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news BASF to invest €200m in additives


BASF has announced a five-year €200m investment in its global plastics additives business, including plant expansions and operational improvements. Around half of the investment will be directed to its Asian production plants, but European and US sites will also benefit, the company said. “BASF will strengthen its plastic


additives business with investments in additional capacities to meet increasing global demand for antioxidants, as well as light stabilisers. Moreover, we will invest in digital processes and technology to support our customers as a reliable supplier in all regions,” said Dr Christian Fischer, President, BASF Performance Chemicals division.


One of the sites to benefit in the early


stages of the programme is the plastics additives operation at Kaisten in Switzerland. This will benefit from a range of digital technology investments that will improve capacity and efficiency, according to BASF.


The Kaisten site is also set to become


the European and Global Competence Centre for BASF’s plastics additive activities in the Automotive and Film & Tapes markets. l In a separate move, BASF has formed a joint venture with Netherlands-based renewable chemistry company Avantium – Synvina- to produce furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA. The new venture will be


headquartered in Amsterdam. FDCA is a potential building block for


the production of renewable polyester polyethylenefuranoate (PEF) polymer, as well as being a promising platform chemical in other areas. PEF is seen as a promising polymer for applications such as food and beverage packaging, offering improved gas barrier and mechanicals. The companies are to invest a mid-


three-digit million Euro sum to build a reference plant with up to 50,000 tonnes/ year capacity at BASF’s site in Antwerp. Synvina will use Avantium’s YXY process. ❙ www.plasticadditives.basf.comwww.avantium.comwww.intermediates.basf.com


Teknor Apex aids gum recycling project


UK-based Gumdrop is using the custom compounding expertise of Teknor Apex in its programme to turn pre and post-consumer chewing gum waste into a raw material for thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs). Material made by Gumdrop


comprises up to 30% of new gum- based TPE compounds. The first applications were in Wellington boots and shoe soles, with others now being explored in caster wheels, automotive bumpers and floor mats, window gaskets, wristwatch straps, toothbrush grips and extruded pencils. While the Gum-Tec programme has existed for some time, Gumdrop needed


to develop appropriate formulation and manufacturing techniques to produce commercial-scale quantities. Teknor Apex addressed basic considerations such as feeding the material into Gumdrop’s equipment, formulating compound recipes and determining optimal compounding process parameters, among other things. Gumdrop compounds are said to


exhibit a low compression set, like standard TPEs. They can be formulated for either gloss or matte finishes, readily accept colours, and are recyclable. ❙ www.gumdropltd.comwww.teknorapex.com


PTS and FPL to collaborate in south east Asia


Polymer Technology & Services (PTS) of Murfreesboro, US, and Formulated Polymers (FPL) of Chennai, India, have reached a technical collaboration and licensing agreement that will expand the market for PTS’s


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compounds in Asia, particularly South East Asia. PTS specialises in flame


retardant compounds featuring Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Yellow Cards. These include the Tristar brand of PC compounds. Under the new


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agreement, PTS will transfer its technology for over 40 UL-certified products to FPL, which itself has a range of over 400 engineering plastic compounds under the Formpoly brand name. PTS president Tom Hooper


said that collaboration “makes a lot of sense” for the OEMs FPL already supplies “since they will now have a wider choice of materials from a single, local, source.” ❙ www.ptsllc.comwww.formulatedpolymers.com


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