers and potential customers as part of a scheduled personal presentation. It cannot be bought or requested separately. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Morphologyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, materials for a changing world The end of certainty as we know it, is

GH¿QLQJIRURXUWLPHV7KHRQO\FHUWDLQW\ lies in seeing opportunity in uncertainty, and not to perceive it as a threat. In times of accelerating changes, the speed of technological innovations increases VLJQL¿FDQWO\WRR)URPWUDGLWLRQDOFRPEXV tion engines to cars powered by electricity, from cars traditionally controlled by steering to autonomous driving: Materials are needed that can keep up with these dynamic changes in a three-dimensional space. For these applications in particular, %$6)SUHVHQWVDQHZ¿OPPDGHRI738 WKHUPRSODVWLFSRO\XUHWKDQH ZLWKDÃ&#x20AC;H[LEOH coating, which could possibly be used in automotive interiors or furniture. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Mindfulnessâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; means more attention, for oneself and the environment The second trend in the BASF study is based on an increased awareness for traces of human behaviour and action. 7KHGHVLUHIRUPDWHULDOVIXO¿OOLQJFXVWRP ersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; demands without leaving traces is JURZLQJ+HUH%$6)RIIHUVELREDVHG particle foam which is robust and also fully

compostable. The material is attractive where sensitive or heavy goods should be protected by biobased and biodegradable transport packaging.

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DPIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sewer range highlighted in updated design manual '3,3ODVWLFVKDVXSGDWHGLWVVHZHU design manual to showcase its expanded sewer range of up to 630mm. The manual forms part of the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s value-added services for its customers. The updated manual contains detailed WHFKQLFDOVSHFL¿FDWLRQVRQVSHFL¿FVHZHU SURGXFWVPDQXIDFWXUHGE\'3,3ODVWLFV as well as comprehensive information to aid designers and installers, explained '3,3ODVWLFV7HFKQLFDODQG3URGXFW Manager, Renier Snyman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The sewer manual is aimed at providing guidance with the design, installation, transportation, and storage of our products. It covers product VSHFL¿FDWLRQVLQDGGLWLRQWRLQVWDOODWLRQ and related issues. It will include

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(PHUJLQJWKUHDWVWRSRO\ROHÃ&#x20AC;QLQGXVWU\ THE petrochemical industry is going through a period of extreme price volatility which impacts on margins and competitiveness. Albeit JURZLQJSRO\ROH¿QGHPDQGUHPDLQVH[SRVHG to various unpredictable factors, while recent investments will bring new capacity online this year. ICIS senior consultant Fabrizio Galiè explores emerging threats to the global polyole-

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COMING UP AFRICAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S BIG 7 AFRICAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S Big 7 show, Africaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premier food and drink tradeshow, takes place in Johannesburg from 25-27 June. Expected to showcase the wares of over 300 exhibitors and attract over 14,000 delegates, the event will also feature packaging prominently.

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MANUFACTURING INDABA THIS yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most important manufacturing event â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the Manufacturing Indaba Conference & Exhibition, takes place from the 27-28 June at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg and brings together leading manufacturing experts, small and large manufacturers, consultants, ÂżQDQFLDOLQVWLWXWLRQVDQGUHODWHGVHFWRUVDOOZLWKD common aim, to help grow the manufacturing sector. The fourth annual event â&#x20AC;&#x201C; partnered with the Manufacturing Circle, the DTI, the City of Ekurhuleni, the Department of Science & Technology, the Department of Public Enterprises and the NCPC-SA â&#x20AC;&#x201C; is the forum for manufacturing in South Africa and aims to become a leading event for all manufacturers. A major focus this year will be on exporting products DQGVHUYLFHVLQWRWKHUHJLRQDQGVSHFLÂżFIRFXVDUHDV within the conference will discuss these opportunities IRU6RXWK$IULFDQPDQXIDFWXUHUVRIÂżQLVKHGJRRGV materials and components, machinery and much more.

