AMPACET CELEBRATES 30 YEARS IN EUROPE!

Since 1986, Ampacet decided to start investing outside of the US and this year celebrates 30 years of presence within Europe with the first investment being our production site in Messancy, Belgium. The official Celebration took place on the 17th September, 2016 at our production site.

The day began with a VIP tour for our customers, suppliers and tworsz_130_ans Belgium politicians, notably: Mr Kirsch, the Mayor of Messancy (Belgium) and Mrs Biordi, the Mayor of Aubange (Belgium) who honored our event by their presence. We also welcomed some attendees from institutions such as IDELUX from the Walloon region and some people from our local Charities that Ampacet has been supporting over the years.

The afternoon was dedicated to a family day for our employees. A real Fun Fair was put in place in the parking area where children could enjoy all of the attractions: Clowns, Balloon sculptors and a magician who entertained the children during the day.

The adults appreciated the “Camera Van Photo Booth” that was on site and various games where the guests were able to win gifts engraved with the logo “30 Years of Ampacet”.

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All of the attendees made the most of a factory tour in a different but very special way going into our plant with a mini train which delighted the young and the old. After the plant tour, the families continued with a tour of our laboratory where visitors could discover how our Masterbatches are produced and some of the technical aspects of our trade.30-ans-3

Our food lovers could also enjoy a large variety of foods such as: French Fries, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Belgium Waffles, Pancakes, Popcorn or Cotton Candy.

More than 750 people attended this important Ampacet celebration and of course safety was one of our main priorities during the day. For this, we were able to count on the cooperation of the police, our guards on site and the Red Cross.

It was a great celebration for all and a day that we won’t forget, but most importantly:

Happy 30th Birthday Ampacet Europe!

AMPACET IS AWARDED THE LUXEMBOURG AMERICAN BUSINESS AWARD

On Tuesday 26th April, 2016 Ampacet welcomed the Hereditary Grand Duke and Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg along with other officials including Patrick Nickels, Conseiller de gouvernement 1ére Class, Dan Biancalana, Mayor of Dudelange and Mr. Nicolas Buck, President of the FEDIL to its European Headquarters in Dudelange, Luxembourg.

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Ampacet has been awarded the “Luxembourg American Business Award” that recognizes an American company for its unique and lasting contribution to trade and business between Luxembourg and the United States, as well as for its commitment to strengthening the longstanding relationship between the two countries. The Award not only acknowledges Luxembourg’s openness to foreign trade and investment, but also the success achieved by an American company as a result of such policies.

The official Award ceremony took place in the US in the New Yorker Athletic Club on the 24th of May in presence of the Royal couple, David McKean (the U.S. Ambassador for Luxembourg), Etienne Schneider (Deputy Prime Minister of Luxembourg), Yves Carette (President and CEO of Ampacet) and Giuseppe Giusto (Vice President and Managing Director EMEA & APAC of Ampacet).

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AMPACET OPENS ITS MEA HEADQUARTERS

Ampacet is very proud to announce the opening of its new MEA Headquarters in Dubai. The official event took place earlier this year on the 6th of February, 2016.dubai (1)

In 1985, Ampacet USA made the strategic decision to create its European branch instead of continuing to service the region by selling through distributors in the UK and Italy. During the next 30 years, Ampacet Europe evolved into the EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa) region and became a major contributor to Ampacet’s overall global success. The EMEA region has now matured to a level where it was necessary for the Middle East & Africa territory (including Turkey) to be managed as a separate region.

By opening the MEA Headquarters Ampacet shows its commitment to this complex market, which includes approximately 65 countries, more than one billion inhabitants and many different languages and cultures, and to a dynamic locally-based infrastructure that will understand and cater to the needs of Ampacet’s customers.

Projects, market complexities and challenges are increasing every day and Ampacet needs to be sure to have the right resources in place. Ampacet continues its global growth, but without losing the local touch that is the key of its success.

Ampacet is looking forward to the new challenges and willing to grow beyond expectations!

 

 

THE SUCCESS OF AMPACET AT THE PLAST EURASIA AND INTERPLASTICA EXHIBITIONS

PLAST EURASIA 2015

At the beginning of December 2015, Ampacet participated to the exhibition named Plast Eurasia that took place in Turkey, İstanbul. This is an annual International Trade Fair that gathers professionals from the plastics industry covering all segments.

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The fair took place from the 3rd – 6th December with the participation of 1,134 societies and company representatives coming from 47 countries. In this year’s edition the Plast Eurasia Fair attracted 47,306 domestic and 8,269 international visitors.

