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Thermoplastic composites
Tepex is a continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic high-performance composite. Multi-axial Tepex semi-finished products are said to be useful as lightweight composites for automobiles, sports equipment and housing components for the consumer electronics industry. Bond-laminates can produce them continuously in an industrial-scale process that enables the continuous fiber layers to be oriented at almost any angle in the thermoplastic matrix.

Lanxess
www.lanxess.com

Post date: 11/24/2014

 
Fluoropolymer compounds
Fluoropolymer compounds Fluon melt processable compounds are based on copolymer resins FEP, ETFE, PFA, PVDF, MFA or ECTFE, which already exhibit the high-performance characteristics of fluoropolymers and impart physical toughness and high resistance to heat and chemicals, according to the company. Compounding with fillers, pigments and other additives is said to enhance the functionality and characteristics of these resins to make them better suited for challenging applications, including wire and cable, semiconductor and electronic components; valves, fittings and pump housings; tubing and pipe; and specialty films. Eight different types of melt processable compounds are offered by the company, including color concentrates, foam concentrates, crosslinkable compounds, conductive/anti-static compounds, reinforced compounds, lubricated compounds, flexible AR compounds and adhesive-grade compounds.

AGC FluoroCompounds Group
www.fluorocompounds.com

Post date: 11/24/2014

 
Rubber additives
Rubber additives are supplied by this firm to some of North America's largest custom mixers, tire makers, automotive parts manufacturers and mining equipment suppliers. The firm specializes in a wide range of additives, including accelerators for natural and synthetic rubbers, delayed action accelerators, curing compounds, secondary gelling agents or foam stabilizers, vulcanizing agents and pre-vulcanizing inhibitors, as well as carbon blacks and synthetic rubbers.

SunBoss Chemicals
www.sunboss.ca

Post date: 11/24/2014

McLube
Micronized rubber powder
PolyDyne products are black, free-flowing micronized rubber powders that are said to easily disperse into a multitude of rubber SBR and/or NR compound applications (e.g., tire compounds, industrial rubber, rubber seals, gaskets and more). PolyDyne is derived cryogenically from end-of-life truck tire tread and/or whole tire rubber. Other polymer bases available include nitrile, butyl and EPDM. PolyDyne is said to be a lower cost alternative to NR and SBR compounds without impact to physical properties or product performance. It is a green and sustainable material that helps companies achieve their environmental objectives, according to the company.

Lehigh Technologies
www.lehightechnologies.com

Post date: 11/24/2014

 
Natural rubber compound
Natural-FR is a zero-halogen, low smoke, low toxic rubber compound based on natural rubber. Natural-FR has been developed based on a modified natural rubber grade that is renewable. It is said to start its journey from the latex of the natural rubber tree, Hevea brasiliensis. Natural-FR can be used to meet material flammability criteria in industrial rubber products, and has passed the flammability requirements for floor composites and flexible rubber-metal units as specified in the new EU standard EN45545-2 (2013). Natural-FR can be molded using conventional rubber processing operations (compression, transfer, injection molding and extrusion). For large components such as rubber springs, Natural-FR can be co-vulcanized as an outer layer with NR or other diene elastomers.

Tun Abdul Razak Research Center
www.tarrc.co.uk

Post date: 11/24/2014

 
Natural rubber crosslinking
Trigonox 17-40B-pd AM, or [butyl-4,4-di(tert-butylperoxy) valerate], is a 40% active peroxide supported on a blend of inert fillers. Trigonox 17-40B-pd AM is a peroxide formulation which is used for crosslinking of natural or synthetic elastomers and thermoplastics. This fast curing peroxide can be used in a variety of applications, including injection molding and extrusion. The company manufactures both the pure peroxide (Trigonox 17) and its dispersion form at several facilities worldwide. [Butyl-4,4-di(tert-butylperoxy) valerate] is just one of over a hundred peroxide molecules in the company's basic molecule portfolio.

