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Cosmetic Container Market
The U.S. market for cosmetic and toiletry containers is
expected to grow more than 2 percent yearly through 2003, to
more than 16 billion units, with value gains forecast at
more than 4 percent yearly to $2.3 billion.
According to the study Cosmetics & Toiletry
Containers, by The Freedonia Group Inc., while markets like
shaving products are highly mature, others, notably hair and
skin care products, will benefit from new product
introductions and favorable demographic shifts. The latter
include gains in the teen and college-aged segments as well
as the aging of the large "baby boom" generation.
Technological developments and new product introductions
will allow for further market penetration. Most promising in
plastic containers are tubes, which are finding increasing
market acceptance due to a quality image and design advances
in caps and closures. A lessening of environmental concerns
as a result of strong plastic recycling programs will also
Toiletry markets with favorable growth prospects include
hair and skin care, with sun care products and hair colors
among the fastest growing applications. Perfumes and
colognes will also provide slightly above average
opportunities as producers increasingly target men,
teenagers and young girls. Lip and nail cosmetics will
continue to do well, based on fashion trends and consumers'
tendency toward purchasing multiple colors of these
For further details about Cosmetics & Toiletry
Containers, contact Corinne Gangloff at The Freedonia Group,
(440) 684-9600, FAX (440) 646-0484, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The full text of the study is also available online at
Announces Management Reorganization
Effective Sept. 1, Tennessee-based Eastman Chemical Co.
reorganized its management structure to center around two
newly created business groups: polymers and chemicals. J.
Brian Ferguson is heading up the polymers group, and Allan
R. Rothwell is president of the chemicals group.
The polymers business group includes container plastics,
fibers, flexible plastics and specialty plastics. The
chemicals business group includes coatings, inks and resins,
fine chemicals, industrial intermediates and performance
The two groups will report to the Office of the CEO,
which is led by Earnest Deavenport Jr., Eastman's chairman
and CEO. In addition to Deavenport, the Office of the CEO
includes: R. Wiley Bourne Jr., vice chairman and executive
vice president; Dr. James L. Chitwood, senior vice president
and chief technology officer; and Darryl Williams, senior
"Our new organizational structure was driven by three
major factors &emdash; customer focus, accountability and
efficiency," Deavenport said. "This structure puts our work
groups together in a way that makes it easier for employees
to develop a sharper customer focus and a greater
understanding of how to create value for both our customers
and our company. This will enable Eastman people to better
align their work with what customers value. They will be
able to make decisions and respond to customers faster."
Mort French Sr.
Receives IAPD's Paul Davis Award
Mort French Sr. was awarded the Paul Davis Award of Merit
at the International Association of Plastics Distributors
annual meeting held in September in Toronto, Ontario,
Canada. French is the CEO of Commercial Plastics and Supply
Corp., Boca Raton, FL.
The Paul Davis Award is the plastic distribution
industry's most prestigious award. It is named for the
founder of the IAPD and is given to an individual who has
made significant contributions to either the IAPD or to the
plastics distribution industry in general.
In presenting the award, IAPD Past President Graeme
Fraser cited French's 50-plus years commitment to the
plastics industry. French began his small business in the
1940s by purchasing surplus acrylic sheet that had been
originally manufactured for use in the canopies of World War
II B-29 bombers.
Since then, his company has grown to more than $500
million in sales. Commercial Plastics and Supply has 93
profit centers in North America and abroad and employs more
than 1,400 people.
French had previously been honored by the IAPD in 1994
when he, along with 13 others, were presented with the
association's Pioneer Award.
Established in 1956, the IAPD is an international trade
association composed of distributors and manufacturers of
Nova Chemicals Divests
Interest in Dynegy
Nova Chemical Corp., Calgary, Canada, divested its 38.8
million shares of Dynegy Inc. following the merger between
Dynegy and Illinova Corp. "We strongly endorse this merger
and the strategic direction the new company will be taking,"
said Nova Chemicals President and CEO Jeff Lipton.
Under the terms of the Dynegy/Illinova merger, Dynegy's
public shareholders will have the opportunity to convert
their shares into a combination of cash and/or common shares
of the combined company. This deal should make the shares
worth more than $645 million according to Nova.
The merger is expected to close by the end of the first
quarter of 2000, subject to satisfying certain conditions,
including the closing of the previously announced sale of
the Clinton nuclear power station by Illinois-based Illinova
and requisite regulatory and shareholder approvals. All
approvals will be pursued concurrently.
In other Nova news, the company announced the sale of a
polystyrene technology license and basic engineering package
for a world-scale, 100 kilotonnes per year PS facility to be
built by Taita Chemical in Taiwan. The license is for Nova
Chemicals' process technology for the manufacture of both
high-impact polystyrene and crystal polystyrene. Stone &
Webster Canada Ltd. has begun work on the basic engineering
Study Reports Global mPP
Consumption to Increase to 500,000 Metric Tons by
TownsendTarnell Inc.'s study on metallocene polypropylene
(mPP) predicts global consumption of the product will
increase more than 65 percent a year, from 40,000 metric
tons to 500,000 metric tons by the year 2003. Injection
molding applications are expected to replace fiber
applications as the volume leader.
