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05 Industry news

The latest compounding industry news including international acquisitions and alliances, plus new investments and plant openings.

17 Tracking titanium dioxide trends

Sue Fitzgerald of TZMI outlines some of the major ndings of the companys recent annual review of the global titanium dioxide industry.

21 Reinforcing progress
Jennifer Markarian examines the latest technology developments and market trends in bre reinforcements for thermoplastics.


29 Lining up better prots

The accurate alignment of screws and barrels plays a critical role in efcient extrusion. Scott Glover explains how to get it right.

35 Whats new in melt ltration?

We review the latest developments in screen-changer technology designed to

boost melt quality without impacting on process ows.

43 Europe focuses on Fakuma

We look at the latest compounding related machinery and materials on show at the Fakuma exhibition in Germany this month.


60 Compounder of the month: Changzhou Hongmei 62 Dates for your diary

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Lubrizol invests in CPVC

Lubrizol is investing US$125 million in a new Lanxess officially opened its first US compounding plant last month chlorinated PVC (CPVC) resin manufacturing and compounding facility in Deer Park, Texas, USA. The facility, which will located next to the companys existing additives plant at the site, is expected to be operational by Q4 2014. Target markets for Lubrizols CPVC include the plumbing, fire sprinkler, industrial and other building and construction related applications. The company predicts continued strong global growth for the material, with particularly strong demand in India and other developing economies.

Lanxess opens its first US compounding plant

Lanxess officially opened its first compounding plant for engineering plastics in the USA on 17 September. It has invested US$20 million in the 20,000 tonnes/year facility that is located in Gastonia, North Carolina. The plant will produce Durethan and Pocan grades based on PA and PBT respectively. Target applications include automotive components such as body parts, oil pans, coolant pipes, battery housings, steering rods, pedals and pedal brackets. Gastonia is located on the fringe of the auto belt in the southern USA. Many car manufacturers and component suppliers, including a number of German companies, have established plants in North and South Carolina. With our new plant in Gastonia, we are now really close to our US automotive customers and can support them in the development of lightweight, energy-saving vehicles even better than before, said Lanxess CEO Axel Heitmann at the plants opening ceremony.

BYK expands plastic modifier production

BYK Kometra has opened a new production building for plastics modifiers at its Schkopau site in Germany. The building is designed to house six mixing reactors for the production of special surfaceactive copolymers that are used as adhesion promoters and impact modifiers. The company has invested approximately E7 million in the new production building to meet the growing global demand for high-performance plastic modifiers. It will increase its capacity for such additives by around 50%. The first reactor was officially started on 28 

September in an opening ceremony attended by Dr Matthias Wolfgruber, chairman of BYKs parent company Altana; Frank Bannert, administrator of the local Saalekreis region; Klaus Dieter Besser, managing director of BYK Kometra; and Dr. Uwe Zakrzewski, managing director marketing and sales at BYK Additives & Instruments.
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Deceuninck offers PVC compounds

PVC prole producer Deceuninck North America is now offering PVC compounding services to a wide variety of industries as well as producing compounds for its own use. The company says that it is providing PVC material development and compounding capabilities based on its proprietary technologies for extrusion, injection moulding and blow moulding applications. At Deceuninck North America, we are known for producing the highest-quality doors and windows, but our expertise does not end there, said Filip Geeraert, president and CEO. We utilize our industry leading material science and material compounding equipment designed for pharmaceutical-grade blending for consistent quality so that we exceed our customers needs.

Songwon and Sabo sign HALS distribution deal

Songwon has signed a long-term global distribution agreement with Sabo, the Italian-headquartered producer of monomeric and polymeric hindered amine light stabilizers (HALS). Songwon will work with Sabo on the regional HALS markets outside Europe where both companies see big potential for sales growth. However, Songwon and Sabo will work independently in Europe and Songwon will be free to distribute Sabos products as well as other HALS products. Both companies will also contribute their technology and expertise to develop future solutions that meet customers demands for innovative and high-performance light stabilization packages for polymers used outdoors. Jongho Park, chairman and CEO of Songwon, said: The distribution agreements are a signicant strategic commitment for both parties to develop a leading position in the fast growing light stabilizer markets outside Europe. Sabos managing director Germano Peverelli added: These distribution agreements are excellent news for our customers. They extend our reach and provide support locally, and to all key customers along the value chain, particularly in non-European regions which would have been otherwise more restricted. G In separate announcements, Songwon has completed the expansion of its Songnox One Pack Systems (OPS) production capacity in Greiz, Germany, from 7,000 to 14,000 tonnes/year. In addition, the company plans to expand DOTO (di-n-octyltin oxide) capacity at its Ulsan plant in South Korea by 60%. DOTO is used in the production of heat stabilizers. The expansion is being accompanied by a reduction in Songwons capacity for DBTO (Di-n-butyltin oxide) which is facing a phase out under Europes REACH legislation. Songwons COO Maurizio Butti (left) and Sabos MD Germano Peverelli (right) agree the deal



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FRX breaks ground for flame retardant plant

FRX Polymers has begun construction of its new manufacturing plant for flame retardant polymers at Scheldelaan in Antwerp, Belgium. The ground-breaking ceremony was held on 20 September and was followed by a reception at Antwerp City Hall hosted by the mayor. The plant is scheduled to open in during Q4 2013 and will employ 35 operators. It will be the US companys first fully commercial manufacturing plant it currently operates a pilot plant in Chelmsford near Boston, USA, and a semi-works plant in Switzerland. The new Antwerp plant is being constructed at Bayers chemical site where two key components of FRXs plastics are also produced. The non-halogen flame retardant plastics are based on polyphosphonate homopolymers, copolymers, and oligomers. Marketed under the new Nofia brandname, the plastics are said to be tough, transparent and simple to process. They are intended for use as flame retardant additives or as plastics in application areas such as electrical and construction. l FRX has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Americhem covering western Europe and Turkey. In particular, the companies will be targeting synthetic fibre applications where they see potential for Nofia being used as a flame retardant in melt spinning polymers, such as polyesters. FRX breaks ground for its new commercial-scale flame retardant polymer production plant located in Antwerp, Belgium

KraussMaffei sold to Onex

Canadian private equity group Onex is to buy plastics machinery group KraussMaffei from Madison Capital for E568 million. The deal is expected to close by the end of March next year. KraussMaffei is a major supplier of twin-screw extruders for compounding applications through its Berstorff division, as well as being a major player in injection moulding machines, PU processing equipment, and extruders for pipe and profile production. The group generated sales of around

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financial year and has manufacturing operations in Germany, Switzerland, Slovakia and China. Onex is one of North Americas longest established private equity firms and has a track record in the plastics machinery sector. Current investments include the US extrusion machinery maker DavisStandard, which it acquired at the end of 2011. Earlier that year it sold the Canadian injection moulding systems group Husky International. Madison Capital acquired KraussMaffei then known as Mannesmann Plastics Machinery in 2006 from former private equity owner KKR.