AkzoNobel Polymer Chemicals LLC
www.akzonobel.com

Post date: 11/24/2014

Struktol
Russian dandelion lines used for latex extraction
Russian dandelion lines used for latex extraction A U.S. biotech company and this international molecular genetics company specializing in agricultural biotechnology have developed the first Russian dandelion lines that can be tested and used for latex extraction. Following a rigorous breeding strategy leveraging its molecular and DNA tools, the company is said to have produced improved Russian dandelion lines with superior agronomic performance, latex quality and yields. The two firms recently entered into collaboration developing, breeding and testing Russian dandelion for the production of natural rubber. In parallel to this program, the company has also cross-bred Russian dandelion and European common dandelion plants, resulting in new breeding material with heavily increased vigor and tap root size. The inter-specific dandelion lines are now being tested for latex and rubber yields and quality. These tests will provide suitable material to launch further breeding, seed production and, ultimately, cultivation for latex and rubber production. Quality seeds from these superior lines have been produced, processed and delivered to the biotech company, which will develop production practices and latex extraction procedures to establish Russian dandelion rubber production in North America. These dandelion innovations will significantly contribute to solving the worldwide need for increased natural rubber production and diversification that have until now been solely derived from one species, the Hevea tree, which grows in only a few major production areas, according to the company. The firm is said to deliver sustainable responses to the world's needs for yield stability and quality of vegetables and field crops. It supports its strategic partners with cutting edge breeding technologies and plant-based trait platforms to meet their needs. ()

KeyGene
www.keygene.com

Post date: 11/24/2014

 
NR processing additive
ZB 47 is a designed processing additive for use in high-performance natural rubber compounds. It is said to improve the processing characteristics and performance properties of natural rubber compounds. The company's Intelligent Additive Solutions are said to make polymers easier to process, ensuring maximum product quality and performance consistency. Extensive research and development capabilities are said to allow the company to formulate solutions that enable customers to stay ahead of their competition. The firm's ISO 9001 certification is said to mean that its quality management system is focused on delivering product quality on each and every order. The company's additives are said to provide superior viscosity control, improved mold release, improved mixing and uniform filler dispersion, decreased mixing times and energy, and improved ease of manufacturing. The company offers state-of-the-art laboratory testing capability and custom product development.

Struktol Company of America
www.struktol.com

Post date: 11/24/2014

 
Natural rubber grades
Natural rubber grades Headquartered in Singapore, this global trading company is comprised of wholly owned entities operating in Europe, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam and the USA. The needs of the rubber industry are addressed through global trading, sales, distribution and logistics with responsive and contributing solutions to the greater success of the firm's partners in business. All kinds of rubber and rubber-based products are supplied to all parts of the world. This leader in the value chain management of natural rubber offers a plethora of grades from diverse originations to its customers globally, addressing their raw material needs in natural and synthetic rubbers and creating value through its risk management solutions. The firm is said to be positioned as a single-stop solution to the rubber industry's raw material requirements.

R1 International
www.r1international.com

Post date: 11/24/2014

McLube
Hydrogenated nitrile latex
Chemisat hydrogenated nitrile (HNBR) latex is said to offer chemical, heat and fluid resistance. Chemisat is solvent-free, allowing for environmentally-friendly processes. Chemisat hydrogenated nitrile elastomer latex is said to be an innovative latex offering an operating range up to 150C, with low-temperature flexibility and advanced adhesive properties.

Zeon Chemicals
www.zeonchemicals.com

Post date: 11/24/2014

 
Naphthenic plasticizers
A global supplier of specialty oils has increased capacity of its plasticizers, which are non-carcinogenic. There are said to be many examples of how the company's plasticizers can contribute to sustainable production by replacing carcinogenic oils. Naphthenic plasticizers are said to be common plasticizers of rubbers such as SBR, BR and NR, where their solvency is used to reach optimal compatibility and enhance mechanical strength. In plastics such as PVC, naphthenics are used as performance additives, improving properties such as tensile strength and thermal stability, while lowering total formulation costs, according to the company.