According to the study, Metallocene Polypropylene
&emdash; 1998, An Update of Advancements, Players and Market
Impact, the number of producers will increase from three to
ten by 2003, with Japan entering the market. At present, mPP
is produced only in the United States and Western
Currently mPP is used primarily in fiber applications.
"However, by the year 2003, its use will expand to include
injection molding and film applications," says Dr. Surinder
Bahl, project manager and author of the study. Dr. Bahl also
predicts that injection-molding applications will replace
fiber applications as the leader in volume, followed by film
and then fiber applications.
Dr. Bahl notes that while first-generation metallocene
catalysts have limited product capability and produce
polypropylene resins that exhibit a much lower melting point
than conventional resins, they produce excellent products
for fibers and thin wall molding. Polypropylene resins
produced with these catalysts do not need any post-reactor
treatment like controlled rheology (CR) resins. "This now
only eliminates the cost associated with CR resins, but also
the related bad odor and taste problems," he says.
For more information, contact Dr. Bahl at (281) 873-8733 or
E-mail at email@example.com.
Rush Acquires Flexible Mouldings
St. Louis, MO-based plastics manufacturer Sinclair &
Rush Inc. has announced the purchase of Flexible Moulding, a
manufacturer of custom-vinyl, dip-molded products for the
medical, construction, electronic and transportation
Flexible Moulding was a division of United Moulders Ltd.
of Great Britain. According to Sinclair & Rush, the
company should increase sales by 50 percent with this
acquisition. The purchase also provides additional
manufacturing capacity for Sinclair & Rush and its
"The combination of Flexible Moulding's expertise in
designing specialized custom products and Sinclair &
Rush's large sales and marketing organization should prove
very beneficial to our customers," says Brad Stack,
president and COO of Sinclair & Rush.
There are no plans to consolidate facilities in the
United Kingdom. Sinclair & Rush will continue to operate
Flexible Moulding's plant in Aldershot, England, as well as
its own facility in Maidstone, England. All administrative
functions for both companies will be handled at the
Bayer Announce Nylon Business
New Jersey-based AlliedSignal Plastics and the Bayer
Group, Leverkusen, Germany, announced in August an agreement
that will provide Pennsylvania-based Bayer Corp. with
polyamide 6 resin in North America and AlliedSignal Polymers
GmbH with caprolactam, a polyamide 6 precursor, in
AlliedSignal Plastics and the Bayer Plastics Business
Group are among the world's leading suppliers of nylon 6
resin for use in engineering plastics applications.
AlliedSignal's Capron, Nypel, Infinity and Petra resins, as
well as Bayer's Durethan and Triax resins, are widely used
in automotive components, packaging films, wire and cable
jacketing, electronic components, lawn and power tool
products and other engineering plastics applications.
Needle Medical Device Developed by Elkay
The first plastic "behind-the-needle" solution designed
to reduce the risk of needle stick injury has been licensed
to Elkay Products Inc., company of the Venture Capital unit
of The CIT Group. The product was developed by Shrewsbury,
MA-based Elkay using patented technology from Sticksafe LLC
of Mansfield, MA.
The lid incorporates an elastomeric membrane that can be
penetrated by a syringe with up to a 14-gauge needle or a
cannula alone to dispense a sample. The sample can then be
withdrawn from the container through the self-sealing
membrane without compromising leak-resistance. In addition
to the self-sealing membrane, a second port facilitates
sample removal with a pipette, inoculating loop or other
According to the company, the product has been
successfully tested at medical centers throughout the United
States and has withstood the rigors of pneumatic
transportation systems without loss of sample integrity.
Acquires Alpha Ent. and Joyce Molding
Mediapak Corp., reportedly the world's largest maker of
compact disc jewel cases, has acquired Alpha Enterprises
Inc. and Joyce Molding Corp. in two separate transactions
totaling $299 million. The acquisitions expand Mediapak's
capacity and product lines of packaging for compact discs,
VHS video cassettes and DVD discs sold in North America and
Based in Atlanta, GA, Mediapak was established in 1999 by
Palladium Equity Partners LLC to acquire Atlanta Precision
Molding Co. and Europe Precision Molding BV from Mitsubishi
The combined company has pro forma revenues of
approximately $250 million and will have eight manufacturing
facilities in the United States and Canada.
Resolution Supports Recycled Packaging
A resolution recommending that California SB 332 and
SB1110 not be crafted so that recyclable plastic containers
can be replaced by un-recycled, non-conforming containers
was passed by the Association of Postconsumer Plastic
Recyclers to the California Assembly Committee on Natural
Resources and Assembly Appropriations Committee.
"We would hate to see a move away from the use of
recyclable plastics," said Bill O'Grady, chairman of APR and
vice president of Talco Plastics in Long Beach, CA.
"Especially because of a bill that is designed to enhance
recycling for California," he said.
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