FARMERS AREN'T BUYING
ALAR, UNIROYAL SAYSAs the season to spray apple trees with Alar, or daminozide, arrives, Uniroyal Chemical Co. confirmed Tuesday that none of the controversial chemical has been purchased by farmers since January.
The Middlebury, Conn.-based company also disputed studies showing that over 30 percent of the nation's apples contain Alar, a growth retardant that has been identified as a possible carcinogen in recent months.
If all 112,000 pounds of Alar sold to apple farmers in 1988 had been used, at 3 pounds per acre it would have covered 7.6 percent of the nation's 490,000 acres of orchards, said Christopher Exton, a marketing manager for Uniroyal.
The percentage should be even less for the 1989 crop.
"Sales have been zero from the beginning of February," Mr. Exton said. Alar makes up less than 1 percent of Uniroyal's $750 million in annual sales, and sales have declined 75 percent since 1985 when the controversy first came to light, he said.
CARBIDE UNIT FORMS
ITALIAN GAS VENTURE
DANBURY, Conn. - Union Carbide Industrial Gases Inc. and two Italian firms, EniChem SpA and Societa Italiana Acetilene e Derivati, or SIAD, have formed a joint venture to provide industrial and specialty gases in Italy.
With estimated annual sales of $200 million, the joint venture, to be known as IGI Italiana Gas Industriali & SIAD, will rank among the top producers and distributors of industrial and specialty gases in Italy.
These gases are used in a wide range of industries, such as metals, chemicals, electronics, food, health care and aerospace.
Union Carbide Industrial Gases, a unit of Union Carbide Corp., is a leading U.S. producer of industrial gases and one of the leading producers in the world.
EniChem is the chemicals arm of ENI, the Italian state oil and energy group, and SIAD is a private group involved in the production and sale of industrial gases and cryogenic equipment.
MANVILLE BUYS RIGHTS
TO KOPPERS TECHNOLOGY
DENVER - Manville Corp.'s roofing systems division has purchased U.S. rights to the patented technology and the major assets of Koppers Co.'s phenolic foam insulation operations.
This $23 million acquisition gives Manville a complete line of high thermal phenolic insulations compatible with its built-up, single ply and modified bitumen roofing systems, according to Jack Clifford, vice president and general marketing manager for the division.
In addition to owning and operating the Koppers manufacturing facility in Oak Creek, Wis., Manville has announced plans to construct a new phenolic foam plant in the eastern United States later this year.
Manville has also negotiated with Domtar Inc., of Canada, to sell phenolic foam products from its Cornwall, Ontario, plant to Manville customers in the northeastern United States.