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NEWS DSM ups PA/TPC production


DSM has detailed the expansion of production capacity for high tempera- ture PAs and thermoplastics copolyesters (TPCs) across its plants at Emmen and Geleen in the Netherlands. The move is a response


to what the company describes as “solid growth” in demand from consumer electronics and automotive markets for the products, which include Stanyl PA46, ForTii PA4T, EcoPaxx PA410 and Arnitel TPC. The company told


Americhem expands Infinity LTL


Americhem has added about 450 tonnes/year of capacity at its Infinity LTL Engineered Compounds facility at Swedesboro in New Jersey, US. The company said the new capacity will enable it to offer improved lead times and better service at a time when it is “experi- encing significant growth”. It has also added a second shift at its site in Morrisville, Pennsylvania, and plans to add a second line there in late 2018. “We are witnessing a


tremendous amount of growth driven by custom- ers’ innovation and the time is right for the increased capacity,” said Jim Figaniak, Vice Presi- dent and General Manager of Infinity LTL. � www.americheminfinity.com


8 COMPOUNDING WORLD | December 2017 DSM’s Arnitel compounding plant at Emmen in the Netherlands


Compounding World that a project to increase capacity at the Geleen site for the precursor chemical 1,4-diam- inobutane by 50% was


completed last month, allowing a similar growth in production capacity for the high temperature PA products. A second project


to increase compounding capacity for Arnitel TPC at the Emmen location is underway and will be complete by late 2018, it said. The company has not disclosed the scale of the investment in financial terms. However, DSM Engineering Plastics Vice President Global Operations Paresh Bhakta said the expansion meant the company could “continue to stay in tune with our custom- ers’ needs.” � www.dsmep.com


ExxonMobil adds PE capacity


ExxonMobil Chemical has begun production on the first of two new 650,000 tonnes/year high-performance PE lines at Mont Belvieu, Texas, US, taking capacity at the site, which is already one of the largest PE plants in the world, to over 2.5m tonnes/year. The move is part of a wider expansion


project in the Baytown area and a key element in the ‘Growing the Gulf’ initiative. ExxonMobil plans to invest more than $20bn over ten years to build and expand manu- facturing facilities at 11 projects along the Texas and Louisiana coast. � www.exxonmobilchemical.com


Kumho-Sunny tracks ABS innovation


Around 300 plastics and automotive industry experts attended Kumho-Sunny’s Innovation Empowering ABS Value conference and technology forum in


Shanghai, China, last month. The event, run jointly with


CSRA (China Synthetic Resin Supply and Sale Associa- tion) and the Society of Automotive Engineers, is


Kumho-Sunny General Manager MinQi Xin speaking in Shanghai


intended to formulate material innovation and technology development strategies for ABS polymers and blends. It included pres- entations by senior technical specialists from BASF New Material, Jilin Petrochemical and Jinhu Petrochemical. Established in 2000 by


Korea’s Kumho Petrochemi- cal and China’s Shanghai Sunny New Technology Development CO, Kumho- Sunny claims to be the first Chinese ABS producer with compounding, polymerisa- tion and compatibilisation technologies. � www.kumhosunny.com


www.compoundingworld.com


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