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REACH registration for SWNTs


Holo TPE infill for artificial sports surfaces is a patented So.F.Ter technology Celanese to buy So.F.Ter


Celanese has agreed to acquire Italy-headquartered So.F.Ter Group, one of the world’s largest independent thermoplastic compounders. The deal, terms of which have not been disclosed, includes the full So.F.Ter product portfolio and all customer agreements and manufacturing, technology and commercial facilities. The acquisition is expected


to close before the end of this year, until when the two will continue to operate independently. The move will near double the number of Celanese’s


global engineered materials product platforms. Scott Sutton, EVP and President of the company’s Materials Solutions business, described it as “the next step in the evolution of Celanese to further extend our global leadership position in the engineered materials market”. Founded in 1980, So.F.Ter


Group originally made polymeric compounds for the shoe industry. It now employs about 550 at four manufacturing facilities in Italy and four more in Mexico, Brazil and the US, with a total of 55 production lines.


The company has over 6,000 SKUs in its portfolio. Its thermoplastic elastomer products include the Pibiflex, Forprene, Laprene, Sofprene P and T, Forflex, Sofpur, Gumfit, Holo, Forgrin, Terra and Pavprene ranges. The engineering thermoplastic brands include Litepol, Tecnoprene, Polifor, Talcoprene, Carboprene, Litepol B, Nylfor A, B and R, Nivionplast A and B, Pibifor, Pibiter, Abistir, Retelan, Blendfor, Reblend, Stirofor, Sanfor, Cabofor and Norfor. ❙ www.softergroup.comwww.celanese.com


OCSiAl’s Tuball range of single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) are the first to be successfully registered under the EU’s REACH Regulation (registration number 01-2120130006-75-0000). OCSiAl currently


produces 10 tonnes/year of SWNTs but expects this to hit 60 tonnes next year. The registration follows six months of research and testing on potentially hazardous properties by Envigo and Intertek. In addition to REACH


registration, the company also completed mandatory nanomaterials registration in France and Belgium in August 2016. It is also part of the EC4SafeNano project, which runs within the EU’s Horizon 2020 sustainable production framework programme. ❙ www.ocsial.com


Ube Industries expands Spanish PA plant


Japan’s Ube Industries is investing in its UCE subsidiary in Europe with an expansion of its PA capacity at Castellón, Spain.


The move comes in response


to growing demand and will see capacity at the plant rise from 30,000 to 70,000 tonnes/year by 2018. In all, some 50 new jobs will be created, taking the total at the site to more than 500. A separate division will be created at the site to supply


www.compoundingworld.com


material for compounding, with production due to begin in August 2017. The expanded plant will use


Ube’s proprietary technology to make copolymers and PAs with low and high viscosities, notably for applications in the automotive and food packaging sectors, as well as


monofilaments, fishing nets, technical components and others. ❙ www.ube-ind.co.jp


November 2016 | COMPOUNDING WORLD 5


Ube’s existing PA plant at Castellón, Spain


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