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news FBW adds two Coperion lines


FBW has installed two new Coperion STS 35 Advanced twin-screw extruders at its compounding plant in Niederzier, Germany. They are being used to produce colour and additive masterbatches in small- and medium-sized batches from 25 to 300 kg. The extruders are equipped with 35 mm diameter screws and feature Coperion’s new STS Masterbatch die head, which can be quickly opened for rapid cleaning. An easily exchange- able breaker plate permits filtering of the masterbatch melt using insert screens.


Albemarle invests in FR plant


Albemarle has announced plans to expand its manufacturing operations at Orangeburg, South Carolina, USA. It is investing a total of US$65 million over five years at the facility and expects to add 20 new jobs. The expansion plans include a new plant for the production of the company’s GreenCrest high-molecu- lar-weight polymeric flame retardant. This is designed to gradually replace hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) for use in extruded (XPS) and expanded (EPS) polystyrene applications. Albemarle plans to commercialise the new technology in 2014. ❙ www.albemarle.com


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FBW has added two Coperion STS 35 extruders to increase masterbatch production


that offered a good price-per- formance ratio. We found that all these requirements were more than met by Coperion’s STS advanced series.” Coperion’s STS extruders


FBW’s managing director


Gerd Cornils explains the reasons for the extruder


selection: “Our aim was to invest in two flexible, easy-to- use masterbatch machines


are developed at the com- pany’s main production site in Stuttgart, Germany, and are manufactured at its Chinese factory in Nanjing. This, says the company, enables it to provide “a high-performance compounding system at relatively low investment costs”. ❙ www.fbwgmbh.dewww.coperion.com


Masterbatch group elects board


Masterbatch Verband, Germany’s masterbatch industry association, elected a new board at its general meeting in Frankfurt on 23 November. Erhard Naumann of Lehmann & Voss was re-elect- ed chairman, and he is joined on the board by Dr Martin Fabian of Lifocolor and Bernd Schäfer of Deifel. The association is part of


the broader pigments organisation, Verband der Mineralfarbenindustrie (VdMi). It has 19 member companies and says that it represents the


Masterbatch Verband’s new board (left to right): Erhard Naumann, Dr Martin Fabian and Bernd Schäfer


leading masterbatch makers in Germany.


At its general meeting it


discussed its members’ concerns about REACH


chemicals legislation, in particular regarding the classification of pigments and inconsistencies in information. ❙ www.masterbatchverband.de


Pantone picks Emerald as the colour of 2013 Pantone has named Emerald as its “colour of the year” for 2013. It describes the colour – Pantone 17-1463 – as a “lively, radiant, lush green”. The company, which is a division of X-Rite and provides professional colour standards and forecasts, says that green is the colour of growth, renewal and prosperity. It adds that the prevalence of green has been steadily rising for several seasons, especially in the fashion and couture markets. ❙ www.pantone.com


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