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Una-Dyn Moves to New Plant Universal Dynamics (Una-Dyn), a Piovan Co., has moved from its long-time home in Wood- bridge, Va., to a 77,248 ft 2 manufacturing facility at the new Piovan North America head- quarters in Fredericksburg, Va., 35 miles away. The move began in June and was completed last month. A Grand Opening event is planned for Oct. 4. The 91,000-ft 2 office and plant will produce Una-Dyn and Piovan materials-handling, storage, blending, drying and crystallizing equipment; Piovan's Aquatech process-water-cooling systems; and Piovan granulators and shredders for Una-Dyn's newly established Size Reduction Group (SRG). Development of Una-Dyn FACS supervisory software will also continue at the new location. 703-490-7000 • Firms Collaborate on 'Sustainable' Barrier-HDPE Pharma Bottle A new HDPE pharmaceutical bottle that promotes sustainability through lightweight- ing resulted from a collaboration between Milliken Chemical, Spartanburg, S.C. (, a leader in nucleation and clarification technology; Jarden Plastic Solutions, Greer, S.C. (, an injection molder of medical, consumer and high-end industrial products; and Italian plastics equipment supplier SACMI (U.S. office in Des Moines, Iowa; Milliken's proprietary UltraGuard advanced customizable additive masterbatch technology is key to this project. Incorpo- rated into HDPE, it reportedly creates a passive barrier by altering the resin's crystal orientation to create a tortuous path that slows the passage of moisture and oxygen. According to Milliken, the technology can increase the barrier properties of HDPE by 20% to 60%, leading to significant light- weighting opportunities. Without the barrier additive, HDPE will typically form large, spherulitic crystals that do little to inhibit the passage of oxygen and moisture. Also key to this project is SACMI's proprietary high-volume, rotary compression blow forming (CBF) technology. It extrudes "hockey-puck" blanks that are sliced off and placed into compression molds to produce preforms, which are then blown into finished bottles. CBF produces a precision-molded neck, as does injection-blow molding, but without any gate mark on the bottle. Also, the bottles have greatly reduced melt stresses and more uniform weights between cavities, and the system offers substantial energy savings. The combination of Milliken's barrier masterbatch and CBF equipment allows Jarden to produce the new thin-wall bottles. Custom formulated for this application, UltraGuard has potential as a candidate for any PE application that requires barrier, including caps and closures, films for cereal and cracker bags, beverage bottles (e.g., nutritional drinks), nutraceuticals (probiotics, vitamins), and other types of pharmaceutical containers. W. Amsler Moving Its Operations W. Amsler Equipment Inc., Richmond Hill, Ont., a maker of all-electric PET reheat stretch-blow machinery, will relocate its headquarters and manufac- turing operations to Bolton, Ont., this summer. The 34,000-ft 2 space is more than double the size of the company's current facility. 905-951-9559 • 8 AUGUST 2018 Plastics Technology W. Amsler Equipment sales & marketing manager Heidi Amsler at NPE2018 with 1.5 L PET wine bottles produced on her company's L12 all- electric stretch-blow machine. LyondellBasell in Discussions To Acquire Braskem Industry rumors that Houston-based Lyon- dellBasell, Inc. (LBI, is considering the acquisition of Braskem were confirmed via a mid-June joint announcement. Brazil's Braskem ( informed its shareholders that its controlling shareholder Odebrecht S.A., had begun discussions with LBI (headquartered in Rotterdam, The Netherlands), for a potential sale to LBI of Odebrecht's shares in Braskem. The negotiations are still in a preliminary, confidential stage. Major New Polyolefins JV Breaks Ground The official groundbreaking for an over 2-billion-lb/yr ethane steam cracker held earlier this month in Port Arthur, Texas, is the first project for the newly formed Bayport Polymers LLC ("Bay- Pol"), a 50-50 joint venture between Total SA (U.S. office in Houston; and Novealis Holdings LLC—a joint venture between Borealis (U.S. office in Port Murray, N.J.; and Nova Chemi- cals (U.S. office in Moon Township, Pa.; Bay-Pol combines Total's existing Bayport 900-million-lb/yr PE facility with the Borealis multi-modal Borstar technology that produces enhanced L/LDPE, HDPE and MDPE, and Nova's polyethylene customer and technical expertise to deliver a broad range of products. The project is expected to include a new 1.4-billion-lb/yr Borstar PE unit at the Bayport site, subject to a final investment decision. Covestro Starts Up TPU Capacity Expansion Pittsburgh-based Covestro LLC hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 12 to celebrate the startup of its TPU capacity expansion at New Martins- ville, W.Va. This investment boosts Covestro's annual production capacity for Texin TPU in North America by 25% through debottlenecking. The company also recently announced a TPU capacity expansion in Taiwan. 412-413-2000 • T E C H N O L O G Y A N D I N D U S T R Y N E W S St ar t ing Up

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