Category Archives: July 2015 Ampacet Newsletter-EN

Ampacet was chosen as one of the two Luxembourgish companies to go forward to the finals that took place in London, UK.

Ampacet Europe SA and INTRASOFT International were named as the finalists and Ruban d’Honneur recipients in the 2014 / 2015 European Business Awards sponsored by RSM. These companies went on to complete the third and final round of judging resulting in eleven overall category winners to be announced.

In total 110 Ruban d’Honneur recipients across Europe were chosen from 709 National Champions by an esteemed panel of judges consisting of European business and political leaders, academics and entrepreneurs. Ampacet was named “The champion of Luxembourg” in the category “Turnover of €150m or higher”.

Now in its 8th year, The European Business Awards has engaged with 24,000 companies in over 33 European countries this year.

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The Top 10 companies across Europe for the Business of the Year Award category “Turnover of €150m or higher”

Adrian Tripp, CEO of the European Business Awards said: “To survive in this economic climate is hard enough, so to innovate, prosper and expand in the way this year’s Ruban d’Honneur recipients have is truly remarkable. Europe needs more companies like these. Well done to them all”.

Jean Stephens, CEO of RSM, the seventh largest global network of independent audit, tax and advisory firms and the lead sponsor of the European Business Awards, said: “At RSM we are passionate about helping businesses succeed in Europe and across the world. These two Luxembourgish businesses are typical of those that our member firms work with on a daily basis, and it is so encouraging to see this growth, prosperity and excellence.”

Giuseppe Giusto, Director EMEA: “We are very proud to have finished in the top 2 companies in Luxembourg. This is a great achievement for Ampacet. We competed with 110 other companies from around Europe and have been nominated Ruban d’Honneur which makes us very happy. The European Business Awards is widely recognised as the showcase for Europe’s most dynamic companies and to be nominated one of these is very inspiring for Ampacet. I am very proud of my team.”

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Philippe Rey “Marketing Director” receiving the award for Ampacet in the category “Turnover of €150m or higher”

AMPACET’S NEW ADDITIVE RANGE FOR AGRICULTURAL FILMS

Plasticulture is a growing market with increasing requirements towards higher crops quality and yields to meet the needs of growing populations.

Agricultural films

In order to help satisfy the market needs, Ampacet has developed a range of Masterbatches for greenhouse & tunnel applications including AGROCLEAR 651 (102651), THERMIC 337 (1000337-E) & HEATSCREEN 34 (1000234‑E).

AGROCLEAR 651 is a highly efficient antifog Masterbatch, specifically designed for agricultural films (greenhouse, low tunnels, mulch film for asparagus), providing a very long term antifogging effect at a very low addition rate.

THERMIC 337 retains a maximum heat inside the greenhouse and low tunnels during the night by blocking the far infra-red spectrum emitted by the ground, providing a ‘thermic’ effect. This allows the greenhouse or low tunnels inner atmosphere temperature to achieve an additional 1°C to 3°C during the night leading to a higher plant growth rate, higher yield and anticipated harvest.

HEATSCREEN 34 provides a “Cooling” effect to greenhouses (used under very hot climate conditions) that avoids the overheating of the greenhouses inner atmosphere as well as dehydration of the plants. This enables an optimized plant growth.

To have more details on the test results and receive more detailed information on the product, please contact your local Ampacet representative.

AMPACET’S PERMANENT ANTISTATIC SOLUTIONS FOR FLEXIBLE APPLICATIONS

Flexible plastic packagings are sensitive to static electricity affecting handling and operations whether it is during film production, film converting (lamination, printing, metallizing) and packing operations, but also during storage of the final packed goods where dust accumulation need to be avoided for a high pack shelf-appeal. Packaging films require immediate and consistent antistatic properties for optimizing handling and appearance.                               Pink transparent film anti-static

Ampacet PERMSTAT masterbatches are non-migratory antistatic         solutions specifically developed for providing immediate and permanent antistatic properties to polyolefin films used for specific packaging applications (electronics, powders, explosive and hazardous chemicals).                                                                                                         anti-static food packs

Food approved, Ampacet PERMSTAT 429 (103429-E), PERMSTAT        249 (1000249-E), PERMSTAT 346 (1000346-E) and PERMSTAT 90 (404190-E) are also suitable for food packagings requiring such demanding antistatic properties.

To have more details on the test results and receive more detailed information on the product, please contact your local Ampacet representative.

AMPACET’S SHRINKLESS SOLUTIONS FOR BLOW MOLDING AND INJECTION MOLDING APPLICATIONS

During production it can happen that you are faced with shrinkage or warpage problems.                                                                                                   shrinkless range  crates

SHRINKAGE is the dimensional reduction brought about by the         decrease in volume of the molded material as it cools and solidifies.
WARPAGE is a distortion where the surfaces of the molded parts do not follow the intended shape of the design.

Warpage is due to differential shrinkage in the machine and transverse directions because of:

  •  Non uniform cooling of parts with wall sections of varying thickness
  • Presence of some pigments that affect the polymer crystallization

In order to help our customers optimise their production, Ampacet decided to create the range of Shrinkless products.

