Chronos Richardson secures rubber compounding project.
Chronos Richardson, Nottingham, U.K., has secured a major order with Wynn's Precision. The order involves the supply of weighing, pneumatic conveying and process control equipment to Wynn's new mixing facility in Lebanon, TN. The compounding plant will be used for the mixing and preparation of a range of high quality technical rubber compounds required for production of o-rings and hydraulic, high temperature and engineered seals. The Chronos Richardson-supplied batch transfer will batch weigh and pneumatically convey a range of carbon black and white fillers. Additional scope of supply includes weighing and mixer feeding equipment for polymers, process oils and other chemicals. Mixing facility control will be accomplished via a CR3000 process control system.
CasChem, A Cambrex Company, has appointed C.P. Hall, Chicago, IL, as its exclusive distributor of personal care products in the United States, excluding the northeast. The products include CasChem's refined castor oils, hydrogenated castor, Naturechem emulsifiers and emollients, Surfactrol surfactants and castor specialties.
AGA Gas, Cleveland, OH, has been selected to install one of its new-generation Cryoss (cryogenic on-site supply) nitrogen generators to BP Amoco Chemicals' new 1,4 butanediol (BDO) plant in Lima, OH. The Cryoss unit will produce 60,000 standard cubic feet per hour of nitrogen by distilling air at cryogenic temperatures and 54,000 standard cubic feet per hour of instrument air, which AGA will supply to the BDO plant under the terms of a 15-year agreement. The plant will use the nitrogen for blanketing chemicals and processes and purging chemical reactors, vessels and pipelines.
The Tun Abdul Razak Research Centre, a rubber research and development establishment located in the U.K., is continuing to secure European-funded CRAFT contracts. Two projects accepted last year for funding have begun and are concerned with improvements in tire casing assessment and consequent retreadability, and environmentally acceptable bonding methods for rubber-based engineering components. The aim of the first project is to achieve better assessment of new tire casing integrity in order to increase the number of tires in Europe that are recycled by retreading. The second project will define application procedures for optimizing solvent-free bonding systems and develop suitable polymer coatings for bonding and corrosion protection of rubber-based engineering components. These CRAFT projects, which are part of the European Commission's Fourth Framework Program for coordinated research and technical development, are intended to provide financial support to a group of small and medium sized enterprises facing a common industrial or technological research need. CRAFT enables these groups to assign laboratories to carry out research and technological development under contract on their behalf and is open to all small and medium sized enterprises and laboratories in the European Community.
Drager Sicherheitstechnik GmbH, Luebeck, Germany, the parent company of Pittsburgh, PA-based Draeger Safety, has signed a three-year, global purchasing agreement with Dow Chemical, Midland, MI, to supply their gas detection systems instruments for detection of combustible gases to Dow's manufacturing facilities located worldwide.
Dow Chemical, Midland, MI, and LG Chemical Ltd., Korea, have formalized a 50/50 polycarbonate joint venture between the two companies to produce, market and sell Calibre polycarbonate resins in the Asia/Pacific region, excluding Japan. The new venture, LG Dow Polycarbonate Ltd., will be comprised of employees from both companies. Subject to board and government approvals, the joint venture will construct a world-scale production facility for Calibre polycarbonate resins in Yochon, Korea. The new facility will have a total capacity of 130,000 metric tons (286 million pounds). Dow Chemical also announced the formation of a 50/50 joint venture with Branco Industria e Comercio, Ltd. in Brazil that will give Dow a Latin American presence for its engineering compounds initiatives. Solutia, St. Louis, MO, and Dow Plastics, a business group of Dow Chemical, and its subsidiaries, have signed a letter of intent to form a global strategic alliance to grow the application of nylon 6,6 in key injection molded engineering plastics markets. Solutia will continue to develop and manufacture neat nylon at its facilities, while Dow will be responsible for compounding activities and will assume commercial and marketing responsibilities for the products. The existing sales infrastructure of Solutia will become part of the Dow organization. Dow Plastics will sell nylon 6,6 from Solutia, under the existing Solutia tradmark Vydyne.
Zeppelin Silo- und Apparetetechnik GmbH, Friedrichshafen, Germany, announced a high volume order for its long-standing customer Borealis, Vienna/Schwechat, Austria. Work will be started on site for construction of a large scale plant for polymers transport. The Zeppelin team will install apart from 24 silos the complete conveying system (pneumatic conveying of additives and polymer powder for extrusion and the discharge of pellets into the logistic center), elutriation system, distribution on trucks, connection with existing parts of the plant, as well as discharge facility and warehouse.
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Company Plant General Products Group Acadia Elastomers Corp. Paragould, AR Acadia Elastomers Corp. Nagadoches, TX (JM Clipper Corp.) Avon Rubber & Plastics, Inc. Manton, MI (Avon Automotive) Beloit Corp., Manhattan Products Aiken, SC Federal Way, WA Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc. Prescott, AR (Firestone Building Products) Chardon Rubber Co. Chardon, OH Nashua, NH Chardon Rubber Greeneville, TN (Chardon Electric Co.) Chicago Rawhide Bethlehem, PA Franklin, NC Chicago-Allis Mfg. Chicago, IL Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. Bowling Green, OH (Cooper Engineered Products/ Plant Prod.: Seals) Custom Rubber Corp. Cleveland, GA Eagle Picher Strattford, CT Freudenberg-NOK, Cleveland, GA General Partnership Ligonier, IN (Plant 1) Ligonier, IN (Plant 2) Manchester, NH Shelbyville, IN Gates Rubber Co. Moncks Corner, SC Iola, KS Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. Green, OH Norfolk, NE Goshen Rubber Co. Columbia City, IN (Bondflex Rubber Co.) Goshen Rubber Co. (GKI) Goshen, IN Goshen Rubber Co. (GSH) Snowhill, NC Goshen Rubber Co. Syracuse, IN (Syracuse Rubber Products) Goshen Rubber Co., Inc. Goshen, IN HBD Industries, Inc. Elgin, SC HBD Industries, Inc. Greenville, SC Oneida, TN Latex Foam Products Ansonia, CT Mark IV Industries Fort Scott, KS Williston, SC MBL USA Corp. Ottawa, IL Nichirin Flex Cucamonga, CA Rice Chadwick Rubber Co. Killbuck, OH Rubber Rolls Meadow Lands, PA Southland Technologies VA Beach, VA (1424) VA Beach, VA (1431) Sperry Rubber and Plastics Brookville, IN Standard Products Co. Griffin, GA Gaylord, MI Rocky Mt., NC Standard Products Co. Brenman, IN (Nishikawa Standard) New Haven, IN Topeka, IN T&M Rubber, Inc. Goshen, IN Titan Industries Commerce City, CA Vail Rubber Works, Inc. St. Joseph, MI West American Rubber Orange, CA Tire Group Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc. Decatur, IL Wilson, NC Continental General Tire Charlotte, NC Bryan, OH Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. Clarksdale, MS Tupelo, MS Dunlop Tire Corp. Buffalo, NY Goodyear Tire & Rubber Freeport, IL Topeka, KS Union City, TN Michelin North America Dothan, SC Lexington, SC Ft. Wayne, IN Sandy Springs, SC Tuscalloosa, AL Standard Products Co. Paris, TX (Oliver Rubber Co.)
(*) The Rubber Manufacturers Association's Improvement Award is given to plants whose incidence rates for lost workday cases are at least 20% better than their rates in the previous year.