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NEWS Luxus ups capacity by 20%


UK-based compounder Luxus has commissioned a new £1.5m line, increasing its capacity for technical and recycled polymer compounds by more than 20% to 45,000 tonnes/yr. The investment is intended to keep pace with increasing customer demand. “We are committed to producing high performance, yet sustainable com- pounds able to meet the demanding service and long-life requirements of rapidly growing sectors including, returnable transit packaging and civil engineering,” said Managing Director Peter Atterby. “We required new equipment to enhance our infrastructure by support- ing this demand, particularly for the development of polymer formulations for the progressively high-end colour


Solvay


enhances Technyl One


Solvay Performance Polyamides has introduced an enhanced version of its Technyl One range of halogen-free flame-retard- ant materials. The new generation, the company said, “increases the potential for miniaturi- sation of electrical and connection safety systems while retaining the same level of safety”. Specific target applications include smart meters and circuit- breakers. The materials enable devices to comply with UL94 V0 at 0.4mm wall thickness, ensure optimal performance at 150°C, and are fire-resistant at up to 800°C. They are also said to reduce corrosion. � www.solvay.com


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specifications in these markets,” he said. Luxus generated sales of around £29m in 2018 and is forecasting a result of around £33m for 2019. The new line is built around a Coperion STS 96 Mc11


twin screw


extruder with a Gala pelletiser. It will provide an additional capacity of around 10,000 tonnes and has been specified to handle recycled material inputs, which require highly effective devolatilisation and filtration capabilities. The investment follows installation of a 70mm Coperion compounding line at the company’s facility near Louth in 2015. That amounted to £1.7m and was part of the EU-funded Hycolene project to develop scratch resistant PP com- pounds for the automotive industry. � www.luxus.co.uk


Above: £1.5m investment ups capacity by more than 20%


PolyOne acquires Fiber-Line


PolyOne has paid $120m for Fiber-Line, a major producer of customised engineered fibres and composite materials for the fibre optic cable, oil and gas, industrial


and consumer markets. Fiber-Line has five manufacturing sites. The business will become part of PolyOne’s Specialty Engi- neered Materials segment


and is expected to add close to $100m in revenues in 2019, while being immediately accretive to earnings. � www.polyone.com


Kraiburg TPE adds line in Asia


Kraiburg TPE commenced production on a new line at its plant in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in January,


boosting production capacity there by 35% and increasing its global capacity to 60,000 tonnes/year.


The TPEs specialist said it


is also expanding its offices and warehouse in Malaysia alongside the new line investment and will be extending its sales network in Hanoi, Vietnam. Kraiburg has production


sites for TPE compounds in all three regions of the world; the others are at Waldkrai- burg in Germany and Buford in Georgia in the US. � www.kraiburg-tpe.com


Left: New line in Kuala Lumpur ups local capacity by 35%


January 2019 | COMPOUNDING WORLD 5


PHOTO: KRAIBURG TPE


PHOTO: LUXUS


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