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BASF starts up additive blends plant in Bahrain


BASF Plastic Additives has begun production of customer specific antioxidant blends (CSB) at its new plant in Bahrain. It says that it is the largest facility of its kind worldwide. The new plant, which uses


proprietary CSB technology, will provide local supply and services to the fast growing polymer market in the Middle East. Its production is in addition to BASF’s existing CSB manufacturing agreement with Astra Polymer in Saudi Arabia, which was extended earlier this year.


Speaking at the plant’s opening ceremony, executive


Foster to expand in Asia


Michael Heinz (far left) is joined by BASF colleagues and Bahrain officials at the opening ceremony for the CSB plant


board member Michael Heinz said: “BASF’s investment in this new site demonstrates our steadfast commitment to support growing industries in


the Middle East, while at the same time setting standards with regard to quality, safety and employee training.” ❙ www.basf.com


Evonik goes phthalate-free


Evonik has announced plans to enter the phthalate-free and bio-based plasticizer market, and it is building a new 40,000 tonnes/year production facility at the Marl Chemical Park in Germany.


The plant will produce the


phthalate-free plasticizer 1,2-cyclohexane dicarboxylic acid diisononyl ester, a chemistry which is already produced and sold by BASF under the Hexamoll DINCH


tradename. Start-up of the new facility is scheduled for the second half of 2013 and the company says it will be followed by the launch of bio-based plasticizers. ❙ www.evonik.com


Foster, the US-headquar- tered compounder special- ising in medical and drug delivery applications, is establishing an office in Belgaum, India to offer technical service and product development support to customers in Asia. The office will be headed up by Amar Nilajkar, who has a degree in polymer engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, and has been with the company for 10 years. According to Foster, the


increase in catheter device manufacturing in the Asia Pacific region has resulted in sales growth of nearly 300% for the company’s medical polymer com- pounds. In addition, the pharmaceutical industry in India has shown a strong interest in Foster’s expertise in blending active pharmaceutical ingredients. ❙ www.fostercomp.com


APS Compounding exceeds production goals


APS Compounding, which started up in Romulus, Michigan, USA just over a year ago, has produced its first 500,000 lbs (230 tonnes) of thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) compounds. The company’s principal, Stephane Morin said: “We actually


exceeded our goal to reach the half million pound mark in the first year”.


APS Compounding was established by the polymer distributor


Alliance Polymer & Services in 2011 and it operates two twin- screw compounding lines. The parent company distributes BASF Elastollen TPUs and Polymax Maxelast SBC-based TPEs and it wanted to add the ability to tailor custom grades. ❙ www.apscompounding.com


8 COMPOUNDING WORLD | December 2012 www.compoundingworld.com


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