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Tencate doubles composite capacity at UK facility

May 19, 2016 | Michael Ravenscroft

Tencate Advanced Composites (Almelo, Netherlands) has completed a series of updates for thermoset prepreg systems at its Langley Mill, UK facility. The event follows a period of “significant investment” for the UK operations of TenCate Advanced...

Omnova to shutter SB latex production in Georgia and Ohio

June 11, 2015 | Vincent Valk

Omnova Solutions says it is shutting down styrene butadiene (SB) latex production at its facilities in Calhoun, GA and Mogadore, OH, as part of a cost-cutting program expected to save the company $14-17 million/year. The company is eliminating 265 million...

Axalta opens water-based coatings plant in Shanghai

March 3, 2015 | Vincent Valk

Axalta today opened an automotive water-based coatings plant in China. The plant, which is adjacent to Axalta’s operations center in Shanghai’s Jiading district, will double the company’s capacity in China for water-based coatings...

AMRI plans to close UK plant

February 12, 2015 | Vincent Valk

Albany Molecular (AMRI) has announced plans to close its facility at Holywell, Wales, UK, the company says. The plant makes active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and is involved in chemical development services in the pharma space. The Holywell plant was...

Informex 2015: CMOs benefit from changes at big pharma

February 5, 2015 | Vincent Valk in New Orleans

Contract manufacturing organizations (CMOs), including many fine chemical makers, are among the big beneficiaries from changes at big pharmaceutical companies, say attendees at Informex 2015, held this week in New Orleans. While big pharma has recently...

Schulman to close plant in Ohio as part of restructuring

November 17, 2014 | Vincent Valk

A. Schulman says it is closing a former Ferro specialty plastics plant at Stryker, OH in April of next year. The plant’s production – mostly for customers in the US and Mexico – will shift to other facilities in North America. Schulman...

PolyOne to close two plants in Brazil

July 15, 2014 | Vincent Valk

PolyOne announced today that it is closing two production facilities in Brazil – one at Diadema in Sao Paulo state, and one at Joinville in Santa Catarina state. The two plants were part of the company’s specialty engineered materials business...

Altana doubles US additives capacity

June 5, 2014 | Vincent Valk in Wallingford, CT

Altana today inaugurated its new additives facility at Wallingford, CT, doubling capacity for paints, composites and other additives in its BYK Additives and Instruments division. The new facility cost $50 million – Altana's single largest investment in...

Milliken to increase capacity for PP clarifier

April 23, 2014 | Vincent Valk

Milliken (Spartanburg, SC) announced today that it is building new capacity for a clarifying agent for polypropylene (PP) at Blacksburg, SC. The new capacity will be onstream in 2015, and the investment is the company’s "most significant capital...

Ashland shutters UPR and gelcoats plant in Canada

March 5, 2014 | Vincent Valk

Ashland announced today that it is closing its unsaturated polyester resin (UPR) and gelcoats manufacturing plant at Kelowna, BC, effective 27 June. Six other sites in North America will produce UPR and gelcoats, Ashland says. The closure is due to the...

Addivant expands antioxidants capacity in South Korea

February 11, 2014 | Vincent Valk

Antioxidants and polymer additives maker Addivant (Middlebury, CT) announced today that it is increasing capacity of phosphate antioxidants at its Pyongtaek, South Korea, facility, with capacity having increased by 40% thus far. Additional expansion is...

NAM names ACI head to Council of Manufacturing Associations

January 17, 2014 | Lindsay Frost

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM; Washington) announced today that the American Cleaning Institute (ACI; Washington) president and CEO Ernie Rosenberg has been elected chair of NAM’s Council of Manufacturing Associations (CMA), NAM says...

InChem buys manufacturing site in North Carolina

January 15, 2014 | Vincent Valk

InChem (Rock Hill, SC), a custom chemical manufacturer and maker of phenoxy, is investing $15 million to purchase and expand a facility in Charlotte, NC, the company says. The facility currently has over 100,000 square feet of warehousing capacity and over...

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