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Recycling minerals
This minerals supplier to the polymer industry has launched a formulation service, specifically designed for recycled plastic compounders with a view to working hand-in-hand to come up with tailored, near virgin solutions. Recycling plastic is said to be both an environmental necessity and an economic opportunity due to the problems inherent in the disposal of plastic waste and to the energy savings that can be made by using recycled resins. The company is said to already be successfully serving the recycling market for extrusion and injection applications with an innovative engineered mineral designed to compatibilize recycled blends of PE and PP. Compounded with ImerLink, recycled polyolefin materials that would otherwise not be compatible can now be processed without any difficulty, used in higher value applications and meet key performance requirements, according to the company. Using the company's in-house compounding and material test facilities, trial compounded batches can be designed, manufactured and tested to ensure that they meet the requirements of recycler customers who often lack this specialist equipment.

www.imerys.com

Post date: 5/31/2017

 
Mineral oil compatibilizers
Mineral oil can be used as a compatibilizer between new metallocene-based polyolefins (mPOs) and resins derived from natural resources, according to the company. Normally incompatible in formulations, both of these ingredients are said to offer significant cost advantages to producers of hot melt adhesives. Studies are said to have shown that the unique properties of mineral oils enable them to help improve the compatibility between mPOs and rosin resins. In addition, studies serve as a guideline for formulating hot melt adhesives with these specific raw materials.

Nynas
www.nynas.com

Post date: 5/31/2017

 
High performance tackifier
Tackifying resins from Cray Valley are produced with this company's biologically derived Biofene branded farnesene. The disruptive nature of the firm's farnesene has enabled Cray Valley to create new tackifying resins that are based on monomers from sustainable biomaterials. As a result, these farnesene-based resins are not subject to the cost and supply instabilities of petroleum-based monomers or the typical nature variabilities that affect the quality of pinene and limonene monomers. Cray Valley's Wingtack family of tackifying resins has been manufactured with piperylene (a volatile hydrocarbon that is a byproduct of ethylene production) as a primary source. Utilizing new technology has enabled Cray Valley to use farnesene as a sustainably sourced 30% replacement for piperylene and add Wingtack Extra F30 to its line of tackifiers, while maintaining solid performance, particularly for use in hot melt and hot melt pressure sensitive adhesives, according to the company.

Amyris
www.amyris.com

Post date: 5/31/2017

 
Aluminum silicates
Functional anhydrous and hydrous aluminum silicates are specifically designed to contribute key properties to customers' final products. The company's products are said to have been widely accepted in the paint, wire and cable, plastic, rubber and related industries. The company's polymer applications laboratory is able to compound and test rubber and plastic formulations to help customers decide which clay is best for a particular application. The firm's polymer laboratory houses compounding equipment that is commonly used in both the rubber and plastics industries. Rubber formulations can be compounded in a laboratory-sized internal mixer or on a two-roll mill. A twin-screw extruder is available to evaluate the effects of the company's materials and other additives in various polymer resin systems. Generic formulations show the effect of the firm's clays on compound physical properties.

Burgess Pigment
www.burgesspigment.com

Post date: 5/31/2017

 
Styrene block copolymer
A styrene block copolymer thermoplastic elastomer (TPE-S) for automotive interior parts, such as cable ducts and grommets, is said to exhibit improved injection moldability compared with other elastomers, while providing competitive physical properties and meeting stringent OEM requirements, according to the manufacturer. Sarlink ML-2355B compound has been approved by VAG for cable ducts. Used to guide cables in their convoluted route through the spaces in pillars and other structures surrounding the passenger compartment, these ducts are complex parts with long flow paths and many undercuts, making them a challenge to mold and de-mold, according to the company. Sarlink ML-2355B is said to exhibit reduced viscosity for improved moldability, a wider processing window and greater weld-line strength.

Teknor Apex
www.teknorapex.com

Post date: 5/31/2017

 
Polyamide part design
This supplier of advanced polyamide solutions is strengthening its Sinterline Technyl polyamide 6 (PA6) offering for additive manufacturing of functional parts with MMI Technyl Design. Benefiting from a proven track record in injection technologies, this predictive simulation platform is said to offer a major step towards the design optimization of 3D printed technical parts. The predictive simulation solution MMI Technyl Design was applied to a functional 3D printed automotive part in Sinterline. Coupled with a deep understanding of the parameters of Sinterline materials and SLS printing processes, the predictive performance simulations showed the plenum's original design could be up to 30% lighter than originally thought possible.

