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Songwon adds OPS capacity

Songwon is increasing production capacity for its Songnox one-pack system (OPS) products by 7,000 tonnes. The expansion of the Additives Technology Greiz (ATG) plant in Germany will be completed by the middle of this year. ATG was acquired by

Songwon at the end of 2011. The new expansion will double its current capacity to 14,000 tonnes. The Korean company had originally planned to add 5,000 tonnes of extra production but decided to increase this in response to customer demands, explained its chairman and CEO, Jongho Park. OPS products combine

stabilizers and a wide variety of other additives into an integrated dust free, pellet form, which can be custom formulated to meet customers’ needs. ❙

Applied Minerals secures FR deal with Samsung

Applied Minerals has entered into a supply agreement with Samsung Cheil Industries for its Dragonite XR:LBV halloysite clay flame retardant. Samsung will initially use the additive in its light emitting diode (LED) display applications. The halloysite-based

Dragonite XR:LBV grade is a halogen-free, reinforcing, char-forming synergist specifically developed for specialty polymer applications requiring a combination of flame retardancy, reinforce- ment and retention of optical transparency. It has been validated and specified by Samsung and will be intro- duced as part of a proprietary formulation for LED applica- tions expected to be launched this year. Applied Minerals is

continuing to work closely with Samsung to further tailor its Dragonite solutions to potentially target a much wider range of product applications.

Applied Minerals and Samsung Cheil are targeting LED applications for halloysite flame retardants

Andre Zeitoun, president

and CEO of Applied Minerals, said: “We see this agreement as further validation of the capabilities of Dragonite product in delivering a sustainable solution for the most demanding of applica- tions. The use of our natural additive will support Samsung’s commitment to maintaining the highest level of environmental business practices while enhancing the quality of its

many leading products now and in the future.” LED displays are being

used extensively in consumer electronics such as laptops, TVs and smart phones. Applied Minerals produces

halloysite clay additives using material from its wholly- owned Dragon Mine in Utah. Halloysite is an aluminosilicate clay that forms naturally occurring nanotubes. ❙

BASF buys Brazilian PA plant from Mazzaferro

BASF has acquired the poly- amide polymer business of Brazil’s Mazzaferro Group. The deal includes PA6 production and compounding facilities located at São Bernardo do Campo, near São Paulo.

BASF’s Dr. Wolfgang Hapke predicts strong PA growth in auto and extrusion applications in Brazil

4 COMPOUNDING WORLD | May 2012 The polymerization plant

has a capacity of around 20,000 tonnes/year, and approximate- ly 100 employees will transfer to BASF. Mazzaferro’s monofilaments, fishing equipment and household products businesses are not part of the transaction. “This acquisition is part of

BASF’s strategy to strengthen its position in the emerging

countries. We will thus increase production presence close to our customers,” explained Dr. Wolfgang Hapke, president of BASF’s Perfor- mance Polymers division. “The demand for polyamide in the automotive and extrusion industry will grow particularly strongly in Brazil”. ❙

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