Elastochem Newsletter April 2012
Thursday 19th April 2012


Here at Elastochem, the Team has been busy launching new product ranges to the market for 2012, and following recent visits to International Trade Shows, there's more to come!

We look forward to discussing these new opportunities with you in the coming months. Meanwhile, here's a glance of some of the International happenings.

  • ExxonMobil Chemical Expands Shanghai Technical Centre
  • LSFOH Expands in Europe
  • NPE 2012 - Emphasis on Machinery
  • Supply Fundamentals - Availability of Supply Critical

  • ExxonMobil Chemical Expands Shanghai Technical Centre

    ExxonMobil's Shanghai Technolgy Centre is fully equipped with state-of-the-art Analytical Equipment, Compounding Processing Equipment, Blown Film Lines (both Mono and 3 Layer), Packaging Conversion Equipment, and Moulding Machine.

    These facilities are available for Elastochem's customers using ExxonMobil resins to test and trial materials and new compounds.

    To optimise your new developments, please call us to discuss your testing requirements.

    LSFOH Expands in Europe

    Low Smoke and Fume Zero Halogen (LSFOH) compounds continue to be the Flame Retardant option for an ever increasing regulatory environment in Europe.

    LSFOH compounds are ideal for both sheathing and insulation in wire & cable applications. With compounds that can be processed via extrusion or injection moulding, applications can now include coasting flexible metal conduit, smooth and corrugated conduit, and switch housing.

    Advantages of LSFOH compounds include:

    • Highly Flame Ratardent - help to prevent fire
    • Halogen-Free - no acid gas emissions
    • Low Smoke - improved visibility in fire
    • Low Toxicity - avoiding toxic fumes
    • Colourable

    Elastochem will be launching a range of LSFOH Compounds from one of the World's most reputable suppliers. Watch this space!

    NPE 2012 - Emphasis on Machinery

    The NPE2012 plastics exposition, which took place April 1-5 in Orlando, Florida, substantially exceeded NPE2009 in size, and it attracted more participants from outside the United States than any other NPE in history.

    Taking place in a venue that marked a dramatic shift after four decades in Chicago, NPE2012 attracted 1,933 exhibitors, more than in each of the three previous NPEs. The total exhibit space occupied at NPE2012 was 939,972 sq.ft, (87,326 sq.m), or 23% greater than in 2009, which was adversely affected by the Great Recession. There was a 26% increase in attendance, as 55,359 plastics professionals participated in NPE2012. These visitors represented 19,283 unique companies, as against 18,600 at NPE2009.

    Supply Fundamentals - Availability of Supply Critical

    This article featured in our last Newsletter, but I thought it worth reiterating.

    Feedstock supply for C4LL and ICP is the issue from our Singapore supply base. Due to increased USA demand, we are seeing lower imports into Asia Pacific from that area. Hence local manufacturing in Singapore has had to increase. However additional feedstocks are not available.

    The lack of additional feedstock is partly attributed to Japan having to use non-nuclear fuels for power generation following the tsunami. We are seeing reduced allocations of C4LL and ICP. We do not see a resolve to this issue until 2013.

    On the positive side however, the NZ and Australian economies are forecasted to have strong growth in 2012 and 2013, due to our trade with Asia. Key markets including China, Malaysia and Indonesia have seen a growth in incomes, and a developing middle class, leading to more energy consumption (Australian minerals) and expenditure on consumables and food (NZ exports).

    The forecast for the NZD is for this to stay strong in 2012 and 2013. ASB has released figures quoting USD at 0.86 for 2012, rising to 0.90 in 1Q2013. Equally the AUD remains strong, hence on the cross-rates Australian imports to NZ will be expensive, but NZ manufactured exports more competitive.


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