NEWS OCSiAl upgrades REACH limit

OCSiAl has upgraded its REACH dossier to allow it to commercialise up to 100 tonnes/yr of its Tuball brand of single-wall carbon nano- tubes (SWNTs) within the EU market. It says the upgraded dossier also ensures compliance with the latest annexes on nanoforms. The company said the move

makes it the only company able to commercialise such volumes of single-wall carbon nanotube (SWNTs) — it refers to them as graphene nanotubes — in the European market.

Trogamid capacity expanded

Evonik has announced that its planned doubling of capacity for transparent, high-performance Troga- mid CX brand of PA went onstream as scheduled in February. According to Viviane

Papa, who heads up the Granules & Compounds product line at Evonik, the decision to increase capacity for the semi-crystal- line transparent PA polymer was made “because demand for Trogamid CX keeps growing.” Trogamid CX is said to be

more resistant to chemicals and stress cracking than transparent amorphous plastics.

Applications for the polymer include water management, filter technology, laboratory and medical engineering, cosmetic containers and sports and ski goggles. � OCSiAl said it already has EPA

approval for industrial-scale commer- cialisation in the US and expects to get the required approvals to scale up its volumes in Australia and Canada later this year. The company claims to have

around 1,600 customers globally in areas including transportation, electronics, construction, infrastruc- ture, renewable energy, power sources, sports equipment, 3D printing, textiles and sensors. �

OCSiAl can now commercialise up to 100 tonnes/yr of SWNTs in EU

Chroma closes plant; invests $1.5m

US-based compounding group Chroma Color Corpo- ration is to close the Plastics Color Corporation unit at Calumet City in Illinois, which it acquired earlier this year, as part of a review of its expanded group capacity that has seen more than $1.5m invested in new equipment.

“Since the acquisition of Plastics Color Corporation’s assets and business took place earlier this year, we have been diligently exploring a wide array of opportunities to maximise

the value we can bring to our customers with an optimal manufacturing footprint,” said Tom Bolger, CEO, Chroma Color Corporation. “After careful considera-

tion, and recognising that we have ample capacity available on more advanced manufacturing equipment located at other Chroma Color manufacturing sites, the decision to close the Calumet City location has been made. This decision puts us in the best position to invest in the locations that will best serve our

customers,” he said. Work from the Illinois

plant, which will close by end of July, will be transferred to other group locations, where the company has installed several new twin-screw compounding lines, addi- tional mixing and blending capacity, and expanded testing equipment. The Plastics Color facility

at Asheboro in North Carolina, formerly its main development location, continues but will be renamed Chroma Color. �

Chinaplas 2020 show cancelled

Adsale Exhibition Services, organiser of the annual Chinaplas show, has announced that this year’s Shanghai show, previously postponed from May to August 2020 due to coronavirus restrictions, will not take place. The next Chinaplas will take place on 13-16 April 2021 at the World Exhibition & Convention Centre in Shenzhen. The decision follows the issue of a

circular (Further Control & Preventive Measures of the Novel Coronavirus at Key Venues, Units and Groups) by the State

Council of China on 6 April. This stated that “all kinds of exhibitions have to be stopped for the time being” despite improved containment of COVID-19 in China. Adsale said it will make necessary

arrangements and notify exhibitors and visitors regarding fees paid. It said that, given the circumstances, the April 2021 dates will mean exhibitors will be “more prepared in supporting the new market demands brought about by market recovery”. �



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