Automatik expands in Asia

Automatik Plastics Machinery has added a new state-of-the-art grinding machine at its Malaysia service centre for regrinding pelletizer rotors. It says that it is now able to provide a faster and improved service to its customers in South East Asia. The Malaysia grinding facility was established in Kuala Lumpur in 2009 and is part of Automatiks global network of such centres, which also includes facilities in Brazil, China, Germany, Taiwan and the USA. The company says that it regrinds more than 3,600 cutting rotors each year and anticipates around 10% growth in this area in 2013. Automatik is also adding capabilities at its Malaysian facility to repair and service melt pumps produced by its sister company Maag Pump Inspecting the quality of rotor grinding at the Malaysian service centre
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Polykemi and Elasto bond together

Polykemis Mattias Persson (left) and Elastos Caj Karlsson team up for two-component moulding Swedish compounding specialist Polykemi has teamed up with Elasto Sweden to offer a range of compounds and TPEs targeted at multicomponent moulding applications. The move will see Polykemi gradually end its own production of TPE compounds with a hardness value of less than 85 Shore A, transferring that business to Elasto. Elasto Sweden key account manager Caj Karlsson said: We are still two independent companies, but are now working closely together to develop and improve the possibilities to offer our customers intelligent twocomponent solutions. Polykemi sales manager Mattias Persson said: Our cooperation means that we can now offer the market the best solution regarding two-component solutions. We have a tested concept and will take joint responsibility to ensure our materials result in the best possible end product.

Krahn adds HALS from Tiangang

Krahn Chemie of Germany has signed an agreement with Beijing Tiangang Auxiliary to distribute and market the Chinese companys hindered amine light stabilizers (HALS) and UV Absorbers in Europe. The agreement covers sales in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and other Eastern European countries. Tiangang is ISO 9001:2000 certified and its products are REACH, GHS and RoHS compliant. Krahn says that the HALS and UV absorbers have created strong interest among its customers.

Australia gives OK to DINP

The Australian governments National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) has concluded that DINP does not represent a health concern to children even at highest (reasonable worst case) exposure scenarios for toys and child care articles. The NICNAS assessment also said risks from cumulative exposure of children to DINP in toys and child care articles with or without DEHP (at a maximum of 1%) together with co-exposure to DEP (at a maximum of 0.5%) in body lotions were considered acceptable based on current public health risk management measures. The full NICNAS report can be viewed at The new report says DINP does not present a health concern in toys

Emerald opens plasticizer plant

Emerald Kalama Chemical officially opened its new K-Flex phthalate-free plasticizer plant at Rotterdam in the Netherlands last month. K-Flex products, which have been manufactured in the US for more than 40 years, received full REACH registration in Europe in August. The fast fusing, high polarity plasticizers are based on dibenzoate ester chemistry. The company said demand for high performance alternatives to phthalate-based plasticizers is growing. Golnar Motahari Pour, Emerald Kalamas EMEA K-Flex product line manager said the new plant duplicates the design of the US plant and internal validations and customer performance evaluations show that it produces equivalent materials.

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Leading suppliers increase capacity for PEEK/PAEK

Victrex PEEK is replacing metals in tough applications such as these components for a harvesting tool Victrex and Solvay have separately announced plans to increase their production capacity for high-performance PAEK (polyaryletherketone) and PEEK (polyetheretherketone) polymers by 70%. Victrex, which is the market leader for these polymers, plans to add 2,900 tonnes/year of capacity at its site at Thornton-Cleveleys in Lancashire in the UK, taking its total production capability to more than 7,000 tonnes/ year. The expansion is due on stream in early 2015. The company recently announced record sales of 2,904 tonnes for the financial year ending 30 September 2012. It says that this performance combined with a strong pipeline of future applications supported its investment decision. Solvay has also announced a 70% capacity expansion for 

production of its KetaSpire PEEK (polyetheretherketone) and AvaSpire PAEK (polyaryletherketone) polymers at its facility at Panoli in India. The expansion will be completed by the middle of 2013. Panoli is the companys largest production unit for the two high performance polymers. Solvay began production of its KetaSpire PEEK polymers at the former Gharda Chemicals site in 2008 with an initial capacity of 500 tonnes/year. Solvay is delighted with the growth of its line of polyketone materials and we are very excited to be adding capacity for this business that we launched just a few years ago, said Augusto Di Donfrancesco, general manager of the companys global Specialty Polymers business.

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Styron claims a world first for Clios all-plastic tailgate

Styron is claiming a world first for the fully-thermoplastic, mono-material tailgate (lift-gate) door developed for the latest version of Renaults Clio car. The new tailgate door is produced in three parts using three different PP compounds from Styrons Inspire product line. The inner skin is injection moulded in a talc-filled PP grade, while the core structural component is produced using a long glass fibre reinforced Styron LGF-PP concentrate, which is diluted with PP copolymer at the moulding machine. The outer skin is manufactured using Styrons Inspire At-Press talc masterbatch system, which comprises blending the specially-developed 70% talc masterbatch with PP impact copolymer and colour concentrate at the moulding machine. The automotive industry has been looking for alternatives to steel for lift-gates for many years. Weight savings, styling freedom and function integration are the main objectives, said Marjolein Groeneweg, marketing manager Styron Automotive. The door, which provides a weight saving of around 10% over its steel predecessor, is completed with a fourth component a moulded spoiler that fits above the glass window and is made in Styrons Magnum ABS resin. Styron worked closely with the Renault R&D team on the project and carried out extensive process simulation at its Application Engineering and Design Centre. 

Titanium dioxide | markets feature

TZ Minerals International (TZMI) recently published its annual review of the global titanium dioxide pigment industry. TZMIs Sue Fitzgerald outlines some of the major factors shaping this US$17 billion market

Tracking titanium dioxide trends

The global titanium dioxide (TiO2) pigment industry experienced a year of two very different halves in 2011. The rst half was characterised by buoyant market conditions continuing the recovery that started in 2010 and followed the depressed conditions of the global nancial crisis, which began in Q4 2008 and extended into early 2010. The impact of this crisis on the industry resulted in pigment inventories drawn down and capacity idled, making it difcult to re-start the supply chain when the market recovered. The tight supply situation started in 2010 and continued through 2011, with price increases announced regularly during the two year period. As a result, global pricing increased by 8% in 2010 and almost 40% in 2011. The year started out with strong momentum in the emerging economies, led by Brazil, Turkey, Russia and India. However, the second half of 2011 was marked by strong volatility and several European countries were drawn back into negative GDP growth as consumer condence decreased further and austerity measures continued to be implemented. In China, the government implemented measures to restrict the availability of credit to cool down an overheating property and housing market. These measures eventually worked their way down the supply chain and TiO2 demand in China dropped dramatically. Overall in the fourth quarter of 2011, Chinas import
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volumes dropped by a massive 47% compared to the second quarter of 2011. As the TiO2 producers recovered protability in 2011, it became clear that the mineral sands producers were next in line. The principal product of the mineral sands industry is titanium raw minerals used as feedstock for the production of primarily TiO2 pigment and, to a lesser extent, titanium metal. Of the TiO2 feedstock mined and processed, more than 90% is used in the chloride and sulphate methods of TiO2 pigment production. The year was marked by a global shortage of feedstock primarily from depleting

Plastics accounted for 22% of TiO2 pigment demand last year




markets feature | Titanium dioxide

Pigment producers starting pushing up prices from mid-2010 assisted by the global shortage of pigment. Price increases were announced on almost a monthly basis throughout the second half of 2010 and continuing in 2011. The last major round of price increases was announced in March 2012, with most of the larger producers indicating product prices increases effective 1 April. There is some evidence that there has been customer resistance to further price increases and prices have remained fairly high, but static into 2012 as a result of high inventory and somewhat depressed demand. During 2011, most TiO2 pigment producers reported record prots and margins as pricing increased at a much faster rate than operating costs. In the rst quarter, and for some in the second QUARTERLY SALES AND ADJUSTED EBITDA FOR SELECTED PIGMENT ( TZMI 2012) COMPANIES: 2010-2012 resources combined with a lack of investment in the industry in the past 10 years. quarter of 2012, producers have continued to enjoy healthy revenues at the higher pricing points (compared to the same time one year ago). However, looking forward, increasing feedstock costs will have an impact on pigment producer margins, particularly for those that use higher TiO2 content material to feed plants.