Solvay
www.solvay.com

Post date: 5/31/2017

 
PP thermoplastic olefins
Polypropylene compounds in the Daplen family of PP thermoplastic olefins and the Fibremod range of polyropylene fiber reinforced compounds are used to improve lightweighting in cars, particularly electric vehicles, which will become more viable with lighter component materials. Components in battery electric and fuel cell electric vehicles can be redesigned for low density PP compounds due to lower operating temperatures compared to engines. Components such as tailgates and front end modules can be made of monomaterial polypropylenes that are not only lighter, but also more easily recycled, according to the company. PP-based compounds can now be considered for traditional metal applications.

Borealis
www.borealisgroup.com

Post date: 5/31/2017

 
Optical bonding solution
A UV curable optical bonding solution is engineered to enhance the reliability and performance of automotive displays. VE-6001 UV optical bonding material is said to deliver far higher thermal stability versus organic materials, and its one-part silicone chemistry is said to offer simpler processing than most competitive silicones. VE-6001 UV optical bonding material is said to reliably adhere a variety of cover window materials, including glass, acrylic and polycarbonate, to automotive LCD display modules. Compatible with common industry processes, such as dam and fill, patterning and slit coating, it exhibits controlled flow during processing, and improved deep section cure, depending on structures, with exposure to UV light, according to the company. The material further exhibits less than 1% shrinkage, making it suitable for larger panel displays.

Dow Corning
www.dowcorning.com

Post date: 5/31/2017

 
Automotive chemicals
This global supplier of specialty chemicals offers a diverse range of sustainable ingredients for automotive applications which enhance performance on numerous places within the car, in automotive fluids, plastic components, under-the-hood, temperature control applications, and those on the car, including coatings. Products available from the company include lubricants, plastics, phase change materials, technologies for advanced materials, and adhesives and coatings.

Croda
www.croda.com

Post date: 5/31/2017

 
TPU automotive grades
TPU automotive grades  Two thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) grades are said to be helping to transform the transportation of automotive parts, ensuring that expensive vehicle components arrive at their destination damage-free and clean, and saving original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and car makers significant amounts of time and money. PolyFlex Products, a U.S.-based manufacturer of specialist dunnage, is using two of the company's abrasion-resistant Irogran and Avalon TPU grades to boost the performance and longevity of its custom trays, containers, nests and racks. Dunnage is used to stabilize products in transit. TPU can be used to create complex dunnage, in all shapes and sizes. The excellent vibration dampening qualities of TPU are said to create a smoother ride surface. Using TPU is said to reduce dunnage weight, leading to lower transport costs. TPU materials can have electro-static discharge properties. TPU dunnage is fully recycl-able.

Huntsman
www.huntsman.com

Post date: 5/31/2017

 
Automotive interior textile
Softell textile has been added to the company's comprehensive portfolio of products for interior automotive applications. Injection molded components made out of this polypropylene compound are said to display a textile-like surface finish requested by modern automotive material engineers and designers. Softell textile is a scratch-resistant, low gloss PP compound with high impact strength, and pleasant touch and feel characteristics, according to the manufacturer. Customers have started to qualify Softell textile for upcoming models and reported that the components could now be produced more cost-effectively with lower reject rates compared to the use of real textile fabrics or technical polymers, according to the firm. Softell soft-touch materials are said to be increasingly used in car interior applications such as dashboards or door panels. Softell compounds are said to offer excellent processability and high quality design potential.

LyondellBasell
www.lyondellbasell.com

Post date: 5/31/2017

 
Specialty chemicals
Polymer materials from the company are said to enable automotive manufacturers to replace metal and rubber parts, and help reduce energy consumption and emissions. The company's technologies are said to help reduce energy consumption and emissions, improve engine performance and reduce the rolling resistance of tires. The firm's raw materials are said to help protect and valorize surfaces on the interior and exterior of automobiles while providing improved and long-lasting design. The materials also are said to enable advanced lighting technologies for improved safety and performance, as well as innovative design.

