PolyOne launches nanoclay materials, appoints new distributor

PolyOne launches nanoclay materials, appoints new distributor

Additives for Polymers years. He replaces Dr Fritz Brenzikofer who left the company. At Hoechst Sieber was initially involved in pigments research an...

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years. He replaces Dr Fritz Brenzikofer who left the company. At Hoechst Sieber was initially involved in pigments research and development of masterbatches. In 1991 he became CEO of Hoechst’s South African joint venture Polyrem, now part of Clariant. He returned to Germany in 1996 to become head of the pigments business for the printing inks industry of Hoechst AG, a position he retained through the integration of this business into Clariant. With the restructure of the Pigments & Additives Division in January, Sieber took the helm of the Printing Industries BU. He is replaced there by Dr Ulrich Ott. In addition, the leadership of the Specialized Industries unit goes to Kay-Uwe Kutschbach following the assignment of Dr Uwe Nickel as the overall head of the Division. In other news, the division has received an award for ‘excellent performance in programme and project management’ in the Best Innovator 2003 competition held jointly by the management consulting firm A.T. Kearney and the business magazine WirtschaftsWoche in Germany. The Pigments & Additives Division has implemented a number of measures to foster innovation with the result that sales from new products have risen to 20% of worldwide sales, said to be a significant achievement for this industry sector. Contact: Clariant Pigments & Additives Division, Clariant House, Am Unisys-Park 1, D65840 Sulzbach am Taunus, Germany; tel: +496196-757-8132; fax: +49-6196-757-8862; email: [email protected]; URL: pa.clariant.com

PolyOne launches nanoclay materials, appoints new distributor PolyOne Corp introduced a new family of nanoclay-based polymer concentrates at NPE 2003, the first fruits of its strategic alliance with Nanocor (Additives for Polymers, February 2003, p. 5). Initial applications for the Nanoblend™ Concentrates include fire-resistant end uses and applications that demand reduced weight and increased stiffness. PolyOne and its customers are currently involved in active testing, particularly focused on dozens of possible uses in the appliance, automotive and electrical

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industries. Nanoblend Concentrates are easily dispersible and are currently available for the polypropylene and polyethylene resin families, with additional formulations in the final phases of development, the company says. At NPE, PolyOne also introduced its new colour technology capabilities. In other company news, PolyOne has appointed Total Polymer Solutions as the authorized distributor for its engineered materials, PVC, and colour and additive masterbatch products throughout Ireland as part of its commitment to expanding business globally. And the company’s Performance Additives group, which provides colour and chemical dispersions for the rubber processing industry, has achieved ISO/TS 16949:2002 certification, which will increasingly become a requirement for suppliers to the global automotive industry. Contact: PolyOne Corp, Suite 36-5000, 200 Public Square, Cleveland, OH 44114-2304, USA; tel: +1-216-589-4000; fax: +1-216-5894077; URL: www.polyone.com

Recent additives appointments Crompton Corp has appointed Myles S. Odaniell as the new executive vice president of its Plastics and Petroleum Additives operations. He replaces William A. Stephenson, who has left the company. Odaniell comes to the company from Cytec Industries, Inc/American Cyanamid Co, where he was employed for more than 20 years, serving most recently as president – Coating and Performance Chemicals, and president – Cytec Latin America. In these positions he led a staff of 750 and was responsible for a portfolio of global speciality chemical businesses manufacturing both resins and speciality additives. At titanium dioxide pigment producer NL Industries, Inc, J. Landis Martin has resigned as president, CEO and a director of NL Industries in order to devote more time to Titanium Metals Corp, where he serves as chairman, president and CEO. NL’s current Chairman, Harold Simmons, will succeed Martin as CEO. Martin will continue to serve NL as a consultant. The company is also