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Nova bets on styrenic specialties. (Your Business in Brief).

Christopher Pappas, president of the styrenics business of Pittsburgh-based Nova Chemicals, recently explained to the press and financial analysts that Nova would seek profitability in styrenics by focusing on specialty, value-added, and "differentiated" products.

* Nova has commercialized new ultra-low-pentane technology that helps EPS molders meet environmental regulations on VOCs. The company's Ultra-Low EPS has around 3% pentane, about half the usual amount. Pappas says this is the practical lower limit for pentane, so Nova is developing VOC-Free technology that replaces pentane with water (seep. 51).

* Arcel PS/PE interpolymer is a premium expandable bead said to offer unusually high cushioning properties. Nova is starting work at Beaver Valley, Pa., to double capacity for Arcel by March.

* In the fourth quarter, Nova will debottleneck its Dylark SMA resin manufacturing at Beaver Valley, increasing capacity by 20 million lb/yr. The project will be completed at the end of the first quarter of 2003. Dylark is used in automotive applications including instrument panels, interior trim, and knee bolsters.

* Nova commercialized FX 110 high-heat crystal PS last fall. It has higher toughness than other high-heat GPPS resins. Its main uses are in foam meat trays, egg cartons, and clamshell packaging.

* Nova is also focusing on its NAS clear SMMA resins and Zylar impact-modified versions. Nova recently introduced an antistatic grade of Zylar.

* Another focus is Nova's Zyntar FR-HIPS grades used in tv cabinets, computers, consumer electronics, building construction, and safety detectors.

* Nova recently introduced to the U.S. its Styrosun weatherable HIPS (PT, July '02, p. 21). It relies on EPDM instead of SBR rubber.
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Date:Sep 1, 2002
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