Nynas
www.nynas.com

Post date: 10/8/2014

 
Bonding system
Bonding system Dual-Cure 3401 bonder cures with UV/visible light and a secondary ambient moisture-cure system, making it an ideal adhesive for applications requiring shadow area curing, according to the manufacturer. It is specifically designed for rapid, high-strength bonding to hard-to-bond PC and ABS, as well as metal substrates. It is said to exhibit low shrinkage, resulting in less stress at the bond line, and it cures fast, in one second, enabling higher production rates. Dymax 3401 is low viscosity for better wetting and is jetting compatible. The material is curable with both broad-spectrum UV and narrow-spectrum 385 nm LED curing systems, giving manufacturers options, according to the company. Dual-Cure 3401 fluoresces blue under low-intensity black light (365 nm) for easy visual inspection of the bond line. In addition to adhesives and coatings, the company also offers high-performance oligomers, as well as a variety of dispensing and light-curing equipment.

Dymax
www.dymax.com

Post date: 10/8/2014

Struktol
Hydrocarbon resins
Hydrocarbon resins are said to offer performance and processing benefits to tire manufacturers who want to differentiate their products while complying with global regulations. For decades, the tire industry has used resins to improve tack and enhance rubber processing, according to the company. Innovations in tire additives are said to have created the possibility of using some classes of resins to improve various aspects of the performance triangle. This is said to enable manufacturers to bring better tire products to market that meet consumer demand and comply with regulations. Different resins allow manufacturers to achieve compound performance balances. The firm's performance hydrocarbon resins are said to provide a better rolling resistance and wet grip balance than traditional phenolic resins in certain formulations. Processing improvements are also said to be achieved with hydrocarbon resins.

Eastman
www.eastman.com

Post date: 10/8/2014

 
Compatibilizer additives
The Xiran portfolio of neat resins, compounds, powders and liquids has been broadened with a range of Xeran compatibilizers. The maleic anhydride functionality of these Xeran copolymers and terpolymers is said to make them extremely suitable as a compatibilizer and coupling agent in many applications. The Xeran portfolio is said to open a window to new polymer systems that need compatibilization, as Xeran improves the adhesion between two polymers which are normally immiscible. Additionally, it optimizes the interfacial tension and offers stabilization of the morphology against high stresses during conversion. The compatibilization results in a significant improvement of the mechanical properties, predominantly impact performance, according to the company.

Polyscope
www.polyscope.eu

Post date: 10/8/2014

 
Carbon blacks for tires
Two carbon black products for tire tread applications have been introduced. Propel E7 carbon black is engineered to reduce tire rolling resistance and improve vehicle fuel economy. Propel D11 carbon black is designed to provide a high level of tread durability and is said to be well suited for use in both short-haul truck and off-the-road vehicle tires. Performance conscious tire buyers and new government regulations are said to be moving tire manufacturers to produce diverse and high performance product offerings. This company is said to be delivering new reinforcing materials to help tire manufacturers meet these current and future market demands.

Cabot
www.cabot-corp.com

Post date: 10/8/2014

McLube
Melt-processable ETFE
Melt-processable ETFE Fluon AR compounds are ETFE (ethylene/tetrafluoroethylene) resins blended with a propietary fluoroelastomer. They are said to exhibit many of the desirable properties of conventional ETFE compounds; however, they are much more flexible. Fluon AR compounds provide high resistance to heat and chemicals, outstanding physical toughness, good dielectric properties and exceptional processability, according to the manufacturer. These compounds are also said to exhibit high permeation resistance to many fluids and gases, especially automotive fuels, making them ideal for applications such as wire and cable for the automotive, industrial, aerospace, transit and appliance markets, as well as films and sheets, tubing and pipe, and electronic components. Fluon AR compounds can be customized to precise specifications to meet critical application needs. Supplied in cylindrical pellet form, Fluon AR compounds can be processed using conventional thermoplastic techniques.

AGC FluoroCompounds Group
www.fluorocompounds.com

Post date: 10/7/2014

 
Rubber curing agent
Trimene Base curing agent production is provided on an annual make-to-order basis to satisfy customer demand. Trimene Base curing agent is a high-temperature rubber accelerator with a medium to long vulcanization rate in solid rubber. Trimene Base also stabilizes latex foams used in personal care products by causing gelling to occur at a higher pH, which prevents compounds from sagging in the early stages of air curing. Trimene Base is said to be unique in that it can address specific functional needs in both solid and foam rubber applications for both natural and synthetic rubber compounds. Customers who purchased Trimene Base in the past will not require re-qualification, as all previous parameters and manufacturing processes will remain the same, according to the manufacturer.