TiO2 demand

The coatings sector accounted for 58% of TiO2 pigment demand in 2011, with architectural coatings comprising 36%. Demand for architectural coating is driven by home re-sales, new construction, home maintenance and urban development. Plastics makes up the next largest demand driver for TiO2 pigment, accounting for 22% of demand in 2011. This was followed by paper which dropped to 9% of demand. In 2011, global TiO2 demand grew by 1.4% to 5.39 million tonnes, with Chinas share of global demand increasing from 11% in 2000 to close to 22% in 2011.

As long as pigment producers can remain nancially stable and are able to manage suitable inventory levels with variations in production, TZMI expects supply and demand to remain relatively balanced in the next three to ve years. The probability of signicant new greeneld capacity coming on line outside of China is limited, given the limitations in feedstock supply and nancial risks associated with the large investment. TZMI expects global TiO2 pigment demand to grow to 5.51 million tonnes in 2013. So far demand growth in 2012 has contracted and the slowdown in Chinas economic growth and continuing debt woes in Europe may present further challenges to the industry going forward.

Supply in 2011
Seven global producers make up more than 64% of the global nameplate capacity: DuPont, Cristal Global, Tronox, Huntsman, Kronos Worldwide, Sachtleben and Ishihara Sangyo Kaisha (ISK). DuPont and Tronox operate only chloride route plants, while the other global producers operate plants that use both sulphate and chloride route technologies. European producer Sachtleben is the largest sulphate-only producer in the world. In 2011, industry production capacity grew from 6.00 to 6.38 million tonnes, with most of the expansion occurring in China. The 60-plus plants in China now combine to account for 21% of global TiO2 capacity, exceeding that of DuPont with 19%. Asia-Pacic is now the biggest region in terms of capacity, with North America a distant second. Output peaked in the second quarter of 2011, but was negatively impacted by demand slowdown in the second half of 2011.
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Fibre reinforcements | additives feature

Reinforcing progress
Suppliers of bre reinforced thermoplastics continue to push towards improved properties in order to penetrate higher-performance markets. For example, reinforced nylon is vying for applications that currently use metals, driven by the desire for lighter weight and other advantages. At the same time, reinforced polypropylene is moving into areas previously occupied by reinforced nylon, driven by the desire for reduced cost. Improved impact resistance, tensile strength, stiffness and other properties can be achieved in several ways. Fibre sizing, which both improves bre processing and provides interfacial adhesion between the bre and the matrix, plays a signicant role in improving properties, notes Yves De Smet, global bres and composites business unit manager at Ohio-based Michelman. Michelmans new generation of FGlass bre sizings targeted for PP reinforcements, for example, are designed to help meet the need for improved properties. The trend to improved products encompasses not only improved nal product properties, but also

Jennifer Markarian examines the latest technology developments and market trends in bre reinforcements for thermoplastics
improved bre-making efciency and composite production, notes Andy Brink, global technology manager at Michelman. Projects can involve different parts of the supply chain, and sizing-producer Michelman works with both bre producers and composites manufacturers to customize properties. Longer bres can also improve properties. The industry is using more and more long-bre reinforced thermoplastics (see Automotive industry demands drive LFTs markets ahead in Compounding World, January 2012 . While long bres have so far primarily
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Lanxess is adding capacity at its glass bre unit at Antwerp to meet growing demand for reinforced resins

additives feature | Fibre reinforcements

been used in PP, in the last few years more PA compounds have been made using such reinforcements. Glass bre still dominates the bre reinforced thermoplastics market, but other types of bre are nding increased use. For example, while carbon bre in the recent past was used mostly in epoxy thermosets and high-temperature thermoplastics (such as PEEK), it is now being used more in PA and even PP, says Brink. The industry is seeing a new focus on localized development. While in the past, multinational bre producers focused on the big US market and then pushing those products into the rest of the world, they are beginning to focus more on regional needs, such as developing bres specically for applications in China, notes De Smet. Owens Corning, for example, opened its China Composites Center in September. The state-of-the-art science and technology facility will enable us to work closely with our customers in China to develop solutions specic to this market, says Steve Zirkel, general manager of the global thermoplastics business at Owens Corning.

thermoplastics will need to be lighter, stronger, and stiffer in order to allow thinner parts. Particularly in hand-held consumer electronics, thickness can be measured in millimetres. AGY is responding to this trend for materials that deliver performance beyond the traditional E-Glass chopped bre by developing specialty materials, says Drew Walker, president of AGY. The company announced in May that it has increased production of its S-2 Glass bre reinforcements by 20%, with the capability to further increase volumes if needed. S-2 Glass bres are used particularly when higher part stiffness and higher temperature performance is needed, says Walker. PPG introduced three new ChopVantage chopped strand bre products this year that target benets needed in key applications. G ChopVantage HP3270 is a 10 micron chopped strand bre for PP that offers improved chemistry for dry-asmoulded (DAM) properties and high performance in hot detergent solutions. Target applications include automotive and appliances, such as in washers and dryers where white colour characteristics are critical. G ChopVantage HP3613 is a 13 micron bre with proprietary sizing chemistry for PA applications. It offers high hydrolysis resistance in long-life coolant systems and meets US Food and Drug Administration and EU food compliance requirements as well as potable water guidelines. G ChopVantage HP3730 chopped strand bre glass offers excellent dry-as-moulded properties and hydrolysis resistance in thermoplastic polyesters. It can also be used to improve mechanical properties in biodegradable plastics such as PLAs (polylactic acids), PHAs (polyhydroxyalkanoates) and PTTs (polytrimethyleneterephthalates). Applications include transportation, electric and electronic appliances, and computer housings and components. Johns Manville has also been growing its portfolio of

Key markets
Glass-bre reinforced thermoplastics are expected to grow at 5-6% annually over the next several years, driven by increasing demand in automotive, electrical/ electronics and household appliance applications, notes Zirkel. They offer unique value compared to traditional materials. In automotive, in particular, glass reinforced thermoplastics offer value by reducing weight and increasing strength and design exibility. The needs of automotive applications are a signicant driver for bre development. Owens Cornings 248A and PerforMax 249A short glass bres for PP, introduced last year, are being used in automotive applications that require high-perforOwens Corning is targeting automotive applications with its latest short glass bres for PP mance mechanical properties, such as door modules, front ends and air intake manifolds. It is claimed that compounds made with the bres can compete with short glass bre polyamide (PA) and LGF-PP. The bres have improved processing and allow users to meet increasingly high standards while reducing system cost. These benets present new opportunities for PP compounders to expand into new areas, adds Zirkel. In electrical and electronics applications, the next generation of bre reinforced
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2015 to comply by submitting necessary data in support of inclusion of their constituents within the PIM, although this may change. Food contact applications such as household appliances, to which PIM applies, are a small but growing market for fibre reinforced thermoplastics. In addition, many companies want all components, regardless of application, to meet food-contact requirements. However, some traditional fibre sizings include components that are not on the PIM positive list. For example, sizings designed for polyamides (PAs) often use polyurethane chemistry that may contain hydrazine, which is not on the PIM positive list.