Evonik Industries
www.evonik.com

Post date: 5/31/2017

 
UV-stable, high-flow TPVs for automotive parts
UV-stable, high-flow TPVs for automotive parts Thermoplastic vulcanizate (TPV) elastomers, said to have key advantages over standard TPVs in their natural or uncolored form, are also said to provide the appearance and tactile properties valued for automotive interiors, while exhibiting excellent colorability for exterior components. Unlike many standard TPVs in their natural form, Sarlink 6700 Series compounds have a very light hue that is said to make them easier to custom color, do not require drying prior to processing, and are UV-stabilized to meet automotive industry specifications for interior components. The TPVs are low-fogging and are said to exhibit high flow for molding complex parts with thin walls. Recommended interior applications for Sarlink 6700 Series compounds include floor mats, bin mats, cup holder liners, and soft touch grips, knobs and buttons. When colored with UV-stabilized masterbatch, Sarlink 6700 Series compounds also can be used for exterior parts such as cowl vent seals, mirror and antenna gaskets, headlight bezels and window trim. Compounds in the series are said to be resistant to aqueous solutions, exhibit good thermal stability, and are available, in natural form only, in durometer A hardnesses from 55 to 75, according to the company. Sarlink TPVs have received automotive approvals from General Motors, Ford and Chrysler. With their enhanced UV stability, Sarlink 6700 compounds are said by the company to represent the next generation of the Sarlink 6100 Series of high-flow TPVs, which are widely used in the automotive industry worldwide. Unlike conventional TPVs, these products are so light naturally that they are readily custom-colored.

Teknor Apex
www.teknorapex.com

Post date: 5/31/2017

 
High viscosity tire oils
A tire oil offered by the company is said to provide an alternative to high-viscosity mineral oils, with excellent performance. To address the decline of high-viscosity oils and rebalance the heavy tire oil market, the company has developed a new high-viscosity tire oil. Although only some Group I oil is used in tire formulations, the very heavy residual aromatic extracts are commonly used components that stem from the bottom fraction of the Group I refinery process, according to the company. Having first established that hydrocarbon resins can be used to steer the tire performance, the company is said to have decided to investigate if a plasticizing oil of high molecular weight could have a similar effect. In a study focusing on the molecular weight influence on wet grip, laboratory scale samples of a range of plasticizing oils of varying molecular weight were evaluated in a tire tread formulation based on a functionalized SSBR/BR system. The results showed a strong correlation between the molecular weight and higher wet out ability at 0C (wet grip), according to the company. This study lead to the development of heavy naphthenic black oil (Heavy NBO) that is said to exhibit good performance.

Nynas
www.nynas.com

Post date: 5/31/2017

 
Polyurethane elastomers
Daltocast MDI-based hot cast polyurethane elastomer systems (previously designated as Technothane MDI systems) and Castech hot cast elastomer processing equipment for the hot cast elastomer market are available from the company. Daltocast systems are said to include an advanced portfolio of polyurethane systems that include a full range of polyols and chain extenders based on MDI. The three-component Castech machine accurately meters and mixes hot cast elastomeric systems and can work with various types of polyurethane systems, including microcellular elastomer foams, according to the company.

Huntsman
www.huntsman.com

Post date: 5/31/2017

 
Liquid silicone rubber
Liquid silicone rubber technology is said to be a major advancement in processing silicone rubber. Fluorosilicone technology is said to be yet another achievement in that it provides benefits with its superior resistance to fluids such as fuel, oil and certain solvents. However, blends of silicone and fluorosilicone polymers do not exhibit optimal strength properties. Copolymers can be tailored to provide fluid resistance while maintaining the benefits of liquid silicone rubbers.

Dow Corning
www.dowcorning.com

Post date: 5/31/2017

 
Medical tubing extruder
The energy efficient HPE-H extruder for medical tubing applications is compact in design, available for fast delivery and easy to maintain, according to the company. It is available in 20 mm (3/4 inch), 25 mm (1 inch), 30 mm (1-1/4 inch), 40 mm (1-1/2 inch) and 45 mm (1-3/4 inch) sizes for processing versatility. The company is said to see strong demand throughout Asia for feedscrews, control systems, medical tubing technology and its dsXT product line for cast film, blown film and packaging applications.

