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westchester increases its capacity

westchester plastics has completed an expansion of its compounding facility in wapakoneta, ohio, uSA, adding new compounding lines from coperion and century Extrusion. The Ametek subsidiary is

a leading independent toll compounder of engineering plastics, alloys and blend and other thermoplastics. its new investments

include a coperion ZSK megacompounder plus twin-screw compounder with a 92 mm screw diameter and a 44:1 l/d. The company has also added a 40-mm century cXE40 extruder for develop- ment and production projects. Both lines have dual vacuum venting and dual side feeder capabili- ties, plus a choice of strand or gala underwater pelletizers. westchester has also

upgraded and lengthened an existing coperion 70- mm compounder, and it has rebuilt a Farrel continuous mixer with additional blending and drying capabilities. This year, it plans to extend and upgrade another coperion line; the 92-mm extruder will be lengthened from nine to 11 barrel sections during the second quarter. westchester has an addi-

tional compounding plant in nesquehoning, carbon county, pennsylvania. ❙


Emerald invests in K-Flex non-phthalate plasticizers

Emerald Kalama chemical has begun construction of a new plant to produce its K-Flex non-phthalate plasticizers at its rotterdam site in the netherlands. The facility is due on stream in the third quarter of 2012. K-Flex glycol dibenzoate

esters are fast-fusing, high- polarity plasticizers that are used a range of applications, including vinyl flooring. currently produced at Emer- ald’s plant in Kalama, washing- ton, uSA, they have a low Voc content and are biodegradable. The additives are reach pre- registered and will be fully registered prior to the start-up of the rotterdam plant. “our K-Flex product line is one of the key growth plat-

Emerald’s Golnar Motahari Pour says Rotterdam will be an ideal location

forms for Emerald Kalama chemical fuelled by demand for effective, environmentally- friendly alternatives to phthalate plasticizers,” said Edward gotch, president of the company. Emerald acquired the

rotterdam facility from dSm in december 2010. it was part of dSm’s benzoate business and it is certified to a number of important quality standards. The new K-Flex line represents Emerald’s first major invest- ment to expand the range of products made at the site. “rotterdam will be an ideal

location to serve our custom- ers throughout the region as this business continues to grow,” said golnar motahari pour who joined Emerald at the end of last year as the company’s K-Flex product line manager for Europe, the middle East and Africa. She was previously with general Electric for 14 years, holding a number of senior roles. ❙

regain expands recycling operations

regain polymers is investing more than E1.2 million in additional capacity and the acquisition of Express recycling & plastics. The uK-based company will

add a coperion twin-screw extruder at its plant in castleford, west Yorkshire, in march. This will increase its

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capacity by 40% to more than 45,000 tonnes/year. Express recycling &

plastics specialises in the separation and reprocessing of rigid end-of-life plastics. Following its acquisition, the company is being renamed regain recycling & plastics. it is located in rainham, Essex,

which increases regain’s geographical coverage and will improve its ability to attract raw materials for both recycling plants. regain was formerly part of

the linpac group and was purchased by chamonix private Equity in 2010. ❙

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