Sizing up for food contact

Michelman is in the process of developing a line of polyurethane sizings that are hydrazine free, and the Michelman is developing fibre sizings that meet emerging regulations chopped strand glass fibres. ThermoFlow 672 is designed for reinforced PA compounds used in critical components in the automotive, E&E and consumer goods markets. It is claimed to deliver higher impact and tensile strength properties while retaining the high extruder throughput capabilities of existing ThermoFlow chopped strand products for PP reinforcement. The company is also expanding glass fibre production at its plant at Trnava in Slovakia to meet expected increased demand for lightweight automotive structures. An expanded furnace is due to be in operation at the facility by the final quarter of this year. This will enable it to increase production capacity for some of its chopped strand and roving products by up to 40%, including ThermoFlow chopped strands for thermoplastics and StarRov rovings for long-fibre compounds. company recently developed a solvent-free PA dispersion that is compliant with the PIM directive. Michelmans PA845, the first product based on this new chemistry, is designed for carbon fibres in high-temperature resins. PA845 provides an option for some applications that had been using polyimide chemistry, which provides very high thermal stability but is difficult to use both in fibre coating and in compound production. PA845 is much easier to process, and provides high thermal stability, although not as high as polyimides such as HP1632, explains Brink. Owens Corning introduced its FoodContact choppedstrand glass, designed to meet the new EU regulations requirements and to be used in consumer appliance and food manufacturing products. While this solution was developed to help our customers meet the EU regulation, we see broader application globally as it relates to sustainability and the general safety of food and water, says Zirkel. The GMP requirements will hold companies to a greater level of accountability across their entire supply chain. The automotive industry in the last several years has honed in on reducing volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and odours. Recent work has shown that, while the resin and its additives can be VOC contributors, the fibre sizing, despite its low level, can contribute to VOCs, and sizing producers have worked to reduce VOCs. The industry is also seeing demand for products without alkyl phenol ethoxylate (APE), a surfactant that is a potential endocrine disruptor and is restricted in some markets. APE has already been phased-out of its largest market in detergents, and so new sizing products are generally designed without APE. The use of bioplastics in long-term, high-performance applications continues to grow, but typical bioplastics frequently need to be reinforced in order to

Responding to regulatory issues

A recent focus for fibre and compound producers has been replacing products with new materials designed to be compliant with recent and upcoming regulations, such as the EUs REACH and the EU plastics materials and articles intended to come into contact with food regulation (Plastics Implementing Measure or PIM). This replaced the Plastics Directive in 2011, although the full effects of the regulation are still being developed and implemented. The PIM regulation includes Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) requirements and lists authorized substances. Glass fibres have been listed in PIM as an authorized additive without limitation. Sizings are not specifically mentioned in PIM, but, because many sizings are polymeric, it seems to be the intent of the EU Commission to compel sizing monomeric components to be listed in the PIM, according to Michelmans regulatory experts. Currently, suppliers have until 31 December
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Screws and barrels | process feature

Alignment of the extruder barrel and screw, when done properly, ensures that equipment will be productive for much longer, explains Scott Glover*

Lining up better prots

Extruder barrel alignment is one of the most important factors behind an efcient plastics extrusion process, be it a lm, pipe or compounding extrusion line. The relationship between the rotational centre of the thrust shaft in the gearbox and that of the screw is vital. Here is a denition of extruder barrel alignment: Positioning the extruder barrel at the supports and the feed throat in such a way that the barrel mechanical centre is concentric with the gearbox thrust shaft rotational centre (within a set of tolerances) under normal operating conditions. Thats a big statement and is not always easy to accomplish. Misalignment can cause excessive screw wear and barrel wear. If this is severe enough, the screw can fail prematurely through the fatigue caused by the cyclic bending of the screw as it rotates in the barrel. The clearance opened up between the screw and barrel will reduce efciency and throughput. These days, facilities demand ever more production from existing equipment. If a poorly aligned extruder

system were to operate for 5,000 hours prior to failure, it would be productive for 625 shifts (8 hours/day, 5 days/week) or about 2.4 years prior to a component failure. There arent many production facilities operating at such low rates. Most work at least two shifts per day, for six days a week. With the same 5,000-hour Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF), the system will last for just one year before breaking down. As well as lost production revenues, the cost of a screw can be US$30,000 or more (depending on size and application). A failure in the feed section of the extruder is even more expensive. Catastrophic failures can even cause component failures in the drive components (gearbox). An extruder system can be aligned in less than eight hours, and typically in less than four. That four-hour investment is likely to extend the life of the extruder barrel and screw and keep your facility doing what it is meant to do: make product and move it out of the door. When operating a misaligned extruder system, wear between the screw and the barrel opens up the design

Properly aligned and maintained extrusion processes will be protable long after poorly installed equipment has failed



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centre of the through hole. The eyepiece of the borescope has a precision crosshair, focused to infinity. The operator can then sight down the barrel and measure the displacement of the optical target at multiple points along its length. However, accuracy can be low and can cause an apparent accurate alignment to fall outside the required tolerances. Laser-based extruder alignment systems offer better accuracy (typically to 0.001in), speed of measurement and reporting on the alignment of the barrel to the thrust shaft rotational centre. But the higher cost of such a system, and the time needed to learn to use it properly, can be daunting for a maintenance department. Simply buying a laser system does not qualify someone to perform precision alignment. A laser transmitter can quickly be qualified to project the true rotational centre of the thrust shaft at any point along the barrel. The laser beam strikes the surface of a Position Sensitive Detector (PSD) mounted in the barrel. Rather than using a crosshair and scale to measure displacement, the PSD accurately measures the centre of the laser beam to less than half a micron (0.0005mm). Depending on operator and machine configuration, laser-based barrel alignment measurements can be completed in about 30 minutes with alignment data documented at each barrel support and at the feed throat.

Getting a reference
Care must be taken to use the correct reference when aligning extruder barrels. If the bore of the thrust shaft is used as the reference, it must be very accurate: the Even the largest, most sophisticated screw and barrel systems can benefit from laser alignment clearance and affects output: one major US manufacturer of barrels and screws estimates that a diametrical wear of 0.025-0.030in could reduce output by 60lb (27kg) per hour. How long would it take to notice this decrease in production? Are losses of half that amount small enough for the problem to continue unnoticed? These numbers quickly get very big, but this can be minimised with proper alignment at the time of installation. bore of the thrust shaft must be precisely concentric at both ends with the rotational centre of thrust shaft. A deviation as small as 0.002in can lead to severe barrel misalignment. If run-out in the thrust shaft bore is visible to the naked eye, it is in excess of 0.020in. It may not sound so bad, but the 0.020in of run-out alone is not the problem: the run-out divided by the length of the thrust shaft produces the error in the reference and the catastrophic error in the alignment at the die end of the barrel. Consider this 0.020in run-out. The thrust shaft on this machine was 30in long, giving a measurement error of 0.00066in per inch of barrel length. This was a 7in diameter barrel with a 24:1 L/D ratio, giving a 168in barrel length. But its 0.00066in per inch angular error creates a 0.110in error in the measurement, if the thrust shaft bore is used as a reference for the alignment. A borescope operator will be reading close to zero, when in fact that position is almost 0.125in out of alignment. This is why the rotational centre of the thrust shaft

Alignment methods
Historically, three methods have been used to align the extruder barrel to the gearbox thrust shaft: a level; a borescope; and laser alignment. Using a level can lead to misalignment because it does not take account of the horizontal position of the barrel: misalignment in the horizontal plane is as serious as that in the vertical plane. Another method is to use an optical borescope. A precision bore-mounted telescope is installed in the gearbox thrust shaft and bucked-in to the mechanical
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rather than the mechanical centre must be used as a reference to align extruder barrels. If this example was a 40:1 extruder barrel, the misalignment would be 0.180in. If the run-out were only 0.002in, misalignment would equate to 0.011in for the 24:1 and 0.18in for the 40:1 which is greater than our allowable alignment tolerances.

