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NEWS


Ineos to buy Cristal’s TiO2


Ineos Enterprises has agreed to acquire the North Ameri- can TiO2 business of Cristal from Tronox for $700m. The move, which includes two plants at the Cristal complex at Ashtabula in Ohio will make Ineos the second largest producer of TiO2 in North America. It also marks the company’s first move into the pigments market. “This is a great opportu- nity for Ineos to enter the


pigments market by acquiring a competitive business, with excellent people and assets,” said Ineos Enterprises CEO Ashley Reed. “Ineos has a strong track record of manufacturing excellence, running its businesses safely and reliably and working closely with customers to meet their growth aspira- tions.” Tronox is divesting the Cristal business to secure


Labtech grows its range to 36mm


Thailand-based laboratory compounder manufacturer Labtech Engineering has extended its range with the introduction of a 36mm unit suitable for upscaled production work. The twin screw machine is available in two versions: standard specification for outputs up to 150-200 kg/h and the Maxi36 specifica- tion with 90kW motor for


Right: The new 36mm model is Labtech’s largest to date


outputs up to 250 kg/h. Features of both include a modular barrel with simple access for mounting of side and top feeders. The larger extruder is


supported with a range of peripherals including the LW-300 24 strand water bath, LZ-200 strand pelletis- ers and LCL-80 classifier. � www.labtechengineering.com


Lotte launches Evermoin


Korea-headquartered Lotte Advanced Materials has announced the global intro- duction of Evermoin, a non-silver antimicro- bial technology available in ABS, PP and PC polymers. Evermoin is said to offer protection against pathogens that cause healthcare- associated infections. According to the company, it has been proven to inhibit 99.9+ (3 log+) growth rate of both positive


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and negative pathogens, including S. aureus and E. coli. The company said potential applications include medical housings, equipment and accessories, as well as various non-medical uses where its ability to inhibit bacterial and fungal growth is valued, such as cosmetics, electricals and electronics, appliances and kitchenware. � www.lotteadms.com


operations in US


Federal Trade Commission (FTC) clearance for its proposed acquisition of Cristal’s global TiO2 business, announced in 2017. Eight other regulators, including those in the EU, have already approved the deal. The new agreement with Ineos is itself subject to FTC clearance. It is supported by customers on both sides, according to Tronox. � www.ineos.com � www.tronox.com


NEWS IN BRIEF...


Italian plastics and rubber machinery association Amaplast says production was up by 0.6% to €4.7bn last year. However, the association said 2018 could turn out to be a “transisition year” for plastics machinery makers as global uncertain- ties threaten to bring a close to the current eight-year period of uninterrupted growth. www.amaplast.org/en


Coca-Cola revealed it produced 3m tonnes of plastic packaging in 2017 in Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastic Economy Report http://bit.ly/2W5F4cx. That is equivalent to near 1% of total global plastic consumption. The soft drinks firm was one of just 31 among the 150 featured companies to publish packaging volume data. http://bit.ly/2W5F4cx


Covestro has joined forces with biotechnology company Genomatica to develop materials based on renewable biomass feedstocks. The project will combine the former’s know-how in chemical process technology and application development with the latter’s in develop- ing industrial-scale bioprocesses to make common chemicals. No details have yet been disclosed about the likely products or end uses. www.covestro.com www.genomatica.com


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