are big changes in the global PVC marketplace with shale gas providing cheap
feedstock in the USA and opening up the export markets, mergers and
acquisitions occurring in the European PVC compounding industry, and growth in
production in China and Russia. There will be several different views of
the world markets presented at AMI"s international conference on PVC
Formulation 2014, which is scheduled for 24-26 February 2014 at the Maritim
Hotel in Dusseldorf, Germany. To kick off the conference Vestolit will
give a market review focused around European PVC and from Brazil, Mexichem will
outline the opportunities for PVC in construction in Latin America. As an
overview of the industry history SolVin will give a presentation on 100 years
of PVC use.
PVC compounders are still assessing the range of plasticisers on offer as
replacements for DEHP, from bio-based chemicals to higher phthalates.
Galata Chemicals is offering renewably-sourced plasticisers that enhance the
effect of biocides. There are also new bio-based plasticisers from
Proviron and there will be a review of plasticisers and the future from
Perstorp. Also in this area, Metabolix has studied the beneficial effects
of incorporating PHA in PVC to add toughness, plasticisation and better
processing performance. To combat bacteria Lonza has developed new
antimicrobial technology for flexible vinyl.
are vital industries depending on reliable materials, particularly the medical
device manufacturers. The Dutch blood bank, Sanquin, has conducted
research on the potential replacements for DEHP and the effects of the
replacement material on the stability of red blood cells and platelets.
In pharmaceutical applications fake products are a global issue so Klockner
Pentaplast has developed anti-counterfeiting technology for PVC films and
Polysecure sells additives for the same purpose.
rigid materials with outdoor applications appearance is a priority and this
depends on the right combination of colorants and stabilisers: BASF has looked
at the combinations of additives and colours required for successful PVC
products. There are new opacifying pigments for profiles from FP
Pigments in Finland, while Huntsman Pigments has developed pigments that
enhance reflectance and transmittance of infrared wavelengths. The issue
of photo-pinking will be highlighted by Akdeniz Kimya with a focus on the
correct selection of stabilisers to prevent this issue from arising.
has shown that adding rubber particles to profile formulations improves the
rheology and mechanical properties and Chemson has reviewed the global trends
in stabilisation of profiles, where change has been driven by increasing
chemical regulation, particularly governing the types of metal stabilisers that
are permitted. This makes legacy products a potential issue in the re-use of
recyclate. Sustainability and recycling considerations are now
significant factors in formulations. The profile industry is making great
strides in recovery of used windows with companies like Veka leading the way.
Foaming technology can reduce the weight and material use in a product and
Arkema has invested in developing new processing aids for foams.
mixing of a compound is critical to performance and Coperion has reviewed the
latest trends in twin-screw technology, while Farrel Pomini has developed
compact processors as an energy-efficient alternative.
will be plenty of industry professionals at the annual PVC Formulation 2014
conference in February in Dusseldorf for this focused forum for vinyl
compounders and processors, end users and the industry supply chain. Nothing
stands still in the chemical industry right now, and this is an opportunity to
catch up with the news.
PVC Formulation 2014
24-26 February 2014, Maritim Hotel, Dusseldorf, Germany
Web site: www.amiplastics.com/events/Event.aspx?code=C555&sec=3475
Author and contact for further
Dr Sally Humphreys