SPECIFIC EVENT FOR HEAVY-DUTY SACKS AMI of the UK has launched a new event, Heavy Duty Sacks, which takes place from 27-28 June at the Maritim Hotel in Cologne, Germany. Heavyduty sacks, made both of plastic and paper, have recorded rapid growth in the past two decades. Plastic sacks have been successfully taking market share from paper alternatives in recent years thanks to the development of sophisticated coextruded FRQVWUXFWLRQVHVSHFLDOO\LQWKHIRUPÂżOOVHDO ))6  VHFWRU7KLVKDVDOORZHGVLJQLÂżFDQWGRZQJDXJLQJ and material saving opportunities as well improved performance for plastic sacks. Also, further innovative developments in deaeration systems have enabled ))6ÂżOPVWRPDNHJUHDWHULQURDGVLQWRWKHÂżQHSRZGHU sack markets, such as cement packaging, which have traditionally been dominated by the paper alternatives. Thanks to its consulting activity, AMI has unrivalled insight into the key business and technical issues facing the industry today. The conference will build on that knowledge and offer a forum for key players in the industrial bag and sack industry. www.amiplastics.com

INTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;L CONFERENCE ON DISPOSABLE & BIOPOLYMERS IN IRAN 7+(ÂżUVW,QWHUQDWLRQDO&RQIHUHQFHRQ'LVSRVDEOH  %LR3RO\PHUV BioDisPlast ZLOOEHKHOGRQ 18-19 July in Tehran, Iran. 7KLVLVWKHÂżUVWSUHPLHUUHOHYDQWHYHQWLQWKH Middle East, by the Association of Iranian Producers RI'LVSRVDEOHV $,32' LQFRRSHUDWLRQZLWK,,&,& DQGWHFKQLFDODQGVFLHQWLÂżFVXSSRUWRI3RO\PHU ,QGXVWU\0HGLD,QWHUQDWLRQDO 3,0, 7KHFRQIHUHQFH will explore investment potential for launching new production units; transferring advanced technologies for optimisation of present production lines; introducing partnership opportunities as joint ventures, bilateral or under-licensed production in Iran market; and assessing the role of new materials in market development for disposables. â&#x20AC;˘ Contact Ms Taghizadeh at secretariat@bdpiran.com www.bdpiran.com/index.php/en/ 86

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High-performance production with all-electric machines and Industry 4.0 applications KAUTEX Maschinenbau exhibited at this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Interpack event, showcasing the all-electric packaging machines in its KBB series, and a number of potential solutions that manufacturers of bottles, containers and other plastic packaging can use to set new standards in productivity. These solutions not only include material-saving and advanced quickchange production systems, but also services that help to reduce the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;time to marketâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. The companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new IntelliGate integration system was also developed with the aim of increasing WKHSURFHVVHIÂżFLHQF\RILWVPDFKLQHV These Industry 4.0 applications help

to transform Kautex machines into a closed system for high-performance production and enable Kautex to secure its typical high level of process quality. The main component of the IntelliGate integration system is its modules, which are connected to the newly developed Connext interface. This helps to make downstream processes, such as quality control processes, an integral part of the machine. The individual modules can be coordinated on KBB blow moulding machines by the Kautex experts and connected or exchanged using a â&#x20AC;&#x153;plug and playâ&#x20AC;? interface www.kautex-group.com


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international attendance at Interpack 2017 A top trend was the further digitalisation of production processes A RECORD 2,865 companies were represented at Interpack 2017 in May in Düsseldorf, Germany: 74% of the approximately 170,500 visitors travelled to Düsseldorf from abroad â&#x20AC;&#x201C; three quarters of them were decision-makers. Proving a top trend at many stands was the further digitalisation of production processes on the way to Industry 4.0 applications. Production linked along these lines makes LWSRVVLEOHWRPDQXIDFWXUHSHUVRQDOLVHGSDFNDJLQJHI¿FLHQWO\ or to guarantee traceability, to name but two options. The modular design of packaging machines, process lines and optimised digital operating concepts also play a pivotal role to reduce complexity in manufacturing and achieve the KLJKHVWGHJUHHRIÃ&#x20AC;H[LELOLW\SRVVLEOHIRUFKDQJLQJEDWFKVL]HV or product versions. Some companies even focused on virtual reality applications that allow machines or equipment to be experienced holistically in order to manage complexity better even in the manufacturing process of machinery and equipment as well as in training and operation.

