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    • Vsevolod Abramov, chairman of the Russian Plastics Converters Association
      Report on results of K 2010.
      The latest European technologies and equipment

      The 18th international plastic and rubber exhibition K is being held in D?sseldorf this November. It is a major event in the global industry. Technologies presented at K set development directions for the plastics industry for at least 10 years. Participation in the event is a must for all companies in the sector. The results of the exhibition will be discussed in the report of the chairman of the Russian Plastics Converters Association.

      Petr Malina, deputy director, Science, of ZAO Bioenergetik
      Plan of establishing a manufacture of newly designed polymer valves. Investment project

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      ?The most significant number of ruptures and leakages occur near check valves during transportation of liquid products. For example, the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico would be impossible if the hydraulic pressure on the check valve of the system had been several times lower.

      Setting a valve at an angle of 45° to the pipe instead of 90° and other engineering solutions could reduce the pressure, make hydraulic impact impossible and allow opening and closing valves without a hydraulic rotation booster. Such a solution allows the substitution metal with polymers in those valve designs that excluded such replacement thus far.

      Our new check valves possess such advantages as resistance to corrosive environment and low cost in comparison with metal analogs. They are protected by over 10 invention patents. The technical characteristics of the valve and its competitiveness against foreign analogs have been confirmed by tests conducted by NPP Mashtest (Korolev, Moscow region), Tyazhprom-Armature (Aleksin, Tula region), Hydromash Plant (Novokuznetsk, Kemerovo region) and Neftepromremont (Strezhevoi, Tomsk region).

      The Russian Congress of Plastic Converters scheduled for this November will present the feasibility study of this project to potential investors describing the amount of investments needed, market size, equipment capacity, project payback period. If implemented, the project will prolong the service life of check valves used at numerous residential and industrial objects, including chemical facilities. The goal of the project is to gradually replace the old valves of currently operating pipeline systems and install the new valves on newly built plastic pipelines.

      Aslanbek Balov, director general of Polykhimgroup On substitution of existing flame retardants with new-generation products

      Recent statistics show that the number of fires in the Russian Federation stays at about 250,000 events per year. Annually, 20,000 deaths and direct damages of 4 billion roubles are caused by fires in Russia. The production of fireproof materials is being actively developed in Russia. A legal framework making the use of fire retardants in compounds mandatory is being created in parallel. There are clear distinctions between processes and ingredients meant for electric, electronic, construction, aircraft, and automobile industries.

      Refusal to use halogen fire retardants that contaminate the environment becomes a major trend. The recently adopted REACH and WEEE standards restrict, and in certain cases forbid the use of halogen fire retardants. Actually, this means a redistribution of the European market for fire retardants.

      Russian manufacturers have to react to the new market situation in a timely manner and choose an optimum feedstock to enter this market with. Aslanbek Balov, CEO of Polykhimgroup reviews basic kinds of feedstock and technologies for manufacturing fireproof materials in his report prepared for the second session of the Russian Congress of Plastic Converters to be held at the Moscow government building in New Arbat.

      Dariusz Lukaszewski, regional director of Milliken Chemical Opportunities for the production of innovative polypropylene grades in Russia

      The global market offers over 800 various grades of polypropylene made through innovative hyper nucleation and clarification technologies developed by Milliken. At present, the company is interested in offering its technologies to Russian converters.

      Dariusz Lukaszewski’s report at the 4th Congress of Plastic Converters will dwell on the following issues:
      – Demand for new PP grades in Russia.
      – Production of innovative import-replacing PP grades in Russia.
      – Consumption of new PP grades in Russia, including market needs and restrictions.

      Russian fibre and yarn output rose in January-July

      In January-July 2010, Russia’s chemical production rose by 18.4% compared with the same period in 2009, reports the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade. The output of rubber and plastic products grew by 22.4%. The output of coatings was up by 23.2% year-on-year. The production of chemical fibres and yarns amounted to 68,000 tonnes in January-July, a 22.2% increase from a year earlier. The growth can be attributed to a gradual increase in consumption and the relatively low 2009 benchmark. The output of textile yarns increased by 46.4%, technical yarns by 2.5 times, cord yarns by 18.7%, and staple fibre by 5.2%.

      The output of virgin ethylene-based polymers amounted to 918,700 tonnes in January-July (up by 13.4% y-o-y) owing to expanded output by Stavrolen (+43.8%); Angarsk Polymer Plant (+40.5%); Kazanorgsintez (+10.5%). The output of virgin propylene-based polymers and other polyolefins in January-July declined by 17.5% compared with January-July of 2009 due to a scheduled overhaul at NPP Neftekhimiya.

      The output of PVC amounted to 369,900 tonnes in January-July (+13.5%). Expanded output was posted by Nizhnekamskneftekhim (+16.1%); OAO Plastic (+97.6%), Angarsk Polymer Plant (+0.8%). The output of chemical and mineral fertilisers in January-July is estimated at about 10.4 million tonnes, up by 28.1% year-on-year.

      (c) RccNews.ru

      Airat Gizzatullin, director general of OAO UK Idea Capital, executive director of Technopolis Khimgrad. Development of polymer conversion in special economic zone

      Industrial parks and technopolises have a strong influence on the development of the current Russian polymer market. Due to a concentration of small and medium-sized industry enterprises, industrial parks are capable of covering the full cycle of the innovation process from idea to its realization in new technologies or products. In addition, industrial parks can help solve many urgent industry problems. Examples include successful import substituting projects, commercialization of innovative materials and nanotechnologies, etc.

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