NEWS Force majeure on HMD at Ascend

Ascend Performance Materials has declared force majeure on PA66 feedstock hexamethylene diamine (HMD), suggesting the already tight market may see more severe shortages over the coming months. The company said manufacturing delays beyond its control arose as it completed projects in December to expand both adiponitrile (ADN) and HMD. While the AND expansions are

now operational, Ascend said that those for HMD have not yet met its targeted production rates. The company said that force

majeure continues for all Ascend polymers, compounds and fibres, and that availability is reduced for all polymer products and HMD. It said it “will allocate existing products as prescribed in its contracts and is currently working with affected

Borealis to add PP capacity

Borealis has made a final investment decision on its proposed 80,000 tonnes/yr expansion of its polypropyl- ene plant at Kallo, Belgium, and has approved the commencement of front- end engineering and design work to expand another PP plant at Beringen, which is also in Belgium. “In Europe, PP supply is

not keeping up with increasing demand. With the market tightening and continuous application expansion for PP materials, additional investment is needed to support the growth of our customers,” said CEO Alfred Stern. The extra capacity will go mainly

customers to minimise the impact to their respective businesses”. Compounding World reported in November that only 55% of Europe’s PA 66 capacity is available. ADN shortages appeared to be the main issue then, with supplies squeezed by a combination of rising demand and unplanned outages (there are only five ADN plants worldwide). �

Songwon to partner with Disheng

The Borealis facility at Kallo in Belgium

into the flexible and rigid packaging and automotive markets. The expansion at Kallo is

expected onstream in mid-2020. Borealis said that a final decision will be made about the Beringen expan- sion, which would include

an upgrade to the com- pany’s proprietary Borstar polymerisation platform, in mid-2019. If the decision is made to go ahead, a further 250,000-300,000 tonnes/yr would be added by mid- 2022. �

Teknor Apex launches styrenic TPEs

Teknor Apex has launched a new series of styrenic thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) that are said to provide the surface appear- ance and haptics of silicone. Aimed at applications in

food grade packaging and cosmetics, the Monprene RG-15100 series TPEs are claimed to exhibit a lower


compression set than standard TPS compounds, withstand temperatures in excess of 100°C and provide good chemical resistance. The company said the products meet US and EU regulations for single and repeated-use exposure to dry, acidic, aqueous and alcoholic food types.

COMPOUNDING WORLD | January 2019 The new translucent

grades are available in Shore A hardnesses from 30 to 80 and are suitable for injection moulding and extrusion applications. They can also be used in two- component parts in combi- nation with polyolefins, the company said. �

Korea’s Songwon Industrial has entered a partnership with Disheng Technology of Jiangsu province in China covering production of some of its ultra-violet absorber (UVA) light stabilisers. The Chinese company is

currently building a new factory in Fujian province that will make it one of the world’s largest producers of light stabilisers. Under the new arrangement, Disheng will make Song- won’s Songsorb and Songsorb C UVAs for sale worldwide. The two companies, which have worked together for several years, said in a statement that the move will strengthen Songwon’s supply reliabil- ity thanks to reserved production capacities. They also said they will “closely cooperate on a technology level for the development of future light stabilisers”. �


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