Twin-screw extruders
A twin-screw extruder barrel has the same alignment tolerances as a single-screw barrel. Although the measurement procedure is slightly different, the overall goal is exactly the same: eliminate unnecessary wear and fatigue failures due to barrel misalignment. Laser measurement is much better for this type of barrel alignment. Typically, there is no thrust shaft with a line of sight hole to allow mounting of a borescope. However, a laser transmitter can be mounted on the gearbox output shaft quite easily and barrel alignment can be measured in the same manner as a single-screw extruder. We have performed an alignment on a 23mm twin-screw extruder, which had a history of screws failing in less than 30 days. Typically, the screw would shear at the coupling end between the barrel and the gearbox (the thinnest section of the screw). We found the barrel out of position at the die end by 0.065in in the horizontal plane and 0.019in too high. Adjustments were made to the die end of the barrel in both the horizontal and vertical planes, which xed the problem. Some straightforward engineering analysis provides an approximation of some of the forces applied to the barrel and screw when there is 0.060in of misalignment at the die end of the barrel. A 1.5in, 24:1 screw will need around 450lbs of force to bend it 0.060in. For a 4in, 24:1 screw, this number rises to 9,500lbs of force. The force value for the 1.5in diameter screw is compelling on its own and is the equivalent of operating the extruder with a motorcycle suspended from its mid-point. importantly, to provide a structurally sound method of making precise vertical and horizontal adjustments to align the barrel with the thrust shaft rotational centre. Extruder barrel supports often have no mechanism for alignment, making the job more difcult and expensive. The lack of jacking bolts or shims should not be justication for believing that the alignment process is unnecessary. As the extruder barrel heats up it will expand. If it is supported from below, it will rise in elevation as the barrel temperature reaches a stable operating point. This elevation affects barrel alignment. Thermal growth at the die end of the machine, as well as at any other supports, should be measured and accounted for as part of the alignment process. Our measurements have conrmed a 0.0125in change in the elevation on a 3in diameter barrel when heated to around 600F. That is a diametrical change. The centreline change in the vertical plane will be exactly half that (0.00625in). This means that a barrel, aligned to zero in the horizontal and vertical planes when cold, will be slightly misaligned at its working temperature. Every effort should be made to account for these changes when aligning the barrel in its cold state, but this is relatively easy to do with the latest measuring equipment. Todays manufacturing environment demands maximum production at minimal cost. Modern methodologies and measurement tools can streamline installation and maintenance to save time, money and frustration. Extrusion processes that are properly installed, aligned and maintained will continue to be protable long after poorly installed and maintained equipment has failed. * Scott Glover is president of The Advanced Team (, an extrusion alignment specialist based in Mooresville, North Carolina, USA

Support act
The support structure under the barrel is critical to the life of the system and the quality of the alignment as the machine reaches normal operating temperatures. Most extruders have one or more mechanical supports under the barrel, which have three basic functions: to support the barrel and prevent it from sagging due to its weight; to act as an axial guide, allowing the barrel to grow in length as the system heats up; and, most
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Screen-changer developments | melt ltration

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Screen-changers play a critical role in improving melt quality and performance. They can prevent damage to downstream equipment, improve product appearance and help to prevent mechanical failure of nished parts. They can also be used to add value to recycled material and contaminated melt sources. Here we take a look at a selection of the most recent developments in melt ltration technology.

Kreyenborg keeps up the pressure

Kreyenborg of Germany launched its new V-Type back-ush screenchanger earlier this year. It is designed so that only one of the four screens is taken out of production during the back-ush or screen-change procedure to ensure higher constant melt pressure is maintained. Additional benets of the K-SWE-4K-75-V/RS are its higher back-ush efciency, longer screen life and its constant volume ow during back-ush. It also has optimised screen retainers with increased pressure capabilities to deliver a more efcient back-ush operation. In addition, the displacement pistons and ow channels are congured to minimise the melt residence times. Kreyenborg has redesigned its V-Type screen-changer for greater efciency


Key Filters explores new applications

Parkinson Technologies says that its Key Filters KCH continuous belt melt lter, which was initially targeted at low viscosity materials when it was launched at NPE earlier this year, is now proving very effective for a wide range of polymers. The KCH was developed as a bridge between our successful KCN non-actuated continuous belt melt lter and our KC line of continuous belt melt lters that use a hydraulic puller to actuate screen movements, says John Whaley, business manager for Key Filters. The result is a machine that is exible

enough to behave like a KC machine, offering instant screen movements on softer polymers, and a KCN, offering great performance on hard thermoplastics. In compounding

applications, uniform extrusion pressure is required to ensure quality mixing as well as rate control in the extruder. Because the KCH can move the screen very slowly across the melt stream there is no pressure disruption throughout the entire production run. In addition, the unit can be adapted to match the conguration of a twin-screw extruder to maximise the ow area. The KCH uses a dedicated PLC to monitor extrusion pressure and quickly react by moving the screen to keep this pressure uniform. It has demonstrated its ability to process polymers ranging

from TPEs and TPOs with Shore A hardness values as low as 30, through to thermoplastics such as PP, PC, HDPE, PET and R-PET. This can be achieved on the same machine running the same screen and with leak-free, uniform pressure operation. The KCH has also successfully run a nylon blend ltering down to 40 microns. Parkinson Technologies is very excited about this new machine. Its a highly costeffective solution for many ltration applications where high performance, productivity and reliability are required, says Peter Termyn, the companys president and CEO.




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Screen-changer developments | melt filtration

Maag puts focus on reliability

The new generation FSC double screen-changer from Maag Filtration Systems has been developed for maximum reliability and minimised maintenance costs. Its simple, high-quality construction features a new sealing system that allows operation in extrusion lines with high pressures. The design of the internal flow channels and the filtering chamber interior have also been optimised. The simple and effective sealing system with interchangeable elements has been designed so that even the most difficult maintenance can be carried out at the customers factory reducing the machine down time. In comparison with the double-bolt screen-changer, the FSC double flat-slide screen-changer is claimed to allow a quicker screen change. This advantage is because the optimized volume of the filtering chamber minimizes the duration of the venting procedure. Maags FSC double screen-changer

Gneuss makes filtration safer

Gneuss has made further design enhancements to its continuous and fully-automatic Rotary Melt Filtration Systems. Several new safety features have been added, as well as the option for an automatic purge ejector for the back -flushing RSFgenius model. The continuous screen-changers operate fully-automatically, maintaining constant pressure and process conditions. This ensures high product quality and economic efficiency while reducing operator and maintenance demands. Gneuss reports that there is worldwide trend towards bigger extrusion lines and therefore larger filtration systems. It says that the number of RSFgenius and SFXmagnus systems sold in sizes 200, 250, 330 and 400 has doubled in the past 12 months. Recent projects have included melt filtration systems for the manufacture of foam film and PET film for food packaging, as well as for packaging tapes made from PET bottle flakes.