Davis-Standard
www.davis-standard.com

Post date: 5/31/2017

 
Water-based PU products
Solvent- and water-based processing aids are offered to overcome all polyurethane manufacturing processing challenges. For processors working under strict HSE standards, the company's water-based portfolio is said to offer a more sustainable solution that is specially formulated to meet strict VOC regulations and air quality restrictions. These solvent-free options are said to help create safer working conditions and reduce odor, while maintaining, and even exceeding, performance levels of solvent-based options on the market today, according to the manufacturer. In addition to superior foam flow, the company's water-based portfolio is also said to provide low buildup on machines and a non-greasy feel. The company is said to offer a full line of processing aids to address a broad range of polyurethane molding challences, such as cleaner molds, better part release, optimized surface finish, higher quality parts, lower scrap rates, reduced downtime, tin-free solutions, low-to-no VOC options, and compatibility with secondary operations. The firm also offers dedicated research and development facilities, technicians and more.

Chem-Trend

Post date: 3/22/2017

 
PTFE polymer materials
Armorlene PTFE materials are available from the company. PTFE is said to be the most chemical-resistant thermoplastic polymer available. It is said to offer low friction, exceptional chemical resistance and sealability not found in most plastic materials, according to the company. The Armorlene PTFE material is a fit-for-purpose solution designed for dynamic sealing applications. The company's PTFE portfolio offers 26 materials, including 18 Armorlene PTFEs, which are said to provide improved wear resistance, improved heat transfer, an increase in mechanical strength, improved extrusion resistance, improved low friction and an increase in thermal conductivity.

Hallite

Post date: 3/22/2017

 
Slip resistant, soft TPU
Footwear manufacturers looking to produce high grip outsoles with good wet slip resistance properties are said to have a new soft thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) at their disposal, Avalon 50 AHG TPU. Said to deliver a new level of slip resistance for a soft TPU, Avalon 50 AHG TPU is a suitable replacement for rubber in a variety of outsole applications. Softer than most standard TPU grades, this polyester-based material has a nominal durometer hardness of 50A, but can offer slip resistance properties on a par with vulcanized rubber, according to the company. Said to provide outstanding anti-slip performance on both wet and dry surfaces, Avalon 50 AHG TPU enables footwear manufacturers to make soft, thin, high definition, high grip, non-marking parts in a variety of colors. Alongside its physical performance properties, Avalon 50 AHG TPU is also said to have a number of processing advantages.

Huntsman Polyurethanes

Post date: 3/22/2017

 
Low density PE wax
Deurex E 06 and Deurex E 12 K are low molecular weight, low melting point polyethylene waxes used during the production of rubber articles, thermoplastics, hot melt adhesives and many associated applications. The products are produced by Deurex AG of Germany, said to be a market leader in the research and development of a variety of natural and synthetic waxes. Deurex's technologically advanced manufacturing processes, such as high-pressure polymerization of ethylene and the Ziegler-Natta polymerization method, have allowed them to produce waxes at a very competitive price/performance alternative to the traditionally high cost waxes currently being offered in North America, according to the company. Deurex's E 06 and E 12 K are non-polar, low melting, non-oxidized additives that act as dispersion aids, lubricants, flow promoters and release agents.

Chemspec

Post date: 3/22/2017

 
Compounding guide
Specialty rubber intermediates for adhesives, sealants and rubber compounds are produced by the company. The specialty intermediates are said to provide both specialty properties and improved processing in a wide range of applications. Isolene liquid synthetic rubber is a reactive plasticizer for S-I-S block copolymers and pressure sensitive adhesives. Isolene is a reactive vehicle for rubber additives and curatives. Kalene liquid butyl rubber is a base polymer and performance additive for the manufacture of moisture resistant coatings, marine and construction sealants, electrical encapsulants and pressure sensitive adhesives. Kalar partially crosslinked butyl rubber is a base polymer and performance additive.

Royal Elastomers
www.royalelastomers.com

Post date: 3/22/2017

 

 
 
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