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Fabricating Technology on Display
at Anaheim Fair
CNC routers, saws and cutting tool technology will be
among the products on display at the Woodworking, Machinery
and Furnishings Supply Fair, scheduled for July 29-Aug. 1 in
Products and services offered by more than 725 exhibiting
companies will be on display. As of April, show sponsors
report that all five exhibit halls are sold out, and the
Arena is 75 percent sold. Anaheim organizers are predicting
attendance to be 22,000, plus an additional 6,000 exhibitor
"We have reached our goal of selling approximately
340,000 square feet of space, the full allowance of the
Anaheim Convention Center," says Woodworking Fair Chairman
Tom Orlando of CTD Machines. "We still have some space in
the Arena and connecting corridors to accommodate those last
minute exhibitors who are reserving space now."
The Arena will open one hour earlier and special
promotions will be staged in the area throughout the day to
entice attendees into the Arena.
Aside from the 725 exhibiting companies, more than 65
topics will be explored during educational sessions,
including "Plastics Machining Basics." This session will
detail a basic understanding of the properties of plastic
materials, special requirements needed to successfully
machine them, cutting tool basics, recommended feed speeds
For further information on the 1999 fair, contact show
management at (630) 434-7779, (800) 752-6312, or the show
sponsor, Association of Woodworking Suppliers, at (800)
Full-Service Resin Manufacturers
The American Plastics Council's Board Chairman Jeffrey
Lipton, president and CEO of NOVA Chemicals, announced that
the organization has decided to make APC a full-service
resin manufacturers' trade association. Lipton's
announcement followed a special meeting of APC's Board and
is the result of the failure of negotiations over the past
three years between APC and The Society of the Plastics
Industry Inc. (SPI) to establish a more formal alliance
between the two organizations.
"We are looking forward to building on APC's strengths to
create an even stronger and more effective association that
represents the interests and needs of resin companies as
well as customer," said Lipton in a statement to the press.
"We are committed to continuing our issues management
leadership while serving the greater industry.
On March 2, APC's executive committee resolved that APC
should be a full-service resin manufacturers' association
and asked that a comprehensive proposal be made to the full
board of directors. The board accepted that proposal by a
vote of 31 to 3. Full implementation of the plan is expected
to begin by June 1.
According to Lipton, the APC Board would like to create a
high-level coordinating committee with representatives from
SPI's Board to look for further opportunities for
coordination and cooperation between the two groups.
In other action, the APC board accepted the application
of the Polystyrene Packaging Council to become a business
unit of APC. Beginning June 1, PSPC will be a business unit
of APC, continuing as a self-funded organization dedicated
to preserving and promoting the polystyrene packaging
and Management Conference Planned
The Marketing & Management Division of the Society of
Plastics Engineers will sponsor a conference aimed at
marketing and management-oriented topics related to
plastics. Entitled "Best Plastic Industry Practices for
Bridging the Millennium," the one-day conference will be
held in Newark, NJ, on Dec. 2, 1999. For more information on
the upcoming M&M Conference on December 2, contact
Jeffrey Tremonte, 14 Fairfield Drive, Brookfield, CT
06804-0403; Telephone: (203) 775-0471; Fax: (203) 775-8490;
Establishes United States Subsidiary
European high-density polyethylene manufacturer Elenac
has established its first subsidiary in the United States to
serve customers throughout North America. The U.S. office is
located in Southgate, MI.
The HDPE products marketed under the trade name Lupolen
for automotive plastic fuel tanks and intermediate bulk
containers, as well as polyethylene business with imported
Elenac resins for pharmaceutical applications, PEX pipes,
etc., will be handled by Elenac Inc. Michael Klamm has been
named president of the North American company.
Elenac is a 50/50 joint venture of BASF and Shell for the
production and sale of polyethylene products and the
development of related technologies. The company employs
approximately 3,100 people. Expected revenues in 1999 is $2
For more information on Elenac Inc., contact Klamm at
(734) 324-2400, FAX (734) 324-2885 or write: Elenac Inc., 1
Heritage Place, Ste. 420, Southgate, MI 48195.
Antec '99 Focuses on
Billed as the world's largest plastics conference, ANTEC
'99 will address all aspects of plastics engineering,
including: design, processing, properties, production and
product performance. Sponsored by the Society of Plastics
Engineering, this year's technical conference will be held
May 3-6 at the New York Hilton Towers in New York, NY.
Highlighting SPE's vast outreach in educating industry
and non-industry persons about plastics through the
exhibition of machinery, materials and related equipment,
ANTEC '99 will devote an entire day to Education 2000. This
program will encompass most of the educational programs
currently available, as well as discussing the most
effective ways to teach others about plastics.
