Plants: SiO2 invests in expansion in Auburn; PTTGC ties up with Dynachem for PP compounding in Thailand

SiO2 invests in expansion in Auburn

US materials firm SiO2 Materials Science is investing US$163 million in an expansion at its Auburn facility after securing a major contract to supply the federal government with vials and syringes to support the Covid-19 vaccine effort. The project will create 220 jobs.

The expansion will allow SiO2 to increase its production capacity to meet the U.S. government’s critical need for vials and syringes while maintaining the existing production needs of other customers, including pharmaceutical companies.

In June, SiO2 announced a US$143 million contract with federal government agencies for a production scale-up of the company’s packaging platform for storing novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) vaccines and therapeutics.

Over the past ten years, SiO2 has developed its patented vial platform, which combines a plastic container with a microscopic glass coating on the inside that is ideal for biological drugs and vaccines.

The product, developed in Auburn with the help of experts from four major US research institutions, combines the benefits of glass and plastic without drawbacks.

Construction is underway on the expansion. The completed 70,000-sq-ft facility will increase the production capacity of SiO2’s injection moulding operation.

A key element of SiO2’s product is enhanced safety for health care providers and for patients, who are at a lower risk of adverse side effects. The combination of plastic and microscopic layer of glass means vials and syringes won’t break, shatter or crack. SiO2 ships its products worldwide.

SiO2 is a privately owned company based in Auburn, where it has about 200 employees.

PTTGC ties up with Dynachem for PP compounding in Thailand

Meanwhile, in other news, Thailand’s PTTGC and Hong-Kong-based compounder Dynachem are collaborating on PP compounding in Thailand. PTTGC has taken up 41.5% share in Dynachisso Thai Co, which operates 30,000-tonne/year PP compounding plant located in the Amata Industrial Estate in Chonburi Province.

PTTGC says this is in line with its strategy to improve the company’s competitiveness in the Southeast Asian region by focusing on providing value-added products to meet the various requirements of its customers, and also supports GC’s policy on growing sustainably through valuable collaborations with strategic partners.

Patiparn Sukorndhaman, President of PTTGC, said, “The collaboration with Dynachisso Thai to produce PP compounds serving various industry platforms will rapidly enhance GC Group’s market expansion in the automotive and E&E industries. Furthermore, this collaboration will result in having high value products (HVPs) for PP resins and fully meet the needs of customers in both regional and global markets, especially in Thailand, China, and SEA.

Michael Tang, Managing Director of Dynachisso Thai Co., Ltd. said, “It is a great opportunity for us to collaborate with GC in the PP compound business, which is mainly used in producing parts in the automotive, transportation, logistics, and E&E sectors. This material can be also used as a part of electronic devices in digital technology (5G), providing an important foundation to further drive the economy.”

Both parties expect to finalise the deal in the third quarter of 2020.

PP compounds possess improved properties due to the addition of additives such as short glass fibre, long glass fibre, mineral filler, synthetic rubber or impact modifiers to the PP resin. PP compounds are used in automobile and motorcycle parts manufacturing such as consoles and bumpers as well as electrical appliance covers.


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