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FRT plans to build six U.S. tire recycling plants.

Federal Recycling Technologies, Norman, OK, announced plans to build six scrap tire recycling plants. The plants will be located in southern California, south Texas, Oklahoma, and in central and south Florida. All plants will be owned by private investment groups. Construction of the plants and plant equipment will be a collaborative effort between FRT, Wynn Construction and C.H. Guernsey and Co. Each plant will employ an advanced pyrolytic and refinement process. The standard plant layout consists of three reactors, each of which will process one ton of shredded tires per hour. The recovered oil and carbon black are then fully enhanced through a refinement system. The result is a clear plasticizer oil similar in characteristics to Exxon Flexon 766 and a carbon black with a volatile organic content of less than 2% and similar in characteristics to carbon black grade N326. The carbon black may be pelletized and bagged or shipped in bulk to the customer. The cost of an average plant through FRT is estimated at less than $10 million.

Bayer announced it will be making more than $1.2 billion in capital investments at its Baytown, TX facility from 1995 through the year 2000. The investments primarily will cover three major projects that will expand production of two components used in the production of polyurethane -- diphenyl methylene diisocyanate (MDI) and raw materials for toluene diisocyanate (TDI) -- as well as Makrolon polycarbonate. The Baytown expansions are part of $4.6 billion in capital investments that Bayer is making in chemicals, life sciences and imaging technologies from 1995 through 2000 to strengthen its U.S. market position and take on growing responsibilities for the worldwide Bayer Group. The first of three major projects is the construction of a $140 million MDI facility. The facility is scheduled to be completed at the end of 1998 and will add about 300 million pounds of annual MDI capacity to the already existing capacity. In addition, Bayer will invest approximately $500 million for infrastructure and other raw materials for its isocyanates manufacturing lines, including a chlor alkali facility in Baytown. The third Baytown expansion project is a planned $80 million polycarbonate plant capacity increase. The new facility is scheduled for completion in late 1998 and will add 120 million pounds of annual capacity. A $150 million bisphenol A plant is scheduled for completion in mid-1999 to supplement the polycarbonate operation.

M.A. Hanna has expanded its European specialty chemicals operations with the acquisition of two businesses supplying plastic compounds for the wire and cable market. M.A. Hanna has signed an agreement to purchase

Enviro Care Compounds (ECC) of Norway, which produces halogen-free flame retardant plastic compounds. The company also has acquired a family of plastic compounds manufactured for the telecommunications industry from Borealis A/S of Denmark.

Amoco began producing commercial quantities of the chemical dimethyl-2,6-naphthalene dicarboxylate, (NDC) on April 1 in its Decatur, AL facility. NDC is the raw material used to boost the performance of polyesters. The Decatur facility is expected to reach design capacity of 27,000 tons per year by early 1998.

Solvay America has purchased from Dexter the latter's 50% share of D&S Plastics International, said to be the largest supplier of engineered polyolefin materials in the North American automotive industry. Solvay America already owned the other half of D&S Plastics.

Union Carbide will add a 40 million pounds-per-year diethylenetriamine (DETA) production unit to its ethyleneamines operations at Taft, LA. The new unit will be fully integrated with the Taft plant's existing ethyleneamines facility and its new ethanolamines plant, currently under construction. Start-up for the DETA unit is planned for late 1999, bringing the company's total ethyleneamines capacity to 270 million pounds per year.

Ashland Chemical, a division of Ashland, has acquired Fospur Limited, a water treatment company based in the United Kingdom, from Yorkshire Environmental Ltd. Terms of the acquisition were not announced.

Cadillac Plastic's Asia-Pacific operations announced the opening of two branches located in Hanoi, Vietnam and Shanghai, China.

Digital Instruments, a manufacturer of scanning probe/ atomic force microscopes, is moving to a new 50,000 facility in Santa Barbara, CA. The new building includes extensive clean room facilities and additional laboratory, research training, test and office space.

The merger of Gretag Color Control and Macbeth Division of Kollmorgen Instruments was officially signed on April 4 in Regensdorf, Switzerland. The new company will be called GretagMacbeth.

Osmonics, Minnetonka, MN, completed the acquisition of AquaMatic of Rockford, IL. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. AquaMatic is a supplier for the water treatment equipment market.

Mitchell Industries, Birmingham, AL, announced the acquisition of Quality Machine Works, located in Trussville, AL.

Mass Dynamics is the new operating division of Milltronics, Arlington, TX, to focus exclusively on the development and sales of the Milltronics' dry solids flow measurement and process protection products. The new entity functions independently from the company's level measurement operation and encompasses all Milltronics conveyor belt weighers, solids flowmeters, Senaco acoustic sensors and motion sensing products.
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Title Annotation:Federal Recycling Technologies builds
Publication:Rubber World
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:May 1, 1997
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