The sustainability theme was ever-present at Interpack &RPSDQLHVSUHVHQWHGLPSURYHGUHVRXUFHHI¿FLHQF\ in terms of both the material used with ever smaller wall thicknesses and of manufacturing processes. Not only the exhibitors had innovations in store for Industry 4.0 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the Interpack special show of the same name organised in cooperation with the German Engineering Federation VDMA showcased the latest ideas and approaches. Proving one of the major attractions was the Demonstrator â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;smart4iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; that produced and packaged SHUVRQDOLVHGSRZHUEDQNV1RWRQO\WKHHQWLUHZRUNÃ&#x20AC;RZZDV digital â&#x20AC;&#x201C; from online ordering to tracking and tracing â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but the machine itself was also installed in record time thanks to a virtual twin and the networked planning in cooperation with several universities. The next Interpack will be held in May 2020 at Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre.

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Innovative biobased packaging Included both high heat and standard PLA grades TOTAL Corbion PLA exhibited a number of partner applications in packaging and serviceware based on Luminy® PLA (Poly Lactic Acid) resins from Total Corbion PLA. The Luminy PLA portfolio, which includes both high heat and standard PLA grades, is an innovative material that is used in a wide range of markets from packaging to consumer JRRGV¿EUHVDQGDXWRPRWLYH Included in the applications on display was the newly launched thermoformed PLA cup from Pacovis, under the Naturesse product range. The cups are fully biobased, made from renewable materials and have a reduced carbon footprint compared to PS or paper coated cups. To highlight this innovative product, Total Corbion PLA served fresh coffee and tea to booth visitors to demonstrate the excellent performance of the cups. Other examples of innovative PLA packaging and single use applications on display included thermoformed domes from Alphaform, nonwoven wipes from HengTian-Yangtze, PLAlined paper cups from Totempak,

Total Corbion PLA served fresh coffee and tea to booth visitors at Interpack in the newly launched thermoformed PLA cup from Pacovis to demonstrate the excellent performance of the cups

WKHUPRIRUPHGWUD\VWKLQ¿OPEDJVDQG single-use aprons from Gaia, coffee cup lids from WinGram, tea bags from NonWoven Networks, coffee capsules from ATI, thermoformed packaging from Bio4Pack and ice cream foamed packaging from Synbra.

Alternative materials for extrusion blow moulding Challenges of PET blow moulding well mastered by high-quality EPET class IV materials BEKUM focussed on the latest trends and production processes for extrusion-blown packaging at Interpack 2017. On the material side, Bekum focussed on the newly developed EPET IV materials, the processing of calcium carbonate (chalk) and the resource-saving recycling of materials. The fully transparent, newly introduced EPET class IV material has VXI¿FLHQWVWDELOLW\IRUH[WUXVLRQEORZPRXOGLQJ7KHSDUDPHWHUVRIWKHLPSURYHGFODVV,9DUH higher than the 1.0 PET recycling stream launched on the market. The typical challenges of PET blow moulding are well managed by the high-quality EPET class IV materials. EPET IV has a comparatively high resistance to wear. The material can be completely melted in the extrusion unit without causing excessive wear.

