A chF10m global initiative by Clariant to expand production of colour and additive masterbatches and compounds using engineering polymers and high-temperature plastics such as peeK (polyether ether ketone) is progressing on schedule.
Jeff Saeger, who heads the expansion program for Clariant, reports two extrusion lines at the Masterbatches plant in Ahrensburg, Germany, have been refurbished and can now run at temperatures up to 450°c. Another new line will be installed and running by the end of Q1 2017.
In Shanghai, two new co-rotating extruders are up and running, and a smaller high-temperature unit has been started up in Singapore. Saeger says equipment for processing fluoro – polymers has been installed in Lewiston, Maine, USA, and new lines for speciality high-temperature compounds are now running in Holden, Massachusetts. A new black masterbatch line, for engineering polymers, is scheduled start-up in Holden in Q3 2017.
Besides masterbatches, the plants also can produce fully compounded and pre-coloured resins in small and medium quantities in collaboration with major resin producers.