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Integrated filtration control

High-Technology Corp has announced its latest generation of microprocessor-based controls for its screen-changers, enabling complete integration with the extrusion process including remote start/stop and interlocking features for handling high polymer pressures. Various voltages for the heating elements can be accommodated and the same supply voltage is used for both the process and control zones. Alarms and indicators immediately alert the user about any system malfunctions and facilitate troubleshooting by pinpointing the source of any failure. Safety features prevent the possibility of operating the screen-changer in an incorrect or unsafe mode.

Italys Fimic targets SCF-700 at high throughput recycling

Italys Fimic, which is represented exclusively in North America by ADG Solutions, has added a new screen-changer that can handle higher throughputs for plastics recycling operations. The SCF-700 model can clean up contaminated resins at rates of 6,000 to 10,000 lb/h (2,720 to 4,535 kg/h). The screen-changer is said to be capable of handling scrap with up to 3% loadings of contaminants. Even contaminants close to an inch (25 mm) in diameter do not pose a problem. The self-cleaning cycles are subject to automatic PLC control. In each cycle, as molten polymer enters the screen-changer, contaminants accumulate on the screen plate, which is a stainless steel component. The build-up continues until the back pressure reaches a preset level. This actuates a rotating blade which sweeps the screen and purges the contaminants through a central discharge port. Typically the screen does not need to be touched or changed more often than every week or two, depending on the material being processed. Fimic now manufactures five models of the continuous screen-changer with filter diameters from 325 to 700 mm (12.8 to 27.5 in). Multiple screen sizes are available, the largest being 2,000 microns (about 10 mesh). At the other end of the scale, Fimic now offers screens with a size of 200 microns (about 80 mesh) and expects to make a 150-micron (100-mesh) screen available soon. With the ultra-fine filtration provided by the new screens, users of the Fimic self-cleaning continuous screen-changer can further enhance product quality, a critical requirement for film and other applications, says ADG president Sandy Guthrie. Fimics latest 200 micron mesh

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PSI thinks about safety

PSI-Polymer Systems latest screen-changer design includes a unique back flushing system, where the contaminated screen packs are flushed and discharged through a port underneath the screen-changer housing. The company says that this creates a much cleaner and safer environment for operators. The new back flush screen-changer is also said to be capable of processing materials with extremely high levels of contamination.

AutoScreen maintains the flow

Melt Filtration Products has introduced its new AutoScreen Max continuous automatic screen-changer for use in high throughput and high extrusion pressure applications. The new model is designed to provide uninterrupted extrusion during screen changes. It incorporates the companys Extrusion Pressure Control (EPC) system that automatically maintains a selected melt pressure delta. This feature keeps the melt pressure entering the pelletizing die within a selectable pressure range, regardless of changes in material bulk density or contamination levels. The result is a continuous, stable and uninterrupted compounding process, says the company. The AutoScreen Max has a small footprint and requires no hydraulics or pneumatics. There are no breaker plates or screen packs to replace.

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Europe focuses on Fakuma

The 22nd Fakuma trade fair is taking place in Friedrichshafen in Germany on 16-20 October. Approximately 1,500 exhibitors are using the event to showcase their latest machinery, equipment and materials innovations. According to show organiser PE Schall, close to 45,000 visitors attended last years exhibition. And although Fakuma is a predominantly German event, more than 30% of those visiting the 2011 show came from outside of the country. Fakuma has, in recent years, managed to deliver a growing attendance even while the European economy has struggled. To a large extent, this has been due to the strength of Germanys manufacturing sector together with the shows location on the shore of Lake Constance. This puts it at the centre of a high technology manufacturing region that extends beyond its home market into Switzerland and Austria. The show is mainly focused on injection moulding, but that means it attracts many suppliers of polymers, compounds and masterbatch that serve this market. In addition, the extrusion hall (A6) features manufacturers of twin-screw extruders, pelletizers and other

ment of interest to the compounding community. Over the following pages we take a look at some of the compounding-related products that are being displayed across the Fakuma 2012 fairground.

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Extruders and pelletizers

KraussMaffei Berstorff (Hall A7, stand 7303/7304) is using Fakuma to showcase its optimized ZE-UT-R twin-screw extruder for delivering higher ller loadings. The machine has a Do/Di ratio of 1.74, which ensures a large free volume that is particularly suitable for processing compounds containing up to 80% of talc or chalk. It also helps when processing additives with low

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94 mm, the new machine is offered with a wide range of equipment option and accessories, while the screws can be supplied in a variety of steel grades from nitrided steel to special HIP alloys.

Automatik Plastics Machinery (Hall A6, Stand 6202) is showing the new generation of its Sphero 50 underwater pelletizing system. This features improved ergonomics and is designed for quick start-up and reliable processing even with difcult materials. It is the smallest model in the Maag subsidiarys Sphero range, suitable for handling throughputs from 70 to 600 kg/h. Target applications include testing plants and technical centres as well as smaller production plants. The pelletizers compact design incorporates all its KraussMaffei Berstorff is showing its optimized ZE-UT-R twin-screw extruder for higher ller loadings bulk densities, according to the company. Higher ller loadings require longer processing sections to ensure that the particles are fully incorporated into the plastics matrix, so the ZE extruders for this task feature processing section lengths ranging between 50 and 56 D. Two side feeders provide additional options for feeding additives into the processing section, while three atmospheric degassing systems and one vacuum degassing unit are used to efciently remove unwanted gases from the extruder. In the course of the last two years, KraussMaffei Berstorff has already sold 15 lines for the production of highly lled PE or PP compounds with a talc or chalk share of up to 80%, reports Dr Thomas Winkelmann, head of twin-screw extruder process technology at KraussMaffei Berstorff in Hannover. The compounds are used in applications such as blown lm for carrier bags, sacks or construction lm. Econ (Hall A6, Stand 6104) is using Fakuma to introduce its optimized underwater pelletizing system with an integrated band lter system. This is directly incorporated in the process water circulation and enables full ltration of the water stream immediately after initial separation of the pellets. The system was developed specically for processing highly Feddems new FED 26 MTS twin-screw extruder is the smallest model in the range Feddem (Hall A6, Stand 6312) is introducing its new FED 26 MTS twin-screw extruder. This latest addition to the MTS range has a screw diameter of 26.6 mm, a Do/ Di ratio of 1.55, screw speeds up to 1,200 rpm and drive power up to 28 kW. Its modular design allows it to be extended from 32 D to 42 D, 52 D or longer. It is the smallest model in the MTS range and it can be used as a laboratory extruder or for small-scale production of a wide variety of products including masterbatches and high-performance polymers. Production rates range from 10 to 150 kg/h. The design is similar to the larger MTS machines for reliable process scale-up. Its complete electrical system is integrated into the frame and the machine stands on castors, making it mobile and easy to move. As with larger models in the range, which go up to
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components on a mobile frame that can be freely accessed from all sides for simplied cleaning and product changeovers. Special attention was given to the new design of the cutter head in order to ensure the production of evenly shaped, high-quality pellets. In addition, the ow pattern inside the chamber has been optimized to minimize dust generation from brittle materials, reduce wear when handling bre reinforced materials, and combat agglomeration with thermoplastic elastomers.



