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news RTP expands in Germany and China

RTP is expanding its produc- tion facility in Ladenburg, Germany, nearly doubling its size to 9,700 m2

and increasing

its capacity by 8,000 tonnes/ year. It has also opened a new technical centre in Shenzhen, China.

The enlarged German plant will house a compounding line that is being relocated from Clariant’s site in Ahrensburg, Germany, following RTP’s recent acquisition of its conductive compounds business (see Compounding World, March 2012, page 14). In addition, RTP will be installing additional pultrusion lines for manufacturing very long fibre composites along with another state-of-the-art compounding line “This expansion was

necessary in order for RTP Company to continue to meet

Wacker strengthens TSF compounding alliance

Wacker is stepping up its long-running cooperation with Italian silicone rubber compounder TSF. Under a new agreement, Wacker will supply TSF with silicone raw materials for producing silicone rubber compounds for the Italian market. The ready-to-use com- pounds will be sold under TSF’s own label, with the tag-line “Based on Elastosil”. Silicone rubber compounds

are usually made by incorpo- rating a cross-linker, pigment and other additives into the rubber base. Typical applica-

tions include gaskets for the automotive and household sectors, cable insulation and profiles for the construction industry. “Our customers expect

short lead times, high flexibility and consistently high quality,” said Dr. Bernd Pachaly, head of Wacker’s Engineering Silicones business unit. “In TSF, we have an experienced partner, who thoroughly understands the market and has the expertise and technical equipment to produce high-quality silicone

Target applications include automotive gaskets

compounds. This arrangement will allow us to serve our customers in the Italian market even better and more flexibly than before.” ❙

the growing demand for engineered thermoplastic compounds in Germany and throughout the industrial regions of Europe,” said Hugh Miller, president and CEO of RTP. “We have experienced healthy increases across the board, but especially in our very long fibre and conductive compounds”.

Jean Sirois, managing

director of RTP Europe, added, “Our acquisition of Clariant’s conductive compounds business was a well-timed strategic move. Additionally, we have experienced growth in many key market segments such as automotive, construc- tion, industrial equipment, electrical and electronics, and

RTP’s expanded German plant will include new lines for

reinforced and conductive compounds

medical as well as through our distribution network that we are eager to further develop.” Opened in April 2011, RTP’s

Ladenburg location is its second manufacturing site in Europe; the other facility is located in Beaune, France. RTP’s new technical centre

in Shenzhen, China, will provide technical support and colour development services to meet the demands of global OEMs and product designers in southern China and Hong Kong. The 2,400 m2

facility will

house laboratories and CAE analysis systems. It will also be able to produce custom compounds plus colour and additive masterbatches with short lead times. RTP has two other Asian facilities in Suzhou, China, and in Singapore. ❙

Arkema aims to sell off stabilizers

Arkema is said to be in advanced talks to sell off its PVC stabilizers business according to a report from Bloomberg. Its Thermolite organotin

stabilizers for rigid PVC are used in construction applications, such as pipes and profiles, as well as in packaging products. In November 2011,

Arkema sold its vinyl division to the investment company Klesch. ❙


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