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Geon offers Covid-19 project collaboration


US-headquartered specialty compound producer Geon Performance Solutions has launched Project Collabora- tion, through which it will offer project development support to companies working on Covid-19 programmes at no cost. The company described


the initiative, which will run to mid-July, as “an opportu- nity for companies to take advantage of the intellectual and manufacturing know- how of the Geon workforce to support the fight against COVID-19”. Project Collaboration


support may take a variety of forms, Geon said, depending on the needs of the individual company. However, it could include: Rapid acceleration of custom formulas; Mould design support for health- care and medical devices; Connection to Geon’s raw material suppliers, produc- ers and manufacturers; Supply chain expertise;


Ampacet targets


BOPE


IAX4CETM is a new line of masterbatch additives from Ampacet aimed at the developing market for BOPE (biaxially oriented PE) films for use in mono- material packaging laminates. The company says


Compounders are playing a part in tackling the Covid-19 virus


Accelerated pilot scale compounding; and com- mercial guidance for development of marketing and sales tools. n In an unrelated move, US compounder Techmer PM has reported high interest in its Charge Enhancer masterbatch, which can improve efficacy of nonwo- vens used in production of face masks to protect against Covid-19. As nonwoven filter


material comes off the production line it is subject-


ed to an electrical charge via an air plasma treatment, which improves its filtration ability. The Charge Enhancer


additive, which is supplied in pellet form for addition to the PP at a typical 4-5% loading, helps enhance and retain the charge. Using it, Techmer PM said, helps nonwoven manufacturers meet the 95% filtration efficiency require- ments set down in the ASTM F2100 standard. � www.geon.com � www.techmerpm.com


interest in BOPE is growing as a means to meet packaging recycling targets set by the latest EU regulations. It can allow production of mono-mate- rial barrier structures through replacement of BOPP, POPA, BOPET and CPP in some applications. The abilty to produce BOPE films on existing BOPP lines with only minor adjustment is a further attraction, it claims. The new BIAX4CE


product line includes additive and white masterbatches, including antiblock, antistatic, antifog and migrating and non-migrating slip. � www.ampacet.com


Unipetrol commissions €350m HDPE plant


Orlen Group subsidiary Unipetrol has completed construction and officially commissioned the main part of its new PE3 polyolefins unit at Litvínov in the Czech Republic, which it claims is the largest single petrochemical investment ever made in the country. The PE3 unit provides capacity for 270,000 tonne/yr of HDPE


granulate. Factoring in the closure of the existing PE1 unit, it will take total PE capacity at the site from 320,000 to 470,000 tonnes/yr. Total capital expenditure on the project is planned to be CZK9.6bn (€350m). The company said the line producing natural PE is already in full operation. Operational testing and delivery of a line for production of black PE will take place once Covid-19 restrictions are lifted. � www.unipetrol.cz


6 COMPOUNDING WORLD | May 2020 www.compoundingworld.com Unipetrol’s Litvínov site


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