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water is required. Contaminants and fines are held back by the filter and when they have built up to a certain point the filter wheels turn and the filter area is renewed. Seals ensure that no contamination passes into the circulating water.

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K-Tron (Hall A6, Stand 6507) is displaying a complete materials handling system for continuous plastics processing. It features the companys vacuum loaders and receivers, which can be used for various applications such as hopper loading, refilling loss-in-weight feeders and handling a wide variety of bulk materials. Also included are K-Tron feeders that ensure the accurate addition of high-value minor and micro ingredients to the batch or continuous process. The K-Tron display also includes the companys K-Vision Line Controller, an operator interface that simultaneously controls up to 16 feeders via an easy-to-use colour LCD touch screen. Other items of equipment on show include a bulk solids pump with a C100 venturi type loader as well as a quick change The Kreyenborg display (Hall A6, Stand 6404) features the groups screen-changers, melt pumps, pelletizers, dryers and automation systems. The stand includes Kreyenborgs latest K-SWE-4K75-V/RS back-flush screen-changer (which is covered feeder with a 2410 vacuum conveying receiver.
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costly multiple feed controller for small installations. Protec is exhibiting for the first time at Fakuma since Schoeller Plast acquired the business unit from Mann+Hummel earlier this year. That move brought the Protec Somos materials handling equipment range together with Schoellers OHL recycling systems for PET.

Clariant (Hall B2, Stand 2217) is focusing on colour masterbatches that are registered to the UL safety standard for flammability. The company says that materials specifiers often overlook the fact that colorants can affect the fire behaviour of flame-retarded polymers. It has worked with UL so that it can provide a Econ now offers an integrated band filter system with its underwater pelletizing systems in detail in this issues melt filtration round-up), plus an Infrared Drum (IRD) for the efficient drying and crystallisation of PET. The Groups BKG Bruckmann & Kreyenborg Granuliertechnik subsidiary is exhibiting one of its underwater pelletizing systems. Its full range covers throughputs from 2 kg/h to 35,000 kg/h, plus it offers the CrystallCut inline crystallisation system for the economic processing of PET. large number of masterbatch and polymer combinations to meet fire-performance or flammability classifications. UL-listed colour masterbatches from Clariant are individually formulated for compatibility with both the polymer and the flame retardant system, and then subjected to UL test procedures that ensure the required flammability ratings are met. This portfolio is available from over 20 UL-certified manufacturing sites worldwide.
Colloids (Hall B4, Stand 4402) is showcasing its Pace
Materials handling systems maker Motan-Colortronic (Hall B1, Stand 1111) is showing examples from its latest range of blending, dosing and crystallising equipment. The display includes the Gravicolor batch gravimetric K-Tron is displaying a complete materials handling system for continuous plastics processing dosing and blending systems, which range from the 30MD microdosing units up to models able to handle throughputs of 2,200 kg/h. The units feature a modular construction and can be configured to handle up to six ingredients. HDC series crystallisers are designed for enhancing PET prior to processing. Offering throughputs from 80 to 900 kg/h, the modular units are designed with frequency-controlled blower drives to help minimise energy usage. series of engineering polymer specific masterbatches that include PA, PET PBT and PC grades. One highlight for PA applications is Pace Black 11452
Protec Polymer Processing (Hall B3, Stand 3119) is showing a new gravimetric batch dosing system designed to handle up to four components, together with a new conveying control unit. The Somos BB150 batch doser is designed for direct mounting onto the feed throat of the processing machine, the unit can handle throughputs of up to 150 kg/h and can be equipped with optional suction conveyor loaders if required. Also new is the MH5 conveyor control system, which can operate as a single or multiple feed unit in networks of up to 12 conveyors, avoiding the need for a
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Clariant is focusing on colour masterbatches that meet the UL safety standard for flammability

ers and electronics heat sinks. Ensinger is also launching the first product in its new Tecamold LDS range for manufacturing moulded interconnects using the direct laser structuring technique. The first compound in this new line is based on PEEK resin; the company says it is currently developing additional grades using alternative hightemperature resins.
The display on the ExxonMobil stand (Hall B4, Stand 4310) focuses on polymers for the production of lightweight automotive components. The company claims its Santoprene TPVs and Exxtral polyolefins are helping car makers produce lighter components that match or exceed the mechanical and aesthetic requirements of currently used alternatives. which contains an impressive 50% concentration of Solvent Black 7 in PA 6, allowing the masterbatch to be used at lower loadings. The company has developed a solvent black masterbatch based on PA 66 Pace N54/1066. Another new addition to its PA range is Pace EL 4303, a predispersion of 40% molybdenum disulphide in PA 6. Molybdenum disulphide is well known as a low friction and wear reducing additive in oil formulations, but Pace EL 4303 allows these benefits to be realised in solid polyamide formulations. For PET applications, Colloids has enhanced its range of black masterbatches with the addition of Pace PET 13721 which offers additional nucleating capability for CPET. It has also developed new products that use a novel pigmentation system which is not based on carbon black. These allow PET waste to be segregated for recycling as they do not interfere with the infra-red detection systems currently in use. Pace Black 4357 has been developed by Colloids for PC compounds, mouldings and extrusions. It uses high A BKG underwater pelletizer is being shown on the Kreyenborg Group stand High performance electronics solutions are being displayed on the Ensinger Compounds stand (Hall B1, Stand 1222). The company is showing its highly filled graphite compounds for injection moulding of bipolar plates for both high and low temperature fuel cells. These high thermal conductivity grades are also said to be suitable for the production of heat exchang50 compounding world | October 2012

It is also highlighting applications of its Vistamaxx propylene-based elastomers in applications such as food and beverage containers and rigid packaging and storage, where the resin can help to cut cost and improve environmental performance.
FKuR (Hall 5, Stand 5126) is highlighting Braskems sugar cane ethanol-based PE resin. FKuR is the distributor for the Brazilian companys Green PE in Europe and it has also developed a range of bio-based PE compounds which are marketed under the Terralene name. All are 100% recyclable and fully compatible with petrochemical-based PE. FKuR is also showing its own biodegradable plastic compounds, including its Biograde injection moulding product line. The latest addition to the Biograde portfolio is the cellulose-based C6509 product, which is said to offer high transparency, good flexibility and easy colouring making it suitable for applications such as cosmetics packaging.

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Geba Kunststoffcompounds (Hall B4, Stand 4210) has expanded its range with the launch of its Gebamic TPU micro pellets that it says are particularly suitable for masterbatch production and micro injection moulding applications. They offer advantages over plastic powders as they are produced in a single step rather than two stages, plus they are dust-free. The company has installed a new underwater pelletizer system at its Ennigerloh plant in Germany that enables it to produce micro pellets with sizes below 400 microns. Other target applications for the TPU micro pellets include rotational moulded slush skins for car dashboards and the coating of conveyor belts, fabrics, textiles and ooring. Geba intends to expand the product line with additional thermoplastics in the near future.