Addivant
www.addivant.com

Post date: 10/7/2014

 
TPE-S molding compounds
TPE-S molding compounds Recently released styrenic thermoplastic elastomer (TPE-S) injection molding compounds are said to provide automotive manufacturers with processing and end use properties that are superior to those of TPE-S materials currently used for window encapsulants. The Sarlink ME-2600 Series includes 55, 65 and 75 durometer A compounds that have low specific gravities of 0.93 to 0.94. These specific gravities are comparable to those of TPE-S grades now used in window encapsulation, but lower than those of PVC and EPDM, which typically exceed 1.10. Compared to the existing TPE-S materials, the Sarlink ME-2600 compounds are said to provide higher flow, enhanced surface appearance, improved tensile properties and greater stability upon heat aging and UV exposure.

Teknor Apex
www.teknorapex.com

Post date: 10/7/2014

Struktol
Thermoplastic elastomers
TPSiV 4000 and TPSiV 4200 thermoplastic elastomers have been shown to be safe for skin contact applications in two independent medical test protocols, according to the manufacturer. The results are said to offer strong independent validation that these industry-leading materials are an excellent option for skin-safe wearable electronics applications, such as wrist bands for smart watches and fitness trackers, as well as for device accessories such as ear buds. A unique hybrid of thermoplastic polyurethane and crosslinked silicone rubber, TPSiV materials are said to combine the durability, abrasion resistance and overmolding options of TPUs with the softness and resistance to ultraviolet light and chemicals offered by silicone technology.

Dow Corning
www.dowcorning.com

Post date: 10/7/2014

 
Aliphatic TPU solutions
Under the Estane engineered polymers platform, the company has expanded its portfolio of engineered polymer solutions with the integration of Merquinsa legacy aliphatic and bio-based thermoplastic polyurethanes, commercialized under Pearlcoat, Pearlthane and Pearlthane ECO. These aliphatic innovations have been driven by the increasing demand for light colors or transparency in several technical and fashion applications. A wide variety of end-use applications from the automotive, electronics and industrial sectors require new elastomers to combine the outstanding properties of TPU (such as good abrasion and scratch resistance), while offering excellent color fastness upon UV exposure.

Lubrizol
www.lubrizol.com

Post date: 10/7/2014

 
Film and sheet TPUs
An extensive thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) film and sheet line has been expanded with the development of Irogran CA117-200, a high performance, plasticizer-free, polyester-based TPU that enables the faster processing of films with exceptional adhesive properties. Suitable for use with plastic, fabric and/or wooden substrates, Irogran CA117-200 is said to be taking the use of extruded TPUs in different directions, opening up film and sheet application opportunities that previously did not exist because of processing or performance constraints. Target markets for Irogran CA117-200 include the automotive industry, the production of technical textiles, and the manufacture of footwear and sports equipment. Film adhesives based on Irogran CA117-200 are said to offer good chemical and heat resistance. They also have a non-tacky surface, meaning they can be used without the need for a carrier or release liner backing.

Huntsman
www.huntsman.com/tpu

Post date: 10/7/2014

McLube
Clear thermoplastics
Clear thermoplastics CLR Series clear thermoplastic elastomer grades include several softer grades (durometer 15-40A). These grades have been formulated for consumer goods and applications requiring clarity, a soft touch and UV stability. Specifically, the four CLR grades are offered in durometer A hardnesses of 15, 20, 30, 35 and 40. This plasticizer-free TPE series of additions provides non-blooming high strength properties, as well as a tactile surface finish. They are FDA compliant and give designers and molders an excellent alternative to silicone and PVCs, making them ideally suited for applications including medical products and children's toys, according to the manufacturer. Other suggested applications for the odorless TPEs include countertop electronics, appliances, furniture and desk accessories (protective feet and pads), as well as protective covers for consumer electronic products.

Elastocon TPE Technologies
www.elastocontpe.com

Post date: 10/7/2014

 

 
 
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