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names Asian distributor


The German speciality wax producer Voelpker Spezial- produkte has formed a distribution partnership in China and Taiwan with Worldwide Resin & Chem (WWRC), a major Chinese distributor of chemical raw materials. The deal covers montan


waxes and other speciality waxes, which are used as multifunctional lubricants in the processing of engineer- ing plastics, particularly PA, TPEs and POM. They are also used as nucleating agents and dispersing additives for pigments and fillers. Voelpker recently acquired BASF’s montan waxes business. ❙ www.voelpker.comwww.wwrchk.com


Fatal explosions destroy UK wood flour mill


A wood flour mill operated by Wood Treatment Ltd (WTL) in Bosley, Cheshire, UK was destroyed by two explosions on 17 July. It is feared that four employees lost their lives in the blasts, which caused the collapse of a four-storey building. Part of the Boden Group, WTL claimed to be the only producer of wood flour in the UK. It manufactured natural fillers and reinforcements for plastics, including Fibretron wood fibres, plus Flextron fillers based on almond, walnut and coconut shells or olive stones. In addition, it ran a compounding line to produce Natraplast polypropylene compounds incorporating Fibretron or Flextron additives. The cause of the explosions is being investigated by the


This Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service aerial shot shows the devastation caused by the explosions


UK’s Health and Safety Executive. A total of 15 fire engines initially attended the scene of the explosions, while Cheshire Fire & Rescue Services is continuing difficult search and recovery opera-


tions at the time of writing. Wood flour production has


been carried out at the Bosley site since the 1930s when the material was used as a filler in Bakelite and linoleum. ❙ www.wtl-int.com


ProTec makes LFT systems acquisition


ProTec Polymer Processing has acquired PolymersNet, a specialist designer and manufacturer of equipment for the production of long fibre reinforced thermoplastics (LFTs) based in Lamperheim, Germany. Protec, which is part of the


Schoeller Group and formerly distributed PolymersNet equipment, has acquired the assets, patents and expert staff of the company and plans to relocate the business to a new technical centre at its head- quarters location at Bensheim, Germany. This new facility will include an LFT production


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system built around a twin- screw extruder that will be available for customer trials. “The takeover of Polymers


Net allows us to integrate the entire LFT process chain and


knowhow at a single location,” said ProTec managing director Peter Theobald. “We can provide customized solutions, flexibility and the ability to make quick decisions, while


the time required to bring product and process develop- ments to market maturity will be reduced. This will benefit both current and future customers, to whom we can supply high-performance tech- nology at a competitive price.” LFT production equipment


Protec has acquired PolymersNet, a supplier of LFT systems COMPOUNDING WORLD | July 2015


from PolymersNet is designed to produce thermoplastic materials with fibres ranging from 7 mm to 25 mm using a strand impregnation tech- nique. The systems offer outputs of up to 1,200 kg/h and can handle glass or carbon fibre reinforcements. ❙ www.sp-protec.com


www.compoundingworld.com


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