VW 50180 and VDA2761 emission standards and VW 44045 heat ageing test. The company is also providing details of its new Biocolen colouring joint venture with Sensient Imaging Technologies, which allows it to add food colourings to bioplastics by encapsulating the colorant in silica. The silicate matrix is said to protect the colorant from oxidation, increase its resistance to solvents and water, and minimise migration from the plastic matrix. The Biocolen technology currently includes brown, green, orange, yellow, red and violet products. Colloids is showcasing black masterbatches in a range of engineering polymers

Compound and masterbatch maker Grafe (Hall B5, Stand 5306) is displaying its latest innovations, including a low emission PP compound for the automotive industry and a new colouring technology for bioplastics. The new PP compound is suitable for injection and blow moulding and is said to meet the requirements of the

GSDI, a subsidiary of PolyOne, is promoting its range of liquid colours and additives for silicone engineered materials at Fakuma 2012 ((Hall B2, Stand 2119). The company has recently opened a distribution facility in Limburg, Germany, which has signicantly reduced lead

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Its colorants range includes Silcogum for high consistency silicone rubbers, Silopas for liquid silicone rubber and room temperature vulcanizing applications, plus various special effect pigments such as sparkles, metallics and scents. Additive products include Silcosperse for improving the demoulding of silicone parts, and Silcocat peroxides for improved productivity.

Kraiburg-TPE (Hall 5, Stand 5303) is highlighting its latest material developments, headed up by its Copec compounds for the consumer electronics sector, Thermolast V grades for high temperature applications, and its medical grade Thermolast M products. Copec grades have been formulated to deliver the velvet-like tactile effect sought after by manufacturers of consumer electronic products. Offering good resistance to skin lipids and most common cleaning products, the grades provide good mechanical properties and bond well to ABS/PC blends. Kraiburg is also showing its Thermolast V grades for high temperature applications and medical grade Thermolast M products. The V series TPEs are intended for automotive and industrial applications requiring resistance to temperaNovosystems can create any colour from the industrystandard Pantone range tures up to 140C. Features include good compression set performance, with the latest developments providing an improved bond to PA. Thermolast M grades have been developed for medical and pharmaceutical applications requiring good bonding to PA and ABS. PolyOne (Hall B5, Stand 5316) is focusing on the metal replacement potential of its polymer compounds. These include OnForce LFT long bre reinforced grades, Milliken is supplying its Millad NX 8000 clarier to Slovnaft Petrochemical for the production of a new range of polypropylene random copolymers for thin-wall rigid packaging applications. Slovnafts Tatren RM 85 52 Clear and RM 45 55 Clear grades offer high levels of clarity plus energy savings through low temperature processing. Visitors to Fakuma can see Tatren RM 85 52 Clear being used to mould a food packaging container on the Haitian Europe stand (Hall A6, Stand 6107). Gravi-Tech high-density formulations, Therma-tech thermally-conductive materials, Stat-Tech static dissipative products, and XECarb carbon bre reinforced plastics. In the automotive industry, we have improved our customers manufacturing efciency and sustainability using the latest polymer innovations and design support, including mould-lling simulations and part and mould design assistance, says Holger Kronimus, vice president, Europe and general manager, Engineered Materials Europe, PolyOne. We see many opportunities to help our customers win with metalreplacement in other industries including appliances, electronics and electrical goods and a variety of industrial applications. Nilit Plastics Europe (Hall B1, Stand 1213) is promoting its range of nylon compounds including its broad selection of ame retardant products as well as standard engineering grades plus specialty products such as
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low wear and friction, conductive and carbon bre reinforced materials. The company benets from vertical integration with its PA 66 polymerization capabilities.

Germanys Novosystems (Hall B3, Stand 3209) is launching its Novotone Main Colours, which allow it to create any colour from the industry-standard Pantone range. The Novotone system is available for both liquid colour and the companys Novopearls microbatch products. The company says the user has only to choose the colour required and it will replicate it using its predetermined colour mixing recipes. More than 2,000 shades can be reproduced using the Novotone standard colour range.




Netherlands-based Purac (Hall B4, Stand 4207) is showing a range of packaging and disposable foodware items produced using its new Puralact heat resistant

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has a matt surface effect. Another Rowa Group company, Tramaco is expanding its range of Tracel foaming agents for extruded and injection moulded TPE and TPU. The portfolio now includes foaming agent pellets with various polymer carriers, different types of microspheres and different active contents. Other new additions include food-contact and high-temperature grades.
Styrolution is exhibiting a range of components produced using some of its Luran SAN and ASA based compounds at Fakuma (Hall B4, Stand 4308 and Hall A5, Stand 5214). These include front grills and B-pillar Wacker is launching new Elastosil silicone-rubber grades for pacifiers/ dummies Rowa Group companies are showing some interesting Teknor Apex is showing its Beetle E line of cost optimised PA compounds new compound developments at Fakuma (Hall B1, Stand 1212). For example, Romira is using the event to showcase its new generation of halogen-free flame retardant ABS/PC compounds. The Romiloy 9130 grades are said to offer increased thermal stability, reduced density, improved UV resistance and significantly higher Vicat softening temperatures compared to PC/ABS blends containing brominated flame retardants. Target applications include electronic and medical devices. Romira is also introducing its streak-free ASA compounds which were developed in conjunction with KVS, a supplier of plastic panels and films. Rotec ASA EXP 2158 is suitable for injection moulding and extrusion applications and provides a high gloss surface. The other new streak-free grade, Rotec ASA EXP 2191 is designed for injection moulded parts and Wacker (Hall A6, Stand 6217) is introducing new Elastosil silicone-rubber grades for manufacturing pacifiers/dummies and bottle nipples for young children. The liquid-rubber and solid-rubber products have been developed to provide high tear resistance. The soft, bite-resistant Elastosil LR 3040 liquid silicone rubber grades have very short curing times and are offered with 30 and 45 Shore A hardness. The new Elastosil R plus 4020 solid silicone-rubber grades are available in Shore A 40 and 50 versions for application in pacifiers and bottle nipples respectively. The solid grades offer even higher tear strength than the liquid versions more than 50 N/mm when measured under ASTM D 624 B. This enables the design and production of components with thinner wall thicknesses. polylactic acid polymers. It claims its L and D-based lactide homopolymers lift the performance of the bioplastic into the 80-180C temperature range, opening up opportunities in areas such as automotive and electronics, as well as packaging. covers for Skoda cars, window profiles from Veka and Wegalux solar roof tiles. Also on show is a Renault centre console produced using Terblend S NM-31, an ABS/PA blend.
Fakuma presents the first opportunity for Teknor Apex (Hall B4, Stand 4107) to show its expanded range of engineering thermoplastics in Europe. The latest addition to its Beetle range of PA, PET and PBT-based compounds is the Beetle E line, a cost optimised range of non-reinforced and glass reinforced polyamide products available in black or natural colours. The company is also showing its new Chemlon 800 series of PA 6,12-based compounds for used in the production of fuel line components.

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10-12 September

AMI conferences
23-25 October Polyolefin Additives, Cologne, Germany Minerals in Compounding, Atlanta, GA, USA Fire Resistance in Plastics, Cologne, Germany Thermoplastic Concentrates, Coral Springs, FL, USA The Grass Yarn & Tufters Forum, Cologne, Germany Wood-Plastic Composites, Vienna, Austria Cables, Cologne, Germany PVC Formulation, Dsseldorf, Germany Masterbatch Asia, Singapore Green Polymer Chemistry, Cologne Germany Bioplastics Compounding & Processing, Miami, FL, USA 27-28 November 27-29 November 29-31 January 18-20 February 25-27 February 5-7 March 12-14 March 18-20 March 19-21 March 7-8 May

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