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news Mexichem buys Vinyl Compounds


Mexichem has acquired UK-based technical PVC compounder Vinyl Compounds Holdings (VCHL), which supplies to the construction, pipe and profile, footwear and consumer goods industries and generates sales of around $40m. Mexichem said the UK firm


will become part of its $2bn global Vinyl Business Group. The company said the new addition will expand its ability to meet global PVC compound


demand and will enable further vertical integration of its Compounds Business Unit operations through VCHL’s stabiliser technologies and recycled PVC capabilities. “This transaction is aligned


with Mexichem’s strategy of completing bolt-on acquisi- tions that provide us with access to new geographies and end markets, expand our portfolio of specialty products and serve as a platform for future growth, while enhancing


Diablo first for BMW


The intake manifold for BMW’s B48 engine is said to be the first volume production application for DSM’s heat resistant Stanyl Diablo PA 46 in a combined air intake with integrated water cooled charge air cooler (AIM/CAC). Integrated AIM/CAC units result in improved


charge air cooling and reduced air intake length, with a consequent reduction in emissions and improve- ment in engine responsiveness. The manifold is being manufactured by Mahle in


DSM’s Stanyl Diablo OCD 2100 grade, which is said to withstand continuous operation temperatures of 220°C and meets the required weld performance limits. ❙ www.dsmep.com


returns on invested capital,” said Sameer S Bharadwaj, President of the Compounds Business Unit. Bharadwaj described VCHL


as a company “with a strong management team that has achieved consistent sales growth and has developed a loyal and impressive customer base.” It operates from a 28,000m2


facility at High Peak


in Derbyshire and has invested more than £5m in compound- ing and R&D equipment over


the past four years. It claims a production capacity of more than 80,000 tonnes/year. Mexichem is one of the


world’s largest chemical and petrochemical companies and a leader in the manufacture and supply of plastic piping. The Mexico-headquartered company has operations in more than 30 countries and generates annual sales of around $5.7bn. ❙ www.mexichem.comwww.vinylcompounds.co.uk


PolySource in global alliance


BMW’s B48 induction manifold Ferro adds more pigments


Ferro Corporation has acquired Belgium-based Cappelle Pigments, which will now join recently acquired Delta Performance Products in its Pigments, Powders & Oxides (PPO) business. The two acquired compa-


nies cost Ferro a combined $60m and have projected sales of about $76m this year. The deals will increase Ferro’s PPO business turnover to about $315m, while also taking the


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company into the high-perfor- mance, speciality organic pigment market. Over the next 12 to 24 months, Ferro expects to realise commercial and operating synergies of $3-4m. Cappelle Pigments, which


was privately-owned, produces speciality high-performance pigments for coatings, inks and plastics, with a focus on weather, heat, and light-re- sistant organic types. It is also a market leader in a number of


other inorganic pigments that are said to complement Ferro’s position in complex inorganic coloured pigments and Ultramarine Blues. US-based Delta Perfor-


mance Products, meanwhile, toll blends customised colorant blends that use Ferro’s CICPs for the concrete and outdoor hardscape markets. ❙ www.ferro.comwww.cappelle.be


US-based compound distributor PolySource has teamed up with ClickPlas- tics of Bensheim, Germany, and Guangzhou Skyjoy Chemical of China to form the Global Engineering Plastics Alliance (GEPA). The new entity has been


set up to provide existing and new customers, including OEM and automotive Tier 1 compa- nies, with a global pro- gramme, customer service, product availability and technical support. “As all three companies


are trying to service customers globally, it became apparent that the best way to accomplish global coverage was togeth- er as a team”, said Greg Jacobson, President & CEO of PolySource. ❙ http://gepaglobal.com


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