Archive for March, 2010

Processes for biofuels

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Pall Corporation, a global leader in filtration, separation and purification, has been contracted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to develop critical filtration and separation processes for a US Department of Energy advanced biofuels project.
The contract establishes Pall as a member of the National Advanced Biofuels Consortium (NABC), an initiative to drive the creation of a domestic biofuels industry, reduce reliance on fossil fuels and generate jobs.
Pall will develop and demonstrate the science and separation technologies necessary to enable fungible biomass-based fuels to be integrated into the existing hydrocarbon fuels infrastructure. The company will be an engineering partner on each of six processes for biofuel production being evaluated under the programme. These include fermentation, catalytic conversion, catalytic fast pyrolysis, hydropyrolysis, hydrothermal liquefaction, and a low-cost, one-step syngas-to-distillates process. (more…)

PGI to begin implementing additional price increases

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010
March 31, 2010 (USA)

Polymer Group Inc announced that it will begin implementing additional price increases on a global basis in response to rising raw material costs.

Price increases of petroleum-based products from PGI’s suppliers have risen in excess of 35 percent since October of 2009 and are expected to continue to increase in the coming months. The rise in prices has been primarily caused by rising crude oil prices in late 2009 and short supply of raw materials during the first months of 2010. (more…)

LyondellBasell to license Trans4m process technologies

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010
March 26, 2010 (Germany)

LyondellBasell Industries has expanded its licensing portfolio of olefin recovery and conversion technologies to create a comprehensive offering of processes under the new trademark Trans4m. Trans4m process technologies offer tailored solutions for C4 and higher olefin separation process requirements, as well as isomerization and extraction processes.

The Trans4m portfolio of processes includes catalytic technologies for the selective conversion of low-value, mixed olefin streams from crackers to ethylene, propylene and butene. The Trans4m portfolio of processes also features a comprehensive set of technologies for the separation, purification and isomerization of the C4 and C5 olefin streams of cracker operations.

“By expanding our portfolio of well-proven technologies to include a full range of olefins recovery and conversion processes, we offer licensees a simplified, modular approach to achieving a complete solution,” said Kaspar Evertz, senior vice president, Technology Business – Licensing, for LyondellBasell. “Operators can utilize any combination of Trans4m processes needed, enabling them to more effectively maximize the value of their olefins balance.” (more…)

Lens cleaning solution gets clear package as HDPE turns to PET

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010
By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 24th, 2010

Global eye healthcare company Bausch + Lomb has made the switch from a white HDPE bottle to a transparent PET one for its “renu fresh”-brand of lens cleaning solution. The brand owner tapped R&D/Leverage to help with the package’s design and molds, and turned to Amcor Rigid Plastics for blowmolding of the packages.

The package labels also have evolved, with clear, polyolefin pressure-sensitive labels replacing the previous white labels. Texture of the bottles’ exteriors helps move them quickly through production lines and also enhances end-user ergonomics. (more…)

IDEA10: Looking Ahead

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

With a truly international exhibitor make-up, IDEA10 will present the next generation of technologies for the global engineered fabrics industry.

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T he Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA), Cary, N.C., will bring together the nonwovens and engineered fabrics industry in Miami Beach, Fla., in late April for IDEA10, the International Engineered Fabrics Conference & Expo. The triennial event will be held Tuesday through Thursday, April 27-29, at the Miami Beach Convention Center, which has hosted the last three IDEA events.

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The exhibition floor is seen from above

Hyundai orders two spinning lines from Oerlikon

Monday, March 29th, 2010

The Germany based textile machinery manufacturer; Oerlikon Neumag has received an order to supply two 200 tons per day staple fibre spinning lines and other allied equipment from South Korea based Hyundai Engineering.

This order was placed by Hyundai Engineering somewhere in late-2009 and the plant is expected to be commissioned in mid-2011. An official source from Oerlikon Neumag confirmed the news to Fibre2fashion.
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Firms should target growing Asian nations

Sunday, March 28th, 2010
By Bill Bregar | PLASTICS NEWS STAFF

Posted March 22, 2010

Forum logoTAMPA, FLA. (March 22, 11:15 a.m. ET) — U.S. plastics companies should think of countries like China, India and Vietnam as fast-growing domestic markets, rather than low-cost places to outsource production, speakers said at the Plastics News Executive Forum.

But that requires a new way of thinking. Struggling to rebound from the Great Recession, the U.S. economy is expected to grow only around 2-3 percent a year for the next several years, so it doesn’t make sense to bring more cheap goods back over to the United States, the speakers said.

Check out videos of forum speakers discussing emerging markets. (more…)

EDANA board to meet Turkish nonwoven producers

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

23 March 2010, Istanbul – The board of directors of European nonwovens body EDANA is to meet with nonwoven producers in Istanbul in April as part of its objective to engage local markets in the ongoing development of the nonwovens and related industries.

EDANA says it recognises the importance of trade to both the Turkish, and broader European nonwovens markets, and strongly supports fair and free trade for businesses operating across the globe. With approximately 12% market share for the import of nonwovens into and export to the European Union markets, EDANA says it has confidence in the long-term and continued growth of the country’s nonwovens market and its contribution to the industry’s development. (more…)

Dow Packaging and Converting Technical Center Moves to Expanded Facilities in Buffalo Grove, Illinois

Friday, March 26th, 2010

PHILADELPHIA, Mar 24, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — The Dow Chemical Company’s /quotes/comstock/13*!dow/quotes/nls/dow (DOW 30.36, +0.39, +1.30%) North American Technical Service and Global Research and Development Center for packaging adhesives and coatings will move to Buffalo Grove, Illinois in early April 2010. The expanded Tech Service and R&D Center represents a significant step forward in the company’s commitment to enhance customer support and new product development. Buffalo Grove is located in close proximity to Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. The facility has been located in Elgin, Illinois. (more…)

Freudenberg to unveil Lutradur in Miami

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Carpet TileAt the forthcoming IDEA10 International Engineered Fabrics Conference and Exposition – taking place in Miami, Florida, from 27-29 April – Freudenberg Nonwovens will showcase its new Lutradur Eco.
This is a spunlaid nonwoven made of 100% post consumer recycled PET which is said to deliver the same high quality characteristics as the company’s standard Lutradur materials produced with virgin raw materials.
Lutradur Eco can be used in a variety of applications such as carpet backing, geotextiles, building and construction, coating substrates etc.  (more…)