Ampacet had its own outstanding booth of 84 m2 and was represented by 6 members of the MEA team. Khalil Fadda (Ampacet MEA General Manager), Bahar Özsoy (Sales Manager Turkey), Nüzhet Ezer (Sales Executive Turkey), Etem Şentürk (Technical Segment Specialist-BOPP), Mohammed Kobe (Supply Chain Manager, Ampacet MEA) and Sandy El Sabeh (Customer Service Representative Ampacet MEA). They welcomed more than 80 PlastEurasia 2015-04visitors including existing and potential customers from Turkey as well as from the other countries (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt, Bulgaria, Romania, Tunisia, Azerbaijan, Israel and Germany). They also made contact with some current and potential suppliers. As in the previous years, this fair was an enormous success for Ampacet.

Ampacet has continued to develop and grow in Turkey achieving successful results within the last years. Due to the presence of Ampacet at the Plast Eurasia Exhibition and the strong Sales team presence in this region, we have been able to show our strength and continual determination to evolve within this market and gain more market share.

INTERPLASTICA 2016

Interplastica 2016 in Moscow recorded considerably more visitors than in the previous year.

Western technology for the production of Interplastica logopackaging and related processes, as well as for the manufacturing of plastic and rubber goods is still highly valued by Russian companies. However, the political framework conditions, the fall of the oil price, and a continually weak rouble, having an inflation rate of approx. 15.8 percent last year, as well as hesitant lending as a result thereof are making it difficult to make investments, especially for small businesses. On the other hand, there is still considerable investment needed in Russia and the neighbouring countries. Above all, the demand has been placed on the domestic consumer goods industry, the food industry, and the packaging industry to optimise production processes and product quality in order to be able to substitute imports. Therefore staying informed concerning innovative technologies, maintaining business relationships with suppliers, or establishing new ones represented the main focus of visitors to the Interplastica 2016. From 26th to 29th January, 20,900 specialist visitors from Russia and its neighbouring countries came to the Moscow Expo centre in Krasnaya Presnya – around 1 900 more than in 2015. The atmosphere within the halls was remarkable. The exhibitors reported being extremely interesting business people who were also, in part, ready to make orders. A total of 828 companies from 38 countries presented their range of offers at both trade fairs.

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Significant contribution to the development of the Russian polymer market for the past 16 years has been made by Ampacet. This year, traditionally, the booth of Ampacet at Interplastica was presented by sales managers from all the regions of Russia: European part (Moscow, Saint-Petersburg), the Central part (Kazan, republic of Tatarstan), Siberia (Novosibirsk), Ural (Ekaterinburg, Chelyabinsk), South Region (Rostov-on-Don, Krasnodar).

Strong support to the Russian sales team was provided by Mr. Claes Nilsson (Director of sales Nothern Europe) and Mr. Marcello Bergamo (Global BOPP Director). There were 4 intensive meetings held with BOPP producers including 2 new companies. New developments and strong commitment was presented to one of Ampacet’s largest BOPP partners – company SIBUR.

As usual highest interest/demand was shown to the local color service which Ampacet is offering in Russia since 2008 when the plant of color Masterbatches has been installed. Localization of all standard color Masterbatches have resulted in tremendous success. Ampacet Russia has grown 40% and has reached 1.100tons of color Masterbatches in 2015. Futhermore, we expect another 20-25% growth in 2016!

It is also important to mention the 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 export sales.

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

 

AMPACET’S SOLUTIONS FOR FILM APPLICATIONS

Ampacet is offering a wide range of Masterbatches for Film applications. In this Newsletter edition we will specifically focus on 4 products for polyethylene films: High Clarity Antiblock 1000089-E, Highly Loaded Black Masterbatches 193219 and 1900042-E and Anti-pinking Masterbatch 103458.

Antiblock 1000089-E is a specialty antiblocking solution that, in comparison to conventional antiblock Masterbatches, provides antiblockhigh optical properties to transparent film enhancing its aesthetics. Antiblock 1000089-E is typically used for high clarity purposes in food packaging and overwrapping film applications as well as in clear labelling applications for “no label look” appearance.