The morning program will focus on how to teach plastics
to school children, teachers and peers and the design of a
university polymer program. In the afternoon, experts will
present topics covering benefits of seminars to companies,
computer-based training, learning via the internet, learning
via video, operator training and training for plant
Representatives from SPE, the Society of the Plastics
Industry, the American Plastics Council, the National
Plastics Center and Museum and corporations along with
teachers and professors , will show attendees how to make
plastics easy to teach and in some cases lots of fun to
Some of the Seminar Topics include:Thermoplastic
Elastomers, Thermoforming Technology for Industrial
Applications, The Fundamentals of Injection Molding
Automation and Thermoforming Technology.
Seminars will also be devoted to marketing and management
techniques. Among the speakers will be Harry Urban,
publisher of Plastics Machining & Fabricating, who will
speak on "How To Work With The Trade Press &emdash; 8 Ways
To Getting Your Releases and Paper Published."
Following the '99 show in New York, future ANTEC dates
and locations are: May 7-11, 2000, Orlando, FL; May 6-10,
2001, Dallas, TX; May 5-9, 2002, San Francisco, CA; May 4-8,
2003 Nashville, TN; and April 25-29, 2004, Chicago, IL.
For more information on ANTEC, contact the SPE at (203)
775-0471; Fax: (203) 775-8490; www.4spe.org.
DSM to Sell Its
Transparent Sheet Business to Bayer
DSM and Bayer have reached an agreement under which Bayer
will acquire DSM's global transparent sheet business, which
produces and sells transparent polycarbonate and polyester
sheet for use in building/construction, communication and
The transparent sheet business, which forms part of DSM's
business group, DSM Engineering Plastic Products, has annual
sales of Euro 120 million and employs about 300 people. The
business is comprised of two operating units; Axxis NV,
based in Tielt, Belgium, and Sheffield Plastics, based in
Sheffield, MA. The transaction is subject to approval by
regulatory authorities and was expected to be completed in
DSM says it has decided to divest the transparent sheet
business since it is not a core activity. DSM is not active
in the production of the raw materials used in these sheets
and further growth would require additional investments.
According to DSM, this divestment is part of its corporate
strategy aimed at reinforcing its core activities in order
to strengthen or maintain leadership positions.
With this acquisition, Bayer says it will strengthen and
globalize its position in the market of transparent
polycarbonate sheet. Bayer is a leading producer of
polycarbonate resins, and engineering thermoplastics is one
of the core businesses of the Bayer Group showing
above-average growth rates for the year.
MAAC Breaks Ground on
New Illinois Facility
MAAC Machinery Corp., Itasca, IL, has unveiled plans to
break ground for a new facility on a 3.1 acre site in nearby
Carol Stream. The new plant is expected be fully operational
by the fall.
The new thermoforming machinery manufacturing facility
will be twice as large as the current MAAC facility, with
triple the production/manufacturing space, and is designed
to increase efficiency by as much as 30 percent.
Also included in the plans of the new building are a
state-of-the-art manufacturing training facility with a
40-person capacity, which will include a complete selection
of working thermoforming machines and auxiliaries for
hands-on training. In addition, the increased production
space will provide MAAC with the ability to manufacture and
operate thermoformers up to 80 feet in diameter.
Once the Carol Stream facility is open, MAAC plans to
expand its sales, engineering and technical staffs for
"Supplier of the Year"
Graham Packaging is the recipient of the "Welch's
Supplier of the Year" award for 1998. A global plastic
container producer and supplier to the juice industry,
Graham Packaging was presented with the award by Welch's
president and CEO Dan Dillon at Welch's Headquarters in
Selected from more than 200 suppliers, the winner was
chosen for its service, pricing, quality and technological
innovation. Graham supplies four sizes of PET plastic
containers for Welch's bottled juices at three filling
locations. Most recently, Graham played a key role in
helping Welch's develop its newest packaging innovation, the
patented plastic can.
This new container, which marks the first packaging
innovation for frozen juice concentrates since the
introduction of the peel strip some 20 years ago, presents
Welch's frozen concentrate consumers with convenience and
affordability through the plastic can's microwaveability and
competitive pricing. The cans are recyclable, easy to open
and go from freezer to pitcher in less than two minutes.
Sang Ho Form Joint Venture
Clariant Masterbatches Division has agreed to form a
joint venture with Sang Ho Mercantile Co., a plastics
compounder headquartered in Ynagsan, Kyongnam Province,
South Korea. Clariant will hold a 55 percent equity position
in this new venture, which will be called Sang Ho Mercantile
The joint venture will establish a strong market presence
for masterbatches and engineered compounds in South Korea
and Japan, which are the number two and one plastics markets
in Asia. The new firm will expand the companies' existing
capabilities which currently focus on the production of
colored automotive compounds in Korea and masterbatches for
the Japanese market, especially blacks and whites.
There are also plans to grow the masterbatch business in
polypropylene, polystyrene/acrylonitrile-butadiene styrene
and engineering polymers, as well as specialty polyethylene
terephthalate masterbatches for film and sheet. Initial
target market sectors for the new company will include
automotive, appliance, fibre and food packaging.
