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news Invista buys Dutch compounder

Polyamide 66 producer Invista has acquired VSL SiloLogistic’s compounding and recycling operation located at Born in Sittard-Geleen, the Nether- lands. The deal was completed on 21 December 2012. Invista will use the plant to

produce its engineering polymer brands, including its Torzen PA 66 resin. It plans to mainly manufacture prime- based compounds at the Born site, but the facility also has the capacity and capability to produce high-quality recycled products.

Kurt Burmeister, executive

NFM picks Jan van Bakergem

US-based extruder manufacturer NFM has appointed Jan van Bak- ergem as global managing director for compounding systems. He took up his new role on 7 January. Van Bakergem was

previously global industry director petrochem at Mac Process, and he was CEO and president of Coperion’s North American operations from 2003 to 2009. NFM reports strong

sales growth for its TEM compounding systems primarily in the US market. It now plans to increase its market share through global sales and it has been increasing its manufacturing capacity. ❙


vice president at Invista Engineering Polymers said: “Europe is a critical region for automotive manufacturers and other global decision-makers within the industry. The Born site’s expertise, location, employee values, and position as a trusted compounder made them the right fit for our company.” Invista, which claims to be

the world’s leading producer of PA 66, was acquired by Koch Industries from DuPont in 2004 and it re-entered the engineer- ing plastics market in 2009 following the expiry of a

five-year non-competing clause in the acquisition contract. In 2011 it announced that it was planning to add its own compounding capacity either through acquisitions or investing in new plants. The company uses a

network of toll compounders to supply PA 66 grades and it says that it will continue to use these companies alongside its newly acquired in-house production.

“Our business model now includes internal compounding production as well as contract manufacturers,” explained

Burmeister. “We continue to see opportunities to leverage contractors’ capacities, locations and competencies while simultaneously extend- ing our reach through this acquisition.”

The Born plant has

approximately 30 employees and they will all transfer to Invista. The facility has been compounding and recycling PA for around 20 years. It was operated by VSL SiloLogistics, which is primarily focused on logistics services for the chemical and food industries. ❙

Epsan increases compounding capacity with Coperion line

Epsan Plastic has added a new twin-screw extruder at its plant in Bursa, northwestern Turkey. It increases its total polyamide compounding capacity from 15,000 to 22,000 tonnes/year. The new line is based on a Coperion ZSK 58 Mc18


screw extruder, taking Epsan’s total number of Coperion machines to five. In addition to its plant in Bursa, the indepen- dent polyamide compounder also operates a separate production facility in the nearby town of Gemlik. Epsan distributes its PA 6

and PA 66 compounds under the Eplamid, Eplon and Epimix brandnames to customers in Europe and North America. The company’s global sales director, Arda Efe said: “The capacity increase will help


Epsan has added a new Coperion compounding line at its Bursa plant in Turkey

Epsan to focus more on fast growing Asian markets as well as strengthen our position in existing ones”. Established as a plastics

trading firm in 1978, Epsan began PA compounding in 1998. It now employs around 100 people worldwide and

produces a range of formula- tions including flame retar- dant, reinforced, stabilized and coloured grades. The main target markets

for Epsan include the automo- tive and the electrical and electronic sectors. ❙

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