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    • Plastics processors to discuss key market issues

      On the 22nd and 23rd of November 2010 the 4th Russian Congress of Plastics Converters will take place in Moscow. The forum, which is being held in the Small Conference Hall of the Moscow Government building, is organised by the Russian Association of Plastics Converters, the RCC Group media and consulting company and supported by the Government of Moscow. Key market players will discuss developments in promising sectors of the polymer industry: TPEs, composites, flame retardants, modifying additives, food polymers, plastic recycling.

      A special panel discussion on the tense relations between domestic producers and processors of polymer feedstock (Kazanorgsintez, Sibur, Nizhnekamskneftekhim and others) will be held at the congress. Representatives from the Federal Antimonopoly Service and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the state bodies involved in investigating alleged monopoly abuses by Russian producers of base polymers, have been invited to take part in the panel discussion.

      As at the previous conferences, this year’s forum will present unique Russian developments intended to replace imported products. Some of these developments have already been commercialized, some will be offered to market players for commercialization. For example, a Russian facility for manufacturing montmorillonite-based additives will be presented during the congress. A unique design of closing valve allowing the replacement of metal parts with plastic ones will also be announced.

      A meeting entitled «Experience of Russian cities in MSW recycling – problems and solutions» will be held as part of the congress on the 23rd of November. The session will be devoted to issues related to the creation of the municipal solid waste collection and recycling system. The lack of landfills forces municipal authorities to use new waste treatment technologies, in particular, large-scale collection with subsequent pyrolysis of residues. Requirements to thermal recycling, ways to develop the waste treatment industry, specifics of the implementation of new technologies in Russia’s MSW sector will be discussed at a meeting to be attended by heads of the Industry Department and the Housing and Communal Department of the Moscow City Government, municipal services from across Russia and companies involved in MSW collection and recycling.

      A detailed report on the results of the congress, with the review of the market situation and market players’ proposals, will be made once the event ends. All the documents are planned to be published in print and online by mass media companies. They will also be sent to Russia’s governmental authorities and the State Duma (Parliament).

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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.

      Bernd Fischer, executive director of Schnorr von Carolsfeld Engineering & Service GmbH Dedusting of granules at the stage of loading and feedstock processing

      Any impurities of feedstock can negatively affect the quality of finished articles and stability of the production process. Dust may cause black specks, blotches or soft spots in yarns or films. Dozers are clogged with strands.

      Pelletron Corporation, founded in 1986 in USA, offers to producers and converters of polymers effective solutions for the conversion of dedusting virgin and recycled polymers, automotive industry, medicine, food processing, etc. DeDusters are ranging in capacity from 50 to 100,000 kg per hour. Processors can install them directly on injection moulding machines, extruders, or dryers, while manufacturers could use them prior to bagging their material or loading railcars.

      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

      Yuri Radyushkin, director for projects at ZAO Ecros-Engineering.
      Monitoring and control: how to capture pollution and save money

      Any manufacture emitting potentially hazardous substances needs a control system. Control systems, as well as production operations, have become subject to full automation.

      To provide reproducibility and precision of results, samples, until recently, have been prepared only manually. The process usually took several days and heavily depended on human factor. To resolve this problem, Fluid Management Systems (USA) developed an automated sample preparation system. Its advantages are obvious: in one stage, it automatically performs full preparation of a sample without the presence or assistance of a lab technician, thus providing a precise and reproducible analysis without the cross-pollution of extracts and at minimal harmful influence on personnel. In those locations that do not require permanent monitoring, mobile posts for area inspection can be organised.

      This system can be particularly useful for regional administrations of the Russian Federation to organise ecological control over industrial enterprises, or for companies that prepare samples and have to monitor emissions in accordance with the current legislation.

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