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    • Rafinat Yarullin, director general of OAO Tatnentekhiminvest-Holding
      Directions for innovations in the polymers manufacturing industry of the Republic of Tatarstan

      Tatarstan, the leading Russian region in petrochemicals, keeps surprising the industry with its numerous polymer projects – both in the polymer manufacturing and polymer conversion sectors.

      Together with new facilities for base polymer production and capacity expansions in the plastics conversion sector, the republic has been developing science projects. A growing number of innovations have been implemented in the republic. Gaps are numerous though, which opens immense prospects for the development of the plastic conversion industry.

      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

      Vera Myasoedova, professor, chief scientist, Institute of Chemical Physics of the RAS. Wood-polymer and other fibrillar nanocomposites for pressure molding and extrusion applications

      Pulp is the most widespread organic polymer on the Earth. Russia possesses 25% of the global reserves of lignocellulose feedstock in the form of forest and annual plants’ wood. Articles made of ecologically pure wood-polymer fibrillar composites are known to have a superior performance.

      The report will dwell on how chemical nature, composition and structural features of wood-polymer and other fibrillar composites containing different modifiers affect the material processability using compression and extrusion. Benefits of applying thermoplastic polymer binders based on renewable feedstock in such composites will also be analysed.

      A group of young scientists, the Kazan State Technical University (Department of New Developments)

      Polymer additives – fungicides in buildings

      Major factors that affect human health include the microbiological state of living quarters, namely, microclimate problems and mold growth. A group of young scientists and specialists from the Kazan State Technical University will present an innovative method of mold killing. Timofei Kalinin will analyse the problem of mold growth and present an original invention – Antimold fungicide preparation.

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