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Lehmann&Voss is to take over the operations of the Osthoff Omega Group. The group, which compris- es Heinrich Osthoff-Petra- sch and Omega Minerals Germany, is a major player in functional and light- weight fillers, such as hollow and solid spheres, ceramic foams and reinforcing fillers. Lehmann&Voss said the main Osthoff site at Norderstedt, Germany, will be retained temporarily and all the staff will transition. www.lehvoss.de www.osthoffomegagroup.com


Lanxess has increased capacity for its Bayferrox and Colortherm micron- ised red pigments by more than 5,000 tonnes/year via a debottlenecking opera- tion at the Krefeld-Uerdin- gen site in Germany. The expansion is designed to meet growing demand from the plastics, paint and coatings industries. www.bayferrox.com


Cabot Corporation has acquired NSCC Carbon (Jiangsu) – a 50,000 tonnes/year carbon black facility in Pishou, Jiangsu province, China, from Nippon Steel Carbon. It is described as a bolt-on acquisition that “will further support Cabot’s growth objectives and broaden its capabilities to serve customers in China”. The acquisition, and planned upgrades, is expected to cost around €50m. www.cabot-corp.com


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Compound Company to double capacity


The Netherlands-based The Compound Company is to invest €8m in a second plant at Enschede that will double its capacity for production of its EcoForte performance polyolefin compounds and Yparex extrudable adhesive resins. The move, which will


increase its capacity to 60,000 tonnes/yr, is a response to increasing market demand for its speciality compounds from customers in the building and construction, packag- ing, automotive, medical and photovoltaic sectors. “These investments will help us to meet the demand for our proprietary products


and ensure capacity for our custom compounding partners,” said Commercial Director Wouter van den Berg. “There is a need for


smaller, more flexible, more customised and more co-development type compounders, and this is exactly where we position ourselves,” he said. “We are large enough and have the capabilities and cost structure to make our economics attractive, but unlike the huge compound- ers, we are not so big that we are inflexible and bureaucratic.” The Compound Com- pany — which was known


until 2017 as Resin (Products & Technology) and Yparex — began preparing the site for the 8,000m2


plant last


month with construction due to begin this month. Compounding lines will be installed in February next year and test runs and sample production is scheduled for March for start-up on 1 April. The company said that the investment also includes an upgrade of the com- pany’s existing Enschede plant, which will include debottlenecking and the addition of seven new silos each able to store 70 tonnes of polymer. � www.thecompoundcompany.com


SABIC adds gloss to PP


SABIC has launched PP PPA20, an impact copolymer grade of PP that, it claims, “offers aestheti- cally appealing surfaces, with potentially significant cost sav- ings”. Targeted at appliance applica- tions, material is already available in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, and will be phased in across the Americas in 2019. PP PPA20 is said to offer high gloss, enabling it to compete with ABS in appliances, together with “well-balanced mechanical properties and easy processabil- ity”, according to the company. These include higher scratch resistance and lower stress whitening than regular impact copolymers, plus more balanced impact strength and stiffness. SABIC said the new material can provide


P H O T COMPOUNDING WORLD | December 2018


SABIC is pitching its new PPA20 impact PP copolymer against ABS for appliances


both cost and energy saving potential due to its lower density, higher flow and faster crystallisa- tion compared to currently used materials, which leads to shorter cycle times and weight saving design opportunities. In addition, it does not need pre-drying and can be injection moulded at lower mould and barrel temperatures


than ABS.


Potential applications include household consumer good such as coffee makers, steam irons, vacuum cleaners, personal hygiene appliances and white goods, as well as high-end cosmetics and furniture. � www.sabic.com


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