SHRINKLESS 057, 1000057-E which is created for polyethylene-based products and SHRINKLESS 106, 4000106-E developed for polypropylene-based products to help reduce the distortion phenomenon.

The benefits of this Masterbatch for Injection Molding & Blow Molding are:

  • Dimensional stability: reducing the impact of high shrinkage colors
  • No process modification needed or expensive tool adjustments to run the different colored parts on the same mold
  • Helps molders to minimize warpage when running a part that calls for the successive use of different colors
  • Minimum deformation during mold release
  • Product flexibility (effective on a great variety of Masterbatches)
  • Better cap fitting
  • Shorter cycle times (greener process)
  • Food contact approval (EU)
  • Does not impact the color of the final article

AMPACET’S FAIRS 2015

ARABPLAST

Ampacet was very pleased to participate for the first time to                arabplast 2015Arabplast that took place in Dubai from the 10th – 13th of January 2015. The exhibition is ranked as the No. 1 show in the region in plastics, petrochemicals and rubber industry. Ampacet was pleased to welcome all of our visitors to the beautiful booth that we constructed for this occasion.

Arabplast 2015 was 38% bigger than the 2013 edition, following greater response from exhibitors and sponsors and a record number of 906 exhibitors from 41 countries and 27 268 trade visitors came from 119 countries. Participants from Ampacet were Caroline Scheydecker, Philippe Rey, Claes Nilsson, Renaud Kieffer, Nicolas El Khoury, Virginie Tanguier, and Mohammed Jaber.

Our distributor in UAE, Nilgiris International also attended this fair with us which was a great opportunity to market them with all the potential customers in the country.

Most of our key customers visited us and we had the chance to conduct different meetings with various clients to discuss new plans for 2015.

On display at Arabplast 2015 were new products and technologies in injection moulding, blow moulding, wrapping and packaging, pre and post plastic processing techniques as well as raw materials, such as additives and polymers. The show covers a wide spectrum of plastic machinery, plastic/rubber processing technology, pre and post-processing systems, plastic packaging technology, injection moulding, blow moulding, wrapping technology, extrusions, chemicals and additives, semi-finished goods, engineering plastics and plastic products.

 

INTERPLASTICA

As each year, Ampacet was presented at the most important plastic INTERPLASTICA 2015trade fair in Russia and CIS countries. The 19th edition of the International Trade Fair Plastics and Rubber took place in Moscow City (Expocentr, Krasnaya Presnya) between the 27th and 30th of January 2015. This year, all exhibitors of the Fair have been pleasantly surprised. Despite sanctions and strong financial crisis in Russia, Interplastica was considerably larger than the year before with a net occupancy of over 13.000 square meters and featuring 932 exhibitors from 36 countries.

Despite Russia’s weak rouble, this country and its neighbours still have a substantial demand for investment and a great interest in advanced machinery, production, process technology and high-tech materials. Thousands of business owners and industrialists came to this fair to find out more about innovative technologies and maintain or establish business contacts with suppliers.

Taking into account the wide geography of Russia, Ampacet successfully serves more than 1,500 customers. Ampacet’s booth at Interplastica 2015 was traditionally presented by sales managers from various regions of Russia: European region (Moscow, Saint-Petersburg), Siberia (Novosibirsk), Ural (Yekaterinburg, Chelyabinsk) and southern Region (Rostov-on-Don, Krasnodar). Strong support to the Russian sales team was provided by Mr. Claes Nilsson (Director of sales Northern Europe) and Mr. Emanuele Piacenti (Strategic business manager – BOPP). Ampacet’s new achievements and innovations, new range of color Masterbatches for PET preforms were presented to the Russian market.

As usual the highest interest/demand was shown to the local color service which Ampacet is offering in Russia since 2008 when the color plant was installed. Localization of all standard color Masterbatches have resulted in tremendous success. Already in January and February of this year our local production was full of orders and the installation and startup of the new line will allow us to meet high demands for our products. For the first time we have presented to our customers color film books made with a full range of color Masterbatches produced in Russia! The Film books have been very popular like “hot pizza”.

It is also important to mention high integration of polymer markets of Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan. Thanks to the Customs Union of these countries, all barriers in trading (cancelled import duties, unified taxes and certification) have been removed. As a benefit of this Ampacet Russia has started to export color Masterbatches to these countries and we expect even more expansion of our export sales.

Ampacet remains one of the market leaders in Russia, serving more than 1200 plastic converters and Interplastica has confirmed this value.

The main goals of Ampacet’s participation at the Fair were to analyze the sales results for 2014, meet existing and new customers/partners and to discuss new business opportunities for 2015-2016. Interplastica is an indispensable trade fair that helps to detect the trends of the Russian polymer market, to discover the current range of international products and to better understand the customers’ needs.

We look forward to seeing our customers again next year at Interplastica 2016!

 

THE UPCOMING international trade fairs WHERE AMPACET WILL BE EXHIBITING ARE:

October 2015

Fakuma 2015, which will take place in Friedrichshafen (Germany) from the 13th -17th of October (Hall B1 – stand number 1219)

December 2015

Plast Eurasia, which will take place in Istanbul (Turkey) from the 3rd – 6th of December. (Booth number TBD)
We do hope that you will come and visit us during these fairs!