Black 193219 and 1900042-E are highly loaded Masterbatches that represent attractive cost efficient solutionssilage film 2 for black film applications. In comparison with traditional Black Masterbatches, Ampacet 193219 and 1900042-E allow to decrease the required let-down ratio for the same film opacity, and therefore providing the possibility to use more resins of the customer’s choice. Black 193219 is a 50% N300 loaded Masterbatch, developed for coextruded black films with high opacity. It is typically recommended for use in silage bale wrap and silo bag applications, multi-seasons mulch films, as well as in silage final 2thin black industrial wrapping films. Black 1900042-E is a 60% N700 loaded Masterbatch, especially designed for general purpose black films. It is recommended for silo films, thick industrial films and consumer goods packaging.

Ampacet Anti-pinking Masterbatch 103458 is a specialty Antioxidant that eliminates the non-desired but well-known coloration phenomenon called ‘yellowing’ or ‘pinking’ which can take place on the edges of film rolls during storage. By adding Ampacet Anti-pinking 103458 to the film formulation, the over-oxidation of phenolic components will be reduced, limiting the risk of polymer discoloration and avoiding possible claims and costly returns from customers for film appearance that is unacceptable.

For further details on the above product range, please contact your local Ampacet representative or email: marketing.europe@ampacet.com

AMPACET’S SOLUTIONS FOR POST-CONSUMER RECYCLED MATERIAL

Recent European Union proposals aim to boost recycling targets to turn Europe into a more circular economy. During the coming years we will therefore see more and more products being made out of recycled materials.

However, already today we could notice that a lot of companies show much interest in post-consumer resins. Indeed, by using post-consumer recycled material these companies realize very important cost savings, reduce considerably their carbon footprint and build a “greener” brand image that has a positive impact on the customers’ behavior.

AMPACET is very active in developing solutions to support our customers to convert recycled materials into new value addedodor scav 2 products: the new Masterbatch Odor Scavenger 1000258-E and the innovative additive Masterbatch Blue Edge 78 (7600078-E) both have been specifically formulated to enhance aspect and functionality of post-consumer resin.

Odor Scavenger 1000258-E is a powerful wide-spectrum odor absorber that neutralizes odors of post-consumer recycled material and keeps them enclosed inside the polymer. By neutralizing the odors of the recycled material, Odor Scavenger 1000258-E allows to increase significantly the ratio of post-consumer resin by keepingodor scavenger 1 the odor level down and as a consequence it helps to significantly reduce the expenses related to the purchasing of polymers. Another major advantage of increasing the ratio of post-consumer recycled resin is that it decreases significantly the carbon footprint. Odor Scavenger 1000258-E has been specially formulated for Injection and Blow Molding, Films and for some applications in extrusion such as geomembrane.

Recently launched Blue Edge 78 (7600078-E) is another additive formulation that is dedicated to PET recycled resin. It is a highly blue edgeefficient Masterbatch that counteracts the unattractive yellowish / brownish “dirty” effect in PET post-consumer recycled plastics and enhances the bottle brightness with a lighter bluish tone giving it a clearer, fresher look that is more appealing to the customer’s eye.

For further details on the above product range, please contact your local Ampacet representative or email: marketing.europe@ampacet.com

BRAND NAME, NEW PACKAGING AND LABELLING FOR BLACK MASTERBATCH

Over the years Ampacet has built up its brand awareness in Europe mainly due to its Black & White Masterbatch product range. Ampacet remains highly committed to the market and is keen to continually build and grow its Black Masterbatch segment. Due to this, Ampacet is going to re-vitalize and harmonize the Black European Masterbatch product range by harmonizing product naming, labelling and packaging.Black MB

Product naming and labeling

Starting from the end of April Ampacet Europe uses the standardized label which is very similar to the current one with the exception of the “Description” field. You will no longer see the “Black xxx MB” in the description field. It has been replaced by ONYX code composed of “ONYX”+ the last 4 digits of the product code (and letters in some cases). For example, the Black Masterbatch 193214 has been named as “ONYX 3214”. The other fields stay exactly the same as before.

Packaging

Starting from the end of April, Ampacet Europe delivers all Black Masterbatch products in transparent bags. The use of harmonized transparent film for all Masterbatch types contributes to a better visibility for quality control and to the standardisation of packaging across all product types.

Specific reference and/or description on customer labels (marked between Ampacet Europe and content field) continues to be applied.

By the end of April 2016 the old product names have become obsolete and the new ones have been implemented. This means that all new production of Black Masterbatch and transport documents are issued with the new “product description”. Due to the stock flow, it may occur that you receive documents with a new product description but the bags and pallets will be labelled with the old one. This situation may last up to 4 months for MTS products and up to 12 months for MTO products.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your understanding.