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INTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;L ELASTOMER EVENT IN USA IN OCTOBER THE International Elastomer Conference, to be held at the Huntington Convention Centre in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, from 9-12 October, is one of the premier events for elastomer convertors, manufacturers and suppliers of materials, equipment, tools and services in this sector. Presented by the Rubber Division of the American Chemical Society, the event provides a forum for the exchange of ideas, observations, regulatory reforms DQGHPHUJLQJVFLHQWLÂżFWHFKQRORJLHV7KH conference/exhibition takes place every October, in Cleveland on odd numbered years and travels to different locations on even numbered years. Gebo Cermexâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CareSelect bottle infeed system won the Modular Machines category in the Best Future Machines Awards

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ASIAN POLYMERS EVENT IN BANGKOK FOR those interested in the global polymer supply market, the ICIS Asian Polymers conference in Bangkok on could prove interesting. A large portion of international polymer capacity originates from SE Asia and with China and India being among the largest consumers, the region determines prices to a large extent. Hence the interest.

UTECH IN AMSTERDAM IN OCTOBER THE 2017 Polyurethanes Automotive Conference will form an essential part of the UTECH calendar and will take place at the Hotel Novotel, Amsterdam City, Netherlands on The automotive industry is challenging its suppliers to save weight, LQFUHDVHFRPIRUWLPSURYHIXHOHIÂżFLHQF\DQG reduce emissions â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and the polyurethane industry is well placed to provide answers along the supply chain from raw material suppliers, to systems houses, component makers and Tier 1 suppliers. The conference will address automotive LQGXVWU\WUHQGVIXHOHIÂżFLHQF\HPLVVLRQV and lightweighting opportunities with polyurethane; sustainable technology and ÂľJUHHQHUDXWRPRWLYHVROXWLRQVLQĂ&#x20AC;H[LEOH applicationsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;; and the very topical, how WRFRQYLQFHDXWRPRWLYHÂżUPVWRFKDQJH from existing materials to polyurethane for traditional components. 90

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FOLLOWING a global launch at Interpack 2017, Gebo Cermexâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CareSelectâ&#x201E;˘ bottle infeed system has won the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Modular 0DFKLQHVÂśFDWHJRU\RQHRIÂżYHFDWHJRULHV in the Best Future Machine Awardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s scheme sponsored by Rockwell Automation. CareSelectâ&#x201E;˘LVDSDWHQWHGXQLYHUVDO and modular shaped-bottle infeed and collating system for robotic or traditional case packers, powered by Rockwell Automationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s iTRAKÂŽ technology. &DUH6HOHFWLVFDSDEOHRIDFKLHYLQJ speeds of up to 400 products per minute depending on package size, shape and weight, easily surpassing traditional â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;endless screwâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; collation systems in terms of bottle integrity and protection. The

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Sun Ace at PVC 2017 forum on vinyl in Brighton in the United Kingdom, in April. Representing the Sun Ace group were Ryo Sasaki (Japan), Ian Lilja (Australia), Alistair Calder (South Africa), Shigetaka Seki (TBC) and Terence Hobson (also SA). Alistair also gave a presentation at the conference. The PVC conference is a venture by the Institute of Materials and is reputed to be the top international event for the vinyls sector.


Eilif Johansen of Easy-Laser (second from left) visited the Userve Plastic Machinery stand and chatted with the Taldonn Conn, Umberto Favini and Cesare Favini

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Machine Tools Africa 2017 sees huge turnout QUALITY TOOLS and machinery are the backbone of the South African manufacturing industry which is why Machine Tools Africa 2017 showcased the very latest technology developments, machinery, products, services and solutions in this innovative sector. Held at the Expo Centre, Nasrec, in Johannesburg from 9-12 May, the exhibition brought machinery alive Chris Oberem of Demaplastech demonstrated the Stratasys printer on the AUTODESK stand with Helen van der Schyff and Daneel Ballaram of Baker Baynes

through the daily demonstrations and interactive displays. On view was equipment in machining such as turning and milling, grinding and drilling as well as all types of sheetmetal machinery, LQFOXGLQJÂżEUHODVHUSODVPDFXWWLQJ bending and punching and presses. Also exhibiting were various suppliers of tooling and CAD/CAM software, who are an integral part of any successful engineering shop. Close to 100 local machine tool suppliers together with their international principals exhibited. By the end of day 2 of the four-day show, exhibitors had already booked their stand for the 2020 show. Machine Tools Africa 2017 was a great success. A standDORQHVKRZIRUWKHÂżUVWWLPH in 20 years, the feedback received from exhibitors was extremely positive. The show attracted a high quality