Focuses on Plastics
New technology for machining plastic sheets and formed
parts will be exhibited at the 1999 Woodworking, Machinery
and Furnishings Supply Fair, scheduled for July 29-Aug 1 in
According to the show sponsors, Association of
Woodworking & Furnishing Suppliers, space is quickly
"Over 90 percent, or approximately 300,000 square feet of
the main halls of the Anaheim Convention Center have already
been sold," says Woodworking Fair Chairman Tom Orlando of
CTD Machines. "We will have an additional 16,000 square feet
with the arena and arena lobby to accommodate those
exhibitors who are reserving space now."
Show organizer Hall Erickson says there is still limited
space remaining within the other areas of the Anaheim
Convention Center, but the arena may turn out to be one of
the prime areas of the show. "We will be opening the arena
and lobby one hour earlier and staging special promotions
throughout the day to entice attendees into the arena," says
Paul Graller, show director at Hall Erickson. "And, it's
directly attached to Hall A and the rooms used for seminars,
so the flow of traffic will be uninterrupted."
Exhibit sales are close to exceeding 1997 levels of
325,000 square feet of space. "This year, we will most
likely need every bit of space available and expect to
occupy approximately 340,000 square feet by the time the
show opens on July 29," Orlando says.
Anaheim organizers are expecting to attract record
numbers of attendees as well. "Based on our research, we're
increasing our marketing efforts to reach out more solidly
in the U.S., Canada and Mexico," Graller says. A new Web
is also attracting attendees. "We've already gotten many
inquiries from people browsing our site," said Graller. "As
we get closer to the show, we'll have extensive listings
from all our exhibitors, organized by company name, subject
and activity, along with links to company web sites. Show
attendees can use the site to plan their time at the fair
for maximum benefit. People can also register or book
housing right on the web site as well."
For further information on the 1999 fair, contact show
management at (630) 434-7779.
Bull Market for US. Thermoplastics Demand
U.S. demand for thermoplastic resins is forecast to rise
3.8 percent per year, to 87 billion pounds in 2003.
According to The Freedonia Group study, "Private Companies
in Thermoplastic Compounding," the price and performance
advantages of plastics relative to wood, metal and other
materials will continue to spur advances, although material
substitution as a factor in growth will be moderate due to
the high saturation level in many end-use markets.
According to the study, the growing use of engineered
thermoplastics and improvements in commodity resins will
also broaden plastics' range of applications. While
commodity resins will remain dominant, demand for
lower-volume resins, such as engineered plastics, will
experience faster growth because of niche opportunities such
as high-heat, under-the-hood motor vehicle components.
Resin producers account for the majority of thermoplastic
compounding activity in the United States, followed by
processors and independent compounders. Thermoplastic
compounding is defined as the mechanical mixing of two or
more materials, at least one of which is a thermoplastic
resin, to gain performance properties and other
characteristics different from the original resin. In
addition to aiding resin performance, compounding results in
lower cost, improved processability and heightened visual
appeal, as well as other characteristics. According to The
Freedonia Group, rapid advances for thermoplastic
compounding have been predicted due to the high cost of
developing new polymers and increasing needs for high
performance, cost-effective polymers to replace wood, metal
and other plastics.
The study also found that thermoplastic compounding
performed by independent firms will increase 4.3 percent
annually to 7.2 billion pounds (resin content only) in 2003,
a value of nearly $6 billion. Independent compounders
accounted for 8 percent of the total thermoplastic
compounding demand in 1998.
Polyvinyl chloride is the largest single independently
compounded resin, accounting for 30 percent of independent
compounding demand in 1998. Engineered thermoplastics,
Freedonia Group says, accounted for an additional 20
percent, and will see faster growth through 2003.
For further details about Private Companies in
Thermoplastics, contact Corinne Gangloff at The Freedonia
Group, (440) 684-9600, FAX (440) 646-0484, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Acquires Huntsman's Styrenics Business
Nova Chemicals has completed the purchase of the major
portion of Huntsman Corp.'s styrenics business, making it
one of the world's leading styrenics players and the largest
in North America. The transaction, completed on Dec. 31,
excluded two North American expandable polystyrene plants
from the deal.
In the transaction, set at $637 million plus working
capital, Nova Chemicals acquires one styrene manufacturing
plant with 1.25 billion pounds of annual production capacity
and six polystyrene plants, four in North America and two in
Europe, with a combined 1.8 billion pounds of annual
"We are poised to deliver rapid cost reductions and to
begin to build the most customer-oriented and cost-efficient
styrenics business in the world," said Jeffrey Lipton. "This
acquisition dramatically upgrades our styrenics business.
Now that the deal has closed, we will work quickly to
integrate operations and capture synergies.""
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