Should you have any question concerning this subject, please contact your local Ampacet representative or email: marketing.europe@ampacet.com

Ampacet exhibited at Fakuma 2015

Ampacet recently exhibited at the 25th edition of Fakuma that took place from the 13th-17th October, 2015 in Friedrichshafen, Germany. This international trade fair for plastics processing has become a prominent meeting place for the industry and Ampacet has participated during the past 3 years.                                                       fakuma stand 1

Besides the K-Show, this is the 2nd biggest plastic exhibition in the German speaking area. The show is growing every year and in 2015 there were 1.800 exhibitors from 36 different countries and a total of 85.000 square meters of exhibition space. The number of visitors increased to more than 46.000 and 30 % of the visitors came from abroad from over 120 different countries.

The people present at the exhibition were the German speaking          sales team (Peter, Christian, Andreas and Georg) and the sales team was assisted by Caroline and Helene from Marketing. The Technical service was represented by Christophe Raucourt and also our Marketing Director, Philippe Rey, was present for 2 days during the show.                                                                                                                                        fakuma stand2

The majority of the visitors were existing customers. Despite of this we still made some new contacts to companies where until now we are not selling. Considering the number of customer contacts and the possible projects resulting from our discussions, this show was an overall success.

On the stand we presented the new “SHRINKLESS” product range. This new product is a highly effective additive that helps minimize shrinkage and & warpage issues that occur during the process of injection molding or extrusion blow molding and during the show we had several interested customers.

AMPACET PRESENTS ITS ANTIMONY-FREE BROMINATED FLAME RETARDANT MASTERBATCH

Ampacet launches a “greener” and “safer” version of flame                  retardant Masterbatch due to the latest EC (European Commission) and FDA (Food and Drug Administration, USA) regulations calling     haloflamefor the progressive substitution of some chemicals that cause               hazards to   human health and the environment.

HALOFLAME 353 / 1000353-E is Ampacet’s new antimony-free brominated flame retardant Masterbatch, which is designed for film applications.

The main benefits of HALOFLAME 353 / 1000353-E are:

  • Free of any antimony in comparison with the conventional halogenated flame retardant Masterbatches
  • Helps to prevent plastic from dripping when coming into contact with flames
  • Reduces the flames from spreading
  • Decreases the possibility of smoke formation and therefore increases resistance to fire
  • Achieves the high demanding B2 (Germany) and M1 (France, Belgium, Spain and Portugal) flame retardant classifications (the highest classifications)
  • Supports ISO14001 & OHSAS 18001 requirements towards risk optimization and reduction in use of dangerous material
  • Does not require the use of specific costly streams for scrap & off-spec material recycling as does not contain any Heavy Metal
  • Does not require the use of extra and specific personal protective equipment, the subscription to special costly insurance and the need to apply specific health checks (urinary and blood checks) for the operators along the supply chain (due to the fact that the product does not contain any heavy metal)
  • Improves the Ethics along the supply chain by the purchase of safer materials
  • Safer solution for Health & Safety concerns

For further details on the above product range, please contact your local Ampacet representative or email: marketing.europe@ampacet.com

AMPACET PRESENTS ITS MATTE COMPOUND RANGE THAT ENHANCES THE AESTHETIC & HAPTICS OF FILM APPLICATIONS

Ampacet is pleased to introduce its new MATIF range, initially developed and designed for the Bi-Oriented Poly-Propylene (BOPP) process, for use in multi-layer polyethylene blown film applications.

Ampacet’s MATIF 97LDB & MATIF 55LDB show excellent contact transparency that enable a high quality graphic and printing appearance in laminated packaging film structures.                      matif

When used in the outer layer of polyethylene film applications, Ampacet’s MATIF 97LDB & MATIF 55LDB will:

  • Provide a silky luxurious appeal
  • Impart a luxury and quality image to the brand
  • Enhance the aesthetics and haptic of packaging film
  • Provide the visual and touch of old fashioned paper packaging
  • Bring back souvenirs of the good old times to the elder generation
  • Provide an outstanding high haze and low gloss to the film
  • Allow an easy view of graphic details due to a very low light reflection
  • Prevent lensing problems compared to conventional matting agents

In addition to the above-mentioned benefits MATIF 97LDB & MATIF 55LDB are approved for food contact applications in Europe and comply with the US FDA regulations. Ampacet recommends that you use MATIF 97LDB for non-sealable matte films and MATIF 55LDB for sealable films (the seal initiation temperature is slightly above 110°C).

For further details on the above product range, please contact your local Ampacet representative or email: marketing.europe@ampacet.com