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ADDITIVE SUPPLIERS SIGN UP FOR COMPOUNDING EXPO THE Compounding World Expo 2018 is attracting strong interest from additives suppliers with many leading players booking stands in the four months since the exhibition was launched. Omya, Imerys and Solvay/ Cytec are among the latest companies to sign up for the exhibition, which will take place on 27-28 June 2018 at Messe Essen in Germany. Organised by AMI and Compounding World magazine, the trade fair will be free-to-attend and will feature a packed programme of seminars, industry debates and technical presentations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have seen large numbers of suppliers of PLQHUDOVDQGIXQFWLRQDOÂżOOHUVMRLQRXUH[KLELWRU list in recent weeks,â&#x20AC;? said Matt Wherlock, AMIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exhibition sales and marketing manager. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They include Imerys, IMI Fabi, LKAB, Magnesia Germany, Mondo, Omya, Reverte and Victor 0H\HU´7KHVHFRPSDQLHVMRLQDJURZLQJ number of exhibitors offering a very broad range of additives, including JavaChem, Krahn Chemie, MPI Chemie, OCSiAl, Polyscope, 6ROYD\&\WHF9HOR[DQG=KHMLDQJ;XVHQ On the machinery front, leading suppliers of extruders, kneaders, mixers and complete turnkey compounding lines who are to exhibit include Brabender, Buss, Coperion, Dr Collin, Extricom/CPM Century Extrusion, Farrel Pomini, Feddem, ICMA San Giorgio, JSW, KraussMaffei-Berstorff, Leistritz, Mixaco, Plasmec, Promixon, SM Platek, Steer, and ;LQGD â&#x20AC;&#x153;We continue to be very pleased with the extremely positive response to our ODXQFKRIWKHÂżUVWIRFXVHGH[KLELWLRQIRUWKH thermoplastics compounding industry,â&#x20AC;? said Andy Beevers, events and magazines director at AMI. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The large exhibition hall is already ÂżOOLQJXSIDVWDQGZHDUHUHFHLYLQJORWVRI interest from throughout the supply chainâ&#x20AC;?. www.compoundingworldexpo.com

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superabsorbent nonwoven fabric from BASF, offer a mobile air conditioning system to wear which effectively supports the cooling system of the human body. Cooling vests, for example, are easy to use and can be worn like any other item of clothing once being activated by â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;chargingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; with water. The water enters the active OD\HUÂąWKH/XTXDĂ&#x20AC;HHFHÂŽ from BASF â&#x20AC;&#x201C; after being rapidly absorbed and distributed through a bacteriostatic textile fabric. Like DÂżVKLQJQHWWKHSRO\PHUQHWZRUNRIWKH superabsorber traps increasing numbers of water particles until its elastic restoring forces compensate the osmotic forces of the prevailing concentration gradient. ,QWKLVZD\/XTXDĂ&#x20AC;HHFHFDQDEVRUEWHQ times its weight in water and retain it so ÂżUPO\WKDWWKHIXQFWLRQDOWH[WLOHVDUHGU\RQ the surface. With higher outdoor temperatures or increasing skin temperature during sports RUZRUNDFWLYLW\WKHZDWHUPROHFXOHVÂżUPO\ bound inside the functional cooling clothing absorb the thermal energy, evaporate from the large surface of the three-dimensional nonwoven structure and thereby cool down the wearer. The body sweats less and thereby saves energy that would usually be needed for thermoregulation. www.basf.com

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