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Bayer expands production for coating raw materials in China
Bayer MaterialScience is increasing its production capacities in the Asia/Pacific region to meet the continued growth in demand there for raw materials for coatings and adhesives. The ground-breaking ceremony was held at the site in Shanghai, China, for a new plant for the production of the precursor hexamethylene diisocyanate (HDI). With an annual capacity of 50,000 metric tons, it will be the one of the largest facilities of its kind in the world. Completion is scheduled for 2016. Bayer already has one HDI plant in Shanghai, which was expanded in 2013 from its original annual capacity of 30,000 metric tons. There is considerable demand in the region, and in particular in China, for coatings and adhesives, which are used in the automotive industry, among others. The new plant will utilise gas-phase technology, which requires substantially less energy and solvent than conventional processes. Shanghai is one of Bayer’s largest production sites worldwide.
Automated carriage coating at the new Siemens surface treatment centre in Vienna
ESTAL appoints new director
New Global OEM Technology Director at Axalta
Roll opens service and test centre in USA
Cleaning systems manufacturer Karl Roll GmbH & Co. KG, which is based in Germany, has been cooperating with a new partner in the North American market since January 2014. The Indianapolis-based company ZPS America LLC has taken on responsibility for sales and service for Roll parts cleaning systems. ZPS has many years of experience with closed solvent systems. The company has a local service staff of 12 technicians, who are able to put new cleaning systems into operation and perform maintenance and repair tasks. ZPS also maintains a spare parts warehouse in the USA. As a result of the cooperation with Karl Roll, ZPS can offer its customers aqueous cleaning systems as single-chamber, multi-chamber, continuous flow and rotary cycle machines, in addition to solvent cleaning systems. A cleaning system that operates with halogen-free hydrocarbons has been available at ZPS since February 2014 to enable customers to carry out cleaning trials.
New certification for zinc flake systems
BASF expands production of waterborne automotive coatings in Brazil
BASF has invested €2.5 million in its Demarchi coatings site, located in the state of São Paulo, Brazil, to expand its capacity to service Brazil’s automotive industry with waterborne automotive coatings. The goal is to meet market demands generated by new car makers setting up their plants in the country and by the trend of using waterborne technology rather than solvent-borne. In 2013, Brazil was the fourth biggest car sales market in the world and in seventh place worldwide as a car producer, according to the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA).
AGCO opens new automated manufacturing facility in Kansas
AGCO, Your Agriculture Company, a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment, has recently completed a two-year, $40 million modernisation project in Hesston, Kansas. As part of the modernisation project, the Hesston facility was equipped with the latest finishing and paint technologies, together with automated handling equipment. For the second time, CTI Systems was appointed by AGCO to act as general contractor for design and implementation of the entire installation.
The new 18,500 m2 state-of-the-art dip and powder-coat painting facility consolidates AGCO Hesston Operations’ paint stations from two operations into one streamlined, efficient building. Parts for all products manufactured in Hesston will be painted and finished there. The system includes 20 batch ovens used for curing the electro-coat and the powder. The entire paint shop is equipped with automated floor-based and overhead material handling devices from CTI Systems. The entire material flow process is fully automated and controlled by software developed by CTI Systems to ensure process visualisation and data acquisition, with connection to the customers ERP/MES system.